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Education is a Luxury July 25, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Employer costs have been increasing every year anyway. It's called escalation, and anyone whoRead More sources insurance for their own company is aware of it. I think most people conflate "what was happening anyway" with "effects of Obamacare," but there is enough information on the internet about trends prior to 2009 to detail the original insurance problem. .....Personally, Obamacare is helping my business by opening up the insurance marketplace. In FY2008, I insured 3 employees (1 family, 2 single) through BCBS for about $3700/month. Escalation was quoted at 19% for FY2009 - an increase of $700/month. We hired an HR firm (or PEO) to access a group rates and paid 5-7% escalation 2009-2014. In preparation for FY2015, new insurance options have enabled us to drop the PEO altogether and choose a small-biz plan for a smaller monthly premium than our 2010 group rates. This is a tremendous benefit because it opens up options with fringe and retirement contributions to my employees. Deductibles and network coverage are too similar to impact any participants. Outside of my own experience, most people that I know who deal with insurance budgeting for their companies or families have reversed their opinion on Obamacare - once they had to put their money where their mouth is.
joseph July 25, 2014 at 01:57 pm
I got the shaft with 8000 a year deductible and from zero monthly premium to 200 and I lost dentalRead More and eyeglass coverage and the illegals continue to get free healthcare and walmart gift cards and free phones that they pass on to their friends soon you can pay at the museum to see a white person
Howard Roark July 25, 2014 at 02:18 pm
So it was only "affordable" because the government was subsidizing the increased costsRead More with federal dollars... which come from our taxes... which come from our wallets or get printed from nothing... so we are being told that ObamaCare saves us money on health care costs ... while we either pay more in taxes or lose buying power due to the inflation caused by printing money to pay for the subsidies... which is what makes it "affordable". I get it now. ObamaCare is a money laundering scheme designed to fool us into thinking we're all getting something for nothing while we're all getting less and paying more. No wonder they wouldn't tell us what was in it before they passed it!
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Mac July 25, 2014 at 12:07 pm
perhaps someone dug a sandcastle in that area sometime in the past - why do I envision this woman'sRead More attorney strolling along a boardwalk walking a lease and collar in front of him without a dog attached?
Mac July 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm
@Someonelikeme - perhaps someone dug a sandcastle in that area sometime in the past - why do IRead More envision this woman's attorney strolling along a boardwalk walking a lease and collar in front of him without a dog attached?
antonio movado July 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Good one Mac :-) Losers have issues with taking responsibility. Ive traveled the world and iveRead More never seen such bs about suing when it was your own damn fault & stupidity. RESTORE THE SHORE LMAO
Feudi Pandola July 25, 2014 at 10:23 am
How about an app that tells the SEPTA customer where their vehicle is and it's estimated time ofRead More arrival based on location and local traffic?
Polly Smith July 25, 2014 at 10:35 am
can eliminate the use of people talking loud and phones ringing, cells should be on mute and textRead More only,should have quiet buses, the talking and ring is annoying to riders,personal conversations should be kept personal,at home,some people do read books
kmh106 July 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm
Never going to happen because of the union, but get rid of ticket checkers who walk the train aislesRead More and just put in turnstiles.
Grizlap July 25, 2014 at 11:35 am
Thank God for brave people like Dr. Silverman. Hurrah!
Sue B July 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm
Way to go Dr Silverman, you not only saved your life, but I am sure countless others. It isRead More ludicrous how the liberals are so against the 2nd Amend,yet, if that were them in the line of fire, they would be screaming Where is my protection? It is a known fact, that the time before a police officer gets there, no matter how fast, makes a huge difference if you are armed or unarmed and/or if you live or die. Nine times out of Ten, it is usually the police officer arriving AFTER the incident. As far as I am concerned, they can make all the "gun free zones" they want, I prefer to live in "Guns ALLOWED Zone".
L. Ferguson July 25, 2014 at 01:37 pm
More and more we need to look for ways to protect ourselves. I don't support the NRA but I don'tRead More feel safe anymore! How sad!
Mark Spengler July 24, 2014 at 09:46 pm
By the way, Corbett admitted to cutting state funding for Education: Today, after touring Mt. JoyRead More Wire to see that 130-person business, the governor was asked if the $429 million in lost state funding for schools compared to last year, meant he "cut education funding the state used to give?" He responded: "We reduced education if you a take a look at it as a whole. - See more at: http://www.psba.org/news-publications/headlines/details.asp?id=2382#sthash.ChjzrG7n.dpuf
Richard Newbery July 25, 2014 at 07:00 am
Let's retire this idiot and then take his pension to help replace the pension money that was takenRead More from the teacher's pensions.
Blackdemon July 25, 2014 at 07:08 am
Pension's are a thing of the past. In the real world, people have to put money into 401k plans. TaxRead More payer paid jobs should be the same.
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policeshld July 23, 2014 at 03:16 pm
That is a total joke. Why do they have to raise the speed limit when people go 75-85 mph now? ThereRead More is virtually no enforcement now for speeders and there will be no enforcement when the limit changes.
Bob Lentz July 24, 2014 at 11:22 am
It's all about the newer gas burners that don't burn up so much . Remember the 55 MPH limit . ItRead More reduced road deaths and saved gas . I think that was the purpose of the 55 mph . I-78 should be renamed to Heavens Highway .
The Truth July 24, 2014 at 04:58 pm
They should open it up like the autobahn...
Bambi L Albert July 23, 2014 at 06:27 am
Are you screening for Lyme disease AND coinfections?
Jodi July 23, 2014 at 09:16 am
Blood Drive TODAY (Wednesday) at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd, Orange, 1 pm - 6 pm
jjtw425 July 23, 2014 at 11:12 am
As a past donor and as a volunteer at blood drives for over 35 years, I am aware of the great needRead More for blood especially during the summer months. Please look for your local opportunities to donate and sign up or walk in. Your donation will potentially save 7 lives and be greatly appreciated.
EWCtzn July 24, 2014 at 12:45 am
Kara, the headline reads "Organic Fruit Sold Locally Recalled for Possible ListeriaRead More Contamination". It's clearly sensationalizing the two organic products.
Suzanne jefferis July 24, 2014 at 01:12 pm
The article should read 'Fruit Sold Locally'... It is misleading to the unaware who read no fartherRead More to suggest that organic fruit is the problem. All fruit, organic or those sprayed with unsafe pesticides should be washed. If gene spliced with herbicides and toxic pathogens as with GMO fruit, it is no longer a product of nature.
PS July 24, 2014 at 02:24 pm
Let's be realistic, those who are "unaware" probably aren't the people buying organic inRead More the first place. Lay off Kara - she's the only reason the patch is any good!
Pamela McCarthy July 22, 2014 at 08:53 am
They need to expand to more states! Just got back from the Berkshires in MA...terrible not beingRead More able to find a Wawa when you need one!
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Fred Savage July 23, 2014 at 10:42 am
Here's an idea...don't click on links you don't want to read.
The Cannon House Office Building. (Photo courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol)
Hugh Gallagher July 21, 2014 at 08:02 am
The count for Chicago this past weekend. 40 shot/4 killed
Steve Mast July 22, 2014 at 01:20 pm
What the hell is a "magazine clip"? Semi-automatic pistols use a magazine. Technically,Read More it's called a box magazine. Clips are completely DIFFERENT!! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RYwUPr35rLw/SMSzcYalaPI/AAAAAAAAAM4/pgTUU7jUlFo/s1600-h/Magazine+-+vs+-+Clip.jpg
Steve Mast July 22, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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Grama July 23, 2014 at 08:25 am
what is all this crap?
Deb Bicher July 23, 2014 at 12:21 pm
Please delete those posts off the site -- If the poster has something to say, then they need to haveRead More an explanatory sentence recommending the links. Even then, they are still not relevant to any ongoing discussion. Thanks.
Estelam Meyer July 24, 2014 at 11:23 am
The speed limit on a stretch of the Pa. Turnpike is increasing to 70 mph. (Patch file photo)
Duke Ganote July 20, 2014 at 03:45 am
Facts first! Rural interstates account for less than 5% of Pennsylvania's traffic deaths. With aRead More fatality rate of 0.60, rural interstates are the safest rural roads in the state -- the state-wide rural rate is 3.72 deaths per 100-million-travel-miles -- over six times higher!
William Keyser July 20, 2014 at 10:08 am
It was recently posed that speed limits were just revenue generators. I say drop the speed limitsRead More altogether and have police enforce safe driving by discretion.
Pam July 20, 2014 at 10:17 am
I've noticed that other states like Arizona, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, etc have theirRead More posted speed limits appropriate to the road conditions. On limited access highways (theirs tend to be a spacious 4-8 lanes) the speed limit is 85mph & 75mph on major roads. Good drivers know that this is 'maximum' assumes dry road conditions & good visibility. For limited access roads this is a blessing. Mountain passes, hairpin curves, and severe sloped grades are a different story and might be 25mph or less. Cut to PA limited access highways: tons of congestion and bottlenecks, typical 2-4 lanes except of rt95 and some parts of the PA turnpike, slower speed limits, and more people commuting. It's not hard to see why 'rush hour' in PA is all about sitting in traffic NOT moving. 'Rush hour' in AZ is not a congested mess, there are lots of people and the traffic moves great ! Our PA roads are small and designed poorly for traffic flow and speed. Take the new rt202 bypass through Doylestown to Montgomeryville, feeder roads are posted higher than the limited access road (45mph)-how is that NOT a bottleneck? Raising the speed limit on major PA limited access roads helps alleviate congestion. I wouldn't do this with every PA road, but the turnpike is a good start.
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