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Obamacare Safety Net Catching People Who Lose Health Insurance

Obamacare isn't just for people who are uninsured today. It's also for people who lose their insurance tomorrow

The Obamacare health insurance exchanges appear to be doing a good job when it comes to one of their most important yet underappreciated functions: offering a fallback option to people who lose their health coverage during the year.

Already this year, almost half a million people have taken advantage of that safety net, a new government report shows.

But a key function of these health insurance exchange marketplaces is to provide a place people can go if they lose their health coverage, such as when they lose a job and the benefits that came with it, or when they start working for an employer that doesn't offer a health plan.

On Thursday, the federal government for the first time released data suggesting Americans are taking advantage of this option. According to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, half of the 944,000 new enrollees on the federally run exchanges in 37 states between Feb. 23 and June 30 signed up because they'd lost their previous coverage. The agency doesn't have data for states that fully operate their own marketplaces.

Connecticut Supreme Court Overturns Death Penalty

Source: NBC News

Connecticut's highest court has overturned the death penalty in state, saying the sentence is unconstitutional.

The decision Thursday comes out of the appeal from Eduardo Santiago, whose attorneys argue lawmakers improperly passed a death penalty repeal three years ago that only outlawed capital punishment for future crimes.

Santiago was sentenced to lethal injection for the murder-for-hire killing of 45-year-old Joseph Niwinski in West Hartford in 2000. The state Supreme Court ordered a new penalty hearing in 2012, saying the trial judge wrongly withheld key evidence.

That decision came just after lawmakers repealed the death penalty for murders committed after April 24, 2012, leaving Santiago and those on death row still facing the possibility of execution.

Read more: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Connecticut-Death-Penalty-Overturned-Supreme-Court-Unconstitutional-321756632.html

The ruling by a divided court, 4-3, means the 11 men on the state’s death row would no longer be subject to execution orders. Those inmates include Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, who were sentenced to die for killing a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire.

The state had passed a law in April 2012 to repeal the death penalty only for future crimes.

Connecticut has had just one execution since 1960. Serial killer Michael Ross was put to death 2005 after winning a legal fight to end his appeals.


Bernie Sanders Returns to Iowa,Friday kicks off a three-day swing

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday kicks off a three-day swing through Iowa. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will speak at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding and the Iowa State Fair, with stops scheduled in Boone, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Clinton and Dubuque.

Here is the itinerary:

6 P.M.
Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, Surf Ballroom & Museum, 460 N. Shore Drive, Clear Lake

10:30 A.M.
Boone Town Meeting, Boone County Fairgrounds, Community Building, 1601 Industrial Park Road, Boone
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

2 P.M.
Iowa State Fair Soapbox, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Credential guidelines can be found here.

7 P.M.
Iowa City Field Headquarters Opening, 702 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City

10:30 A.M.
Cedar Rapids Field Headquarters Opening, 725 11th Street, Marion

1 P.M.
Scott County Democrats Picnic in the Park, Scott County Park, The Whispering Pines Shelter, 18850-270th Street, Eldridge
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Anyone participating in the food portion of the picnic will be asked to contribute $10 to the Scott County Democrats.

3:15 P.M.
Clinton Labor Meeting, IAFF Local 609 Union Hall, 850 28th Avenue N., Clinton
On-site contact: Pete D’Alessandro, pete@berniesanders.com, (708) 280-7911

6 P.M.
Dubuque Town Meeting, Loras College, 1550 Alta Vista Street, Dubuque
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.


Kirsten Gillibrand Hits Carly Fiorina For Opposition To Paid Leave

"She can afford support when she needs it, but her low-wage worker can't."

On Sunday, Fiorina said she would oppose a government requirement to give private sector workers paid leave.

"I don't think it's the role of government to dictate to the private sector how to manage their businesses," Fiorina told Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union." "For the government to tell others how to do things, when the government hasn't gotten its basic house in order, is not only ineffective, it's hypocritical."

“She may just not be aware, she may be in her own world, her own bubble where she can afford child care, she can afford support when she needs it, but her low-wage worker can’t,” Gillibrand added.

A February HuffPost/YouGov poll showed most Americans support paid leave, with 67 percent favoring paid maternity leave, and 55 percent supporting paid paternity leave. In May, Gillibrand announced a plan to provide all U.S. workers with paid leave.


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Bradblog talks to John Nichols of The Nation about Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders

Then, Nichols, a long time supporter of Bernie Sanders, addresses the recent controversy concerning Black Lives Matter protesters confronting the Vermont Senator and quickly rising 2016 Dem candidate to suggest that, as he explains in detail at The Nation today, such protests have, in fact, made Presidents such as FDR and Kennedy much greater than they might have been otherwise. He argues that the BLM protests have already had a similar effect on Sanders' campaign.

"What we should understand is that pressure from activists often makes politicians into what we like about them, what we respect about them," he says. "What it means is that pressure from activists forces politicians --- and Presidents even --- to step up, to do what they should do, do what will make them more universal in their appeal."

Finally, some very good polling news for Sanders in New Hampshire and more embarrassing polling news for Bush, Walker and the rest of the Republican Party...

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We Need Activists to Make Politicians Better
A. Philip Randolph taught us that pressuring candidates and presidents is necessary—for them and for movements.

Washington Post


How is Bernie Sanders doing it?
His rallies are the biggest draw of the 2016 contest in either party. And it’s not even close.

100,000 people have come to recent Bernie Sanders rallies. How does he do it?

No, Obamacare isn’t killing full-time jobs, new evidence shows

President Obama's health-care reform hasn't meant less time on the job for American workers, according to three newly published studies that challenge one of the main arguments raised by critics of the Affordable Care Act.

One provision of the law, which is widely known as Obamacare, requires businesses with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance to those working at least 30 hours a week. That mandate took effect this year.

Republicans, and some Democrats, worried that employers would look for ways to get around the mandate, either by giving their employees fewer than 30 hours, or by hiring fewer people.

"The data, to date, basically say that that hasn't happened, at least on aggregate basis -- that there really hasn't been nearly the change that some people were expecting," said Chris Ryan, a vice president at the payroll-management firm ADP.


New Report Confirms What The GOP Won't Admit: Obamacare Is Working
More people are insured, and more people can afford their health care.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released the latest results of the National Health Interview Survey. According to the survey, just 9.2 percent of the population, or about 29 million people, had no coverage during the first three months of 2015. That’s down from 11.5 percent in 2014, 14.4 percent in 2013, and 16 percent back in 2010.


unfortunately my job did cut hours but thankfully Obamacare has helped

Bernie Sanders: Environmental-Justice Champion?

Sanders has built a reputation as an outspoken environmentalist. But the senator is not particularly well-known as a defender of environmental justice, a grassroots movement that seeks to shield low-income and minority communities from the worst impacts of air pollution and environmental degradation.

That may be about to change. Last week, Sanders offered up an environmental-justice amendment in the Senate in response to legislation that would effectively block President Obama's effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, a key pillar of the White House climate agenda.

The amendment calls on Congress to affirm a wide array of statistics pointing to the heightened public health risks faced by African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians and Alaska natives as a result of air pollution.

"Scientific evidence shows communities of color suffer more from the negative effects of inhaling polluted air and drinking polluted water," Mike Casca, an aide to Sen. Sanders, told National Journal. "The neighborhoods where these Americans live will continue to be the hardest hit if we don't act to stop climate change now."


Bernie Sanders surges ahead of Hillary Clinton in N.H., 44-37

N.H. Democrats lukewarm to her tough image

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has rocketed past longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a stunning turn in a race once considered a lock for the former secretary of state, a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows.

Sanders leads Clinton 44-37 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, the first time the heavily favored Clinton has trailed in the 2016 primary campaign, according to the poll of 442 Granite-Staters.

Vice President Joe Biden got 9 percent support in the test primary match-up. The other announced Democrats in the race, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Gov. Jim Webb, barely register at 1 percent or below.

Clinton is still viewed overwhelmingly by voters as the likely Democratic nominee, but the results suggest she faces an unexpectedly difficult fight to prevent an embarrassing opening loss in the first-in-the-nation primary.
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