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  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    What astounds me is that so many people "follow" others in their hatred. If ACA needs improvement, improve it by acting like adults (congress) and do SOMETHING for our country for a change.
    Apr 18, 2014. 12:21 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    Again, ACA clueless. Any plan renewed after March 2010 had to incorporate ACA requirements. Corps & Government renew their policies annually so, therefore, a majority of plans were ACA compliant by March 2011 at the latest.
    Apr 18, 2014. 12:18 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    (800*12)/60,000 = 13.3% of annual pay for insurance premiums. Better than what they would of got in the pre-ACA individual market for a comprehensible plan. They will also get cost free, deductible does not apply, annual physicals, colonoscopies, mammograms and other preventable type procedures.

    Additional, healthcare providers are compensated based on quality of care vs quantity. Since hospitals will not be reimbursed for re-hospitalization of patients when it has been determined negligence, infectious rates while in the hospital have dropped dramatically saving many lives. It's all about the dollar. You are now seeing the beginning of better care at more reasonable prices for GOOD & USEFUL healthcare plans.

    Seems like a lot of folks are clueless on ACA and are following their political leanings.
    Apr 18, 2014. 11:55 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Obamacare signs up 8M [View news story]
    Blue.... Do you have an ACA healthcare plan? Well, as you know, my wife & I do and are quite pleased with 1) premiums, 2) coverage, and 3) acceptance by ALL prior health care providers. You continue to spew your hateful & inaccurate information & I will continue with my rebuttal each time. Healthcare costs, in 2008, reached just shy of 18% of THE ENTIRE GDP. Not sustainable.

    What is your plan? Let people die? My wife & I will save an approximately 35% in annual healthcare costs from previous individual plans that were very discriminating and flat out unethical. BTW, my wife & I are healthy pre 65 with only 1 required prescription per month. And for the last 5 years I have been paying > $ 25,000 annually? No subsidies. Who is subsidizing your health care? Perhaps the government? I guess you and your fellow like minded commentators don't like it when individual policies are now considered "a group". Absolutely ridiculous.

    What are some of your favorite stocks?
    Apr 18, 2014. 11:40 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dispelling Market Misconceptions Of Apple [View article]
    Very succinct & relevant article. Thanks for sharing.
    Apr 17, 2014. 09:12 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Zuckerberg Wants To Dismantle Facebook And What Angie's List Can Learn From Him [View article]
    It may happen but YHOO revenue in the last 5 years is -28% while FB revenue is +1,013%. For 2013, FB rev = 7.87b, YHOO rev = 4.68b.
    Apr 17, 2014. 09:04 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Deer... My mom was a "Special Needs" teacher for 35 years and was not compensated like many other professions. She got her joy from teaching and led a very fulfilling life because of her profession.

    Sorry that teachers have got "dumped on" during this recession. It has been brutal for them in the state I live in. It's kinda like when the hospitals needed to cut back on costs, they laid off nurses & aids rather than addressing their internal cost issues. Let the patient suffer is kinda like let the children suffer. Extremely short sighted and plain wrong and damaging long term.
    Apr 17, 2014. 08:37 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    At a big 3 auto factory in a neighborhood city new employees are getting paid much less than those that entered the workforce at the same plant in the 90's.
    Apr 17, 2014. 08:12 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Republicans could have had as much input as they wanted to have but they were unwilling to even negotiate. They spent more time trying to obstruct the deal rather than provide input. So they were rightfully ignored. The same thing happened with other legislation from 2001-2006 but in reverse.
    Apr 17, 2014. 08:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    We need pipelines for U.S. crude, not tar sand.
    Apr 17, 2014. 07:58 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    Pensions used to be very common with a majority of corps from post WWII until the 80's-90's. Those that are anti pensions are mostly those that do not have one. I don't have one but I recognize that a lot of folks made an employment decision decades ago that included a pension & they now deserve what was promised & in a lot of cases, they helped fund.

    For those of us that don't have a pension, we also made a decision & either didn't pursue it or lacked the education required. There have been plenty of benefits cut for those that are now entering public jobs. There was some abuse by voting generous "matching" but those were quickly reversed in 2008-2009. There was a county in Texas that provided, in 2007, $3 match for every $1 contributed up to 7% of pay. It is now $1 for $1.
    Apr 17, 2014. 07:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    JC.... Count me as one. Moved from my farm town the day after HS graduation in the early 70's. Took a 4 month course in programming. Although the school was a "rip-off" I did get a job that provided a career in software for the next 30 years. Got an accounting degree in the mid 1980's as the Reagan revolution was in reality a very scary time opportunity wise.

    Got laid off in 2000 after Y2K fiasco. Bought a retail business & expanded just at the wrong time, just before the Great Recession That Should Not Have Occurred. Forced sale, no debt & started investing in 2009 (great time to take complete control of my investments).

    Lessons - the recession of the early 70's had the same impact on then 50-60 year olds. Scared me so I started saving the max I could from age 18. Smartest thing I ever did. Been out of workforce 5 years almost to the day.

    Regrets - really none but if I had stayed and farmed, I would have done better financially as fracking is now allowed plenty of fossil fuels on the land which was of course sold in the 80's.

    Life is a journey & must be prepared to reinvent yourself multiple times in life. Just like those 50-60 year olds in the 70's.
    Apr 17, 2014. 10:24 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google misses by $0.15, misses on revenue [View news story]
    Hey thanks for your reply. But both numbers are not jiving with 3 other sources, that are not google, but all are reporting same number as I mentioned above. Could be an issue with the split as there is a huge difference between 10% vs 19% growth. At this point really don't know but need to know as I am long GOOG.
    Apr 16, 2014. 06:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Google misses by $0.15, misses on revenue [View news story]
    Not sure where you are getting your numbers but Scottrade indicates 13.969 billion LY q1 2013 (15.42/13.969)=10.3% increase.

    Here's Yahoo finance which also indicates 13.969b q1 2013.

    Which is the slowest growth yoy that I recall. Not a good quarter.
    Apr 16, 2014. 05:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Wall Street Breakfast: Must-Know News [View article]
    "I suggest you look at whom has been governing cities like Detroit for the past several decades and evaluate information without the inherent bias you consistently show."

    Since 1960, the governor of Michigan were;

    Republicans 35 years
    Democrat 19 years

    Plenty of towns/cities in southern red states that have the same issue. Blaming a single party for bad decisions is extremely bias on your part especially since The Great Recession That Should not Have Happened.
    Apr 16, 2014. 01:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment