Addicts Weekly Open Thread

Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

Due to POPULAR request….we’ve moving up our open thread time so that our friends outside of the US can participate too!  Let’s get the conversation going!  Oh and remember…just because this is posted here today doesn’t mean you can’t comment on it all week long.  This open thread will still be open for comments long after today is over!

Now…enough rambling from me….it IS Sunday and you know what that means, right?  Time for another Open Thread!

Here’s where you can talk about anything you want to talk about…TSTO Related, Simpson’s Related or ANYTHING.  Just no Add me requests…those should go here.  We’ll give you a few suggestions (like most Sunday’s you can talk about the current episode of the Simpsons) but for the most part you’re free to talk about ANYTHING your little Tapping Fingers desire…just keep it PG.

So…here is your Open Thread.  The Simpsons are all new tonight, what will happen in the new episode?  Act 2 of  The Terwilliger Event is winding down, are you ready for Act 3?  Sunday Night Baseball tonight features the Royals at the Tigers, will you be watching?  NBA and NHL playoffs are both in full swing, how’s your team doing?  How was your Mother’s Day? Do anything fun this weekend?

So chat about the Simpsons, TSTO, Update fun, or anything else you can think of!  Can’t wait to chat with you all, you know we love hearing from you!

Have Fun!  And happy Sunday!

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240 responses to “Addicts Weekly Open Thread

  1. Ummmm. I didn’t have any other outlet for this, nor another forum of so many Americans.
    How does your health system work? I know it may be on of those “politics / sex / religion” questions, but honestly I am truly trying to get my head around it. I should point out that i am an Ozzie, but I am really trying to get my mind around the concept you guys accept as health care 😉 I can’t work out if what happens when something happens. ..

    • You have private insurance. So instead of the government telling you what you can and can’t get, your insurance company does. It’s more complicated than that.

      • Um… wow. That’s it? No government health program? No “public” health care? Is that what this Obama-care thing is all about? Why is that seemed to be hated so much?

        • No the Obama-care thing…don’t get me started on. That’s not what that is. Our basic insurance program is private insurance. The Obama-care thing did lots of stuff…BUT the one thing it did was if you dont’ have insurance you get taxed HEAVILY.

          Also…with all the regulations in it a lot of insurance plans got cancelled (mine included) and then the new plans that replaced it the costs were raised 75-85%.

        • There is some government healthcare for older folks and some disabled folks, called Medicare (that’s what the healthcare program is called, not the disabled folks, lol!). In addition, with “Obamacare” (aka the “Affordable Health Care Act”), those people who were unemployed or whose employers didn’t provide healthcare benefits and who previously couldn’t afford to purchase healthcare on their own can now get government-subsidized healthcare. It also made it illegal for health insurers to deny someone health insurance due to a pre-existing condition (which is a great relief to households like mine, since my husband has chronic kidney disease and I used to worry that, if I lost my job, we wouldn’t be able to get health insurance for him). Outside of that, for me, personally, Obamacare didn’t really change anything, as I already had good health care insurance from my job and nothing about that insurance changed. Also, I live in Massachusetts, and we’ve had something similar at the state level for a few years now (actually, Obamacare was kinda sorta modeled after what we have in Massachusetts). The only noticeable difference for us is that we have to send in an extra form with our tax returns – a form provided by my employer that certifies that I have health insurance.

          But we still have a way to go in this country…health care is still way too expensive and it doesn’t include dental insurance (why the mouth is treated as if it’s not part of the rest of the body is beyond me). However, reading Julie’s posts, it seems that I’m able to get treatment sooner, and more easily, with my health insurance than you can with yours. But I’ll never forget when my husband dislocated his finger when we were on vacation in Paris – a trip to the ER, x-rays, etc. came to a grand total of $50, which is at least an order of magnitude less than what it would have cost here for someone without health insurance here!

        • Oh, and as to why “Obamacre is hated so much”… Well, first of all, it’s not hated as much as the media (especially the conservative media, like Fox News) would have you believe and a lot of people think they hate it only because they are woefully misinformed about it (thanks to heavy conservative propaganda).

          But some people are legitimately disappointed that their previous insurance has been discontinued (because it wasn’t good enough coverage to qualify under the new rules) and was replaced with more expensive insurance. And to those folks who choose to take the gamble and go uninsured are now taxed (I’m going to argue with the “heavily” part, though) for being uninsured (which is necessary in order to prevent “anti-selection” and keep insurance available for everyone). Also, being uninsured basically just means passing along the cost of treatment to everyone else, since, in the case of an emergency, emergency rooms are not allowed to turn people away just because they’re uninsured, so “society” ends up paying for the treatment of those folks.

          • I detest the “affordable” Healthcare act. I had a stroke in December. I was unable to work for over a month, when I did go back it was for a shift and a half per week. I signed up for insurance but even with the adjustment I couldn’t afford it so I never got covered. Now come next year I’ll have to pay an Obamatax for not being able to afford the affordable Healthcare. Then I’ll have to see a doctor for a massive kick to the groin.

            • Hmmm…. At a shift and a half per week, I would have thought you would have qualified for subsidized insurance. Have you tried consulting anyone about this? Sorry things have been so rough for you! ((hug))

              • Thanks, I should have gone on disability. Too late now, I estimated my income on last year, so I still couldn’t afford the subsidized insurance.

    • I started to write hill a whole long explanation, and then I thought, “Wait!…”

      Try this:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States

      😉

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