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Politics / Re: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
« Last post by Solon on May 25, 2017, 08:28:27 PM »
Never forget.

In the picture below, rich old white men, most of whom live privileged lives with the best health care in the world on our accumulated dimes, celebrate the termination of health insurance for more than 23 million people they are supposed to serve. They are led by the man who campaigned for president on a promise of cheaper health insurance with better coverage for everyone. Their goal is to give most of the money they take from those 23 million people to themselves and other rich white men.


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Politics / Re: Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor
« Last post by Solon on May 25, 2017, 07:13:17 PM »
Welfare cuts get the headlines, not just because Republicans think they can build support for budget cutting that hits the "underserving losers" in society, but opponents believe most people understand that they are only a paycheck or two ahead of the same fate. What is at stake, however, is more than the present. The future is being shaped in a negative way as well. Social mobility has declined in the US. One of the reasons is that tax cuts for the rich lead to state college tuition increases that destroy the future prospects of intelligent children from economically poor families and, at the same time, preserve the privilege of wealth from the challenge of merit.

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With state funding down, top public colleges are replacing high-achieving lower-income students with affluent ones.

...The country’s most powerful engine of upward mobility is under assault.

Public colleges have an unmatched record of lofting their students into the middle class and beyond. For decades, they have enrolled teenagers and adults from modest backgrounds, people who are often the first member of their family to attend college, and changed their trajectories.

Over the last several years, however, most states have cut their spending on higher education, some drastically. Many public universities have responded by enrolling fewer poor and middle-class students — and replacing them with affluent students who can afford the tuition.

The situation is particularly demoralizing because it’s happening even as politicians from both parties spend more time trumpeting their supposedly deep concern for the American dream. Yet government policy is hurting, not fostering, many people’s chance to earn the most reliable ticket to a good job and a better life.

The Assault on Colleges — and the American Dream
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/opinion/sunday/the-assault-on-colleges-and-the-american-dream.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0


 
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Politics / Re: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
« Last post by Solon on May 25, 2017, 04:16:27 PM »
It's true that there are young people who will not buy insurance if they are not required. On the other hand, many are not buying it now. The millions who will lose health insurance by 2026 are predominantly those on Medicaid or those who purchase it privately on exchanges. People on Medicaid include everyone from infants to the very old. You or your parents may some day depend on Medicaid to pay for your survival in a "retirement" home.

People who do not have insurance through their employer purchase it in the exchanges provided by Obamacare. They were designed to provide much better coverage at better prices than open market purchases from the past...and they still do. Health insurance costs rise annually. Obamacare actually bent the cost curve. It performed better than the CBO estimate from 2009. Every state was expected to set up their own exchanges. Republican controlled-states refused to set up exchanges and usually refused to expand Medicaid, even though the federal government was paying the costs. Obamacare would work much better if it were fully implemented.

Currently, Trump is trying to sabotage the ACA by saying it is dead and refusing to tell insurers if the federal government will continue to provide the supplemental payments to insurance companies agreed to in the original legislation. Recently, insurers were told those payments would continue in the next budget. Republicans are trying to frighten insurance companies about the risks of continuing to offer plans on the exchanges in order to make the cost of policies to rise or convince the companies to abandon the exchanges altogether. 

"Socialized medicine" was the term used in the US to scare the hell out of anyone who dared support single payer universal health insurance. We were supposed to imagine the Bolsheviks seizing the Capitol and executing physicians who operated private practices. Yes, it was Stalin's collectivization campaign all over again. Everyone has read The Road to Serfdom, right? It was the slippery slope to letting Khruschev bury us. For some reason, that doesn't resonate so much any more.

Single payer plans are what other industrialized nation have established to provide basic health insurance for every citizen. Most entail pretty broad coverage along the lines of the ACA. Many offer additional private plans as supplements, much like you find for Medicare patients.

The US actually has all kinds of systems. For example, we have a socialist system operated by the Veterans Administration. For the self-employed we have the polar opposite. You choose a policy from whatever the insurance companies in your state are prepared and permitted to offer. (Before Obamacare required uniformity, some states had strict requirements, some did not). Medicare is a mixed system with the government (that's us) paying about 80% and the individual picking up the rest or buying a supplementary policy.

The CBO is the best non-partisan estimate regarding the effect of legislation. Private analyses find pretty much the same results as the CBO in analyzing Trumpcare. The Kaiser Family Foundation, for example, finds similar horrifying outcomes. (http://kff.org/)

Here are a few charts that visualize the liberation offered by the House Republican Freedom (LOL) Caucus and their friends in Trumpcare.







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Politics / Re: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
« Last post by jonas_24112 on May 25, 2017, 09:39:43 AM »
There is one key quote from the CBO report that the left keeps conveniently leaving out:
 
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Most of the initial increase in uninsured people in 2018 would come from consumers deciding not to buy insurance because they would no longer have to pay a penalty for failing to do so, the CBO said in an analysis done with the Joint Committee on Taxation.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/13/cbo-obamacare-repeal-increase-uninsured-24-million-2026/99117332/

Saying 23 million people will be kicked off of insurance is rhetoric and the media does us no justice to paint that picture.  It's not the poor and disadvantaged that will go without insurance, it's the young and healthy looking to roll the dice and save a buck!! 

And l should also point out that the CBO agrees premiums will become lower than under Obamacare by 2026.  But we will pay higher premiums for some time to come.....

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By 2026, average premiums would be roughly 10% lower than under the existing Affordable Care Act, the CBO projected.

You have to take what the CBO says with a grain of salt, but it's all we have to go on. As a supporter of the one payer plan, I say let's call it what it really is...Socialized Medicine.  My bet is that by 2030, a presidential candidate will win based solely on the promise to socialize medicine.  And the fight between the insurance, medical and pharma industry vs. the federal government will be glorious!! 
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Politics / Re: "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
« Last post by Solon on May 24, 2017, 08:59:32 PM »
The Congressional Budget Office finally completed its assessment of the Trumpcare bill designed to replace the ACA. It kicks 23 million people off of health insurance. The results are probably worse than that, but it is difficult to know how many states will take advantage of the ability to tinker with the services provided in an insurance package. By deleting coverage for basic services, companies could sell insurance that fools consumers into buying cheap policies that provide no coverage at all when needed. In other words, the Republican scheme could result in perfectly legitimate scam policies. The money kicked in at the last minute to supposedly protect people with pre-existing conditions could turn out to be another deception as well. The amount is minuscule compared to the actual costs and would probably add many of these people to the uninsured because the price of coverage would rise beyond their ability to pay.

If Republican voters are supine enough to put up with this kind of abuse, they deserve the idiot they elected president and the Koch clowns they placed in charge of Congress. Unfortunately the rest of us are stuck with these bums as well. Hopefully, not much longer.

The CBO confirms: The GOP health-care plan is still incredibly cruel

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/05/24/the-cbo-confirms-the-gop-health-care-plan-is-still-incredibly-cruel/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.dd8c84c26174
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General Discussion / Re: 7 MHC businesses given chamber grants
« Last post by Common Sense on May 24, 2017, 08:48:50 PM »
This good news! I wish them the best of luck and everyone remember: SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS!
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General Discussion / 7 MHC businesses given chamber grants
« Last post by LpMv2407 on May 24, 2017, 07:28:51 PM »
check 'em out

-Blessed Life Tees $7,280 https://www.facebook.com/blessedlifetees
-Compassionate Care Pediatrics $5,930
-Hide a Hook $12,380 https://www.facebook.com/HideAHook/
-Joe Cheap $8,050 https://www.facebook.com/Joe-Cheap-747715625391729/
-KK Calendars $11,680
-Lawless Welding $10,180 https://www.facebook.com/weldinghenrycountyvirginia
-Shindig Catering and Events $5,930
https://www.facebook.com/shindigcateringandevents
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General Discussion / Re: Tune in app
« Last post by LpMv2407 on May 24, 2017, 07:10:03 PM »
Great! How do you cast it to your TV? I want to do that. We're using a pretty high bit rate and streaming in stereo. The quality should be better than FM radio and yes we can track unique and total listeners. Hasn't been enough activity yet.

What do you mean which of our "non-traditional streams?"

It really depends on the device you are using as to how to cast it to your TV. I have a Chromecast so all I have to do is click the box in the photo next to the heart on my tablet. Amazon fire stick and Roku likely have apps you download and just click play there.

I noticed music was playing this morning during the normal news segment and first part of the coffee break. Was it a late start or was the steam off? I noticed in the car on am you were on the air at that point.

When I say non traditional I'm talking about anything other than TV or terrestrial radio. You have 2 internet streams for radio (fb & tunein) and 1 for video (upstream) that I'm aware of.
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General Discussion / Re: Tune in app
« Last post by Bill Wyatt on May 24, 2017, 05:00:40 PM »
Great! How do you cast it to your TV? I want to do that. We're using a pretty high bit rate and streaming in stereo. The quality should be better than FM radio and yes we can track unique and total listeners. Hasn't been enough activity yet.

What do you mean which of our "non-traditional streams?"
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