I had to post this picture that I took myself today in Miami Beach and will post it in other places because for some odd reason it gives me joy to imagine the disgust in the faces of tea partiers when they read Obamacare in a truck and then read some text in Spanish. I can imagine all the crazy thoughts that will race through their feeble minds: "Look at that, the immigrants are getting Obamacare for free! With our tax Dollars". Although on second thought, I'm not sure they know how to use Google translate.
There is not much more to say really.
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My friend Anna, an occasional contributor in my blog, posted a comment about Obamacare in Facebook and one of her friends and her father answered with some excellent comments. She gave me permission to post the conversation in my blog.
While the friend had great points, I especially enjoyed reading the father-daughter interaction because it showed a beautiful connection between the two of them and very good analysis of the options and benefits of the law but also of the weaknesses and the politics behind Obamacare.
Daughter: Health insurance for $600-$700 a month for a family 5 sound good? How about $12,000 deductible? (No benefit is paid out until after deductible is met.)
March 22 at 10:15am ·
Friend: Is this a rhetorical question? For a family of 5. It sounds good to me.
March 22 at 10:18am
Friend: Well….. it does and it doesn't. Considering how fast medical bills rack up i'd rather pay 12,000 off over time than lets say 50,000 + or the risk of having property seized. What about regular doctors visits? Certainly an imperfect system. I was paying $300 a month years ago before I canceled my insurance. Hope it all works out Im sure I'll be posting something similar before the end of the month when I cave to the deadline
March 22 at 10:29am ·
Daughter: In most years, I will not spend more than $12 thousand on care, so we will be paying $600 a month and still have to pay as we go. We will see the benefit only in a catastrophic year. I don't know. I was shocked by the $12 thousand deductible.
March 22 at 10:28am ·
Father: P. pays $314/month for one person (me) for health insurance through Barry (hers is paid by Barry). It does not include dental and carries a $4000 deductible for the two of us per year. This option — offered by Barry — makes me ineligible for Obamacare, which would be much cheaper, of course.
March 22 at 10:33am ·
Friend: The deductibles are very high for the plans i'm offered as well, which is why i've been dragging my feet. The reforms to help people once denied coverage are great but its a bit of a shock for the rest of us. Sadly proposals made for a universal single-payer healthcare system in the United States have never had more than 20% congressional co-sponsorship.
March 22 at 10:36am ·
Father: As we all know, healthcare is BIG business and Obamacare cannot change that. When it comes to healthcare, we (the US), pay TWICE as much for healthcare as the next highest paying country, and according to various evaluations we (the USA) are ranked the 37th of the quality of care we receive. Facts. Those darn facts.
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Even if old news, it’s always news on Faux News:
Fox News love their Joe the Plumber and now they love their anti-hero “Surfer Dude Jason”. Tell me if you think he is representative of those people who are getting food stamps?
On March 13th, 2014, almost six months after they first profiled their lobster eating food stamp recipient surfer dude, Fox News interviewed the guy again, to make the point that welfare is wasting tax payer’s money. They had 6 months to find some other slacker but they come back with the same old story. Well, what's to be expected from Faux News, right? The stories are about Jason Greenslate, a San Diego surfer, who buys sushi and lobster with a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program debit card. Greenslate plays in a rock band and laughed at the idea of getting a normal job.
I am not linking to the Fox News page. I don’t want to send traffic to their website, so I suggest to google for “Jason Greenslate” and read the summaries, or read other articles in a different legitimate news outlet referring to it.
So Faux News found one guy misusing food stamps, and that's why we should not help all the other people that need them? And there are more like this surfer dude but for every one of them there are hundreds who actually need the help. 45% of food stamp recipients are children. Of the 36% non-elderly, non-disabled adults receiving food stamps, 22% are parents with children. Why not try to visualize the faces of those children who were not lucky enough to be born into an affluent family but instead have parents who are out of work and can't afford to buy food?
If we focus on who misuses the system, why does Faux News not care to report about "welfare for the wealthy", such as tax loopholes for oil companies? Do companies that make billions in profit need that kind of help from the government? Like the surfer dude, no they don't, but the surfer dude is milking the system for a few hundred Dollars a year, while, for example, the oil industry is withholding millions in tax dollars that could help pay down the US debt.
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If the Koch brothers, David Koch and Charles Koch, were one person, they would be the second richest guy on earth. You would think wealthy guys like those two would have better things to do than obsessing about how to prevent the poor from getting welfare checks or how to get rid of the minimum wage.
Why don’t they just sail away on their yacht to the Côte d'Azur (an affluent coastal region in socialist France), sip their one million Dollar scotch on the rocks, smoke a fat ass cigar and discuss ways to get even richer without screwing those who are less privileged than them?
The Koch brothers have so much money, one of the Koch brothers literally made his own money with his own head on it as a means of trying to persuade you to vote him into the White House.
Do the Kochs care about the growing income inequality (IE) in the US? I doubt it, because if they would they would look at this map of the world that labels IE per country in colors from red (high IE) to dark green (low IE) and they would see that the countries with lower IE are in Europe, in fact, these countries are European states with a socialist government system.
Yet in July 2013, with no credible information or data to back up his claim, Charles Koch said that eliminating the minimum wage is a solution to America's poverty woes. And since 2011, the Kochs have picked up other obviously failed policies that target the poor (“drug test the poor”) and moved them into different states even as they fail everywhere they are tried.
In a letter released by the Chicago Federal Reserve, Economists Daniel Aaronson and Eric French show that raising the federal minimum wage by $1.75 to $9 an hour would increase household spending by around $48 billion the next year, and everybody knows that economies are driven by demand, also known as consumer spending.
As Rachel Maddow clarified in her Friday segment:
The Florida Drug Test the Poor Law has been an expensive and embarrassing failure from the very beginning. It has failed as a fiscal policy. It has failed legally. It has failed as a bolster for the stereotypes on which it was based. Nevertheless, the political right in this country has successfully marketed that failed Florida policy to lots of other states. And the Koch brothers’ lawyers are not denying that they fund these conservative activism networks that are in charge of moving this law into other states.
Surely, these two successful and wealthy men can come up with better ways to fight income inequality than taking money away from the poor?
The question is, do they really care about it? As is the case with many conservatives, they probably care more about keeping more of their "hard" earned money in their Swiss bank accounts than about income inequality or the poor.
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This will be my last class of the semester & this will be the last semester that I will teach 7 (or more) classes to stay afloat. I resolve to float or drown with or without a decent wage. This will be the last semester that I work exclusively for an educational industry that extracts more from its adjunct professors than it returns. 70% of college professors work to educate America, from community colleges to top universities, without access to benefits of any kind, including healthcare, and sometimes we're even asked to pay for parking. We are encouraged to transform America with our teaching skills at wages equal to or less than what a Taco Bell cook makes per hour, but the system uses our need to give back & make the world a frigging better place because that is who we are. It uses [...]
I have usually zero interest in hearing anything that lady has to say. I cringe when I hear her speak. But it has been quite a while since I’ve heard or tried to read anything about her and today I did. At Daily Kos today I read the following title and I had to click on it: “Palin Asked for Her Alternative to ACA; She NAILS It!”.
I knew it is impossible that woman nails anything. Impossible that she could come up with a good alternative for Obamacare. I knew it was going to be funny. So for the first time since the 2008 elections I wanted to hear what she had to say.
I am not sure who was funnier though. Palin or the blogger who introduced Palin’s statement with these words:
To all you haters out there: You gotta hand [...]
A recent Poll shows that bad press is increasing awareness of Obamacare which may be a good thing for the ACA law. The poll was conducted between Oct. 17 and 20, immediately after the government reopened after the 17 day shutdown and while media attention was shifting to the many technical problems with the Healthcare.gov website.
The survey released Monday by Bankrate.com shows awareness and interest in the plan is growing among key demographics. The poll found 51 percent of all those surveyed — Democrats and Republicans alike — say the House Republican attacks and troubled launch of the Obamacare website have made them more interested in a new medical insurance plan. Only 4 percent say they're less interested.
In the Halloween picture you see one of my funny friends who knows how to party, always knows where the best parties are [...]
A week ago I saw an image circulating in Facebook by my conservative friends. Yes, I have some of those. In it Obama tells a school girl: “We are going to war in Syria because they poison children” and the school girl asks something like: “So why don’t you bomb Monsanto?” I modified the words here a bit because the conservative version is more offensive towards Obama and there is no need for that. We can criticize him without name calling. Unless he becomes Bush III, but so far I have not seen evidence of that.
Before the whole Syria chemical weapon dilemma started, I was seeing a lot of posts in Facebook condemning Monsanto and surprisingly, both conservatives and liberals “liked” those. Bill Maher's question in the image I posted is one of the more recent ones.
I am not one of those [...]