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26  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: "Suddenly, Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever" on: August 06, 2014, 02:58:57 pm

27  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: "Suddenly, Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever" on: August 04, 2014, 02:27:43 pm
What are some of the features that a Gold plan has that a Silver doesn't, or a Silver vs. a Bronze? I really thought it was just about access to a broader network of doctors and lower copays and deductibles. Do you know of any examples?

I recall your mentioning some months ago how women in that age group were not pleased to be paying for contraceptive coverage because they didn't need it, but that I believe is common to all levels.
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Rep. Mo Brooks argues there's a War on Whites on: August 04, 2014, 01:41:35 pm
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mo-brooks-democrats-war-on-whites

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Monday accused Democrats of making the Republican party's push for stronger border security about race, the Huffington Post reported.

"This is a part of the war on whites thatís being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which theyíre launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else," Brooks told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "It's part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well thatís not true."
29  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: "Suddenly, Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever" on: August 04, 2014, 09:41:21 am
I any case my quibble is more fundamental. Where is the flexibility of commercial insurance websites? On those I can easily add options on to a required base policy to meet my individual needs, trading cost for benefit. The healthcare runs more like a cable company where I'm stuck with bundled services that either leave me short or overcharge me for a bunch of channels I don't want. But cable has to deal with independent content providers, and those contracts often drive the bundling. Health insurance typically comes from a single provider, so like other commercial insurance products there's no reason to bundle beyond the required base level services that appear in the bronze plan.

On the contrary, insurance companies often provide different levels of service at different prices. I've had 3 options from Cigna offered by my company recently similar to the distinctions the federal government offered. Usually the distinction is not services that are bundled with, but the breadth of network and how co-pays and deductibles are handled to have the user assume more or less risk. This is what the federal guidelines do for PPACA healthcare.

I can not begin to imagine how Fox News and the WSJ would have tackled it if the Obamacare sites offered only a single option to customers at one price. We would have seen footage of people lining up for potatoes in Communist-era streets in the USSR.
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: "Suddenly, Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever" on: August 03, 2014, 05:38:28 pm
it's not remotely Socialist or Communist

Agreed.  It's rather the opposite, in fact:  it will funnel trillions of dollars over the coming decade from the people to a few large corporations.  In large part, this is because it focuses on medical insurance, rather than on the underlying causes of medical costs.  Our premium has increased over the past few years, but only slightly and I'm not certain of the relation of the PPACA to those increases.  Still, it is clear that medical costs are not decreasing.  Nor are they projected to decrease.  Estimates are all over the place but it is clear that the percent of GDP in "health care" costs will continue to increase for the foreseeable future.  Some of this is due to an aging population.  Some is due to factors already in place before the PPACA.  Some of it is do to the PPACA itself.

Cost projections for Medicare have been repeatedly lowered since the PPACA became law and as the growth in Medicare spending has dropped. It's been remarkable good news from an area of federal spending which has previously only provided bad news.
31  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: German speakers in the US on: August 03, 2014, 09:16:37 am
What's the last word--looks like "flat"?
32  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WaPo: "Suddenly, Obamacare Is More Unpopular Than Ever" on: August 03, 2014, 09:08:09 am
I'm a little surprised.  It made sense to oppose it while it was being written, and even up through 2012 when we had a chance of electing a president and congress who would reverse it, but we're stuck with it now.  Maybe folks are still hoping to undo it in the next congress with a new president.  I just don't think it's possible because it has become too entrenched and too lobby-worthy over the past two years.  Big Pharma CEOs love the benefit to their industry and medical insurers have a captive new audience.  We might be able to tweak it, I really think we're stuck with it.  Might as well learn, if not to like it, at least be "neutral/don't know/don't care" about it.  


Also, it's provided meaningful health insurance and coverage to upwards of 10 million Americans, and more in the future.

Most people benefiting directly from it are part of a minority with little political power--the poor, the underemployed, those under 26--and the striking benefits to them will not reach enough people to make up a majority in an opinion poll.
33  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: The Present Israel-Palestine Conflict Thread on: August 01, 2014, 07:53:04 pm

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/yochanan-gordon-genocide-blog-remove
34  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: German speakers in the US on: August 01, 2014, 02:17:17 pm
How many of these counties are sparsely settled and home to Hutterite colonies?

There's a map here and it appears that a few colonies are in McIntosh County, ND, which has a population of less than 3,000, as well as in McPherson County, SD.

http://www.hutterites.org/the-leut/distribution/
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What's next for Eric Cantor? on: August 01, 2014, 02:13:48 pm
Lobbyist.
36  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: America Is In Danger on: August 01, 2014, 12:40:18 pm
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: The Branstad presence on the ballot... on: August 01, 2014, 09:30:02 am
"Reverse coattails" don't exist.
38  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Who will win in Louisiana? on: July 28, 2014, 11:06:15 am
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will reportedly support Landrieu.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chamber-of-commerce-mary-landrieu
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XVI: Sidejackin' it in the Train Room. on: July 28, 2014, 08:39:47 am
I don't know Bushie's height, someone of his weight would likely need to eat over 3,000 calories per day to maintain current weight. He's probably not being honest in his count.

MyFitnessPal tracks based on your own estimates of how much you've eaten and what exactly you've eaten, and with you having entered everything, whether it's a small snack or a meal. It's very easy to estimate portion size incorrectly, *especially* if you're eating out and having the equivalent of 2-3 meals.
40  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: MA-Boston Globe: Baker (R) moves within MoE of Coakley (D) on: July 22, 2014, 03:22:59 pm
Coakley = worst MA Democratic candidate ever?

She might not even be in the top 3 in that category in the last 30 years... John Silber and Shannon O'Brien are up there, and I don't know if Mark Roosevelt ever had a chance but he lost by a landslide.
41  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) announces SSM support on: July 22, 2014, 03:12:48 pm
RINO Jolly waited until AFTER he got elected and AFTER
We at the grassroots level helped him win.

Supporting marriage equality does not make you a RINO.

He's a troll.
42  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: How does the White Gay Cis Male vote? on: July 20, 2014, 02:29:36 am
There are plenty of Republican gay men. Some factors that come into play are whether they've been successful enough in their own careers to have a Mitt Romney attitude toward Ēthe 47%," if they're from or live in areas where Republicanism is dominant (like Dallas), if they're Ayn Rand fanboys. They didn't consider gay rights as a voting issue because they felt it didn't make a difference which party was in charge (easier to say when Obama opposed gay marriage) or they have enough money to feel insulated from any difficulties in being gay.

Many keep quiet about their politics because they don't want to have to deal with pointless arguments.
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 19, 2014, 11:25:24 am
All things considered, things are about to get fun at work.  Outbound is tough, but it's doable even for my personality type.  It's not a job I'll have forever, but it can last me until I get a CAD job.  I will start looking when I get home tomorrow night.  I just don't have to rush and worry.  I'm not desperate.  I am going to do all I can to keep this job until I start the new one.

How many sales have you made?
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How in the world is Begich holding on so far? on: July 17, 2014, 03:33:11 pm
The case against Stevens looked more damning before the election than it turned out to be.
45  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: How in the world is Begich holding on so far? on: July 17, 2014, 10:42:55 am
The New York Times had an article a few weeks ago about how strongly Begich has worked the Alaskan Native community over the last few years, and is now staffing up for the election.
46  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: DoJ investigates anti-Obama float in Nebraska on: July 14, 2014, 03:46:33 pm
What's the "Community Relations Service Team"?
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 14, 2014, 12:30:16 pm
Why not both?  I'm the kind that believes that God grants people free will, including the freedom not to believe.  Bushie doesn't believe in free will.  He thinks it's God's will to order the bacon cheesburger instead of the double cheesburger, or when he loses his job or doesn't get selected, it was God's will for him not to have that job.  I find that thought process rather revolting.....I hope God's not mad I chose to make chicken salad for lunch instead of tuna, or under the Bushie Doctrine, God guided me to his choice.

I suppose I'm separating them because I don't have an opinion on a religious concept of free will and couldn't judge it, but I do have a view of it as a basic concept of behavior. I'm in good shape and track my eating and even then I see how powerless my brain can become if there's some treat within reach. I can tell myself not to eat it, but I'll still reach out and take it. I imagine the challenge is even worse for our friend and I don't know how to frame the idea of free will to be meaningful for him.
48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XV: Stuck Inside of Tulsa with the Oklahoma City Blues Again on: July 14, 2014, 08:17:34 am
...as an excuse to continue acting in ways that you know are wrong and that you have the power of will to avoid.


Forgive me, I am not well-versed in the theology here. Are you referring to the "power of will" as a theological or a psychological concept?
49  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which state is more socially conservative: WV or KY? on: July 13, 2014, 09:04:35 pm
Kentucky has two sort of big cities, WV has none.
50  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 RNC Convention will be in Cleveland, Ohio on: July 13, 2014, 08:11:27 am
If Tampa didn't have enough hotel rooms to house delegates close enough to the convention, Birmingham certainly doesn't.

Philly makes a lot of sense. It's a fantastic city for hosting conventions.
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