Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 8:26am
Senator Richard Burr (R-Land of Make Believe) is on the stump again flogging the dead horse of the ACA alternative proposed by he and some other Republican Senators and backed by the Koch stinktank machine.
Meanwhile, with all the actors and misleading stories used in ads to bash the Affordable Care Act, Mother Jones wonders if anyone is actually being harmed by the law.
Will any media outlet actually challenge Burr to produce a fully documented case of someone being harmed by the ACA that can stand up to scrutiny?
This has bothered me for a long time: What's the rationale for having pre-established periods during which customers can buy health insurance? It's not just related to ACA. Annual enrollment deadlines have been with us forever, forcing a frenzy of decision-making that seems to make no sense.
What America needs is universal healthcare where "enrollment" is equal to being born. The rest of the bureaucracy is nothing but bullshit designed to enrich private companies, while adding no discernible value to society.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:27pm
If medicaid is expanded in NC it will be in 2015.
It will give the hospital industry time to gear up their lobbying arm and have an impact on NCGA. They will then be dealing with the winners of the 2014 state election and not those currently running to be re-elected and subject to right wing criticism on the issue.
Expansion the year before he is up for re-election will allow McCrory to claim he has 'fixed' the medicaid program here--perhaps by replacing Aldona Wos (A small sacrifice for a second term as governor.) He can then bask in the warmth of those happy with their new coverage. And receive campaign contributions from the hospital lobby. It will please moderate voters and allow McCrory to say he is truly the moderate he claimed he was during his first gubernatorial campaign, pulling their votes back in his direction for 2016.
Last week, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum equated Obamacare with Apartheid. This week, state Sen. Bob Rucho joined others who have equated Obamacare to Nazism (among other evils). Their obvious purpose is to inflame an uninformed electorate to be against something using terms representing atrocities. While imperfect, complex and rolled out poorly, to equate something that is trying to help people gain access to healthcare insurance as akin to Apartheid and Nazism portrays ignorance or deception.
Not sure we need to pick. Ignorance and deception probably share equal credit for this effort to enflame, and Rucho's obstinacy in refusing to apologize is evidence he realizes he was guilty of both.
You’re a two-bit hustler that would sell snake-oil to his dying mother. A cheap carpet-bagger from New York with a greasy suit, Mafioso hair, and without a shred of common decency.
We get it Rucho. We are the kind of people you don’t notice or want to deal with on a daily basis. You like to spend your time with cynical politicians, cash money donors, and the kind of ideologues you’ve been able to con into believing your unmitigated crap. I grew up priming tobacco in the Summer sun and feeding cows and hogs in Stokes County. I’ve been around enough barns to know horse shit when I smell it.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Mon, 12/09/2013 - 7:34pm
Figures used on Sunday talk show came from "Daily Caller interview with Christopher Conover, a research scholar at Duke University and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
According to Conover, Rogers, if anything, understated his case: Conover says "at least" 129 million people will lose their coverage by the end of 2014."
How does Conover reach such a startling estimate? By redefining what it means to lose your coverage.
A heartwarming note received from a friend of a friend. Reprinted here without identifying details.
My brother is a “Navigator” in another state, where he assists people face-to-face by appointment to sign up for healthcare on the federal marketplace. There is so much demand for getting insurance through the exchange, now that the website is working, that his office has extended hours from daytime to every evening and weekends.
I have a 30 year-old niece (single) with an AGI of about $15,000.00 who is signing up for health insurance at a cost of $25.00 per month.
I have a 50 something brother (single) with similar income who will be signing up for about the same premium as my niece.
I have a married 30 something nephew with one child and another on the way with a household income of around $25,000 who will be signing his family up.
Vermont—Home of Ben and Jerry’s, Maple Syrup, Bernie Sanders and the first state to pass marriage equality. Now, Vermont will be known for something that will impact every resident in the state.
The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system. The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
Thom Tillis has saddled up and is riding hard. In the months ahead, he'll spend millions painting Kay Hagan as a dirty socialist because she voted with Democrats to pass the Affordable Care Act. Next November, he'll regret that move when he loses his bid for US Senate.
Most people agree that the healthcare.gov rollout was botched. Big deal. Websites fail all the time, and this one has had the added burden of constant attacks by Republican obstructionists. More important, there's no point in signing up now anyway because you'll be paying for coverage that doesn't start until next year. Just take a deep breath and come back in January. That's what I'm going to do. Healthcare.gov will still be there, and it'll be running like a well-oiled machine.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 9:28pm
If you're in their viewing area, be sure to send a supportive note to WBTV in Charlotte for their fair coverage of the Issa "hearing" on ACA. The station's reporters not only noted that supporters of the ACA weren't allowed to speak and were told if they did they would be asked to leave, but also interviewed supporters on what they wanted to say at the hearing.
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