This guy is a doctor and he doesn’t understand the basic difference between health care and insurance.
He also thinks profits are more important the people.
‘Over the past few weeks, Rand Paul has racked up an impressive list of things he doesn’t understand, including Abraham Lincoln, why people like Medicare, the deficit and reality’.
‘You can now add Obamacare to that list, along with health care in general — even though he is an ophthalmologist’.
‘When the senator visited The Daily Show this week, host John Oliver asked Paul to do something he apparently has never had to do before: defend his opposition to the Affordable Care Act’.
‘Paul engaged in exactly the kind of misinformation the right is trafficking in to dissuade people from actually signing up for coverage when open enrollment begins on October 1’.
“You have a young audience and you tell them ‘Oh you must buy insurance,’” he said. “But they say ‘but I only make $30,000 a year and your insurance now costs $15,000. So how is that mandate going to work?’ I have employees for a small business and there is no insurance. How can they buy insurance if they make $30,000 and insurance costs $15,000?”
‘Well, good thing insurance won’t cost $15,000 or even near half that. How do we know this 100 percent for sure’?
‘By law — yes, the Affordable Care Act — it can’t’.
‘At $30,000 a year, buying insurance on your own through an exchange, you can’t pay more than 8.37 percent of your income, or $2,512, for health insurance. And in the worst-case scenario where you become sick and need to see a doctor often, you won’t spend more than $6,350 a year out of your own pocket’.
‘Rand Paul could have used the real numbers if he’d visited the Kaiser Foundation’s Subsidy Calculator’.
See : http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/
‘But making up his own Randian reality is the senator’s specialty’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/watch-rand-pauls-terrible-obamacare-answer-on-the-daily-show/
He actually said – “For a criminal practice….there has to be a gun.”
‘There’s no such thing as financial crime, according to Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA)’.
‘At a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills, California on Tuesday, a constituent asked McClintock for his “stance on Wall Street criminal practices.” The congressman responded, “Well first of all, for a criminal practice there has to be a gun. It’s pretty simple.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/08/15/2471911/congressman-doesnt-believe-white-collar-crime-exists/
‘Republican Congressman Jeff Miller of Florida recently cited his belief in God to explain why he opposed environmental regulations’.
‘During a “Coffee with the Congressman” event on Tuesday, some of Miller’s constituents confronted him about his position on environmental policy. They said there was a large consensus among scientists about the causes and effects of climate change’.
‘In response, Miller said he was willing to defund the Environmental Protection Agency because regulations were hurting job growth. Miller said the Navy only stated climate change was a threat to national security because of President Barack Obama’.
“I have scientists that I rely on, the scientists that I rely on say our climate has changed,” Miller said. “Look, it wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube. We’re not ice cubes. Our climate will continue to change because of the way God formed the Earth.”
From : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/14/republican-congressman-explains-climate-change-god-did-it/
‘Huckleberries’ is an op ed run out of the local and very Conservative paper The Spokesman-Review.
You have to wonder which Cathy is more fearful of……Democrats or the teabaggers.
Way to show that Republican leadership by NOT having any town hall meetings.
‘Cathy McMorris Rodgers – as you may not know if you’re not Eric Cantor – is back in Eastern Washington, having an “effective August recess.”
‘Most of you wouldn’t really know that, because her August is a very effectively managed one’.
‘She’s been spotted at a fundraiser with Cantor, the Virginia Republican’.
‘She’s been here and there around Eastern Washington, at tours and roundtables and “Coffees with Cathy” – now that she is, like Cher or Bruce or Hillary, on a first-name basis with us all’.
‘There is, apparently, some discussion of a potential town hall – you know, a pesky open forum where anyone can ask questions – but as of this week, her people say they are still working out the details of that’.
‘Still working it out, with August half over’.
‘It seems, in other words, that her tour of the region is exactly as much about hearing from the public as you might expect from the strategy that she helped pitch to the House GOP in a planning kit for the August recess, “Fighting Washington for All Americans.”
‘It seems not about hearing spontaneous and honest feedback – as she did at a raucous town hall in September 2011 – as much as it is about staging faux public events, pre-screening participants for their political suitability and pretending, pretending, pretending’.
‘Which is only to be expected from a group that passes more pretend bills than a junior high mock legislature’.
‘You’ve probably heard about the “Fighting Washington” planning kit, which outlines very, very specifically how House Republicans ought to manage “public” events during the August recess’.
‘An example is the “ObamaCare media tour,” in which lawmakers are urged to find businesses and employees who hate Obamacare – and only those who hate Obamacare – to discuss Obamacare’:
“Confirm the theme(s) prior to the event and make sure the participants will be 100% on message. [Note: While they do not have to be Republicans, they need to be able to discuss the negative effects of ObamaCare on their employees.”
‘But what if they have a different view, these not-necessarily Republicans, about the effect of Obamacare on their employees’?
‘McMorris Rodgers and her ilk are surely not the first politicians to pretend to gather “input” while actually spewing “output.”
‘But there is something extra brazen about the House plan, which so rigidly outlines its approach to fake public events – with specialized, bulleted plans for how to stay on message, screen participants, manage the media and establish “themes” that predetermine the nature and tone of the discussion’.
‘Would it be naïve to expect that a congresswoman serving in the lowest-regarded legislative body in history might come to hear the thoughts and concerns of her constituents, unfiltered and prepackaged’?
‘Would it be ridiculous to suppose that she might, Ed Koch-like, come to ask: How am I doing’?
‘She is here to tell us how she’s doing’.
“The work we have accomplished here in Congress is invaluable to those back in our districts,” she wrote in her introduction to “Fighting Washington.” “We are really fighting for people – for all people.”
‘That “all people” thing – it’s important to the GOP these days’.
‘It’s a big part of the show’.
‘In fact, the House strategy outlines a whole category of events intended to get in touch with “all people,” if you know what I mean’.
‘They’re calling it a “meetup.”
‘The meetup is its own category, presumably covering groups that wouldn’t be a part of all the other rainbow of public events. It’s meant to “ensure that the Member is engaging with all demographics in his/her district” and can include “women, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and millennials.”
‘Can African-Americans come to the meetup? So long as they’re 100 percent on message’?
“Invite at least 3-4 people with whom the Member already has an established relationship,” the strategy says. “This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the Member’s goal.”
‘A large part of the House plan involves when and how to involve the public and the press; a lot of it involves when not to involve the press, which is – even in this day and age – how a certain significant proportion of the public might find out what their “Member” is up to’.
‘Cathy’s effective August has included very few public details about where she will be and what she’ll be doing’.
‘To judge by her Facebook page, she’s been at Fairchild, posed for pictures in front of some flags with Miss Spokane, had a meetup with millennials, attended a 30-year anniversary for an Avista biomass plant in Kettle Falls, gone on a KXLY radio program, scheduled a couple of “Coffees with Cathy” and hung out with Cantor and some donors, who are very definitely beneficial to the Member’s goal’.
‘How about a town hall? An unfiltered forum? A little actual engagement, uncomfortable as that might be for the Member, instead of all the kabuki’?
‘I called Cathy’s office last week and was told the details of a town hall had not been finalized’.
‘I contacted Cathy’s office this week and was told, via email: “We are still working out the kinks for time and place, but a town hall is in the works.”
‘It’s still possible. Cathy’s effective August isn’t over yet’.
Contact Shawn Vestal at (509) 459-5431 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @vestal13.
From : http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/16/cathys-effective-at-sticking-to-the-plan/
Any thing…any thing to make this President seem less then human.
(The remarks are at the 3:00 mark)
‘Conservatives seeking to unveil the transgressions of President Barack Obama’s presidency seized upon another target Thursday: the iconic photograph capturing a tense moment in the White House Situation Room on the night of the raid upon Osama bin Laden’.
‘After skeptics coaxed the White House into releasing a photo of Obama skeet shooting in February, and Fox News suggested a photo of Obama golfing was “staged” earlier this week, Bryan Fischer, a conservative radio host and an official with the American Family Association, followed suit with a familiar, and quite detailed, conspiracy theory’.
“Look at the size of his head compared to the size of the head of everybody else in the room. Even people standing in the back of the room, their heads are bigger than his head,” Fischer said on his show Focal Point. “And it looks teeny-tiny next to the people that he’s sitting next to. He looks kind of hunched over and small.”
He continued: “Frankly I think that got photoshopped in after deal. I think Obama’s approach was, ‘Hey, if this thing goes south, I don’t want to be in the room. I don’t want to be anywhere near this thing if it blows up. If it succeeds, if it’s an outstanding success, then photoshop me in there.'”
‘Fischer replayed an interview with Obama’s former body man Reggie Love that aired Sunday, in which he recalled how Obama played cards away from the Situation Room while awaiting the day-long operation to proceed in 2011’.
“[President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not, I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing’,” Love said, according to CNN. “We must have played 15 hands-15 games of Spades.”
“What if you needed a decision from the commander-in-chief?” Fischer asked. “I mean things — it’s a very fluid situation. Decisions may have to be made, decisions may even have to be made by the commander-in-chief. Where is he? He’s downstairs playing cards. That is enormously revealing about our current commander-in-chief.”
From : http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/bryan-fischer-obama-was-photo-shopped-into-bin
For a political party that want’s ‘smaller Government’, they always seem to want to tell us and especially women what to do with their bodies.
‘Well over half of the states in the country are directly funding “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), right-wing groups that pose as nonpartisan health clinics while advocating for an anti-abortion agenda. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, 34 states currently have policies that funnel money toward CPCs’.
‘CPCs advertise themselves as viable alternatives to other women’s health clinics, even though they don’t tend to employ medical professionals and don’t offer the full range of reproductive health services’.
‘Multiple outside investigations have caught CPCs’ lies on tape’.
See : ‘Pregnancy Centers Found to Give False Information on Abortion’
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/17/AR2006071701145.html
‘Women who visit the right-wing “clinics” are frequently told that emergency contraception is the same thing as an abortion, birth control contains carcinogens, condoms aren’t effective at preventing STDs, abortion is extremely dangerous, and women always regret ending a pregnancy’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/15/2476491/34-states-funding-cpcs/
Sabato’s ‘Crystal Ball’ is always a great place to get very good ‘bottom lines’.
But I’d cross off Scott Walker. A couple of ads showing his 20 minute phone call with a fake Koch brother during the budget crisis in Wisconsin will do him in.
Can Christie make it through the primary’s? One on one Christie can easily handle Paul but the teabaggers will energize against Christie seeing him as a threat to ‘real’ American Conservative values.
‘Christie and Paul — both of whom have moved up our list — were engaged in a very public spat recently over the size of government and the national security state. Christie adopted a more traditional Republican view, warning against the dangers of libertarian positions on national defense. In so doing, he squarely placed himself within what has been, at least recently, the Republican mainstream: The defense policies of President George W. Bush and recent GOP presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney were certainly more hawkish than dovish’.
‘Paul, meanwhile, has made a national name for himself by questioning national security policies, and his biggest moment this year was his filibuster against the use of drones’.
From : http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/2016-president-republican-outsiders-rising/
There is something wrong in a civilization that spends so lavishly on the dead while so many living go homeless and hungry.
‘The Great Cross Alliance, founded by a California family, is hoping that hundreds of thousands of Christians from every branch of the faith will help it raise the billion dollars needed to construct a cross monument 10 times the length of a professional football field that also doubles as “a massive columbarium and mausoleum that will be a physical memorial to Jesus Christ.”
‘The project is set to become the largest religious monument and also one of the largest cemeteries in the world, the group claims. Although the mammoth structure has been tailored to Christians, “any person can be interred in the Great Cross without discrimination,” The Great Cross Alliance explains on its website. It also notes that Catholics, mainline Protestants, Mormons, Adventists, and agnostics served as advisers in the development of the project, set to begin construction in 2014’.
‘Apart from contributions and membership fees, financing The Cross, to be made of “strong synthetic stone,” depends heavily on people purchasing one of the 600,000 vaults that make up the structure. Each vault is large enough to intern the remains of two people, and ranges in price from $4,000-$14,000. Caskets for interior mausoleum spaces run from $25,000 for a single casket, to $30,000 for a double casket’.
From : http://www.christianpost.com/news/calif-family-to-build-massive-cross-monument-as-giant-tomb-for-1-million-christians-102379/