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Old 01-25-2014, 11:45 AM   #2621
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Got my car back finally on Wednesday, went to return the rental car and the adjuster didn't set it up to be on their dime. Couldn't get a hold of anyone locally and the national office wasn't much help. Payed the bill ($545) and left. Finally got in touch with the adjuster on Thursday. He got a copy of the bill and brought me a check at work yesterday.

I was hoping that it wasn't going to turn into much of a hassle, luckily he got things fixed without me getting too wound up!

Other than this bump, this ordeal was much less hassle than I anticipated. I am glad to get my car back. It is great knowing where every button and knob is without looking. The rental was very nice, but had about 100 too many buttons! I love technology, but I don't like fiddling while driving just to adjust the temperature.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:46 AM   #2622
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I signed up in NYS and have had no problems since the initial bumps when the exchange first went live. It is saving me a great deal over my previous plan administered by the same provider, go figure!
Same here. I enrolled in mid-November and coverage became effective Jan 1. I also elected to stay with the same provider, Kaiser Permanente, although there were several other less expensive plan choices offered by other providers.
I'm saving over 75% in monthly preminums, pocket change copays, and no deductibles for my wife and I.
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:10 PM   #2623
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And just WHY does there have to be a proposal offered in at least one State that will:

"bar welfare money from use in strip clubs, casinos"

Sheesh!
Because welfare money should be used to support life, not lifestyle. There are, unfortunately, people who will misuse welfare money that should be supporting others, who can't get it due to red tape, or lack of available funds.

The few, as always, mess up things for the majority.

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Old 01-25-2014, 12:22 PM   #2624
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"The few, as always, mess up things for the majority."

Yeah---- that started in grade school when the 'bad' kid misbehaved and we ALL had to stay after school! Sheesh!
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:49 PM   #2625
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How the heck do they plan to "bar welfare money from use in strip clubs, casinos"? Special, marked money? Does that mean the grocer who accepts this cash for food can't spend it in a strip club or casino?
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #2626
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Chief said:
"The few, as always, mess up things for the majority."

Yeah---- that started in grade school when the 'bad' kid misbehaved and we ALL had to stay after school! Sheesh!
Actually, that tends to work well. Now all the kids are on the case of the misbehaving kid.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:55 PM   #2627
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...Does that mean the grocer who accepts this cash for food can't spend it in a strip club or casino?

I suppose the grocer turns those dollars turns them in to the state for reimbursement.
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Old 01-25-2014, 05:23 PM   #2628
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How the heck do they plan to "bar welfare money from use in strip clubs, casinos"? Special, marked money? Does that mean the grocer who accepts this cash for food can't spend it in a strip club or casino?
In many places the money is deposited to a benefit card similar to a debit card. The "Gentleman's Clubs" and casinos have unique merchant category codes that can be restricted by the credit card processor that issues the benefit cards for the department of social services. I suppose every little bit helps, but IMO it is a symbolic change and of little value in preventing fraud.
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Old 01-25-2014, 06:33 PM   #2629
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How the heck do they plan to "bar welfare money from use in strip clubs, casinos"? Special, marked money? Does that mean the grocer who accepts this cash for food can't spend it in a strip club or casino?
We have EBT cards. They are like a debit card. You swipe them just like you would a credit or debit card. They are going to be changing the bar code so that only approved purchases will allow money to come out of the account to pay for them.

In this state you have to apply as a merchant for the right to accept EBT payees. If you get caught accepting an EBT payment for an activity that is not approved, you lose your card swipe and are heavily fined and could go to prison. When a merchant accepts an EBT card, the money is transferred from the recipient's account to the account of the merchant. The recipient can receive cash back after she approves the payment to the merchant.

We do have a problem at present with money being spent in liquor stores. They sell soda, so the dishonest ones will also make the purchase of liquor be listed as soda. Or the recipient will get cash back and spend it in the liquor store. The problems are with the little Mom and Pop corner stores. The big chain stores never violate the rules.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:41 PM   #2630
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It's just a shame that so many people think that the world owes them a living. I personally think that if a person is able bodied, but can't find a job, then options should be made for them to work for the state, maybe at a community farm where the food from the farm is used to help those on who want to work, but can't find a job. Of course arrangements would need to be made for child care. If the person working in the field doesn't like the job, then they could train for a job they would like to work at.

The point is, if they work for their sustenance, they develop pride in their own ability, and that they are working for their living. And those trying to sponge off of the system, find that they may be working harder than if they were working at another kind of job. At the very least, the work could be temporary until a better job is found.

I wonder how many people would be on welfare if they had work presented to them as a requirement for assistance.

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