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Confused TEA partier.

Glad to hear not only Durbin, but good ol Harkin make a point. Is this video recent?

It's old, but when I saw it again recently I liked how succinctly Durbin makes the point and posted it as a reminder to the TP crowd who as you point out apparently have already forgotten the message.

Comments on the Youtube original start at 8 months ago!

I don't understand. What do retirement packages have to do with health care?

As for where your link leads, look, I can make hyperlinks too.

They're both employment benefits. Private businesses and individuals must keep expenses in line with income if they expect to be able to provide compensation and benefits to they're employees or themselves.

If any large business had a debt equal to four years of gross income, most smart employees would be quietly looking for a job somewhere else because no matter how nice the benefit package is, it won't matter when bankruptcy is filed (ask a GM retiree).

Yet for some reason, most of you think the federal government should force employers, employees, and individuals to buy something they might not be able to afford.

They're both employment benefits.

Healthcare is only implemented as an "employment benefit" in the USA. To those of us living in the rest of the industrialized world (you know, with our higher life expectancies, our much lower health-related bankruptcies, half as much of our GDP going to healthcare, etc) you're just not making any sense at all.

Yeah, it all started when our government tried to stop inflation during WWII by instituting wage and price controls. In an effort to lure good employees in a tight labor market under the wage control laws, employers offered health insurance and other benefits that weren't covered by the new wage control laws.

healthcare is only implemented as an "employment benefit" in the USA. To those of us living in the rest of the industrialized world (you know, with our higher life expectancies, our much lower health-related bankruptcies, half as much of our GDP going to healthcare, etc)

You damned socialists with your health care anc higher life expectancies!

I've seen old people. Looks like it sucks.

re: Syngas: "I've seen old people. Looks like it sucks." comment: You may be right about what it looks like from the outside.

This second pass through childhood is surely different than the first. And, to be sure, the best thing you can say about some days is that they ended. But don't knock older age til you've tried it.

A while back we had the backhoe man out with some guys to pull out 200 feet of old rotten wood/wire fencing from the brambles where it lay. When finished, the backhoe man rolled up the fence onto this huge pile in the middle of the pasture. I look at it and think "And? now what?? Do we take it to the dump?" The guys said "bring out a 50/50 mix (oil and gasoline) and a shovel." They poured a ton of fuel mix on that pile and lit it up with a whoosh. Flame soared 50 feet in the air. I rushed for another length of hose and opened full both water valves. By the time I got back to the wood pile, they're tossing more gas on it! "Woods too Wet" they yell. I look around. I swear, EVERYONE of those guys had a mad gleam in his eye. We're not talking boys here either. The youngest was maybe 55, most all were already on Social Security. All aged pillars of the community in their own ways. But they were out in a wet pasture playing with a big fire being really BAD and liking it a whole lot.

Last year I wrote: "No one ever told me that I'd hop out of bed after a great night's sleep feeling all chipper and perky and strong as ever I did, only to look in the mirror and see this old wrinkled white haired crone staring back at me - a perfect stranger. That's not me."

'Course, there's an easy enough fix for that, and in truth I don't miss the time I no longer spend in front of mirrors. Carelessness about appearance is quite liberating I find.

Yea, what is it with this younger generation, no respect for their elders. I find I'm also spending less time in front of a mirror. A straight part, Mom insisted, and the mirror that keeps me from slitting my throat when I shave.

A straight part, Mom insisted...

I have a really big part.

Heh. That reminds me of a road trip across Kansas several years ago. It looked like the whole state was on fire! Turns out farmers just like to burn stuff.

I'm old, but still interested in the mirror and looking good. I find that the older I am, the more that older people look good to me.

I've seen a lot of "old" people who don't look it "sucks"

yummy

For older people who stay fit and take care of themselves, life doesn't "suck". Sure, things happen that suck, but life is till good for those who enjoy being alive.

I find that the older I am, the more that older people look good to me.

Just another benefit of age: fading eyesight.

lol.. so true. Can't see the wrinkles and stuff.

Any American who has seen, first hand, the health care systems of Europe knows that we need to copy what they have and pronto. Instead, hillbillies across that nation listen to the poison Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck pour into their ears about the horrors of socialism. We sink further into a nation of the haves and the have-nots, mostly have-nots. Meanwhile, France is moving towards greater income equality and their health care system is #1 in the world.

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