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    Jack: keep em comin' - wonderfully unique and so refreshingly honesty!!

    I'm thinking of putting together a small book of your sayings (with attribution of the original author - of course). Probably won't sell many - only of interest to a select few, I would think.
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    Cool make it a pop up book.....those are my speed!

    Where I come from, a good fart joke brings people together......and sometimes can clear the room to make things now refreshing with idiots now gone.

    Why do you think things like South Park or Fat Bastard in Austin Powers did so well........?

    People socialize and perform politics just like dogs do, they just don't want to admit it when they lift their leg, take a dump or shove their face.

    Oh my that Anti PC kicked in again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DV52 View Post
    I'm thinking of putting together a small book of your sayings (with attribution of the original author - of course). Probably won't sell many - only of interest to a select few, I would think.
    A book of some of the wild crap that comes out of our friend Todd's mouth would surely be a best-seller! I swear that he lives in an alternate reality at times.....

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    Here's Senator Rand Paul's 4 page Obamacare repeal and replace plan:

    https://www.paul.senate.gov/imo/medi...ctSections.pdf

    The Obamacare Replacement Act (S. 222)
    Sen. Rand Paul, M.D.
    Repealing Obamacare
    Effective as of the date of enactment of this bill, the following provisions of Obamacare are
    repealed:
    o Individual and employer mandates, community rating restrictions, rate review, essential
    health benefits requirement, medical loss ratio, and other insurance mandates.
    Protecting Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions
    Provides a two-year open-enrollment period under which individuals with pre-existing
    conditions can obtain coverage.
    Restores HIPAA pre-existing conditions protections. Prior to Obamacare, HIPAA guaranteed
    those within the group market could obtain continuous health coverage regardless of preexisting
    conditions.
    Equalize the Tax Treatment of Health Insurance
    Individuals who receive health insurance through an employer are able to exclude the premium
    amount from their taxable income. However, this subsidy is unavailable for those that do not
    receive their insurance through an employer but instead shop for insurance on the individual
    market.
    Equalizes the tax treatment of the purchase of health insurance for individuals and employers. By
    providing a universal deduction on both income and payroll taxes regardless of how an
    individual obtains their health insurance, Americans will be empowered to purchase insurance
    independent of employment. Furthermore, this provision does not interfere with employerprovided
    coverage for Americans who prefer those plans.
    Expansion of Health Savings Accounts
    Tax Credit for HSA Contributions
    o Provides individuals the option of a tax credit of up to $5,000 per taxpayer for
    contributions to an HSA. If an individual chooses not to accept the tax credit or
    contributes in excess of $5,000, those contributions are still tax-preferred.
    Maximum Contribution Limit to HSA
    o Removes the maximum allowable annual contribution, so that individuals may make
    unlimited contributions to an HSA.
    Eliminates the requirement that a participant in an HSA be enrolled in a high deductible
    health care plan
    o Currently, in order to be eligible to establish and use an HSA, an individual must be
    enrolled in a high-deductible health plan. This section removes the HSA plan type
    requirement to allow individuals with all types of insurance to establish and use an HSA.
    o This would also enable individuals who are eligible for Medicare, VA benefits,
    TRICARE, IHS, and members of health care sharing ministries to be eligible to establish
    an HSA.
    Allowance of Distributions for Prescription and OTC Drugs
    o Allows prescription and OTC drug costs to be treated as allowable expenses of HSAs.
    Purchase of Health Insurance from HSA Account
    o Currently, HSA funds may not be used to purchase insurance or cover the cost of
    premiums. Allowing the use of HSA funds for insurance premiums will help make health
    coverage more affordable for American families.
    Medical Expenses Incurred Prior to Account Establishment
    o Allows qualified expenses incurred prior to HSA establishment to be reimbursed from an
    HSA as long as the account is established prior to tax filing.
    Administrative Error Correction Before Due Date of Return
    o Amends current law by allowing for administrative or clerical error corrections on filings.
    Allowing HSA Rollover to Child or Parent of Account Holder
    o Allows an account holder’s HSA to rollover to a child, parent, or grandparent, in addition
    to a spouse.
    Equivalent Bankruptcy Protections for HSAs as Retirement Funds
    o Most tax-exempt retirement accounts are also fully exempt from bankruptcy by federal
    law. While some states have passed laws that exempt HSA funds from being seized in
    bankruptcy, there is no federal protection for HSA funds in bankruptcy.
    Certain Exercise Equipment and Physical Fitness Programs to be Treated as Medical Care
    o Expands allowable HSA expenses to include equipment for physical exercise or health
    coaching, including weight loss programs.
    Nutritional and Dietary Supplements to be Treated as Medical Care
    o Amends the definition of “medical care” to include dietary and nutritional supplements
    for the purposes of HSA expenditures.
    Certain Providers Fees to be Treated as Medical Care
    o Allows HSA funds to be used for periodic fees paid to medical practitioners for access to
    medical care.
    Capitated Primary Care Payments
    o HSAs can be used for pre-paid physician fees, which includes payments associated with
    “concierge” or “direct practice” medicine.
    Provisions Relating to Medicare
    o Allows Medicare enrollees to contribute their own money to the Medicare Medical
    Savings Accounts (MSAs).
    Charity Care and Bad Debt Deduction for Physicians
    Amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow a physician a tax deduction equal to the amount
    such physician would otherwise charge for charity medical care or uncompensated care due to
    bad debt. This deduction is limited to 10% of a physician’s gross income for the taxable year.
    Pool Reform for the Individual Market
    Establishes Independent Health Pools (IHPs) in order to allow individuals to pool together for
    the purposes of purchasing insurance.
    Amends the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to allow individuals to pool together to provide
    for health benefits coverage through Individual Health Pools (IHPs). These can include nonprofit
    organizations (including churches, alumni associations, trade associations, other civic
    groups, or entities formed strictly for establishing an IHP) so long as the organization does not
    condition membership on any health status-related factor.
    Requires that the IHP will provide insurance through contracts with health insurance issuers in
    fully insured plans and not assume insurance risk with respect to such coverage. Allows the IHP
    to provide administrative services to members, including accounting, billings, and enrollment
    information.
    Interstate Market for Health Insurance
    Cooperative Governing of Individual Health Insurance Coverage
    Increases access to individual health coverage by allowing insurers licensed to sell policies in
    one state to offer them to residents of any other state.
    Exempts issuers from secondary state laws that would prohibit or regulate their operation in the
    secondary state. However, states may impose requirements such as consumer protections and
    applicable taxes, among others.
    Prohibits an issuer from offering, selling, or issuing individual health insurance coverage in a
    secondary state:
    o If the state insurance commissioner does not use a risk-based capital formula for the
    determination of capital and surplus requirements for all issuers.
    o Unless both the secondary and primary states have legislation or regulations in place
    establishing an independent review process for individuals who have individual health
    insurance coverage; or
    o The issuer provides an acceptable mechanism under which the review is conducted by an
    independent medical reviewer or panel.
    Gives sole jurisdiction to the primary state to enforce the primary state’s covered laws in the
    primary state and any secondary state.
    Allows the secondary state to notify the primary state if the coverage offered in the secondary
    state fails to comply with the covered laws in the primary state.
    Association Health Plans
    Association Health Plans (AHPs) allow small businesses to pool together across state lines
    through their membership in a trade or professional association to purchase health coverage for
    their employees and their families. AHPs increase the bargaining power, leverage discounts, and
    provide administrative efficiencies to small businesses while freeing them from state benefit
    mandates.
    While AHPs currently exist, strict Department of Labor standards exist regarding the types of
    organizations that may qualify as a single large-group health plan under ERISA. The standard
    stipulates that the association must be a group of employers bound together by a commonality of
    interest (aside from providing a health plan) with vested control of the association to such an
    extent that they effectively operate as one employer. This is considered a difficult standard for
    most associations to meet.
    Amends ERISA to define AHPs and allow for their treatment as if they were large group single
    employer health plans. This definition would allow a dues-collecting organization maintained in
    good faith for a purpose other than providing health insurance to benefit from the insurance
    regulation exclusions currently afforded to large-group health plans under ERISA.
    Requires solvency standards to protect patients’ rights and ensure benefits are paid.
    o Requires AHPs to have an indemnified back-up plan in order to prevent unpaid claims in
    the event of plan termination.
    o AHPs must undergo independent actuarial certification for financial viability on a regular
    basis.
    o Requires AHPs to maintain surplus reserves of at least $500,000 in addition to normal
    claims reserves, stop loss insurance, or indemnification insurance.
    Anti-Trust Reform for Healthcare
    Provides an exemption from Federal antitrust laws for health care professionals engaged in
    negotiations with a health plan regarding the terms of a contract under which the professionals
    provide health care items or services.
    This section applies only to health care professionals excluded from the National Labor
    Relations Act. It would also not apply to contracts or care provided under Medicare, Medicaid,
    SCHIP, the FEHBP, or the IHS as well as medical and dental care provided to members of the
    uniformed services and veterans.
    Increasing State Flexibility to Conduct Medicaid Waivers
    Provides new flexibilities to states in their Medicaid plan design, through existing waiver
    authority in current law.
    For many years, including under Obamacare, States have had the option to request a waiver from
    HHS to allow states to test new coverage rules under Medicaid and other programs. This
    provision would allow states to make changes to their Medicaid plans without interference from
    Washington.
    Self-Insurance Protections
    Amends the definition of “health insurance coverage” under the Public Health Service Act
    (PHSA), and parallel sections of ERISA and the Tax Code, to clarify that stop-loss insurance is
    not health insurance.
    This provision is designed to prevent the federal government from using rule-making to restrict
    the availability of stop-loss insurance used by self-insured plans.

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    I'd like to point out that Trump asks questions in his many recent tweets last week, he didn't really make a statement.

    That good old question mark...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Here's Senator Rand Paul's 4 page Obamacare repeal and replace plan:
    Provides an exemption from Federal antitrust laws for health care professionals engaged in
    negotiations with a health plan regarding the terms of a contract under which the professionals
    provide health care items or services.
    The engineering problems are likely insurmountable. It would be like proposing to land a rocket booster section on a barge floating in the middle of the ocean.

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    ^^^^ Jack: Much of the Rand Paul document I don't understand (the tyranny of distance and the confusion of a foreigner), but the oft used term "repeal" seems overstated. Isn't it more like Obamacare mk2 - forgive the heresy in my suggestion ?

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    ^^^^^ Jack: Ain't nothin' new about a super villain inventing a device that instantly burns-up someone's money - just go to a casino (except Trump's casino - of course!)

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    Bad news for dingle...Trump's wall is working already!!!!!

    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politi...efugees-canada

    They came for the American dream. Now they’re fleeing to Canada.

    Updated by Tara Golshan
    Mar 14, 2017, 1:13pm EDT

    Waist-deep in snow, in remote locations close to the border, migrants have been braving sub-zero temperatures and the danger of being stopped by border patrol agents to find the American dream — in Canada.

    Compared to February 2016, the number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally has tripled this year, according to figures obtained by the Washington Post. The trend has been growing rapidly since the United States’ election in November. Reports suggest hundreds of refugees living in the United States have already fled north, hoping to take asylum in Canada — and border patrol only expect the numbers to increase as the weather improves. Most of the migrants are originally from Africa, including Somalia and Ghana. It’s not safe for them to return to their home countries, and now stuck in the middle of the refugee process, they are scared that the United States will send them back. Canada, however, offers more hope.

    Photos of families being chased by border patrol agents over snowy fields as they attempt to make the crossing show the harrowing process. To file for asylum in Canada, these refugees have to make it over the border illegally.

    In winter, the risks are enormous.

    “They are not used the cold weather we experience — traipsing through farmers’ fields, they don’t have a good destination in mind,” Alastair Clarke said in February. “I’m just looking outside right now, it’s 2 feet of snow.”

    Clarke is an immigration lawyer in Winnipeg, Canada, about 70 miles north of the border. Many of the migrants try to run under the cover of darkness and aren’t properly dressed for the trip. They’re wearing only hoodies and sneakers.

    The exodus to Canada is new. Usually only 40 or 60 cross per year. The shift tells the human story of the Trump administration’s immigration and refugee agenda, which is sowing fears with threats of bans and aggressive deportations. Refugees who do not yet have official standing to live in the United States believe their luck has run out and hope Canada will offer them the safety they seek.

    From fear and uncertainty to on the run

    There’s a refugee purgatory in the United States. Some are neither granted asylum in America nor expelled from the country. Since the election of Donald Trump last fall, a growing number of these refugees have made what once seemed like an improbable calculation: They have abandoned hope for this country and gambled on a risky crossing into one more welcoming to refugees.

    The Trump presidency, and its promised hard lines on immigration, has increased those refugees’ fear of being sent back to their home countries. Many of them consider returning to be a death sentence. So instead of going back, some are attempting the forbidden road to Canada.

    It’s part of a broader trend. In the past year, immigration services in Canada have become overwhelmed with refugee applicants, most of whom are African in nationality. In 2016, more than 7,000 refugee applicants came to Canada on land — a 63 percent increase from 2015.

    “There is a heightened level of fear from refugee claimants coming from the United States,” Clarke said in a phone interview. “There was a huge increase especially after the election.”

    Trump — his rhetoric and his policies — is the source of that fear. Since taking office, he has issued two versions of an executive order banning refugees from coming to the US for 120 days and forbidding migrants from six (originally seven) majority-Muslim nations. His administration also launched a wave of enforcement raids across the country targeting undocumented immigrants. While the number refugees seeking asylum in Canada from the United States is on the rise, fewer people are crossing over into the United States on the southern border.

    “Immigrant communities feel the government is waging a war again,” said Camille Mackler, the director of legal initiatives at the New York Immigration Coalition.

    After Trump’s first immigration order, Mackler worked in New York’s Kennedy International Airport for nine days straight coordinating volunteer legal counsel. Often she found herself fielding questions from immigrants not at all affected by the policy. “People from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic were asking if they could travel,” she said. “It’s confusion and fear.”

    And it’s leading some to risk their lives.

    Taking the risk

    Seidu Mohammad, 24, and Razak Iyal, 35, both of Ghana, were strangers when they partnered for the journey to Canada in December, they told CBC News. They met at a bus stop in Minneapolis before embarking on a trip that would soon put their names in headlines around the world.

    Mohammad and Iyal took a bus to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and then a taxi to a snowy field by the border. Each paid the driver $200.

    The night Iyal and Mohammad started walking, it was about 0 degrees Fahrenheit. At that temperature, with wind chill, frostbite can occur in under 30 minutes. The men grew disoriented. They stood in the cold for hours until they were picked up by a driver on the highway. Both have since lost fingers to frostbite. That was Christmas Eve.

    Others have followed their path, despite the risks.

    On February 10, Canadian police caught 21 asylum seekers crossing the border by foot, some families with toddlers, Rita Chahal, the executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, told CBC News. One week later on February 18 another eight asylum seekers, including four children, fled US border police only just making it into Canada, Reuters reported. Welcome centers like Chahal’s, which offer temporary shelter for refugees, are nervous that they will run out of resources if the numbers of migrants keep pace.

    Iyal and Muhammad’s immigration story has become all too familiar.

    Both fled Ghana with eyes on the United States. Muhammad went to San Diego in 2015, where he was detained for one year. His asylum request was rejected.

    Iyal tried to get in through Mexico in 2012. He was detained for two years before being released on parole. As long as he followed the law and checked in with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer every three months, he could stay.

    The choice to leave was complicated by an obscure deal between neighbors.

    Seeking asylum across a friendly border

    Sharing the longest undefended border in the world, Canada and the United States have an agreement on refugees that is now being turned on its head.

    It operates on the simple premise that both nations are safe — countries where refugees can claim a right to protection.

    The Safe Third Country Agreement, which went into effect in 2004, states plainly that refugees are required to request protection in the first safe country they arrive in. In other words, if you arrive in the United States first, you can’t then trek to the Canadian land border to request asylum. (There are exceptions to this rule, like having family across the border.)

    Clarke, the Canadian immigration lawyer, is currently fighting for a Burundian woman to be allowed into Canada. Border police said her sister-in-law was not a close enough relative to be an exception to the Safe Third Country Agreement. She could apply for asylum in the United States, but she doesn’t want to.

    “She feels that filing a refugee or asylum claim in the United States is not a viable option for her,” Clarke said. “It’s not for me to question.”

    The agreement is why migrants are taking dangerous routes to avoid border checkpoints. It’s a gamble: If they are caught, Canadian officers have to send them back to the United States, but if they make it over the border, they can apply for asylum — even if their refugee status claims were rejected in the United States.

    The Canadian definition of a refugee is broader and gives applicants alternative options to prove their identity even without official documentation.

    While officials are still abiding by the agreement if they catch people on the border, Canada’s leadership is taking a notably different tone with refugees than Trump’s administration is.

    When Trump signed the first immigration ban in January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed up with a tweet. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war,” he wrote, “Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.”

    The declaration of open arms has given refugees another final destination on which to pin their dreams.

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