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Covered California's new calculator


Here's what I put in. This will be an approximate retirement income for us.
The ACA is allowing me to retire and get out of the way for younger workers!


Number in Household: 2
Household Income: $45,000
Region: 19

Age: 57 and 54

Enhanced Silver 70 Plans vary from $231 to $473 per month (my cost).

More:
http://www.coveredca.com/fieldcalc/

Here's a good site for Q&A:
http://www.cahba.com/advice/



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"If we paid farm laborers a living wage..."

"...then lettuce would be $12 per head."

Have you heard this argument?

I heard a similar claim last night on this show:
http://insideman.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/11/morgan-spurlock-struggles-to-meet-orange-tub-quota/

Morgan said that US citizens would do this job for maybe $30 per hour but then orange juice would be $20 a carton (or something like that).

The point is that every time I hear this claim I NEVER, and I mean NEVER hear about the profit margins the agi-corporations are pulling in.

Does it ever occur to anyone who repeats this oft repeated claim that maybe, just maybe, that profits paying multi-millionaire'd CEO's in agribusiness could be paired back instead of raising food prices?

Just asking.



From the "Comments"

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/15-0#comment-962695942

The corporate take over the state is complete. It has been for some time. Elections are all prepackaged show biz glitz without any substance whatsoever. Congress spends all their time raising money for re-election, so legislation is written by corporate lobbyists. The news media has become a cheerleader for wealth, greed, and corporate control. The police have become tools of the military. The Pentagon spends millions every year on developing weapons to crush "urban unrest." It is not just the government that needs to protested against, it is an entire society. The "Greed is Good" culture needs to be overthrown. It cannot be done without massive numbers of people willing to put everything on the line. And so, in the US, it cannot be done.

If Snowden had only...

...alerted the USA citizens that they were being intensely spied on without divulging foreign affairs to other countries would that have made any difference?

If he would have done just that and stayed and faced the justice system I think the support for him would be overwhelming.
He wouldn't be labeled a traitor and the public outpouring would be intense I think.

When he went overseas and divulged to other countries I think that is where the line was crossed.

Corporations portrayed as "victims" of our government

This is a universal theme among the Reichwing.
They even have working-class CONs believing this nonsense.

If there is one constant in the right side of the political spectrum then this would be it, IMHO.

Rooftop PV

Our privatized energy grid gatekeepers are fighting rooftop solar via building codes and influencing politicians at local, state, and federal levels.

They prefer coal, nuke, gas fired, or massive "green" projects. Projects like towering solar collection plants, geothermal, or big windmill farms. All of these serve their interest...the interest of centralization of their profits. These also use huge amounts of water.

A change in thinking is needed for a true green revolution in energy to take place.
Away from the centralized electricity production model.
One where the public owns the electricity grid and rooftop solar installation and maintenance is done by many people creating hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs. One where "traditional" electricity production plants are relegated to emergency standby status as we make the transition.

my two cents

ADDED:

Costly Boondoggles:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blythe_Solar_Power_Project
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunrise_Powerlink

The rightwing protests the government...

...while the Leftwing protests what has happened to our government ...for example the corporate takeover of it.

Is that too simplified?

I think the tea party types completely ignore the takeover by the private sector.

Cooperative, Worker Cooperative, Co-Op

The top-down tyranny that exists today in the business world fails the workers and therefore the dwindling middle-class.

This is the business model the USA needs IMHO.
http://www.alvaradostreetbakery.com/cooperative.php

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A cooperative is a business. Co-ops range in size from small store-fronts to large Fortune 500 companies. In many ways, they're like any other business, but differ in several important ways.

Cooperatives

*Are owned and democratically controlled by their members-the people who use the co-op’s services or buy its goods-not by outside investors; Co-op members elect their board of directors from within the membership.

*Return surplus revenues (income over expenses and investment) to members proportionate to their use of the cooperative, not proportionate to their “investment” or ownership share.

*Are motivated not by profit, but by service-to meet their members’ needs or affordable and high quality goods or services; Exist solely to serve their members.

*Pay taxes on income kept within the co-op for investment and reserves. Surplus revenues from the co-op are returned to individual members who pay taxes on that income.

http://www.ncba.coop/ncba/about-co-ops


Here's an APP to support CO-OPS: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.reasondigital.uscooperate

The list is complete...the count has been tabulated



http://www.bartcop.com/

So much for the liberal media!

Submitted by louisehartmann on 28. May 2013 - 10:25

Over the weekend, nearly two million people took part in world-wide protests against Monsanto and genetically modified food. Despite demonstrations in over 400 cities, in 52 countries, there was hardly a peep about the event in the corporate media. Apparently, a Koch-Brothers-funded Tea Party march of 300 people is news-worthy... but two million protesters aren't enough to risk upsetting the corporate masters.

This is why it's so difficult to change our country. It's bad enough that many of our lawmakers are bought and paid for with big business cash, but the corporate control of our news media is unacceptable. And, this is exactly why news reporting should not be a for-profit venture. When news networks are beholden to corporate sponsors, they focus on the stories they think will get the most viewers, and avoid reporting on anything that can paint their corporate masters in a negative light.

News used to be news, and entertainment used to be entertainment. The new system of infotainment ignores stories like the March Against Monsanto, and focuses in on anything that includes sex, lies, and scandals. It was news coverage of anti-war protests that helped stop Vietnam. It was unbiased reports of discrimination that helped end segregation, and pushed our nation toward equality. The news media covered these stories because they weren't gagged by defense industry advertisers, and they weren't competing with entertainment outlets for ratings.

If two million protesters aren't enough to warrant attention, we will make it four million, or eight million, or ten. As March Against Monsanto organizer Tami Canal said, "We will continue until Monsanto complies with consumer demand. They are poisoning our children, poisoning our planet. If we don't act, who's going to?" Whether we're against GMOs or war or austerity, we will stand together until our numbers cannot be ignored. And in the process of taking our country back, we will reclaim our news media as well.

http://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2013/05/so-much-liberal-media
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