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Posts by wrencher

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  • What You Need to Know About Windows 8.1

    10/21/2013 9:05:56 AM PDT · 94 of 94
    wrencher to ansel12

    I just had an awful Newegg experience, their support is abysmal. They shipped me a clearly used product, it took a fair bit of effort to get them to do a return/replacement with a new item. (I wanted it as a spare part on the shelf, I cannot accept used electronics for such a thing!) They agreed to replace it, and then later sent me a refund with no notice. Turns out they decided they did not carry that part any longer. Weird.

    I won’t be using Newegg now if I find an alternative a Tigerdirect or one of many other suppliers.

  • What You Need to Know About Windows 8.1

    10/21/2013 8:59:51 AM PDT · 93 of 94
    wrencher to Resolute Conservative

    Yes, underneath little has changed in computing, business people do the same things they’ve done for decades with them. The one big change was going to graphical, from command line, and making the browser the front-end to every functional use.

    Yet the developers keep churning out new releases for trite features. The create change for the sake of change. While someone productive is trying to use the tool the developers don’t even have a clue why rearranging the way the desktop functions is unwelcome.

  • Meanwhile, on Al Jazeera America . . .

    10/21/2013 8:22:38 AM PDT · 5 of 21
    wrencher to RetiredArmy

    Americans are extremely susceptible to TV based propaganda as demonstrated by the past several decades. Al Gorezeera will shape their minds now. One may as well select their Muslim names now before all the good ones are taken. I’ll go with Mohammed bin Muhammed al-Mohammed.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger reportedly trying to change the law so he can run for President

    10/19/2013 7:30:16 AM PDT · 57 of 95
    wrencher to ClaytonP

    Arnold is smart, entertainment addicted Americans will vote for Hollywooders in mass numbers at the drop of a hat.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/18/2013 9:04:47 AM PDT · 61 of 63
    wrencher to Tenacious 1

    I did not think we disagreed much. It’s a govt. of the lawyers, by the lawyers, and for the lawyers. The dems are masters at class warfare, and it’s pretty clear many even on FR agree with that part of it. So single-payer will come soon after the ACA pain is maximized.

    Whether they’re private or public for profit doesn’t matter much to me. The lawyers have woven a web of 1000’s upon 1000’s of laws and regs and will always find some violation to tap into any vein of moving money. Public co’s are bound in tighter chains.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/18/2013 7:36:17 AM PDT · 59 of 63
    wrencher to Tenacious 1

    1) Insurance companies opposed the law generally and voiced their opinions like any other lobbying group. Do you oppose allowing companies to have any political opinions or to have any voice in laws that affect their core existence?

    2) The rates are going up to support the increased benefits ACA requires them to add to policies. You don’t get more for free after all. And 3) the dems do not set premiums, state agencies do. This has not changed. Of course, C is the final goal.

    4) ACA will never go away. The pubs want is as badly as the dems. The pubs will promise to *reform* it. This process is already ongoing. The next budget battle date was chosen to be after ACA goes into effect for a reason. (Ooops, too late....) And single-payer will come quite soon, as you can see here several who consider themselves conservative are already on board with the “evil rich insurance business” meme that will be pushed. They may as well join the Occupy folk and bemoan the Jewish insurance banksters next, they likely will in fact.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/18/2013 7:26:56 AM PDT · 58 of 63
    wrencher to americanbychoice3

    Feel free to believe what you want, here’s a fact for you. Premiums are regulated and approved by every state. 50 to comply with for any big insurer. (pubs “claimed” to fix this as part of their solution, along with tort reform) Premiums are not arbitrarily set, and if there is excess it goes into reserves.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/18/2013 7:23:13 AM PDT · 57 of 63
    wrencher to TexasGator

    No, I don’t believe you misread it. Keep railing on the insurance companies and crying for the govt. to fix it, with single-payer. I am sure you’d much prefer that to an evil capitalist corporation that works for (gasp) profit.

    OMG, the govt. actually used people knowledgeable about insurance to write the regs about insurance, instead of asking firemen or dock workers to write it..... Next thing they’ll probably do is write a law, and use a lawyer to do that. Who can believe it! What a crazy world.

  • Saudi Arabia, angered over Mideast, declines Security Council seat

    10/18/2013 6:52:56 AM PDT · 18 of 41
    wrencher to Dave346

    KSA is absolutely right here. (broken clock?) The UN does nothing except create stalemates and perpetual conflict.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/17/2013 12:24:06 PM PDT · 35 of 63
    wrencher to Tenacious 1

    “As I understand it, the insurance companies were woo’d by the prospect of having higher premium revenues to offset the multitude of losses. It hasn’t panned out however. Only those that NEED insurance will be seeking this entitlement.


    Those are the high risk folks that will be subsidized by the government.


    Indeed, the biggest insurance companies did help with the final designs of Obamacare.


    They are all now committed.


    The rates are high because the promises were bogus and haven’t panned out. “

    Wow, do have any understanding of this, math or otherwise. When a policy has to have everything such as maternity for all, and people have to be accepted with pre-existing issues, do you have any conceptual idea what this does to the costs spread over the pool? I guess you believe that premiums - overseen by 50 separate agencies, i.e., per set and examined state - are set arbitrarily just to see how much profit can be made.

    Govt. is not subsidizing any high risk, where do you come up with that. They subsidize low income. And consider this basic economic fact - You will get more of anything you subsidize. The US will be poorer overall, since it is again subsidizing failure and poverty.

    Yes, the insurance co.’s are committed to following the laws of 50 different states and hoping to stay in business. And my conjecture at the start of this thread is proven, supposed conservatives will be glad to join in the class warfare when it suits them and gives them some meagar short-term govt. cheese to eat. You will soon be wailing for single-payer along with the idiots at HuffPo.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/17/2013 12:06:35 PM PDT · 23 of 63
    wrencher to TexasGator

    I’ll forgive you for not looking at my posts, no, I’ve never said anything about wanting ACA at all. But facts are it was implemented by a govt that is presumably reflective of the majority. Insurance companies are merely following the ever changing laws as they’ve down for decades. Some are branching out, because they know there will be no such thing as health insurance in due time. Only single payer.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/17/2013 12:04:09 PM PDT · 20 of 63
    wrencher to TexasGator

    Seems you’d prefer these companies should just fold up rather than follow the new rules? Can you explain such a stance? Can you tell me what % of profit on their premiums you’d consider excessive?

    I’m not sure you are on the right site. You seem to begrudge a business a profit when it suits you. Presumably you’ve been emplyed, so, when you receive your paycheck do you hand it over to charity? I’d hate to think you were keeping it and being hypocritical by profiting.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/17/2013 11:59:55 AM PDT · 13 of 63
    wrencher to TexasGator

    Yes, I am sure it would have been done much better if the govt. had had some landscapers and and lab technicians write it up instead. Do you truly think insurance regs should be written by people who have no connection with insurance companies?

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/17/2013 11:57:05 AM PDT · 9 of 63
    wrencher to ConjunctionJunction

    It’s working, even 1/2 the people on FR complain about the insurance companies. Obama will have the whole country screaming about evil insurers soon enough and people will cheer when he puts everyone on (single-payer) medicaid.

  • Why Health Insurance is Skyrocketing

    10/17/2013 11:54:40 AM PDT · 8 of 63
    wrencher to TexasGator

    Since when is it the insurance Co.’s to refuse to do business because a minority of the population dislikes what the democratically elected govt. has mandated. The insurance Co.’s merely are following the laws and regs as they are written to try to keep a viable business. Try your class warfare elsewhere.

  • Should Obamacare Be Delayed -- And More to the Point, Can It?

    10/17/2013 11:07:01 AM PDT · 9 of 26
    wrencher to Para-Ord.45

    The pubs chose 1/15 to deliberately have it past the ACA start for a reason.....

  • Could the Different States Become Separate Countries in the Future?

    10/17/2013 10:09:16 AM PDT · 78 of 246
    wrencher to Repeal The 17th
  • Defense industry sounds the alarm on sequester (GOP abandons the military)

    10/17/2013 8:15:09 AM PDT · 17 of 26
    wrencher to TheThirdRuffian

    Exactly right. The next time I am in NPS I will compliment them on their brown shirts. The more military that are out now the more the fights that come later will be equal.....

  • Republicans attack national parks chief over government shutdown closures (+video)

    10/17/2013 8:07:54 AM PDT · 8 of 20
    wrencher to Boonie

    Seems they need some more kabuki theater to make people forget yesterday.

  • Health reform: A hard sell to 5 million Native Americans

    10/16/2013 4:26:36 PM PDT · 16 of 18
    wrencher to I want the USA back

    How many centuries do we have to pay money to people whose great great great great great grandparents were wronged by someone else’s great great great great great grandparents? Has this ever been defined?

    /s, to be sure