Thousands at work in Ohio, many for big companies, must use Med...

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Instead, they rely on Medicaid - a program funded with state and federal tax dollars - to pay for their medical care.

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Get real

AOL

#24 Sep 1, 2008
Overtaxed Voter wrote:
Why are 25% of Cleveland Clinic's employees not enrolled in their company's health care program?
According the the article, only 27,000 of the health system's 36,000 employees have coverage.
So what? Does this keep you awake at night?
Omg

Stow, OH

#25 Sep 1, 2008
You also have to remember, there are people that also milk the system. My Sister-in law and her husband both work for a nursing home. Health care is provided for a price. They both CHOOSE to work 32 hour weeks so their 2 children qualify for Medicaid. They didn't want healthcare benefit payments removed from their paycheck. Legal? You bet. Moral? Not on your life.
Robin Anderson

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#26 Sep 1, 2008
shelly the journalist wrote:
If mamma is working 30 hours a week at Wal Mart, what is pappa doing?...Sometimes you need to turn off CNN, grab a cup of coffee and really think about the world about you.
Yeah...sounds like the Altizer Family is hangin right in there with all those thugs in the union hierarchy, eh? Hey...you forgot to mention all those dead-beat retirees who are facing a health insurance/health care crisis; you know, the ones who didn't plan well enough for livin so darn long! Fyi...

The Divided We Fail campaign is being spearheaded by AARP, Business Roundtable, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the Service Employees International Union. Further, this non-partisan effort at common sense received it's first endorsement by a partisan organization called the Republican Main Street Partnership in Decempber, 2007.
The Republican Main Street Partnership's roster of elected officials currently includes:
U.S. Senate
Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania
U.S. House
Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois
Rep. Brian Bilbray, California
Rep. Mary Bono, California
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, Florida
Rep. Ken Calvert, California
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
Rep. Michael Castle, Delaware
Rep. Thomas Davis, III, Virginia
Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania
Rep. David Dreier, California
Rep. Vernon Ehlers, Michigan
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri
Rep. Phil English, Pennsylvania
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey
Rep. Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
Rep. David Hobson, Ohio
Rep. Timothy Johnson, Illinois
Rep. Mark Kirk, Illinois
Rep. John R. Kuhl, New York
Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois
Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio
Rep. Jerry Lewis, California
Rep. Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana
Rep. Thomas Petri, Wisconsin
Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania
Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada
Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio
Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota
Rep. Ralph Regula, Ohio
Rep. Dave Reichert, Washington
Rep. Jim Saxton, New Jersey
Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut
Rep. Patrick Tiberi, Ohio
Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio
Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan
Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon
Rep. James Walsh, New York
Rep. Jerry Weller, Illinois
Rep. Heather Wilson, New Mexico
Governors
Gov. Linda Lingle, Hawaii
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California

Gol-darned communists, anyways!
Disgusted

Akron, OH

#27 Sep 1, 2008
Try It Again wrote:
The answer is Universal Healthcare which Obama will bring to the WH when he gets elected. We already spend $60-$70 billion a year covering the uninsured so why not spend it on UHC?
Obama will bring National Health Care? Based on what? His experience? That's a joke. I bet Illinois has plenty of people receiving Medicaid. What has he done to help them? Obama is NOT the answer, my friends ... this coming from a Democrat!
POTUS

AOL

#28 Sep 1, 2008
When are ALL the thoudands of workers at WAL-MART going to get their act togehter and get organized and get some of those benefits that Wal-Mart has in PROFITS and million dollar management salaries?
POTUS

AOL

#29 Sep 1, 2008
Try It Again wrote:
The answer is Universal Healthcare which Obama will bring to the WH when he gets elected. We already spend $60-$70 billion a year covering the uninsured so why not spend it on UHC?
You want to TRY IT AGAIN!
suz

United States

#30 Sep 1, 2008
such "free rides" are putting our country into more debt!
I need a clever name

Canton, OH

#31 Sep 1, 2008
If Obama is elected, just watch how tough it is for him to get universal health care in place. Hillary Clinton tried to revamp our nation's health care policies while her husband was in office, and it never went anywhere.
I find it offensive that companies such as Walmart can make its owners wealthy partly because they are screwing its workers. And I don't shop there, because I find their business practices to be so contemptable.
westside johnny

Mantua, OH

#32 Sep 1, 2008
suz wrote:
such "free rides" are putting our country into more debt!
is it anywhere near 10 billion a week. maybe those deadbeats should do like the animals and just crawl off and die if they are sick. you would hate to have the corporations act responsibly
Pastor Mike

Avon Lake, OH

#33 Sep 1, 2008
They recently enacted new laws for Medicare where the price of prescriptions were reduced according to income. Of course, this caused our country to dig another deep hole into bankruptcy (as if we are not there already).

Problem is you almost need a genius to figure it out, but if you have a good pharmacy they can help you find a plan that works well with the drugs you take.

It is not completely a free ride. You have to pay according to your income and certain medications, but now instead of paying thousands for prescriptions you only pay until you hit a certain amount, then Uncle pays the rest.

Boo hoo, they cry because it is not all free. Omybamma wants you, the Wal Mart worker who you say can't afford to live any longer, to pay even more in taxes.

My relatives live in a certain European country where the have socialized medicine. If they are lucky enough to get the operation they may need they will likely die of overworking, because the government takes 60 percent of what they make for taxes. And this is from a "progressive" European country

Is that what you want, because you keep voting for socialists and that is what you will get.

P.S. You don't hear about people running to Canada for medicine anymore.

Pastor Mike

Avon Lake, OH

#34 Sep 1, 2008
POTUS wrote:
When are ALL the thoudands of workers at WAL-MART going to get their act togehter and get organized and get some of those benefits that Wal-Mart has in PROFITS and million dollar management salaries?
Maybe when all these Wal Mart employees decide to get an education then maybe they can get a job at Goodyear, B&W or get a job as an RN for Cleveland Clinic and make the big dollars.

Shoot, half the people I know that work at the lower paying jobs don't even have a checking account because they mismanaged their money, writing bad checks and throwing away hard earned money on the Arab stores with their high prices.

I guess I would rather shop at Wal Mart than the little foreign guys place on the corner. We try and work with some of the lower income folks who don't know how to handle money and show them how a budget works.

When money is tight, don't waste it. Simple enough. Quit paying attention to all the ads that say you deserve this or that.

Also, when you want to whine about the poor retirees, go to a casino and see who gets off the bus. Not the wealthy, but those who belly ache about being poor. You are always more wealthy when you don't gamble or toss half of your check away on the lottery.

What many spend on the lottery, they could buy several bags of grocerys.
Pastor Mike

Avon Lake, OH

#35 Sep 1, 2008
Robin Anderson

I hope you are not excited about those Republicans because they are the liberal end of the party, not the conservatives. They fought against drilling when the conservative end was staying in Washington to help end the crisis while every other congressmen went home.

And to top it off they are being funded by the Democrats best friend George Soros.
**********

These are the darlings of the Republican party Main Street and the mess they keep us in.

"House leaders late Wednesday abandoned an attempt to push through a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, fearing it would jeopardize approval of a sweeping budget bill Thursday.

They also dropped from the budget document plans to allow states to authorize oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts regions currently under a drilling moratorium.

The actions were a stunning setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, to oil development, and a victory for environmentalists, who have lobbied hard against the drilling provisions. President Bush has made drilling in the Alaska refuge his top energy priority.

The House Rules Committee formalized the change late Wednesday by issuing the terms of the debate when the House takes up the budget package on Thursday.

The decision to drop the ANWR drilling language came after GOP moderates said they would oppose the budget if it was kept in the bill. The offshore drilling provision was also viewed as too contentious and a threat to the bill, especially in the Senate."

Joining up with AARP is like dancing with the devil. I tear up their crap as soon as it comes in the mail. They have more money to toss at liberal causes than nearly any other group. Your money if you join.

Michael Moore would love ya
Overtaxed Voter

Norwalk, OH

#36 Sep 1, 2008
POTUS wrote:
When are ALL the thoudands of workers at WAL-MART going to get their act togehter and get organized and get some of those benefits that Wal-Mart has in PROFITS and million dollar management salaries?
Q. Who gets those "PROFITS"?
A. Stockholders

If you want a piece of the profits, all you have to do is buy some shares of WMT stock. It trades for less than $60 per share.

Q. How much of those "PROFITS" did Wal-Mart share last year with its U.S. hourly associates?
A.$1.2 BILLION in profit sharing, 401K contributions, stock purchase and merchandise discounts.
westside johnny

Mantua, OH

#38 Sep 1, 2008
Pastor Mike wrote:
They recently enacted new laws for Medicare where the price of prescriptions were reduced according to income. Of course, this caused our country to dig another deep hole into bankruptcy (as if we are not there already).
Problem is you almost need a genius to figure it out, but if you have a good pharmacy they can help you find a plan that works well with the drugs you take.
It is not completely a free ride. You have to pay according to your income and certain medications, but now instead of paying thousands for prescriptions you only pay until you hit a certain amount, then Uncle pays the rest.
Boo hoo, they cry because it is not all free. Omybamma wants you, the Wal Mart worker who you say can't afford to live any longer, to pay even more in taxes.
My relatives live in a certain European country where the have socialized medicine. If they are lucky enough to get the operation they may need they will likely die of overworking, because the government takes 60 percent of what they make for taxes. And this is from a "progressive" European country
Is that what you want, because you keep voting for socialists and that is what you will get.
P.S. You don't hear about people running to Canada for medicine anymore.
your comment about obama taxing workers shows shows your retarded bias. anyone with a half a brain knows his tax plan includes tax breaks for the working class but the wealthy like you over 250K will be taxed more. I'm sorry you will have to pay more. don't make 250K then enjoy a tax cut.
POTUS

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#39 Sep 1, 2008
I think Pastor Mike may be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I'm not sure if he has a flock or not but he sure has the wind to take the pulpit.
Opinion

Stow, OH

#40 Sep 1, 2008
Obama is a rhetorical inexperienced idiot I am sorry. He will certainly not fix this country just assist those who are lazy get more government handouts. We need to get rid of all this public assistance crap that just caters to the lazy society we have created. People just need to suck up their pride and work wherever they can. It's not that it is hard to find a job it is just people believe they are too good to say "Can I take your order please." I am tired of all the taxes that come out of my pay check. It is ridiculous when I drive past a particular part of Akron where all homes are public assistance (no one works) and they drive cars much nicer than mine and their many illegitimate children are dressed to the 9's. My wife and I both work full-time. Everyone needs to quit pointing fingers at big business and point towards themselves...look how much money they spend on things they do not need and make some adjustments. Aggravating!
westside johnny

Mantua, OH

#41 Sep 1, 2008
Opinion wrote:
Obama is a rhetorical inexperienced idiot I am sorry. He will certainly not fix this country just assist those who are lazy get more government handouts. We need to get rid of all this public assistance crap that just caters to the lazy society we have created. People just need to suck up their pride and work wherever they can. It's not that it is hard to find a job it is just people believe they are too good to say "Can I take your order please." I am tired of all the taxes that come out of my pay check. It is ridiculous when I drive past a particular part of Akron where all homes are public assistance (no one works) and they drive cars much nicer than mine and their many illegitimate children are dressed to the 9's. My wife and I both work full-time. Everyone needs to quit pointing fingers at big business and point towards themselves...look how much money they spend on things they do not need and make some adjustments. Aggravating!
there are plenty of hard working people out there that can't get or afford health insurance. so you and your wife work full time big deal. you hate poor black people and vote republican so whats your point. the story is not about the lazy people leaching off society, its about people who work hard for employers that leach off society.
AUS

Canton, OH

#43 Sep 1, 2008
Opinion wrote:
Obama is a rhetorical inexperienced idiot I am sorry. He will certainly not fix this country just assist those who are lazy get more government handouts. We need to get rid of all this public assistance crap that just caters to the lazy society we have created. People just need to suck up their pride and work wherever they can. It's not that it is hard to find a job it is just people believe they are too good to say "Can I take your order please." I am tired of all the taxes that come out of my pay check. It is ridiculous when I drive past a particular part of Akron where all homes are public assistance (no one works) and they drive cars much nicer than mine and their many illegitimate children are dressed to the 9's. My wife and I both work full-time. Everyone needs to quit pointing fingers at big business and point towards themselves...look how much money they spend on things they do not need and make some adjustments. Aggravating!
AMEN MY FRIEND, AMEN. WHEN WILL MY FAMILY ACTUALLY REAP THE BENEFITS OF MY PAYCHECK? WHY IS EVERYONE ELSE'S FAMILY POVERTY MY PROBLEM? IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD YOUR KIDS, THERE ARE FAMILIES WILLING AND READY TO ADOPT. IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO GET AN EDUCATION AND GET A JOB, STARVE! YOU ARE NOT MY PROBLEM! JUST TIRED OF HAVING TO PAY FOR EVERYONE ELSE'S MISTAKES. QUIT MAKING EXCUSES ABOUT HOW DISADVANTAGED YOU ARE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

“Put the Kool-Aid down!!”

Since: Jun 08

Los Angeles, CA

#44 Sep 1, 2008
westside johnny wrote:
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you need to get real! these republican based employers such as infocision which riases money for the repubs need to be held to the fire and pay a decent wage so that employee's can buy insurance.
"Get Real" is a mans' man. One TOUGH HOMBRE!!!
westside johnny

Mantua, OH

#45 Sep 1, 2008
AUS wrote:
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AMEN MY FRIEND, AMEN. WHEN WILL MY FAMILY ACTUALLY REAP THE BENEFITS OF MY PAYCHECK? WHY IS EVERYONE ELSE'S FAMILY POVERTY MY PROBLEM? IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD YOUR KIDS, THERE ARE FAMILIES WILLING AND READY TO ADOPT. IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO GET AN EDUCATION AND GET A JOB, STARVE! YOU ARE NOT MY PROBLEM! JUST TIRED OF HAVING TO PAY FOR EVERYONE ELSE'S MISTAKES. QUIT MAKING EXCUSES ABOUT HOW DISADVANTAGED YOU ARE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
but they have jobs. WTF.

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