25 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-27-16

  1. Have you noticed that if Obama didn’t read the papers he wouldn’t know anything.
    Several times he has said, “I learned about this the same time you did. I saw it in the news.”
    Nobody tells me nothing.

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  2. Tychicus, Virtually every piece of legislation passed since Reagan left office has made things worse. Welfare reform, passed by the Rs and rammed down Clinton’s throat, is one of only a handful of exceptions. If only Obama had given up on Obamacare like he wanted to after Scott Brown’s special election, we would have escaped from this eight years relatively unscathed on the legislative front. Unfortunately, Pelosi wouldn’t let him quit.

    Morally and culturally, these eight years have been a disaster. Women are “marrying” other women. Perverted men are following little girls into the ladies bathrooms. Conservative preachers are telling their congregations how important it is to vote for an ignorant, liberal, insane sexual predator.

    It is remarkable to see Obama’s popularity steadily climb during this election cycle. He has done nothing, but people can’t help but compare him to Hillary and Trump.

    However, the NBA season has now begun. No more CNN or FoxNews for me. The Thunder/76er game last night was great. I really hope Joel Embiid stays healthy. He is already really, really good.

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  3. Michelle nailed it. One of the architects says it’s working as designed.


    “On Wednesday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” MIT Economics Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber argued that “The law is working as designed. However, it could work better. And I think probably the most important thing experts would agree on is that, we need a larger mandate penalty.”

    Gruber said, “Obamacare’s not imploding. The main goal of Obamacare was two-fold. One was to cover the uninsured, of which we’ve covered 20 million, the largest expansion in american history. The other was to fix broken insurance markets where insurors could deny people insurance just because they were sick or they had been sick. Those have been fixed, and for the vast majority of Americans, costs in those markets have come down, thanks to the subsidies made available under Obamacare.”

    When asked about the 22% Obamacare premium increases, Gruber stated, “the 22% increase, let’s remember who that applies to. That applies to a very small fraction of people, who have to buy insurance without the subsidies that are available. 85% of people buying insurance on the exchanges get subsidies. And for those people, this premium increase doesn’t affect them. Now, for those remaining people, that is a problem, and that’s something that we need to address, but it’s not a crisis. It doesn’t mean the system’s collapsing. And most importantly, it doesn’t affect the 150 million Americans who get employer insurance, who have actually seen their premiums fall dramatically, relative to what was expected before Obamacare.”

    Gruber later state that there was “no sense in which” the law “has to be fixed. The law is working as designed. However, it could work better. And I think probably the most important thing experts would agree on is that, we need a larger mandate penalty. We have individuals who are essentially free-riding on the system, they’re essentially waiting until they get sick and then getting health insurance. The whole idea of this plan, which was pioneered in Massachusetts, was that the individual mandate penalty would bring those people into the system and have them participate. The penalty right now is probably too low, and that’s something I think ideally we would fix.”

    Gruber also recommended “increasing the pressure” on states to expand Medicaid.”

    Which will make the transition to single payer even easier, as designed.


  4. I agree, michelle. We’ll all be clamoring for single payer (not because it’s good, but because it’s probably now — sadly — the only workable/feasible way out of this horrible and expensive mess that’s been created).

    Full government-run health care was always the gold standard for the left. They’ll wind up getting it. And so will we, like it or not.

    Looks like my GP of 35+ years (we were both so young when he bought the practice and I started going to him; the office is literally 5 or 6 blocks from where I live) is starting the phase into retirement anyway, so I’m actually thinking of going the cheaper Kaiser route now. Cost has become the driving issue for health care for most of us in the ‘middle.’


  5. And the old model of a hometown GP that you keep for years is quickly fading into history. Kaiser — or similar huge, conglomerate-style operations with everything under one roof (admittedly convenient) and different doctors for everything — will be the look of the future.


  6. Kaiser, frankly, gives doctors a real life. As contract physicians, their hours are set. They won’t make as much money, but they can plan their lives have vacations and someone else handles the insurance paperwork.

    OTOH, they have quotas on their time with patients and if you don’t mind visiting their specialty clinics all over the place that can work. (Navy did the same thing; it wasn’t too bad. Specialists, actually, were much friendlier and easier to work with than the Family practice mill).

    Here, for example, you go to San Francisco for heart problems, the East Bay for psychological problems, Sacramento for something or other–I can’t remember it all. NICU is in San Francisco, so sick babies born here are immediately transported 60 miles away. It’s challenging for the families, but, there you are. We’re not with Kaiser, but I’ve been tempted.


  7. Contract time at Fox. Kelly wants $20 million a year (she now only makes $15 million).


    And this:


    As for reports that Murdoch may change the editorial direction of the channel, perhaps de-emphasizing conservative talk hosts in favor of newsier programming, Murdoch was unequivocal: “We’re not changing direction…that would be business suicide.”


    I don’t know, I think going more serious news — and covering stories the other networks don’t — is a good way to go, especially after the fiasco of 2016.

    I don’t mind some conservative commentary shows along with that, but they at least need some more thoughtful, solid folks in their lineup instead of what they offer right now in prime time.

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  8. Back when Carol was still working for the county and had Kaiser insurance, I spent some time with her going through the hallways and waiting rooms and pharmacies, even trekking up to the Sunset Boulevard heart facility once … So I think I have a pretty good handle on how it all works and there do seem to be some advantages, esp now that there are fewer family practice models available.


  9. The medical school stuff is interesting. I told my husband yesterday, my gym membership may have just paid for itself. A former neighbor in my class asked about my daughter. As I described the latest news, another woman overheard me and asked if my daughter is going to medical school.

    I explained her situation.

    “I’ll give you my card. If she grew up here, we’ve got money for her to go to medical school. I’m with a group of people who help local kids with the expenses.”

    I stammered my thanks, reexplained she hasn’t been accepted yet, and the woman waived away my concerns.

    She’s probably with the same group another friend is involved with who does the same thing. I find it interesting, though, that twice people have approached ME about assisting with medical tuition for my daughter whom they’ve never met.

    Which encouraged her greatly when I passed along the information.

    Part of me wonders, though, why there aren’t more groups like this for, say, teachers or other needed positions in our community?

    We’ll see.Who knew Zumba would help not just me, but our family’s bottom line?

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  10. I did the Insurance Exchange because I had to get private insurance being a contract employee. W-9 earner. My insurance is $260 per month for just me. I have a $5,000 deductible and if I make more than I estimated I would make per year then I have to pay any subsidy back. I only qualified for a $30 subsidy per month so I elected not to get it. I haven’t been to the doctor in over 2 years except for getting a terrible cold a couple of years ago and needing a steroid shot.
    Before Obamacare I had a BCBS disaster policy that would cover me if I got hit by a bus on an alternate Thursday or some such with only a major medical deduction.

    Michelle, perhaps God wants daughter to go to medical school, He is just taking her down a couple of paths to make her a better physician when she gets there.

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  11. I like Kaiser so much that I have kept it since retirement. It has changed much for the better since then (2007). I did use the local hospital, Sutter Coast, in 2014. The problem recurred a month later. My wife drove me down to Santa Rosa (a 6 hour drive) to the nearest Kaiser Hospital. I received very good care there. I am going to keep Kaiser as long as I can.

    By the way, my doctor is a 14 hour trip. One way.


  12. My hand isn’t raised, but my husband’s employer-sponsored health insurance premiums are. Significantly so in the last couple, three years.

    There is a small clinic in our area that doesn’t take insurance. Office visits are $39. Lab testing is far lower-priced than at the major health system from whom we’ve gotten most of our medical care since we’ve lived here. The local no-insurance clinic also works with other low-cost providers in the state (very few there are) for patients to get tests that aren’t provided through their clinic.

    We can drive across the state to get a $600 MRI (and, as part of that price tag, have the MRI read by a reputable major care provider in the Midwest), with the test performed on the same state-of-the-art equipment that our local, expensive health system charges insured patients $5,000 for. (Or with a 55% discount for uninsured patients, for example, those with Christian ministry sharing plans.)

    Still a ridiculous amount of money. Our doctor at the no-insurance clinic said he asked a colleague at the $600-MRI clinic how they can even make a profit at that price. His colleague assured him that they do most certainly make a profit at that rate.

    Most of us are getting gouged with the cost of medical care, insurance premiums, ridiculously high deductibles and the whole business. I would rather seek all our care (or as much of it as we can) from this low-cost, no-insurance clinic and not have a big chunk of change coming out of my husband’s check for insurance, but, no, the government tells us we have to have insurance. (Or an alternative like Samaritan Ministries, etc., but my husband wants nothing to do with that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Christian health-sharing ministries will eventually end up on the chopping block.)

    Thanks, Obama.


  13. I have been telling you…seems someone listened to me. I agree with Ricky. I don’t think it will be the Trump supporters taking to the streets but I have had two Clinton supporters flat out tell me they would.
    Either way, this go ’round a lot of people are going to feel discouraged with the system we have.

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  14. I guess some of the presstitutes whoring for the Clinton campaign don’t like their behavior pointed out. The jig is up and they’re being called on it. They don’t care for that. They need a safe space.


    “Triggered journalists from across the nation are bemoaning the treatment members of the press are receiving at Trump campaign rallies from the Trump supporters the media routinely misrepresents as ignorant racists, fascist Nazis, or disenchanted working whites.

    With increasing regularity, these journalist snowflakes are “reporting” their victimization at the hands Trump supporters who chant mean things like, “CNN sucks” and call them names like “presstitutes.”

    For members of the media elite, the occasional taunts and jeers signal a dangerous threat to the free press. During an interview with Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer breathlessly asked Trump’s campaign manager to ask Trump to stop calling out the press at his rallies because he is scared “there could be an ugly incident” between Trump supporters and the “hardworking young journalists” who cover his rallies.

    A quick review of media stories over the last two weeks reveals more than a dozen articles in major publications with the same “journalists victimized by Trump supporters at rallies” narrative. Trump supporters endure long waits, messy parking, and often obstructed view seating to rally for their candidate. The press, on the other hand, is given their own entrance, sectioned off seating, and protection from event security and the Secret Service.

    After an exhaustive search, this Breitbart reporter could find exactly zero incidences of members of the media being physically attacked or assaulted at Trump rallies. None of this has stopped the misleading characterization of Trump supporters creating a “menacing” and “dangerous” environment for these special snowflakes.”

    Poor babies……

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  15. More bad news for Clinton….. or at least it would be if the press were to report on it.


    “Donald Trump attacked the Clintons on Thursday over the latest blockbuster hacked email released by WikiLeaks, which details how a close Bill Clinton aide helped rake in tens of millions for the former president while his wife was serving as secretary of state.

    Doug Band sent the 12-page memo in 2011 to Bill Clinton, his daughter Chelsea, several Clinton Foundation board members and lawyers, and ‘special adviser’ John Podesta – whose email was hacked and who is now Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.

    ‘Just today we read about Clinton confidant Doug Band bragging that he had funnelled tens of millions of dollars to “Bill Clinton, Inc.” through the Foundation donations, paid speeches and consulting contracts,’ Trump said in a farm animal expo center in rural Springfield, Ohio.

    ‘Mr. Band called the arrangement “unorthodox”,’ Trump said. ‘The rest of us call it outright corrupt.'”


  16. There are no winners here, but Arizona is definitely the biggest loser.


    “And here I thought that my home state of Minnesota would take the top prize in the ObamaCare follies for 2017. Not only did premium prices go up an average of 60%, but the state Commerce Commissioner had to agree to ration access to all but one plan to keep the insurers from bolting altogether. Combine that with Governor Mark Dayton’s years of mindless ObamaCare boosterism, and I figured Minnesota was a lock on Patsy of the Year.

    To quote a famous philosopher … Yo, Minnesota, I’m really happy for you, and I’ll let you finish, but Arizona had one of the worst cons of all time:

    The Department of Health and Human Services revealed Monday that premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, and that about 1 in 5 consumers will have plans only from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.

    However, in Arizona, unsubsidized premiums for a hypothetical 27-year-old buying a benchmark “second-lowest cost silver plan” will jump by 116 percent, from $196 to $422, according to the administration report.

    Say, maybe we’ll still win on style points. Actually, no one wins this competition; there are only levels of losing, and Arizona consumers will get hit the hardest this year.”


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