There’s a huge difference between reaching your limit and not paying your bills. Let’s say you max out your credit cards. You may not be able to put any more purchases on plastic, but that doesn’t mean your creditors are going to come after you. As long as you cough up your minimum payment amounts, you’re OK. The same basic rule applies here.
Seems obvious to me. Why are some people—ABC’s World News with its large debt default clock, for example— conflating reaching one’s debt limit with defaulting? What am I missing?
Bartering can also mean negotiating a price. That is already in practice in many aspects of the health care industry. Managed care companies negotiate what they will pay physicians. Cash-paying patients frequently negotiate what they will pay not only their physicians but also hospitals.
And yes, Mr. Leno, I have bartered with patients — for alfalfa hay, a bath tub, yard work and horse shoeing in exchange for my care.
The health care bill recently forced on the American people by President Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi has many undisclosed costs, but one of the glaring issues is it takes away our ability to make decisions for ourselves.
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