According to recent research done by Harvard University and the City University of New York, between 7,000 and 17,000 people will die due to the refusal of some states (including Tennessee) to expand Medicaid.
These people are primarily the working poor. They have jobs some two, but earn too much to qualify for regular Medicaid but not enough for the subsidized insurance under the ACA.
That's over twice as many people as died in the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9-11-01.
How can those that are responsible for this sleep at night :(
Fleischmann or Wamp? That's like choosing between Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Throw these clowns out of office. Give to the campaign of their opponents. Tell all your friends to vote against them. When you go to a public place or business, if you see someone walking around with a visible gun, tell the store manager you are leaving and not coming back until they establish a "no guns allowed policy".
The issue of voter ID could be resolved for the most part, by requiring photos to be added to a social security card. Every legal US citizen has a social security card. This idea is being floated on Capital Hill right now, but is getting dissed by the usual suspects including Rand Paul.
The Pubs want every voter to have a photo ID but when someone comes up with an easy and efficient way for everyone to get one, they are opposed to it - go figure.
Many adults get an annual physical exam, maybe school children should start receiving annual psychiatric exams.
Congratulations Mr. HENDRIX you win my "Loon Of The Month Award".
impressive misuse of the term "Communist" which you obviously have no earthly idea of it's meaning.
But what the hey, I'm sure it makes you feel warm and fuzzy to "get that off your chest" and all your fellow whackos must really be impressed!
Mr. Ken Harp - your economic theory which is essentially that trickle down economics results in more economic opportunity, is invalided by research performed by The Economic Policy Institute:
"The notion that anyone in America who is willing and able to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” can achieve significant upward mobility is deeply embedded in U.S. society. Conventional wisdom holds that class barriers in the United States are the lowest among the world’s advanced economies. Motivating this belief is the notion that there is a tradeoff between market regulation and mobility; advanced European economies are characterized by higher taxes, greater regulation, more union coverage, universal health care, a more comprehensive social contract, etc. Because some see these policies and institutions as impediments to mobility, mobility is believed to be greater in the United States.
While faith in the American Dream is deep, evidence suggests that the United States lacks policies to ensure the opportunities that the dream envisions."
In reality Spain, France, Sweden, Norway and 8 other industrialized nations have greater socio/economic mobility (ability to move up in economic class) than the good ole USA
Our Right Wing Ideologues have come up with a new one: "Climate Scientists, aren't the real experts on climate science"
Steven Colbert' needs to dive into this one :)
If the "truth in advertising" concept were made to legally apply to campaign and issue ads I would not have too much problem with the billions that are spent, but instead, it's perfectly OK to lie, misquote, us derogatory pictures of the opponent, and purposely mislead and confuse the viewer. The same types of things that would get you thrown in jail if you were selling a health related product or service.
Freedom of speech has it's limits, you can't yell "fire" in a theater. It seems reasonable to me that similar limitation should apply to campaign and issue ads.
" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left millions of the previously uninsured 47 million Americans still uninsured"
What an egregious lie that statement is. Millions of people have been left uninsured primarily due to bone-headed Republican governors like Haslam that don't want their name associated with anything that Obama is connected with, regardless of how beneficial it would be to their constituents. Beyond that, anyone that is left without coverage is doing so at their own volition choosing to pay a fine rather than obtain coverage even though the government would subsidize a portion of the premiums.
This whole notion that charities are a substitute for a legalized mechanism for folks to access health care, is about the looniest idea yet from the Wingnuts.
BTW Great post Rick - you flat nailed it! :)