What I don’t think the rich (and those who support them) truly understand is that we, the 99%, don’t want to punish them for being rich.
We don’t want to take away what they’ve earned, or ultimately change their way of life. Ultimately all we want, at the most basic level, is to die at a comfortable age amongst our family and know that they are taken care of. In my heart of hearts I think that’s all the 1% really want out of life too.
Really that lies at the crux of why universal health care is so damn important. Why we’re fighting so hard to give everyone that simple opportunity (or the best opportunity possible) to die reasonably happy.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
So……….did he skip Civics or……..?
Someone needs a dictionary.
This guy is laughably stupid. Like straight up stupid in the most literal definition of the term.
The stupid; it hurts.
Did he just say the definition of constitutional is not the definition of constitutional? I think he did…
gotta look at all sides of whats going on
A more sobering take.
Please not Texas… I need medicaid =/
Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — the name of the healthcare reform we passed two years ago. In doing so, they’ve re-affirmed a fundamental principle: that here in America, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.
…Whatever the politics, today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.
…First: if you are one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable. Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on the amount of care you receive. They can no longer discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. They can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick. They can no longer jack up your premiums without reason. They are required to provide free preventive care like checkups and mammograms — a provision that’s already helped 54 million Americans with private insurance. And by this August, nearly 13 million of you will recieve a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administrative costs and CEO bonuses and not enough on your healthcare.
There’s more: because of the Affordable Care Act, young adults under the age of 26 are able to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans — a provision that’s already helped six million young Americans. And because of the Affordable Care Act, seniors receive a discount on their prescription drugs — a discount that’s already saved more than five million seniors on Medicare about $600 each.
…Now, if you’re one of the 30 million Americans who don’t yet have health insurance, starting in 2014, this law will offer you an array of quality, affordable private health insurance plans to choose from. Each state will take the lead in designing their own menu of options, and if states can come up with even better ways of covering more people at the same quality and cost, this law allows them to do that too.
And I’ve asked Congress to help speed up that process and give states this flexibility in year one. Once states set up these health insurance marketplaces known as ‘exchanges,’ insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against any American with a pre-existing health condition. They won’t be able to charge you more just because you’re a woman. They won’t be able to bill you into bankruptcy. If you’re sick, you’ll finally have the same chance to get quality, affordable health care (like) everyone else.
Today the Supreme Court upheld the principle that people who can afford health insurance should take the responsibility to buy health insurance. This is important for two reasons: First, when uninsured people who can afford coverage get sick and show up to the emergency room for care, the rest of us end up paying for their care in the form of higher premiums. And second, if you ask insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions but don’t require people who can afford it to buy their own insurance, some folks might wait until they’re sick to buy the care they need — which would also drive up everybody else’s premiums.
That’s why even though I knew it wouldn’t be politically popular — and resisted the idea when I ran for this office — we ultimately included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that people who can afford to buy health insurance should take the responsibility to do so. In fact, this idea’s enjoyed support from members of both parties — including the current Republican nominee for president.
…It should be pretty clear by now I didn’t do this because it was good politics. I did it because I believed it was good for the country. I did it because I believed it was good for the American people.
…The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law, and we’ll work together to improve on it where we can. But what we won’t do — what the country can’t afford to do — is re-fight the political battles of two years ago or go back to the way things were.” —PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, in an address to the nation regarding the Affordable Care Act (via inothernews)
There was a crazy man jerking off in front of my apartment yesterday. He was creeping around and bothering all the girls in my complex all day. Yet I am not allowed to have a gun in my apartment. I had to call the cops, deal with all the BS/all the other girls that got harassed by him, make my friend walk me to campus today, freak out… God forbid I try to defend myself, though.
HOW IS STATISM WORKING FOR US, EH? REALLY WELL, HUH.
So what, you were going to pull a gun on him? Just step out of your apartment and aim a gun at his chest?
I mean, even if you did have a gun, wouldn’t you have just “had to call the cops” anyway? I think the only time the gun would be even slightly appropriate in that situation is if he tried breaking into your apartment.
“All day” So you waited. You saw him harassing the other girls but you didn’t say anything. You just watched? Were you actually waiting to see if he would try and break into your apartment???
You could take self defense classes, empower yourself instead of making friends do favors for you. I mean, if you’re willing to spend money to buy a gun and bullets, and the license and fees, and possibly access to a gun range, why not be willing to learn self defense. That way you aren’t aiming guns at people just because they freaked you out. Pervert or not a bullet in the chest is not the solution to someone who’s “creeping” around.
Republicans are responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act by setting a date for its repeal. “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said in a statement. “During the week of July 9th, the House will once again repeal ObamaCare, clearing the way for patient-centered reforms that lower costs and increase choice.” Millions of Americans have already benefited from the law, and many more are expected to gain coverage in 2014 and beyond.
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So I realize I’ve been pretty much just reblogging and only adding my own commentary/reply. Which, to be fair, I warned I would do. However I feel like a bit of a cheat.
So starting tomorrow, each day I will name a country on some form of universal healthcare system, explain the system, the history behind it, statistics and how it’s working out for them, their standard of living, if I can find any complaints, yada yada. Yes, Wikipedia will most likely be a source, if not the main source. I don’t speak that many languages and Wikipedia is better than fiddling with Google translate.
I might forget and skip days. Though it’s doubtful because I have no life. I use politics to feel important.
Let’s think of it as a an at least 34 day challenge. I think I’ll culminate the list with the U.S, even though we won’t technically have it til 2014 I think? I need to do a little more research on that, I think I may be misunderstanding something, feel free to explain it to me!