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Donald Trump believes that all 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States should be round up and kicked out.

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Guest: one more time (1701 days ago)

"Hitler offered something to everyone: work to the unemployed; prosperity to failed business people; profits to industry; expansion to the Army; social harmony and an end of class distinctions to idealistic young students; and restoration of German glory to those in despair. He promised to bring order amid chaos; a feeling of unity to all and the chance to belong. He would make Germany strong again; end payment of war reparations to the Allies; tear up the treaty of Versailles; stamp out corruption; keep down Marxism; and deal harshly with the Jews."

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Regarding Mexico, why doesn't the USA simply buy it? Pay a bucketload of cash and it's done. Then, all existing illegal immigrants are legal, no problems with border crossings, lots of room for improvement ... I can't see a downside.

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"Hitler offered something to everyone: work to the unemployed; prosperity to failed business people; profits to industry; expansion to the Army; social harmony and an end of class distinctions to idealistic young students; and restoration of German glory to those in despair. He promised to bring order amid chaos; a feeling of unity to all and the chance to belong. He would make Germany strong again; end payment of war reparations to the Allies; tear up the treaty of Versailles; stamp out corruption; keep down Marxism; and deal harshly with the Jews."

Oops, my bad.

Regarding Mexico, why doesn't the USA simply buy it? Pay a bucketload of cash and it's done. Then, all existing illegal immigrants are legal, no problems with border crossings, lots of room for improvement ... I can't see a downside.

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Guest: Voice of Reason (1700 days ago)

Thestrange thing about Trump is that whilst he beliebes he could "Bomb the heck out od ISIS", he's actually a draft- dodging coward.

And whilst he believes there should be a ban on Muslims entering the US, he sucks up to Arabs in the Middle East, because Saudis have money.

And he believes that he's a brilliant businessman who could solve the USA's financial problems, but he's been bankrupt 4 times and bailed out by his father. In Britain, he wouldn't be allowed to be a company director or trustee of a charity, let alone run for political office.

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Thestrange thing about Trump is that whilst he beliebes he could "Bomb the heck out od ISIS", he's actually a draft- dodging coward.

And whilst he believes there should be a ban on Muslims entering the US, he sucks up to Arabs in the Middle East, because Saudis have money.

And he believes that he's a brilliant businessman who could solve the USA's financial problems, but he's been bankrupt 4 times and bailed out by his father. In Britain, he wouldn't be allowed to be a company director or trustee of a charity, let alone run for political office.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (1701 days ago)

The unemployment rate may technically be near 5% but since Obamacare rolled out, companies are hiring people part-time to avoid having to pay for healthcare costs. This means there are millions of people that are underemployed and those people are not part of the unemployed statistic. It's sort of unfair to consider someone that only gets 20 hours or less as being employed.

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The unemployment rate may technically be near 5% but since Obamacare rolled out, companies are hiring people part-time to avoid having to pay for healthcare costs. This means there are millions of people that are underemployed and those people are not part of the unemployed statistic. It's sort of unfair to consider someone that only gets 20 hours or less as being employed.

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Guest: one more time (1701 days ago)

I never did understand why health insurance is tied to employment in this way. If it makes sense, then why not tie other things too? Like, I don't know, pilot training, or shoe design.

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I never did understand why health insurance is tied to employment in this way. If it makes sense, then why not tie other things too? Like, I don't know, pilot training, or shoe design.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (1701 days ago)

Prior to Obamacare, companies did not have to pay for insurance to their employees. Many did, however, because it made employment more attractive for candidates looking for a new job. Companies offer benefits to entice prospects to work for them.

Obamacare now requires employers with more than 300 associates to give the full-time workers healthcare benefits. There are federal guidelines that specify the minimum amounts of coverage allowed to be considered a "legal" healthcare. That is actually quite expensive for companies to provide because it usually costs from $500 to $800 per employee per month.

Many companies have stopped hiring full time employees and are now hiring part time as a loophole to get around having to pay for those employees. People that need 40 hours of work each week to make ends meet are only getting about 20 to 24 hours which is clearly not enough to be a living wage. Then they don't have health insurance either. It is cheaper for companies to hire 2 part timers than 1 full time employee.

Thanks Obama! You suck!

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Prior to Obamacare, companies did not have to pay for insurance to their employees. Many did, however, because it made employment more attractive for candidates looking for a new job. Companies offer benefits to entice prospects to work for them.

Obamacare now requires employers with more than 300 associates to give the full-time workers healthcare benefits. There are federal guidelines that specify the minimum amounts of coverage allowed to be considered a "legal" healthcare. That is actually quite expensive for companies to provide because it usually costs from $500 to $800 per employee per month.

Many companies have stopped hiring full time employees and are now hiring part time as a loophole to get around having to pay for those employees. People that need 40 hours of work each week to make ends meet are only getting about 20 to 24 hours which is clearly not enough to be a living wage. Then they don't have health insurance either. It is cheaper for companies to hire 2 part timers than 1 full time employee.

Thanks Obama! You suck!

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Guest: one more time (1701 days ago)

In the UK, your employer can provude benefits like a company car or indeed anything at all as part of your remuneration. But it all gets valued and your income tax rises accordingly.

So the only difference between having benefits in kind, and having an equivalent higher salary, might be that the employee doesn't have to bother shopping around. But the disadvantages are that the employee doesn't get to choose how to spend their own money, and they might also be tied into some employer scheme that would make it costly to switch jobs.

From what you say it seems Obamacare makes the system more complex, not less, and it has led to Unintended Consequences. Shame. I think the UK system of National Insurance works quite well though I would certainly change parts of it and it might not be easy to apply in the US. (Some folks there are too darn ornery!)

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In the UK, your employer can provude benefits like a company car or indeed anything at all as part of your remuneration. But it all gets valued and your income tax rises accordingly.

So the only difference between having benefits in kind, and having an equivalent higher salary, might be that the employee doesn't have to bother shopping around. But the disadvantages are that the employee doesn't get to choose how to spend their own money, and they might also be tied into some employer scheme that would make it costly to switch jobs.

From what you say it seems Obamacare makes the system more complex, not less, and it has led to Unintended Consequences. Shame. I think the UK system of National Insurance works quite well though I would certainly change parts of it and it might not be easy to apply in the US. (Some folks there are too darn ornery!)

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (1701 days ago)

We are also able to grant other benefits separately from healthcare. We can give life insurance for example. A company car is a unique situation because it shouldn't be taxed if you need that car to do your job. For example, if you're a pizza delivery guy and you're allowed to use the company car while delivering those pizzas.

Regarding shopping around, we still have to do that with healthcare. My employer gives us many options to select from. Then you have different insurance vendors. Some cost more than others and then you need to know which insurance your preferred doctors will accept as payment.

When you sign up for healthcare using the healthcare dot gov website, you get to pick from a wide variety of vendors. The government keeps throwing out statistics that make it sound like the program works good by saying that 90% of the people that use the site qualify for subsidies and a huge price reduction on their monthly premiums. Seems like it's helping people but what they don't say is that people that go there to price shop and do not qualify for the subsidies are better off going directly to the insurance companies to sign up with them and bypassing the government's website altogether. That is why a high number of people qualify for the subsidy Only the poor people get subsidized.

Prescription drugs used to be $5 for generic and $25 for name brand. After the 15% price increase after Obamacare, you now pay 30% of the price of the drugs. That means you now need to go shopping around to find the cheapest place to buy the drugs because 30% of a discounted price is better than 30% of a full retail price. Now you have choices and that decision can end up costing you a lot of money so choose wisely.

“Led to Unintended Consequences.” It might have been unintended but definitely the democrats were warned that would happen so it was known ahead of time that people would be losing their jobs due to the Obamacare implementation. The democrats passed the bill anyway because they didn’t seem to care about the workers. So to make matters worse, the citizen is no longer working and still doesn’t have health insurance.

Obamacare forces people to have an approved healthcare insurance plan. In 2016, if you do not have one, you will be fined a penalty of 2.5% of your income up to a maximum of $2,085. So people that really cannot afford it will be forced to give up food or shelter to get it or face a huge fine. Looking at the hhs dot gov website, it shows how many people get healthcare for each state. Picking a random state of Georgia, 89% of the people who signed up using the government’s website got a credit of $273 per month thanks to the working class and the redistribution of wealth. Georgia has 41 health plans to choose from. The out of pocket maximum (not counting monthly premiums) in Georgia is $6,800 (my employer’s plan is only $3500). The monthly premiums are $461 to $637 depending on who you choose. Total premiums for the year is $5,533 - $7,642. Does this sound affordable to you?

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We are also able to grant other benefits separately from healthcare. We can give life insurance for example. A company car is a unique situation because it shouldn't be taxed if you need that car to do your job. For example, if you're a pizza delivery guy and you're allowed to use the company car while delivering those pizzas.

Regarding shopping around, we still have to do that with healthcare. My employer gives us many options to select from. Then you have different insurance vendors. Some cost more than others and then you need to know which insurance your preferred doctors will accept as payment.

When you sign up for healthcare using the healthcare dot gov website, you get to pick from a wide variety of vendors. The government keeps throwing out statistics that make it sound like the program works good by saying that 90% of the people that use the site qualify for subsidies and a huge price reduction on their monthly premiums. Seems like it's helping people but what they don't say is that people that go there to price shop and do not qualify for the subsidies are better off going directly to the insurance companies to sign up with them and bypassing the government's website altogether. That is why a high number of people qualify for the subsidy Only the poor people get subsidized.

Prescription drugs used to be $5 for generic and $25 for name brand. After the 15% price increase after Obamacare, you now pay 30% of the price of the drugs. That means you now need to go shopping around to find the cheapest place to buy the drugs because 30% of a discounted price is better than 30% of a full retail price. Now you have choices and that decision can end up costing you a lot of money so choose wisely.

“Led to Unintended Consequences.” It might have been unintended but definitely the democrats were warned that would happen so it was known ahead of time that people would be losing their jobs due to the Obamacare implementation. The democrats passed the bill anyway because they didn’t seem to care about the workers. So to make matters worse, the citizen is no longer working and still doesn’t have health insurance.

Obamacare forces people to have an approved healthcare insurance plan. In 2016, if you do not have one, you will be fined a penalty of 2.5% of your income up to a maximum of $2,085. So people that really cannot afford it will be forced to give up food or shelter to get it or face a huge fine. Looking at the hhs dot gov website, it shows how many people get healthcare for each state. Picking a random state of Georgia, 89% of the people who signed up using the government’s website got a credit of $273 per month thanks to the working class and the redistribution of wealth. Georgia has 41 health plans to choose from. The out of pocket maximum (not counting monthly premiums) in Georgia is $6,800 (my employer’s plan is only $3500). The monthly premiums are $461 to $637 depending on who you choose. Total premiums for the year is $5,533 - $7,642. Does this sound affordable to you?

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Guest: one more time (1700 days ago)

Cost of insurance is only one half of the equation. What's the cost of being sick?

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Cost of insurance is only one half of the equation. What's the cost of being sick?

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (1700 days ago)

I detailed the costs of prescription drugs above. Doctor visits, in my case, is paying the full amount as if you didn't have insurance until you have paid a total of $1200 (or $2400 for family coverage). Then the insurance will finally begin paying 80% and you pay 20% of doctor visits. You will keep paying that until you reach $3500 (or $7000 for family coverage). That is the maximum out of pocket expenses you will have. My insurance is considered a good one and people that get the minimum requirements through the healthcare dot gov website will be worse off.

This is the impact of the new affordable healthcare act (known as Obamacare). These costs have never been higher -- ever!

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I detailed the costs of prescription drugs above. Doctor visits, in my case, is paying the full amount as if you didn't have insurance until you have paid a total of $1200 (or $2400 for family coverage). Then the insurance will finally begin paying 80% and you pay 20% of doctor visits. You will keep paying that until you reach $3500 (or $7000 for family coverage). That is the maximum out of pocket expenses you will have. My insurance is considered a good one and people that get the minimum requirements through the healthcare dot gov website will be worse off.

This is the impact of the new affordable healthcare act (known as Obamacare). These costs have never been higher -- ever!

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Guest: jechill (1700 days ago)

What you americans don't seem to understand is that universal health care is a threat to private insurance companies. They make a lot of money from health insurance. When they see things moving in the direction of universal health care they will raise rates, lobby your polititians and cause other havok to try to make the idea of universal health care look bad. They may even sponsor ads to downplay polititians in favour of it. It will look bad in the short term but if you stick with it, eventually you will have a better system that is far cheaper.

Bernie will show you how its done.

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What you americans don't seem to understand is that universal health care is a threat to private insurance companies. They make a lot of money from health insurance. When they see things moving in the direction of universal health care they will raise rates, lobby your polititians and cause other havok to try to make the idea of universal health care look bad. They may even sponsor ads to downplay polititians in favour of it. It will look bad in the short term but if you stick with it, eventually you will have a better system that is far cheaper.

Bernie will show you how its done.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (1700 days ago)

What you don't seem to understand is that several of the health insurance companies are a not-for-profit industry. I cannot speak for all of them but one in particular that covers 100 million people is non-profit. They still increased their rates and they are holding back billions in revenue. Take a guess why. Remember, they are non profit so they shouldn't need to increase rates or hold back money, right?

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What you don't seem to understand is that several of the health insurance companies are a not-for-profit industry. I cannot speak for all of them but one in particular that covers 100 million people is non-profit. They still increased their rates and they are holding back billions in revenue. Take a guess why. Remember, they are non profit so they shouldn't need to increase rates or hold back money, right?

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Guest: jechill (1700 days ago)

yep none profits like the united way, where the managers drive luxury cars and make over 200 thousand a year.

Someone is making a profit, you can bet on it.

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yep none profits like the united way, where the managers drive luxury cars and make over 200 thousand a year.

Someone is making a profit, you can bet on it.

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COncernedCitizen COncernedCitizen (1700 days ago)
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You're being an idiot.

Do you think all non-profit organizations are staffed by volunteers that don't get paid a penny for their work? Is that really what you think non profit means?

Employee salary is not considered profits by the way. That is considered an expense -- just the exact opposite of profits.

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You're being an idiot.

Do you think all non-profit organizations are staffed by volunteers that don't get paid a penny for their work? Is that really what you think non profit means?

Employee salary is not considered profits by the way. That is considered an expense -- just the exact opposite of profits.

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Guest: (1701 days ago)

And I believe that Donald Trump will do and say almost anything to gain the presidency, which would be a disaster of gigantic proportions for the United States of America.

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And I believe that Donald Trump will do and say almost anything to gain the presidency, which would be a disaster of gigantic proportions for the United States of America.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (1700 days ago)

More importantly, if Trump was elected it would be a disaster of gigantic proportions for the rest of the world.

But if Bernie was elected, by far the most powerful nation in the history of the planet would also be far less corrupt, and that would be very positive for the whole world.

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More importantly, if Trump was elected it would be a disaster of gigantic proportions for the rest of the world.

But if Bernie was elected, by far the most powerful nation in the history of the planet would also be far less corrupt, and that would be very positive for the whole world.

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Guest: jechill (1700 days ago)

We're all pretty nervous of a Trump president up here.

We may have to build a wall to keep americans out.

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We're all pretty nervous of a Trump president up here.

We may have to build a wall to keep americans out.

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