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Re: “Obamacare will be popular” (Letter, Village News, 11/28/13)

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Issue 50, Volume 17.
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Mr. Monday seems to like many government services. I wondered what additional government service he might enjoy.

Here is my idea. A new government website will be created that any citizen can access to enroll. When enrolled, a new government provided app will be downloaded to the person’s smart phone. When installed, a large brown button will be prominently displayed on the screen. When the person feels the need to enter a restroom, they will push the brown button. A government worker armed with toilet paper will be promptly dispatched. The government worker will accompany the person into the rest room. The government worker will wipe the person’s posterior and flush the toilet. I call this new service the Jon Service in honor of Mr. Monday’s first name.

Of course new government exchanges will be needed to train and dispatch all the new workers, but think of how the unemployment rate will be reduced in the country. Also, if you happen to be at a park or rest area where the restrooms do not have toilet paper, this could be a god-send. The wipe and flush service is after all similar to other existing government services, like IRS income tax auditing.

I am sure Mr. Monday will immediately see the need for this service. He may write another of his insightful and informative letters telling us what to think and how to vote.

Bob Newkirk



Comment Profile ImageTerry Leather
Comment #1 | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 10:32 am
A splendid tutorial indeed, Komrade Bob! This idea has been greatly needed in these heady days, as the unwashed (no pun intended) masses flock to enlightenment under Great Society of Obamaness. Only state concern: some capitalist may take your idea and make a profit off of it.

Remember! Dear Leader & ministers of information need our help to push collective progressive programs past prehistoric primitive documents like dated Constitution. You must stand up and be heard! Whether you hold firmly a shovel, a pick, a hammer or sickle, you are needed, comrade! Submit your 5-year-plan by Next Tuesday! For extra credit, be sure to demonstrate how you can splinter and exploit opponent groups through identity politics, disinformation campaigns and Chicago-style street smarts.
Comment Profile ImageMike W
Comment #2 | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm
Terry and Bob are prime examples of those who lack the critical thinking skills and enough knowledge of the issues to make informed comments, but that doesn't stop them from making childish and fanciful comments in an effort to insult those who do, simply because they do not agree with what is being said.
This little paper could provide a much needed venue for folks to come together to discuss the issues that we all face in an effort to resolve not only our differences but to find solutions to today's problems. As it is now, legitimate thoughts on politics, healthcare, climate change, the economy, growing inequality, homelessness and poverty become debates and the emphasis switches from information sharing and finding the truth to just winning an argument at all costs.

Fallbrook, I suppose, is a microcosm of America where hayseeds, white trash and those who've forgotten how to think for themselves still outnumber the informed and those who strive to become informed.
Comment Profile ImageJohn the Baptist
Comment #3 | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm
The Ryan-Murray budget bill passed in the House and has been sent to the Senate. Under this budget deal, active-duty personnel and retired veterans younger than 62 would be forced into a new pension plan: instead of receiving the traditional annual cost of living adjustment for inflation, the adjustment will be 1% less: in other words, a cut in pay.

The cuts will not be used to reduce the deficit or pay down some of the debt. Veterans’ pensions are being cut to avoid tax increases for the wealthy elite! Paul Ryan, speaking for the GOP, apparently believes they need that money more than our veterans do. I don’t!
Comment Profile ImageRedneck Bill
Comment #4 | Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm
John the Baptist,

You should consult Christ, that guy you baptized, on this one, but I'm willing to help you out.

#1 God is a Republican. That should end all further discussion, but...

#2 Members of the military volunteered, so it's OK for Republicans to remove (screw the military) cost of living benefits from their pensions.

#3 Wealthy people create jobs. Just look around. America's wealthy have become more wealthy, so there are more jobs. Oops.
Comment Profile ImageJon Monda
Comment #5 | Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at 10:21 am
All you Catholics out there should post reconcile Republican politics with the Popes denouncement of Trickle Down.

The rich in this country have done extremely well, just look at how the stock market has more than doubled since the crash.

And still, middle-class household income has been flat for over 30 years, because of Trickle Down.

As many as 80% of those who vote for Republican policies are screwed by them. But, as Aldous Huxley predicted, Amercians will come to love their servitude.

Thinking that they are being treated well, while the reality is their falling behind.

Too sad...
Comment Profile ImageTerry Leather
Comment #6 | Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 8:36 am
Premier Jon has it correct Comrades. Fallbrook DNC minister is mearly redistributing the parties message. However, like the bourgeous capitalist neighbor who borrows your finest beets only to return a watery potato-skin soup, and tell you it is caviar, they reveal themselves as the pile-peddlers they are by keeping the heart of the collective message from the masses. It is like a Pelosi in a Stalin mask: fatherly on the outside, but inside a cold beet looking botox frozen grimace.

Remember, comrades, the ends justify the means! FORWARD!
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #7 | Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm
Terry Leather: Pelosi in a Botox mask.
Comment Profile ImageDonna Lee Webb
Comment #8 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm
Pity that Republican talking points almost always seem to revolve around bathroom humor and personal insults.
Comment Profile ImageWT
Comment #9 | Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Terry Leather's comments are called satire Donna Lee, look it up. The only one I have heard mentioning bodily functions on these threads is the liberal guy who calls himself John the Baptist (which I find offensive by the way) so perhaps you have Republicans confused with Democrats.... yes?
Comment Profile ImageDonna Lee Webb
Comment #10 | Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm
To WT: No need to look the word up, I'm quite familiar with the concept. So did you happen to catch Mr. Newkirk's letter that starts off this discussion? The entire topic was on bathrooms and references to bodily functions. John the Baptist's only comment I see was about budgets, active duty salary and veterans pensions. There really may be reasoned conservative arguments to be made. Unfortunately you'd never know it from the school boy stuff that passes for debate on these pages.
Comment Profile ImageWT
Comment #11 | Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm
Mr. Newkirk's letter was also satire Donna Lee. I prefer satire to that gasbag who blathers on for days and says absolutely nothing that is either new or relevant.
Comment Profile ImageProbus
Comment #12 | Monday, Dec 23, 2013 at 9:07 am
Jon, please study the issue. It's easy to demonize an industry and that is what politicians do in order to take the heat off themselves. In addition it's the simple way out for the lazy mind to just accept what politicians tell you. Most of the private health insurance market is controlled by non-profit insurers. The profit carriers have the second lowest return on equity of all USA business. The private insurance industry is more efficient then any government run insurance plan, plus government plans are now on the verge of going "belly up". Medicare and Medicaid grossly underpay the providers, who then shift that underpayment to the private carriers. Another fact not reported is that more claims, as a % of the business written, are denied by government insurance than private insurance companies. The problem is the high cost of healthcare and the insurance carriers are only the messenger. The private carriers must keep ample reserves to pay future claims and do not have the luxury to print money or hide their financial problems in other bureaucracies
Comment Profile ImageRedneck Bill
Comment #13 | Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Mr. Probus, if you think Jon hasn't studied the issue of health insurance, you haven't read his posts.

But being the open minded person I am, I decided to see if I could confirm your statement that for profit insurers have the 2nd lowest return on equity of all US business. Unbelievably, I was not!

The site below said that as of 12-23-13 the ROE for Accident Health Insurance was 14 percent. I sure wish my portfolio had that kind of return.

But the bottom line here is that health care costs were on an unsustainable trajectory. Doing nothing was not an option. Perhaps if my fellow Republican patriots had worked to improve ACA rather than repeal it, things would be different. Complex issues such as this require our elected representatives to govern, not simply obstruct.
Comment Profile ImageJon Monday
Comment #14 | Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 12:18 am
Hey RB,

The health insurance industry is one of the most profitable in the nation. United Healthcare gave their CEO a Billion dollar pay package.

The air was let a little bit out of their balloon, when Obamacare capped the max they can charge to premiums is 20%. That insures that actual healthcare gets 80% of our premiums.

I got a refund check from Blue Shield. Thank you Mr. President.
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Comment Profile ImageJon Monday
Comment #15 | Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 11:53 am
Another push back on Probus is that Medicare is much more efficient at administrating the process of taking money from us, and paying providers.

Medicare can do it for 5% cost. Private insurers were so greedy that the new law had to cap their overhead and profit at 20%.

The real answer to our medical costs is Medicare for all, with those under 65 paying their full pro-rata share. That one move would save 15%, the insurance lobbyists wouldn't even allow single payer advocates to testify at the Healthcare hearings.

Health insurance should be like fire and police services - not for profit.
Comment Profile ImageRay (the real one)
Comment #16 | Friday, Jan 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm
It`s January and I did not subscribe to Obozocare. Frank-Union Mr. President.

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