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  1. No_Fear

    Anyone Remember the Notorious Posters?

    Just checked and the last time I posted anything here was 2014. Not even sure why I'm on here now, but I saw the topic and wondered if there were any familiar people I might remember. I recall all the back and forth during those political debates, but after that election things got quiet. That's probably why I left, because things got too quiet. Great to see that some of you are still around and posting.
  2. We purchased Volts for the Pentagon. http://www.foxnews.c.../#ixzz26HFQq8hd Now our State Dept. is providing Volts for the for the American Embassy in Vienna.....and oh, don't forget Oslo. http://www.foxnews.c...urity-concerns/
  3. And so it begins - Medicare panel to weigh prostate treatments Debate continues over whether some treatments are excessive By Susan Heavey Reuters updated 2:56 p.m. ET, Sun., April 18, 2010 WASHINGTON - At a time of growing debate over prostate cancer treatments, U.S. Medicare officials will take a closer look at radiation therapy and its ability to reduce deaths and side effects in men. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked a panel of outside experts meeting on Wednesday to say how confident they are that various types of radiation treatment can improve patient outcomes. Researchers have found that many prostate cancers are so slow-growing that most men will die from other causes, sparking debate over whether diagnosis is too frequent and whether treatments, which also include surgery, are excessive. While the meeting will not directly address the agency's reimbursement rates, CMS is seeking advice that could later be used to determine its payment policies. It oversees 45 million elderly and disabled covered by the Medicare health insurance program, about 40 percent of them men. Any changes in how the agency — the nation's largest healthcare payer — covers radiation treatments could affect the use of therapies by companies such as Accuray Inc, Siemens AG, TomoTherapy, and Varian Medical Systems. The experts will discuss the effectiveness of Accuray's CyberKnife robotic radiosurgery system and other radiation treatments such as external beam radiation and implantable radiation "seeds". The immediate impact on stocks is likely to be neutral, said Josh Jennings, a medical device equities analyst at Jefferies & Co. But "if they feel that radiation therapy is being overutilized, there could be a chance for some negative recommendation" that could later cause some waves, he said. READ MORE: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36629506/ns/health-cancer/
  4. No_Fear

    Medical Mutual and Medco

    Nice to know that others are having similar problems. Retirees here in Ohio also are experiencing problems with Blue Traditional. What a low blow after being on Blue Preferred previously. Shortly after the Veba was instituted, my spouse was diagnosed with diabetes Type 2 and high blood pressure and it has been a nightmare. Everything from nothing being covered to having old claims from 2009 being kicked back from Medicare to the new contract coverage. I can now understand why doctors are sick of dealing with filing insurance claims for patients. We also went round and round with Medco. Prescriptions were faxed and refused because they claimed the doctor had used a stamp to validate the prescription form when he really had signed it. In the meantime my spouse was about to run out of needed medications. It has been frustrating. Also found that there are only two places we can order diabetes testing supplies and only one of those places can furnish what we need. I was told by a Blue Traditional representative that if we have any questions about what procedures are covered, we can call with the coding for that procedure and they will check it out. I have had non-hodgkins lymphoma and my oncologist sees patients at a specialty clinic at our local hospital. That was handy for me, since I only live 10 minutes from there. Now, I will have to make a 45 minute drive to her office if I don't want to have to pay an extra charge for the facility. So much for things not changing with the Veba coverage. So far, Blue Traditional has paid nothing. I know we are required to meet a deductible, but am wondering if that will ever happen.
  5. Casting Crowns - " I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
  6. No_Fear

    Unemployment falls, dollar rallies

    You can check out the latest unemployment statistics at the link below: U.S. Dept. of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t12.htm
  7. Thank you for seeing it for what it was.
  8. No, "fear mongering" is more like you and Al Gore and your "global warming" nonsense. After reading your posts today.......maybe you need to get a grip and go take your meds!!
  9. Washington Times September 28, 2009 Liberals seek health-care access for illegals Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access. The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party's spines on the contentious issue, say it's unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they've been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements. "Legal permanent residents should be able to purchase their plans, and they should also be eligible for subsidies if they need it. Undocumented, if they can afford it, should be able to buy their own private plans. It keeps them out of the emergency room," said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Mr. Honda was joined by more than 20 of his colleagues in two letters laying out the demands. Coverage for immigrants is one of the thorniest issues in the health care debate, and one many Democratic leaders would like to avoid. But immigrant rights groups and the Democrats who sent the letters say they have to take a stand now. President Obama has said he does not want health care proposals to cover illegal immigrants. The bill drawn up by Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, excludes illegal immigrants from his proposed health care exchange. Mr. Honda and his allies, though, say illegal immigrants should be allowed to pay for insurance if they can afford it, even if it comes through a government-established exchange. As a generally young, healthy part of the population, illegal immigrants could help reduce overall costs for those who buy into health exchange plans, the lawmakers said. The Democrats' letters, however, do not issue ultimatums or threaten to withhold support for the bills if their requests aren't met. The National Council of La Raza launched its own "flood their voice mail" campaign last week to put pressure on Mr. Baucus to expand coverage in his proposal to include all legal immigrants and to drop verification language in the legislation that would prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining coverage. Mr. Honda told The Washington Times that he's not pushing for illegal immigrants to gain access to taxpayer-subsidized benefits. "That's an argument that's been done already," he said. Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, said proposals that include government coverage for illegal immigrants leave him incredulous. "If anybody can, with a straight face, advocate that we should provide health insurance for people who broke into our country, broke our law and for the most part are criminals, I don't know where they ever would draw the line," he said. Mr. King, who opposes Democrats' health care plans in general, said illegal immigrant access in legislation "would be a poison pill that would cause health care to go down" to defeat. Twenty-nine Democrats signed on to the letter on legal immigrants, while 21 signed the letter on covering illegal immigrants. Although the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus signed the legal-immigrant letter in their capacity as CBC officials, they signed the other letter as individual members of Congress. Under the 1996 welfare law overhaul, Congress restricted most federal benefits to longtime holders of green cards - those who have been in the country at least five years. But Democrats chipped away at that rule when they reauthorized the State Children's Health Insurance Program earlier this year and allowed states to cover all immigrant children and pregnant women, regardless of how long they've been in the country. In their letter, the Democrats said health care costs are much lower for legal immigrants than for native citizens. "Immigrants are part of our families, our communities, our economy, and contribute to the fabric of America," they wrote. "It is simply wrong that their taxes would pay for public health insurance programs to which they are not allowed access." http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/s...llegals//print/
  10. There are many schools that do not close for summer vacation until the middle of June.
  11. A simple song, sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". I'm wondering if you'd have the same feelings if it were sung about former President Bush? (In case your wondering......I wouldn't approve of that either!) What matters who is circulating it.....it's happening in our schools. Kids aren't allowed to pray or say the "Pledge of Allegiance", but this kind of stuff is going on and our taxes are helping pay for it. You need to wake up!
  12. I haven't seen this posted yet....if it was, I apologize. Is this what you want being taught in our schools? Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aqMTD5UFmU
  13. I apologize if the link to the panoramic picture in my previous post does not work for you. It worked for me earlier.....not sure what the problem is. The 2nd link should be okay.
  14. Here is a link to a panoramic view of the 9/12 protest. If you click on the lower right margin of the picture a button will appear which should allow you to enlarge the picture. http://www.freedomworks.org/files/capitol view lo res.jpg Below is a link to an interesting assessment of the number of people at the inauguration of President Obama, the Million Man March and the 9/12 Protest. (Someone on this thread referred to this assessment previously.) It is prepared by Zack Moilanen-Indiana University. Hopefully, you will find it interesting. http://southfloridateaparty.org/wp-content...ac-Moilanen.pdf
  15. Not something he's followed closely..........not important..........Really!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyMOHE8E7Ik