We are not talking about healthcare for it's poorest citizens, we are talking about health insurance for it's poorest citizens. Our poorest citizens have always been able to go to a hospital and receive care and the taxpayers would pay the bill. Today, our poorest citizens are able to purchase health insurance (subsidized by the taxpayer). Hard for me to see a big difference. The major difference is Obamacare screwed up the health insurance coverage for millions of Americans that had policies they were happy with. As I stated earlier which liberals like rzimdars, who probably has coverage furnished to him by UGA can't seem to grasp, is my daughter, her husband (who owns his own company) and their children have seen their monthly insurance premium more than double and their annual deductible go through the roof. My brother-in-law is a Family Practice Physician. He tells me they have limited the number of Obamacare patients to 20% of their practice. Why? the main reason is the rate they are reimbursed from Obamacare providers. It is barely enough to cover their costs to practice medicine. So, today they take no more Obamacare patients. Many of those patients are back to just going to the local hospital for primary care. But wait, all the liberals feel good, these people have health insurance even though the taxpayers are still paying.posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:57
....one more thing, just to make you liberals feel good the "great" Hillary voted yea in 2002 to support the Iraq war.posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 07:09
Wow! the liberals were out in full force today. That's what I get for attacking one of their own. I admit my error in stating the number of democrats that voted for the Iraq war. I was merely attempting to show their were a significant number of democrats that supported the vote to go to war after reviewing the same intelligence that Bush had seen.posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 07:02
Towery is correct, Obamacare is a "disastrous monstrosity" crafted by liberals for their voting base and passed in the House and Senate without one single vote from the republicans. So, all you democrats that had insurance policies you liked and are now forced to pay for and live with policies with high premiums and high deductibles, blame Obama and your own democrat party. Wonder if Obamacare had anything to do with the results of the last election? Probably so. Wonder if Obamacare will be an issue in 2016? You can bet on it. I can see a lot of hard working democrats crossing over and voting republican to help elect a President who doesn't think he is a King and help remove this cancer called Obamacare from our society.posted @ Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 06:49
@rzimdars: No I did not receive the employment information from a Koch website. I never said they would have 20,000 permanent jobs. The initial figure I have was given to me by my US Senators office. You bet I'm stuck on Benghazi. I know Congressman Trey Gowdy will finally get some truth out of this administration. Iraq war? Is that the war that 98% of the democrats voted for after looking at the same intelligence reports that the President had? Sorry rzimdars that won't wash. You have your facts incorrect again in regards to the national debt. When Bush left office, the national debt was approximately 9 trillion dollars. (check the record). Since Obama became President, the national debt has increased to over 18 trillion dollars, he has doubled the debt.
In regards to Obamacare, I would like to go back to the days before Obamacare and I will have millions of people behind me. Some of those people would be my daughter and her husband and children. They had a good policy with a reasonable premium and a decent deductible. They were happy with their coverage. Today, their premium has more than doubled and their deductible has moved into the realm of ridiculous. Thanks Obama!! If you wanted to give free health care to people just do it why screw up the entire system for everybody? In fact, most of the 9-10 million that had no health care now have Obamacare and the government is giving them the money to pay their premiums. I recently heard approximately 9 million people have yet to sign up and they will pay a fine. The SC will soon rule the federal government will no longer be able to provide those subsidies. When that happens, Obamacare will eventually implode.posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:10
@marshalld: This guys article was nothing more than an attack on what he perceives as being republican inefficiencies. How about I attack democrat hypocrisies and problems. Hillary said she was broke when they left the Oval Office, that was proven false. Her service as Sec. of State accomplished nothing. She did manage to have, due to her incompetence by not raising security at Benghazi, four Americans murdered. She is quite frankly a profane individual. The democrats in congress did little for 2 years when they had both houses and the Presidency. They did however manage to totally screw up America's health care system which may never recover from the disaster. Obama in a political speech (State of the Union), failed to mention how he has more than doubled the national debt in just 6 years. He failed to mention how the reported unemployment rate does not count the millions of Americans that gave up looking for a job. He failed to mention that the number of people drawing food stamps has almost doubled under his administration.
Obama's State Department has been studying the XL Keystone Pipeline for over 3 years how much longer do they need to study? Probably until he leaves office. The republicans will not give him that time, he will get a chance to Veto that bill when it hits his desk. Once vetoed he can explain to the millions that support that legislation why he voted to veto potentially 20,000 jobs.
So, as you can see marshalled, as the saying goes, "if you live in a glass house, you shouldn't throw stones". The democrats live in a glass house.posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:30
Millard you failed to mention that under Obama, the federal debt has almost doubled. The 'rosy" unemployment figure is, and under Obama always been distorted because his numbers do not reflect the millions of Americans that have given up looking for work. The polls indicate that more Americans don't feel they are any better off than they were several years ago. If things were so great under Obama, why has the number of people on food stamps almost doubled under his administration? Why has American respect and prestige declined around the globe? Why is their an adversarial relationship between our strongest ally in the middle east Israel and America? Oh! I completely forgot, it's all Bush's fault. Instead of attempting to work with congress on legislation, he stands up at the State of the Union speech and threatens vetoes. What a classy guy.
That speech delivered by Obama was nothing more than a political speech. His level of arrogance is unprecedented in a President. Obama's attitude sadly means very little will be accomplished for the American people over the next few years. To coin Obama's own words "elections have consequences". We won the House and Senate. He seems incapable of recognizing that fact.posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:44
Obviously, this article was written by a far left loon. Do you think he is a democrat? Do you think he believes Obama walks on water? Not hard to figure out. ABH published this for all those readers that think they give deference to conservatives.posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:16
This guy is obviously an educated lightweight. Is he advocating we should just trust Iran at their word and not develop nuclear weapons? Is he really that stupid? The congress is merely passing legislation that says if Iran does not cease their nuclear arms development by a date in March additional sanctions will be imposed. Our "wussy" President has already extended some deadlines and decreased some sanctions in hopes they will comply. Where has it gotten us? Nowhere that's where. Iranian leaders have publically stated one of their goals is to destroy Israel. If you were Netanyahu how would you be reacting? How would you like living next to a country that has sworn to destroy your nation? It's bad enough that we are forced to live in a country that is led by a "wussy" like Obama.posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 11:10
As the saying goes, "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink". If a student comes from a culture where their is little incentive to learn and better yourself, all the money in the world will not change that fact. Why has the dropout rate in public High School's increased? Is it because teachers have forgotten how to teach? Is it because we don't spend enough money on the students? The answer to these questions is obviously no. We are spending more per student in public education than ever before, yet the dropout rate is increasing. Sadly, in some communities the culture of government dependency passes from one generation to the next. Education is not a priority in the home. Taxing the 1% more or giving free trade school or junior college to students will not solve that problem.posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:54
@TeeWee: ....and who has been in office as POTUS? Obama. The cartoon uses the words "money grubbed our way to owning" in most instances the proper phrase would be "earned". In a capitalistic society, that's how it works. Remember, society does not owe you a living. However, in the mind of the far left liberals, they believe otherwise and Obama personifies that belief.posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:35
I always find it interesting that writers of articles such s this have a tendency to always blame congress. The author points out that "democrats can accurately point out that republicans are more ideologically rigid than they are". Where the author misses some facts, is their is no greater ideologue in Washington than Obama. His attitude of political arrogance is unprecedented in the history of American Presidents. Until he leaves office, I see very little changing in Washington. We will see an endless stream of bipartisan legislation passed by both houses of congress and sent to Obama for his signature which he will veto. So, as I stated before, very little will be accomplished and the blame for that politically will be laid at Obama's feet. A good example of this is coming soon, the congress will pass the XL Keystone Pipeline legislation which the majority of Americans favor, Obama however, will veto it and his party in 2016 will pay the political consequences.posted @ Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 12:54
Hatch and democrat Senators have one thing in common, they have a far left ideologue in the WH. The idea to have sweeping tax reform enacted will not happen as long as Obama sits in the WH. Sadly, his idea of tax reform is to hit the American people with more taxes so he can spread it around to his liberal base. Fortunately, with a republican held congress that will not happen.posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:27
It's also hard to clap when the words coming out of Obama's mouth are nothing more than political BS.posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:14
Congratulations Jack!! Proud of the tradition you have built with our swimming program. We have come a long way since the days in the Stegman Pool. Hard work and perseverance will always pay off. Looking forward to another National Championship at the NCAA's for the women. I am especially proud of the job you have done with our men's program. Number 2 in the country WOW!!posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:07
That State of the Union address was nothing more than a political speech Obama was delivering to his base. All those folks out their that live in the "freebie" world from the government. Those mean old rich folks we are going to make them pay more so you can have more "freebies". This President has no clue on how to work with the opposition party. His attitude of my way or the highway will not work. He has a level of arrogance I have never seen in a President. I guess he didn't quite understand the message he was sent this past November by the voters. Thank God we have only a year and a half to go before we rid ourselves of this cancer called Obama.posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 06:54
@tomw: You are correct, we certainly won't learn anything observing CNN, MSNBC, or any of the major networks. Do they still teach Civics in
public school? We had to all take a civics class in HS. It was a requirement to graduate.
@barryhollander: Thanks for setting me straight on the proper spelling of their names, I feel better already. Granted CNN reports the news, but in the few times I have observed them I find it to be slanted left. At least Fox makes an attempt to report the news in a centrist fashion. The networks certainly do not and MSNBC is nothing more than a far left propaganda outlet. Interesting that Fox news has the highest ratings in all of cable news. In fact, some of their programs draw more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined. Opinions are like noses "everybody has one". I will continue to view Fox and I could care less what others like to view.posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 13:19
It is hard to watch CNN (Clinton News Network), MSNBC has more far left radicals Mr.Sharpton the racist, Miss Madow the lesbian, Miss Mika on Morning Joe who puts on her knee pads when talking about Obama. Ed Schultz who wishes he was living in a communist country. Talk about yelling, watch Shultz sometime if you wish to view yelling. Now you tell me, would you rather watch the lesbian Madow or the brilliant attorney (and good looking), Megan Kelley? Sorry "libs" you can have MSNBC and CNN I'll stay with Fox. I quit watching the major networks years ago because of their bias towards conservative ideas.posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 06:20
Besides giving them free bread bags, let's give them all free cars so they can drive to free college with their free cell phones, that would certainly make all the left wing loons happy.posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 06:02
"old Hillary" has made a few bucks with speaking engagements, not to mention the money she has received from Wall Street. Interesting how Dupuy fails to mention any democrats and only chastises republicans for generating money. She personifies far left loons that the ABH like to publish. It keeps the academic class happy. I hope Hillary does run, she carries more baggage than a Delta baggage agent. What a choice the democrats have, "Ding-bat" Biden, way left loon Warren, or "Benghazi Babe" Hillary. Previously known as the "Rose Law Firm Genius".posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 05:49
@tomw: You have an interesting way of describing yourself and other liberals, "open, forgiving, and future concerned". I of course as a conservative, have a far different view of liberals. One thing is for sure, thanks to Obama, this nation is far more polarized than any time in history. As much as I despised Clinton he at least knew how to reach across the aisle to accomplish things for the country. Obama on the other hand has no clue, he thinks he is "King" and only his view is important and other ideas on issues are irrelevant.posted @ Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:46
For the first time Pitts actually pens an article without race as its focal point. I actually agree with the premise of Pitts article, I guess cows can fly.posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 08:02
Ever wonder why gas in S. Carolina is so much cheaper than GA? It's simple, total state tax in SC on gas is 16.75 cents per gallon (ranked 49th in the country). Here in GA it is 27.49 cents per gallon (ranked 23 in the country) We are paying a whopping 10.74 cents per gallon more here in GA than they are in SC. Have you driven in SC lately? Their interstate roads are as good as ours. They have expanded lanes around Greenville and Spartanburg. They spend money on their road system. Where is all the tax money going from gas collections here in GA? This article is correct, our State Officials need to rearrange their priorities on how gas tax is used. One thing is for certain, an increase in the state gas tax is unwarranted. Maybe our state officials need to visit with the officials in Columbia, SC to find out how they maintain their roads with less revenue than the GA officials have to allocate.posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 09:49
@melquiades: In answer to your two questions, I don't think he should pay less but I don't I don't think he should pay more. The capital gains tax is now 28%, that is far more than most Americans pay in income tax. In fact, to my point earlier, many Americans pay little or no tax at all. They enjoy the same freedom and protection I do as an American citizen. Is it fair that they should pay nothing for these freedoms? I believe a dollar earned in the market should be taxed, I never said it shouldn't. To me the big differences in an earned dollar through labor and an invested dollar earned is two fold. The invested dollar has already been taxed at least once. The invested dollar could be lost with no profit. A worker will always be paid as long as he keeps his job. He would never deploy his labor capital if their was a risk that he might not get paid. I was satisfied with the 15% tax, but the 28% tax is unreasonable and to use the favorite words of liberals "not fair".posted @ Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 15:44
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more