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Re: “Packet House Grill

Wish the Times would have warned us that reservations are mandatory, even on a Tuesday night! We were turned away at the door by the young hostess who informed us in an unapologetic tone, "I don't have any tables and my bar is full, so it'll be an hour and a half wait." So, stunned that a business seemed content to have us walk out, not believing any meal is worth that long a wait before food is even ordered, and somewhat humiliated, we schleped back to our car, noticing the empty tables at the patio in the back, and wondered why they weren't offered to us for the ridiculous wait. It's not like we were dressed poorly--in business attire, since it was supposed to be my birthday dinner. Terribly disappointed and unlikely to ever give a try now. But if you do, for the love of God, make a reservation and save yourself the stinging shove-off from the hostess.

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Posted by Lisa Carter on 10/23/2012 at 7:33 PM

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Re: “At the legislature: Paid maternity leave bill filed

It would be even better if the bill covered new fathers and perhaps even those who foster and/or adopt as well. If the effort is to do better by our children, then include all parents raising children.

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Posted by fancypants45 on 02/23/2015 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Rep. Josh Miller, recipient of significant government assistance, opposes Medicaid expansion in Arkansas

Forget the morality of taking care of the poor, heck, even providing health care for the WORKING poor...that doesn't appear to faze conservatives anymore. The poor just don't work hard enough. Otherwise, they wouldn't be poor. Poverty is their choice, right? No, the only selling point left to the self-righteous Republicans to expand Medicaid, or in Arkansas' case, the Private Option of Medicaid expansion, is COST. It DOES save taxpayer dollars. I repeat for dramatic effect, it's a helluva lot cheaper!

I'll put it this way, had the living brain donor, Josh Miller, had his drunken accident now, under "Obamacare," that $1 million price tag would cost us taxpayers (and the incredibly under-informed voters of Heber Springs) a ton less. You see, if Saint Josh didn't make more than $15,800 as a single person, he'd qualify for that Medicaid expansion and we taxpayers would only be out (I'll highball it) say $12,000 to pay his insurance premium. The insurance company, in turn, would negotiate a much lower price for his early medical bills. Of course, since his crash led him to SSI, that would have automatically qualified him for Medicaid and we'd still be supplying the same services (and SSI checks) he receives today. But in the beginning, that $1 million medical bill would have just cost us 12 grand. That's quite a markdown.

That's a savings that can only be beaten by the fact that if Joyridin' Josh didn't qualify for Medicaid expansion, but actually had a lick of sense and on his own bought a catastrophic plan off the state insurance exchange, would have paid less than $70 a month out of his own pocket, leaving us taxpayers with an initial medical bill of $0 (until he qualified for Medicaid through SSI). But that's assuming Josh was a responsible young adult. Obviously he wasn't. And judging from his actions these days, he still isn't.

Normally, I'd feel bad that he was left a quadriplegic, but surviving that crash didn't make Josh Miller a better person. Clearly, he must have also lost the use of his heart, and suffered some brain damage.

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Posted by fancypants45 on 02/28/2014 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Tom Cotton voted against Children's Hospital — and a whole lot more

Well, Ted, to quote one-half of the truly economically-illiterate dynamic duo who ran up the American debt like never before, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter." (VP Dick Cheney,2002, NYT) see at 1:20 mark
Besides, cutting back on spending, or starving government, does more harm (see what our European allies have endured in their much slower economic recovery), and God knows it's past time for the top 2% of income earners to start paying a more reasonable tax rate, especially in capital gains taxes for those rolling in hundreds of millions dollars with their outlandishly profitable hedge funds.
Funny how our economy is recovering for the rich who pay the least in taxes and who are making record profits. Despite all their gains in wealth, they still ain't hiring, nor are they raising working folks wages. It is time for government to step in and legislate and spend. The likes of the Kochs, Waltons and other profit-hoarding, tax-dodging billionaires can only keep the working class held down for so long. If only Obamacare covered "removal of head from ass" then the tea partiers could maybe see the light, and register what's REALLY going on.

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Posted by fancypants45 on 01/17/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Q&A: Rep. Joe Farrer on the "private option" for Medicaid expansion

"You know, there was nobody complaining that they didn’t have health care. The only people complaining were people that weren’t getting paid to perform the health care," says the thoughtless Representative of the thoughtless voters in Austin, AR.

Yes, you don't hear them complain because the poor don't have a voice. The rich health care providers who've been overbilling and overcharging for far too long have deep pockets, and when they speak, you listen and obey.

Great piece today from Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University) related to this very topic regarding the unheard, invisible poor:…

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Posted by fancypants45 on 12/04/2013 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Without an infusion of cash and a structural overhaul, the Arkansas public school employee health insurance plan won't survive

Nevermind. Just read the other article which addressed my questions. Too bad Republicans aren't interested in finding and fixing problems like that within the ACA. They just want to destroy it...even if it means destabilizing our economy.

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Posted by fancypants45 on 10/09/2013 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Without an infusion of cash and a structural overhaul, the Arkansas public school employee health insurance plan won't survive

I thought the ACA allowed people to use the Health Insurance Exchanges if the cost of health care through their employer exceeded 9 or 10 percent of their income.

If the cost of health insurance is up to 40% of a teacher's income, why not just release them to the exchange? Can't the state/school district do like Walgreens? They continue to contribute the same amount of money for health insurance to each worker, but employees can choose from a wider variety of plans and most are better priced. Couldn't this be done for our teachers? If they were released to the exchange, would they (like other exchange shoppers) still qualify for the government subsidies that are available for those who make less than $46k/indiv and $89k/family?

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Posted by fancypants45 on 10/09/2013 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Again a Republican disses the 1st Amendment

Oh, I've read the complaint against Paula Deen and her brother. But I've also read the plantiff's deposition. Have you?…

Scroll down to the bottom (this is what ya call a buried lead) for the last part titled, "In the Plantiff's Own Words." The accuser, Lisa Jackson, admits--on the record--she NEVER heard Paula make a racist remark, never knew Paula to discriminate against a person based on gender and never sexually harass anyone. So how does this woman have a lawsuit against Deen? I suppose because Paula owns the restaurant her brother runs and he could be to blame. I don't know, though, because the media won't dig into that. They're still in "rip the big celeb to shreds" mode. And Citizen1 is right about how the rich old white guys step out of the way and sign up the next celeb chef/overrated cook.

I don't support anybody using racial slurs, but I also don't condone judging people by what they said 30 years ago in referring to a bank robber who held a gun to one's head. That's what Paula truthfully admitted in her deposition. Would you rather she have lied?

I believe some people have the capacity to learn, grow, and change their minds (well, except for neanderthals like Rick Perry, Jason Rapert and their teabagging self-righteous followers). But I think the thing that really upsets me about Paula Deen's situation is how quick so many people are to judge and convict her without knowing all the facts. I'm all about facts. And that plantiff deposition is a helluva fact to consider. In the end, Paula is just a grandma who cooks with lots of butter (maybe not as much anymore). It's not like she's a priest, a judge, or a politician.

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Posted by fancypants45 on 06/28/2013 at 2:45 PM

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