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Volmari Report This Comment
Date: October 21, 2009 01:57AM

Maybe you americans are not doing it right. Works for us finnish people, and we really don't have to work that hard for it... Give it a shot maybe, without going all nuts and yealling "commie/hippie/muslim/whatever" every time he opens his mouth?

BTW here's an explanation on how Obama won the Nobel...
Seeker Report This Comment
Date: October 21, 2009 05:18AM

I'm with you Volmari. It works here in Denmark too. We don't abandon the poor.
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: October 21, 2009 08:17AM

But does it abandon the elderly and disabled?
Seeker Report This Comment
Date: October 21, 2009 08:48AM

In Denmark we don't abandon the elderly and disabled either, I'm proud to say. However. there is a catch of course. We pay the highest rate of taxation in the world, in average approximately 60 %. When we buy something we pay 25 % VAT plus excise duty. Gas is app. 2 dollars per litre, and we pay 180 % tax when we buy a car, i.e. a car costs nearly tree times as much here as in USA (that's why we drive small cars with small motors).
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: October 21, 2009 09:49AM

quasi Report This Comment
Date: October 21, 2009 12:28PM

So, after working for over 30 years, paying my taxes, raising my family (single parent since 1992), paying for medical insurance which I rarely used for years & years (I don't like doctors but occasionally they are necessary), I suddenly lost my job over office politics and the bad economy last Jan. and have been out of work since though I'm looking every day - there's just nothing happening here. If I get seriously ill or injured do I just lay down and die? Which is worse, accidental euthanasia due to bureaucratic bullshit or suffering and death due to purposely ignorring the need. No one wants to coddle the true freeloaders, though attempting to weed them out adds greatly to the bureauracracy, but the costs need to be brought under control. My only health problem at this point is a bad back which goes back over 20 years. I've worked in spite of the problem btu because I had surgery for it 20 years and I don't know how many insurance plans ago, even if I can get some insurance under the current system if I need any other treatment I'm still SOL because it's a pre-existing condition.

A few years ago a coworker of mine was seriously injurred on the job. Workman's comp took care of his injuries but while he was out of work he was in danger of losing his own medical insurance because he had no money for it. I only learned afterword that he was able to keep his coverage because I had anonimously donated my Christmas bonus to him.

My mom has pretty good coverage thanks to my late father's retirement benefits and medicare but this year the provider is changing and her deductable is doubling. And what if the new provider decides to be a pain about pre-existing conditions which in her case is alzheimers.

I'm not one to be on Barry's bandwagon and I don't like using one of his bullshit slogans, but this is one area that has to change because good people are already suffering and dieing.
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: October 22, 2009 06:23AM

Quasi your situation is the same as many other Americans and I commend you for surviving thus far. For years before I became disabled I was self employed and I just couldn't afford insurance fortunately I never got sick and when my family did I had to pay for it myself. None of the plans they are coming up with will do anything for those in our situation who just can't afford the insurance at all. Granted there are those who are free loaders but they are a very small minority and the rest of us should not suffer because of them. This administration will never do anything for the people because it does nothing for their pocketbooks.