Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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Friday, February 15, 2008
I was born and grew up in Massachusetts. I know about the problems the state has experienced when the politicans have done the right thing in providing for their citizens. My experience in the past has been that when the state passed legislation to assist the poor and disadvantaged, the number of people signing up for the benefits far exceeded the anticipated numbers.
I wonder how that happens. Does the population of poor and disadvantaged citizens in Massachusetts suddenly increase? Did the politicians underestimate the numbers to make the math work so that the populace would accept the legislation? I would think that someone would want to find an answer to these questions. Personally, I know of former citizens of Massachusetts who have moved south to enjoy the sun and use a relative’s address in Massachusetts so that they could enjoy the benefits of being poor or disadvantaged in Massachusetts.
We all know that there will be a certain amount of fraud but how much is there in Massachusetts? Doing the right thing is frowned upon by so many because they believe that too many will take advantage. Doing the right thing is for the suckers the weak. I think it's about time the politicians in Massachusetts accept the responsibility of finding out why the number of enrollees in the Commonwealth Care insurance is so much greater than anticipated before considering more taxes.
Take a moment and read the article. It appears that the politicians in Massachusetts have found a group of citizens that can be gouged without creating uproar. This is important because we will all be considering universal health care as an option in the United States and if Massachusetts is used as an example of why it's a bad idea, we need to know why it's not working as anticipated.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
"Companies also control their risk by using a maneuver known as closing a block or book of business. They stop accepting new customers in a plan, which kicks off a process known as a "death spiral."I love the use of the word death when referring to health insurance. Enjoy the read and relax in the knowledge that insurance companies are truly working on our behalf.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Imagine that shopping for a new car worked like this: If you really didn't need the auto and lived two blocks from work, any dealer would sell you a car for a song. If the commute was 50 miles, much too far to walk, no one would sell you a car at any price. You wouldn't get to see a full contract until you plunked down your cash. Your monthly car payment would go up 20 to 30 percent every year, and, by the way, the steering wheel might be extra.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
The article talks about something that I find very repulsive, people in leadership positions that abuse the trust they have been given. The article talks about companies and industries that are responsible but we forget that its people in leadership positions in the companies and industries that make the decisions, determine policy, and establish the standards.
When you take a leadership position and have the power to affect lives, you accept a responsibility; you are entrusted with the welfare of other people. That’s stewardship. You can choose to be a good or a bad steward. How many leaders do you believe are good stewards? Often being a good steward takes a lot of courage. That might be a characteristic that’s lacking.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Give it a read.