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Shocked, shocked to learn about gambling (I mean Obamacare) November 7, 2013

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I read this headline in The Atlantic about ACA/Obamacare information and was shocked (as in Casablanca) and for real!
There are multiple states that prevent or limit their ACA navigators (information helpers hired to work in each state) from discussing the benefits of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). Is your state one of them? Hint: None are on the West Coast. Some oaf them are red.

“States that resisted Obamacare in the first place seem to be, unsurprisingly, the same ones that are wary of the navigators.”

For a list of states and restrictions, look here.

How low will they stoop-I guess this lowers the bar again in the limbo game.


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From Senator Kyl to Senator Cruz August 21, 2013

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Remember Senator Kyl? He of the “that was not intended to be a factual statement” statement, and one of the Senators who voted against the Affordable Care Act. (PPACA).

Is this new model more of an enemy of PPACA than the retired one?

Senator Cruz wants to “defund Obamacare”; he voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because

“the federal government does not need to be dictating state criminal law.”  And yet he is pro-life.

No right is more precious and fundamental than the right to life, and any just society should protect that right at every stage, from conception to natural death. (from the Senator’s web page)

He says right there that he is for the ‘right to life at every stage’.

Must be only “for some people”.

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Fact-killing health-reform repeal January 19, 2011

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So says the headline in the today’s column by Froma Harrop in my newspaper today.

I’d only like to address one part of the column and proposed legislation (HR2) in this post.

So which jobs will PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) destroy? The House Republicans offer no evidence-just assertions about losses to small businesses and assumptions about new government jobs. In fact, a repeal of PPACA would eliminate tax credits for small businesses. (This credit is available from 2010-2013 for non-profit and for-profit businesses of fewer than 25 employees and and average annual incomes of less than $50,000.)

Some businesses would lose jobs-some would be in the administration of health care for profit businesses that the US has. With 32 million more people covered, it seems obvious that more health care workers would be needed to serve them. There is also a provision in the bill to add slots in nursing education, which would lead to growth in the number of nurses we could train and add to the workplace.

A recent column in the Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) article describes the additional opportunities for nursing education as a “watershed moment for the nursing profession”.

In workforce development reports, allied health professions and health care jobs are routinely in the top growth areas for the next ten years.

Can it be that the Republicans are only worried about pleasing their lobbyists (including 55 former members of Congress as of 2009)?

According to Bloomberg News, 1.5 million dollars per day was spent in the first quarter of 2010 on health care reform lobbying….

Health Care Reform: The Hangover Begins March 22, 2010

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Well, that party was short lived! I feel like I drank too much last night and when I woke up, I had health care, but was married to a lobbyist or State Attorney General I met in Vegas.

Well, it hasn’t even been 24 hours, and we have 12 13 states joining in a lawsuit!

Let me begin again-I sound like someone I know who can’t celebrate for a minute before he wants to climb the next mountain.

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Yeeeeeeeees! Yiiippppppeeeee!

We did it-it was messy, took too long and the bill is like a spy in some sort of disguise , but the deed is done. 219 votes is bigger than 216.

Remember, what do they call the guy who graduates last in his medical  school class-Doctor! It’s a bill and will be signed tomorrow.

Next point According to the AP:

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Drug and hospital companies led stocks higher Monday after House lawmakers ended months of uncertainty and approved the health care overhaul bill.

So here’s how we stand, the currently insured plus 32 million more people (who is going to tell them?) have health insurance when the bill goes into effect. Plus your 401(k) had a few more pennies in it today.  We’ll need them, but let’s keep celebrating for a few more minutes.

What’s in it for me?  (WIFM) The Huffington Post has a list, but I went directly to the White House:

This year, thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions will have the opportunity to purchase quality, affordable health insurance.

  • Beginning in 2010, small business owners will no longer be forced to choose between offering health care and hiring new employees because they’ll be offered tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help insure their employees.
  • Medicare beneficiaries will no longer wonder how they’ll afford their prescription drug bills because they’ll be given a rebate of $250 if they hit the prescription drug donut hole in 2010.
  • And early retirees will be provided help through the creation of a temporary re-insurance program to help offset the costs of expensive premiums.
  • This year, you will now have the security of knowing that insurers cannot deny coverage to your child because of a pre-existing condition.
  • You won’t have to live every day in fear of having your insurance taken away from you if you get sick.
  • And for new plans, there won’t be lifetime or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care you receive from your insurance companies.

Here’s three benefits touted by NPR:

Changes that would occur this year include:

– Dependent children could remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26. ([can you say unemployed college graduate?]

– Senior citizens would get more help paying for drugs in Medicare. [donut hole]

– People with health problems that left them uninsurable could qualify for coverage through a federal program.

Let’s hope these immediate benefits, or “early deliverables” get a chance to be implemented before the nation’s Attorneys General take them away.

Rep. Kline said what? March 21, 2010

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I just heard and saw Rep. Kline state that the reason members were in the House was “to provide employers with the tools they need in order to do business.”

Rep. Kline (R-MN)

I think the reason members are in the House is to look out for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. I am surprised that Rep. Kline stated his purpose for public service so baldly, but at least it is now on the table for his constituents to evaluate.

Shame on Juan Williams on NPR WeSat March 20, 2010

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We heard the Fox News Juan Williams this morning, filling in for Daniel Schorr. I met Juan Williams briefly at an event commemorating Brown vs. Board of Education.

This Juan was not that Juan.

Maybe Juan and I each live in our own little narrowcasted worlds. He said, the health care bill is “unpopular with the American people” and that “most Americans oppose the package as it stands”. This right after the NPR newscast had just listed more groups that were in favor of the bill-including the AFL-CIO, the AMA and the AARP.

Guess over 50 year olds, physicians and union members don’t count in Juan’s world. Not to mention the Catholic nuns and hospitals that should be mentioned any time a member of the media mentions the bishops. For me, a nun trumps a bishop, but then, I’m not Catholic.

Scott didn’t even challenge Juan’s reiteration of many rumors that got media coverage in the last nine months (a definite pregnancy) but were NOT in fact true.  I will not give them search engine credence by mentioning them here.  NPR continues its’ habit this year of not challenging anyone on the hard questions. Listen to the BBC or Democracy Now sometime-their reporters aren’t afraid to ask the hard questions.

NPR, I expect better from you!

Senate Health Bill:Passing – Your 401(k) is Up: Why that is the case December 23, 2009

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I read today that the health care/insurance stocks are at 52 year highs. And many companies are up double digits, since Senator Lieberman (Say it ain’t so, Joe!)  made his proclamation at the end of October. 

When he said he wouldn’t vote for the Senate bill if it contained a public option.

Who wrote that script?

What does that tell us? We have missed an opportunity, that’s what.  Senator Lieberman has done his job, and has probably made millions on the side. For those of us that have 401(k) plans, they will also have a great 4th quarter, no doubt. We will need the money because, according to another item I read today, we will all need at least $250,000 for health care costs for after we turn 65!

Well, it is not what we all thought about, misty eyed, last January, is it? As I heard one Senator say yesterday, we have changed the culture and the expectations around health care in this country. I hope they are correct!

But we need to do more than hope. Action is virtually free. This issue needs to stay on our minds and in our emails, op-ed’s and Facebook pages all through the 2010 elections.

Expect better! (FF)

Oops, I Did it Again! December 17, 2009

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Doing the Lieberman shuffle. Two steps forward, three steps back.

Or is it just three steps backwards?

I can’t decide if this post is about Senator Lieberman changing his mind as often as a toddler needs a new toy-or about why the Senate is trusting Senator Lieberman [again]. Paul Krugman says he is doing it out of spite.  The Senator now opposes something he was in favor of  a mere three months ago. What caused this change of heart? Update 12/18/09 In Froma Harrop’s  recent column one paper’s headline gives us a clue-

“Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Insurance Industry”

Remember that oft-quoted line from Presidential candidate Senator Kerry? Kerry said I voted for it, before I voted against it. What is Senator Lieberman doing-is it Copy a Candidate Week?

What will the Senate do? I am weary of the endless adjustments to please someone who clearly has no desire to agree with his Democratic colleagues.

How about a two year old just learning to say no? Senator Patty Murray, dust off those preschool teacher skills and put Joe in the “Time Out” corner until he can behave.

Again, what about the chairmanship?

Senator Reid, we are waiting…

Health Care Quote of the Week December 15, 2009

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Check out the implied halo in the photo!

Scott Simon said this past weekend that his interview with Senator Judd Gregg got a lot of attention in their letters. No kidding. I just read the transcript and I have to say that Scott did not really challenge Senator Gregg at all. some of the comments said it felt like listening to the Fox Network ( I took a pledge not to call it a n__s show).

Listen for yourself here.

Gregg trotted out the same canards:

  • won’t cut the deficit
  • it’s a shell game

Here is the best line of all:

  • it will lead us to hell, I mean single payer.
  • “A public health care system absolutely leads to a deterioration of health care generally for the American public if everybody’s forced into it.”

    Senator Gregg: What do your constituents on Medicare think about that statement? That sounds like something that might have said in the 1960’s, say just prior to Medicare being adopted. Oh, I bet it is part of the playbook!

    No one can say the R’s don’t recycle-arguments that is!

    At the very least, didn’t Senator Gregg listen to the people who demonstrated and cried out “Don’t take away my Medicare”, this August? I think this quote gets the Frequent Flyer Expect Better award for this week (really for last Thursday-it took a while to get the transcript).

    People of New Hampshire-rise up and expect better!

    December-Blog Snow! December 4, 2009

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    Snowstorm 2008

    Stopped Cold!

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