‘Who receives food stamps — what you need to know’.
‘According to the University of Kentucky study’,
‘In 1980 that number was eight percent’.
‘up from three percent’.
‘up from 28 percent’.
‘Those employed either full or part-time, in year round jobs, saw the largest growth in food stamp recipients since 1980’.
‘This is the face of who receives food stamps in America’.
‘In the past the largest group receiving food stamps has been children and the elderly. But that group has been replaced by another — the working poor’.
‘Economists at the University of Kentucky found that since 1980, use of food stamps has grown most among those with at least some college education’.
‘Republicans claim that benefits such as food stamps make people dependent on those programs’.
‘Yet economists now say that in the current economy, just having a job may not be enough to allow you to support yourself’.
‘According to economics professor Timothy Smeeding’ :
“A low-wage job supplemented with food stamps is becoming more common for the working poor. Many of the U.S. jobs now being created are low- or minimum-wage — part-time or in areas such as retail or fast food — which means food stamp use will stay high for some time, even after unemployment improves”.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/27/working-poor-now-largest-group-receiving-food-stamp-benefits/
‘Rand Paul tells us that he thinks “women have won the war. I don’t see so much that women are downtrodden”.
‘None of my women are complaining’.
‘The Kentucky senator pointed out to writer Dave Edwards, that “none of the women in his family were complaining about inequality or having their health care rights curtailed by Republicans.”
‘Could it be that their family income has something to do with it (Does Rand Paul Have Something To Hide)’
‘It should be noted. His wife is also his employee’.
‘It should be noted that Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley Ashby Paul, is his employee. She is the bookkeeper for his medical practice and the only woman in the house. They have three sons and no daughters’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/27/rand-paul-war-on-women-won/
‘On Monday, a trio Republican senators unveiled an alternative to Obamacare eerily similar to the one that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney proposed in 2012’.
1. ‘It would kick millions of Americans off of their health plans’.
‘Right off the bat, the Patient CARE Act would repeal Obamacare in its entirety, meaning that the three million Americans who have already enrolled in new plans through the law’s state and federal marketplaces and the millions more deemed newly eligible for Medicaid coverage in states that expanded the program would lose their health coverage’.
‘The CARE Act would also make big changes to the way that Medicaid is funded by imposing a so-called “per capita cap” on it. This cap resembles a block grant and it would push states to cover a highly selective group of people through Medicaid, namely pregnant women, women with children, and the disabled, forcing most of the working poor to pursue more expensive private insurance plans’.
2. ‘It dismantles many of Obamacare’s core consumer protections’.
‘Chances are, you’ve benefited from at least one of Obamacare’s consumer protections, like a free checkup, preventive screening for HIV, a mammogram, or no-cost birth control’.
‘Millions more will benefit in the coming years, thanks to the law’s requirement that individual policies sold through the marketplaces cover a broad range of “essential health benefits” like maternity care, mental health care, and prescription drug coverage’.
‘Say goodbye to all that under the Patient CARE Act’.
‘The bill places no such requirements on insurance companies; in fact, it dismantles Obamacare’s prohibition on gender rating, meaning that women will go back to an era where they are charged $1 billion more for their health care on a national level than men’.
(Pstttttt – But there’s no Republican ‘War On Women’)
3. ‘It does almost nothing for Americans with pre-existing conditions’.
‘Some estimates have shown that as many as half of all Americans have some sort of pre-existing condition’.
‘If you’re one of them, good luck getting insurance under the Patient CARE Act’.
‘Under the bill, insurers can still turn away people with pre-existing conditions’.
‘The only exception is if you have “continuous coverage,” meaning you’re either already insured or have been able to maintain some form of insurance despite losing the coverage you had through your employer’.
4. ‘It would make millions pay more for their employer coverage’.
‘The Patient CARE Act would also amount to a tax hike for the more than 150 million Americans who get coverage through their employer’.
‘In an effort to encourage Americans to choose skimpier health plans, the bill sets a cap on the federal tax exclusion for employees’ health care’.
‘Currently, workers’ insurance premiums are paid for with pre-tax dollars; under the Coburn-Hatch-Burr proposal, the exclusion would be capped at 65 percent, meaning everyone with an employer plan would have to pay taxes on 35 percent of their premium’.
‘If you have a more expensive health plan, your taxes would go up correspondingly’.
5. ‘It provides fewer subsidies to help Americans buy health care’.
‘Coburn-Hatch-Burr does preserve Obamacare’s insurance subsidies in theory. But in practice, the bill pushes more costs onto consumers’.
‘In lieu of Obamacare’s sliding scale insurance subsidies for people between the poverty level and four times the poverty level, the Patient CARE Act provides a flat subsidy that increases with age and is only available to people making up to three times the poverty level’.
‘That might work out for someone who is relatively healthy; but if you’re sick and poor, the type of coverage you need could easily be out of reach — particularly since insurers aren’t subject to the benchmark benefits standards of Obamacare’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/01/27/3210091/worst-gop-obamacare-alternative/
I guess only Republicans are entitled to ‘respect’.
‘In Michigan, an ad for an Americans for Prosperity watch party for the State of the Union is going as far as it can with the conservative claim that President Barack Obama is a communist’.
‘An advertisement (pictured above) for a State of the Union watch party in Michigan sponsored by AFP features Obama with the Kremlin in the background. The ad reads “Thank You, Comrade Obama: for Saving the Children from the menace of guns, family, liberty, work, and other outdated values.”
‘The ad seems to be a play off of an communist advertisement featuring Joseph Stalin’.
@ : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/afp-obama-michigan-ad
“We’re not going to be disrespected,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) told the Washington Examiner’.
@ : http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251327554
‘On Saturday, Arizona’s state Republican Party voted to censure Sen. John McCain for being ‘too liberal’. The move came two weeks after the Maricopa County GOP also had censured him’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/01/28/liberal-john-mccain-censured-azs-conservative-gop/
‘Despite declining rates over the past decade, firearm injuries remain the second leading cause of death, behind motor vehicle crashes, for teens ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’.
‘Almost one child or teen an hour is injured by a firearm seriously enough to require hospitalization, a new analysis finds’.
‘Six percent of the 7,391 hospitalizations analyzed in 2009 resulted in a death, says the study in February’s Pediatrics, released Monday’.
‘The damage caused by gun-related injuries rarely gets the same attention as fatalities, “but that every day, 20 of our children are hospitalized for firearms injury, often suffering severe and costly injuries, clearly shows that this is a national public health problem,” says Robert Sege, director of the Division of Family and Child Advocacy at Boston Medical Center and a co-author of the study’.
From : http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/27/guns-children-hospitalizations/4796999/