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October 08, 2009

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clarice

cathyf discussed this brilliantly some time ago IIRC:
http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache%3AtK9931Y5eOQJ%3Awww.taxpolicycenter.org%2FUploadedPDF%2F411833_health_saving_account.pdf+value+of+health+insurance+with+high+deductible&hl=en&gl=us>HSA's and high deductible health insurance

Ann

Oh, then there is good news today!

Sidewalk cheap Letterman believes belittling his wife and joking about his ugly past will save him two million dollars and get his show over night ratings. Only to find out he can never have his mother appear on his show again, anyone working with him will now scream "law suit", and his wife wants a divorce that will cost him half his empire and his child.

Way to go Dave. Keep up with the Palin jokes.

Captain Hate

Way to go Dave. Keep up with the Palin jokes.

Watching this miserable prick self-destruct has been the most entertaining thing he's done since he was on NBC.

Gregory Koster

Sylvia, no insults intended. But I've never seen a link in any of your posts. That's not fatal if you cite the source you're using. But you don't. E.g. your 3:02 this afternoon mentions an article in Reuter's Health. Twenty minutes of searching left me swearing loudly enough to alarm the dog. If I, the finest technological mind of the 12th century, can figure out how to links, you can too.

Specifically on your illness that would make a 20K deductible ruinous i.e. it goes on for 10 years: how often does that happen? The only illness I know of that would cost that much for so long is kidney dialysis, and even there it likely would end up with the patient dying because of the lack of available kidneys, even while the ethics zanies preen themselves at their moral purity in fobidding a market, and the accounting zanies preen themselves at saving all that money by forbidding that expensive research... So, how about asource that tells us how many cases of 10 year illnesses costing 20K per year there are in this nation?

Sue, this is way late, but about repaying advances: an advance is part of a contract, and can be recovered by lawsuit. In the publishing industry, it's common for advances on projects that go bad to be rolled into the contract on another project. BUT, only if the author has a good enough track record to warrant this. E.g. if Mark Helprin decided to take a break from novel writing and write a murder manual titled HOW TO KILL MARK HELPERIN WHO IS NOT NOT NOT ME GODDAMMIT, and the project blew up on him, the advance on the murder manual would likely be transferred to, say, his next novel. For new authors, the advances are often written off, because they are small enough to make lawsuits impractical. The sort of advance I'm talking about here is 10-15K.

This makes The Once's literary odyssey mighty unusual. He had NO track record. If he had tried to get one based on his revolting poems or his anonymous-because-it-wasn't-good Harvard Law note, he might have qualified for 5-10K. But he got 150K, which needs to be incrased 50% to get a comparable value today. The project dragged on for years, and finally was sold to another publisher who probably anted up 80% of the 150K to buy it, and slapped on 40K more for The Once. That can be done, but it takes commercial muscle to do so. The Once certainly didn't have that kind of muscle until 2004 and his coronation as a Rising Star. So how did he do it? Hollering racism wasn't going to get far, even in publishing. I'd very much like to see the correspondence on DREAMS from 1993-95

jc

Seriously OT, but I thought this site might be the best place to ask this question ===>>

What exactly is the difference between what Rangel has admitted to doing, regarding his disclosure forms, and what Ted Stevens was tried and convicted for doing? (ignoring the prosecutor misconduct and subsequent dismissal for the purposes of this question.)

Anyone?

Charlie (Colorado)

What exactly is the difference between what Rangel has admitted to doing, regarding his disclosure forms, and what Ted Stevens was tried and convicted for doing? (ignoring the prosecutor misconduct and subsequent dismissal for the purposes of this question.)

Party affiliation.

Janet

A new post up at Am. Thinker about Ayers/Dreams/Obama.LUN I disagree with the post, but there is a interesting comment attached by Jim Anderson @ 12:31.

Jane

Sylvia,

You lost the argument the second you wouldn't reveal what you pay for health insurance.

You get your information from Google, I get mine from life. Your implication that I am overpaying for insurance is both moronic and proof of your utter cluelessness. And that is what we have come to expect.

cathyf
Specifically on your illness that would make a 20K deductible ruinous i.e. it goes on for 10 years: how often does that happen?
I can't believe that I'm defending sylvia (who, by the way, I can't see unless you people quote her or respond to her) but here goes... At a previous job at a company with 5-10 full-time employees, I was NOT on the health insurance (I'm covered through my husband's job.) One of my former co-workers who was on the health insurance has a spouse with a seizure disorder. $10-$30K in medical bills per year, every year, forever. (Just the prescription drugs are like $800/month.)

The company had a history of getting a new insurance company every year or two as each company would figure out a way of making their policy "unattractive" to such an unprofitable group.

(The former coworker now works for a government. In a big group like that, the health bills are in the noise.)

sylvia

Nonsensical in action....

"You lost the argument the second you wouldn't reveal what you pay for health insurance."

Yeah okay, what I personally have to pay for insurance means squat to this argument. For one thing as we discussed, you don't know what state I live in or my age, so you can't compare anyway.

"You get your information from Google, I get mine from life. "

Yeah you get your information from inside your head. I get my information from published facts and national stats. Your head, or published facts, which is more reliable? Hmmm. Tough one.

"Your implication that I am overpaying for insurance is both moronic and proof of your utter cluelessness."

Where did I say you were overpaying? You complained about overpaying. You are probably paying about what you need to in Mass or most other states for your age. I think you could probably save another 100 or so with another company as Blue Cross is slightly on the higher end, but on the other hand they are more reputable. Whatever. Actually I don't really care what you are paying for insurance. I don't even know you and I don't care to. My point was that Mass rates are roughly comparable to other states, matching age and benefits.

So in conclusion, like a lot of females unfortunately, you tried to make this argument all about you and tried to make it all personal. I was trying to make it about the facts. I see where we had a problem.

sylvia

CathyF, Greg is a troll. He cited not being able to find the article in Reuters Health and I checked again and it was right up there, big headline, hours after he posted that. Plus his contention that there are no medical conditions costing 10K a year for mnay years is just ludicrous. He has the slightly diffferent long winded posting troll style. But they still can't fool us. It's like the Terminator. Close but no cigar.

But you can't read this I suppose. Get one of your little cohorts to read it to you because I suppose you are another one afraid to read something that goes outside of your little box. But I suppose you see my comments a lot anyway because as you can see, I post and the whole thread responds, so sorry I can't help you there.

clarice

Sylvia, Jane is a very smart person who supports herself and has to pay attention to what her basic needs cost. It is insulting and clueless of you to suggest that you are so clever that with the flick of your mouse you can find for her a suitable plan which costs a great deal less than what she is paying.

Think that thru.

sylvia

"It is insulting and clueless of you to suggest that you are so clever that with the flick of your mouse you can find for her a suitable plan which costs a great deal less than what she is paying."

Are you people nuts? I wrote this above, "You are probably paying about what you need to in Mass or most other states for your age." So I said she is probably paying a normal amount given her circumstances, give or take a few.

But in either case, I don't see how it would be insulting anyway. If someone pointed out to me a website that gave me good information and showed me all the different plans that I hadn't seen before, I would thank them for the helpful information, not feel insulted. That's a Saddam Hussein style ego there.

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