[Homestead] Has anyone heard about this?
lynnw1366 at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 24 07:17:11 EDT 2009
My father was a federal employee, and my mother still has his Blue Cross
health insurance. She gets a constant stream of paperwork showing what
Medicare paid vs. what Blue Cross paid. Medicare pays almost everything.
Blue Cross refuses half of the tiny amount that is left. People complain
about Medicare, but it is serving my mother well, with very little paperwork
on her part. Blue Cross, on the other hand, costs her $200/month and refuses
Tioga Co. PA
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From: "Marie McHarry" <mmcharry at gmail.com>
To: <homestead at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 12:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Has anyone heard about this?
On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM, EarthNSky<erthnsky at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> I started watching his speech.... Also, I think his
> comments about him and Congress having the best healthcare were not
> quite as welcomed as was his intent. I know he was trying to show
> empathy by following it up saying he wanted everyone to have good care,
> but I know I am not alone in saying that he seemed rather smug or
> snobbish or cocky or elitist (take your pick of words) in saying that a
> couple of times.
It's interesting about the difference that listening only vs watching
have on impressions. When I've compared notes on speeches by Obama and
others that I've listened to (or watched) with someone who has watched
(or listened to) the same speech, the emphasis is always different.
This is true even when I share basic political beliefs with the other
BTW, the health insurance that Congress gets is the same that all
federal employees get. I guess the reform bills all include some
similar version: everyone would have access to several plans offered
by several companies but the paperwork and minimum benefits would be
the same. That's the way the state of Illinois has their employee
insurance set up, and it seems to work well. We have open enrollment
once a year. Of course, now that the state is broke, we may all be
paying the full freight if we want to stay insured. Governor Rod left
about as big a mess as President Bush the Second (though he didn't
invade anybody -- probably would have if most of the National Guard
wasn't in Iraq.)
Right now, Skyguy and I have two separate fights with
> two different insurance claims with the same company, and I did not hear
> anything from the President that made me believe that these types of
> issues would not continue to be a problem for many Americans.
I don't think anybody knows what the details at that level will look
like. I've heard several doctors say that they prefer Medicare to many
insurance companies they deal with because Medicare has a list of what
it will pay for, and they don't have to fight over every MRI. Plus,
Medicare pays in a reasonable amount of time (seems that insurance
companies can take months to pay -- while they reap the interest on
the money they have coughed up).
> I missed all the commentary-I'll have to start listening again if the
> eyes of the media are starting to open again.
The media jump on every bandwagon that comes along. They don't have
brains. Get used to it. Thankfully, we have the Internet, and can read
alternate sources. I particularly like to read papers from other
countries. Many of them have English editions.
> ....He is not America's
> Messiah or Savior-he is not the reincarnation of JFK or Abraham
> Lincoln-he's just a guy who became president. Read his friends words...
I don't think anyone with a functioning brain ever thought he was. Any
student of history knows that people don't recognize the great leaders
until history starts getting written. Great leaders change over their
time in power, too. No one would have guessed that Churchill would end
up as one of the greats, for example.
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