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Everybody In, Nobody Out

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While our news channels are letting us know whether Obama is a saint or a liar because of Obamacare (and, of course, due to your news source of choice), Vermont has done something interesting.

They became the first state to pass a single-payer universal health care law for residents.

The system will be fully operational by 2017. It will be funded by Medicare and Medicaid, federal money (ACA money given to Vermont), and – you guessed it – an increase in taxes, although the increase is currently being referred to as “slight”. Vermont residents will be able to go to any doctor in any hospital in the state totally free of chrage. No bronze or silver plans, no reinstated plans that don’t cover anything – no horse hockey.

Some say this will bankrupt the state. Some say this will lead to tons of fraud. Some say this will cause the skies to open up and rain toads down on us all. I guess we’ll find out in time.

Vermont once passed a law that put restrictions on campaign contributions. Corporate lobbyists appealed to the SCOTUS, who struck down the law. Let’s just hope they don’t do the same to this one, and let’s hope the rest of the Union looks to Vermont as an example.

Best,
Clyde O. Watson

Okay, I May Have Been Wrong. You Might Be Able To Keep Your Insurance

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Recently, President Obama apologized for the whole “You can keep your insurance” debacle. In my article here, I said that he should do something about it, and I’d be willing to guess that the majority of Americans agree with me.

Well, if the move Obama now wants to go with is allowed to go through, then he’s done something about it; and I have to say, I like it.

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A 60% Discount and the Fundamental Problems It Represents

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My wife had to get some blood work done last week. It was just a standard part of her visit to the doctor. Normal stuff.

Before she went to the hospital to get the blood work done, she asked what kind of discount she could get if she paid the bill in cash, all up front.

Well, we were delighted to discover that paying in cash got us a 60% discount on the bill.

That’s great, right? 60% savings! That’s over half off!

Or is it?  Read the rest of this entry

The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Oppose Obamacare

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Before I get into the varying approaches, let me point out an important fact that many people seem to be overlooking:

The Marketplace Website is not Obamacare.

It’s a website built for people to access insurance. The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is a massive overhaul of our medical insurance system. We won’t know if it’s a success or a failure for a long while.

The launch of the Marketplace website has been pretty terrible, but it does not mean Obamacare is terrible. Obamacare hasn’t even been fully implemented, so any speculation on its success or failure is purely speculation. At best, an opponent of Obamacare could point to this website launch and say, “See? This is evidence of how badly our government handles big projects!”

That stance, though, isn’t really valid either (in my humble opinion), for two reasons:

1. The government already handles projects far bigger than Obamacare. The military, for example.
2. The people currently running our medical system (private industry) have already proven that they can’t run it either. Otherwise, Obamacare wouldn’t exist.

Now, I could (and probably will) write dozens of blogs on the pros and cons of Obamacare, but this blog is specifically about the different ways various republicans have expressed their opposition to Obamacare… Read the rest of this entry

Uh… Really, Guys? I mean… Really?

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Now that the shutdown crisis has been resolved (not really) and the looming debt ceiling crisis has been averted (not really), several republican members of Congress have come out demanding that Kathleen Sebelius resign… and if she doesn’t resign, they’re demanding that Obama fire her.

So who is Kathleen Sebelius? Read the rest of this entry

W.W.J.D.

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I may be stirring the pot here, but this is a question I feel needs to be asked: What would Jesus do?

The GOP and the right have traditionally been the more religious of the two major parties (see: abortion).

Now, I have no problem with religion. I’m kind of religious myself. I’m not the first one through the doors on Sunday morning or anything, but I have a relationship with my God that I’m comfortable with.

I do, however, have a problem when it comes to mixing politics and religion. They’re like oil and water – they just don’t go together, and one of them will always float to the top.

That being said, why is the GOP working so hard to make sure that people in the US can’t be healthy?

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Dead Soldiers

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Because of the government shutdown, four families will receive no death benefits from the four soldiers who died in Afghanistan this past weekend. Normally, the families of those soldiers get money to pay for funerals and travel expenses… but not this time. The government shutdown prevents them from getting that money, so now their already horrible experience is made even worse because of politics.  Read the rest of this entry

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