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  • Mar 23, 2021 02:53 PM
    Last: 10mo
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    We keep quietly finding out more and more things in the 3rd stimulus bill that weren't direct payments, but will help millions of Americans during difficult times. This time it's a massive expansion of Obamacare subsidies, which will make it so millions of uninsured Americans will soon qualify for subsidies to purchase coverage. It's been predicted that upwards of 15 million uninsured Americans will receive coverage and roughly 9 million Americans already receiving subsidies will be eligible for more. Since it was passed using budget reconciliation, the additional subsidies are only good until 2023 unless Congress extends it.

    I think this is great news. The more people insured the better. So if you are currently uninsured, it can not hurt to check and see if you qualify for subsides once they become available for most states starting April 1, 2021.

  • Jan 02, 2020 01:11 PM
    Last: 2yr
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    It sure seems like Texas and Florida are going to see the biggest changes at the expense of New York, Illinois, and a number of other Midwestern states.

    What will be interesting is how the additional districts in Texas are mapped out because that state is rapidly changing demographically. If the Republicans are able to jam through highly gerrymandered maps (which is very likely) then those demographic changes may very well be negated for the next decade or more.

  • Jan 06, 2020 06:06 PM
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    My state has so far refused to expand Medicaid and I don't see it happening any time soon. It's a shame because we have a 9% uninsured rate and that has relatively flat for quite some time.

    To me it's not really a political issue, but it politics unfortunately dominates the discussion surrounding the issue. People that can't afford health insurance forgo preventative coverage (for no fault of their own) and only get help when the absolutely need to, costing them and, in effect, the rest of us, much more in the long run.

    It's hard for a lot of us to admit it, but providing coverage to everyone (not necessarily arguing for single-payer, but just guaranteed basic coverage) is far cheaper than the status quo.

  • Apr 17, 2017 04:03 PM
    Last: 5yr
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    I made the mistake of waiting a few years before contributing to the 401k plan offered to my company and now I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to work years longer than I originally anticipated.
  • Sep 19, 2016 02:18 PM
    Last: 5yr
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    bryce28 Wrote: Also, can't help myself.. I want to see Trump and Clinton go at it, for purely entertainment reasons. Very Happy
    That's what worries me about the 24/7 "news" cycle now though. Presidential politics has moved away from actual policy debate and discussion and into a circus where the loudest voice in the room wins.
  • Sep 24, 2016 05:01 PM
    Last: 5yr
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    J.K.Logic Wrote: I need to think on this. But I am curious --- What would you ask Trump and/or Clinton, if you could ask a question during the debate?

    I'm far more curious to see how the debate moderator and general press question and judge Donald Trump. Will he get off the hook for saying anything he wants regardless of the facts or will he actually be held accountable if he starts speaking non truths?

    I understand the moderator likely won't fact-check Trump, but I do hope the media doesn't give him a free pass and judge him the winner just because he was able to stand up there for 90 minutes.

  • Jul 25, 2016 03:06 PM
    Last: 5yr
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    I'm looking forward to Mr. Sanders speech tonight. My home state is very likely going for Trump, but I hope that he is able to reach his supporters who are on the fence in the swing states and convince them that Clinton is a heck of a lot better than Trump.