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Showing posts with label Obama Care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obama Care. Show all posts

Sunday, July 30, 2017

ObamaCare: For Those Who Care




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If you are like the majority of Americans, you have a position on the Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCare) and that position is most likely based on your personal experience. Of course, you may have lived to a point in life where you are covered via Medicare, or maybe covered via Medicaid. If you are covered by Medicare, and harbor major ill will or wish to appeal for the Obamacare, you are probably a high-end Baby Boomer conservative. 

In either case, you know one thing about the ObamaCare. It offers 30 million Americans opportunity for health care comprehensive health care. Health care where none existed unless employed in a job with medical coverage as an employee benefit. The law also places humane restrictions on how insurance companies administer plans: coverage for children up to age 26, pre-existing conditions coverage, and premium subsidies in cases of low-income families. All items the common conservatives don't give one damn about; especially if the conservative has to assist in any way with the availability of the law (eg. taxes and higher premiums).  To be fair since the inception of the ACA, millions who call themselves conservatives and are not yet Medicare eligible have come to realize their quality of life has improved via the ACA; that means it is now integral to their lives until age sixty-five.

Kaiser Family poll, 2013

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Kaiser Family poll 2016
Table 1: Voters’ Attitudes Towards the ACA
As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?All votersTrump votersClinton voters
Favorable (NET)45%15%79%
          Very favorable20540
          Somewhat favorable251039
Unfavorable (NET)508118
          Very unfavorable33635
          Somewhat unfavorable171813
Don’t know/Refused544

While Trump supporters overwhelmingly want the law repealed, conservative (GOP) support in aggregate is a far different reality.
Figure 8: Among the 26 Percent Who Want the ACA Repealed, Some Attitudes Are Malleable
Let's cherry-pick things a bit Kaiser found a few of the ACA provisions appealing to most poll takers with one provision standing out like a whacked out president making inappropriate remarks at a Boy Scout Jamboree.

Table 2: Americans’ Opinions of ACA Provisions
Percent who say they have a FAVORABLE opinion of each of the following provisions of the law:TotalDemocratsIndependentsRepublicans
Allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 2685%90%85%82%
Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for many preventive services83898377
Closes the Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” so people on Medicare will no longer be required to pay the full cost of their medications81868969
Creates health insurance exchanges where small businesses and people can shop for insurance and compare prices and benefits80908072
Provides financial help to low- and moderate-income Americans who don’t get insurance through their jobs to help them purchase coverage80918167
Gives states the option of expanding their existing Medicaid program to cover more low-income, uninsured adults80907967
Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s medical history69756563
Increases the Medicare payroll tax on earnings for upper-income Americans69826363
Requires employers with 50 or more employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer health insurance60836045
Requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine35573021
Note: Some items asked of half samples. Question wording abbreviated. See topline for full question wording.
For example, large shares of Americans – including at least eight in ten overall and at least eight in ten Democrats, Republicans, and independents – have a favorable view of the fact that the law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans up to age 26.

So much for polling  data.  Charles Gaba, an authority on the ACA, offers two video with all you need to know about the ACA and its impact on the nation.  The video is in two parts. 


Part 1


Part 2



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Whirling Wind And Party Ideology That Reminds Of 9/11


Re-blog from The Whirlingwind Dot Com......

We have to comment. The images chosen and depicted by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr. have a common thread. With an exception for Mike Lee (of whom I know nothing) the pictured Senators have a past or current background that reaches into Civil Rights. Their reach has been (Sessions) and is (Paula and Cruz) very much anti-Civil rights. Their common bound speaks volumes about their mindsets, their social paradigms and how they legislate. I am stopping just shy of calling each Paul and Cruz are not in the Senate to legislate. ~ The Pardu
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Radical Republicans Carry On Osama’s Legacy


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by Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.
If you believe the official account of the events on September 11, 2001, Osama Bin Laden masterminded a plan to bring this nation to its knees. We lost 2,978 innocent civilians on that day by conservative estimates. Because of this, we launched two wars, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. We’ve spent trillions of dollars, ruined our economy and sacrificed 10′s of thousands of the treasure of this nation. Thanks to certain Radical Republicans, it turns out, Osama could have been more effective by simply donating to one of several Republican “Super-PACs.”

Radical Republicans

I am old enough to remember the political parties before the Republicans lost their damn minds. No, I’m not going to play the false equivalence game and pretend to be “fair and balanced” like FAUX News. Sometimes, one of the two sides in a dispute is clearly and unequivocally wrong! I can recall when the Republicansbelieved in fiscal responsibility. Now they merely pay lip service to it. Republicans used to believe in smaller government. Now, they’re fascist.
“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
Benito Mussolini
They care more about the wishes of the corporations who own them than they do about the actual constituents they purport to represent. The Republicans I remember growing up, tended to be against wars and if anything leaned towardsisolationism.” The radical Republicans of today, haven’t seen a seen a war they’re not in favor of.
The only things they’re not in favor of are the very things that would make this nation stronger, energy independent and would boost the standard of living and quality of life for United States citizens.
Radical Republicans were against bailing out our automotive industry. Think about this for a moment. During WWII, it was our automotive industry that tooled up to produce tanks, firearms and many of the necessities that made it possible for us to prevail. Were it not for the manufacturing base provided by our automotive industries, we all might well be speaking German today. That is, those of us left alive to live under a totalitarian dictatorship.
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Not the Detroit I remember.
Even if we ignore the national security implications, think of all the jobs that would have been lost. Not just the direct jobs lost because of factory closings, but all the additional downstream jobs in the companies that produce the products the automotive industries require. Think of the small businesses that depend on the people in communities who are employed by the automotive industry. Mitt Romney’s Op-Ed entitled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” should be instructional. Detroit has indeed gone bankrupt. Look at Detroit. It is rapidly spiralling down into a “3rd World” experience. This began when the automotive industries began pulling out and relocating. Trouble is, many of these manufacturing plants are now in communities all around the nation. Possibly there are a few employing people in your community. Had we taken the advice of the radical Republicans, you might have been surprised to find your own community looking like Detroit.

Radical Republicans Or Closet Terrorists?

radical republicans pearl harbor attack Radical Republicans Carry On Osamas LegacyWhat if a foreign power attacked the United States and killed 45,000 of our citizens? Men, women and children? I want you to actually consider this for a moment. What would you think ought to be done? When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 killing 2,402 of our sailors and wounding 1,247, we dove into WWII which resulted in nuclear weapons being used for the first – and hopefully the last – time in recorded history. When we were attacked on September 11, 2001, we counted 2,978 fatalities. We went to war with two nations – one of which had absolutely nothing to do with the attack – and spent trillions of dollars.
Yet, each year, 45,000 of our brother and sister American citizens die because they have no health insurance. That’s over 15 times the number of people we lost in the September 11 attacks… each year! Do you think we ought to do something about it? How can anyone claim to be a patriot and profess a love for this nation, be against a law that will potentially save 45,000 American lives? Radical Republicans are.
Radical Republicans make Osama Bin Laden look like a piker! He only murdered 2,978 of our citizens. The policy the Radical Republicans are doggedly pursuing will murder 45,000 of our citizens each year. We sent Seal Team 6 to get Osama. Who are we sending after these terrorists?

Backstabbing Our Troops The Radical Republican Forte`

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What about them? Can they stand a Government shut down?
If you’re old enough, you will remember when the Republican Party didn’t merely pay lip service to being pro-military. They actually respected and honored those who had served out country in uniform. Being a veteran put you at the head of the line for a job when you returned to civilian life. During the Vietnam war when there was a draft, many times employers would hold your job for you upon your return. Not so now. The families of many active duty soldiers depend on “food stamps” to feed their families during their loved one’s absence.
Radical Republicans in their zeal to stomp on minorities and people of color, are doing all they can to defund and under fund our food stamp safety net. Because of their policies, according to the Department of Defense, some 5,000 families of active duty servicemen will have their food stamps cut. Imagine what that does to the man or woman fighting in the field. How can he or she concentrate on their job while worrying about whether or not their children are going to bed hungry.
While we’re on the subject of hunger in America, 52.32 million people – 1 in 6 – many of them children, are struggling with hunger right here in this country which likes to boast of its “exceptionalism.” When Russian President, Vladimir Putin said that America was not exceptional, many of these same Radical Republicans took offense. Well damnit! The truth hurts doesn’t it?  How the Hell are we exceptional when 52.32 million of our citizens are going to bed hungry just like people in 3rd World Nations?
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The entire span of the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed in Minneapolis.
Our infrastructure is collapsing around our ears. We’ve got bridges all across this nation that have been marked as unsafe and closed. Some have even fallen down costing lives. We’ve got thousands of veterans, both men and women returning from war in need of jobs. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives under the leadership(?) of John Boehner have refused to pass a single jobs bill. They’ve refused to pass a single bill that would help our returning troops. Oh, by the way, they have voted to repeal Obama Care 41 times. They have caused the United States credit rating to be downgraded. At the time of my writing this, we’re headed for another Government shut down. Did I mention we have troops who are currently fighting a war? Might be nice if we paid them.
Who needs terrorist when you’ve got Radical Republicans doing everything in their power to destroy America. I’m sure Osama Bin Laden is spinning at the bottom of the sea saying, “Damn! If I’d only known!”

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Whirlingwinds Dot Com ..Benjamin T. Moore Jr.: Hypocrisy Based In Race






I-RO-NY: INCONGRUITY BETWEEN WHAT MIGHT BE EXPECTED AND WHAT ACTUALLY OCCURS


(When Your Racism Blinds You To Reality)

How many times have you heard some Tea Party nitwit make the claim that President Obama is destroying our "American Way of Life?" It is a constant theme and the drum beat to whatever tune they're singing. If they open their refrigerator and the milk is sour, it's President Obama's fault.

When unemployment was high, that was President Obama's fault. Now that unemployment numbers have been dropping, well, those independent agencies that report on these matters, are fudging the numbers for him.

How many times have you heard some nitwit Tea Bagger declare, "I want my country back!" When I woke up this morning, I made a point to check on it and apparently it's still here. Nevertheless, for some reason, they believe that this country has changed... and it's all Obama's fault!

A great number of so called Libertarians and Tea Baggers are simply appalled that two people who love each other, regardless of gender can make a lifetime commitment to one another and marry. This seems odd to me because I was under the impression that Libertarians enshrined the philosophy of absolute personal freedom so long as the exercise thereof does not negative impact another.

"Obama's coming for your guns!" How many times have you heard that one? Never mind the fact that your gun rights have actually been expanded under President Obama, nevertheless, that one sure gets people up in arms - literally - and hollering about the decimation of our Bill Of Rights.

The Irony? While they're venting their spleens at President Obama, the United States Supreme Court - the majority appointed by Republican Presidents - has done more to change this nation from the comforting delusion they've embraced all their lives.

It wasn't President Obama who signed an executive order striking down the Defense of Marriage Act which led to Gay people finally being able to marry. That was the U.S. Supreme Court. It wasn't President Obama who struck down California's Proposition 8 which took away the legality of marriages between same sex couples. That was the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Land Of The Free?" The Supreme Court has held that police can seize your DNA without you being even charged for a crime. The Supreme Court has held that the police can strip search you if they arrest you for a traffic violation. Perhaps you didn't have your insurance card with you when you were pulled over?

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Corporations have the same rights as an individual citizen. I'm 56 and this isn't the America I remember growing up in. Hate the idea of everyone having health care - "Obama Care" - It was the Republican majority of the U.S. Supreme Court that declared "Obama Care" to be legal and Constitutional.

So, why aren't the Tea Baggers taking a cue from the Occupy Wall Street Movement and marching on the U.S. Supreme Court? Because the real issue isn't all the things they claim. Their real issue is, there's a Black man in the White House. That's what has really changed in this country and some of them simply have no idea how to deal with this fact.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013

54% Do Not Favor ObamaCare?

 

ObamaCare not favored by 54% of the people?  Wow!  

My faith in the America People waned for a few hours as I had no opportunity to dig into the CNN/ORC Affordable Care Act (ACA) Survey data.  A Fox News headline link navigated to a piece with expected dire consequences for the ACA.  The CNN piece referenced below in the Rachel Maddow video indicates that 'unfavorable' poll results do not mean people do not want to have some form of healthcare reform. In fact, it seems there are poll respondents who feel the law does not provide enough coverage to be truly (in their minds) effective.

You have to know there is a back story that is not being published by Fox News and other right-wing media.

Rachel Maddow and her team dissected the 54% and Voila,"the truth."



An amazing reality about the news reports, is the extent of outright false and misleading reporting especially those reporting from the Right.  Professionals over at Fox News read the very same report from CNN that is linked above and referenced in the Maddow piece.  

Is their business model so corrupt and inclined towards propaganda they do not believe their viewers will seek a bit more information? 


Or, is the network so disrespectful of their viewers it simply "short reports"  and expects no additional probing for information (thus propaganda)? 


Lastly, are Fox News viewers so hateful of the president, and all things progressive, they swallow "hook-line and sinker" any misleading reports from FOXPEN? 


Here is the answer to all questions just above: "YES."  And, that is really sad and tragic as it speaks to how 47% of the voting public (in 2012) voted for the ticket despite overwhelming evidence the two were flawed from head to toe.
The lesson here for those who are not inclined to probe a little deeper, "know there are major efforts on the Right to oppose any and all things from President Obama." They do so without regard for the nation and citizens of the nation.

If you want what reads as a "learned" opinion on the ACA (ObamaCare), you might want to read, here.
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