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Source: HuffPo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came out in favor of medical marijuana Thursday in a Las Vegas Sun interview, becoming one of the highest elected officials in the U.S. government to give his support.

"If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer -- I would have said no, because leads to other stuff," Reid was quoted as saying. "But I can’t say that anymore."

"I think we need to take a real close look at this,” he added. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana."

Although it remains illegal under federal law, polls show that most Americans support medical marijuana. And Attorney General Eric Holder announced in August that the Department of Justice would not interfere, at least at first, as states that have legalized weed for adults create their regulatory regimes -- a dramatic policy shift from federal authorities' targeting of medical marijuana dispensaries that were legal under state law.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also supports medical marijuana. Neither Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/harry-reid-medical-marijuana_n_4612659.html

It's about time!

The next step for the ACA?

Many times I have both praised and criticized the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Removing preexisting conditions and subsidizing those of us whose income falls within 400% of the Federal Poverty Level is huge also, however...

*We still have high costs.
*We are subsidizing a corrupt privatized health system.
*Health insurance corporations still control which doctors and what treatments you can have.

I realize that the private sector health system's tentacles reach deep and are snarled up in financial sectors that affect our overall economy in many ways. Untangling this mess won't be easy but we need to continue to fight for a saner health care system.

I support a public health care system as a public service for "we the people".
It's time our tax dollars helped us for a change.

Kentucky Man Denounces US Safety Net...

"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."
--Lyndon Johnson

...While Relying on Government to Stay Alive

In a recent National Journal article, journalist Beth Reinhold exposes yet again the politically destructive reality that many poor whites -- particularly in the South -- will vote for candidates opposing government safety net programs, all the while accepting or living off those programs.

Reinhold chooses Kentucky as her case in point, where Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wages racial class warfare with his ongoing denunciation of government assistance to the needy.

Unfortunately, poor whites have long been lured by the Pied Piper "welfare queen" image (a mythical black woman allegedly driving a Cadillac paid for by Medicaid and food stamps -- no, it doesn't make any economic sense; it's sort of like a Disney fantasy for racists), even when, as Reinhold points out "ample and objective statistics show...that most welfare recipients are white families with children, the stereotype of the welfare queen persists."



"Divide and Conquer"...it's what they do.

6,035,027 via Obamacare and climbing


2,025,432 Private Plans
4,009,595 Medicaid

The Republican Disappearing Act

Republicans In Collapse as Obamacare Enrollment Skyrockets In December

The entire Republican strategy has been to discourage people from enrolling in the ACA Judging by these numbers, they have completely failed. Republicans are basing their entire 2014 and 2016 strategies on running against Obamacare. Their plan is backfiring, and they are setting themselves up for an epic backlash.

Millions of Americans have now signed up for access to affordable healthcare. Republicans, especially Republican Senate candidates, are going to be in a position of having to tell voters in 2014 that their plan is to take away their healthcare. This is why as more people enroll, it won’t be surprising if more Democrats follow the lead of Sen. Mary Landrieu and embrace the ACA as a part of their campaign.

The Republican tactic of campaigning only on opposition to the ACA was running on fumes in 2012. It was a narrowminded and shortsighted strategy that was born out of the fact that the GOP has done zilch for the American people and has no accomplishments to run on. Obamacare was all they had, and now that is vanishing too.



And may they continue to gasp in thinner and thinner air.
Serves them right!

Fighting the ‘Spin’ War Over Obamacare


The tech team that has been working around the clock to fix the website said it can now handle 50,000 users at a time — and up to 800,000 a day — without crashing. And if folks have trouble with the site during particularly busy times, they can leave an email address to be notified later when fewer users are online trying to enroll.

It will be a largely seamless experience for most, and hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people who were previously uninsured or underinsured will have quality, affordable coverage beginning January 1, many for the first time.

But that doesn’t mean those who have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to scare people about the reform law — including health insurers — will throw in the towel. On the contrary, we can expect them to double down, at least through 2014.

That’s because this is about politics. It is not about making sure that all Americans have access to solid medical care when they need it. It is about which political party will control the House and the Senate after the midterm elections eleven months and two days from now.

While most insurers like the requirement that Americans have to buy coverage from them, they don’t like the profit-limiting consumer protections in the law. They know they will have a better chance of weakening or getting rid of them if the GOP can take control of both the House and Senate next November.

Democratic consultants have developed a few talking points of their own, of course, but I have not observed the same level of message discipline among Democrats as I have seen among Republicans. Unless they figure out how to adapt the GOP playbook to their own advantage, they will continue to be on the defensive about Obamacare for months to come.



If I had to choose one person as my "go to" person regarding health insurance info it is Wendell Potter.

My employer-based health insurance rates

Anthem Blue Cross POS - Employee + 1 (wife)

Per Month Total - $1725.04

Employer - $1273.24
I pay - $451.80

These rates hurt both the employer and employee.
Employer-based insurance is hurting our economy big time.

ON EDIT: This premium is at approximately 37.5% of my gross pay. Outrageous. How much would single-payer cost?

And here is more:

Anthem Blue Cross POS - Employee + 2 or more

Per Month Total - $2464.33

Employer - $1642.89
Employee - $821.45


Elizabeth Warren

For me she represents what the Democratic Party could be, and in my opinion...must become.

REC if you agree.

Six reasons why privatization simply doesn't work

Public Beats Private
Six reasons why privatization simply doesn't work
by Paul Buchheit

Private systems are focused on making profits for a few well-positioned people. Public systems, when sufficiently supported by taxes, work for everyone in a generally equitable manner.

The following are six specific reasons why privatization simply doesn’t work.

- See more at: http://onthecommons.org/magazine/public-beats-private#sthash.QeN3PQET.dpuf


REALLY? Chevron Suing The Victims Of Their OWN Toxic Dumping?

For over three decades, Chevron chose profit over people.

While drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon from 1964 to 1990, Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – deliberately dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater, spilled roughly 17 million gallons of crude oil, and left hazardous waste in hundreds of open pits dug out of the forest floor. To save money, Texaco chose to use environmental practices that were obsolete, did not meet industry standards, and were illegal in Ecuador and the United States.

The result was, and continues to be, one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. Contamination of soil, groundwater, and surface streams has caused local indigenous and campesino people to suffer a wave of mouth, stomach and uterine cancer, birth defects, and spontaneous miscarriages. Chevron has never cleaned up the mess it inherited, and its oil wastes continue to poison the rainforest ecosystem.

Today, Chevron is a corporate criminal on the run. It has been found guilty by Ecuadorian courts and ordered to pay $19 billion. The company is now running from an international legal dragnet to force the company to pay for the vast task of cleanup and remediation of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. The Ecuadorians have filed lawsuits in Canada and Brazil to seek seizure of Chevron's assets for this purpose, and more lawsuits in other nations are expected soon.

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