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Ted Cruz heads to Liberty U to woo evangelicals

There are 139 comments on the WTOP-FM Washington story from Apr 2, 2014, titled Ted Cruz heads to Liberty U to woo evangelicals. In it, WTOP-FM Washington reports that:

Possible presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is auditioning at one of the nation's largest meetings of young evangelicals, a critical voting bloc for any Republican with White House ambitions.

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serfs up

Ormond Beach, FL

#21 Apr 3, 2014
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Helping the needy through just private charities wouldn't even cause a ripple on the sea of suffering that exists today. It's a question of whether your money should be "extorted" to lend a fellow human a helping hand, or to fund an obscene war that kills people by the thousands.
Greed may not be a crime, but it should be.
Saul Alinsky lives!

Since: Mar 14

Ridgedale, MO

#22 Apr 4, 2014
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
Helping the needy through just private charities wouldn't even cause a ripple on the sea of suffering that exists today.
It worked well in this country for 150 years until far left liberals implemented socialism. And how has the war on poverty gone since then? Well, it's been an utter failure. Today, we have more people living in poverty than ever. That's right, with big daddy government redistributing the wealth, we have record numbers on welfare and living below the poverty line. Fact.
It's a question of whether your money should be "extorted" to lend a fellow human a helping hand, or to fund an obscene war that kills people by the thousands.
Greed may not be a crime, but it should be.
It shouldn't be extorted at all. Robin Hood may have been a romantic figure, but in the end he was nothing but a thief. Same thing with our government.

The ends don't justify the means.

“Happiness comes through giving”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#23 Apr 4, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>
It worked well in this country for 150 years until far left liberals implemented socialism. And how has the war on poverty gone since then? Well, it's been an utter failure. Today, we have more people living in poverty than ever. That's right, with big daddy government redistributing the wealth, we have record numbers on welfare and living below the poverty line. Fact.
<quoted text>
It shouldn't be extorted at all. Robin Hood may have been a romantic figure, but in the end he was nothing but a thief. Same thing with our government.
The ends don't justify the means.
It worked well, huh? Get someone to read an American history book to you.
Robert

Douglasville, GA

#24 Apr 4, 2014
If he would talk as much about the changes he would put in place of Obamacare as much as he does its evils I might listen, I still might not agree but I would at least listen. I don't like the party of NO anymore than I like the party of YES WE CAN (take your money). Healthcare was already broken when Obamacare came along and broke it in a different way.

Since: Mar 14

Ridgedale, MO

#25 Apr 7, 2014
Robert wrote:
If he would talk as much about the changes he would put in place of Obamacare as much as he does its evils I might listen, I still might not agree but I would at least listen. I don't like the party of NO anymore than I like the party of YES WE CAN (take your money). Healthcare was already broken when Obamacare came along and broke it in a different way.
That's easy Robert. I would allow the free market economy to provide medical care and medical insurance just like any other product or service in this country. That's been proven time and again to be the best method to deliver the best products and services to consumers and the best prices.

Obamacare is very bad for many reasons, but chiefly for me it's a matter of principle. This nation was founded on the ideals of freedom and liberty. We broke from England because the king was a tyrant.

What we have today is a government hell bent on destroying our freedom and liberty, and is diving headlong into tyranny. So many in our country have been indoctrinated in far left liberal ideology that they don't even recognize what's happening, and even support blindly handing over their freedom.

There are many changes that could be made to the private insurance market to give consumers more choices and to drive down costs. These have been brought forth again and again and again, yet they have been consistently blocked by far left Democrats who only want to take a giant leap toward socialism.

They also put talking heads on TV to tell you conservatives have offered no plans when they have. Sadly, you obviously believe the lies they tell you. Do some homework. Think for yourself.

One of those ideas is to pass legislation to allow insurance companies to sell policies across state lines. That would vastly increase competition which would offer consumers more choices and drive down costs.

Another idea is to allow catastrophic policies that wouldn't cover routine Dr. visits and medications, but would cover hospital stays and surgeries should you suffer a severe injury or illness. Those types of policies would be only a fraction of the cost.

Another idea is to expand health savings accounts where people could save pre-tax dollars to be spent only on qualified medical expenses, similar to a 401k except for medical needs rather than retirement. If people could accumulate several thousand dollars in such an account over a few years, they could then use those funds for routine medical care and obtain a catastrophic policy instead of a cadillac plan that pays for everything but has extremely higher premiums.

Another idea is to limit the ridiculous jackpot jury awards for small errors made by medical staff. Those huge awards vastly drive up medical providers malpractice insurance costs, and those costs are passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for office visits, medical tests, hospitals stays, etc.

Another idea is to abolish the Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) which was enacted in the 1990s and forces hospitals to give free medical care to anyone who stumbles into an ER and claims they can't pay. The only way hospitals can avoid bankruptcy is to shift the costs of those services to their paying customers. That means every test, every bandaid, every pill, etc., costs a whole lot more than it should. EMTALA is the main reason for the vast increase in the price of every service provided by hospitals.

These ideas are not new Robert. They have been brought forth by conservatives time and time and time again. Each time they get shot down by far left liberals because they put power in the hands of the people rather than government.

So stop believe the "party of NO" b.s. you hear on TV and do some homework to learn the facts.
conservative crapola

“Hicksville Hootenanny”

Since: Sep 13

Kornfield Kounty

#26 Apr 7, 2014
...and before another staged event, he sang the canukian national anthem. LMAO.
Your Ex

Grand Junction, CO

#27 Apr 7, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>
That's easy Robert. I would allow the free market economy to provide medical care and medical insurance just like any other product or service in this country. That's been proven time and again to be the best method to deliver the best products and services to consumers and the best prices.
They also put talking heads on TV to tell you conservatives have offered no plans when they have. Sadly, you obviously believe the lies they tell you. Do some homework. Think for yourself.
One of those ideas is to pass legislation to allow insurance companies to sell policies across state lines. That would vastly increase competition which would offer consumers more choices and drive down costs.
Another idea is to allow catastrophic policies that wouldn't cover routine Dr. visits and medications, but would cover hospital stays and surgeries should you suffer a severe injury or illness. Those types of policies would be only a fraction of the cost.
Another idea is to expand health savings accounts where people could save pre-tax dollars to be spent only on qualified medical expenses, similar to a 401k except for medical needs rather than retirement. If people could accumulate several thousand dollars in such an account over a few years, they could then use those funds for routine medical care and obtain a catastrophic policy instead of a cadillac plan that pays for everything but has extremely higher premiums.
Another idea is to limit the ridiculous jackpot jury awards for small errors made by medical staff. Those huge awards vastly drive up medical providers malpractice insurance costs, and those costs are passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for office visits, medical tests, hospitals stays, etc.
Another idea is to abolish the Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) which was enacted in the 1990s and forces hospitals to give free medical care to anyone who stumbles into an ER and claims they can't pay. The only way hospitals can avoid bankruptcy is to shift the costs of those services to their paying customers. That means every test, every bandaid, every pill, etc., costs a whole lot more than it should. EMTALA is the main reason for the vast increase in the price of every service provided by hospitals.
These iTdeas are not new Robert. They have been brought forth by conservatives time and time and time again. Each time they get shot down by far left liberals because they put power in the hands of the people rather than government.
So stop believe the "party of NO" b.s. you hear on TV and do some homework to learn the facts.
You've missed a few things..
The "free market" is why we pay $4/gal for gas, even though we are now a net exporter of gasoline
"Catastrophy Insurance" has been around for years. You pay @$80mo. To a company, Assurant Health is the biggest player in the field, and in return they cover you up to $12million in the event of a car crash, train wreck, meteorite, ect. Sound too good to be true? It is. Look at the comments section of any of these providers as they deny coverage to thousands of people, now in bankruptcy, for the smallest of details or interpretations of fine print, look also at their BBB ratings.
PSA? A nice Bush-era tax shelter for the well-off, but for someone living paycheck to paycheck w/o even a 401k, another savings account is redundant at best.
TX reformed their medical-lawsuit system to heavily favor the insurance companies, the resulting .01% redection in awards being passed on to the consumer over the last 5 years
As for stacking the injured up like cordwood outside ER's in the hopes that the Good Health Fairy will soon appear, well that makes as much sense as the rest of your post.

Adam 36

Since: Aug 13

Location hidden

#28 Apr 7, 2014
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>Then this Democrat's prayers will be answered.
Yes, you won't have to vote for 'What difference does it make' Hillary
Robert

Douglasville, GA

#29 Apr 7, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>
That's easy Robert. I would allow the free market economy to provide medical care and medical insurance just like..........So stop believe the "party of NO" b.s. you hear on TV and do some homework to learn the facts.
None of the things will fix what is wrong with our healthcare system and like Obamacare would retain a lot of the problem, It takes to long to explain but in a nutshell healthcare is too expensive, we created a flawed system to take care of healthcare in old age and the way we pay for it is all wrong. What you said will somewhat address the problem but in no way solves it. Employer sponsored healthcare was a bad idea, There are two things that make our healthcare system the most expensive in the entire world, one is the way we pay for it, the sick person is not involved, you see a doctor all you care about when it is time to make choices is whether it is covered or not. For example if you have two choices both of which meet the standard of care, both of which exceed your max deductible but one cost double the other you still pay the same or close to the same. By the time you filter all the little stuff through the insurance company it always cost more too. The other reason things are so expensive is how insurance companies buy healthcare. In a single payer system if you are paying for every new knee used in knee replacements you get a hell of a volume discount compared to insurance companies who only pay for the knees that their insured needs and this is why other developed companies with quality healthcare systems can do the same operation at significantly reduced costs. Basically, here in the US a “cartel” of five companies manufacture replacement knees. The sales rep and then hospital mark up these devices so that the final cost to the insurance company can be anywhere from $25-40,000. Unlike other areas of the economy, where having five companies all manufacturing the same thing would mean low prices, a combination of financial ties to surgeons, anti-competitive behavior, regulation and health insurance have kept these prices very high. On top of that insurance companies are not motivated to reduce the prices because they just raise their rates to make up for it, as long as the other insurance companies do the same everyone wins, well everyon but those who pay the insurance bill. Insurance is not really insurance anymore it is just a healthcare payment plan.

I am not saying we have to have socialized medicine in this country but until you come up with a solution which will lower cost the way a single payer system will you have not got a competing proposal you are just a party of NO. Just easing barriers to make it easier to buy insurance won't cut it. I have not even touched on the other problems of coverage for the poor and cost of medicare but really neither have the republicans.

Since: Mar 14

Ridgedale, MO

#30 Apr 7, 2014
Your Ex wrote:
The "free market" is why we pay $4/gal for gas
No, we pay $4 for gas because more than 10% of that is government tax. We also pay $4 because government thinks it's smart not to use our own oil but to buy it from the middle east.
"Catastrophy Insurance" has been around for years. You pay @$80mo.
Not for medical care it hasn't. State regulations require certain coverages to be contained in every policy sold. Obamacare does the same thing, except it has many more mandated items.
PSA? A nice Bush-era tax shelter for the well-off, but for someone living paycheck to paycheck w/o even a 401k, another savings account is redundant at best.
If people choose natty lite and marlboros over saving for their future health care needs, that's their choice. But they shouldn't cry about not having money to pay for their ER visit.
TX reformed their medical-lawsuit system to heavily favor the insurance companies, the resulting .01% redection in awards being passed on to the consumer over the last 5 years
Evidence? I'm skeptical.
As for stacking the injured up like cordwood outside ER's in the hopes that the Good Health Fairy will soon appear, well that makes as much sense as the rest of your post.
I didn't post anything about stacking up outside ERs. I pointed out the fact that government mandated free ER care requires hospitals to shift that cost to paying customers if they want to avoid bankruptcy. That drives up costs for everyone else.

“Bullsh*% Detector Enabled”

Since: Dec 08

Brooklyn, New York

#32 Apr 7, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>No, we pay $4 for gas because more than 10% of that is government tax. We also pay $4 because government thinks it's smart not to use our own oil but to buy it from the middle east.

[QUOTE]"Catastrophy Insurance" has been around for years. You pay @$80mo."

Not for medical care it hasn't. State regulations require certain coverages to be contained in every policy sold. Obamacare does the same thing, except it has many more mandated items.

[QUOTE]PSA? A nice Bush-era tax shelter for the well-off, but for someone living paycheck to paycheck w/o even a 401k, another savings account is redundant at best."

If people choose natty lite and marlboros over saving for their future health care needs, that's their choice. But they shouldn't cry about not having money to pay for their ER visit.

[QUOTE]TX reformed their medical-lawsuit system to heavily favor the insurance companies, the resulting .01% redection in awards being passed on to the consumer over the last 5 years"

Evidence? I'm skeptical.

[QUOTE]As for stacking the injured up like cordwood outside ER's in the hopes that the Good Health Fairy will soon appear, well that makes as much sense as the rest of your post."

I didn't post anything about stacking up outside ERs. I pointed out the fact that government mandated free ER care requires hospitals to shift that cost to paying customers if they want to avoid bankruptcy. That drives up costs for everyone else.
You're wrong about a few things.

Since: Mar 14

Ridgedale, MO

#33 Apr 7, 2014
Robert wrote:
I am not saying we have to have socialized medicine in this country but until you come up with a solution which will lower cost the way a single payer system will you have not got a competing proposal you are just a party of NO.
Well, if supporting the principles this nation was founded upon (individual freedom and liberty, private property rights, republican form of government, free market economy) and opposing socialism and tyrannical government renders me the "party of NO", so be it.

A single payer government system is the absolute worst we could possibly have. If you think a government controlled system will cut costs, you're seriously deluding yourself. Such a system would also remove all choice from indviduals, and the lack of competition will bring an immediate halt to innovation and advancement because there would be no reward.

Besides, we already know what a government run medical system looks like in this country. It's called the VA. Perhaps you should visit a VA hospital and talk to anyone who has received medical care there. It's pitiful. Hard to believe anyone could possibly think that is superior to what we have now.

Most of what you complained about in your post is caused by over regulation by government. The end of your post advocates even more government control as the solution. That's classic far left thinking.

What we need is to remove most of the regulations placed on the medical industry and move it to the free market. You'd have several companies producing the same medical devices and/or services giving people choices and the resulting competition would drive down costs and improve quality. Also, people wouldn't be divorced from the cost of the medical services they receive. They'd shop around for the best deal.

Free market enterprise is always superior to socialism, every day of the week. If you don't believe me, check yourself into a VA hospital for a week.

Since: Mar 14

Ridgedale, MO

#34 Apr 7, 2014
Black Rhino wrote:
You're wrong about a few things.
Such as?
Your Ex

Grand Junction, CO

#35 Apr 7, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>
Such as?
Um, everything.
"No evidence that health care costs in Texas dipped after a 2003 constitutional amendment limited payouts in medical malpractice lawsuits, despite claims made to voters by some backers of tort reform."
http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/new-...
"Catastrophy insurance" has hopefully been done in by the ACA for the scam it is.
Again, what do you want to do with those that show up at emergency rooms with no ability to pay? Pink slips? Use a family member as collateral?
All your posts on this thread have made the necessity of a single-payer system painfully obvious.
We're the only 1st world society on the planet without one.

“Bullsh*% Detector Enabled”

Since: Dec 08

Brooklyn, New York

#36 Apr 7, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>Such as?
Blaming government for high gas prices for one...
Bee Eff Dee

Webster, MA

#37 Apr 7, 2014
conservative crapola wrote:
...and before another staged event, he sang the canukian national anthem. LMAO.
Your obsession with ted Cruz is getting a little old aint it? Cant you ever post anything ON TOPIC? try posting something intelligent for once. Maybe even tryt posting something original other than your over repeated, predictable hate that you cut and paste from thread to thread (odd, seeing as though you love to report other users for "cross posted dumbo spam" while you do the same thing).
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Just for once in your trolling life could you possibly post something more than one line of insults and try solving an issue with a fresh idea instead?
Robert

Douglasville, GA

#38 Apr 7, 2014
BaracklypseNow wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, if supporting the principles this nation was founded upon (individual freedom and liberty, private property rights, republican form of government, free market economy) and opposing socialism and tyrannical government renders me the "party of NO", so be it.
A single payer government system is the absolute worst we could possibly have. If you think a government controlled system will cut costs, you're seriously deluding yourself. Such a system would also remove all choice from indviduals, and the lack of competition will bring an immediate halt to innovation and advancement because there would be no reward.
Besides, we already know what a government run medical system looks like in this country. It's called the VA. Perhaps you should visit a VA hospital and talk to anyone who has received medical care there. It's pitiful. Hard to believe anyone could possibly think that is superior to what we have now.
Most of what you complained about in your post is caused by over regulation by government. The end of your post advocates even more government control as the solution. That's classic far left thinking.
What we need is to remove most of the regulations placed on the medical industry and move it to the free market. You'd have several companies producing the same medical devices and/or services giving people choices and the resulting competition would drive down costs and improve quality. Also, people wouldn't be divorced from the cost of the medical services they receive. They'd shop around for the best deal.
Free market enterprise is always superior to socialism, every day of the week. If you don't believe me, check yourself into a VA hospital for a week.
You have been listening to Rush too much, I bet you were playing the national anthem when you typed your post and spoke of our founding principles. Speaking of which did you know that Thomas Jefferson, we are talking the original tea party here, supported legislation which amounted to a payroll tax on sailors working US merchant ships which gave them access to a public health care system paid for by the government. He was also concerned about finding a way to provide health care for the elderly. Medicare is a single payer system with the government as the single payer, that is socialized medicine if you did not notice. To say that a single payer system is the worst shows that you no nothing of the way health care is delivered around the world. There are bad examples of single payer systems. If single payer is so horrible why does a MRI cost $1000 but $280 in France. If you knew anything of healthcare you would know that we pay more for healthcare than anyone but don't have any better outcomes than a lot of the socialized systems in developed countries just look at the life expectancies. There are good examples of socialized medicine like in Japan, in fact theirs it too good, everyone loves it, it gets good outcomes (better than ours) but they are spending too much on it and will have to do something about that.

Point is and was you don't have real solutions you just want to say no to obamacare. We could save probably around 40% going to a single payer system. Quit talking about Obamacare and start talking about something else that will work better.
conservative crapola

“Hicksville Hootenanny”

Since: Sep 13

Kornfield Kounty

#39 Apr 7, 2014
Bee Eff Dee wrote:
<quoted text>Your obsession with ted Cruz is getting a little old aint it? Cant you ever post anything ON TOPIC? try posting something intelligent for once. Maybe even tryt posting something original other than your over repeated, predictable hate that you cut and paste from thread to thread (odd, seeing as though you love to report other users for "cross posted dumbo spam" while you do the same thing).
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Just for once in your trolling life could you possibly post something more than one line of insults and try solving an issue with a fresh idea instead?
Boy, your constant whining about other's posts is getting old. Ask around.
Marx Trotsky n Lenin

Amherst, MA

#40 Apr 7, 2014
The Worlds Biggest Lie wrote:
Go to VeteransToday.com to read "Holocaust Causes of Nazi Germany and Implications in Ukraine" (Part III) by editor Jonas E Alexis. It goes into detail about our current state of affairs and crooks like Hillary and Victoria Nuland. It also touches base on Shillary and her photo op with the "Ladies" from Pu**y Riot. The same group aspiring to people like Trotsky from the Bolshevik Revolution. The same feminist group where one pig stuffed a chicken up her vagina and walked out of the store.
This article is brilliant and educational of the Zionist players back around WWI and leading up to WWII. As well as the Jewish hand in all of this disgusting foreign policy we are imposing on the world.
It is also possible your govt backed pro neo-Fascist thugs to overthrow the previously democratically elected govt in the Ukraine. It is also possible the Israeli Defense League was their to incite the rioters. Now we have Pro-Russian citizens protesting in Donetsk, Ukraine. Thank you Barack Obammy! Thank you Shillary the Pu**y Girl Riot photo op fruitcake. The same Fascist Feminist Group that admires Leon Trotsky of Bolshevik Russia.
What a pig!
Hope

Newark, OH

#41 Apr 7, 2014
Cruz'in for President!

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