Wednesday’s American Morning "robocall" segment piqued viewers’ attention, as many reported their own experiences with the irritating scams.
- James: Good morning JOHN I was watching CNN this morning when you guys spoke about the ROBO CALLS. a friend on mind got a call two weeks ago about car warranty. The situation is that we are not living in the United States. We live in the Bahamas. I did not suspect anything wrong at first until i watch CNN this morning. It’s a good thing she didn't call back to give out her visa or master card number. Thanks to CNN I now can warn family and friends.
- James C: I found your story on the scams associated with the auto warranty programs now being sold via phone solicitations to be very informative and accurate. I found it very amusing that you ran an ad promoting one of those companies under investigation immediately following the story.
Have you been the victim of a robocall? Do you listen to the pitch or simply hang up? Has your cell phone bill increased because of these calls? Tell us about your experiences with robocalls.
Social security and Medicare were considered “old” issues that have remained on the “back burner” too long and simply needs to be fixed.
- Lorraine: i have been hearing this by government and the media for as long as i can remember. this [Medicare and Social Security] is no new problem but it is one that has continuously been placed on the back burner. i'm sick of hearing about it. when is the government going to do something about it?
- Sannerae22: Is anyone truly surprised that these funds are in trouble? Who has always paid into these funds? The middle class. Once again it is middle class being raped. The wealthy have loopholes protecting them from paying into the system and they funnel their money elsewhere. The lower class doesn't pay into the programs but draw from it. Congress steals from it to fund other projects. In the mid to late 1970's, my husband and I had many discussions with my grandfather about social security and Medicare being gone by the time we were eligible to draw on it and how we wished we could have the hefty sum of money taken out of our checks so that we could use it as we saw fit but it was money lost to us forever.
How do you feel about the current situation with Social Security and Medicare? Will universal health coverage help to solve many of these problems? Is there a better solution?
Bankruptcy was not believed to be “beneficial” nor “chic,” but “disgraceful.”
- Aly: I am at a loss how anyone could benefit with the new bankruptcy laws. In 2008 my husband and I had a devastating year. We had a car drive through our living room in January (the driver charge had no insurance), our care with business tools and laptop stolen, the big rig for my husbands business hit in the docks by a crane and virtually totaled and finally a son who ended up in ICU twice in 3 months. According to law we did not qualify for bankruptcy relief. As a matter of fact we were told based on new laws by Bush administration we would end up having to pay more. Needless to say we went from high credit to being harassed etc. So how can this be helpful or chic? I believe the 3rd grade teacher on you tube has it right – the government is cowing down to corporate America and is no longer in charge.
- Clem: Your story regarding bankruptcy as anything other than dishonorable is sickening. The reason that bankruptcy has always been shameful is that it truly is. What it means is that a person took something from someone else, gave their word and honor that they would pay it back and now is telling the world that they lied and have no honor whatsoever because it is no longer convenient for them to pay. It is symptomatic of what ails our country. We simply are blameless for what we do and it must be someone else's fault and there is zero consideration for the person or entity that was lied to and the financial burden which we have placed on them for our dishonorable and shameful actions. Shame, shame, shame.
What do you think of bankruptcy? Is it shameful? Should those who really need help get the assistance through such laws, or is it simply a “get-out-of-debt-free” card for those who have foolishly overspent?