On 6/11/2017 3:48 PM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
The kids aren't, but the current generation of parents are making them
that way. Things we did on a regular bases are now bad and parents are
We used to travel miles from home on our bikes and now if a kid goes 2
blocks to a playground the police will be at the door after the parents.
We have a generation of sissies coming up.
It's sort of like that here in the UK for a lot of parents, but it's not enforced or frowned upon so much if you don't "protect them". For example I know quite a few folk who let their kids drink wine. In France they all do. Also, although officially smacking your child is illegal, half of parents still do it. I've seen it in a supermarket, without anyone batting an eyelid. Mainly I think people are just glad the little shit stops making a noise.
Have you become a communist country where all the kids belong to the state?
After Christmas vacation, an elementary school teacher was asking her students how they celebrated Christmas.
When she got to Sammy, whose father ran a local toy store, she said, "Sammy, since you're Jewish, I guess your family didn't celebrate Christmas."
On 06/12/2017 02:35 PM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
We still don't. The idea was never free healthcare, just forcing more
people so sign up with private health care insurers. However the
insurers soon found out it wasn't the big payday they expected and are
On 06/12/2017 06:00 PM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
The subsidies are in the form of tax credits. There is a tranche where
you don't make enough to get a subsidy and make too much to get
Medicaid. The technical term for that is 'screwed'. There are also
penalties if you do not have insurance coverage to try to force everyone
to buy insurance. That was on shaky legal ground but John Roberts, a
supposedly conservative Supreme Court justice, explained to the
Democrats what they really meant to say so it would be legal.
You bet... I am still working so the year I switched from my employer's
plan to Medicare was a wash as far as expense and coverage. Post
Affordable Care Act, it's a no-brainer. The deductibles have increased
to what used to be called disaster insurance and even with that the
premiums have increased markedly.
I switched to medicare 5 years before I retired at 70. In my cse the
Medicare + my supplementa was substantially cheaper than the
insurance through my employer. That was true for David, too, and
during that span of time he went through two major surgeries which
had $0 cost. On his company's plan the deductible and co-pay would
hve been substantial. We have both had several mri's and other scans
that would have had $1500 copays each on our company insurance. Nada
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