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Friday, July 23, 2010

Getting coverage

INSURANCE companies are legally allowed to discriminate against individuals based on genetic conditions. They can deny coverage to an individual based on a condition of birth. This happened to me after I was laid off. Fortunately, Missouri has wonderful high-risk pool insurance, for which I qualified. It's a bit pricey, but I was thrilled to find that my state provided me something I could purchase. I have worked many 80-hour weeks in my life. It wasn't lack of hard work or money that prompted insurance companies to deny me coverage.

Health issues

WE have a disabled child, and we don't want to burden the government with putting this child on disability, which would be easy enough to do. We want to take care of it ourselves financially. The problem is we're falling between the cracks. For some reason, our insurance company is delaying coverage. Before, we always had insurance through the company my husband worked for all his life. Don't throw out rhetoric such as "Pull yourself up by the bootstraps." Obamacare is in place because we did not trust George Bush to handle the health care issue. Shame on politicians who are trying to draw attention to themselves by attacking the president, who's moving the country forward.

Across the river

I'LL probably never use a casino if it comes to Cape Girardeau. But if we don't get it, there's going to be one across the river. If a certain nightclub owner were still alive in Southern Illinois, we would already have one. Whatever you want, you're going to get one, but it may be in Illinois.

No sign of racism

PEOPLE are saying they don't like the tea party without knowing anything about it. The tea party is for smaller government. I've never seen any racism in the tea party.


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Across the river;

One of the dumbest comments I've ever read. There's already an Illinois casino only 60 miles away that's not doing very well. The area is sparsely populated and pretty much impoverished. You're crazy if you think Illinois is going to put a casino there.

-- Posted by Data48 on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 5:40 AM

good morning...☺

Health issues --- ..huh..what is your definition of "moving the country forward" ? it sure isn't Obama..sorry to hear about your disabled child , may God bless your family..

Getting coverage --- ..talk with your doctor..most are understanding and will work with you regarding medical fees..this leaves the insurance companies out of the equation...

Across the river --- another Pony patron !..have you had the pleasure of taking the Pony Van from Cape over to Illinois ?...

No sign of racism ---- ...racism is everywhere , not just in the Tea Party...as long as people are different , there will be racism , sorry...

only 24 days 'til school starts again ..

..anyone know where to get Adobe Creative Suite 5 cheap ?...

i'm hungry for some roasted goose..think i'll go hang out at Jackson park for a little bit today...

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:05 AM

Health issues...the government has you right where they want you.

Next.

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:08 AM

..i travel south down I-55 alot and hardly ever , if at all , see airplanes coming or leaving from the Cape airport...

is it still open ?...if so , is it worth the money to keep it running ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 12:31 PM

Health Issues:

To trust politicians to provide your health care is not the answer. The government is the problem with their support to provide womb to tomb health care for illegals and their "extended" families as well as all anchor babies. Now we see they lied about Obamacare paying for elective abortions.

I hope things get better in your situation. Our prayers are with you. Your insurance companies are providing less because they have to make up the losses incurred by medical providers because of the government out of control on providing services for the illegals.

FAIR estimates there are currently more than 425,000 children born to illegal aliens each year. This figure is based on the crude birth rate of the total foreign-born population (33 births per 1000) and the size of the illegal alien population (13 million in 2008). In 1994, California paid for 74,987 deliveries to illegal alien mothers, at a total cost of $215.2 million (an average of $2,842 per delivery). Illegal alien mothers accounted for 36 percent of all Medi-Cal funded births in California that year and now count substantially more than half.

n Parkland Memorial Hospital Dallas, the second busiest maternity ward in the United States, 70% of the women giving birth were illegal aliens. That added up to 11,200 babies for which Medicaid kicked in 34.5 million dollars to deliver these babies, the feds another 9.5 million and Dallas taxpayers tossed in 31.3 million. The average illegal patient is 25 years and giving birth to her second anchor baby.

Anchor babies, upon birth in a U.S. hospital cost from $6,000.00 to as much as a $500,000.00 per birth depending on complications such as Down's Syndrome, Autism, heart birth defects, etc. They also cost an average of $9,644.00 each year for their education and thousands more for English classes and breakfast and lunch programs.

These are just a few government mandates that takes away from the care of your child and your family.

-- Posted by Balmy on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 4:20 PM

East Cape is doing very well all because of a new bridge and a strip club.People in Cape that want to go to a casino and Cape people that want job's will go across that new bridge that Missourians are paying for.WAKE UP CAPE, there will be one either here or there, where do you want the revenue to go to.

-- Posted by mogearjammer on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 5:43 PM

As much as some would LOVE to believe a casino is coming to Cape, need you be reminded there are also other places trying to get it AND a state representative now has his political arm in this for an area in St Louis? Hate to burst you bubble and all but politics can cause strange things to happen. If Blago can sell(???) a senate seat, what can happen with a blighted area and a river in St Louis?

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 6:29 PM

There is a struggling casino in Metropolis; I don't see Illinois putting a competitor to seal the collapse.

There is a casino in Caruthersville; I don't see Missouri putting another so close.

The latter is more likely than the former, in my opinion...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 8:03 PM

i got IPv6 provider...it could get ugly...

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/05/27/inter...

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 8:54 PM

I see election signs everywhere for people running for County Commissioner. Why don't the county require background checks on these candidates and not only for Missouri but across the nation? If they did, I am certain there would be some signs come down in a hurry! It is disgusting to see candidates running for office that should not even be allowed to be walking around on our streets and in our neighborhoods. Wake up Cape County! This is just not right!

-- Posted by Confused again... on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:19 PM

Who gets to decide what in a person's background disqualifies them from public service?

Do accusations count, or does there have to be a conviction?

Not a good idea. I support transparency, then let the voters decide. For instance, Alcee Hastings. He was a disgraced and impeached judge, voters in his district knew that when they elected him to the House.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:33 PM

Crap - there goes my retirement plan -

"The Single Life Will Set You Back Over $380,000 in Your Lifetime"

http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/07/23/the-...

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:43 PM

fxpwt

the article is about people living in the U.K....

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:05 PM

Confused again...

...anyone should be able to be invovled in politics..as far as the signs go , if there was a fee for every sign , there would be alot less..

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:08 PM

Rick -

Eh - yeah, I picked up on that - but figured the use of the '$' sign instead of that goofy 'L' sign converted and Americanized the concept enough for me. :-)

Besides, I feel like I should be a lot richer - and that just has to be what I'm 'entitled' to.

-- Posted by fxpwt on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:18 PM

fxpwt

yeah..i reckon single people are really the same all over when ya get right down to it ....

-- Posted by ad..man on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:56 PM

..i still haven't figured out why your snowman hasn't melted in this heat...

-- Posted by ad..man on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 9:34 AM

Rick -

no kidding on the heat there - got to looking at the average daily temperatures - part of my obsessive monitoring of household electric usage.

Thus far in July (based on Ameren's billing cycle), this area is running at 14.9 average Cooling Degree Days, for June it was an average of 15.3 average Cooling Degree Days (CDD). July and June of last year were 9.2 and 12.2 CDD's, respectively.

The Cooling Degree Days are nothing more than the difference between the average daily temperature and 65 degrees Fahrenheit - the point where many begin to utilize air conditioning, and a measure utilized by utilities for expected/experienced electrical demand due to weather.

When utility public relations personnel tell the news that electric bills are high because of the weather - CDD's and their winter sister - HDD's (heating degree days) are the measure they base their statement on.

At any rate, essentially, we're averaging 80 degrees or so, accounting for both the heat of the day and the cool of the night.

August 2007 has been the hottest month with an average 17.9 CDD's (82.9 degF average temperature), July 2002 is second at 16.3 CDD's (81.3 degF), July 2001 third at 15.7 CDD's (80.7 degF), June 2010 fourth at 15.3 CDD's (80.3 degF), and August 2000 rounding out the top five at 15.0 CDD's (80.0 degF), since I started tracking this stuff in Jan2000.

Finally getting around to the point originally intended to be made - high temperatures, in addition to Ameren's new and improved rate structure, should make for some 'interesting' electric bills.

Too much news, eh? :-)~

-- Posted by fxpwt on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 10:15 AM

fxpwt,

Like the new avatar. Much better than Yogi.

Balmy,

Mean you to say if we stopped providing health care to illegals our health care problems would end. How many illegals do you figure are stomping around in Missouri. While you may have some valid points that is hardly the core of what ails the health care in this country.

Onto my favorite topic of a casino. Hardly think one will come to east cape. You see Illinois has different laws than Missouri. I believe they actually have to have boats. That would mean a dock and some infrastructure. Also Illinois casinos are struggling where ever there is competition from another state because you cannot smoke in an Illinois casino. BTW I think Cape has a better than 50-50 chance at landing a casino.

-- Posted by SWBG on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 10:48 AM

fxpwt

your stats are impressive...i used the old fashion method by frying an egg on the street..it actually worked !

and you are correct , i can't wait to see my electric bill..

-- Posted by ad..man on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 12:10 PM

btw...Baldy , illegal immigrants are just like bird droppings , they are everywhere ...

-- Posted by ad..man on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 12:34 PM

Me'Lange

...um , something else i noticed..your snowman has 2 skis and 1 ski pole...would that make him ski in circles ?..☺

is that a penguin riding behind the snowman ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 1:07 PM

SWBG,

Latest estimate is about 22,000 illegals stomping around in Missouri. That is almost two thirds the population of Cape Girardeau, 37,000.

What I am saying is that the illegals are one major variable in our health care costs. There are other contributors including Tort Laws, government restrictions on interstate offerings by insurance companies, and fraud just to name a few. These are all caused by intrusive government. Nothing is free. If you favor progressive redistribution of wealth, you will love Obamacare. Remember nothing is free... Some one has to pay...the question is who pays?

-- Posted by Balmy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 8:04 PM

Me'Lange

A new report published by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says that the annual cost of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level is a staggering $113 billion annually.

If my math is correct, that is approximately 5 years of those unclaimed dollars which by no means can all be attributed to the illegals.

Some other facts to consider:

1. More than 43% of all food stamps are given to illegals which 55 Billion dollars is projected by the government to be redeemed this year.

2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegals.

3. Less than 2% of illegals are picking crops but 41% are on welfare.

4. More than 66% of all births in California are to illegals on Medi-Cal paid by the U,S. taxpayer and that includes you.

5. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties in the U.S. are illegals.

6. More than 39% of California students 1-12 are illegals.

7. 75% of LA's Most Wanted are illegals.

8. More than half of all gang members are illegals.

9. US companies using illegals in 2005, many of which are paid under the table profited 2.36 trillion dollars.

10. US taxpayers (you and me) are footing the bill for all illegals.

When you factor in an average of a minimum of 12 Americans murdered daily by illegals and 13 more killed daily by drunk illegal alien drivers. This equates to more than 9,000 American citizens murdered every year. This is more than all of the American deaths combined since the war in Iraq and Afghanistan combined since the beginning of that war and does not include non-fatal accidents caused by illegals.

The Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the U.S. who have an average of four victims each.

As of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in U.S. jails and prisons up from less than 9,000 in 1980. This number is growing exponentially.

The exorbitant costs and the pain and suffering caused by illegals and the drug gangs killing citizens of America and Mexico in my view makes that debate you referred to as bogus.

On a personal note, we live in close proximity to a public cemetery. We have law enforcement out several times a month to break up gangs having parties and playing boom boxes in the middle of the night disrupting all the neighbors sleep. These punks are mostly gang members honoring their dead comrades. Law enforcement will ask them to leave but refuse to arrest them. They return within 15 minutes after law enforcement leaves and we run the circle again.

I could go on but I hope that those that promote the debate you referred to wake up before it becomes an uncontrollable problem in their neighborhoods.

-- Posted by Balmy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 11:49 PM

Me'Lange

Several sources....Do your own research or better yet come and live in CA, or AZ for awhile. Visit any hospital, emergency room, or walk-in clinic and witness this first-hand. FAIR was not my only source. You obviously believe what you want to believe and see only what you want to see. Perhaps you may be a little biased.

We live between two rural towns 2 miles from one and 4 miles from the other, each with a population of approximately 15,000. The Sheriff's office confirms 500 Hispanic gang members and suspects at least 500 more operating between these two towns. Another biased report....LOL

-- Posted by Balmy on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 11:26 AM

Me'Lange

Several sources....Do your own research or better yet come and live in CA, or AZ for awhile. Visit any hospital, emergency room, or walk-in clinic and witness this first-hand. FAIR was not my only source. You obviously believe what you want to believe and see only what you want to see. Perhaps you may be a little biased.

We live between two rural towns 2 miles from one and 4 miles from the other, each with a population of approximately 15,000. The Sheriff's office confirms 500 Hispanic gang members and suspects at least 500 more operating between these two towns. Another biased report....LOL

-- Posted by Balmy on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 11:27 AM


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