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Author: BobR    Date: 03/15/2017 15:24:58

For years, Republicans have been deriding the ACA (AKA: ObamaCare). They claim that it has been a disaster, that it needs to be repealed and replaced with a better program. This has been their campaign issue for years, and tRump picked it up and ran with it. Now that they have a chance to make good on their blather, they seem curiously unprepared.

When the ACA was originally being crafted and debated, there were a lot of compromises that needed to be made, due to the delicate majorities the Dems had in Congress (including Democratic senators from essentially red states), and the powerful insurance company lobbies. The biggest disappointment on the left was the lack of a "public option" (insurance provided by the government, such as the ability to "buy into" Medicare). The biggest aggravation on the right was the mandate. There was a lot of "fake news" being spread back in those days, so we created a site to combat that: http://www.healthcarereformmyths.org/.

Nonetheless, it was successful for the most part. Millions of people were able to get insurance who couldn't before, the chances of having to go bankrupt because of medical problems dropped dramatically, and the overall cost for healthcare dropped. There have been outliers certainly, in particular those who are self-employed or run small businesses who don't get employer-provided insurance, and make too much money for medicaid assistance. They are a minority, and their problem could be addressed with a tweak to the law.
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45 comments (Latest Comment: 03/15/2017 21:28:48 by livingonli)

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Author: TriSec    Date: 03/14/2017 12:55:51

Good Morning.

Since it seems that's going to be our next war, we'll take a closer look at Syria today. Some weeks ago now, I noted that Russia had called for peace talks, as it seems that the power vacuum in Washington has made such a thing possible.
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44 comments (Latest Comment: 03/14/2017 21:28:46 by Raine)

Crazy as a KAC
Author: Raine    Date: 03/13/2017 13:07:15

For now, I am just going to leave this here:
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 03/14/2017 00:03:49 by Scoopster)

Open
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/12/2017 16:08:04

While I watch SNL. My Dish and NBC are in a fight and we are not able to see programming.
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What we teach
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/11/2017 11:46:41

Good Morning.

Last week, we had perhaps the most amazing Pack Meeting ever with my scouts.

I'll start with a little background information - you may be familiar with the Scout Oath, and buried somewhere in there is a promise to "Do my best to do my duty to God..."

As a Den Leader, I have long shied away from any organized work in this area. I always hold up the book, point at the relevant section, and tell the parents that I will never work on this with their scouts - that's all up to them. Sign it off, and I won't question anything that you did.
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 03/12/2017 15:04:04 by Will in Chicago)

Fuck Winter Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 03/10/2017 14:01:06

Really?! Snow, now? I don't know about the rest of you but the flowers in my garden have already started popping and the flowering trees in the neighborhood have already bloomed, but now..........NOW we are supposed to get snow.....

Well F that! I know its probably not good for the environment, hello global climate change, but Spring decided it wanted to arrive early, the official start is March 20th. Being in, what is technically, the south, I'm ok with that. (I don't handle snow or winter well any longer.)

So enjoy a few lovely Springtime pictures while we freeze for the next few days.
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41 comments (Latest Comment: 03/10/2017 21:46:21 by Mondobubba)

Thursday Stub
Author: Raine    Date: 03/09/2017 14:16:13

Carry on as I carry wake up!
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41 comments (Latest Comment: 03/09/2017 22:03:02 by Raine)

International Women's Day
Author: BobR    Date: 03/08/2017 14:56:34

Today - March 8, 2017 - is International Women's Day. Though some may think this is a fairly modern designation, it dates back to the early 1900s:
1909
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

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1913-1914
On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Women's Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity.

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49 comments (Latest Comment: 03/08/2017 21:41:15 by wickedpam)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/07/2017 11:01:33

Good Morning.

Got a few things going on today, perhaps linked, perhaps not.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 03/08/2017 00:23:08 by BobR)

Tapp This: Pt 2
Author: Raine    Date: 03/06/2017 19:28:56

This morning I pondered the fresh pile of dog poop we have we to look forward to this week. Please take a look at the post, it might make what I am about to pontificate more sensible.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 03/06/2017 22:48:05 by livingonli)

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