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Just noticing: Observations of a blogger

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 20th April 2014


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To all the repubs out there: “just noticing…”

“…Ahh…Obamacare is working.”

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“This Thing Is Working”

A Slew Of Good Health Care News Has Conservatives On Their Heels

The evidence continues to pile up that the Affordable Care Act is doing exactly what progressives said it would: providing the peace of mind of high-quality and affordable health coverage to millions of Americans. Despite the initial bumps, the law is actually exceeding expectations when it comes to enrollment. What’s more, Americans are sick of Republicans who have voted over 50 times to repeal the law without even offering an alternative — the law is working better than expected and it is here to stay.

19 Million Americans Covered

With President Obama’s final announcement of enrollment numbers on Thursday, the tally for the total number of Americans getting coverage (so far!) thanks to the Affordable Care Act is in:

  • 8 million people have signed up for health coverage through the state and federal marketplaces.
  • 3 million more have signed up for coverage through Medicaid.
  • 3 million now have coverage by staying on their parents’ plan.
  • 5 million people have signed up for ACA-compliant plans outside the marketplace.

Altogether, a new Gallup survey reveals that 4 percent of all Americans are newly ensured this year.

Exchanges Working And Costs Down

Opponents of the law claimed that insufficient numbers of young and healthy people would enroll in the exchanges, causing premiums to skyrocket next year. These fears also aren’t panning out; in fact, just the opposite is happening.

For one, young people are signing up for health coverage under the law in droves. The White House reported that 28% of enrollees are between the ages of 18 and 35. That’s the same percentage as in Massachusetts, which has run a successful healthcare marketplace since 2007. Gallup echoes this point, writing that “the newly insured are, on average, much younger than the overall population.”

Additionally, worries about dramatic cost increases have also proven to be overblown. New Congressional Budget Office projections for 2016 insurance premiums are 15 percent lower than previous estimates, a reduction that they estimate to save $186 billion (not to say we called it, but…we called it).

The mix of massive enrollment and a young, healthy enrollment pool has insurers who “got their first taste of Obamacare this year [wanting] seconds,” according to Politico. In at least ten states, insurers that didn’t offer coverage through the exchanges this year have said they plan to in 2015. This creates more options for consumers, and signals the strength of the ACA marketplaces.

Conservatives On Defense

As millions of people experience real, and not just theoretical, benefits of the law, Americans are getting more and more tired of the political battles to repeal it. A recent Kaiser survey found that 59 percent of Americans want keep the law in place or improve it, while only 29 percent want get rid of it. Pew reports that even a “majority of ACA opponents – representing 30% of the public overall – want politicians to do what they can to make the law work as well as possible, compared with 19% of the public that wants elected officials to do what they can to make it fail.”

And constituents are showing their frustration with their conservative elected officials’ fixation on repeal. Without any alternative to point to, and an increasingly frustrated public, these politicians have nobody to blame but themselves.

Think Progress videotaped on one such interaction at a town hall for GOP Rep. Dennis Ross (FL):

Constituent: Why do you think it is so good to deny seniors on Part D to make them pay more, about $4,000 more for medicine, and people with pre-existing conditions get denied insurance, have 26-year-olds have a harder time getting insurance because they can’t get on their parents’? Why do you think those are good ideas?

ROSS: I don’t. I think one of the most unfortunate things my party did the last three years was not offer an alternative to health care.

Ross isn’t the only Republican to face criticism recently. Paul RyanScott Brown, and Chris Christie have also had constituents tell them to end their focus on repeal. Meanwhile, states that have refused to expand health care to low-income residents are also starting to face the music: the uninsured rate is dropping three times faster in states that have expanded Medicaid compared to those that have not.

BOTTOM LINE: We think just a look at a few of this week’s health-care related headlines provides the best summary: the ACA is working.

*A*C*A*!*

Readers: I am in a small girls group and I texted them this morning wishing all of them a Happy Easter and hoping that those who celebrate Passover, were enjoying the holiday as well. One sister texted me back saying how much she “loved this season of miracles and rebirth.” Her comment made me smile.

So, here’s to all of you on this Easter Sunday and nearing the end of Passover. I HOPE you all have a joyous day, and miracles happen all around you. I find that when I appreciate all that I have, the miracles just appear. And I HOPE for all of us, that this rebirth of our nation since Obama came into office will continue to go on and remain strong.

I find that although much of what is written here talks about the atrocities that are happening in our country and around the world, that if we focus on the good that we already have, and continue to appreciate and strive for solutions for the betterment for all, it will come to us. Look at Obamacare –  it is working. Miracles do not have to be miraculous. All of us, working together, can make this a piece of cake.

So happy to have you all here with me. Have a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family!  Share of you are inspired. Blog me.

Peace & Love…

 

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Wonderful Women Of The World

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 19th April 2014

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NOT! 

Good morning!

Just when you think you’ve heard it all from ignorant female Repub, let me share this recent that came across my plate, and literally made me mouth “WTF.”

Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands

Phyllis Schlafly

On Sunday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sought to advance the GOP’s rebranding effort among female voters by suggesting that Republicans have long “led the fight for women’s equality.” The statement came just days after Republicans voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act and sought to downplay the problem of equal pay for equal work by suggesting that Democrats were using the issue to distract from Obamacare.

Now three days later, a prominent member of the Republican movement further undermined the party’s campaign to appeal to women voters by suggesting that the current pay gap isn’t wide enough. In an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — maintained that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands:

Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate.

While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap.

Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.

Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning (sic)men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to marry at all. [...]

The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.

Schlafly has long been crusader for “traditional values” within conservative movement and the Republican party, serving as a member of the National GOP Platform Committee as recently as 2012 and as a delegate to the National Convention. Her Eagle Forum PAC has also donated thousands to prominent Republicans like Eric Cantor, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Ted Cruz.

Since losing the presidential election in 2012, Republicans have repeatedly tried to enhance the GOP’s appeal beyond its traditional white male voting base. In 2013, the Republican National Committee published a widely discussed “autopsy,” promising to “addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them,” and held training sessions advising candidates to simply avoid talking about rape. Schlafly’s comments appear to undermine that effort.

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Sigh…I normally don’t reserve Saturdays for women that don’t belong in the Wonderful Women Of The World category, but this time I couldn’t help it because Schlafly is the absolute opposite of the women that I would normally post under this heading, …women that do support women. We have enough troubles getting men to support equal pay for women, we don’t need ignorant women such as Schlafly, walking lock-step beside them.

If women question womens’ value, what message does it send to the men? And what message does it send to young girls, and boys? I can tell you the answers are obviously not good and only adds fuel to the fire of keeping women down where the men want us. If we can’t get the support of our sisters, not many men are going to stand up and support us when they can see that women won’t even support our right to be treated equally.

Sigh…Blog me.

Peace out. 

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Flap Your Lips Friday

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 18th April 2014

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WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) addresses a town hall meeting in Gainesville, Florida.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) addresses a town hall meeting in Gainesville, Florida.

GAINESVILLE, Florida — Last week, former presidents and dignitaries celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which bans many forms of employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters, among other things. This week, a Republican congressman declared that he’s not sure if the Civil Rights Act is even constitutional.

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional.

The easy answer in this case — “yes” — has the benefit of also being correct. But Yoho found the question surprisingly difficult.

“Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act?” Yoho repeated before giving his reply: “I wish I could answer that 100 percent.” The Florida Republican then went on to strongly imply it may be unconstitutional: “I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.”

FLOURNOY: Do you think that any part of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 [sic], do you think any part of that is constitutional? And then if you’d discuss why. [...]

YOHO: This country grew through a lot of growing pain. We’re going through it again. As we grow as a country and prosper, we’re going to go through it again in the future. That’s why I’m so thankful for the Constitution because it allows us to do that. Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act? I wish I could answer that 100 percent. I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.

Watch it:

Yoho is not the only Republican on Capitol Hill still uncomfortable with the constitutionality of the country’s premier landmark civil rights law. During the 2010 campaign, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) famously declared his opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Yet, while Yoho is unsure about the legality of the Civil Rights Act, he has no problem invoking the memory of civil rights leaders in his party’s zeal to repeal Obamacare. “It only takes one with passion — look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King,” Yoho said while discussing the GOP’s attempt to defund Obamacare, which led to a government shutdown last year.

Flournoy was less than pleased with his congressman’s response. “I wasn’t surprised,” he told ThinkProgress after the town hall, “but I was disappointed that he doesn’t support the Civil Rights Act,” noting that it’s one of the most important pieces of legislation in American history.

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The Right’s New Scam

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 17th April 2014


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Ann: You inspired me the other day. The LSOS’s are still out there going strong. This one from The New Republic is for you.

 

The Right’s New Scam: Feigning Anger on Behalf of People They Encouraged to Skip Obamacare

Beginning last summer, and continuing unabated until a few weeks ago, conservatives undertook a variety of efforts (both subtle and explicit) to discourage people, particularly young people, from enrolling in ACA-compliant health plans.

The idea was to deny state-based insurance markets critical mass, and sound risk pools, and send them into actuarial death spirals. In almost every instance, conservatives were appealing to strangers to undertake considerable personal risk in service of dubious ideological principles.

Though these efforts failed to achieve the larger goal, they almost certainly succeeded at convincing some people to skip Obamacare. And when confronted about the recklessness of their strategy, the most unscrupulous conservatives would say, No biggie! Obamacare allows people to enroll after they get sick or injured. So there’s no risk at all.

This was a lie. And if it weren’t such a dangerous lie, I’d be amused to find that conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding.

There is yet another ObamaCare surprise waiting for consumers: from now until the next open enrollment at the end of this year, most people will simply not be able to buy any health insurance at all, even outside the exchanges.

“It’s all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1,” says John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit which has 2,500 brokers.

John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds, “People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that’s part of ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months.”

That means that with few exceptions, tens of millions of people will be locked out of the health insurance market for the rest of this year.

For those of you just tuning in, an open-enrollment period is an obscure policy toolone of the most common ways of creating access to health benefits without also creating an incentive for people to pocket their premium dollars until they actually experience medical problems. It is one of the cornerstones of the employer-based insurance system, of Medicare Advantage, and of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit. Conservatives are conspicuously silent about those open-enrollment periods.

Goodman’s correct to note that time-limited enrollment leave millions locked out of the insurance system each year. But that’s not really much different from the old system, which allowed people to apply for insurance whenever they wanted, but discriminated against people who had been uninsured for long stretches of time, and either would deny coverage to individuals who signed up after experiencing catastrophic medical events, or wouldn’t cover expenses incurred prior to enrollment.

The end of open-enrollment each year is one of the few sticks in ACA’s broader incentive structure. It partly explains the late-March enrollment surge. But the conservatives attacking it now weren’t stricken by the epiphany that their recent efforts to discourage enrollment were morally reprehensible. If so, they’d acknowledge that the best way to eliminate open enrollment is to establish a universal benefit, like Medicare-for-all, that covers everyone without insurance automatically. No, now that enrollment is closed, they’re clamoring to flood the existing insurance markets with high-cost beneficiaries and send premiums skyward. Failing that, they want the people who didn’t enroll—including those who didn’t enroll on the advice of ACA opponents—to be angry at Obamacare for leaving them out in the cold. In a more sane country, everyone would be pulling in the same direction, so that the end of open-enrollment didn’t leave as many people stuck with nothing for months on end. But we don’t live in a country like that. We’re stuck with a system in which one of the two major political movements spends the months before open enrollment trying to discourage as many people from signing up as possible, and the months after complaining that all these people don’t have access to insurance.

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Mark your calendars everyone, and encourage people to register or donate some time to help get people registered. Thank you!

Peace & Love….

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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You do your part big time, I promise I’ll do mine big time

Posted by Michelle Moquin on 16th April 2014

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Good morning!

I’ve been wanting to respond to a few comments from a few days go, and I’m finally getting around to it.

Monroe: That is the point, the “youngsters” need to get with it. They were all so excited and participatory in the 2008 elections…but they quickly lost steam and stayed away during the midterms, which is part of the reason we lost the House. Dems, ALL Dems, need to get a fire up their asses and realize that if we lose this chance, life will be far worse than they can imagine.

As Eldon, Mildred and Stewart said, the repubs will vote during the midterms. The Dems…who knows why they don’t show up. Could be laziness, complacency…whatever. I don’t care what the reason. No reason is a good reason. Any reason is no excuse.

Readers: I am speaking to you, who read my blog, that this time it is not enough for us Dems, to just get fired up and do nothing but walk down to the voting booth and vote Democratic. If you have always voted Dem, or if through reading my blog you changed parties, and voted Dem for the first time in 2008 and 2012, more action needs to take place before it is time to vote in the midterms this year. More action in rallying up friends, family, strangers, to vote Dem and get to the polls. It may mean helping drive people to the polls so they can be sure to vote.

This is the time, where we need to do more. This is the time where Dems need to act differently than we have in the past, and surprise the heck out of the repubs, and show up big and strong, big time. This is not the time to get passive, lazy, complacent, or throw up your arms in frustration,  feeling as if our vote doesn’t count. It does. Because whether you make it to the polls or not, your vote or lack of vote will count for one party. You might as well make it count for the Dem party, because a no vote will most certainly count for the repubs. And..if you think you’re frustrated and disillusioned for whatever reason, you will have plenty of reason when it gets worse and you realize you could’ve done something.

Anonymous: I love your idea. That is exactly what I am talking about when I say we need to do more than just vote this time around. Thank you!

Anyone else inspired by Anonymous? Maybe you can’t go out and buy a billboard, but you can certainly walk the streets and be your own personal billboard.

I know I can do more because, quite frankly, I am sick and tired of bitching about all that is happening on a daily basis. And worse, I am sick of the bitching from people who complain about the state of our affairs when it is us, the Dems, who are the ones to blame. Yes we are. We can point fingers at the repubs, and all they are doing, but we gave them they control. We had control and we gave it up. We’ve got one more chance with Obama as our president. Big change can happen if we retain control of the Senate and get back the House in November.

You do your part big time, I promise I’ll do mine big time.

You don’t like the fact the raving S.T.A.R.K. are in control? I don’t either. If the repubs remain in control, STARK will remain bought and paid for and this country will be at the mercy of those 5 repubs, who will remain on the bench working for the billionaires until the day they die. I’m not willing to see this country become a one party nation, and launch into a third world war. Are you? Don’t doubt that the repubs will take us there.

The question is, what are you willing to do in the coming months to prevent this? If we get control of Congress, we can set term limits on the time a Supreme Court judge can be on the bench and take away these insane “Until I die, Lifetime” appointments. Down with lifetime appointments.

If we get control of Congress we can overturn Citizens United.

From The Nation:

Bernie Sanders Raises Battle Cry Against Citizens United: ‘I Vote for Democracy!’

Bernie Sanders

Citizens United is not just the default reference for US Supreme Court decisions—including the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling—that have ushered in a new era of corporate dominance of American elections. It’s the name of the conservative groupthat encouraged Chief Justice John Roberts and the most activist Court majority in American history to tear the heart out of what were already weak campaign finance laws.

Citizens United still exists as an activist group that produces documentariesACLU: At War with AmericaBorder War: The Battle Over Illegal ImmigrationFire From the Heartland: The Awakening of the Conservative WomanAmerica at Risk: Hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich—and organizes gatherings that highlight right-wing policies and politicians. On Saturday, Citizens United hosted something of a kickoff for the Republican presidential race in the first-primary state of New Hampshire.

Organized in collaboration with the Koch brothers–funded Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Citizens United’s “Freedom Summit” attracted a list of speakers that included leading contenders (and wannabes) for the GOP nod. Indeed, Greg Moore, the director of AFP-New Hampshire, described the summit as the first “cattle call” of 2016.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul made his pitch to the Koch crowd.

So did Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

And former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

And perennial (if never quite announced) contender Donald Trump.

The Freedom Summit was not entertaining objections to the latest Supreme Court decision to steer more big money into politics—in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC—or to the political machinations of bottom-line corporations and self-serving “mega-donors.”

But across town, on the same day, the objection was raised.

The New Hampshire Institute of Politics on the campus of Saint Anselm College was packed Saturday for a town-hall meeting with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who roused the crowd with a condemnation of the money power that is corrupting American elections and governance.

“In the United States of America, billionaires should not be able to buy elections,” declared Sanders, to thunderous applause.

“If we do not get our act together, we are moving towards an oligarchic society,” he continued, arguing that, “We have got to fight to defend American democracy.”

Like some of the Republicans who will be in New Hampshire this weekend, Sanders has talked about running for president. And his visit to the first-primary state has stirred speculation about a possible bid.

The independent senator says he is months away from any kind of decision. What he’s doing now is inviting progressives to join in a conversation about how to take on the money power. It’s a conversation he’ll carry forward May 9 and May 10 in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a series of events, including an appearance with the activist group Progressive Democrats of America.

What Sanders has already made his decision about the absolute absurdity of the High Court’s approach to cases like Citizens United and McCutcheon.

“What world are the five conservative Supreme Court justices living in?” Sanders said after the McCutcheon ruling.“To equate the ability of billionaires to buy elections with ‘freedom of speech’ is totally absurd. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process.”

Sanders has also decided that a constitutional amendment is needed to push back against Supreme Court decisions that threaten to make the dollar more consequential than the vote in American elections.

The “Democracy is for the People” amendment, sponsored by Sanders and Congressman Ted Deutch, D-Florida, is one of several proposed by members of Congress in response to the national outcry over the Citizens United decision—an outcry that, so far, has seen sixteen states and close to 600 communities demand that the Constitution be amended to address the crisis created, and now compounded, by the court.

It reads:

Section I. Whereas the right to vote in public elections belongs only to natural persons as citizens of the United States, so shall the ability to make contributions and expenditures to influence the outcomes of public elections belong only to natural persons in accordance with this Article.

Section II. Nothing in this Constitution shall be construed to restrict the power of Congress and the States to protect the integrity and fairness of the electoral process, limit the corrupting influence of private wealth in public elections, and guarantee the dependence of elected officials on the people alone by taking actions which may include the establishment of systems of public financing for elections, the imposition of requirements to ensure the disclosure of contributions and expenditures made to influence the outcome of a public election by candidates, individuals, and associations of individuals, and the imposition of content neutral limitations on all such contributions and expenditures.

Section III. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to alter the freedom of the press.

Section IV. Congress and the States shall have the power to enforce this Article through appropriate legislation.

Sanders is blunt with regard to the crisis.

“The disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United threw out campaign funding laws that limited what wealthy individuals and corporations could spend on elections,” he has argued. “Since that ruling, campaign spending by Adelson, the Koch brothers and a handful of other billionaire families has fundamentally undermined American democracy. If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote, but by a small number of very wealthy families who spend huge amounts of money supporting right-wing candidates who protect their interests.”

And Sanders is blunt about the necessary response.

“Clearly, if we are to retain the fundamentals of American democracy, we need to overturn the Supreme Court decision,” explains the senator, who argues that the time has come for “overturning Citizens United.”

It is part of what Sanders sees as a :political revolution” that has as its point the establishment of electoral landscape where the vote matters more than the dollar.

In New Hampshire Saturday, Sanders summed the concept up with a declaration that earned a standing ovation:

“I vote for democracy!”

Take Action: Tell Congress to Pass the ‘Democracy Is For People’ Amendment

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Ann: The LSOS feature has not ended. Go at it sister.

Vic: Nope no censoring here. The blog goes as it flows.

Helena: Is this the same Helena from many years ago?  HOPE so. Always nice to see you here. If not, I still like your comment. :)

Peace out. 

Lastly, greed over a great story is surfacing from my “loyal”(?) readers. With all this back and forth about who owns what, that appears on my blog, let me reiterate that all material posted on my blog becomes the sole property of my blog. If you want to reserve any proprietary rights don’t post it to my blog. I will prominently display this caveat on my blog from now on to remind those who may have forgotten this notice.

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