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Name: Steven Leser
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Hometown: New York, NY
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Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
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When we vote in the US, we choose between the Democratic Party and insanity, or a close cousin

"A Democracy/Republic requires a minimum of two viable parties/choices. Right now in the US, we only have one. We have a choice between the Democratic Party, and insanity, or at least a close cousin"

- Me during my conversation with Susan Eisenhower in our discussion about the modern Republican Party.

If you haven't heard this show, you should, the analysis of the modern GOP with Susan Eisenhower is attracting a LOT of interest!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/27/susan-eisenhower-on-the-gop-and-panel-debate-on-obamacare-1

xpost from GD: Susan Eisenhower on the GOP, Rude Pundit on my panel on Obamacare on my show this wk

Don't miss Making Sense with Steve Leser this week!



The show airs at 7pm Eastern Time on Blogtalk Radio this Sunday at the below link and at 2pm Pacific time Monday on KCAA 1050am in Inland Empire California and the Los Angeles basin.

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and joins me to discuss the current state of the Republican Party. Susan is not just the granddaughter of a former President.

Susan has been a Fellow at Harvardís JFK School of Governmentís Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center. She currently sits on the Nuclear Threat Initiative board, co-chaired by former Senator Sam Nunn and Ted Turner, the Energy Future Coalition and as an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerceís Institute for 21st Century Energy and the Air Force Academyís Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.

Then, we have a special panel to discuss the issues with the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov and discuss the future of Obamacare. The panel will consist of Stephen Sigmund from the Global Strategy Group and the Rude Pundit aka Lee Papa, a Progressive blogger and professor at CUNY Staten Island.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/27/susan-eisenhower-on-the-gop-and-panel-debate-on-obamacare-1

Susan Eisenhower on the GOP, Rude Pundit on my panel on Obamacare on my show this week!

Don't miss Making Sense with Steve Leser this week!



The show airs at 7pm Eastern Time on Blogtalk Radio this Sunday at the below link and at 2pm Pacific time Monday on KCAA 1050am in Inland Empire California and the Los Angeles basin.

Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and joins me to discuss the current state of the Republican Party. Susan is not just the granddaughter of a former President.

Susan has been a Fellow at Harvardís JFK School of Governmentís Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow at the Nixon Center. She currently sits on the Nuclear Threat Initiative board, co-chaired by former Senator Sam Nunn and Ted Turner, the Energy Future Coalition and as an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerceís Institute for 21st Century Energy and the Air Force Academyís Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.

Then, we have a special panel to discuss the issues with the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov and discuss the future of Obamacare. The panel will consist of Stephen Sigmund from the Global Strategy Group and the Rude Pundit aka Lee Papa, a Progressive blogger and professor at CUNY Staten Island.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/27/susan-eisenhower-on-the-gop-and-panel-debate-on-obamacare-1

"dkf, dkf, how does this person avoid his/her well deserved PPR?" ;-)





Transcript: Special Statement by me on the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare from my Show

http://steveleser.blogspot.com/2013/10/special-statement-on-affordable-care.html

Special Statement by me on the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare from my Show this week
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/20/gov-bill-richardson-rep-barbara-lee-and-special-on-obamacare

And now a special brief statement by me on the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.

Iíve been doing a few cable talk shows this past week to talk about the Affordable Care act also known as Obamacare. Iíve noticed that the conservative guests I have been on with have a couple of standard negative talking points that I want to address and in general I want to debunk a lot of the falsehoods going around about this important new program.

First, itís important to remember at whom the Affordable Care Act is aimed. For 60%-70% of us who are either over 65 and have Medicare, or who have a healthcare plan provided by our employers, the Affordable Care Act barely affects us at all. We wonít see much change beyond free checkups, although that in and of itself saves a fair amount of money per year.

The affordable care act is aimed first of all at those of us under 65 who were not covered by an employer provided health care plan and had trouble affording a health care plan on their own. The vast majority of those folks are lower income people and those with pre-existing conditions or both.

That is why the Affordable care act prevented folks from being excluded from plans for pre-existing conditions and also included premium subsidies for people who make up to 400% of federal poverty level. In other words, if you are a family of:

1 person and make less than $45960
2 people and make less than $62040
3 people and make less than $78120
4 people and make less than $94200
5 people and make less than $110280

You get a subsidy to help pay your premium. The lower your income under the numbers I listed for each family size, the more help you get with your premium.

Now, since the median household income in the US is right around $50,000 a year, you can see from the numbers I just mentioned that well over half of the households in the US, the lowest earning half, would be eligible for substantial subsidies to help pay with their healthcare premiums. For those families earning more than that, a huge percentage, probably 95% or more have one or more adults who get healthcare through their employers and thus would not be buying healthcare through the Obamacare exchanges.

Now that you understand that, letís look at the numbers that the Heritage Foundation put out. The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank that seems devoted to attacking President Obama 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Heritage Foundation compiled a list of the average premiums under the affordable care act exchanges without subsidies and announced that Obamacare would cost people more money than they were paying before.

Now if you understand what I said just a few moments ago, you know thatís not true. Obamacare is not aimed at higher income households, most of whom donít need it and will not be buying it because they get health insurance through their employers. Now, there is a small percentage of households where there are one or two adults who are independent contractors earning a lot of money and yes, they will pay more because Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act mandates more and better coverage. It enforces a new standard of better care in health insurance policies.

Still, itís unfortunate that a fair number of folks in households where the income is greater than 400% of federal poverty level will end up paying more. Thatís the main hole in Obamacare. Itís one that could have been fixed in the last two years, if Republicans had been willing to work with the President to improve the bill instead of doing everything possible to kill it. If you are in that category of 400% or greater of federal poverty level and donít have an employer provided health insurance policy, chances are you might be paying more.

But we are now talking about a very small percentage of people. Remember 60-70% of people are insured through an employer provided plan and most of the folks who are left earn less than median income in the US and will get large subsidies through the Affordable Care Act to get insurance. Iíll talk about Obamacare more in upcoming shows but that, folks, is the no-nonsense truth regarding the Affordable Care Act. Now without delay, here is my interview with the incomparable Bill Richardson...

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/20/gov-bill-richardson-rep-barbara-lee-and-special-on-obamacare

An analogy I made today about Senator Ted Cruz, the pied piper and Republicans

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/20/gov-bill-richardson-rep-barbara-lee-and-special-on-obamacare

Somehow, a significant portion of grassroots Republicans are in love with this guy. Itís like the pied piper just led the Republican party off a cliff and those folks who ended up falling off the cliff at his behest are laying on the ground with a mangled body and twisted limbs and are looking at the pied piper and with their last bit of strength painfully mouth the words ďI love youĒ. Itís a bizarre thing to see people in love with the person who has just destroyed them.


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This comes at the end in my hall of shame section

Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Barbara Lee, Special Statement on Obamacare on my show Tonight at 7pm EST

Don't miss a very special Making Sense with Steve Leser this week!

On this special one year anniversary episode of Making Sense with Steve Leser, we have Bill Richardson on to discuss his new book, "How to Sweet-Talk a Shark, Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator" and he also gives some thoughts on the shut down. Mr. Richardson is the former Governor of New Mexico, former Energy Secretary and former US Ambassador to the UN.

Then we have Congresswoman Barbara Lee who Represents California's 13 congressional district on to discuss the aftermath of the shutdown and the President's upcoming legislative priorites.

The show will start with a special forward by me on Obamacare, the Affordable care act after a number of appearances by me this week on national political talk shows.

The show will air Sunday at 7pm Eastern time at the below link and Monday at 2pm Pacific time on KCAA 1050am in Inland Empire California and the LA Basin

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/20/gov-bill-richardson-rep-barbara-lee-and-special-on-obamacare



Two snippets of me on Hannity's show yesterday about ACA and Ted Cruz

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Me on Fox News yesterday discussion ACA/Obamacare and President Obama's Leadership

Show was America's News HQ and aired live at 1:15pm EST

xpost from GD: Bill Richardson, Rep. Barbara Lee, Special statement by me on Obamacare on my show

Don't miss a very special Making Sense with Steve Leser this week!

On this special one year anniversary episode of Making Sense with Steve Leser, we have Bill Richardson on to discuss his new book, "How to Sweet-Talk a Shark, Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator" and he also gives some thoughts on the shut down. Mr. Richardson is the former Governor of New Mexico, former Energy Secretary and former US Ambassador to the UN.

Then we have Congresswoman Barbara Lee who Represents California's 13 congressional district on to discuss the aftermath of the shutdown and the President's upcoming legislative priorites.

The show will start with a special forward by me on Obamacare, the Affordable care act after a number of appearances by me this week on national political talk shows.

The show will air at 7pm Eastern time at the below link and Monday at 2pm Pacific time on KCAA 1050am in Inland Empire California and the LA Basin

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2013/10/20/gov-bill-richardson-rep-barbara-lee-and-special-on-obamacare



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