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  • What’s at stake for federal employees in the midterm elections?

    10/22/2018 6:38:51 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 22, 2018 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    In just two weeks, Americans will flock to the polls to cast their votes in the mid-term elections where all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs. The people we elect on Nov. 6 will make policy decisions that will shape the future of our country for years to come.  As a federal employee, it’s your chance to make your voice heard and hold politicians accountable. Besides Social Security, health care, voting rights, and other important issues, your entire livelihood is on the line. It’s not about...
  • 5 Stories that Matter

    10/22/2018 6:32:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | October 22, 2018 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress.Each week, AFGE browses the World Wide Web for stories that matter to AFGE members. Here are the five stories you shouldn’t miss this week:Trump Demands 5 Percent Spending Cuts from Every Cabinet Agency President Trump on Wednesday ordered Cabinet secretaries to develop a plan to cut 5 percent of their agencies’ budgets,...
  • Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

    10/19/2018 4:00:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 6:47 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable developments. Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. About 10 million people currently have private coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. …
  • Republicans Want to Go After the ACA… Again.

    10/17/2018 6:37:42 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    democraticleader.gov ^ | 10/17/18 | pelosi
    The GOP just won’t stop.Senate Leader Mitch McConnell today revealed plans to renew efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act if Republicans control Congress next year.Washington Post: McConnell: GOP may take another shot at repealing Obamacare after the midtermsMcConnell said that his party’s failure last year to repeal the health-care law, also known as Obamacare, was “the one disappointment of this Congress from a Republican point of view.”“If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks …” McConnell said.McConnell only echoes other Republicans hoping to return to...
  • Dems are trying to make ‘healthcare’ a problem GOP, but THEY are the ones who gave us Obamacare

    10/17/2018 1:52:22 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 27 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 10/17/18 | USA Features
    Non-Issue: In recent weeks, you may have begun to hear Democratic attack ads aimed at bashing Republicans over their stances on “healthcare.” Whether the ad claims GOP candidates want to “take away coverage for preexisting conditions” or “make health care more expensive,” Democrats cannot escape the fact that they, not Republicans, own the disaster that is the current state of U.S. healthcare delivery and financing.
  • Dem Bill to Limit Health Options Fails [semi-satire]

    10/16/2018 10:42:54 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Oct 2018 | John Semmens
    A bill aimed at preventing consumers from choosing health insurance plans that better fit their needs was introduced in the Senate by Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). If passed, the bill would overrule President Trump's executive order expanding options beyond the limited list of expensive choices mandated under Obamacare. Schumer complained that "the freedom President Trump injected into federal health care policy allows healthy individuals to choose insurance that is suited to their own needs, regardless of the needs of other, less healthy individuals. As Trump would have it, people who don't want to pay for coverage they don't need...
  • Georgia Dem: 'You Shouldn't Have to Work More Than One Job Full-Time to Make a Living' [Abrams]

    10/15/2018 5:31:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2018 | 6:05 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    Stacey Abrams, the Democrat hoping to make history as the first black governor of Georgia, was asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday if she believes the “Trump economy” has been good for Georgia. Abrams credited President Barack Obama, not Trump:I would say that the Obama economy and that Nathan Deal, as governor, have both done a very good job of shepherding our society. But the problem we have is that, while our unemployment rate has fallen, we still are a low-wage state, where you have a lot of folks who are working two or three of those...
  • New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

    10/14/2018 7:32:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2018 1:57 PM EDT | Nicholas Riccardi
    In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: “I want to ask you a question about health care.” Marylea Evans recounted how, decades ago, her husband had been unable to get health insurance after developing cancer, forcing the couple to sell some of their Texas ranch to pay for his treatment. Now she was worried about Democratic ads saying McSally, currently a congresswoman, supported legislation removing the requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing medical conditions....
  • When does the ‘affordable’ in the Affordable Care Act kick in?

    10/14/2018 10:47:51 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 0/14/18 | MERRILL MATTHEWS
    It’s a good thing Democrats made health insurance “affordable” when they passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. I’d hate to see how much health insurance would cost if it were expensive. The Kaiser Family Foundation just released its annual survey of employer-sponsored coverage, finding that the average premium for family coverage increased 5 percent to $19,616. To put that in perspective, the real median household income in 2017 was $61,372. Thus family health coverage costs nearly a third of the median family’s income. But citing the average family premium of nearly $20,000, as high as that...
  • Bunkerville Standoff: Mainstream Media Governor's Race Poll Leaves Ryan Bundy Out

    10/14/2018 5:12:33 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/12/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    The NBC/Marist Poll released figures for the statewide Senate and Governor's races in Nevada this week with Republican Adam Laxalt leading 46-45 in a 'head to head' contest with Democrat Steve Sisolak for Governor. But there are other candidates in the race like Libertarian Jared Lord and Independent Ryan Bundy. NBC/Marist did create a three way set-up and there Laxalt gets a wider lead over Sisolak 44 to 40 percent with Jared Lord at eight percent. But again no Ryan Bundy listed in the poll. They put other categories in with the three candidates with "None of these candidates" getting...
  • Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Was ‘Hacked’ By Obama Officials

    10/13/2018 10:41:17 AM PDT · by gaijin · 95 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | July 12, 2017 | Patrick Howley
    (this story is 1 year old) Evidence shows that John Roberts, chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, was “hacked” by a Deep State surveillance operation overseen by Obama administration CIA director John Brennan and Obama director of national intelligence James Clapper. Roberts, the Bush appointee who made the decisive vote to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare before the 2012 election, was allegedly the victim of the same Deep State surveillance program that spied on President Donald Trump. (continues at source)
  • Medicare Part B Premiums Rise Modestly In 2019, Except For Hefty New Hit To Highest Earners

    10/12/2018 11:16:36 AM PDT · by TomGuy · 94 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 12, 2018 | Ashlea Ebeling
    For 2019, Social Security is getting a 2.8% increase. Medicare Part B is increasing from $134 to $135.50. Other rates for high earners.
  • Donald Trump: Democrats 'Medicare for All' plan will demolish promises to seniors

    10/12/2018 6:43:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    USA Today | October 10, 2018 | Donald Trump
    No excerpts allowed from USA Today, story here.
  • 'Life-Changing, What Obamacare Did for Us' -- MSNBC Story Echoes Democrat Playbook

    10/12/2018 8:19:47 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This is an absolute classic out of the Dem/MSM playbook. Take a huge, expensive, inefficient, government program. Find someone with a heartwrenching story who is helped by it. Highlight that story as if it represents the essence of the program in question. Bonus points if you can get someone to choke up on camera. Reporters noticed that after Kavanaugh was confirmed, the Democrats shifted the agenda to health care as the central issue of the midterms. And thus it was that today's Morning Joe featured a segment in which NBC reporter Morgan Radford traveled to Ohio ahead of President Trump's...
  • Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans

    10/10/2018 10:21:46 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/18 | PETER SULLIVAN
    The Senate on Wednesday defeated a Democratic measure to overrule President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare insurance plans as Democrats seek to highlight health care ahead of the midterm elections. The Democratic measure would have overruled Trump’s expansion of short-term health insurance plans, which do not have to cover people with pre-existing conditions or cover a range of health services like mental health or prescription drugs. It was defeated on an extremely narrow, mostly party line 50-50 vote, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voting with Democrats in favor of overturning the short-term plans. Republicans argue the short-term plans simply provide a...
  • Grassley pledges to raise $3M for Collins after Kavanaugh fight

    10/09/2018 7:49:11 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/18 | MEGAN KELLER
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) promised to raise $3 million to support Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to counteract anger over her vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. "I'm going to help raise $3 million to match that," Grassley told Marth MacCallum during an interview on Fox News Tuesday, when asked what he thought of a fundraising effort against Collins in Maine that has raked in about $3 million. Collins has come under fire from many on the left for supporting Kavanaugh in a narrow confirmation vote, who was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and other women....
  • Senate Dems to force vote this week to overrule Trump ObamaCare change

    10/08/2018 2:17:08 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/08/18 | PETER SULLIVAN
    Democrats are planning to force a vote in the Senate this week on overturning a Trump administration rule expanding non-ObamaCare insurance plans. The Democratic resolution, which will likely get a vote on Wednesday, would overturn a rule finalized in August that expanded the availability of short-term health insurance plans. Democrats decry the plans as “junk” insurance because they does not need to cover pre-existing conditions or follow other ObamaCare rules. Republicans argue the plans provide a cheaper option alongside ObamaCare plans. The resolution, which is supported by all 49 Senate Democrats, is unlikely to pass given that it would need...
  • A Short History of American Medical Insurance

    10/06/2018 8:33:36 PM PDT · by TBP · 34 replies
    Imprimis ^ | September 2018 | JohnSteele Gordon
    Whenever one segment of an economy exhibits, year after year, inflation above the general rate, and when there is no constraint on supply, then either a cartel is in operation or there is a lack of price transparency—or both, as is the case with American medical care. So it is clear that there is something terribly wrong with how health care is financed in our country. And a consensus on how to fix the problem—how to provide Americans the best medicine money can buy for the least amount of money that will buy it—has proved elusive. But the history of...
  • Ocasio-Cortez Called Out for Comments on Being 'Inaugurated' to Congress

    10/05/2018 2:38:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/03/18
    It seems that Democratic socialist and New York City congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a lot to learn about Congress. Ocasio-Cortez spoke Monday at her alma mater of Boston University, raising eyebrows with a comment on implementing her campaign promises if she wins in November. "It doesn't mean you get everything tomorrow. As much as I would love that, I would love to get inaugurated January 3rd [and] January 4th we're signing health care, we're signing this."
  • Congress Can Slash the Cost of Health Care Premiums by as Much as a Third. Here’s How.

    10/04/2018 5:53:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 3, 2018 | Doug Badger
    A proposal to repeal Obamacare entitlements and replace them with grants to states would reduce premiums for individual coverage by as much as 32 percent, according to an analysis by the Center for Health and Economy.The Health Care Choices Proposal also would modestly reduce the deficit, increase the number of people with private health insurance, and cut Medicaid spending, according to Center for Health and Economy.The proposal, the product of national and state think tanks, policy analysts, and others in the conservative community, embarks on a new path to empower consumers and return authority to the states to provide people...