Since: May 12
#54213 Nov 19, 2013
Six Things the Media Doesn't Understand About Obamacare
The Obamacare cancellation stories have dominated the media for the past two weeks. And its easy to understand why. People losing their insurance is a bigger story than people getting insurance for the first time. But how big a story should it be? To answer that, you need to know how many people actually fit these descriptionsand what might have happened to these people if the Affordable Care Act had never become law.
1. People With These Policies Frequently Dont Like Them: The best estimates suggest that about 12 to 15 million people buy insurance on their own. In other words, they are part of the non-group market. The best survey on this subject Ive seen comes from the Center for Health Research and Transformation. In it, nearly half of all people surveyed rated their non-group coverage fair or poor.
Since: May 12
#54214 Nov 19, 2013
No, Democrats Are Not Turning Against The Affordable Care Act
The press hype about Affordable Care Act troubles shows no sign of letting up today;Politico and National Journal both have features that seem absolutely detached from political reality.
National Journals Josh Kraushaar has Democrats practically lining up to vote for repeal if Healthcare.gov isnt working well in a couple of weeks.
The problem with Kraushaars fantasy and it is a pure fantasy, one which winds up with an imagined vote count on a repeal veto override is that no actual Democrats in Congress can be found who are even hinting at anything resembling such a dramatic reversal.
Oh, there are plenty of Democrats who want to be on record as opposing the costs of Obamacare while still supporting the benefits. Especially when its a safe vote on something that has no chance to become law. Thats the real story behind the 39 House Democrats who voted for GOP Rep. Fred Uptons fix to the law last week.
Either way, whats not going to happen is repeal thanks to Democratic panic from short term media frenzies. Thats not how politics works, its not whats happening now, and its not whats going to happen in the future.
#54215 Nov 19, 2013
Republicans Hate Obamacare Because They're Afraid People Will Like It
As Michael Hiltzik reported in the LA Times yesterday, when Americans are asked whether they like "Obamacare," a majority say no. But when Americans are asked whether they support what Obamacare actually does, they love it:
Here are figures from Kaiser's March 2013 poll:
Tax credits for small businesses to buy insurance: 88% in favor.
Closing the Medicare drug benefit doughnut hole: 81% in favor.
Extension of dependent coverage to offspring up to age 26: 76% in favor.
Expanding Medicaid: 71% in favor.
Ban on exclusions for preexisting conditions: 66% in favor.
Employer mandate: 57% in favor.
If more Americans end up liking Obamacare, including some Americans who have bought into the "less government is better" pitch, this would be bad news for the already increasingly marginalized Republican Party.
So that's certainly one interesting theory about why the Republicans hate Obamacare so much because they're worried that their constituents are actually going to like it.
But throwing away old positions and embracing new ones is a big part of politics. So maybe the Republicans should stop fighting "Obamacare" and just call it "Cruz-care."
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/why-republican...
#54217 Nov 19, 2013
Gazette columnist Jay Fleitman did a good job Tuesday of explaining why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the rationale is not only flawed, but betrays a deep-seated hatred of the political process.
The writers statement that the act was rammed through Congress without a chance by Republicans to engage in advise and consent is incorrect. You will remember the many concessions that President Obama made, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went along with, to accommodate Olympia Snow and other supposedly moderate Republicans, all of whom subsequently voted against it.
The idea that there is no reason that Republicans as the opposition party should accept the legitimacy of this bill is deeply wrong. Does this mean that you only get to consider the laws you like as legitimate? There are too many laws that someone doesnt like. Do we get to pick and choose?
Where does the rule of law come in? If you dont like a law, you can repeal it. If you cant get the votes to elect enough legislators to overturn it, perhaps this means that the people of the U.S., whom you are elected to represent, do not agree with your assessment? The employers that are switching to part-time employment to avoid paying health care are likely to be treating their employees badly in other ways.
When Wal-Mart pays so little that its employees have to use the emergency room for primary health care, the rest of us should understand that Wal-Mart is shifting its health care costs onto the American public. Why should we be forced to pay for Wal-Mart and Dominos employees health care? Is it somehow better because it is a corporation that is doing it? Beginning any argument regardless of the ruling of the Supreme Court that the individual mandate is constitutional implies again that the rule of law is optional. Does this mean that the various desegregation decisions can be ignored because they violate someones deeply held beliefs? Is someone entitled to shoot an abortion doctor because he believes that abortion is murder and Roe v. Wade should be ignored? The name for someone who picks and chooses laws to obey is criminal.
The Massachusetts health care law has not thrown our state into chaos. Insurance costs have not skyrocketed due to it. Costs have come down. Even Mitt Romney was proud of the law before he was against it.
Since: May 12
#54218 Nov 19, 2013
Obamacare Hyperventilation to Continue Forever!
Lost in the Keep Your Plan imbroglio, it appears that healthcare.gov has already reached a point of functionality. It can currently handle 2025,000 simultaneous users. That may or may not qualify as a full Hanukkah Miracle fixed website by the end of the month, but its probably enough, at the very least, to let the law muddle through.
All sorts of things will happen to Obamacare in the next few months. At least some of those things will be bad, because any large enough enterprise, public or private, has bad things happen. One thing that can be predicted is that more and more people will start signing up for Obamacare between now and the end of March, which means the constituency for the law will steadily grow. There will still be a constituency against the law, and possibly future failures will enlarge it, too.
But at some point, having state exchanges where people buy private insurance, with rules preventing abusive practices, will simply be part of the backdrop of health insurance. Take, say, the police. Police departments across the country are constantly beating up innocent people and letting criminals run wild. There will never be an end to stories of police corruption and incompetence. But most people simply take stories like that as reasons to try to make the policy work better, not as arguments that having a police department is a conceptual failure.
Since: May 12
#54219 Nov 19, 2013
A History Of Republican Excuses For Procrastinating On Immigration Reform
House Republicans have been sitting on immigration reform for months, with many claiming along the way that theyd love to pass a bill, but conditions are simply not right. Most recently, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) took advantage of current media hubbub over the Obamacare rollout to doom immigration reform legislation, arguing that the Healthcare.gov website glitches prove any Democrat-backed legislation is flawed.
Cantors invocation of the Obamacare rollout is just the latest example in a long string of reasons Republicans have seized upon to block immigration reform for a little longer. In fact, though Republicans now say there is no more time to pass a bill this year, lawmakers have been procrastinating on immigration reform for most of Obamas presidency.
We cant pass immigration reform because
#54220 Nov 19, 2013
The richest industries in history--banks, energy, telecomm, ag, MIC, pharma get 220 billion a yr in subsidies from the taxpayers.
That is 11 times more than is spent on TANF (family assistance), which is mostly working mothers, children, poor seniors and the disabled.
Blue states subsidize red states.
I still remember some ignorant Presidential candidate who got rich by firing workers, raiding workers pension funds, and offshoring American jobs, calling himself a job-creator, and paying a lower tax rate on his unearned income than the average teacher or cop.
#54224 Nov 19, 2013
I like Iron Tusk Radio
#54227 Nov 19, 2013
Hahahahaha. You are a dumb fck
Since: May 12
#54228 Nov 19, 2013
No huge drop in Obamacare support despite rocky rollout: Reuters/Ipsos poll
The troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law has hurt the popularity of the initiative, but the decline has been fairly modest, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Monday.
Forty-one percent of Americans expressed support for the 2010 law popularly known as Obamacare in a survey conducted from Thursday to Monday. That was down 3 percentage points from a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken from September 27 to October 1.
Opposition to the healthcare law stood at 59 percent in the latest poll, versus 56 percent in the earlier survey.
There has been some shift ... but the shift has been small," said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson.
Jackson said the relatively small change in the poll numbers was consistent with a pattern in place since the passage of the law three years ago in which opinions about it have fluctuated very little.
Since: May 12
#54229 Nov 19, 2013
Poll: Most Americans Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles
Despite sharp divisions over the long-term impact of President Obama's health-reform law, fewer than two in five Americans say it should be repealed, virtually unchanged since last summer, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found.
Amid all the tumult over the law's troubled implementation, the survey found that public opinion about it largely follows familiar political tracks and has changed remarkably little since the summer on the critical question of what Congress should do next. On that measure, support for repeal has not significantly increased among any major group except Republicans and working-class whites since the Congressional Connection Poll last tested opinion on the question in July.
Since: May 12
#54230 Nov 19, 2013
Conservative Activists Plan to Elect Shadow President if Obama Doesn't Resign by Black Friday
Approximately 100 conservative activists gathered in front of the White House on Tuesday for a kickoff of what organizers call "the second American revolution."
The event could easily have been mistaken for a tea party rally, with American and Gadsden flags, a smattering of biker jackets and a few lawn chairs.
Freedom Watch founder Larry Klayman, who emceed the event, told attendees if President Barack Obama does not resign by Nov. 29, conservative activists will meet in Philadelphia to elect a shadow government.
"We've got God on our side," Klayman said. "He's going to make sure we win this revolution."
Since: May 12
#54231 Nov 19, 2013
Reports of Obamacare's Death Greatly Exaggerated - Enrollments Surge
In what should be no surprise to anyone, states that are using their own systems to sign up Obamacare enrollees are meeting or exceeding enrollment targets, with sudden recent surges lapping the lag.
A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.
"What we are seeing is incredible momentum," said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation's largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.
Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. In Minnesota, enrollment in the second half of October ran at triple the rate of the first half, officials said. Washington state is also on track to easily exceed its October enrollment figure, officials said.
Since: May 12
#54232 Nov 19, 2013
Fox News Hasselbeck: Obamacare is hurting many elderly pregnant women
Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck suggested on Monday that pregnant women 65-years-old and older were losing their doctors because of President Barack Obama health care reform law.
In a segment titled Whos Ruining the Economy Now? Fox Business host Stuart Varney announced that the president was not going to be able to keep the promise that people could keep their doctors because United Healthcare has just dropped we dont know exactly how many but thousands of doctors have been dropped from United Heathcares Medicare Advantage program.
#54235 Nov 19, 2013
ObamaCare Poll: ObamaCare Approval Rating Popularity
Our Unbiased ObamaCare Poll 2013 Paints a Different Picture of ObamaCare's Approval Rating
Our unbiased ObamaCare poll paints a different picture of ObamaCare's approval rating compared to other polling done on ObamaCare's popularity. It turns out the more people know about the program, the more they like it. Remember ObamaCare Facts is a privately owned website run by two guys, we have no ties to any political party or organization and don't receive funding from anyone. Our only interest is in spreading awareness about what ObamaCare really does for America.
Unlike many other polls, we decided to give the people we polled the opportunity to admit that they may not have enough information or may be indifferent at the moment with regards to ObamaCare.
ObamaCare Poll Facts
Before we get to findings of our poll, check out this excerpt from the Wikipedia page on the Affordable Care Act. As you can see a critical breakdown of a Reuters-Ipsos poll and a Kaiser poll shows that Americans have mixed views on the law that are hard to generalize. However, a few things are obvious Democrats support it, Republicans don't, some provisions are more popular than others and those who understand the law tend to support it. People who oppose the law tend to think that it doesn't do enough or costs too much, while those who support it tend to think that reform is needed regardless of potential costs.
44% of Americans supported the law, with 56% against. By party affiliation, 75% of Democrats, 27% of Independents, and 14% of Republicans favored the law overall.
82% favored banning insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
61% favored allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26.
72% supported requiring companies with more than 50 employees to provide insurance for their employees.
39% supported the individual mandate to own insurance or pay a penalty. By party affiliation, 19% of Republicans, 27% of Independents, and 59% of Democrats favored the mandate.
Other polls showed additional provisions receiving majority support include: the creation of insurance exchanges, pooling small businesses and the uninsured with other consumers, so all can take advantage of large group pricing benefits (the community rating); and providing subsidies to individuals and families to make health insurance more affordable.
Other specific ideas that were not enacted but which showed majority support included importing prescription drugs from Canada (with its lower, government-controlled prices), limiting malpractice awards, reducing the age to qualify for Medicare, and the Public health insurance option.
#54236 Nov 19, 2013
According to a Public Policy Polling report released on Wednesday, Fox News is now the least-trusted name in news.
The poll found that 39 percent of voters identified Fox News as the news outlet they trust the least - this dwarfs the 14 percent who named MSNBC, followed by CNN at 13 percent, Comedy Central at 12 percent, ABC and CBS at 5 percent, NBC at 3 percent, and the 1 percent who said they least trust PBS.
Overall, 46 percent of voters do not trust Fox News, compared to 41 percent who do; this is a dramatic slide from 2010, when 49 percent of voters trusted the network, compared to 41 percent who did not. The network actually tied Comedy Central for last place in terms of voter trust, which is hardly a consolation for Fox given that Comedy Central's "news" programs like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are intentionally satirically biased.
January network ratings showed the conservative news channel struggling to maintain its base of viewers. In recent weeks, Fox News Channel president Roger Ailes has been making changes within the network, letting go of contributors Dick Morris and Sarah Palin.
This change of heart among viewers may hinge on the conservative network's decision to misconstrue facts and cover some stories over others in an effort to uphold its agenda. Think Progress points out "While the rest of the country discussed senatorial candidate Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' comments, Fox News hardly covered the controversy. They similarly ignored the conflict surrounding the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, and of New York's same-sex marriage law's passage." They have also repeatedly pushed conspiracy theories surrounding the Benghazi embassy attack, on which the right wing remains fixated.
PBS is the only network trusted by a plurality of voters; 52 percent say they trust the public network, compared to just 29 percent who do not.
"I am not a crack addict" !-Rob Ford , Mayor of Toronto, Canada Nov.18,2013
#54237 Nov 19, 2013
Actually, David H. Koch was sponsoring "NOVA" and the various Philharmonic Presentations for MANY years before his name became so well-known in Politics.
The Corporation For Public Broadcasting slid down into "the mud, the blood and the beer" after Bush The Boy managed to force TWO solid Right-wingers ONTO the board of CPB. They have seriously trashed NPR, and CPB in the years ensuing.
The kind of bone-crushing EMBARRASSMENT now aired on "Discovery", "Animal Planet." "National Geographic" and even the "SCI" channel is about 90% Rednecks' Wet Dream, and about 10% the old and very valuable programming for which CPB was revered before it was purposely politicized.
CPB was not only "neutered", but LITERALLY turned into a less vituperative arm of the Republican Propaganda Machine, only somewhat behind Rush, Hannity, and other such incredibly highly paid High School graduates pumping out FILTH and unimaginative muckraking for hire.
#54238 Nov 19, 2013
Fox host apologizes for reporting fake news !!!!!!!!!
By HADAS GOLD | 10/7/13 9:50 AM EDT
Fox News host Anna Kooiman apologized on Sunday for reporting a story from a satirical news site.
On Saturday, the co-host of Fox & Friends Saturday was talking about the government shutdown when she said President Barack Obama had offered to personally pay for a "museum of Muslim culture" while the Republican National Committee was willing to pay to keep war memorials open.
"It really doesn't seem fair, especially -- and we're going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it's the Republican National Committee who's paying for this," Kooiman said.
A fake news story about Obama offering to personally pay to keep the "International Museum of Muslim Culture" open during the shutdown was posted on the satirical site National Report last week.
Kooiman tweeted out an apology on Sunday.
#54239 Nov 19, 2013
Mitt Romney Campaign Admits Fox News Was Their Home
This is an amazing story for its honesty. Most of us know that Fox News functions as the GOP's home base of operations, but did you know that Mitt Romney used Fox as a way to hide out from the rest of the journalists that were covering the 2012 election?
That's where Fox News came in.
Hamby talked to Eric Fehrnstrom, political consultant and senior adviser to Romney, about how the Romney campaign approached the media. Per Fehrnstrom, the strategy was to limit access to the group of reporters traveling with Romney whenever possible, and instead make the candidate available for interviews on Fox News, because with Fox the campaign knew which questions were coming and knew that Romney wouldn't get hit with too many follow-up queries:
He said the campaign would rather sit the candidate down for an interview with Fox News than take questions from his press corps. At Fox, he said, the candidate could safely explain himself without being pressed by a crowd of news-starved reporters. "We'd much rather go on a Fox program where we know the question is going to come up and Mitt can give his answer and it's not going to a frenzy of questioning," Fehrnstrom said. "He will be able to give his response. There may be a follow up or two, and then that's it. The frenzy is not something that you would willingly do if you had other options. It's like here you can either do this frenzied news conference, or we can do a more sedate studio appearance with Sean Hannity. I'd take the sedate over the frenzy any day."
#54240 Nov 19, 2013
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