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Cat and Mouse

This is on my more political blog; enjoy:

https://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/cat-and-mouse/

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Impact and Ideas

This is an excerpt from a report on the New York Times site.  Go there to read it in its entirety:

WASHINGTON — A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that
narrowly passed the House
this month would increase the projected number of people without
health insurance
by 14 million next year and by 23 million in 2026, the
Congressional Budget Office
said Wednesday. That 10-year figure is slightly less than originally estimated.

It would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over a decade, less than the $150 billion in savings projected in late March for an earlier version
of the bill. And in states that seek waivers from rules mandating essential health coverage, the new law could make insurance economically out of reach
for some sick consumers.

“Premiums would vary significantly according to health status and the types of benefits provided, and less healthy people would face extremely high premiums,” …

The House repeal bill was approved on May 4 by a vote of 217 to 213, without support from any Democrats. It would eliminate tax penalties for people who
go without health insurance and would roll back state-by-state expansions of
Medicaid,
which have provided coverage to millions of low-income people. And in place of government-subsidized insurance policies offered exclusively on the Affordable
Care Act’s marketplaces, the bill would offer tax credits of $2,000 to $4,000 a year, depending on age.

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You know, it might look like following through with the health care plan from the House would save the government money; but I’m thinking it will cost a lot more in the long run:  People without insurance who become ill will still need care.  They will wait until they are seriously in trouble; then go to their local emergency room; hospitals will take care of them, forgive the debt; then pass the cost on to consumers and funds from government grants, among other sources.  These people will be less able to look for work or continue in their employment as their circumstances worsen…  We will spend money on health care and poverty relief anyway; why not do it right from the beginning.
Another point about services covered by Medicaid and other provisions in the ACA:  Part of the funding that seems to be on the chopping block makes it possible for severely disabled people to stay home and receive care from family members.  This is by far the most compassionate, cost effective approach.  Do away with these resources and those with severe disabilities either die or go to care facilities, hwere they will likely have poorer care.  The bent to do away with funding for people in need is very short sighted and unkind.
Then there’s this idea of a tax credit instead of subsidized insurance:  Most people receiving financial help for their ACA insurance can’t afford to wait a year for a tax credit.

It isn’t fair to complain if I don’t have some ideas for solutions:
*Go after the providers who steal from the government.  They take kfar more away from all of us than all of the “moochers” and legitimate recipients together.
*Have people on the front lines contribute to policy making…those who work in the system; those who live it.  We know more about the ins and outs than anybody in Congress or the White House.
*Increase incentives for making healthy choices, including preventative  care and early intervention.
*Empower natural helpers, such as family care givers.
*Leave the Affordable Health Care Act in place for now; take time to iron out the real bugs.

For the Politically Minded

I limit the amount of politicizing I do on Lifehelps.

When I am in the mood for speaking out on this complex, often perplexing and frustrating subject, I put a post on

http://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com

 

Not to worry, my views are eclectic rather than very far left or right, although it is fair to warn you that I am not a fan of the current administration at all.

Today’s post is my evaluation of a memorandum from the White House I found on

http://www.cnn.com

touting Mr. Trump’s accomplishments in his first 100 days as President.

Feel free to go over and check it out.

The Demagog

Passions ignited and burst into flame;
As the man spoke,
The crowd became
Wilder, more frenzied;
Joining in the game
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

Mindless insanity grew in the heat;
As the man spoke,
They would repeat
Parts of his phrases,
Chanted to a beat
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

“How is it that so many lose their heads?”
People would ask,
As the man said
Things so clearly wrong;
They swallowed instead
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

It isn’t our heads we lose, but our heart;
Passion is stirred;
Then people start
To join and react
To deception’s spark
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

Oh, guard your heart and mind to keep your soul
From ruthless ones
Whom you don’t know;
Preying on people
So that they will go
With fervor for them and their cause.

 

The promise of greatness stokes hope and fear,
As the man speaks,
The crowd will cheer,
But let your own heart
Be perfectly clear:
No fervor for him and his cause.

 

A powerful person, you have a voice
Let no one seek
To steal your choice;
But confidently
Acknowledge the joys
Of fervor for life and its cause.

Happy Headlines

 

As promised:

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have been in regular communication, a top Trump aide said Sunday.

 

 

NASHVILLE – A lottery player who bought a ticket in Lafayette, Tenn., has won a $420.9 million grand prize, the Tennessee Lottery announced early Sunday.

 

 

Online sales overshadow stores in 4-day shopping frenzy

After a booming Thanksgiving weekend, retailers are indeed on track for holly jolly sales to cap the year.. Deep discounts wooed more than 154 million shoppers from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, up from 151 million last year, according to the …
Ohio State-Michigan scores ABC’s 2nd-highest rating in 25 years
ESPN announced Sunday that Ohio State’s 30-27 double overtime victory over Michigan scored a total audience of 16.926 million viewers across all platforms and 16.647 million viewers on ABC.
Physicists plan to test a new theory about the speed of light to explain what Einstein’s theory can’t

One of the oddest things about our universe is that it has some fundamental constants. These constants—such as the speed of light in a vacuum—have numerical values that don’t change no matter what conditions you test them under.
Fijian ants began farming 3 million years ago

An ant colony nurtures a Squamellaria plants in the crease of a Macaranga tree. Photo by G. Chomicki/LMU. MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 27 (UPI) — Ants have been farming for at least 3 million years.

 

Jordan Morris was the star who put the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup
Arizona grandma keeps promise to feed teen she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Rare geological formation discovered

 

Parents of separated twins focus on gratitude
Nicole and Christian McDonald are amazed by an outpouring of support
They urge people inspired by their sons to use that energy to do good for others

Come for a Visit

I started a new blog after the US election.
It’s at
http://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com

I called it that because of a statement by Barack Obama, “WE are all patriots.”  The definition of this word is interesting:  “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”

It does not mean one who follows the party line and supports it, even when it’s wrong.

The idea of Patriotsvoiceblog is to offer my readers a chance to comment on political matters.  I also hope to encourage and facilitate some reclamation of our power as citizens.
Here are titles of posts over there:

I Don’t Know

November 14, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, Uncategorized

I have asked a few people in the past week, “Who would you like for president in 2021?”
Pretty much unanimously, they have said, “I don’t know.”
What happens in your country?

November 16, 2016, posted in articles, discussions

In the United States, candidates run for President every four years.  This time, the campaigns started relatively early in 2015.
Grassroots

November 17, 2016, posted in articles, Uncategorized

Bernie Sanders says, “The Democrats need to become a grassroots party.”

I find myself wondering if this is possible.  Nations are run by the wealthy elite; the common citizen has limited information and power.
The Trump Administration: America’s “Third Reich”?

November 20, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news

“Energized By Trump’s Win, Alt-Right Extremists Gather In Washington To ‘Change The World’ : NPR
Do Our Votes Count?

November 23, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news
“Hillary Clinton has widened her lead in the popular vote to 1.5 percentage points, a spread not seen for a losing candidate since the disputed election of 1876.” (New York Times)
Trump won the electoral vote; Hillary won the popular vote.
Setting the Tone

November 26, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news
When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the mood of the nation was hopeful, cooperative and quite inclusive.

This time, however, anger, violence, racism, prejudice and aggression are in the forefront.
Take Back the Power…

November 27, 2016, posted in articles, discussions
…Raise the Standard

The notion that our government is “Of the people, for the people.”  is basically obselete.
Admittedly, some of what I write is controversial; I hope so!  That’s a good thing:  That we come at things differently is part of the beauty and struggle of government.

Come read, comment and raise questions of your own.

 

A Painful Dilemma

Regardless of whether you are pro choice or pro life, I have a question for you:
What would happen if Roe vs Wade were repealed?
As one who belongs to Jesus, I have wrestled with this a lot.

 

I know that the hope is, abortion would end.  That is not borne out in history, however.

Before abortion was legalized, women with sufficient funds went abroad to “have surgery on an ovarian cyst” or something like that.  Women without the means went to underground “clinics” and quacks:  Dangerous for the woman.  Many died; others had irreparable injuries.  If a physician did perform an abortion, it would be called something else…and no one had better figure out the truth.

 

The problem is, the heart of the nation is not in agreement with repealing Roe vs Wade.  That means, people will simply go underground once more.  If we really want to change that, we must deal with the complexity of the matter.  That will take time, conflict, struggles, serious problem solving  and a lot of conversation.

 

Why even have this discussion?  As long as it continues to be a political football, the matter cannot be solved.  Instead, it gets kicked around as one platform or another with plenty of talk and finger pointing; yet nothing ever gets done.  If we really want to repeal Roe vs Wade (and I’m not especially of that persuasion) we will have to take plenty of steps first, like education, economic development, increased support for women’s and children’s services…

 

I’m thinking we keep Roe vs Wade for the sake of safety; then, let’s unload the issue so it can be discussed constructively.  Next, we can build on common ground.

 

Let’s get it off the political football field, where rhetoric and empty promises keep it in play.