I am here to wake you up. Maybe you are just sleeping deeper than others?
I am here to wake you up. Maybe you are just sleeping deeper than others?
It was my understanding that someone making $9/hour is eligible for tax credits for whatever insurance plan they pick. Dude's now eligible to get good health coverage for less than $100/month, but is inevitably too stupid to realize that he's a part of the population this healthcare reform is designed to help because he's so focused on theoretical libertarianism.
Have any of you freeloaders cashed in yet?
How much will this cost taxpayers? Seems like something has to give. We's broke. We'll eventually need to cut some govt programs (won't happen) or raise taxes. Oh well - I'll feel good about paying more tax because it will benefit people who deserve it and contribute to our society.
We're not broke, is the thing. This is a fiction perpetuated by the right wing as an excuse to dismantle the safety net. The only risk to our ability to pay the federal debt comes from bizarro right wing teabags like Ted Cruz. Otherwise, the economic analysis and financial markets show that the government is borrowing well within its means.
Perhaps protofascists like you Drewbles could explain why we incarcerate nonviolent offenders for life without parole if "we's broke"?
So you’re a judge, and Sharanda P. Jones comes before you for sentencing for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. She’s a 32-year-old mom with a 9-year-old daughter and no prior arrests, but she has been caught up in a drug sweep that has led to 105 arrests in her Texas town. Everyone arrested is black.
There are no drugs found on Jones, but her supposed co-conspirators testify against her in exchange for reduced sentences. The whole case is dubious, but she has been convicted. What’s your sentence?
You have little choice. Given the presumptions of the case, she gets a mandatory minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Jump to today and already Jones has spent 14 years in prison and is expected to die behind bars — for a first offense.
At a time when America has been slashing preschool programs, we have also been spending vast sums to incarcerate thousands of nonviolent offenders in life sentences without any possibility of parole. These cases underscore that our mass incarceration experiment has resulted in monstrous injustice and waste — a waste of tax dollars and of human lives.
Judges and prison officials are rebelling at the injustice of our justice system. Here’s what Judge James R. Spencer, a federal district judge, said when sentencing a former F.B.I. informant to life without parole for selling crack cocaine to support his own addiction: “A life sentence for what you have done in this case is ridiculous; it is a travesty.”
But federal law on mandatory minimums left Judge Spencer no leeway. He added: “I don’t agree with it, either. And I want the world and the record to be clear on that. This is just silly.”
Here are some other nonviolent offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole:
• Ricky Minor, a meth addict and father of three, was found with 1.2 grams of meth in his home, along with over-the-counter decongestants that can be used to manufacture meth. He was initially charged under Florida law and says he faced a two-and-a-half-year sentence. Later indicted under federal law, he pleaded guilty because his public defender said that otherwise the prosecutors would also pursue his wife, leaving no one to raise their children. Minor had several prior nonviolent offenses, for which he had never served time, and these required Judge Clyde Roger Vinson to sentence him to life without parole. Judge Vinson said that the sentence “far exceeds whatever punishment would be appropriate.”
• Dicky Joe Jackson was a trucker whose 2-year-old son, Cole, needed a bone-marrow transplant to save his life. The family raised $50,000 through community fund-raisers, not nearly enough for the transplant, and Jackson tried to earn the difference by carrying meth in his truck. He has now been in prison for the last 17 years; when he lost his last appeal, he divorced his wife of 19 years so that she could start over in her life. The federal prosecutor in the case acknowledged: “I saw no indication that Mr. Jackson was violent, that he was any sort of large-scale narcotics trafficker, or that he committed his crimes for any reason other than to get money to care for his gravely ill child.”
• Danielle Metz became pregnant at 17 and later married an abusive man who was also a drug dealer. To placate him, she says, she sometimes helped him by fetching cocaine or collecting money from Western Union. After one clash in which he punched her in the face, she took the kids and left him. Two months later, she was indicted. She says that she was prosecuted primarily to induce her to testify against her husband, but that she wasn’t knowledgeable enough to have useful information to trade for a reduced sentence. She has now spent more than 20 years in prison.
Yup, if there's credit on my credit card - it must mean I'm not broke!! Borrow, borrow, borrow. Extend debt ceiling six months at a time.. Don't pass a budget for 3+ years. Keep kicking that can down the road.. We are spending $$ we don't have for this.
The markets are bullshit right now. Fed is pushing $85 million/month into this economy. Once QE ends we will see a correction.
Job #s are not increasing and overall wages are not increasing. Fewer are contributing to the tax basis. More are jumping on the dole for help (record #s on food stamps).
Yes, I am a fascist because I believe in fiscal responsibility and I don't need any more govt in my life.
Drewbles, where'd you find a credit card with a .1% interest rate?? Hook a brother up!
The whole Kabuki theater of current Washington budget negotiations is that the Republicans very much want to reduce spending on 1 & 2 (and especially 2, see, e.g. the Ryan plan), but that they also very much want Obama to be the person to propose the cuts so they don't get hammered by Democrats in future election ads.
We are of course already cutting #3, and will do so even more when the next round of sequestration hits in January.
I doubt that will happen again, at least as to Social Security and Medicare. The internalized lesson of the Bush years for the current Republican Party is that W.'s undoing was that he was a "big government" conservative that spent too much, particularly as regards Medicare part D and the bailout. That's not to say that Republicans aren't massive hypocrites when it comes to issues of debt and deficit, or that there's not a huge, lurking tension between the fact that they want to reduce entitlement benefits and the fact that their primary political base is aging white people that benefit from entitlement programs. But I do think we've reached a point where they're ready to abandon the consensus on entitlement programs and start cutting them, provided they can get Democratic cover to do it.
The markets are not "bullshit". People -- not just any people, but sophisticated investors, professionals, from around the world -- are eagerly buying US treasuries, thereby keeping borrowing rates low. This has nothing to do with QE and everything to do with the strength of the US economy.
Job #s are in fact increasing. Just where do you get your facts? The economy added 204,000 jobs in October.
Yes, there are a record number of people on food stamps, because of the Bush administration's catastrophic economic policies which led to market collapse in 2008, from which the economy is only slowly recovering. We should be thankful that the food stamp program exists, otherwise we'd be talking about record number of people starving to death.
Fiscal responsibility? Cut military spending. Stop invading countries. Stop imprisoning first time nonviolent offenders to life without parole. Stop corporate welfare. Stop agricultural welfare. Means-test for Medicare. Get rid of ridiculous tax loopholes that allow the Mitt Romneys of the world to pay absurdly low tax rates. Stop cutting taxes. The problem is, none of these things is on the Republican agenda: instead, the first thing they do is to try to dismantle the safety net. Look for solutions by penalizing the people who can afford it the least.
You are a fascist because you are blind to these facts and have bought the "blame the poor" bullshit the same way the germans bought the "blame the jews" bullshit 80 years ago. Everything old is new again.
Meanwhile, Obama has abandoned Obamacare today.
Way to be a leader, Mr President. What would FDR have done? You fucking spineless egghead piece of shit douchebag. Grow a pair and fucking lead the country you asswipe.
I predict a Republican congress in 2014 and beyond, and a republican president in 2016, because Obama fucked up implementation of the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PART of the ACA and then caved to simple-minded political pressure in a panic. Way to go Obama, you've managed to set back everything you believe in by 20 years. Fuck you.
I guess we will have to see the final "rule," but agreed, this is fucking stupid beyond belief. They bought themselves a little distance from public pressure on the "you said I could keep my policy!" narrative in exchange for premium increases and actuarial chaos during the fall campaign next year.
Yeah. My heart sank this morning when I saw that he was caving to this bullshit. It's bullshit.
November 14, 2013
Dear Insurance Commissioners,
Some individuals and small businesses with health insurance coverage have been notified
by their health insurance issuers that their coverage will soon be terminated. We understand that,
in some cases, the health insurance issuer is terminating or cancelling such coverage because it
would not comply with certain market reforms that are scheduled to take effect for plan or policy
years starting on or after January 1, 2014, such as the new modified community rating and
essential health benefits package standards.1
Although affected individuals and small businesses
may access quality health insurance coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, in
many cases with federal subsidies, some of them are finding that such coverage would be more
expensive than their current coverage, and thus they may be dissuaded from immediately
transitioning to such coverage.
In light of this circumstance, under the following transitional policy, health insurance
issuers may choose to continue coverage that would otherwise be terminated or cancelled, and
affected individuals and small businesses may choose to re-enroll in such coverage. Under this
transitional policy, health insurance coverage in the individual or small group market that is
renewed for a policy year starting between January 1, 2014, and October 1, 2014, and associated
group health plans of small businesses, will not be considered to be out of compliance with the
market reforms specified below under the conditions specified below.2
We will consider the
impact of this transitional policy in assessing whether to extend it beyond the specified
The specified market reforms are the portions of the following provisions of the Public
Health Service Act that are scheduled to take effect for plan or policy years starting on or after
Health plans that are grandfathered pursuant to section 1251 of the Affordable Care Act and its implementing
regulations are not subject to most market reforms. Because there is no need for transitional relief for such plans,
the transitional relief afforded in this document is not applicable to grandfathered health plans.
The Department of Health and Human Services has conferred with the Departments of Labor and the Treasury
with respect to those market reforms with respect to which there is shared jurisdiction. With respect to those market
reforms, the Departments of Labor and the Treasury concur with the transitional relief afforded in this document.
January 1, 2014, and any corresponding portions of the Employee Retirement Income Security
Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (Code):
• Section 2701 (relating to fair health insurance premiums);
• Section 2702 (relating to guaranteed availability of coverage);
• Section 2703 (relating to guaranteed renewability of coverage);
• Section 2704 (relating to the prohibition of pre-existing condition exclusions or
other discrimination based on health status), with respect to adults, except with
respect to group coverage;
• Section 2705 (relating to the prohibition of discrimination against individual
participants and beneficiaries based on health status), except with respect to group
• Section 2706 (relating to non-discrimination in health care);
• Section 2707 (relating to comprehensive health insurance coverage);
• Section 2709, as codified at 42 U.S.C. § 300gg-8 (relating to coverage for
individuals participating in approved clinical trials).
The specified conditions are the following:
• The coverage was in effect on October 1, 2013;4
• The health insurance issuer sends a notice to all individuals and small businesses
that received a cancellation or termination notice with respect to the coverage, or
sends a notice to all individuals and small businesses that would otherwise receive
a cancellation or termination notice with respect to the coverage, that informs
them of (1) any changes in the options that are available to them; (2) which of the
specified market reforms would not be reflected in any coverage that continues;
(3) their potential right to enroll in a qualified health plan offered through a
Health Insurance Marketplace and possibly qualify for financial assistance; (4)
how to access such coverage through a Marketplace; and (5) their right to enroll
in health insurance coverage outside of a Marketplace that complies with the
specified market reforms. Where individuals or small businesses have already
received a cancellation or termination notice, the issuer must send this notice as
soon as reasonably possible. Where individuals or small business would
otherwise receive a cancellation or termination notice, the issuer must send this
We note that sections 702 of ERISA and 9802 of the Code remain applicable to group health plans.
In light of this condition, the transitional relief afforded in this document is not applicable to newly obtained health
insurance coverage. It applies only with respect to individuals and small businesses with coverage that was in effect
on October 1, 2013; it does not apply with respect to individuals and small businesses that obtain new coverage after
October 1, 2013.
notice by the time that it would otherwise send the cancellation or termination
State agencies responsible for enforcing the specified market reforms are encouraged to
adopt the same transitional policy with respect to this coverage.
Though this transitional policy was not anticipated by health insurance issuers when
setting rates for 2014, the risk corridor program should help ameliorate unanticipated changes in
premium revenue. We intend to explore ways to modify the risk corridor program final rules to
provide additional assistance.
/Signed, GC, November 14, 2013/
Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
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