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My GOD, the GOP is getting bold in their assault on Obama and Obmacare...

G.O.P. Maps Out Waves of Attacks Over Health Law

WASHINGTON — The memo distributed to House Republicans this week was concise and blunt, listing talking points and marching orders: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.” “Continue Collecting Constituent Stories.”

The document, the product of a series of closed-door strategy sessions that began in mid-October, is part of an increasingly organized Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislative initiative. Republican strategists say that over the next several months, they intend to keep Democrats on their heels through a multilayered, sequenced assault.

The idea is to gather stories of people affected by the health care law — through social media, letters from constituents, or meetings during visits back home — and use them to open a line of attack, keep it going until it enters the public discourse and forces a response, then quickly pivot to the next topic.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/us/politics/gop-maps-out-waves-of-attacks-over-health-law.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131121&_r=0

Waves of attacks? They literally are waging war on Obama!



Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 06:34 AM (90 replies)

Solution for those who do not want to purchase health care insurance...

If you do not want insurance, do not expect care.

It is that simple, the ACA is there to help people get insurance against medical costs. For those who think that forcing people to buy insurance here is a simple solution. Not one that is humane or makes sense, but then not having insurance against the inevitable does not make sense either.

So if you are adamant about not being covered, sign and affidavit stating that you are turning down the option to purchase coverage and the either a) you can afford what ever medical bills come your way or; b) you simply do not want to be treated for any medical emergency or otherwise because you do not want to burden other with footing the bill for your medical costs. You should be required to wear a tag or ID that indicates that you turned down coverage.

It is that simple, get covered or don't complain that you can't pay the bill.

We fought for years to get everyone health-care, it is not the single payer we all hoped for but it is a way to keep everyone else from paying for your medical bills through higher bills of their own. Why should responsible people have to pay for those who are not?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 10:58 AM (102 replies)

University Of Texas Students Cancel 'Catch An Illegal Immigrant Game'

Update at 10 a.m. ET. Game Has Been Cancelled:

Our friends at NPR member station KUT report the Young Conservatives of Texas has called off a game of "catch an illegal immigrant," which had sparked condemnation from the University of Texas at Austin community at large.

According to KUT, the head of the group's University of Texas chapter, Lorenzo Garcia, said he cancelled the event because he feared retaliation from the university and he also worried that it would "create a safety issue for our volunteers."

Our Original Post Continues:

A conservative group of students has sparked a heated discussion on the campus of University of Texas at Austin after it announced a game of "catch an illegal immigrant."

The Young Conservatives of Texas say some of its members will walk around campus on Wednesday with an "illegal immigrant" label on them.


http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/19/246122143/university-of-texas-slams-catch-an-illegal-immigrant-game
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 10:41 AM (6 replies)

The media is giddy this AM - they have driven Obama's approval ratings to 41%

What I saw of broadcast propaganda this morning, I thought they were going to bust a gut with their elation over driving down his numbers.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/116479/barack-obama-presidential-job-approval.aspx

They are quite proud of their feat of driving the nations views and what are they attributing this to: Obamacare. Not the roll-out of Obamacare, but the whole law.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/11/botched-aca-rollout-hammers-obama-job-disapproval-reaches-a-career-high/





Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Nov 19, 2013, 06:44 AM (10 replies)

It is as if it isn't even news anymore.

Two in custody after fatal shooting at house party in Houston

Two young men are in custody following a shooting at a house party in Houston that left two people dead and 19 others injured, according to police.

Willie Young, 21, and Randy Stewart, 18, were arrested Monday morning in connection with the shooting late Saturday night, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. Police said the suspects opened fire around 11 p.m. inside a house in Cypress where more than 100 young adults had gathered for a birthday.

After the gunfire erupted, two people were dead, police said. One victim, 17-year-old Qu’eric Danariu Richardson, has been identified by police. Identification is still pending on a female victim, aged 16, who died at the hospital.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said that most of the 19 injured suffered from gunshot wounds, but in the frenzy during the shooting, some also suffered sprained ankles and one broken leg, adding that some party goers tried to escape the gunfire by jumping out of second-floor windows.

None of the injured has life-threatening injuries, Garcia said, but two are in critical condition.



http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/11/21406409-two-in-custody-after-fatal-shooting-at-house-party-in-houston?lite>1=43001

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Nov 11, 2013, 03:43 PM (4 replies)

What took me so damn long? Firefox

I just downloaded Firefox browser. It's like lightning fast, WOW!

I kept getting messages telling me that I couldn't use a site because of IE version I was using, but my system would not update to allow the installation of IE9. So long microsoft, hello Mozilla
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Nov 8, 2013, 08:59 PM (6 replies)

The Real Reason That The Cancer Patient Writing In Today’s Wall Street Journal Lost Her Insurance

Monday’s Wall Street Journal features an op-ed from Edie Littlefield Sundby, a stage-4 gallbladder cancer survivor who won’t be able to keep the coverage she currently has. Her insurer, United Healthcare, is pulling out of the individual health care market, forcing Sundby to find new coverage in California’s health care exchange.

But the plans available through Cover California don’t offer in-network coverage for all of the care Sundby needs. As a result, she has to choose between her two health care providers if she wishes to remain in-network. “Stanford has kept me alive—but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are,” she writes:

But Sundby shouldn’t blame reform — United Healthcare dropped her coverage because they’ve struggled to compete in California’s individual health care market for years and didn’t want to pay for sicker patients like Sundby.

The company, which only had 8,000 individual policy holders in California out of the two million who participate in the market, announced (along with a second insurer, Aetna) that it would be pulling out of the individual market in May. The company could not compete with Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente, who control more than 80 percent of the individual market. “Over the years, it has become more difficult to administer these plans in a cost-effective way for our members,” UnitedHealth spokeswoman Cheryl Randolph explained. “We will continue to keep a major presence in California, focusing instead on large and small employers.”

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/04/2881581/wall-street-journal-horror-story-cancer-patient-losing-doctors-wrong/

I imagine there are thousands of stories with similar cause.
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Nov 6, 2013, 05:44 PM (1 replies)

I voted! - Don't foget Tuesday, Nov. 5th.

I got to the BOE office at 4:25 just in time to vote early.

Some lady showed up at 4:35 as I was leaving wanting an absentee ballot. Little late for that!

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Nov 4, 2013, 07:18 PM (6 replies)

Real time Birth and Death map.

This is wild:

This simulation gives an eerily omniscient vantage on the world as it fills.
In 1950, there were 2.5 billion humans. Today there are just over 7 billion. In another 30 years, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, there will be more than 9 billion.

Brad Lyon has a doctoral degree in mathematics and does software development. He wanted to make those numbers visual. Last year he and designer Bill Snebold made a hugely popular interactive simulation map of births and deaths in the U.S. alone—the population of which is on pace to increase 44 percent by 2050. Now, Lyon takes on the world.
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/a-real-time-map-of-births-and-deaths/280609/


Link to the interactive map:
https://googledrive.com/host/0B2GQktu-wcTiZlAyTTFEaFVuOUk/

Fixed link, if this does not work for you (it seem intermittent), Open the first link and click no simulation map.

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Oct 31, 2013, 06:54 AM (3 replies)

Air traffic control modernization hits turbulence

AP
Oct. 31, 2013 3:14 AM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, was promoted as a way to accommodate an anticipated surge in air travel, reduce fuel consumption and improve safety and efficiency. By shifting from radar-based navigation and radio communications — technologies rooted in the first half of the 20th century — to satellite-based navigation and digital communications, it would handle three times as many planes with half as many air traffic controllers by 2025, the Federal Aviation Administration promised.


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Lawmakers, too, are frustrated. NextGen has enjoyed broad bipartisan support in Congress, but with the government facing another round of automatic spending cuts, supporters fear the program will be increasingly starved for money.

"It's hard not to be worried about NextGen funding ... because it's a future system," said Marion Blakey, who was the head of the FAA when the program was authorized by Congress in 2003 and now leads a trade association that includes NextGen contractors. "There is a temptation to say the priority is keeping the existing systems humming and we'll just postpone NextGen."

In September, a government-industry advisory committee recommended that, given the likelihood of budget cuts, the FAA should concentrate on just 11 NextGen initiatives that are ready or nearly ready to come online. It said the rest of the 150 initiatives that fall under NextGen can wait.

"You can't have an infrastructure project that is the equivalent of what the (interstate) highway program was back in the '50s and the '60s and take this ad hoc, hodgepodge approach to moving this thing forward," said Air Line Pilots Association First Vice President Sean Cassidy, who helped draft the recommendations.

The threat of funding cuts comes just as NextGen is nearing a tipping point where economic and other benefits should start to multiply if only the FAA and industry would persevere, said Alaska Airlines Chairman Bill Ayers, a supporter.

Responding to industry complaints, the FAA has zeroed in on an element of NextGen that promises near-term benefits: new procedures that save time and fuel in landings while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Planes equipped with highly calibrated GPS navigation are able fly precise, continuous descents on low power all the way to the runway rather than the customary and time-consuming stair-step approaches in which pilots repeatedly decrease power to descend and then increase power to level off.

Last spring, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport became the first large airport where airlines can consistently use one of the new procedures. Known as HAWKS, the procedure shortens the approach from the southwest by about 42 miles. Multiplied over many planes every day it adds to up to significant savings, an enticing prospect for airlines, which typically operate on razor-thin profit margins.

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http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/f70471f764144b2fab526d39972d37b3/Article_2013-10-31-Air%20Traffic%20Future/id-db4f37419d0e4008b246910f0f0ad8a5

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Oct 31, 2013, 06:47 AM (2 replies)
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