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Consumer Protection Whac-A-Mole With the Private Insurance Companies

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:15 am

While the Affordable Care Act banned some of worst practices of the private insurance companies, it didn’t stop these companies from finding new ways to screw you over.

Sentencing Commission Votes to Retroactively Apply Their Big Drug Sentencing Reductions

By: Friday July 18, 2014 11:27 am

Tens of thousands of American serving time for federal drug crimes could see their sentences reduced. On Friday the United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to retroactively apply their reduction in sentencing guideline levels on federal drug trafficking cases. Back in April the commission amended the guidelines to lower the base offense levels in the [...]

Public Doesn’t Think There Is a Responsibility to Intervene in Iraq

By: Friday July 18, 2014 8:05 am

The American people continue to be opposed to new military actions around the world after over a decade of expensive wars. Even with renewed violence in Iraq thanks to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria a clear majority in the country doesn’t think the government has a responsibility to take action. According to a new [...]

Should the Health Care Exchanges Just Automatically Assign Everyone a Plan?

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 9:51 am

The more I read about how regular people interact with the new health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, the more convinced I’ve become that most people probably aren’t making the optimal decision. Whether it is surveys showing a majority of people said it was difficult to compare plans, assessments showing very few [...]

Immigration Surges to Number One Issue With Americans

By: Wednesday July 16, 2014 7:00 am

The media coverage of thousands of youth migrants/refugees from Central America has dramatically raised the public’s concern about immigration issues in general. The issue went from barely registering a few months ago to now being seen as the most important problem among a plurality of Americans. From Gallup: Whether a gridlocked Congress will actually manage [...]

Boehner Is Suing to Stop Obama From Delaying the Employer Mandate and May Ask the Court to Delay it Instead

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 11:56 am

Just when I though the House Republicans lawsuit against the President couldn’t get more absurd it does. From the Speaker’s Office explaining their own lawsuit: Q: But if the House lawsuit succeeds, it means the Obamacare employer mandate goes into effect, doesn’t it?  A: If the House litigation succeeds, the House would immediately take up [...]

People Needed a Lot of Help Using the Affordable Care Act Exchanges

By: Tuesday July 15, 2014 9:47 am

Remember when President Obama repeatedly promised that using the Affordable Care Act exchanges would be as easy as buying stuff on Amazon or Kayak? Well it didn’t quite work out that way. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 10.6 million people sought help using the new law via one of several thousand Assister Programs [...]

Most of the World Doesn’t Like Our Unaccountable Flying Death Robots

By: Monday July 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Amazingly, American flying robots that can rain death down on almost anywhere on Earth, with very little accountability, are not popular among the people forced to live on Earth. From Pew Research: Nothing wins hearts and minds like flying death machines.

The Massive Gap Between What Young People Wanted From Health Care Reform and What They Got

By: Friday July 11, 2014 11:36 am

One set of numbers about health care reform from the Reason-Rupe Millennials poll really stood out to me. It found voters 18-29 overwhelmingly believe the government has the responsibility to guarantee every citizen has health insurance. The poll found 69 percent share this opinion, but only 51 percent have a favorable view of the Affordable [...]

Most People Claim to Actually Use the Restaurant Nutritional Labels

By: Friday July 11, 2014 9:42 am

A significant number of people use the nutritional information required at chain restaurants menus according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC looked at people in 17 states who visit chain restaurants and have noticed that menu labeling was publicly displayed. Among this group 57.3 percent say they at least sometimes use [...]

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