To the editor: I have been thinking about these mandates and other parts of what Obamacare is about....
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Echobravo, you suggest that we can just do whatever we want as long as we enjoy it? OK. I love shooting firearms, and teaching people to shoot, if I open a business (say a shooting range and gun store) are you going to pay for a roof on my building if I need it? How about in the winter, after Christmas when sales get slow? Should the "community" be forced to give me food, or pay my bills?
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Do you notice that the old mom-and-pop stores are mostly gone, and the one's left are struggling, for the most part? It is because they could not compete with larger businesses that had a business model that was profitable. Mom-and-pop stores are not paying the top wages you demand, they are not paying the health insurance coverages you demand. Don't believe me? Look around. Ask. Go into a pizza shop, a convenience store, and ask if they are paying $15.00 an hour, with benefits, sick days. Get back to you on your findings, OK?
Do you know that INsourcing has created more good paying jobs than outsourcing has lost? You may not know, as your sources may not share that info with you.
Profit is not a bad thing, EB. It is what keeps businesses IN business.
If you don't believe me, try it yourself.
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For one, if businesses were run like the old mom and pop stores in the neighbors (enjoy what they are doing and providing for their families as well as their community), we would not have these issues. Corporations and GREED has changed the mindset of the people. Mom and pops shops put names with people, corporations puts the bottom line with people. BALANCE to me is governing for all people and not just the ones with the means. It also means coming to common ground on issues. No, you don't take from one and give to another undeservedly, but govern in a way that makes it possible to live in America (i.e. bring back jobs from overseas, close tax loopholes of corp., EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN, etc.) Its that simple..GOVERN MORALLY
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"Hagrid - I don't have to start a business."
True. But you then should not belittle those who invested their time and money to so so.
"demanding our representatives to bring balance "
Define "balance". I say it is allowing everyone the opportunity to succeed, not take from those who succeeded and give it to those who did not.
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BCF, you are a SOCIALIST. We get it.
Hagrid - I don't have to start a business. Not everyone is meant to play that part. With that being said, I am NOT AGAINST all that you have stated that a business should provide.
I have seen and heard all these titles placed on your representatives(socialist, communist, etc.). Some of you people would sell your souls to get exactly what you want instead of demanding our representatives to bring balance back to our nation and be as one.
(cont.) Food stamps and unemployment insurance must be curtailed to prevent laziness among the needy, yet special tax loopholes that subsidize the wealthy (such as "carried interest" for private-equity and hedge-fund partners) must be retained. The 22 percent of American children now in poverty don't merit free school lunches or health care, but it is necessary and just that the richest 1 percent of children receive $10 million free of estate taxes. - Robert Reich
The President agrees that the minimum wage should be raised to $10.40 an hour but, unsurprisingly, Republicans oppose any increase. In this as in many other dimensions, the conservative mind is remarkably flexible. The minimum wage must not be increased, they say, lest employers lay off millions of low-wage workers. But record levels of CEO pay must not be tampered with because corporations need to attract top talent. The poor must have less if they are to be adequately motivated, but the rich must have more in order to ensure their maximum effort. (cont.)
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GALLUP: UNINSURED REJECT OBAMACARE
A new Gallup poll brings more terrible news for President Obama and his signature health plan, showing that only 22% of uninsured Americans intend to buy insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges.
One of the major selling points for using ObamaCare to disrupt our health care system (that polls showed up to 80% of Americans were satisfied with) was to insure the uninsured. But according to this poll, only a very small minority of that small minority is even interested in obtaining insurance.
"Obamacare By Mornin'"
Don't worry. core promised none of your personal or health information will get out.
Lone Applicant Already Targeted By Scammer...
Blue Cross Blue Shield found the entire system is so filled with glitches that the company decided not to upload data because it was afraid false information might enter its computer system.
And the emails reveal a scammer was using the insurer’s name to try to obtain personal information.
A person was making phone calls claiming to be with the “National Health Care Registry,” and falsely claim it was taking over healthcare reform contracts from the Blue Cross.
Man, you just can't make up stuff this good.
NC Health Exchange: Only 1 Person Signed Up So Far, But Hasn't Paid
Not a dime's worth of difference between Bill de Blasio and Karl Marx. NYC the next Detroit.
Not a dime's worth of difference between Robert Reich and Karl Marx.
I wanted my burger without mustard. I am against one with mustard.
75% are against the current Obamacare. They do not want it as it is. Just as RPG stated.
"both garnered their major support from corporate America, and both will reliably govern as fiscal conservatives who won’t raise taxes on the wealthy."
Good. The "wealthy" are already paying more than their fair share.
"Second, he won notwithstanding New York’s position as the epicenter of big business and Wall Street"
Nearly half of New York City's population is defined as poor or near poor. That's where he got his votes. They want their free stuff.
And again, Robert Reich is a SOCIALIST. You really need to get your information somewhere else. For you to claim others are biased is well, rather silly, considering your constant source.
The biggest game-changer, though, is Bill de Blasio, the mayor-elect of New York City, who campaigned against the corporatist legacy of Michael Bloomberg -- promising to raise taxes on the wealthy and use the revenues for pre-school and after-school programs for the children of New York’s burdened middle class and poor. Those who dismiss his victory as an aberration confined to New York are overlooking three big new things: First, the new demographic reality of America gives every swing state at least one large city whose inhabitants resemble those of New York. Second, he won notwithstanding New York’s position as the epicenter of big business and Wall Street, whose money couldn’t stop him. Third, Americans are catching on to the scourge of the nation’s raging inequality, and its baleful consequences for our economy and democracy. - Robert Reich
Pundits who are already describing the victories of Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey as a “return to the center” of American politics are confusing the “center” with big business and Wall Street. A few decades ago McAuliffe would be viewed as a right-wing Democrat and Christie as a right-wing Republican; both garnered their major support from corporate America, and both will reliably govern as fiscal conservatives who won’t raise taxes on the wealthy. They look moderate only by contrast with the Tea Partiers to their extreme right. (cont.)
Sebelius: Possible for convicted felons to become Obamacare navigators
WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Wednesday that it would be possible for a convicted felon to become an Obamacare navigator — one of the workers responsible for helping people deal with the ins and outs of the healthcare law.
“Isn’t it true there is no federal requirement for navigators to undergo a criminal background check, even though they will receive personal information from the individuals they help to sign-up up for the Affordable Care Act?” asked Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn at a Senate Finance Committee hearing at which Sebelius was testifying.
“That is true,” Sebelius replied. “States could have an additional background check and other features, but it is not part of the federal requirement.”
Good news: Up to one fourth of Illinois’ Medicaid enrollees aren’t eligible for the program
The early findings of an ongoing review of the Illinois Medicaid program revealed that half the people enrolled weren’t even eligible. The state insisted it’s not that bad but Medicaid is on the federal government’s own list of programs at high risk of waste and abuse. Now, a review of the Illinois Medicaid program confirms massive waste and fraud. A review was ordered more than a year ago– because of concerns about waste and abuse. So far, the state says reviewers have examined roughly 712-thousand people enrolled in Medicaid, and found that 357-thousand, or about half of them shouldn’t have received benefits. After further review, the state decided that the percentage of people who didn’t qualify was actually about one out of four.
...But recently, Kaiser informed them the plan would be canceled at the end of the year because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The couple would need to find another one. The cost would be around double what they pay now, but the benefits would be worse....
...I tried to find flaws in what Hammack told me. I couldn’t find any.
•The couple’s existing Kaiser plan was a good one . •Their new options were indeed more expensive, and the benefits didn’t seem any better . •They do not qualify for premium subsidies because they make more than four times the federal poverty level, though Hammack says not by much.
Loyal Obama Supporters, Canceled by Obamacare
San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election.
Since 1995, Hammack and Brothers have received their health coverage from Kaiser Permanente, where Brothers worked until 2009 as a dietician and diabetes educator. “We’ve both been in very good health all of our lives – exercise, don’t smoke, drink lightly, healthy weight, no health issues, and so on,” Hammack told me.
The couple — Lee, 60, and JoEllen, 59 — have been paying $550 a month for their health coverage — a plan that offers solid coverage, not one of the skimpy plans Obama has criticized....
Food Stamp Roster May Grow Under Obamacare, Costing Billions
Attorney's Personal Information Leaked by Obamacare Website
The Obamacare website leaked an attorney's personal information to another man seeking health insurance through the site's exchanges — and the Department of Health and Human Services failed to take the information down until the situation was mentioned on the Senate floor.
"The TEA Party loons have wanted it repealed. "
75% of Americans are Tea Partiers? Fantastic! Thank you for that info, core. But, knowing your research skills (find that Uganda law yet?), I'll have to check it out myself, as others should also do.
Sorry, I forgot to give the link to the Rasmussen poll. I wouldn't want you to hurt yourself trying to research it:
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