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Barack Obama has a weed problem

After Defending Pot, Obama has to Pardon Medical Marijuana Growers He Jailed

Barack Obama has a weed problem. Not just that he’s admitted using it. He said clearly when campaigning for president in 2008 that he approved of medical marijuana.

Yet his Attorney General, Eric Holder and his Department of Justice went on to launch punitive campaigns against legitimate marijuana businesses operating within state law. It isn’t even clear these raids and arrests were constitutional, since no interstate commerce was involved.

He has averaged 36 medical marijuana prosecutions a year since taking office in 2009, whereas even W. only averaged 20 a year. Most egregious are that many of these cases were brought against persons who needed the drug to ameliorate painful medical conditions.

Now Obama comes out and says pot is no worse than alcohol. So was he not in control of Holder and the Department of Justice? Was he seeking campaign money from Seagrams and Big Pharma, who are afraid of competition from marijuana? What explains this massive hypocrisy and willingness to ruin people’s lives to enforce a prohibition he doesn’t agree with?
Doesn’t he have a duty to pardon the 154 people he has prosecuted in contravention of his campaign pledge and in contravention of state laws?


I've always been a single-payer advocate but I must admit...

...I had been lulled into complacency somewhat with the ACA.

The harsh ACA reality here in California is that insurance companies have combined extremely narrow and limited networks along with pitiful doctor choices for a toxic mix of substandard coverage.

People will be forced to seek care outside their networks to get adequate and in some cases the specialized care they will need to survive.

There will still be bankruptcies due to health care costs. Those with coverage are still going to see their rates rise to cover those who can't afford their care.

The ACA is a band-aid over a gaping wound.
We need a public health care system in the USA NOW more then ever!


Blue Shield will offer only limited network Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Exclusive Provider Organization(EPO)plans to all new individual buyers. All new customers who have been anticipating purchasing guaranteed issue individual insurance for themselves and their families, will have access to a network that excludes 65% of current Blue Shield doctors and all the University of California Medical Centers.

Network access will be determined by county of residence. In Marin and Alameda counties, for example, Blue Shield plans to use an Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO). Buyers will find their access to medical services restricted to the doctors and medical facilities within the EPO in their county or an EPO doctor in another county. If the policyholder crosses the Golden Gate Bridge or Bay Bridge to consult with a San Francisco PPO doctor, s/he will have no insurance. If a San Francisco resident moves to Alameda, s/he will not be able to keep her San Francisco doctors.

It appears that carriers are also able to exclude residents of specific zip codes from access to their insurance plans. If one carrier can exclude residents in certain zip codes, what is the rationale to require other carriers to cover residents in that same zip code? The ACA requires insurers to accept all applicants regardless of health conditions. But California is allowing exclusion by residence location.



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.

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