Saturday, 8/10/13, Public Square

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by | August 10, 2013 · 6:00 am

10 responses to “Saturday, 8/10/13, Public Square

  1. This morning I read that state-trained aides or insurance brokers will be needed by Oregon residents who want to enroll when the exchanges open Oct. 1st. The article stated this was, “ammunition to opponents who have warned that the health care law is a train wreck.” I see this as assurance the much-needed insurance enrollment will run more smoothly and give the state the opportunity to iron out any wrinkles to the system they’ve set up. The article said the help will be needed for only the beginning which indicates to me as soon as they’ve addressed any problems that may occur the state’s residents will be good to go. Since there are three months to enroll this seems a reasonable safeguard set in place by the state of Oregon to ensure a successful enrollment process.

    The states that cooperate will have happily insured residents. Healthy people who can work and pay taxes — a win-win! I’m pretty sure if there are problems they’ll appear more often in those red states that don’t cooperate to offer their uninsured health insurance under the new federal law. I don’t understand why republican states want to deny this benefit to people who need it. The republicans are truly the party of mean.

  2. Remember when businesses were skilled enough and run by people of integrity who were able to both run a successful business and pay a living wage?

  3. 1. Obamacare’s ’80/20′ rule has led to nearly $4 billion in savings.

    2. ‘Obamacare’ has extended the life of Medicare by 10 years.

    3. Number of uninsured Americans down to 4 year low due to ‘Obamacare.’

    4. The Affordable Care Act, ‘Obamacare,’ has saved seniors $4.5 billion.

    5. States that refuse to expand Medicaid will lose over $8 billion.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/5-obamacare-facts-to-counter-any-conservative-argument-against-the-aca

  4. A little light shone on Rand Paul, a leader in the political party intent on destroying our credit rating and shutting down the government —

    (from the link):

    Paul’s budget eliminates the Department of Commerce. It also eliminates the Department of Education. And the Department for Housing and Urban Development. And the Department of Energy. The State Department gets cut by more than 50 percent.

    Meanwhile, it increases spending on defense by $126 billion.

    Perhaps these are good ideas! But Paul doesn’t defend them. He obscures them. He tries to make his cuts sound small even though, in the areas Green asked about, they’re huge. If Paul has thought these policies through and has a persuasive argument for why the United States would be better off if the Department of Education was eliminated so the Department of Defense can be expanded, he should make his case. That he’s instead hiding the reality of his budget’s cuts is telling.

    Wonkbook: Rand Paul’s rough interview
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/08/09/wonkbook-rand-pauls-rough-interview/

  5. A little light shone on Ted Cruz, a leader in the political party intent on destroying our credit rating and shutting down the government —

    (from the link):

    Texans need to see more of that kind of newsmaking, rather than reading about Cruz’s travels to political conferences and presidential hot spots.

    Cruz is entitled to go after whatever office he wants next, but putting politics and his profile first doesn’t serve Texas well. Seven months in, his own stature seems more important to Cruz than problem-solving on behalf of Texas.

    Editorial: An evaluation of Ted Cruz, Texas’ junior senator
    http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20130809-editorial-an-evaluation-of-ted-cruz-texas-junior-senator.ece

  6. We don’t call Social Security “FDRCare” or Medicare “LBJCare” because the republicans back then weren’t as stupid — or rabid — as they are today.

    Once “Obamacare” is fully enacted — and popular — republicans will regret their short-sighted propaganda tactic.

  7. Molly Ivans explains why choosing to be disinterested in politics is not acceptable. It is our responsibility to use our power wisely. (worth the 2.25 minutes of your time)

    • Oh, I miss her so much….

      Fnord, I’m meeting with a financial planner on Monday to talk about retirement planning and whether or not I can afford to live in Hawaii. I think the rule of thumb is when you retire, you should withdraw no more than 4% of the principal of your savings, with SS available on top of that. I also read about a new financial product called longevity insurance. Well, it’s new to me anyway. It’s an insurance policy kind of like an annuity but it does not pay out until you are like 95 or something. It’s for people who fear they will outlive their money, and it’s cheap insurance because it pays out so far in the future.

      I’ll let ya know if I find out anything cool on Monday and if this woman is any good. You might want to give her a call. I used to teach personal financial planning for people laid off from AT &T. That make me know enough to know I need a professional!!!! Like I said, I’ll let you know if she’s any good. She’s from Salina.

      Wicked, Goddess be with you. Sorry you had such a bad week. You do deserve to have the life you want. You go girl! You know you have friends here who love you and will support you no matter what you do. Keep us posted, as much as you can on a public blog. We care about you and are your biggest fans!