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    • This helped me understand and had links to how my rep voted...   https://www.michaeljfox.org/foundation/news-detail.php?making-sense-of-health-care-reform-in-washington-a   LAD
    • Hi, Miracle.  Thank you.  It does work out really well for me.  I'm very, very grateful to the Lord for His hand in things that helped all the pieces fall into place in order to be accepted.  I almost didn't make it.    Having a good long-term care insurance policy is what made all the difference.  I encourage everyone to do what you can to get as good a policy as possible.  There are sites on line that will explain what to look for.  There are varying degrees of care and coverage so it's very important to study up on it or talk to a professional who can guide you. And getting it sooner rather than later will help you get a lower monthly fee to pay for it (i.e. the younger you are when purchasing it, the better!).     
    • Hello everyone, I will be on vacation moving my daughter to college. I will be able to start answering questions on Wednesday August 24tg. Thank you for understanding,  Mark
    • As a registered nurse who spent 9 years working in a large hospital, I cannot begin to tell you the amount the truly unfathomable amount of waste in our current healthcare system. In lumping disability with the insurance system, roughly 50% of my patients under age 65 were on disability. Most, for reasons unknown, as nothing in their medical records would indicate that they have a disease or condition that would keep them from working. My fellow nurses and I always said there were three main things that will get you on disability: eating too much, drinking too much, or doing drugs (both prescription and illegal). The point is that a large percentage of money spent on healthcare and disability in the United States is caused by people's poor behavior and poor choices. If we continue down the path we are on, total collapse of the healthcare system is the only inevitable outcome. And this isn't even getting into all of the unnecessary testing and procedures performed just to protect against liability on the off chance that something goes wrong. I have heard many doctors state while they were writing orders that they didn't believe this test or procedure was truly necessary, but they just couldn't take the chance. I have heard some very compelling arguments for both a free market system and total socialized healthcare, and I am really not sure which would be the best solution as both have positives and negatives. However, I believe that we MUST scrap the entire healthcare system that we have now and pick one or the other, as the mixing of the two that we have now is not working. Either way, the real problem is going to be the people who willingly choose to do things detrimental to their health and then expect society to pick up the tab. In my opinion, most everything should be legal, but come with penalties. For example, if you choose to smoke cigarettes - a habit that has NO benefits no matter how you look at it - then you should forfeit your right to ANY social/government support other than assistance in quitting. We have patients in the hospital being wheeled outside less than 24 hours after bypass surgery to smoke! The same applies to Type 2 diabetics. We have so many of them come into the hospital with DKA and do nothing but sit and eat fast food, regular soft drinks, and candy the whole time while we're giving them outrageous doses of insulin to try and get their glucose down. I could literally write a book about what I have witnessed as a nurse - and may do it. People just cannot believe it unless they see it for themselves, though. It was totally infuriating and frustrating as a Parkinson's patient to have to wait hand and foot on many of these patients on disability who were younger and in better condition than I was. They have a total entitlement mentality and don't mind letting society pay for every little thing that they want. Anyways, that's my 2 cents worth. Kevin
    • Fear is a belief,you can always drop or change a belief.People have only their indifference to blame,We must always do our civic duty and stop calling it Politics,lol
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