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The Pros and Cons of Obamacare-Part I

Unless you are fortunate enough to live on a secluded tropical island, you are probably aware of the new changes in health care in the US by way of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.  I wanted to wait a few weeks after the grand launch to see how things would shake out before offering my opinions. I don’t know that I can say one way or another if this plan is what our country needs to get healthcare under control, but I do see some positives and negatives with Obamacare. We’ll start with the bad first so we can finish on a good note! Cons   Cost– For most young  to middle age people who make more then 400% of the poverty level, your insurance premiums will go up because you won’t qualify for any subsidies. I fall into this category. For a family of three, the cutoff is about $78,000 per year. My current insurance policy has a $10,000 deductible and costs $190 a month for myself and our six year old. (Jim has a good plan at his job) We got a letter stating that our plan was “grandfathered in.” That means we don’t have ...

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Friday Rant-Don’t Get a Boob Job if You’re on Welfare!

I try very hard to avoid rants. If I have a problem, like an unethical co-worker, I try to look at all sides of the issue and come up with a positive solution. However the past few weeks have left me in a tizzy. Tara and Tonya both got to rant recently, so I thought I’d take my turn. Here goes. With my job as an optometrist, I get a pretty good glimpse of most people’s health and financial status by the paperwork they fill out in my office or the things they tell me. (Free tip: If you’ve found by experience that pleasuring yourself does not really make you go blind, keep that to yourself) I try really hard not to judge. Poverty is a huge problem in this country, and health care is crazy expensive. If you need to be on state assistance and you qualify, there’s nothing wrong with that. I do think that some people cross the line, though, and it really yanks my chain. I Hate Glasses The first example of what I think it wrong with the world came in for a LASIK pre-op. She had already scheduled surgery in Denver and wanted the ...

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Obesity in America: What It Costs Us

Two generations ago my grandparents woke up before dawn and had a breakfast that might have consisted of bacon, country ham, eggs, plus bisuits and gravy made with lard. Then they went out to raise livestock and grow crops, stopping only for an equally sizeable lunch and dinner consisting of whatever they had butchered and grown that week. They ate heavy and worked hard. Farming takes lots of calories. Fast forward 60 years to the office worker stocking up on donuts, king size candy bars, and energy drinks at the convenience store on his way to work. These have to hold him over until he can hit the dollar value menu for lunch. He’s so tired after work, he will just pick up a pizza. Wow, you can get an extra one for only $5 more, plus double meat, sign him up! He really wanted to stop at the gym, but American Idol is on tonight, and he has to answer comments on the new blog he just started. Is it surprising that his pants were a bit too tight this morning? Obesity in America is a huge problem, and it’s getting worse. Some recent statistics from the Center for Disease ...

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