Shocker! That they said it, I mean. WaPo:
Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.
After dozens of frustrating meetings with White House officials over the past year, including one with Obama, a number of angry labor officials say their members are far less likely to campaign and turn out for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.
“We want to hold the president to his word: If you like your health-care coverage, you can keep it, and that just hasn’t been the case,” said Donald “D.” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the union that represents about 400,000 hotel and restaurant workers and provided a crucial boost to Obama by endorsing him just after his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the New Hampshire primary.
Ha ha. Why, the ingratitude. Read below the fold...
I came across an article by William Rivers Pitt entitled “The Sugar Makes the Poison Taste Sweet”. I am posting a powerful excerpt from it in which Pitt lets his anger rip about the shameless exploitation of a 10-deployment, maimed vet by Obama at the end of his 2014 State of the Union Address. Read below the fold...
I'd like to know if this has happened to any of you. I did a quick Google search but didn't see anything.
Password proliferation means remembering lots of different strings. Since we only remember them in the act of typing them, the string can get tied to muscle memory. That's what happened to me - when I tried to write down a password I couldn't do it without sitting at a keyboard and doing a pantomime password type.
Anyone else have something like that happen? Open thread for this or other strange IT phenomena. Read below the fold...
Here's a list of what you're going to have to tell the government so they can calculate your ObamaCare subsidy "correctly." Of course, the website screws that up, but presumably that will change. I've helpfully underlined the bits you'll need to pass on so they can keep track! First, the website:
A significant limitation of the federal exchange to date has been its inability to handle enrollee changes in circumstances. With three million Americans signed up for health plans through the exchanges as of January 15, it is likely that thousands of individuals are experiencing changes of circumstances every day. For example, people get married, have children, experience increases or decreases of income, get jobs, get pregnant, or move. Some of these changes trigger special enrollment periods — that is, they allow an enrollee in a qualified health plan to change plans. Others do not, but will change the amount of premium tax credits to which an enrollee is entitled and the share of the premium the enrollee will need to pay. Until now, the federal exchange has not been able to deal with changes in circumstances. HHS has instructed enrollees to contact their insurer to report changes, but while insurers may be able to deal with some changes (adding a dependent), they cannot address other changes, such as changes in premium tax credit amounts.
Wow, seems complicated! Read below the fold...
All MyRA is good for is sending a signal to Obama's owners that Social Security is still under assault
This is very exciting (at least to me). UPDATE Below, which is more a "Common Household Remedies Request."
The last time I had my teeth cleaned was, like, six or seven years ago, when I had corporate health insurance, including dental. It was horrible. The scraping down was painful, then they "fixed" a filling that left a sharp edge in my mouth, and which later broke off, and at the end of it all, they ushered me into a giant skull scanner that pumped out a big X-Ray immediately, and was clearly just a marketing tool designed to get me to allow them to extract all my wisdom teeth because insurance. I shuddered and escaped. Read below the fold...
Lately, the word out of Washington, DC from the plugged in people is that there will be no debt ceiling crisis coming up before the election. Politico says so, and so does the National Journal. MSNBC also agrees.
But not so fast, says the Washington Post, echoing the Wall Street Journal provided the House Republicans can agree on “. . . an extortion demand.” If they can, then we wll have another debt ceiling crisis.
Take that, Tom Perkins et al.! Times:
The six decades between 1914 and 1973 stand out from the past and future, according to [Thomas Piketty’s new book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century"] , because the rate of economic growth exceeded the after-tax rate of return on capital. Since then, the rate of growth of the economy has declined, while the return on capital is rising to its pre-World War I levels.
“If the rate of return on capital remains permanently above the rate of growth of the economy – this is Piketty’s key inequality relationship,” [Branko Milanovic of the World Bank] writes in his review, it “generates a changing functional distribution of income in favor of capital and, if capital incomes are more concentrated than incomes from labor (a rather uncontroversial fact), personal income distribution will also get more unequal — which indeed is what we have witnessed in the past 30 years.”
Piketty has produced the chart at Figure 1 to illustrate his larger point.
The only way to halt this process, he argues, is to impose a global progressive tax on wealth – global in order to prevent (among other things) the transfer of assets to countries without such levies. A global tax, in this scheme, would restrict the concentration of wealth and limit the income flowing to capital.
Piketty would impose an annual graduated tax on stocks and bonds, property and other assets that are customarily not taxed until they are sold. He leaves open the rate and formula for distributing revenues.
Well, that's interesting, eh? May need to revise that Plank.... Read below the fold...
Hospital executives made passionate pleas to the House Commerce committee on Tuesday to seek support for a bill that would require insurance companies selling plans on the federally run insurance exchange to negotiate with all interested health care providers in the state.
Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont is one of 10 hospitals in the state not included in Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s network for plans sold on the exchange this year. The hospital wasn’t offered an opportunity to negotiate, Valley Regional CEO Peter Wright said.
Anthem “quite cleverly followed the letter of the law, but found the loopholes to exclude the most economically disparaged [sic] communities in the state,” Wright said. “It’s almost classism. We’re supposed to be taking care of the people who can’t otherwise get care.”
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Nelson, R-Brookfield, was more measured, saying the bill is about “fairness, it’s about monopolies, about jobs, about the patients that are inconvenienced by the extra travel and expense.”
So it's come to this. Read below the fold...