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  • California weighs huge health care remake - dumping insurers

    04/26/2017 1:51:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | April 26, 2017 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER
    A proposal considered by California lawmakers would substantially remake the health care system of the nation’s most populous state by eliminating insurance companies and guaranteeing coverage for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a new look in California as President Donald Trump struggles to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The proposal, promoted by the state’s powerful nursing union and two Democratic senators, is a longshot. But supporters hope the time is right to persuade lawmakers in California, where Democrats like to push the...
  • Chile's students return to streets to demand education overhaul

    04/11/2017 1:11:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11, 2017 | by Gram Slattery and Fabian Cambero
    Thousands of students marched in Chilean cities on Tuesday to demand improvements to the nation's higher education system, as lawmakers prepared to debate planned reforms. Student protesters argue that attempts by center-left President Michelle Bachelet to improve quality and access to higher education have been insufficient. Reforms by her government to date do not provide enough Chileans with free university education, they say. They also complain that the government did not seek their advice when drafting legislation. "I don't know if the government is playing stupid. You can't legislate without listening to the social movements," Daniel Andrade, head of the...
  • Calculating Reparations: $1.5 Million for Each Slave Descendant in the U.S.

    03/25/2017 3:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The Black Agenda Report ^ | January 22, 2013 | Denis Rancourt
    For some descendants of persons held in U.S. chattel bondage, no monetary sum can compensate for the enslavement of their ancestors. However, for those looking for a number, there are various ways to calculate the value of involuntary servitude. Here’s one of them. Calculating Reparations: $1.5 Million for Each Slave Descendant in the U.S. by Denis Rancourt This article previously appeared on Mr. Rancourt’s web site, Activist Teacher. “This calculation includes only the money due to ancestors and their descendants, in terms of the stolen actual labor counted in person-hours.” It is not difficult to calculate a MINIMUM amount of...
  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to propose universal health care in race to succeed Jerry Brown

    03/13/2017 2:55:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 13, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is drafting a health care plan for California that he plans to unveil as a core component of his gubernatorial run, based in part on the universal health care program he signed into law when he was mayor of San Francisco. Newsom, seen as a strong contender in the increasingly crowded field of candidates vying to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, is staking out an ambitious plan to rein in rising health care costs, expand universal access to people across the state regardless of income or immigration status and preserve coverage for the estimated...
  • California Democrats will unveil a sweeping financial aid plan to help students avoid debt

    03/13/2017 11:21:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 13, 2017 | by Melanie Mason
    Seizing on growing concerns over college affordability, California lawmakers are poised to propose what would be the most generous college aid plan in the nation, covering not just tuition but also living expenses that have led to spiraling student debt. “Lower-income students … are able to many times, through our great programs in California, get help to pay for tuition. But they’re still graduating with a tremendous amount of debt,” said Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), who is spearheading the plan. “The cost of living, the books, the transportation — that’s [what] we really need to tackle.” Under the new plan,...
  • Trump presidency puts California Legislature in defense mode

    01/02/2017 11:03:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2017 12:09 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    As California lawmakers return to Sacramento on Wednesday, liberal dreams of expanding safety-net benefits and providing health coverage to immigrants are giving way to a new vision revolving around a feverish push to protect gains racked up in the past. After years of pushing forward a progressive agenda, legislative Democrats will be pushing back against conservative policies from President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. Instead of expanding Medi-Cal health coverage to adult immigrants who can’t prove they’re legally in the country, Democrats are now concentrating on how to retain health coverage for those who already have it. And anti-poverty...
  • Happy Socialist Christmas-Venezuala Seizes 4 Million Toys From Price-Gouging Importer Gives To Natio

    12/10/2016 7:29:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    Bloomberg via Zero Hedge ^ | December 9, 2016 | by Andrew Rosati December 9, 2016 via Tyler Durden
    Venezuela price regulators on Friday seized almost 4 million toys from warehouses around greater Caracas and said they’d distribute them to low income children ahead of the Christmas holiday. With the nation's currency hyperinflating faster than a CNN Russian hacking story, this confiscation of 'unfairly-priced' toys is likely the only way to keep the Grinch from the door of this socialist nirvana.
  • What could happen to birth control under President Trump?

    11/12/2016 9:29:01 AM PST · by PROCON · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov. 11, 2016 | Jacqueline Howard
    (CNN)Some women are on the hunt for reversible birth control that could last through a Donald Trump presidency. Tweets and Facebook posts about getting intrauterine devices, or IUDs, swept social media Wednesday as women warned each other that their access to birth control might dwindle once the President-elect takes office next year.~SNIP~Throughout his campaign, Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which mandates that insurers in the health insurance marketplace provide coverage for all FDA-approved birth control methods, including IUDs, with no copayment or coinsurance when provided in-network.
  • How can anyone still be 'with her'?

    09/04/2016 7:46:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/4/2016 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Mrs. Clinton's campaign slogan is "I'm with her." It is amazing that anyone rational still is! From day one, I've argued that this "email and server" story has two parts. The first one is legal and subject to all kinds of definitions of what this word means and so on – in other words, hard for most people to follow, unless someone is paying you to read the documents or opine on TV. I'm what they call a news junkie, and the story confuses the heck out of me. The second part is not confusing at all. It has to...
  • President’s Economic Adviser Says Income Comparison Misleading [semi-satire]

    06/19/2016 8:25:33 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 June 2016 | John Semmens
    Data showing that the average man with a full time job makes less today than he did in 1973 was discounted as “an unfair and misleading statistic” by the Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman this week. “First of all, the premise that a full time job is desirable is debatable,” Furman maintained. “In 1973 many were forced to work because of the inadequacy of the social safety net. Today, many in a similar situation have been liberated from this tiresome fate by a more generous package of government benefits that enables them to work part...
  • The California Primary: Millennials' Last Fling

    06/06/2016 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jeffrey Folks
    Millennials, who first arrived in 1980, are the largest generational group in American history. As such, they tend to have a deep-seated, some would say exaggerated, sense of their own importance. Now that the last of the millennials, those born in the late 1990s, have reached voting age, the millennial generation is exerting ever greater influence on presidential politics. The campaign of Bernie Sanders, one of the most radical leftists ever to run for the presidency, is almost their exclusive preserve. Sanders's platform is well targeted to the idealism of most millennials. It offers free universal health care ("Medicare for...
  • My Very Own Obamaphone

    05/29/2016 9:41:08 PM PDT · by LucyT · 8 replies
    From theTrumpet.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Robert Morley
    Last week, I almost got my very own Obamaphone—by accident. I own a Tracfone; it is one of those prepay plans. The carrier was upgrading from 2G to 3G, and I was sent a new phone to replace my old one. And then the discovery! My perfectly good Tracfone had been mysteriously transformed into an Obamaphone. I might have had a tax payer-provided phone with free monthly minutes and unlimited text messaging for life! Plus a whole lot of free Internet access too! That’s how close I came to my very own Obamaphone. [snip] It’s a testament to the efficiency...
  • Bernie Sanders’ Army of Deadbeats Can Bring Conservatives Together Again

    04/18/2016 5:13:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    It seems impossible, but there may be some common ground between the people who support Donald Trump, the people who support Ted Cruz, and the person who supports John Kasich. And it’s all thanks to socialism’s cryptkeeper Bernie Sanders and his band of whiny deadbeats. Their obnoxious demands that we give them the money we’ve worked for in order to subsidize their sanctimonious indolence demands our short, clear, united response – which begins with the letter “F.” Like a Pied Piper leading idiots instead of rats – rats are more useful than college students and often cleaner – the Sanders...
  • Marauding parents in Easter Egg hunt rampage... (Orange, CT)

    03/27/2016 7:51:48 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/27/16 | MIa De Graaf
    Marauding parents in Easter Egg hunt rampage: Out-of-control adults push children to the ground, steal their buckets and leave one four-year-old 'bloody' at chaotic free event Children were trampled as 1,000 people stormed the PEZ center field 9,000 eggs were laid out on three different age-bracketed sections But when the egg hunt started, 'parents stormed the field stealing eggs' One four-year-old was left 'bloody', many toddlers 'pushed into the mud' [snip] A PEZ official confirmed the meltdown. 'We started talking to people and say "hey this is supposed to start at certain time. That lasted about a minute and everyone...
  • Clinton Wins Nevada Caucus

    02/20/2016 2:20:14 PM PST · by NRx · 140 replies
    NBC ^ | 02-20-2016 | NBC News
    NBC is calling it for Clinton.
  • Live Thread Democrat Debate on PBS (keep your enemies close)

    02/11/2016 6:05:32 PM PST · by Yaelle · 264 replies
    PBS ^ | 02/11/16 | Self
    Anyone have strong enough stomach and information junkie brain to dare watch with me?
  • Debate Crowd Boos Hillary For Attack On Bernie [VIDEO]

    02/05/2016 5:28:26 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    daileycaller.com ^ | 2/5/2016 | Chuck Ross
    Hillary Clinton was booed during Thursday's Democratic party debate in New Hampshire after she accused Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders of using smear tactics against her. Clinton went on the attack after she fielded criticism for the millions of dollars in speaking fees she's received from Wall Street banks, which Sanders has harped on recently.
  • Farrakhan Outlines Next Steps After Million Man March Anniversary

    10/20/2015 10:01:48 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 10 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/14/15 | James Wright
    Minister Louis Farrakhan told a crowd of 200 people that the Nation of Islam will team up with 100 Black Men, an influential national Black male organization, and reinvigorate local organizing committees (LOC) nationwide to move their agenda forward. The minister revealed his detailed plans on Oct. 11 at the Marriott Marquis in Northwest D.C., one day after the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March on Oct. 10.
  • Californians upset that they can’t sell their green energy homes

    10/19/2015 1:19:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    A tale of woe comes to us from the Left coast. Trouble has reared its head for Californians who enrolled in a special government program designed to allow them to use taxpayer funds to upgrade their homes with solar panels, wind turbines, unicorn flatulence converters and any number of other green energy improvements. Tens of thousands of Californians signed up for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program which provided them with funding for installing such energy efficient goodies over the past several years, but now they’re finding their homes stalled on the market when they want to...
  • When did Democrats become the party of free stuff?

    10/18/2015 10:47:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies
    Globe ^ | October 15, 2015 | Joan Vennochi
    progessive ideology is increasingly about asking government to provide more for its citizens — and more for noncitizens, too. From that perspective, it turns on its head the iconic message of Democrat John F. Kennedy to “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” On that cold day in January 1961, Kennedy was not, of course, bemoaning government-sponsored “free stuff,” or calling for program cutbacks. Indeed, his administration sponsored fresh endeavors, such as the Peace Corps. He also inspired a generation to view government service as a sacred, higher calling. But...