Comments for Jay Kersting's Blog http://jaykersting.com/blog The unfiltered goodness that you have come to expect from Jay Kersting. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:53:39 -0700 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 Comment on KICKBALL – Audio Recap of Week One by Kathleen http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/08/27/kickball-audio-recap-of-week-one/comment-page-1/#comment-1571 Kathleen Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:53:39 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=439#comment-1571 Nice music bed...made me think of training to kick some Russian butt. Nice music bed…made me think of training to kick some Russian butt.

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Comment on Arizona is wrong and right…here is why… by Topher Kersting http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/04/30/arizona-is-wrong-and-right-here-is-why/comment-page-1/#comment-565 Topher Kersting Fri, 30 Apr 2010 19:12:08 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=398#comment-565 You're not exactly right on this one. Arizona does have a "stop and identify" law requiring suspects to identify themselves to police. Frankly, a Hispanic standing on a street corner in the morning might reasonably be seen to be looking for day labor, thus, a police officer has the right to "stop and identify." SB1070 (http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/04/16/AzSB1070.pdf Page 1, Line 20) allows any lawfully detained person, and a "stop and identify" suspect *may* fall into that category, to be detained until immigration status is verified. The question is really about how Arizona handles the combination of "stop and identify" and SB1070--and I don't have much optimism that they won't use "stop and identify" as an excuse to implement SB1070 on a wider range of people than restricting it to obvious criminals alone would do. You’re not exactly right on this one. Arizona does have a “stop and identify” law requiring suspects to identify themselves to police. Frankly, a Hispanic standing on a street corner in the morning might reasonably be seen to be looking for day labor, thus, a police officer has the right to “stop and identify.” SB1070 (http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/04/16/AzSB1070.pdf Page 1, Line 20) allows any lawfully detained person, and a “stop and identify” suspect *may* fall into that category, to be detained until immigration status is verified.

The question is really about how Arizona handles the combination of “stop and identify” and SB1070–and I don’t have much optimism that they won’t use “stop and identify” as an excuse to implement SB1070 on a wider range of people than restricting it to obvious criminals alone would do.

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Administrator http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-334 Administrator Fri, 26 Mar 2010 22:10:10 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-334 Pass the Fair Tax then we don't need to level any playing fields and US Manufacturing takes off again, due to foreign investments coming to the world's biggest tax shelter. Pass the Fair Tax then we don’t need to level any playing fields and US Manufacturing takes off again, due to foreign investments coming to the world’s biggest tax shelter.

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Topher Kersting http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-333 Topher Kersting Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:36:49 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-333 Well, I know how I would fix it: 1. The government pays for basic health care for everyone--essentially what catastrophic health insurance would cover. A yearly physical, standard vaccinations, and whenever the feces hits the blower. The government tells you where to go and who your doctor is, but they pay for it. 2. If you want more than that, you buy supplemental insurance. You want a different doctor? You don't like the hospital they assign? You want treatment for a condition that isn't life-threatening? Either purchase supplemental insurance or pay for it yourself. (I would have the supplemental insurance pay the *difference* for the preferred coverage.) 2a. For Medicare and Medicaid recipients, have patients select a supplemental program from a list of providers (similar to how Part D is run now). The cheapest program would have minimal out-of-pocket costs. Eventually, I'd like to phase this out in favor of having them pay for it entirely from their retirement income, but it isn't fair to just pull the rug out from people. 3. Deregulate the insurance market. Allow insurers to compete across state lines, and reduce state and federal mandates for what insurance must provide. Give people as many options from as many insurers as possible. Now, the reason for #1 is pretty simple: U.S. manufacturers can't compete overseas because they have the huge burden of employee health care that is, in effect, a huge subsidy from foreign governments. Yeah, it would be preferable to privatize health care as much as possible, but if the rest of the world isn't going to do it, we need to level the playing field for U.S. companies. As such, having a clean split between what the government provides and what private citizens and companies provide is the only practical solution I can see. Topher Well, I know how I would fix it:

1. The government pays for basic health care for everyone–essentially what catastrophic health insurance would cover. A yearly physical, standard vaccinations, and whenever the feces hits the blower. The government tells you where to go and who your doctor is, but they pay for it.
2. If you want more than that, you buy supplemental insurance. You want a different doctor? You don’t like the hospital they assign? You want treatment for a condition that isn’t life-threatening? Either purchase supplemental insurance or pay for it yourself. (I would have the supplemental insurance pay the *difference* for the preferred coverage.)
2a. For Medicare and Medicaid recipients, have patients select a supplemental program from a list of providers (similar to how Part D is run now). The cheapest program would have minimal out-of-pocket costs. Eventually, I’d like to phase this out in favor of having them pay for it entirely from their retirement income, but it isn’t fair to just pull the rug out from people.
3. Deregulate the insurance market. Allow insurers to compete across state lines, and reduce state and federal mandates for what insurance must provide. Give people as many options from as many insurers as possible.

Now, the reason for #1 is pretty simple: U.S. manufacturers can’t compete overseas because they have the huge burden of employee health care that is, in effect, a huge subsidy from foreign governments. Yeah, it would be preferable to privatize health care as much as possible, but if the rest of the world isn’t going to do it, we need to level the playing field for U.S. companies. As such, having a clean split between what the government provides and what private citizens and companies provide is the only practical solution I can see.

Topher

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Administrator http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-332 Administrator Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:45:25 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-332 Jon, I am glad the Thirteenth Amendment is there to protect us. Oh wait, that is part of the Constitution so it doesn't count. My bad. Dinner with you and Mrs. D....on ME as soon as you get your ass back in THIS country. Jon,

I am glad the Thirteenth Amendment is there to protect us. Oh wait, that is part of the Constitution so it doesn’t count. My bad.

Dinner with you and Mrs. D….on ME as soon as you get your ass back in THIS country.

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Administrator http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-331 Administrator Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:42:23 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-331 The problems with this bill are, and you acknowledged some of it, are that it does little to nothing to addressing the root causes. If you don't know how you got somewhere, how can you turn things around and get back on track? But you focus on Health INSURANCE. I am saying that we need to focus on HEALTH CARE. There is a difference. And if not for the debacles that have been Medicare and Medicaid, combined with the dependence on employer purchases health insurance and the bulk deals that they have all made, most people would be able to afford their non-catestrophic health care costs out of pocket. And catestrophic health care insurance would be VERY affordable. But again, the current situation has been put in this situation that you label as beyond repair BY those programs. That is why it makes NO SENSE to give those programs twins to screw it up more....and screw good hard working people over too. Finally, I didn't know that there was caffiene in my bourbon. If there is, which brands do you recommend? The problems with this bill are, and you acknowledged some of it, are that it does little to nothing to addressing the root causes. If you don’t know how you got somewhere, how can you turn things around and get back on track?

But you focus on Health INSURANCE. I am saying that we need to focus on HEALTH CARE. There is a difference. And if not for the debacles that have been Medicare and Medicaid, combined with the dependence on employer purchases health insurance and the bulk deals that they have all made, most people would be able to afford their non-catestrophic health care costs out of pocket. And catestrophic health care insurance would be VERY affordable. But again, the current situation has been put in this situation that you label as beyond repair BY those programs. That is why it makes NO SENSE to give those programs twins to screw it up more….and screw good hard working people over too.

Finally, I didn’t know that there was caffiene in my bourbon. If there is, which brands do you recommend?

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Topher Kersting http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-330 Topher Kersting Fri, 26 Mar 2010 18:46:27 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-330 First, you know me well enough that you should just assume that I'm not writing without doing research. I've read most of the bill that was passed (and no, that wasn't a treat), and I know the reasons the current system is broken: government-subsidized employer-provided health insurance and Medicare/Medicaid. We are in almost full agreement on that. And I agree that this bill was not the right direction. Where we disagree is over the degree that this bill will hurt America. Frankly, my issue with your rants is that you think that this new bill is really going to screw things up, when things were already screwed up beyond repair. I just don't think the bill makes anything significantly worse--the government was already going to pay for more than 50% of U.S. health care by 2012--and it does fix a few things that needed fixing. No one truly knows how the bill will affect health care expenses: Anyone who says they do is full of it. I don't expect that the rate of increase, already far too high, will get much worse--it might actually improve if people actually take advantage of the preventative care measures promoted in the bill--and I don't expect that there will be too many starving doctors or nurses out there. But, like I said, all the data right now is pure guesswork. The bill doesn't fix the core drivers of increasing medical costs: exorbitant damages on malpractice suits and a lack of competition in the health insurance industry. The bill does try to address the second, but what I read doesn't seem to make much sense: having a convenient marketplace won't drive down prices if there are only a few companies selling. Finally--and I am only saying this because I care--there are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing. First, you know me well enough that you should just assume that I’m not writing without doing research. I’ve read most of the bill that was passed (and no, that wasn’t a treat), and I know the reasons the current system is broken: government-subsidized employer-provided health insurance and Medicare/Medicaid. We are in almost full agreement on that. And I agree that this bill was not the right direction. Where we disagree is over the degree that this bill will hurt America.

Frankly, my issue with your rants is that you think that this new bill is really going to screw things up, when things were already screwed up beyond repair. I just don’t think the bill makes anything significantly worse–the government was already going to pay for more than 50% of U.S. health care by 2012–and it does fix a few things that needed fixing. No one truly knows how the bill will affect health care expenses: Anyone who says they do is full of it. I don’t expect that the rate of increase, already far too high, will get much worse–it might actually improve if people actually take advantage of the preventative care measures promoted in the bill–and I don’t expect that there will be too many starving doctors or nurses out there. But, like I said, all the data right now is pure guesswork.

The bill doesn’t fix the core drivers of increasing medical costs: exorbitant damages on malpractice suits and a lack of competition in the health insurance industry. The bill does try to address the second, but what I read doesn’t seem to make much sense: having a convenient marketplace won’t drive down prices if there are only a few companies selling.

Finally–and I am only saying this because I care–there are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Jon Dougherty http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-329 Jon Dougherty Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:46:32 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-329 Jay - Well said. The most important thing you say about this new entitlement is the same thing that can be said for all of the previous, now untouchable, entitlements: That the federal government is taking, by force of law and threat of punishment, the fruits of one person's labor and giving it to someone else who neither earned it nor is truly "entitled" to it. That is a form of slavery, because it enslaves those of us who are productive to those who are not. See you soon, my friend. Jay -

Well said. The most important thing you say about this new entitlement is the same thing that can be said for all of the previous, now untouchable, entitlements: That the federal government is taking, by force of law and threat of punishment, the fruits of one person’s labor and giving it to someone else who neither earned it nor is truly “entitled” to it. That is a form of slavery, because it enslaves those of us who are productive to those who are not.

See you soon, my friend.

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Administrator http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-328 Administrator Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:32:23 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-328 Again, an opinion based on bad, faulty, incorrect or incomplete information needs to be re-evaluated when the new information is presented. And the problem is, I have provided SOME of that information and invited everyone to double check me, show me where I might have missed something. I am not infallable. Obviously. But the arguments that I get come from a position of ignorance. And that is a position BY choice. Again, an opinion based on bad, faulty, incorrect or incomplete information needs to be re-evaluated when the new information is presented. And the problem is, I have provided SOME of that information and invited everyone to double check me, show me where I might have missed something. I am not infallable. Obviously.

But the arguments that I get come from a position of ignorance. And that is a position BY choice.

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Comment on Let me be CRYSTAL clear… by Administrator http://jaykersting.com/blog/2010/03/26/let-me-be-crystal-clear/comment-page-1/#comment-327 Administrator Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:17:35 +0000 http://jaykersting.com/blog/?p=394#comment-327 At what cost? At what cost? I do not respect someone, ANYONE, who views this as MORE good than bad. And I do not respect ANYONE who has NOT gone back and looked at the causes of the problems that we have. Have you done that? If you have, you have NEVER addressed them with me. You choose to split hairs. Will it help some? Yes. But it hurts many more, via increased taxes and the inevitiable rationing of health care services. And if you do not think that is inevitiable, look at what HAS happened in Medicare. Oh, and who will provide health care services when NO ONE wants to become a health care provider due to this action. My point is, and always has been, this is bad for the many. The needs of the many out weight the needs of the few. At what cost?

At what cost?

I do not respect someone, ANYONE, who views this as MORE good than bad. And I do not respect ANYONE who has NOT gone back and looked at the causes of the problems that we have. Have you done that? If you have, you have NEVER addressed them with me. You choose to split hairs.

Will it help some? Yes. But it hurts many more, via increased taxes and the inevitiable rationing of health care services. And if you do not think that is inevitiable, look at what HAS happened in Medicare.

Oh, and who will provide health care services when NO ONE wants to become a health care provider due to this action.

My point is, and always has been, this is bad for the many. The needs of the many out weight the needs of the few.

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