Obamacare. Aplica Hoy!

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  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.

Viva Obamacare!

 

Father/Daughter Conversation about Obamacare

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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….. [...]

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Meet The Fox News Welfare Surfer

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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 [...]

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NBC: Wealth of 85 richest people equal to wealth of half of the world’s population

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NBC announced in an article today that the World's 85 richest have the same wealth as 3.5 billion of the poorest people.

When you bring up the issue of poverty in the US to ardent supporters of capitalism, they come up with the old rhetoric of capitalism vs. communism. Poverty is the collateral damage of capitalism that you have to live with because the alternative is communism. It is their excuse to ignore the issue or to ignore the poor. Where other people see human beings who they can identify with, because their struggles are the same, many capitalists only see numbers. They see the number of people collecting unemployment benefits or welfare checks. They don’t see people like them, human beings who have similar feelings and needs, who are also looking to find love, to start a family, have a respectable job, provide [...]

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Koch Brothers’ Obsession with Punishing the Poor

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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 [...]

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Teacher Pay 1940-2013: Losing Ground, Losing Status

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 [...]

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Sarah Palin: sheFunny :(

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 [...]

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Obamacare Awareness & Halloween Pimps

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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 [...]

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The news of the day in one picture

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When it comes to poisoning people, right and left agree: US should focus on Monsanto not Syria

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 [...]

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