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Kevin Drum at Mother Jones summarizes the Medicaid issue with this headline:
The Republican Rejection of Medicaid Expansion is Depraved
...and supports it with this:
The refusal of Republican states to accept Obamacare's Medicaid expansion surely ranks as one of the most sordid acts in recent American history. The cost to the states is tiny, and the help it would bring to the poor is immense. It's paid for by taxes that residents of these states are going to pay regardless of whether they receive any of the benefits. And yet, merely because it has Obama's name attached to it, they've decided that immiserating millions of poor people is worth it. It's hard to imagine a decision more depraved.

Conservatives hate it when you accuse them of simply not caring about the poor. Sometimes they have a point. This is not one of those times.

To see why Medicaid expansion is so important, make sure to read this week's piece by Abby Goodnough, Katie Thomas and Reed Abelson report in The New York Times Times:
Since his chronic leukemia was diagnosed in 2010, Ray Acosta has paid dearly for health insurance: more than $800 a month in premiums, plus steep co-payments for the drug that helps keep him alive. [...]

He sought advice from an insurance agent who had used his moving company. She connected him with an application counselor at a community health center, who found — to Mr. Acosta’s astonishment — that he qualified for Medicaid under the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, which gives states the option of expanding the program to include more low-income adults.

“I’m kind of in a disbelieving fog,” Mr. Acosta said last week, two days after completing an application. “I’m just hoping, keeping my fingers crossed, that this might really help me out.” [...] “After being gouged all these years, trying to make ends meet, to all of the sudden get this?” he said. “I’m really blown away.”

More on Medicaid expansion below the fold.

Over at The National Journal, Clara Ritger looks at one study which finds that the refusal to expand Medicaid will disproportionately hurt African-American families:

Had all 50 states expanded Medicaid, 95 percent of uninsured African-Americans would be eligible for some form of federal assistance through the Affordable Care Act coverage—either via Medicaid or premium subsidies—according to a Health and Human Services report released Monday. Instead, only 60 percent will benefit.

In total, 25 states chose not to expand Medicaid, creating a "coverage gap" where some residents earn too much to qualify for the program but not enough to qualify for the tax credits. [...]

More than half of all eligible uninsured African-Americans live in families whose income falls below the federal poverty line. Two-thirds of the total eligible population, however, resides in states that opted not to expand Medicaid.

Even conservatives should support Medicaid expansion, writes The Times-News editorial board:
Conservatives squirm when they hear “welfare.” But by actually expanding Medicaid, conservative state lawmakers would prove their policy actually squares with their rhetoric. [...] Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, a physician and member of the legislative task force, rightly argues that broadening Medicaid to include drug-addicted or mentally disturbed parolees — a provision of the ACA’s expansion package — would no doubt slash prison costs by providing services for people who would otherwise end up back in the clink. [...]

The savings on inmates alone could top $130 million over 10 years, should Medicaid be expanded, Wood said. Expansion proponents expect the figure to grow when the Idaho Department of Correction finishes its analysis for the coming legislative session.

The Time-Picayune editors urged Governor Jindal to expand Medicaid this week:
Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid looks worse and worse. A new study by the Commonwealth Fund shows that Louisiana will lose out on $1.65 billion in federal dollars in 2022 alone. The federal government will be paying 90 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion that year. If the state agreed to the expansion, its share for the year would be $280 million.

The governor has said that Louisiana can't afford even that much. But the co-pay for Medicaid is a small fraction of the $2.2 billion Louisiana is projected to spend on incentives to attract private business in 2022, according the study.

Mira Singer and Ronald S. Hornberg wrote about how Medicaid expansion can help address problems in Virginia's mental health system:
In the long run, the savings in terms of reductions in emergency room costs and reductions in unnecessary incarceration would be very high. Most importantly, fewer people with serious mental illness would experience crises because they would receive timely care. [...]

Sadly, this increase in funding was virtually obliterated by 2011. And the inspector general warned in his 2012 report of “the state’s failure to create sufficient community services to address the needs of individuals with mental illness.” Sustained attention to improving mental health care is needed.

It is time to put partisan politics aside and do what is right for people living with serious mental illness in Virginia. Expanding Medicaid would be a giant step toward achieving this goal.

As David Entwistle, CEO of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, wrote:
Whether it's economics or simply considering the well being of so many people in our communities, embracing Medicaid expansion is an option that will benefit our state for years to come.
Finally, in case you missed it, here's a must-read on the money behind one fight to undermine Medicaid:
new documents show how [Texas Public Policy Foundation] and another conservative group, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, coordinate their attacks on the public sector with a far-flung network of conservative organizations and funders. The documents— obtained by The Guardian and shared with the Observer—contain 40 funding proposals from 34 states, offering a glimpse of the conservative agenda for 2014. The proposals were shepherded by the State Policy Network, a coalition of groups that act as incubators of right-wing policy at the state level. The proposals were to be funded by the Searle Freedom Trust, a private foundation that pumps money into right-wing, corporate-friendly organizations. The intermediary between Searle and the State Policy Network, The Guardian reports, was Stephen Moore, an editorial writer with the Wall Street Journal and an occasional speaker at TPPF events, including a January “plenary session” Moore hosted with Sens. Cruz and Cornyn.

The documents include a TPPF grant request to Searle to fund continuing attacks on Medicaid. In its application, TPPF claims credit for blocking Medicaid expansion in Texas and promises to push for looser federal requirements, including a block-grant approach that Gov. Perry has long sought that could result in tighter restrictions and fewer people covered by the government insurance program.


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  •  At this point I think I qualify as a pundit (13+ / 0-)

    at least on education and teaching, so allow me to share some reflections on a day when I do not see my students but still think about them

    perhaps you might spend a few minutes with the mental meanderings in Thoughts on teaching on a snow day


    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:37:44 AM PST

    •  Thanks, worth the read. And some key points: (2+ / 0-)
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      wintergreen8694, sow hat
      My students are not standardized.
      But many treat "students" as a "population" to be standardized.

      This in particular:

      One key point that came up again and again from a variety of perspectives was this - we need to help our students learn how to fail.
      preceeded by
      We create a culture where students become afraid of exploring for fear of being wrong - after all, is not that one result of turning all activities into numeric or letter grades?  What if instead we gave credit for being wrong, recognizing why one is wrong?  Is not that a key part of developing the ability to learn on one's own?
      The reason it is important to learn how to fail productively may be found in Harrisberger's Fourth Law of the Lab:
      Experience is directly proportional to the amount of equipment ruined.
      Within reason, with due caution to avoid needless and catastrophic failure, it is often failure and examination of the failure that teaches us. Too much pressure is put on kids to never fail, even to avoid all risk of failure or, worse, to cover up any small failure quickly.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 07:53:51 AM PST

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  •  PPACA has certainly let the cat out (35+ / 0-)

    of the bag. Cruel state efforts to keep their citizens from having adequate health insurance coverage, as well as having adequate health care.

    Shame, shame on all of the politicos who did not show one iota of compassion.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:44:47 AM PST

  •  Like a true blue Republican, Marco Rubio (28+ / 0-)

    (True Blue two faced, that is)...

    enrolls family in Obamacare

    As one of the ACA's biggest and more vocal critics, Rubio enrolled his family in the healthcare exchange.  What's more:

    Rubio took the federal subsidy afforded to lawmakers and staff -- a perk some Republicans wanted to kill off.
    The Washington Post has a handy chart listing what every member of Congress is doing about his/her healthcare

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 04:45:10 AM PST

  •  Never forget we NEED a sane, viable conservative (6+ / 0-)

    opposition for some unknown reason.

    After all, it's not like conservatives haven't always opposed universal health care and aid to the poor. It's a completely new pathology with the ideology that spawned either with the Gingrich revolution or the Tea Party. Right? RIGHT?

    •  Sane, Viable, Conservative (12+ / 0-)

      If they want to be the party that always wants things pre-paid for with new or expanded taxes, that's fine.  Sane means they'll realize that this isn't always possible and sometimes you have to spend money to dig the country out of a major bind.

      I tend to be "conservative" in the sense that I conserve resources.  I don't spend what I don't have, don't buy just to buy, and don't throw away what can be re-used or recycled into something else.

      Strangely, these days Democrats are more "conservative" in that sense than Republicans are.  They seem to want to mindlessly consume without consideration of the future--and they only want to pay for it when a Democrat is in the White House.

      Today's Republican party might be viable (America seems to be slowly recovering from a bout of insanity, but it's not fast and not certain).  They are neither sane nor truly conservative.

      (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 05:05:48 AM PST

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    •  Sane, yes. Viable, yes. (0+ / 0-)

      Conservative, I'm not so sure about. At least not what qualifies as conservative these days.

  •  Wait, a journalist-activist? (7+ / 0-)

    "Stephen Moore, an editorial writer with the Wall Street Journal" who is also an active participant in the political movement that he (presumably) writes about in his day job?

    No wonder the left can't get any traction -- we can't get the leaders of Occupy onto the editorial boards of major newspapers.

  •  CBS hit piece yesterday morning (15+ / 0-)

    I never watch network news.  Heck, I never watch the so-called "networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) unless it's for a football game.

    But yesterday I was flying across country and had a TV at my seat.  

    I made the mistake of putting on CBS's morning show.  I don't even know the name of it.  The Morning Show?  Good Morning Morons?

    So they cut from whichever cooking celebrity they were featuring to cover the news.

    And here's what I saw/heard (paraphrased):

    Today's Wall Street Journal is reporting that millions of Americans under Obamacare are seeing their rates and premiums go up, some as high as five thousand dollars!

    Then it cut to the other woman on the couch.  "We'll keep an eye on that."

    And that was it.  That was the end of the news piece.

    A bullshit hit piece on Obamacare based on the Rupert Murdoch Wall Street journal.  No contextualization, no statistics, nothing (were those people getting high premium/deductible plans even capable of getting insurance before Obamacare?).

    The corporate media is a total fraud and CBS is basically Fox News at this point.

  •  No one could be more un-Christ-like than (15+ / 0-)

    the Rethugs who profess to follow his teachings. That's why they can't stand the new Pope--they hate it when someone out-Gods 'em. Their refusal to expand Medicaid, to extend unemployment insurance, to provide food stamps is more immoral than sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll could ever dream of being.


    It is time to put partisan politics aside and do what is right for people living with serious mental illness in Virginia. Expanding Medicaid would be a giant step toward achieving this goal.
    (Cue hollow laugh) There is already a faction in the Rethug-dominated Virginia legislature promising to to "McConnell" McAuliffe.  Hope he outsmarts them.

    Thanks for the roundup, Georgia!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 05:13:33 AM PST

    •  VA GOP is going to find it difficult to... (4+ / 0-)

      ...keep up a united front for McAuliffe's entire term in the face of Hospital groups and other providers who perceive lost revenue with each passing quarter of not expanding Medicaid.

      Because the upcoming General Assembly starts up January 8 and ends 60-90 days later, the GOP stands a good chance of standing firm for now, but the evidence and pressure from may just build up to force 20+ House of Delegates members to reconsider their resolve in the 2015 "short session."

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 06:08:11 AM PST

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      •  And for now the negative message is amazingly (3+ / 0-)

        strong. While waiting for a prescription the other day a rather shabbily dressed person (I often meet that description too), with very poor language skills, admittedly a "working man" was saying that drug prices were likely to go up and maybe he could not afford them and it was due to "that Obamacare" that was scaring him. The man also happened to be black, one of the fairly rare "old fashioned" African Americans in this part of Northern Virginia where most minorities are exotic and I'm about as likely to run into a person from Africa as a laboring class African American—and certainly more likely to run into a highly educated, well off African American in government or business.

        I have to admit, it was a bit scary to find him sounding as if he listened to the Limpbaugh all day—but it sure demonstrated the negative messaging reaches deep.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 08:10:27 AM PST

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  •  Best ACA amendmt: extend 100% Medicaid funding (2+ / 0-)
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    singe, Amber6541

    by federal government forever, and thereby address the excuse of anti-expansion governors that the 2020 shift to states of 10% of costs makes the expansion "too expensive" for their states.

    How to pay for it?

    Make the reasonable assumption that plugging the Republican-created gap in coverage will boost income tax revenues, and reduce spending on unemployment and welfare.

    •  Extending Medicaid funding forever (1+ / 0-)
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      would completely throw off the financing for the law.  And you should know by now that if they didn't have the expense of picking up 10% of the cost of the Medicaid expansion, they would think of some other reason not to do it.  Hell, they're doing that now.  

      It would be great if these governors and state legislators would just tell their people the truth:  we don't care how well it works or how inexpensive it is to administer, we're ideologically opposed to insuring the poorest people in the state.  I'm sure the people would understand.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 06:41:03 AM PST

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  •  Leaked to the Guardian (5+ / 0-)

    This is becoming a cliché.  Whistle-blowers don't trust the U.S. corporate media any more, so they go to the Brits with their information instead.  The film Deadline U. S. A. came out half a century ago.

    The biggest job growth these days is in the field of right wing lackey working for State Policy Network and similar dark money organizations.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 05:44:22 AM PST

  •  Worth repeating (8+ / 0-)

    over and over again.

    And then repeating it again.

    The Republican Rejection of Medicaid Expansion is Depraved.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 05:50:19 AM PST

  •   Medicaid, civil war, states rights, secessionism, (5+ / 0-)

    insurrection, "a kinder and gentler genocide".

    The red states are in a competition to eliminate their burden of poor and needy. They want them to move to another state or "else".

    They want to burden the other states with homeless, poor, chronically ill, etc., and bankrupt those states, and create "fortress states" friendly to the Kochs, Alec, corporations and the religious right.

    That is the fundamental strategy that is exemplified by the rejection of Medicaid.

    When CA, KY, NY, etc. start getting flooded with refugees from the red states, we will see them petitioning the federal government for a more involved approach to the  problem.

    The net result, after much misery and waste, will be the expanded power of the federal government, which is exactly what the tea party claims to abhor.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 05:55:58 AM PST

    •  Refugees will come clutching their Bibles & Guns (0+ / 0-)

      into blue states. That will be interesting.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 07:59:26 AM PST

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  •  That would make a GREAT bumper sticker (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude
    "The Republican Rejection of Medicaid Expansion is Depraved"

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 06:28:10 AM PST

  •  The same states that have rejected the Medicaid (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    increase have a long history of depravity like slavery, Jim Crow laws, the KKK and other similar.

  •  MOT MIA (0+ / 0-)

    I miss the Morning Thread when it's not there.

    Well, I had some (hopefully) inspirational dreams last night.

    One was about four nekomimi with bakunyu in a vague loose
    Star Trek-ish Skiffy parody. Although that bakunyu thang is probably not commercial nor politically correct in the real world.

    Another was about a thick chick body builder who was about as beefy as theoretically possible. I was wondering where she was all those years for a photo reference for Flexia and family.

    One dream had Leroy and Bruno pestersing a clerk about a USB thumb-drive that looks like a flaming sword. "It looks like something from Dungeons and Dragons!" Sort of a mixture of times, since they're characters in a webcomic set 1977. Although Leory is a computer nerd, he's of the "My dad has the DEC and Compugraphic franchise in town!" type.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 06:36:57 AM PST

  •  Interesting anti-corruption election in India. (1+ / 0-)
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    NY Times got a piece of the main events:

    The results of state elections in four states dealt a blow to the Indian National Congress on Sunday, signaling the waning power of the dynasty that had dominated Indian politics for nearly all of the post-independence era and giving momentum to the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of general elections in May.

    The B.J.P.’s victories seemed largely driven by the sour anti-incumbency mood, high food prices and anger over corruption. In Delhi, the biggest sensation was an unexpectedly strong showing by the year-old party Aam Aadmi, or Common Man, whose jubilant supporters gathered outside its headquarters on Sunday morning, waving brooms to symbolize the cleansing of India’s political class.

    In fact, Congress candidates who got acceptable or endorsed ratings from the anti-corruption monitors did well. Actually, normally compared to prior cycles.

    Where candidates did not get anti-corruption approvals, they lost. The exceptions were where no one got approvals.

    In effect, for now, India has become a single-issue political democracy. Left, right, Hindu, Muslim, language, sex, no sex... it's less important than corruption.

    •  NYT's India Ink series is worth reading (1+ / 0-)
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      India Ink almost always something worth reading.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 08:06:30 AM PST

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      •  Yes, indeed. Too bad the news desk (1+ / 0-)
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        doesn't follow this series. Still, the story with  Sheila Dikshit in Delhi misses that she was not approved, not at all by the anti-corruption forces.

        Up to her ears in xxxx, more like it.

        What happened is that Aam Aadmi ran against her on an anti-corruption program.

        One issue. Get her out of there.

        I don't expect any U.S. corporatist media outlet to cover what Aam Aadmi is doing. might give us hope that the Occupy Wall Street agenda has legs.

  •  FPers vs. HOSers (0+ / 0-)

    Yesterday I was wondering about the two extremes. What sort of good deeds does one do to become a Front Pager? Or what villainous tasks one had to do to become Hide On Site? Does it involve mustache twirling?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 06:43:05 AM PST

  •  Gold for Dems (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, wintergreen8694

    The lack of expanding Medicaid coverage in Red states is absolute gold for Dems. I just hope that Dems will get out of their perpetual defensive crouch and push this! Repubs have no good reason to not expand Medicaid and this should be a major plus for Dems. I also predict that the ACA will be something to run on by the time the 2014 cycle starts. Dems are in great position on immigration reform, ACA, Medicaid expansion, government shutdown, minimum wage increase, and food stamp cuts---all of this is for the taking if they only seize it aggressively.

    •  Hope you are right (0+ / 0-)

      but I have little faith in Red State voters. Whether it's prayer in schools, Mooslim terrorists, the true meaning of Christmas (and why those libertards hates it), abortion/contraception/the new Pope...

      They seem to have an uncanny ability to take their eye off the ball when it comes to voting.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 08:09:25 AM PST

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      •  True (1+ / 0-)
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        Your skepticism is very well founded! I feel exactly the same way. But my guess is that personal effect trumps ideology. Many of the tea partiers will find that they will save a substantial amount of money in the ACA exchanges and those who would qualify for Medicaid need it so badly that they will be willing to either vote out the incumbent Repub or sit on their hands and not vote for the incumbent--since they know that Dem victories are the key to getting Medicaid expansion passed. Sure, there will be some stalwarts, but perhaps enough people will be affected this way to sway low turnout elections. This strategy also has the effect of increasing Dem turnout in an off year election. The key for Dems is to nationalize the 2014 election. Dems still foolishly adhere to the nostrum that all politics is local and therefore, mount local campaigns. Repubs learned in 1994 that the key to wave elections is to nationalize the election. With a national election you can create a wave by painting all Repubs with a negative brush--if Dems do this, they can not only pick off 18 Repubs in House elections, but also secure vulnerable Dems in competitive House districts--they may also pick off a few state houses and governorships!  

    •  You might want to rethink that. I'll have (0+ / 0-)

      swing back this evening to complete my thoughts, but I'm in the very left "faith community"--which means that I do interact from time to time with the conservative to moderate members of the faith community.

      They are very effectively using this "glitch" or unintended consequence of the ACA to drive the poll numbers down on the ACA.

      Since Dems wrote and passed the legislation, it is not likely that they can effectively pass the blame on to Republicans (outside of a partisan bubble, that is).

      The authors of the ACA were some of the "best and brightest" minds in the Democratic Party, right?

      So to suggest that the expert authors of the ACA did not have the mental capacity to foresee any court challenges (and hence possible loses), or that they were so diminished intellectually that they were unaware that SCOTUS is dominated by conservatives, is downright insulting to the Administration, IMHO.

      The best way to beat back a downright appeal of the ACA, or even just the demonization of the law that results in another "shellacking" in 2014 and/or 2016--is to make the necessary changes to extend either Medicaid coverage--or better yet--put those individuals into Medicare!

      The Administration has recently used rules and regulations to make other major changes.

      Why not advocate for the further use of those powers for our poorest and most vulnerable citizens?

      That's the route that we should take.  

      Not cynically using the most vulnerable and defenseless members of our society as political pawns



      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 12:03:13 PM PST

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  •  One has to wonder (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    When I think of Cornyn and Cruz and others exactly like them(Don't tell me there is no such thing as cloning humans in the GOP-I know there must be.), who put huge efforts behind defunding Medicare and other social supports, I have to wonder, "What on earth is in it for them?". Is there already some "promise" of some sort, other than just re-election support? I mean seriously, what do these boys have to gain by trying to destroy so many lives? Long-term gain must mean a vastly different thing to them than it means to the average person. I jest of course. We all know the answers to these questions. Don't we?

    "...continuing attacks on Medicaid. In its application, TPPF claims credit for blocking Medicaid expansion in Texas and promises to push for looser federal requirements, including a block-grant approach that Gov. Perry has long sought that could result in tighter restrictions and fewer people covered by the government insurance program."

  •  Intended for yesterday, until power failed for the (0+ / 0-)

    day moments before posting and saved while on UPS. Still, it sort of fits the last bit about "dark money" in today's collection and illustrates yesterday's subject on regulation and requirement for light on dark corners of our economy:

    Weak government regulation? No regulation!

    In a follow up to an earlier series on predatory tax lien purchasers the Washington Post this morning has "Debt-collecting Machine" in which a secretive firm is operating from state to state.

    Aeon has been accused by the city’s attorney general of predatory and unlawful practices and has been harshly criticized by local judges for overbilling. All along, the firm has remained shrouded in corporate secrecy as it pushed to foreclose on more than 700 houses in every ward of the District.

    “Who the heck is Aeon?” said David Chung, a local lawyer who said he wasn’t notified that he owed $575 in back taxes on his Northwest Washington condominium until he received a notice from Aeon. “They said, ‘We bought the right to take over your property. If you want it back — pay us.’ ”

    The firm came into the District eight years ago with hardball tactics, sending families threatening letters and demanding $5,000 or more in legal fees and other costs, often more than three times the tax debt.
    The company's owners are shrouded in mystery and behind addresses with nobody there. The offices cannot be reached by phone. Even the D.C. Attorney General was unable to penetrate to find the responsible parties. For all we know it could be an Iranian terrorist group; though the Washington Post has made some connections to a certain lawyer

    With the D.C. officials asking questions and even judges becoming active operations have moved to other states.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 08:15:32 AM PST

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    Please help us put pressure on our Governor to expand Medicaid (Phone number) 334-242-7100 or fax 334-353-0004

    Please help us put pressure on our Governor (Robert Bentley) to expand Medicaid (please use the phone number)   Please support the citizens of Ala. (Medicaid expansion) please sign the petition

    Here's his facebook page also (let him have it)

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    seemingly non-controversial Center for College Affordability and Productivity and the American Film Renaissance. Oh course once you dig deeper all the same names keep popping up. Richard Vedder, the head of the Center for College Affordability is also an American Enterprise Institute Adjunct Scholar.

    It amazes me just how many testicles the Koch brother's monster has.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:21:38 AM PST

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