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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Nobody asked me but....

Tuesday 8-1-17
Just finished listening to the White House Press briefing. That's were reporters pretend they are journalists. It is evident by questions asked by most of these men and women, that they're not focused on legislation, the stock market, world events unless it's a "fight to the death" w/North Korea. Instead they want to know who said what and when on Air Force One about Trump Jr's e-mails.  Reporters want the President to apologize about a joke he made Monday and a variety of other non-stories.
Waiting for a creative news "wonk" to  spotlight the most  "off the wall" questions asked by the "lazy" press corps.   It would be a ratings blockbuster!  "Libs Gone Wild."

Friday, July 22, 2016

Judy Woodruff, "Words to Harsh for Hillary?"

PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Asks Mike Pence Three Times About Harsh 'Over the Top' Hillary Critics By Tim Graham | July 22, 2016 | 9:22 AM EDT Share it Tweet it PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff was awarded an interview with Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence for Thursday night's newscast, and she questioned Pence from the right about whether Trump can be someone social conservatives can support.
"You have spent virtually your entire life as a deep believer in Christian values, Christian conservative values. That has not been a centerpiece of Donald Trump’s campaign. Do you think you are going to be able, with your own beliefs, to persuade him on issues like LGBT rights, on — I don’t know, on the issue of abortion? Do you think you can change his views in those areas?" Pence said how grateful he was for Trump's pro-life stand in this campaign. But what really stood out was Woodruff's repeated protests against "pretty harsh criticism" of Hillary Clinton. She said "Last question," and then asked the same question three times, insisting the Republicans were just too harsh. JUDY WOODRUFF: Last question. A lot of, I should say, the talk at this convention from the stage and from the delegates has been pretty harsh criticism of Hillary Clinton. We have heard, "Lock her up." We have heard -- we have seen the signs, "Hillary to prison," talk of indicting her. Is this -- you're somebody who's been outspoken against negative campaigning. Do you think it's been over the top, as even some Republicans have said? And do you think it's been a wasted opportunity, so far, to talk about what's positive about Donald Trump? GOV. MIKE PENCE: Well, first, I think that's what freedom looks like. The American people get to express themselves, and in the ways that they choose. But I have got to tell you, I - this convention, I have sensed a tremendous amount of energy, a tremendous amount of unity, not around the personalities, but around the choice that we face this fall.... WOODRUFF: But for the last three nights, "Lock her up" has been a refrain we have been hearing. PENCE: People are frustrated, $19 trillion in national debt that just hasn't been piled up by Democrat administrations. It's been nearly doubled under this administration.... We want a different type of leadership. We want a different direction for this country. And that's why I truly do believe that Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. WOODRUFF: Different, but does it have to be so negative, is my question? PENCE: I think we have got to lay out the choice for the American people. It's a choice between change and the status quo.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Problems with Obamacare.

Home Depot became yet another company that announced it would shift part-time workers to the government-run healthcare exchanges. In addition, a company spokesperson conceded that full-time employees, though they will still get health benefits, would pay more due to an increase in costs next year. 

Companies like Trader Joe's and Walgreens have made similar announcements before the Obamacare exchanges are set to open in October. 
According to a company spokesperson, "Home Depot's change would affect roughly 20,000 part-time workers who previously had chosen the limited liability medical plan the company offered," which, as Reuters notes, companies can no longer offer after December 31 under Obamacare.
Home Depot's current plan for part-time workers "provided coverage of up to $20,000 depending on the plan and were administered by Aetna Inc."

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rich and Poor Hit by Hi Rates and Taxes!

While the most sweeping provisions of the health care overhaul have not yet gone into effect, plenty of Americans will still be paying higher insurance premiums this year -- as insurance companies try to preemptively cover the cost of a tax increase included in President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
That tax doesn't take effect until next year, when other major provisions like the so-called "individual mandate" and insurance subsidies also kick in. But that hasn't stopped insurance companies from charging higher premiums this year to cover the hike, as well as the cost of ObamaCare benefits such as free birth control and preventive care.
Premiums for individuals and small businesses are projected to increase due to the tax by roughly 2 percent this year and by as much as 3.7 percent in 2023, according to a widely cited analysis by the insurance industry.
Officials will argue about who is to blame for the hike -- insurance companies for sticking customers with the cost, or the government for imposing the industry tax hike in the first place. But the projected increases are the latest sign that Americans, in exchange for expanding and strengthening insurance coverage, will in many cases be paying more.
Already, a pair of taxes has hit higher-income households to cover the law. Those making more than $250,000 are seeing a .9 percentage point increase in their Medicare tax, and another 3.8 percentage point hike on investment income.
"The goal was to make health care more affordable, but adding a tax on health insurance does the opposite, increasing the cost for families and small businesses," Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for the group America's Health Insurance Plans, said Tuesday.
Zirkelbach and others on the side of insurance companies say younger Americans will be among those facing the largest increases.
The looming tax on the insurance industry will cost health-insurance providers $8 billion in 2014, then $14.3 billion in 2018 and a total $100 billion over the next 10 years, according to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation.
Insurance companies say they can start charging the higher premiums now because some polices bought in 2013 extend into 2014. State insurance commissioners say that practice is OK so long as the increases are pro-rated for next year. However, California Insurance Commissioner David Jones told Politico the company Anthem BlueCross is collecting money from customers that it "doesn't have to pay until 2014."
While the new law will provide insurance for millions more Americas -- and curtail the insured having to cover the medical bills of the uninsured -- insurance providers are questioning the fairness of the tax.
Further, they're raising concern that the individual requirement that people buy health insurance, set to take effect in 2014, doesn't have enough teeth to it. They argue younger Americans might be inclined to pay next year's $95 fine, and even $325 the following year, instead of more expensive insurance.
If fact, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has purportedly appealed to the president to add or increase penalties, including a late-enrollment fee.

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