Missouri has a Legislature, not a congress.
The questsion is not health insurance premiums. It's malpractice insurance premiums paid by doctors. The third leading cause of death in the U.S. is medical mistakes. That is why malpractice insurance is so high. I read somewhere a long time ago that 10 percent of doctors generate 90 percent of malpractice claims. Some high risk specialties such as brain surgery probably generate more malpractice claims than others but truly bad doctors need to be weeded out, which would benefit all doctors when it comes to malpractice insurance costs.
Patsy, you have some good ideas but the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled that money is speech and speech is unlimited. And, Oh, corporations are people too.
Rob, we have a constitutional right to petition the government under the First Amendment. Most of us don't do that personally. Many of us do it through business associations, unions and other groups. I guarantee your union has lobbyists. What needs to change are the laws governing how lobbyists and elected officials interact and I think every last dime a politician receives into their election fund ought to be reported publicly and the giver identified. Too many loopholes allow what amounts to bribery at the federal and state level. That does not mean all lobbyists are bribing officials, or that all officials accept bribes, but it appears to be widespread enough to be the biggest problem threatening our representative government.
Mia, when I was out this morning between 6:30 and 7:30 and I heard shots from the neighbors place -- twice. I believe they were deer hunting and hope they were successful. I sight my guns in in my back yard. All our neighbors have guns and hearing shots is common. About the only time we pay attention is to shots near dark or after dark, indicating poachers or something else illegal. If you live in a rural area, don't be surprised to hear gunshots sometimes. As long as the shooters are doing it safely and are not trespassing, the noise should not be a problem. If they are not being safe, law enforcement should be called and they should take care of the problem. Reckless use of a firearm is illegal, regardless of where you are.
Last I checked, there were 520 districts in Missouri, not more than 700. And I said some probably ought to be consolidated. But I am aware of one large, rural district formed from the consolidation of five or six districts back in the 1960's that has children on the bus for an hour and a half, twice a day. As far as I'm concerned, that is too long. Bus rides of an hour twice a day are very common in southern Missouri. It makes a very long day for the youngest students.
The state department of education is generally trying to enlarge school districts so there are fewer of them. I doubt the state would allow the separation of part of the JC district to add to New Bloomfield or Ashland. DESE is more likely to try to force annexing New Bloomfield into the JC district, making it even bigger. They have been quietly doing such things all over the state whenever a district becomes financially stressed and is taken over by DESE for administration. It's mostly been rural districts, and some probably needed to be consolidated. But, just because DESE wants something does not mean it is a good idea. Most Missourians are totally oblivious to what DESE is up to when it comes to reducing the number of school districts in the state.
If it's winter, and the power is going to be out for days, pack your food into ice chests and store it outside or in an unheated outbuilding. We got through 10 days with no power that way about five or six years ago. Frozen food was in plastic boxes secured in an unused dog pen to keep the raccoons out and milk, eggs and the like were in an ice chest on the back porch. Not fun, but it worked.
75 percent of U.S. debt is held by U.S. citizens or their investment funds. About 11 percent is held by the Chinese. We owe too much, regardless of who owns the debt. In 2010, Missouri hospitals reported $1.1 Billion in unpaid medical bills for that year alone. That's just in Missouri, for just one year. Who do you think made up that $1.1 Billion that year? Anyone who paid a health insurance premium or had medical services that year in this state. And that happened in 49 other states too, with different numbers. And that happens year after year after year. If someone can't or won't pay, do we let them die? Or do we continue to pass those hidden costs on as an unauthorized tax in the overhead every year? Or do we tell people buy insurance if you can and find a program for them if they really can't? What would you do? It's a hard question to ponder and even harder to answer.
My cat is much more demanding than the dogs. He does not get what he demands, usually, but he still keeps demanding food, to be petted, for someone to get his toy out from under the couch, food, belly rubs, a warm lap, find the toy again...A real nag. The dogs just want supper and a nap by the fire.
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