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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Donald Trump won New York by a landslide making a statement. He got maybe 90 or 91 delegates to Cruz's zero. Kasich got maybe four or five delegates. Next Tuesday will be equally significant as more northeastern states are in play. Cruz could find himself occupying third place again in most of those elections. Yet Cruz is the darling now of the establishment. It's an embarrassment to Mitch McConnell and other establishment Republicans that "their man" cannot garner a single delegate in New York. ZERO delegates.

    So where do the Republicans go next? Accept the new "nice Donald" or now push Kasich?

    Thoughts?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    When I say "nice Donald" I am referring to what the pundits said when Trump referred to Ted Cruz as "Senator Cruz" instead of "Lyin' Ted". Are we seeing a transformation of Trump in the home stretch?
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    Schmidt, as I said many times most Americans are uneducated and fall for a big mouth or on how we can bully the world as well other cultures. That is why Trump may win. Either Trump nor Hillary will improve this country. The slide downwards will continue especially with our foreign policies and wars. Both these candidates have way too much ego's to have the right visions; their vision is blurred because of the "me" factor.
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    On April 26th, five more states hold primaries: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware. On the Republican side, Pennsylvania with it's 71 delegates at stake is the big prize on that day. However, those Pennsylvania delegates will be unbound, meaning if they are elected, they can vote for whatever candidate they choose at the national convention on the first ballot. So it's up to Trump, Cruz and Kasich to spend time in Pennsylvania wooing not only the voters, but also lining up delegates sympathetic to their respective candidacies. Trump could win the popular vote but lose the delegates if Cruz continues his successful tactics of wooing delegates.

    Tuesday, April 26th will be significant for Republicans...five states, but watch Pennsylvania.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: So where do the Republicans go next? Accept the new "nice Donald" or now push Kasich?


    Thoughts?

    My thoughts are more laughter than anything else.

    The Republicans have only themselves to blame for the mess they are finding themselves in. Seven and a half years of "the sky is falling" hysteria from Republicans on Capitol Hill and six years after the Tea Party broke onto the scene and now they are freaking out?

    "Establishment" Republicans are finally realizing that you reap what you sow. The adults in the room didn't speak up for the past seven years and allowed fringe movements of their party to seize control because they were more focused on making sure President Obama will go down in history as a failure instead of compromising and working with the President to move the country forward. Now they have created a beast they can't reign back in.

    I don't have a shred of sympathy for them now that they have realized they are about to face their worst case scenario of having either Donald Trump or Senator Cruz at the top of the ticket, both of whom will likely lose by a landslide in November.

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    Dutch Wrote: Schmidt, as I said many times most Americans are uneducated and fall for a big mouth or on how we can bully the world as well other cultures. That is why Trump may win.

    Forty percent of Americans have a college degree. That falls in line with pretty much every other industrialized country in the world. And unlike nearly every other industrialized country, we are a melting pot with people of all races, religions, and beliefs.

    You keep talking like the vast majority of Americans support Trump. The reason Trump is doing so well is because the field is fractured and a plurality of Republican voters in many of the states that have already voted went for him. A plurality is different than a majority, as I'm sure you know.

    I am not a prophet, but I will say that there is little to zero chance of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz becoming President. The way we elect Presidents in this country makes it nearly impossible for a fascist like Trump or a religious zealot like Cruz to be elected. That's just a fact.

    Dutch Wrote:Either Trump nor Hillary will improve this country. The slide downwards will continue especially with our foreign policies and wars. Both these candidates have way too much ego's to have the right visions; their vision is blurred because of the "me" factor.

    What slide downwards are you even talking about? We have had seven and a half straight years of job growth. We no longer occupy two countries. No one can be denied health coverage for any reason under the sun anymore. We have quintupled the number of renewable energy companies since Obama was elected. And don't even get me started on the civil and human rights revolution we have had during Obama's Presidency. Seriously...how can anyone say this country is on a downhill slide?

    What person who decides to run for President of the most powerful country in the world doesn't have an ego? Do you expect a public school teacher from inner-city Detroit to be able to mount a realistic campaign for President of the United States?

    I'm not sure you understand how politics actually works in this (or any) country, but especially this country. The President is not a king and the President has little say in what goes on in the various states.


    The great thing about this country is that there's no walls between the states. You don't like how Rick Scott is handling Florida? Fine. Leave. Go to another state that runs their politics in a way that you like. It seems like you only look at America through your lens as someone who lives in Florida. This country is a lot bigger than that.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: Schmidt, as I said many times most Americans are uneducated and fall for a big mouth or on how we can bully the world as well other cultures. That is why Trump may win.

    Forty percent of Americans have a college degree. That falls in line with pretty much every other industrialized country in the world. And unlike nearly every other industrialized country, we are a melting pot with people of all races, religions, and beliefs.

    You keep talking like the vast majority of Americans support Trump. The reason Trump is doing so well is because the field is fractured and a plurality of Republican voters in many of the states that have already voted went for him. A plurality is different than a majority, as I'm sure you know.

    I am not a prophet, but I will say that there is little to zero chance of Donald Trump or Ted Cruz becoming President. The way we elect Presidents in this country makes it nearly impossible for a fascist like Trump or a religious zealot like Cruz to be elected. That's just a fact.

    Dutch Wrote:Either Trump nor Hillary will improve this country. The slide downwards will continue especially with our foreign policies and wars. Both these candidates have way too much ego's to have the right visions; their vision is blurred because of the "me" factor.

    What slide downwards are you even talking about? We have had seven and a half straight years of job growth. We no longer occupy two countries. No one can be denied health coverage for any reason under the sun anymore. We have quintupled the number of renewable energy companies since Obama was elected. And don't even get me started on the civil and human rights revolution we have had during Obama's Presidency. Seriously...how can anyone say this country is on a downhill slide?

    What person who decides to run for President of the most powerful country in the world doesn't have an ego? Do you expect a public school teacher from inner-city Detroit to be able to mount a realistic campaign for President of the United States?

    I'm not sure you understand how politics actually works in this (or any) country, but especially this country. The President is not a king and the President has little say in what goes on in the various states.


    The great thing about this country is that there's no walls between the states. You don't like how Rick Scott is handling Florida? Fine. Leave. Go to another state that runs their politics in a way that you like. It seems like you only look at America through your lens as someone who lives in Florida. This country is a lot bigger than that.

    Jared, indeed you are a real American; college degrees here are compared to Europe worthless. Sure there are "imported' people with a hell of a lot more knowledge, ask our nuclear scientist etc. I worked together with Americans and Dutchmen; there was a huge difference in "broad" education; I've had several US management courses, which were laughable. Sorry to say this remains an "island", which refuses to adapt things which other countries had for ages. Ask Bernie.

    Related to the slide "downwards", it should be obvious that due to our meddling in the world, more and more countries will object. Or are you forgetting that world powers come and go. The US has had its "peak"; we've become too arrogant about the world around us and know it all; try to dictate others as well try to "force" our way on others , that will be our un-doing. I lived in VA as well SC and Canada. I must say that Canada has a much better structure than here. Especially in healthcare; ask Bernie again. Don't worry about me; I 'm free to go where ever I want to go; likely shortly to the south of France.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    jaredsxtn you said: "No one can be denied health coverage for any reason under the sun anymore."

    That is blatantly false. There are multiple exclusions for denying pre existing condition coverage or dropping pre existing coverage.

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    obamacarefacts.com/pre-existing-conditi...

    Describes exemption for pre existing condition.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I[PDF]7 Ways to Keep Health Coverage If You Lose Your Job

    National Center for Policy Analysis › pdfs

    go two more days past that 60-day window and don’t sign up for any other health coverage, you can lose in other ways, including delayed coverage for any pre-existing condition when you enroll in another plan at a new job. You can also be denied coverage if you try to buy insurance on your own

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    jaredsxtn, I posted the exclusions for pre existing coverage because I have tried to help people that were denied or dropped from pre existing coverage guarantee. ACA is good for people that don't need help. Poor people can't afford it for one reason or another. Even the best of liberals except for a very few do not understand poor or poverty. What I don't understand about poor people is their resistance to publish their problems. Three things come to my mind about why poor people are not pro active. Pride, they can't afford it or fear of reprisal.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    We are off topic again but I'll respond anyway.

    Chet -- I did a Google search on the articles.

    NCPA: 7 Ways to Keep Health Coverage If You Lose Your Job

    The article is dated March 16, 2009, just over three weeks after President Obama took office and the first draft of the Affordable Care Act hadn't even been drafted yet.

    The ObamaCare Facts website does address preexisting conditions:

    "One exception: Grandfathered individual health insurance plans

    ""The only exception is for grandfathered individual health insurance plans–the kind you buy yourself, not through an employer. They do not have to cover pre-existing conditions.

    If you have one of these plans you can switch to a Marketplace plan during open enrollment and immediately get coverage for your pre-existing conditions.

    "What is a Grandfathered Plan: A group health plan that was created—or an individual health insurance policy that was purchased—on or before March 23, 2010. Grandfathered plans are exempted from many changes required under the Affordable Care Act. Plans or policies may lose their “grandfathered” status if they make certain significant changes that reduce benefits or increase costs to consumers. A health plan must disclose in its plan materials whether it considers itself to be a grandfathered plan and must also advise consumers how to contact the U.S. Department of Labor or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with questions."

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    Again these grandfathered plans are those in existence before ObamaCare came into existence. Why would someone with a pre-existing condition hold onto a grandfathered plan that disallowed coverage for that pre-existing condition? Doesn't make sense to me.

    Bottom line is that no one seeking health insurance today can be denied coverage or be charged more for a pre-existing condition. In this respect it is the same as Medicare. Medicare does not discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and neither does anyone buying insurance on the market place through the Affordable Care Act.

    Essentially the extra cost to insurance companies of covering pre-existing conditions is spread over all the plans. We all pay a little extra to have our fellow citizens not denied coverage. I'm okay with that.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    We'll see Schmidt. I am trying to help one of my sub-contractractors. Since the BP spill life has been tough for people that made their living in water relegated occupations. He had BCBS of Fl. Years after he joined the plan he hurt his back on a boat. He has a herniated disc. Not a big problem he works daily. He missed payments and lost BCBS coverage. He got caught up and now BCBS will not cover anything related to his back. Sounds to me he is denied coverage due to a pre-existing confition. They are still talking about the coverage and there should be a decision shortly. If they deny coverage, not insurance , just his back are you saying that he has recourse?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    HealthCare.gov, Getting 2016 coverage with a Special Enrollment Period

    The enrollment period for all of the ObamaCare plans is November 1 to January 31st. Coverage for 2016 is closed. He would have to wait until November 1st to enroll for 2017.

    If he qualifies for Special Enrollment, he can get coverage for 2016. Check the link above. If he doesn't qualify, then he would have to buy a temporary plan to cover him through December, but most of these temporary plans do have exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Got it. So he will be denied coverage for a multitude of reasons. I wonder what is the purpose for an enrollment period. Seems like a lot of people are going to become uninsurable for a multitude of reasons. I am going to find out if ccobra is an option.