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  • cwaltz commented on the blog post The Roundup for October 29th, 2014

    2014-10-30 08:16:55View | Delete

    It’s the nurse who was quarantined in NJ. She was allowed out of quarantine to travel back to Maine.

  • cwaltz commented on the diary post Setting Up The Students by anotherquestion.

    2014-10-25 06:55:05View | Delete

    Careful what you wish for. The reality is that the value of a college degree is also subject to the laws of supply and demand. If everyone has a college degree then it loses its value as a means to command better pay. I suspect that’s part of the reason that there has been some [...]

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post “We cannot afford that!”

    2014-10-09 12:26:57View | Delete

    Small employers were shifting away from paying for health insurance PRIOR to the ACA though because of cost It was one of the many reasons the government took on regulating health care.

    Mind you I think the government did a crappy job with the health care dilemna however, government wasn’t the problem, the health care market was.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 18:32:32View | Delete

    I suspect they are hoping some of the part time employees will help provide a revenue stream since they collect a commission when they direct people to DIRECT HEALTH, a health insurance portal that they have partnered with.

    Won’t be surprised if it doesn’t work out the way they plan it to either. They don’t seem to recognize that most of their employees work their because their options or limited, not because they like or trust the retailer.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 18:24:50View | Delete

    justasking will never admit that corporate behavior drives government to regulate, not the other way around.

    I disagree with ACA but I am at least reality based enough to recognize that when over half of bankruptcies are of a medical nature(and that of that half 75% had insurance) or when you hear how insurance companies were throwing people off their insurance when they contract diseases and actually needed to use it, and when you recognize millions didn’t have access to any sort of insurance that the health care/insurance market isn’t functioning and IT is responsible for the fact that regulation was created. It didn’t happen in a vacuum and I’m not going to let revisionists who want to play political games say different. You can only solve problems when you are honest about how and where they originate.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 18:16:48View | Delete

    Oh and as for the government intervention making things “worse off” that is largely a subjective statement. Just like in any capitalist market solution these days there are winners and losers.

    I daresay someone who was unable to get health insurance to cover long term care for chronic conditions prior to this law would agree with you.

    The market isn’t your friend, it considers you a wallet and once empty it will discard you accordingly.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 18:13:02View | Delete

    That isn’t true at all. The reason ACA was passed was because millions of people had absolutely no access to health care and more and more employers were dropping health care because of cost.

    You’re revising history again.

    I don’t particularly care for this President or his health care plan but I refuse to blame him for the “market” which was already broken long before ACA was passed. He just so happened to pick a solution that didn’t work. No surprise there since his solution was to let the health care industry “fix” the problems and I suspect he was hoping to do it in a way that didn’t permanently place the cost on the federal government because…….deficits.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 13:01:08View | Delete

    He/She does appear to recognize it as compensation.

    I do find it ironic though that Obama is getting the blame for a decision that Walmart made. Apparently, accountability is only for the little people.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 12:55:58View | Delete

    Well don’t you worry, they’re going to be hiring THIS YEAR. They’re going to be attracting labor with all the benefits they aren’t offering them. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I have to wonder what exactly they are teaching at business schools because it sure as heck doesn’t seem to be common sense.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 12:54:10View | Delete

    Sure: that’s how the market operates. If you want people to come work for you then you must offer sufficient compensation to attract them

    Well then you need to stop pretending that this is all about ACA and more about a market environment. Just because the government says I can drop health care for anyone who works under 30 hours doesn’t mean I HAVE TO.

    Walmart made a choice. I’m sick to death of businesses sloughing off their choices as the fault of government. It’s amazing the same damn entities that are all about preaching personal responsibility to the populace can’t seem to take ownership of their own darn decisions.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 12:30:22View | Delete

    Thanks to stock options- the long term interests of a company are often put to the side. It’s all about making a quick buck for capital at the expense of labor. You are right though, in a healthy capitalistic system I d believe there is a such thing as win-win. Unfortunately, that isn’t the system we have. Too many greedy people at the top of the economic food chain.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 12:26:59View | Delete

    The new improved system is already tanking because it did not really address cost, it just shifted it and they decreased, not increased the quality of care which, as we saw with our first ebola patient, affects health outcomes and costs(if you end up in the hospital TWICE it costs more than having them do it right the first time.)

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 12:13:40View | Delete

    a) Like most businesses Walmart was not providing any benefit health care or otherwise out of the kindness of its heart, it provided the benefit to attract workers. It’s a business thang.

    b) Obama or the Democratic party has never been the darling of the left. You don’t get to rewrite history. Most of the left that weren’t partisans shilling for the Democratic party opposed the health care plan the Democrats passed. Some of the very left you are sneering at got arrested trying to be part of the health care debate.

    c) It’s incredible to me the lengths those on the right side of the aisle go to in order to defend their corporate darlings. The company that has a history of labor violations as long as Walmart does didn’t do ANYTHING because the federal government told them they’d do that for them, they did it because it was in the best interest of their short term shareholders to do so. I’m going to laugh because they are already struggling to find labor. I wish them luck finding talent by lowering the benefit threshold. LOL Just in time for the holiday season. Today’s oligarchs are a bunch of idiots.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 11:27:48View | Delete

    They’re short sighted and reactive like most businesses these days. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if in a couple of decades they become the next incarnation of Sears Holding. They really seemed to have no clue or sense of direction to go in when I worked there. One minute they wanted to be a low scale version of Bloomingdales and the next they were aiming to be the dollar store.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post Wal-Mart Kills Benefits For Part-Time Workers

    2014-10-08 09:02:37View | Delete

    Actually they are technically going to be the “middleman” and DIRECT HEALTH is the company that sells the service. They just collect a commission for directing them towards the insurance provider.

    Walmart never bothers themselves with little things like worrying about whether or not their workers can afford things. One of the joys of being a big business is your ability to ignore the little people in leiu of the big picture and bottom line.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

    2014-10-03 20:08:19View | Delete

    On this we can agree, it’s positively ridiculous to accuse the guy of lying on the form when the person he transported had, at the time, not been diagnosed with ebola.

    I feel horrible for this poor family because they are bearing the brunt of fear when meanwhile it was the system that failed them, not the other way around.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

    2014-10-03 11:05:32View | Delete

    And the even more fun fact is that even if we think we may understand it there’s a chance that it could mutate to fit it’s new North American environment.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

    2014-10-03 10:49:51View | Delete

    If the disease is spread via saliva then coughing or sneezing would spread it. I got the impression that the symptoms were more related to GI though so things like vomit or bloody sputum seem to be problematic. I wonder how contained EV 68 is in the Texas region. Ebola + respiratory illness like EV 68 would be really, really bad.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

    2014-10-03 10:02:45View | Delete

    I’m not certain why this family isn’t being transported to a hospital and quarantined there. It makes far more sense to treat them as if they may have the disease then it does to wait for symptoms and then react to it. if I had to guess it’s because none of the hospitals want to take responsibility for them for almost a month particularly when they probably don’t have insurance.

  • cwaltz commented on the blog post CDC: Up To 100 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola

    2014-10-03 09:41:16View | Delete

    I don’t even see any evidence that they have an actual containment plan.

    Someone should tell the police they have stationed outside the apartment complex with guns that the disease is transmittable via BLOOD.

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