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Speak Out 1/28/11

Friday, January 28, 2011

Palin's message

THOSE on the left do not like Sarah Palin's message, and I agree with them. And I'm a conservative. I'm on the right, and I don't like Sarah Palin's message.

Drug testing

DRUG testing will benefit all involved. It will shine a light on the children who are supposed to be benefiting from food stamps. If the parent is on drugs, you can be sure it's money they want, not food. Someone needs to speak up for these children.

Thank you

I want to thank a very special paper carrier named Jeremy for putting my paper in front of my door. It really means a lot to me.

Pay it forward

Thank you to the couple at the Chinese restaurant in Jackson for paying for the meals of a family of six. That was very thoughtful. We will definitely pay it forward.

Health care costs

IF I go to the emergency room for care, they have to treat me. If there are six people waiting with me and I am the only one who has been paying insurance premiums, guess who pays for all the care? If all had insurance, some call it Obamacare, your premium and cost at hospitals would be six times less.

Drug testing

IF I have to have a drug test to keep my job and support my family, then anyone getting free money should have to be tested also.

Quit smoking

I quit smoking six years ago. Recently I was diagnosed with COPD. Stop complaining about the smoking laws and just quit. Millions of people have done it, and you can, too.

Freedom to smoke

I agree that those who fought in Vietnam did so in order to protect our freedom to smoke cigarettes.

Blaming others

STOP blaming others for the actions of one individual. Jared Loughner shot those people. He alone is responsible. We teach children that they are responsible for their own actions. Should we now teach them that if they break the law they should start blaming their parents, teachers, peers, music and video games?

Health care reform

THANK you, President Obama, for health care reform. I and at least seven other people I know have pre-existing conditions that previously prohibited the purchase of health insurance.

Smoking ban

I can't vote yet, but I agree with the smoking ban. Smoking is deadly and when people smoke around you, it can affect your health.

Drug testing needed

PEOPLE need an incentive to get off drugs and look for work. If all one has to do is cash a check, they will remain on the couch. Drug testing would be the incentive that they need.

Great dinner

I attended the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration recently, and I want to thank Cindy Hawk and her Chartwells' staff at the university. They put on a wonderful dinner and the service couldn't have been better.

Parents unite

TWO things teenagers do very well is lie and drive a wedge between their parents. Parents need to unite. Someday little Johnny will be gone and so will your marriage.

Horrifying prospect

PASS or fail, the smoking ban proposal is a horrifying prospect. Not all issues should be voted on. It doesn't matter if 51 percent of the voting populace wants a restaurant to be smoke free; it only matters if the owner of the restaurant wants it to be smoke free.

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Nobody was prohibited from buying health insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

...and these people vote.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:07 AM

Many existing laws and regulations apply specifically to pregnant women. Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act offer new benefits for expecting mothers. Search online for "Wise Health Insurance" if you need affordable insurance for yourself or your wife.

-- Posted by franklobato on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 5:02 AM

Healthcare costs

It doesn't matter if every individual has insurance or not you are still going to be overcharged for medical care. Question is do you want to take a chance on some major illness or accident causing you to go bankrupt because you have no insurance or do you want to pay a premium every month to get part of the costs paid.

Healthcare reform

I have pre-existing medical conditions and I have always had insurance. When our company switches insurance we just pay extra for a rider that will waive the 12 month exclusion policy. You might pay more but you can get insurance.

Parents unite

This I just had to laugh. It isn't only teenagers it is ALL kids will play one parent against the other if they are allowed to do so. Not all teenagers are bad either I happen to have 2 pretty amazing ones!

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 5:53 AM

"Nobody was prohibited from buying health insurance due to pre-existing conditions."

bobby62914, YOU do NOT know what you are talking about. There are many health conditions that PROHIBIT the purchase of insurance. AND there are many conditions that RATE the policy to the point one can not afford it.

"...and these people vote." Perhaps you should reconsider voting.

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 6:46 AM

Nobody is prohibited from buying health insurance for pre-existing conditions.

Thank you, eskimo pie, for confirming my post.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 7:28 AM

"Nobody is prohibited from buying health insurance for pre-existing conditions."

As a person with a disability, and one who regularly works with lawmakers and others to help the many thousands in Missouri with pre-existing conditions who can't get health insurance, let me assure you that you are talking out your tail pipe. You simply have no clue what you are talking about! Shame on you for understanding so little about an issue before you open your mouth!

-- Posted by wrcactus on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 9:28 AM


A recent national survey estimated that 12.6 million non-elderly adults -- 36 percent of those who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company in the individual insurance market -- were in fact discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous three years.

In another survey, one in 10 people with cancer said they could not obtain health coverage, and six percent said they lost their coverage, because of being diagnosed with the disease."

-- Posted by wrcactus on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 9:54 AM

bobby62914, You really need to inform yourself as you do NOT know what you are talking about!!!


"insurers are usually perfectly free to charge much higher rates or to deny coverage altogether --leading to an entire category of women who are essentially uninsurable."

ONE example!

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 10:10 AM

You know, it really is a case of mind over matter to quit smoking. It just takes dicipline if a person really wants to quit. As for the upcoming smoking ban in the city of Cape Girardeau, odds are it will pass. If the city of Jackson doesn't do something similar, I guess it will just become the "Ash Tray of Cape Girardeau County"

-- Posted by Mr."H" on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 1:10 PM


Not sure about the amazing parents but we do try to be there for them, give them encouragment as well as set down the rules. Keeping them active in sports, school clubs, church and community service around town doesn't leave them much time for trouble. Now just wish it didn't leave them time to torment each other!!!!!!

-- Posted by semoangel70 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 2:17 PM

Think about it. If no one broke the law ever there would be no use for law enforcement. Lot of people would be out of work in the law enforcement. Now just think about it.If you worked at a factory and no body bought your product there would be no use for your job. You would be out of a job.

-- Posted by Beltboy on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 7:50 PM

It seems that some people don't know the definition of prohibited, which is "forbidden by law."

Not one of the above examples, no matter how rudely presented, was of a person forbidden by law from getting health insurance due to a pre-existing condition.

Like I said, nobody is prohibited from getting health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. It may not be available to them, but it is not prohibited.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 9:40 PM

If Jackson becomes the ash tray of cape county,

some may think that it is a step up (for them)

-- Posted by 44044 on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 11:26 PM

bobby62914, prohibit means to prevent or hinder. The word may or MAY NOT be used with regard to a law/statute. Once again, you have no clue what you are talking about.

Just admit you were WRRRRRRRrrrrrong.

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 4:39 PM

Rick, Lucky you. You may have a spouse with group health insurnace in which you are covered by proxy or on a government insurance like Medicare. Or have a pre-existing condition that is not considered all that costly or dibilitating by the insurance company's number crunchers.

There are many pre-existing conditions that insurance companies will NOT offer any health insurance coverage or will rate the individual policy to the point one can't afford it.

-- Posted by ho ho ho on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 5:22 PM

Does anybody know what Sarah Palin's message is or cares?

-- Posted by semo471 on Sat, Jan 29, 2011, at 10:13 PM

I don't suffer fools well; I should have ignored the comment.

Looking at several on-line dictionaries, I did find one with the following definition (dictionary.com):

1. to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.

2. to forbid the action of (a person).

3. to prevent; hinder.

One and two are common, the third is not in most dictionaries (or any other that I saw).

The first one is the commonly accepted use of the word "prohibit." Nobody is forbidden by law from obtaining health insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

Finding obscure third alternate definitions and rudely presenting them as the common definition is laughable...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 12:20 AM

I had a vehicle severely damaged in an accident last month. It only carried liability insurance. I tried to get full coverage on it but I was prohibited due to its pre-existing condition.

That was so unfair.

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 12:24 AM

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