The PPACA (aka ‘ObamaCare’) Explained

After a long break, I’ve come back. After the recent passing of the PPACA as constitutional, there is still a lot of confusion over what the PPACA entitles.

Worry, no longer! An excellent fellow by the name of CaspianX2 on Reddit.com broke it down for us: http://www.reddit.com/tb/vbkfm

I strongly recommend reading the entire thing, as it’s much MUCH shorter than the bill itself, and formatted to be easier to understand. One thing, however I noticed is this question that CaspianX2 noticed:

Question: What determines whether or not I can afford the mandate? Will I be forced to pay for insurance I can’t afford?

Answer: There are all kinds of checks in place to keep you from getting screwed. Kaiser actually has a webpage with a pretty good rundown on it, if you’re worried about it. You can see it here.

Roughly, if you can’t afford it by 2014 (when the mandate kicks in), you will not be forced to buy coverage. You still options for coverage! Like the link given above to get the details, it’s covered near the top of the page. If you make enough and don’t fall under the alternative options, while choosing not to be covered, that $26,000 fee that has been tossed around? No longer applies. At most, you’ll get taxed 2.5% of your income, or $695, whichever is greater. Given the options available to you, and how the costs for premium will be forced into a controlled limit, the insurance will be much cheaper for you and (ideally) cheaper than paying the tax.

Also, please note in the Reddit post, you will notice the mention that anyone serving Congress, and their staff, will have the same insurance as you and I. We no longer foot their health bills, as it’s going to be more of a shared expense that benefits all.

Now, for my opinion:

I love the mandate, it’s what makes the entire work, especially the competitive pricing for insurance and prescription medication. However, and the President has said as such, I don’t like the mandate was upheld as a tax. Now, maybe his statement is in part of the gigantic movement with the Tea Party and their “No More Taxes!” spiel or chant, and I can see that. However, despite this fairly volatile atmosphere, it conveys to many who don’t have the information available to them of what the PPACA entails for them that they are forced to get insurance.

You’re not, you’re asked to get some. The downside is if you choose not to, but can afford it, you will receive a small tax penalty. It’s hard to make this sound awesome, except that starting in 2014 (with more changes coming along the years) healthcare will be a viable option for people. It will not be something you try to get and you HOPE to not be dropped over one reason or another, whether they apply or not.

Now, we just need information and education for people and get rid of a lot of these misconceptions.

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I Trust Women, and I Stand with Planned Parenthood.

Sign the letter here.

From Planned Parenthood’s website:

TRUST WOMEN — AND STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD

In Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer is set to sign a bill that will deny Planned Parenthood health centers funding for family planning services, cancer screenings, HIV testing and counseling, and other preventive care. In Texas and Virginia they’re forcing women seeking abortions to undergo unnecessary, invasive ultrasounds. In state after state, lawmakers have launched reckless, relentless attacks on women’s health.

The state legislators pushing these laws don’t trust women to make decisions about their own bodies and health. They think they know better than the women themselves what’s good for them.

Tell them they’re wrong. Tell them that you stand with Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and young people who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers.

To the lawmakers pushing anti-choice, anti-women’s health legislation:It’s time to stop the constant efforts to deny women access to health care and strip them of the right to make their own medical decisions. It’s time to trust women.

I stand with Planned Parenthood because I trust women to make their own choices and their own health care decisions.

When you eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood health centers, you cut off countless women from their only source of health care. You take from them the power to plan and care for their families. You condemn them to undiagnosed illness and untreated disease.

I trust women to make their own private medical decisions without interference from lawmakers and ideologues. That means no woman should be forced to undergo a government-mandated procedure because she chooses to have an abortion — whether she lives in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, or anywhere else. And no doctor should be forced by the government to perform these procedures for political purposes.

I trust women, and I will not allow you to take away their rights and deny them access to health care. Your reckless, relentless efforts to enforce your narrow-minded ideology — through abortion bans, “personhood” bills, and other radical legislation — are dangerous and unacceptable.

I trust women. I stand with Planned Parenthood. It’s time for you to do the same.


When Contraceptive Statistics are Abused

Over the years, I’ve noticed the occasional argument about birth control and contraceptives in general arguing against usage statistics.

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A Need to Blame, or a Need to Shame?

Over the past few weeks, there has been what seems to be a War on Women: both in state legislatures, and on the national field. Then, when it comes to any kind of social media, there’s comments defending women’s reproductive right as well as commenting against it. Whether it’s abortion and some weird misconceived twist on Thomas Jefferson’s view on abortion, Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke (and really, Rush Limbaugh in general), the contraceptive coverage fiasco, or just..

Well, sex.

Now, I’m in support of women’s rights on all fronts. I just don’t understand why they’re being attacked. Is it because some, or rather many, men are so threatened with sexual freedom on some level they must attack it? Is the very idea a woman just might enjoy sex, be gay, or strong in any way WITHOUT depending on men for it?

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The Case Against Ron Paul Pt. 1

As there is a lot to cover about Congressman Ron Paul, this article will be split into several parts. Introducing Part 1, Introduction and the first issue.

Attention voters!

According to many Independent voters and much of the Libertarian party, Ron Paul is a god-send for the GOP ticket. Why, do you ask? Well, look at the 2012 Presidential Voter Guide Peter Richter made:

Note the smoking black man...

Strangely enough, if you follow the link to where he originally uploaded it to Facebook, you have to friend him to comment. How convenient! I suppose I can’t have everything go my way.

So, here’s my issue… I don’t see the facts positioned in a truthful manner. Not to mention how each person above is depicted by their picture. So, I.. I need to get my petty complaints out of the way, before I can get to the facts. Bear with me.

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Rush Limbaugh Apologizes? Barely.

Sandra Fluke testifying before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee / Getty Images

Last week, Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke had been attacked with slurs and degenerative language by Rush Limbaugh over his radio talk show. These insults and comments would go on for  a significant amount of time, calling her and fellow students names such as “slut” and “whore”, because they have believed she has so much sex that she cannot afford birth control coverage. The question we must ask is where did all of this come from?

This started February 23rd, 2012, when she had given the testimony originally intended for the prior week’s hearing panel to discuss if contraception (namely, birth control medication) should be forcibly covered by insurance, for women who work for businesses that have religious affiliations (hospitals, universities, etc). That hearing had taken placed on February 16th, 2012, and Sandra Fluke was the only witness the Democrats in the committee called, as well as the only FEMALE witness called on all sides, to make an argument supporting birth control coverage.

She had made arguments, as well as a personal anecdote story, that would argue to keep the requirement in place. What followed was that Rush Limbaugh took the opportunity to attack her.  As a result, several petitions went up to ask Rush’s advertisers to pull their support from his radio show as  a sign of protest to the hateful messages he was spreading about Ms. Fluke and fellow students at Georgetown.

So, what happened? Rush seems to have TRIED to apologize, and Sandra didn’t take it. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz (The Ed Show) covered this pretty well.

Watch the clip here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755822/vp/46634637#46634637