Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Health Care Summitt Is Happening Now: You Better Listen

Today, Republican and Democratic Leaders have met with the President and Vice President to talk about health care, and how they can make it better. I really hope they make progress today, as I think most people can agree health care needs some changes. The only problem with creating legislation is that we have hundreds of people representing nearly 300 million people, and most of them have conflicting ideas on how to reform our nation's top budget killer (even more than military spending).

The President opened up the summit by saying he wanted a discussion where we could find what both sides could agree on, and try and come to a commonground on those ideas the do not. For the common citizen like me, it would seem fairly easy to stay civil and have a good discussion on opposing views, and eventually come to a compromise. The only problem here is that elections are coming up. Anybody that signs on to this bill, if it ends up like the last one, stands to lose their next election for supporting this bill. On the other hand, if they put together a good bill that really helps us all out, and you adamantly opposed the bill through the entire process, you could be committing political suicide as well.

What I hope when all is said and done is that a bill is passed that can reign in the costs of health care, and at the same time making it better, such as banning insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

To close, no matter how you look at this bill, no matter what side you are on, this bill could dramatically change your life. Now is a more important time than ever to listen to these debates, and voice your opinion. Send your representatives your ideas and your solutions. Do not sit back idle and then complain if you do not like the outcome. Let your voice be heard and help shape the future, not just for yourself, but for your children, and anyone else that wants to live in this great country of ours!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Top two seeds undefeated at USBC Masters | Professional Bowlers Association

Well now the USBC MAsters is really getting underway, and it is getting exciting. Check out this link on the PBA's official website to find out who is still in the hunt for the 50000 prize!

Top two seeds undefeated at USBC Masters | Professional Bowlers Association

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Conspiracy Theory Possibility: What is Anthem Blue Cross Doing?

Recently, in the state of California, the company Anthem Blue Cross has announced as much as a 39% increase in health care premiums for those with private, non-group coverage. As if health insurance did not cost enough these days, now almost a 40% increase? That seems crazy. As a concerned citizen, I do believe we need change in our health care system to make it more affordable, but with what is currently on the table, I can do without.

However, does this not seem very convenient that right as the discussion about health care heats up, a private company raises their premiums 39%? This is a great time for Democratic leaders to step in and say that this will be all more common if health care reform is not passed. The timing could not be better.

I guess you all get what I am saying. Did the Democrats have something to do with this rate hike to give themselves a better argument? I will leave that for you to decide. I really hope not, and don't think, that is the case. But you never know!

Friday, February 5, 2010

How to Make Money With Online Surveys

Many of my friends make fun of me for all the dorky, internet things that I do to make extra money, but that is ok. I enjoy making extra money every month that can go towards things that do not ordinary get calculated into my monthly budget, like new bowling balls, a bowling tournament, or even going out to a nice dinner with my wife.

The newest thing that I have started recently is filling out online surveys. I tried a number of sites, and most of them did not pan out to much, but then I stumbled across a new site called Opinion Outpost. I read some blogs and forums and the site had pretty good reviews. I finally signed up and low and behold, I have been a member for three weeks, filled out 5 surveys and have made $8.80! Now this may not seem like much to you, but eavh survey typically takes around 20 minutes, so this is not that bad.

If you feel like you have some free time to kill, and want to make a few bucks, check this site out.

Opinion Outpost