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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 29.10.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… I Give Up Okay, fine. I'm now willing to believe that Ebola is the #1 threat to the American homeland. You can get it through bodily fluids, shoelaces and sunspots. You can get it from touching a doorknob, boiling a potato, talking on the phone, looking at a map of Africa or living on the same continent as Dallas. Ebola flies through the air, tunnels under the earth, swims across the ocean and replicates itself via 3D printers halfway around the world. Everybody in America has Ebola. Ebola hides under the bed. Ebola is our master. It rules the universe. It is God's punishment for Benghazi. It is in our beer. And if Clippy ever popped up on your screen, you have ebola. I'm willing to believe President Obama personally brought Ebola to the United States on Air Force One and it's now living in the White House. Ebola is going to take over our homes, our churches (prepare yourself for same-sex Ebola marriage), our factories and our money supply. Any election won by a Democrat is ...
Cheers and Jeers: Monday 27.10.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… The Week Ahead Monday You are here. Friday is down there. Here's a spoon. Start digging. It's mayoral election day in Toronto , and among the candidates is Doug Ford who, like his younger brother Rob whom he's running in place of, is a human gaffe machine. Ford says he's raised $500,000 for his campaign---$500 from small donors and $499,500 from the Late Night TV Joke Writers Lobby. If you make it through the day in one piece, enjoy watching Wendy Davis on The Daily Show tonight. All week long! Tuesday With one week before election day, Democratic candidates promise to create jobs, raise the minimum wage, expand Medicaid in states that haven't yet, make college affordable for everyone, and legislate with facts and common sense. Republicans promise to make you sick with fear over ebola, ISIS, illegals and FEMA camps. It's good to have choices. Wednesday A crescent moon will be visible in the night sky. Or as World Net Daily will call it in its giant above-the-fold headline: ...
The 11 top lies of Mitch 'Myth' McConnell 26.10.2014 Daily Kos
With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell facing a tough re-election battle back home in Kentucky, Washington Post columnist and Fox News regular George Will rushed to the defense of his fellow human-turtle hybrid. Returning the 30-year veteran to Capitol Hill, Will proclaimed, is about nothing less than the "restoration of the Senate's dignity." Will's warning would be hilarious if it weren't so grotesque. Mitch McConnell, after all, is the man most responsible for the GOP's unprecedented obstructionism during President Obama's tenure. Under his leadership, Senate Republicans shattered the record for filibusters and blocked Obama's judicial and executive branch nominees at rates unimaginable before 2009. Nevertheless, the same Mitch McConnell who on November 4, 2010, declared, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president," less than a year later complained about Democrats' "storyline" that "there must be some villain out there who's keeping this ...
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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday 22.10.2014 Daily Kos
From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… Three Little Lessons: In my mind she's slapping a "Kick Me" sign on his back. - Lesson #1: If you're a governor of a state---say, Republican Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania---and the diversity of your supporters runs the gamut from old white men to old white women, don’t try to burnish your image by photoshopping in a stock image of a black woman on your web site. You'll just get caught and be ridiculed. No one likes a pander bear. Lesson #2 If you promote your public, for-profit business---let's randomly use "The Hitching Post" in Idaho for example---as one that happily performs "wedding ceremonies of other faiths as well as civil weddings" in addition to traditional Christian ones, and gay marriage gets passed in your state, don’t scrub your web site of the "civil" part in order to try and gin up a bullshit lawsuit claiming religious persecution. You'll just get caught, and it's a well-known fact that some judges have been known to laugh themselves to death throwing ...
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Customers Can Keep The Tip — Which Might Please Restaurant Workers 9.10.2014 NPR News
A handful of restaurants are experimenting with no-tipping models, guaranteeing their servers a base level of pay. So far, satisfaction is up and turnover is down.
Walmart Wants To Help You Sign Up For Obamacare 6.10.2014 Think Progres

But health insurance has been a tricky area for the retail giant, at least when it comes to the benefits available to its own workers.

The post Walmart Wants To Help You Sign Up For Obamacare appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small 14.9.2014 The Moderate Voice
Daryl Cagle,[/caption The Dumb Debate: Big vs Small By Tina Dupuy One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It’s a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it’s a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet [...]
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Despite health care law's requirements, insurers still can discourage sick from enrolling 31.8.2014 Business

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest -- and costliest -- patients from enrolling.

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Health insurers can still game the system, keep the sick out of their plans 29.8.2014 Daily Kos
Excellent start, but it's not done yet. Has Obamacare put health insurance in reach of millions of more Americans? No doubt. Has it made life that much easier for those millions? No question. But is healthcare reform finished in this country? Not by a long shot. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest—and costliest—patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul. Advocates and industry insiders say these practices may dissuade the neediest from signing up and make it likelier that the customers these insurers do serve will be healthier—and less expensive. The insurers counter that what they are doing is ...
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3 moves health insurers can still make to help steer sick patients away from their plans 28.8.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling 27.8.2014 AP Business
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling....
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3 ways insurers can still avoid covering the sick 27.8.2014 Nation
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to discourage the sickest and costliest patients from enrolling.
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CBO: Obamacare subsidies apply to both state and federal exchanges 26.7.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Earlier last week, two federal appeals courts reached opposite conclusions as to whether Congress intended for the Affordable Care Act to provide health insurance subsidies to Americans purchasing coverage through both state and federally run exchanges. While Romneycare architect and Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber seemed to create some confusion with remarks from 2012, for the drafters of the ACA there is no ambiguity at all. Whether a state elected to create its own exchange or instead defer to federal management of its marketplace, the number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer (D-MD) explained, "Clearly the subsidies would apply." As Vox reported: "The clear intent of the tax credits is to make insurance more affordable, especially when you're mandating its purchase," says Topher Spiro, who worked as deputy staff director for health policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. "It's crazy to think of a mandate without subsidies. It just doesn't make any sense." The ...
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Health Policy Brief Updates 22.7.2014 Health Affairs Blog
In the first half of 2014 Health Affairs has released seven new Health Policy Briefs and also has provided updates of five previously released briefs, in order to reflect continuously changing and evolving health policy issues and perspectives.

The following Health Policy Briefs were updated in 2014:
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Beyond Obamacare: Health Care As A Human Right 18.7.2014 Think Progres

Is this the path to getting the country closer to a universal health care system?

The post Beyond Obamacare: Health Care As A Human Right appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Hey Republicans, Here’s How To Help Babies Who Haven’t Been Born Yet 18.7.2014 Think Progres

Pro-life politicians talk a lot about protecting future children. This policy could help do that.

The post Hey Republicans, Here’s How To Help Babies Who Haven’t Been Born Yet appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Why Democrats Need to Take Sides in America's Class War 17.7.2014 American Prospect
This spring, a prominent Democratic pollster sent a memo to party leaders and Democratic elected officials advising them to speak and think differently. The nation’s economy had deteriorated so drastically, he cautioned, that they needed to abandon their references to the “middle class,” substituting for those hallowed words the phrase “working people.” “In today’s harsh economic reality,” he wrote, “many voters no longer identify as middle class.” How many voters? In 2008, a Pew poll asked Americans to identify themselves by class. Fifty-three percent said they were middle-class; 25 percent said lower-class. When Pew asked the same question this January , it found that the number who’d called themselves middle-class had shrunk to 44 percent, while those who said they were of the lower class had grown from 25 percent to 40 percent. Americans’ assessment of their place in the nation’s new economic order is depressingly accurate. Though most of the jobs lost in the 2007–2009 recession were in middle-income ...
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Income Verification On The Exchanges: The Broader Policy Picture 15.7.2014 Health Affairs Blog
The Affordable Care Act scandal de jour (or at least one of them) is the difficulty the exchanges have faced in verifying the eligibility of many premium tax credit applicants. Two Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Reports in early July documented the existence of these problems. One reported that as of the first quarter of 2014, the federal exchange alone had been unable to resolve 2.6 or 2.9 million data inconsistencies. Another reported that internal controls at the federal and two state exchanges were not fully effective in ensuring that individuals enrolled in exchanges were in fact eligible. House Republicans claim that in fact there are 4 million data inconsistencies affecting half of all enrollments. In House Energy and Commerce hearings on June 10, 2014, Republican Representative Charles Bustany Jr. claimed that $44 billion in improper payments would be made over the next 10 years. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Bush Administration official, who testified at the ...
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WellPoint CEO: Insurer readies for technology wave 10.7.2014 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish says that when people ask what a doctor's appointment will be like in the future, they assume that patients will physically have to visit an office....
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We must fight government plans to privatise the NHS | Anne Perkins 3.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
The Tories truly believe that the market does things better, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary Imagine you are feeling a bit groggy, maybe a bit fed up with life. You go to your doctor. Or telephone them, or Skype them, or whatever hoop it is now necessary to jump through. You explain your symptoms the headaches, the insomnia, the reluctance to get out of bed in the morning. The doctor looks increasingly grave. They add in some questions of their own. Yes, you have lost your appetite, and yes, you have rather given up taking any exercise. Suddenly, the doctor brightens. "I think I have the answer!" they exclaim. "You are depressed. But I can make you better at once! Full of energy, positive, back to the party person you used to be. We will amputate your left leg!" This is roughly the logic of the government's determination to privatise the NHS. It doesn't have enough money, therefore it should be given less. It is a type of political manoeuvre that the Tories (and sometimes Labour too) have ...
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