The general consensus is Democrats may lose big in 2014, but that doesn’t have to be. They can rip a page from the Republicans’ playbook to turn this thing around.
What am I babbling about? I am referring to rewording and coded language—and the Grand Ole Party is brilliant at both.
Comedian Bill Maher offered some advice to Democrats Friday on his HBO show which was ingenious. He thinks they need to change how they describe their policies and programs to voters.
Republicans in Washington, on talk radio and television—namely, Fox—are experts at spin and use coded language and rewording to either fire up the hate, fear, ignorance or resentment of their base or mobilize them into action.
One of their most memorable rewordings was changing “Affordable Care Act” to “Obamacare.”
You see, to inflame hearts and minds against President Barack Hussein Obama, they took his signature piece of legislation and wiped his foreign, Muslim-sounding name all over it.
An ad from a PAC headed by tea party Republican Sharron Angle relies on several dubious comparisons to attack the Affordable Care Act’s state-run exchange in Nevada.
The ad claims Nevada’s exchange “has brought the highest increase in premiums in the country” — 179 percent. The claim relies on an analysis from a conservative think tank that purports to compare pre- and post-ACA insurance rates on the individual market, but the state’s Department of Insurance says the comparison is not “fair” or “accurate.”
The on-screen text claims that the Nevada exchange offers “33 percent of the benefits of the federal exchange.” All exchange plans — regardless of whether offered on state-based or federally run marketplace exchanges — are required to cover the same set of essential health benefits.
The ad claims enrollment in the exchange has been far less than what was “projected, and needed.” Enrollment has, indeed, fallen short of initial goals, and even the more modest goals reset in February, but exchange officials say the program is “sustainable” with the current enrollment.
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Despite the Republicans spending millions of tax dollars trying to repeal Obamacare no less than 50 TIMES, the healthcare law seems to be surging in terms of popularity, along with the President himself. An impressive 64% of Americans now either support the Affordable Care Act outright or making minor changes to it. 48% of Americans now support the President as well and the direction he’s taking our country in. That’s up from 42% in November.
Some of the NerdWallet findings:
■ In Collier, there are 71 primary-care doctors for every 100,000 people and the uninsured rate is 28.6 percent. The average Collier premium for an individual is $304 a month; it’s $905 for a family of four.
■ In Lee County, there are 59 primary-care doctors per 100,000 population and the uninsured rate is 26 percent. The average premium cost for an individual is $344; it’s $1,023 for a family of four. Lee County ranked 46th in terms of benefiting from Obamacare.
■ Top-ranked Alachua has 202 primary-care doctors per 100,000 population, a consequence of Gainesville being home to the University of Florida, which has a medical school, Pratini said. The uninsured rate is 20.4 percent. The average premium cost for an individual is $300 and $893 for a family of four in Alachua.
read more @ Naples Now
some interesting facts :
The county continues to experience significant growth and is becoming increasingly diverse. As of the 2010 census, the county’s population had increased to 321,520, an increase of 27.9% over the 2000 census. As of 2012, the United States Census estimates the county’s population at 332,427, an increase of 3.4% since the 2010 census. As of the 2010 census, 65.7% of the population was non-Hispanic whites, 25.9% was Latino or Hispanic, 6.6% was African-American and 1.1% was Asian.For the 2010 census, the Latino or Hispanic ethnic group represented the greatest source of population growth since the 2000 census, growing from 49,000 (19.6% of the total population) to 83,177 (25.9% of the total population. As of the 2010 census, the greatest source of population growth in the county since the 2000 census came from the Latino or Hispanic population which grew from 49,296 (19.6% of the total population) to 83,177 (25.9% of the total population).
In Collier, there are 71 primary-care doctors for every 100,000 people and the uninsured rate is 28.6 percent. The average Collier premium for an individual is $304 a month; it’s $905 for a family of four.
Alachua is a city in Alachua County, Florida, United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city’s population was 9,059. The city is part of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 264,275 people at the 2010 census.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $38,075, and the median income for a family was $49,542. Males had a median income of $36,315 versus $28,018 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,299. About 14.0% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
Top-ranked Alachua has 202 primary-care doctors per 100,000 population, a consequence of Gainesville being home to the University of Florida, which has a medical school, Pratini said. The uninsured rate is 20.4 percent. The average premium cost for an individual is $300 and $893 for a family of four in Alachua.
While there was predictable outrage from many right-wing quarters this week over Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of S.B. 1062 — a bill that would have legalized discrimination against LGBT people on the basis of protecting the “religious freedom” of people who did not wish to do business with them — the overwhelming reaction by most Arizonans, particularly its business people, was one of relief.
After all, the state is still recovering from the economic blowback wrought by another piece of far-right legislation - the infamous anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 legislation that put local law officers in the business of enforcing federal immigration law. The damage inflicted by the law itself, worsened by boycotts and other economic retaliation provoked by that legislation, remain fresh in the minds of the state’s business leaders, who pleaded with Brewer to boycott the law, as did the state’s entire congressional delegation and even a few of the legislators who had originally voted for the bill.
For now, the legislation appears to be dead in Arizona. But it is only one of several states in which the “religious freedom” legislation has made its presence felt, and in several states it may yet be approved.
An emotional anti-ACA ad from a cancer patient is the newest example of how low Americans for Prosperity will sink when it comes to attacking the Affordable Care Act.
At worst, under the ACA, this woman will pay $2. more per year in out of pocket cost. Her monthly premiums have been cut in half, she gets to keep her doctors…so what is the real issue here?
At best, if she goes into remission (which I sincerely hope she does) , she will save a lot of money in the out years and she can no longer be cancelled at the Insurer’s whim.
I am afraid we will see more and more of these outright deceptive ads in 2014. Democrats must be vigilant in exposing this. They must be called out every time until it is no longer politically advantageous for them to continue with their lies.
First of all, many viewers might think Boonstra lost her doctor, as she mentions her “wonderful doctor” and then says her plan was canceled. But AFP confirms that she was able to find a plan, via Blue Cross Blue Shield, that had her doctor in its network.
Local news reports recount that Boonstra, like many Americans, initially had trouble getting a plan because of the botched launch of healthcare.gov. No doubt that was a difficult experience. She then was invited by her local member of Congress to attend the State of the Union address and participated in a Republican National Committee news conference that highlighted problems with Obamacare’s stumbling launch.
At that news conference, Boonstra said, “I’m paying a higher cost now as far as out of pocket costs and the coverage is just not the same.” But in the new ad she says “the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it’s unaffordable.”
The claim that the costs are now “unaffordable” appeared odd because, under Obamacare, there is an out-of-pocket maximum of $6,350 for an individual plan, after which the insurance plan pays 100 percent of covered benefits. The Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Michigan that appear to match Boonstra’s plan, as described in local news reports, all have that limit.
Meanwhile, Boonstra told the Detroit News that her monthly premiums were cut in half, from $1,100 a month to $571. That’s a savings of $529 a month. Over the course of a year, the premium savings amounts to $6,348—just two dollars shy of the out-of-pocket maximum.
We were unable to reach Boonstra, but on the fact of it, the premium savings appear to match whatever out-of-pocket costs she now faces.
Tennessee Nullification of Obamacare & All Federal Gun Laws Legislation Introduced - Freedom Outpost
Tennessee nullification legislation of Obamacare and all federal gun laws is being pushed by lawmakers in the Volunteer State. On one hand lawmakers are pushing new legislation, that if passed, would gut the implementation of Obamacare. On the other hand legislation that is an expansion of the 2009 Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act was introduced yesterday, which is designed to protect Tennessee citizens from Congress’ violations of the Second and Tenth Amendment.
FWIW, the host site, FreedomOutpost is a collection of every bit of derp, half-half-truth, lie and conspiracy one could want (or stomach).
Both of these bills are being sponsored by Mae Beavers, she’s a local tea-party favorite. (as if that was a surprise)
The firearms bill would basically say “No federal law applying to firearms applies in TN”
(a) Any federal enactment or federal enforcement action relating to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition, is void in this state.
(b) Any federal enactment or federal enforcement action impacting or infringing upon the rights of individuals or entities relative to firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition, is void in this state.
(c) No public official, employee, or agent of this state or any of its political subdivisions shall act, aid, or otherwise cooperate to impose, collect, enforce, or effectuate any fine, penalty, or other federal enactment or federal enforcement action in this state.
(d) Any enforcement of, or attempt to enforce, any federal enactment or federal enforcement action against any individual or entity in this state is an infringement of the civil rights of the individual so affected, and with respect to any such entity, such action is a violation of the rights of each individual having an ownership or membership interest in such entity.
Additionally, the bill would make it an “offense to knowingly enforce or attempt to enforce any federal enactment or to further assist any federal enforcement action.”
The ACA nullification reads about the same…
First, SB1680 is being sponsored by Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), along with eight co-sponsors in the Tennessee senate and a companion bill in the House by Rep. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon). The bills would prohibit the state, its officials and agencies from implementing or administering any part of the Affordable Care Act.
The bill reads in part:
“No powers, assets, employees, agents or contractors of the state, including any institution under control of the University of Tennessee or the Tennessee board of regents, or any political subdivision, municipality or other local government entity shall be used to assist in implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or any subsequent federal amendment to such act…”
The idea / plan / pipe dream is that by states blocking the implementation of federal law the states can cause the federal system to collapse, and when it does, it can be replaced with a decentralized one, run at the state level. Humm,, sounds almost like a confederation doesn’t it?
I’m SO glad my state can deal with these pressing issues, since we have apparently solved all the problems that cause us to be ranked consistently in the bottom 10 states for Healthcare, Education and Quality of Life.
This is good. Betsy McCaughey is a corporate shill who has been pushing health care propaganda for decades. Neil Cavuto isn’t much better, and I love how Gruber grins as soon as McCaughey’s name is mentioned at about the 3:50 mark.
Cavuto: So right now, with the percentage of young people signing up, you’re saying it’s about on track.
Gruber: What I’m saying is right now, it looks on track. We won’t know for sure, really, until May when we see the 2015 rates. If you’re right, Neil, and there’s a disaster in young people not signing up, we’ll see a huge spike in rates in May 2015.
Cavuto: So why do so many people, Jonathan, worry about what could be the next shoe to drop, and that is their own bosses maybe shifting them off their policies to the President’s plan, to the exchanges, private, public, or otherwise, but not what they’re used to. And we have Betsey McCaughey, who has been sort of crunching the numbers, disagrees with you, and you can obviously disagree with her, she says that that figure will balloon - 25 million more Americans will have to be shifted out of what they have into something else.
Gruber: Look, Betsey McCaughey is not an expert on this. Her numbers don’t really carry merit -
Cavuto: What is then? (crosstalk) Do you think millions of people will be shifted out of what they have when the Employer Mandate kicks in? When bosses have to decide, yay or nay, “I’m going to keep this or not.”
Gruber: Based on the estimates of the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan institution, is that six million people will be leaving their employee sponsored insurance plan.
Cavuto: So not 25 then?
Gruber: No, not 25 million. The estimates from the Congressional-
Cavuto: So you think on the downroad, this is going to pick up? Things are going to get better?
Gruber: Yes. Absolutely.
This fits right in with this page posted yesterday.
There just has to be some sort of conspiracy. Some hidden force pushing a hidden agenda.
That’s right, even though his own party has tried to throw a wrench into efforts to extend aid to 1.3 million jobseekers — the GOP’s position would even threaten job growth and cut GDP — Priebus yesterday told radio host Lars Larson that Democrats “don’t want this to pass.” He claimed that the Democrats’ attempt to pass emergency jobless aid was in fact a ploy to “avoid Obamacare.”