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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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Why the Opposite of Progress is Congress…

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Alfred said it best in the movie Batman Begins: “Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

That’s a truth we all know and accept.

Put another way, we learn from our mistakes. Read the rest of this entry

American People, You Confuse Me

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The approval rating of Congress is at an all-time low. In pretty much every poll – from Fox to CBS to Gallup – voters are very clear that they do not approve of our current Congress. Most of the polls hover around a 9% approval rating.

It’s bad.

It’s so bad, in fact, that voters are even saying they think their own representatives need to be replaced. That’s very rare. Usually, people poll along the lines of, “Congress is bad, but my Congressperson is okay.” Not anymore. Nowadays, Americans generally agree that Congress sucks. Period.

So here’s what I don’t understand… Read the rest of this entry

We’re Part Of The Problem

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Congress’ approval rating is, as we all pretty much know, at record lows. Real Clear Politics shows the average among polls (major news sources and other regular polling institutions) to be at 84.2% on the disapproval side. Almost 85% of Americans believe that Congress as a whole is doing a shitty job of taking care of the country and doing what they’re supposed to do: represent their constituents.

However, when those same people are polled about their individual representatives, around 60% of the people polled felt that they were doing a good job.

Do you see the problem here?

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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

They Did It!

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Hey, everybody! Congress got together long enough to get everything going again for few months! Let’s run around and celebrate, patting each other on the back like we just pulled the astronauts back from the dark side of the moon into a trajectory that’ll get them home!

Bunch of idiots. Nobody should be congratulating you on doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway. If I work in a grocery store and manage to stock all the cereal boxes where they’re supposed to be I don’t get a pat on the back. You know why? Because it’s my job. That’s what I was hired to do.

I sincerely hope everyone remembers this come election time.

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