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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Um, I seem to have misunderstood part of the ACA - can someone straighten me out?

I took a look at my employer's crappy health plan for 2014 ( Sign-ups taking place now)

Here's the thing: The brochure flat out states that there is a limit on coverage and doctor's visits ($200 a year, which can add up quickly!)

I thought that the ACA made such limits illegal.

I should add - I'm not worried about getting health insurance, I've always been covered by my husband's plan because my plan is so crappy. I'm just wondering what's gong on with this company.

I think employers will be sending out info on their health insurance plans soon

so employees can sign up for next year.

How many people do you think will be complaining because they can't use the Health Exchanges?

In case you thought those photos of meth addicts are fakes -

Our county sheriff is asking for an additional $40,000 for jail inmate medical expenses from the legislature -

He budgeted for 2 or 3 tooth extractions a month, but now is seeing 100 a month! This in a jail built for 159 inmates.

Last spring I think it was, my employer made some major changes to its operating programs -

things like tracking orders for our products , internal inventories, production schedules, purchase orders etc. It was a disaster. At one point the local plant had about 3 months production sitting on site because there was no way to get it entered into inventory so it could be sold and shipped.

This was a major corporation employing a major software supplier.

Just a little context to the problems anyone is having with the various Obamacare sites.

Voter suppression - we need to get the word out -

It's fairly easy to register here in New York. I've had my driver's license for years, and I have one daughter who has a state issued ID (in lieu of a driver's license). I haven't heard anyone complaining about getting a license, so I assume it's still a fairly straight forward process. Voting here and registering to vote are also relatively easy.

That's the problem.

Some New Yorkers I know assumed that it isn't unreasonable to ask for ID at the ballot box; everyone they know has ID and you have to supply ID every time you write a check. (FWIW - I don't think these people realize that lots of people don't have a checking account!) They had no idea of all the hoops some people have to jump through in other states in order to vote.

Has the shutdown and looming default made the average American aware of the

Koch brothers and their buddies?

I am sorry to admit this, but I'm almost hoping the Republicans take us over the cliff -

I am so sick and tired of them destroying the promise of the New Deal with the death of a thousand cuts, so tired of a new tantrum every six months.

Going over the cliff would be a total disaster, just like the Civil War and World War II. But I can understand how those who stood with the Union were relieved to be free of the burden of compromising with slave holders, and how people in England were relieved when the "phony war" ended.

Are service people getting fed?

Some background - a number of Catholic chaplains are under contract with the Armed Forces to come in and say Mass. As Defense Department employees, they've been furloughed. The Right is getting all hissy about how Obama is keeping service members from going to Mass.

I know at least some service messes are run by outside contractors. I assume those contractors haven't been furloughed, but does anyone know for sure? I know the commissaries are closed.

I think it rather odd that a Catholic priest with an assignment elsewhere is charging money to come in and say Mass - sounds like simony to me! I'm assuming the assignment provides sufficient income to live on.

I can see the Defense Department classifying all outside chaplains of any denomination as not vital to operations. At the same time, why get people riled up over a side issue?

Some people are not going to have as good a deal on health insurance next year as this year -

I may be one of them. Up until now, I've been covered by my husband's employer. It's possible that this year my husband's company may decide I should buy my employer's improved policy or go on the exchange.

So be it.

I've had a good policy for years while other people have gone without. If my spending more for my insurance is what it takes for people with pre-existing conditions (like my own son!) to be able to buy insurance at all, so be it.

Anyone here buy upgrades on a computer program or game on a regular basis?

My Windows 7 is 4 years old and is still loading updates to fix newly found problems all the time. I use a computer drafting program that issues a new upgrade every year with other upgrades through the year. People in my company never load the new upgrade until it has been out a few weeks. We let the early users find all the bugs, first.

I've never called any private company that wasn't "experiencing unusually heavy traffic at this time" so that i had to wait for my call "to be answered in the order it was placed"

So why all the amazement when the Obamacare web sites were overloaded this week and showing bugs here and there?

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