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Yep, they are poor just not poor enough

Poverty

Yep, you’re poor, but we don’t care. The rules of austerity mean if you are poor you are on your own. Am I my brother’s keeper? Heck no. My brother needs to get two or three jobs in spite of the fact there are three or four applicants for each job. My brother needs to work harder. Dog eat dog. Welcome to the rules of austerity.

From AP:

In South Carolina, a yearly income of $16,900 is too much for Medicaid for a family of three. In Florida, $11,000 a year is too much. In Mississippi, $8,200 a year is too much. In Louisiana and Texas, earning more than just $5,000 a year makes you ineligible for Medicaid.

Governors in those five states have said they’ll reject the Medicaid expansion underpinning Obama’s health law after the Supreme Court’s decision gave states that option. Many of those hurt by the decision are working parents who are poor — but not poor enough — to qualify for Medicaid.

Republican Mitt Romney’s new running mate, conservative Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, has a budget plan that would turn Medicaid over to the states and sharply limit federal dollars. Romney hasn’t specifically said where he stands on Ryan’s idea, but has expressed broad support for his vice presidential pick’s proposals.

Medicaid now covers an estimated 70 million Americans and would cover an estimated 7 million more in 2014 under the Obama health law’s expansion. In contrast, Ryan’s plan could mean 14 million to 27 million Americans would ultimately lose coverage, even beyond the effect of a repeal of the health law, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation of Ryan’s 2011 budget plan. (more…)

Monday mid-day News Roundup

A couple of commenters are confused by my position over the latest flap over contraceptives. My position is that religious freedom is a right granted to individual US citizens by the Constitution. The right is not granted to institutions. I’m sure that this clarification will make things perfectly clear. 🙂

Wall Street is happier with the Greek deal.

Highlights of the Obama budget plan for 2013 can be found here. There are $350 billion in short-term job growth initiatives in this budget. I’ll have more on this later.

I was truly surprised at how Mitt Romney decided that begging was the right tactic at CPAC. Basically, he thought it was necessary for him to roll out a list of his credentials to prove to the conference that he was truly a conservative. If you are truly a conservative, you shouldn’t have to prove it. One would figure that a conference full of conservatives should be able to spot a conservative from a mile away.

Somehow, we need to change our jury system. We are way too influenced by eye-witness testimony, which can be terribly flawed.

Iran is censoring the Internet and blocking access. This is confirmed by Google.

The Department of Justice withheld vital information on wiretapping from Congress. Congress, the supposed overseers, were out to lunch.

A study of 2009 of sexually active American women between the ages of 18 and 34 revealed that 30% of them had put off a visit to their gynecologist or family practitioner in order to save money. A quarter of the women who are on birth control pills were not taking the pills every day in order to save money. Women need affordable healthcare and this includes birth control. It is that simple.

In a shocking study, 10% of physicians admit that they’ve been untruthful with their patients.

Although Adele takes the Grammys, Whitney Houston is definitely remembered.

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Politi-Confusion

I understand how difficult it is to try to figure out fact from fiction in our world of political hyperbole. Almost nobody plays it straight anymore. Almost everybody is trying to twist the facts to their own advantage. Then, in order to get the “appropriate” media exposure you really need to say something outrageous. Michele Bachmann is/was the queen of outrageous. She has made a career out of saying the most outlandish and fact-challenging statements and has lived in the land of confusion and lies for most of her political career. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter are just a few of the politicians/commentators who stretch the truth so far that it is unrecognizable. So, multiple websites have cropped up whose sole purpose is to correct the facts. PolitiFact is one such website. In order to get publicity and drive traffic to their website, they’ve come up with the “Lie of the Year.” This year, they’ve decided that the lie of the year was that Paul Ryan’s budget plan was going to end Medicare.

As I see it, Medicare is about seniors getting healthcare. Basically, once you become a senior you qualify for Medicare and you can therefore get healthcare. It is that simple. This plan, under Paul Ryan, would have been changed to a voucher system in which seniors would be given vouchers to use to pay for their healthcare. Once they spent a voucher, seniors were out of luck. To me, this is a fundamental change in Medicare and how the system works. Now, no longer would seniors have the security of knowing that all of their bills would be paid. In my mind, this would be fundamentally changing Medicare so that it looks nothing like the Medicare that we know today. You can call it Obama Care. You can call it an elephant or you can call it Medicare but it is not the Medicare that we know today. For some reason, PolitiFact misses this fundamental distinction. Paul Krugman and Steve Benen have more.