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<quoted text>Complete and utter BS, uttered (posted) by someone that doesn't know what they're talking about. Not surprised.

Been there and done that...
Lord, I despise ignorance.

It's always sadly ironic whenever a Right Wing Wackos come into a law office to complain your doctor or surgeon has harmed them or a family member through malpractice.

In the states with which I'm familiar, the attorney will explain to you that, unless unless your spouse earned substantial income, his or her death just isn't worth suing over, because statutory limits on recovery for pain and suffering and lack of consortium and companionship make the potential recovery not worth an attorney's time or effort.

The attorney will explain that under statutes enacted to discourage lawsuits against doctors, it may cost a minimum of $100,000 to hire medical doctors as experts to file affidavits just to have the right to even file the lawsuit, and doctors to testify at trial, and years of litigation and work by the attorney to prosecute any decent sized malpractice lawsuit.

They'll explain to you that if you don't win, you'll have to pay the costs for the other side, and in some cases, if offers of judgment were made, you'll have to pay their fees also.

Got an extra $1,000,000 lying around ?

You won't have the money to pay for a lawyer, or you being a good Right Winger, you'll want the attorney to risk his money and years of his life, and take the case on contingency, so you can transfer the risk and the cost to someone else.

When the attorney refuses, you'll be angry - where's the justice ?

Suddenly, it'll come home to you what it means to be a little guy in modern day America, where all those rules made to protect defendants from those "bad" plaintiff's attorneys actually work.

It's ironic, but it's the result of your getting the very laws you wanted.

Having seen this rodeo about 200 X, tell me again how I have no idea what I'm talking about.

The vast majority of attorneys won't go near a medmal case because the rules are designed to make it as difficult and expensive as possible to prevail.

Why are Right Wing Wackos so proud if their ignorance ?,

and

why do they assume everyone else is as ignorant as get are ?
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Isn't it ironic ?
If you put the a Keffiyeh on a Right Wing Wacko, and dropped him off at the Muslim Taliban convention, within a few minutes they'd all be bestest buddies.
After all, they share a disgust for education, a love of ignorance, intolerance, and the hatred and fear of anything and everything different from themselves - and they are completely ignorant regarding the religion they claim to follow.
When you think about it - it's amusing in its way.
The only thing amusing is stupid you prove yourself to be, second only to your breath taking dishonesty.
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http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
Actually, arbitrarily is exactly how it works when medical practices get letters stating that "Medicare will be cutting reimbursements for x procedure from $75 to $60 - not because of new information, but simply because of a bureaucratic decision. And those "wildly inflated costs" include covering the costs of patients who do not pay their bill and malpractice insurance that continues to go up - now if anyone really wanted to bring down medical costs, tort reform would make a HUGE difference - I wonder why that wasn't done, oh, silly me - trial lawyers have Democrats in their back pockets.
Educate yourself...

Hospital Costs Go Public: What Changes In Health Care?
May 08, 2013 1:00 PM
http://www.npr.org/2013/05/08/182295999/drama...

One hospital outside Dallas charges a little over 14 grand for pneumonia treatment. Another hospital a few miles down the same street charges more than twice as much, over $38,000. Why? Why has it taken so long for those prices to be made public? And now that they're out, how is that going to change health care?

Today the Obama administration published the prices hospitals charge for the 100 most common procedures, and the discrepancies are staggering. Here in Washington, one hospital charges $69,000 for a joint replacement. You can pay less than half of that just across town....
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Everyone's worried about cost and effect, or about who has too much and who has too little.

Not to worry, if the below link becomes the norm we will all be living in poverty.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/1...
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<quoted text>The only thing amusing is stupid you prove yourself to be, second only to your breath taking dishonesty.

A genetic defect called bombastic, increased by being full of BS.


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Here's a question, so many of you have such a problem with the salaries that successful business entrepreneurs earn. It doesn't seem to matter that most of them started from scratch and risked their own money to start a business that succeeded (when so many of them fail and lose everything they invested) and so they were able to expand and hire more employees - thus enabling those people to earn a living and support their families. Those employees would then advance through the company, achieving higher earnings as they went. Expand, hire more people and on and on.
Physicians go through many years of schooling before they ever see a decent paycheck. Four years of college, followed by four years of medical school followed by 3-6 years of residency and possibly 1-2 more years of fellowship training. So they are anywhere from 12 -16 years of training before getting their first "real" job and they are facing the joy of paying back college and medical school loans as well. And different specialties earn very different salaries.
So while you are complaining about the businessman and the physician, where is your anger at the Hollywood elite who demand millions to work a few months on a film - thus driving up the costs of movie tickets. Try taking a family of 5 to the movies and letting the kids get something as basic as a drink and popcorn and maybe split some candy. It could easily set them back $70-$80 dollars - just to go to a movie. Let's look at what some actors pulled in from May 2011- May 2012 - that's one year, folks.
Tom Cruise -$75 million
Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler -$37 million
Kristen Stewart -$34.5 million
And then we have our professional athletes who demand multimillion dollar a year contracts - what do you think that does to the price of a sports ticket. Anybody tried to take that same family of 5 to a game recently? I went on the Braves website and a seat in the nose bleed section of Right Field cost a lovely $47 - that's for ONE ticket.
But somehow when the Left is harping on about how unfair it is that presidents of companies or some doctors make what are admittedly some very nice incomes, no one is talking about the actors who make multimillions for pretending and athletes who make multimillions for playing a children's game.
Anybody else see selective outrage at work??

Selectivity of running in the gutters of ignorance, hyperactivity, & hyperbole.

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Everyone's worried about cost and effect, or about who has too much and who has too little.
Not to worry, if the below link becomes the norm we will all be living in poverty.
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/1...

If the above does occur, then we will fit into the failed state category at this link. Scroll down for the listings.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failed_state


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Here in Washington, one hospital charges $69,000 for a joint replacement. You can pay less than half of that just across town....

Sure it's cheaper across town, they use materials made from China while the first hospital use American made materials.

Everyone knows the best is made in America.
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<quoted text>Complete and utter BS, uttered (posted) by someone that doesn't know what they're talking about. Not surprised.

Been there and done that...
Thanks for once again displaying the Right Wing Wackos pride in their ignorance.

Oh Karma... How amazing it is to see all these anti-lawyer, anti-plantiffs, anti-justice Right Wing Wackos change their tune, when they're the

Don't believe me.

Google - Section 766, Florida Statutes, and its Georgia equivalent,(which may not even exist in the future as doctors want juries replaced by an appointed board) then tell us all how easy it is

Thanks for playing.

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Hopefully, you'll never have to learn that when someone you love is damaged or killed through medical negligence. If it happens, your attitude will change - it always does.
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Quotes from "Informed Opinion" regarding the 12 revisions of the Benghazi talking points.
"What a joke. Is this supposed to be a matter if any importance ?"
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But 4 Americans are killed in the 17th attack on embassies and consulates and suddenly we have to "investigate".
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Hopefully, no one you love is ever abandoned by our government for political reasons. "If it happens, your attitude will change - it always does."

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It's always sadly ironic whenever a Right Wing Wackos come into a law office to complain your doctor or surgeon has harmed them or a family member through malpractice.
In the states with which I'm familiar, the attorney will explain to you that, unless unless your spouse earned substantial income, his or her death just isn't worth suing over, because statutory limits on recovery for pain and suffering and lack of consortium and companionship make the potential recovery not worth an attorney's time or effort.
The attorney will explain that under statutes enacted to discourage lawsuits against doctors, it may cost a minimum of $100,000 to hire medical doctors as experts to file affidavits just to have the right to even file the lawsuit, and doctors to testify at trial, and years of litigation and work by the attorney to prosecute any decent sized malpractice lawsuit.
They'll explain to you that if you don't win, you'll have to pay the costs for the other side, and in some cases, if offers of judgment were made, you'll have to pay their fees also.
Got an extra $1,000,000 lying around ?
You won't have the money to pay for a lawyer, or you being a good Right Winger, you'll want the attorney to risk his money and years of his life, and take the case on contingency, so you can transfer the risk and the cost to someone else.
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The vast majority of attorneys won't go near a medmal case because the rules are designed to make it as difficult and expensive as possible to prevail.
"loser pays" has been shown to reduce frivolous lawsuits and actually helps those who have true grounds for litigation.
While most western nations have a form of loser pays, I could only find 8 states with loser pays of any kind and not all those applied to medical malpractice suits. Please list which states have medical malpractice loser pays laws.
Florida HAD "loser pays" for a whopping total of 5 years from 1980-1985, it was not implemented properly and both "sides" were hurt - however, those who have studied the full effects say that "the baby should not have been thrown out with the bath water" and are suggesting a modified form - if Florida has enacted another type of "loser pays", please cite it, because I tried every permutation of phrase on Google and couldn't find it. That is a serious request, I would love to look at them. The only ones I could find were Alaska and Texas.

The "medical malpractice" lottery is a loser for all responsible people - plaintiffs who suffered no harm and ambulance chasing lawyers clog up the system with frivolous lawsuits that they never intend to take to court, they are just hoping for an insurance settlement to make a buck for nothing. And if the insurance company chooses to settle, the doctor has no choice even if he/she wants to fight for their good name - and then they get to forever after have the reputation of having settled a malpractice suit and they get to pay increased insurance costs for the rest of their career - often for no wrongdoing AT ALL.

Am I denying malpractice exists? Absolutely not - but there is a lottery system mentality among some because VERY FEW states have loser pays. Just look at the trial lawyer advertisements on television - "You don't pay, if we don't win." - why not roll that dice? Are patients who are harmed through TRUE negligence entitled to compensation, of course. But even in cases where the doctor was not at fault and some bad result occurred, for whatever reason, the doctor is fighting the natural inclination of jurors to look at the person who has incurred injury and feel sorry for them and want to help them - REGARDLESS of whether or not the doctor actually did anything wrong - after all, he/she can afford it, right?

So it looks like your post is a load of horse feathers and isn't even true in Florida anymore.
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<quoted text>I agree with you to a degree. I do believe queers are born that way, but it stil doesn't it make it alright. I say this because I have a couple of queer friends that I grew up with and they've always been sissies. Some people are natural born killers. Is it alright for them to give in to the urge to kill folks. I hope my kids believe in God enough to where even if they have them sick urges to ignore them.
You do realize that they are just as much creatures of GOD as you, or do you.
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Please, let's stop the picking & poking about gays. It seems you do this purposefully. Yes, God loves sweet, honest, loving gay people, more than homophobes and Kansas Westboro Church members. Does that answer your question? We haven't spoken of gays for awhile, please let it rest on this Mother's Day Sunday.

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Oh my wrote:
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Educate yourself...
Hospital Costs Go Public: What Changes In Health Care?
May 08, 2013 1:00 PM
http://www.npr.org/2013/05/08/182295999/drama...
One hospital outside Dallas charges a little over 14 grand for pneumonia treatment. Another hospital a few miles down the same street charges more than twice as much, over $38,000. Why? Why has it taken so long for those prices to be made public? And now that they're out, how is that going to change health care?
Today the Obama administration published the prices hospitals charge for the 100 most common procedures, and the discrepancies are staggering. Here in Washington, one hospital charges $69,000 for a joint replacement. You can pay less than half of that just across town....
Perhaps this poster could "Educate yourself...", too.

Charges for a procedure, visit, test, etc. are pretty much useless any more as the insurance companies, managed care, etc. have determined what they will pay each of the aforementioned items.

Look on an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) sometime. They'll have some info on them regarding the base charge, the insurance adjustment or contractual adjustment, the balance due from the insurance company (more likely than not it will be less, probably much less) and the expected patient balance.

Is the charge "real" if no one pays it?

It would take more time than I care to spend explaining how charges got way out of line in the examples mentioned in the article, but the "outlandish" charges were meant for the few patients that actually paid charges because they had no insurance. A good portion of those charges ended up as bad debts.

Another thing: the Hospital Audit Guide, many years ago, changed the beginning line on the income statement for healthcare providers to be "Net Patient Service Revenue (or similar).

Another set of words for Net Patient Service Revenue is: How much are we going to get paid? Not, how much are our charges?

In the "olden" days you could have (for simplicity):

Gross Revenue $25,000
Contractual Adjustments (15,000)
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Net Patient Service Revenue $10,000

Now, actually many years ago, it's just:

Net Patient Service Revenue $10,000

The rationale: Gross revenue (the cumulative charges) is/was a useless phrase/item/number that had very little meaning.

BTW, as Clark Howard mentions, if you're having a procedure not covered by your insurance company (maybe a boob job, not sure if RK or certain eye procedures are always covered), you should negotiate with the provider for the managed care rate.
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<quoted text>I'm starting to see the insidious nature of the whole plan now. Why didn't Aggie just state this to begin with! Now I understand. There are dangerous forces at work here.

http://i4.ytimg.com/vi/syBRZGU95aA/mqdefault....
I'm just worried our friend Aggie will figure out that Brietbart was assassinated to keep him from releasing "the video".

The one that conclusively proves that every single human being in the Western Hemisphere who ever encountered Obama is part of the conspiracy to do something illicit.

Forget The CFR, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberg Group - we're talking Murder !!!
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Quotes from "Informed Opinion" regarding the 12 revisions of the Benghazi talking points.
"What a joke. Is this supposed to be a matter if any importance ?"
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But 4 Americans are killed in the 17th attack on embassies and consulates and suddenly we have to "investigate".
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Hopefully, no one you love is ever abandoned by our government for political reasons. "If it happens, your attitude will change - it always does."
Yea- hopefully you Right Wing Wackos are never called to account for 4,000 dead American Troops, and $6,000,000,000,000.00 in debt our children and grandchildren will have to pay.

But hey, dead American Troops and Trillions in debt aren't interesting to RWWs - no way to spin it positively for you all, so just bury those issues along with our troops.

"Nothing to see here - just move along".

Hey, don't worry, nobody notices you didn't care when all those embassy attacks happened under Right Wing Wacko rule.

"No problem with attacks on embassies and consulates when RWWs in charge - just move along".

And you wonder why nobody takes RWWs seriously.

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Informed Opinion wrote:
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Lord, I despise ignorance.
It's always sadly ironic whenever a Right Wing Wackos come into a law office to complain your doctor or surgeon has harmed them or a family member through malpractice.
In the states with which I'm familiar, the attorney will explain to you that, unless unless your spouse earned substantial income, his or her death just isn't worth suing over, because statutory limits on recovery for pain and suffering and lack of consortium and companionship make the potential recovery not worth an attorney's time or effort.
The attorney will explain that under statutes enacted to discourage lawsuits against doctors, it may cost a minimum of $100,000 to hire medical doctors as experts to file affidavits just to have the right to even file the lawsuit, and doctors to testify at trial, and years of litigation and work by the attorney to prosecute any decent sized malpractice lawsuit.
They'll explain to you that if you don't win, you'll have to pay the costs for the other side, and in some cases, if offers of judgment were made, you'll have to pay their fees also.
Got an extra $1,000,000 lying around ?
You won't have the money to pay for a lawyer, or you being a good Right Winger, you'll want the attorney to risk his money and years of his life, and take the case on contingency, so you can transfer the risk and the cost to someone else.
When the attorney refuses, you'll be angry - where's the justice ?
Suddenly, it'll come home to you what it means to be a little guy in modern day America, where all those rules made to protect defendants from those "bad" plaintiff's attorneys actually work.
It's ironic, but it's the result of your getting the very laws you wanted.
Having seen this rodeo about 200 X, tell me again how I have no idea what I'm talking about.
The vast majority of attorneys won't go near a medmal case because the rules are designed to make it as difficult and expensive as possible to prevail.
Why are Right Wing Wackos so proud if their ignorance ?,
and
why do they assume everyone else is as ignorant as get are ?
LMBO.

One of the uninformed poster's comments was, "most attorneys won't come within a mile of a malpractice claim."

One of my comments was, "Although, that being said, I guess one would have to define what "most attorneys" means..."

There are MANY attorneys advertising on TV AND radio asking people if they were hurt or injured by a doctor or a drug, so I guess it gets back to the uninformed one's definition of most attorneys.

BTW, not that I need to "support" what I'm saying, but I was involved in malpractice cases in hospitals, dialysis clinics, drug companies and dental practices. There's plenty of attorneys out there, many are/were working on contingency. If the plaintiff's case doesn't win, they don't get paid...
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Aggie23 wrote:
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"loser pays" has been shown to reduce frivolous lawsuits and actually helps those who have true grounds for litigation.
While most western nations have a form of loser pays, I could only find 8 states with loser pays of any kind and not all those applied to medical malpractice suits. Please list which states have medical malpractice loser pays laws.
Florida HAD "loser pays" for a whopping total of 5 years from 1980-1985, it was not implemented properly and both "sides" were hurt - however, those who have studied the full effects say that "the baby should not have been thrown out with the bath water" and are suggesting a modified form - if Florida has enacted another type of "loser pays", please cite it, because I tried every permutation of phrase on Google and couldn't find it. That is a serious request, I would love to look at them. The only ones I could find were Alaska and Texas.
The "medical malpractice" lottery is a loser for all responsible people - plaintiffs who suffered no harm and ambulance chasing lawyers clog up the system with frivolous lawsuits that they never intend to take to court, they are just hoping for an insurance settlement to make a buck for nothing. And if the insurance company chooses to settle, the doctor has no choice even if he/she wants to fight for their good name - and then they get to forever after have the reputation of having settled a malpractice suit and they get to pay increased insurance costs for the rest of their career - often for no wrongdoing AT ALL.
Am I denying malpractice exists? Absolutely not - but there is a lottery system mentality among some because VERY FEW states have loser pays. Just look at the trial lawyer advertisements on television - "You don't pay, if we don't win." - why not roll that dice? Are patients who are harmed through TRUE negligence entitled to compensation, of course. But even in cases where the doctor was not at fault and some bad result occurred, for whatever reason, the doctor is fighting the natural inclination of jurors to look at the person who has incurred injury and feel sorry for them and want to help them - REGARDLESS of whether or not the doctor actually did anything wrong - after all, he/she can afford it, right?
So it looks like your post is a load of horse feathers and isn't even true in Florida anymore.
Aggie, great post! However, you should know you are disparaging one of Informed Opinion's idols in former Senator and Presidential candidate, John Edwards. As you recall, he is one of those wonderful Liberals who amassed a large fortune on the backs of poor people by suing doctors and hospitals. He made $25,000,000 on one malpractice case alone. Of course he cared about poor people and talked constantly about the disparity in incomes.

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