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Medicaid madness:"Look-back" period creates financial hardship for many Americans - DailyFinance

Medicaid madness:"Look-back" period creates financial hardship for many Americans - DailyFinance | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
When Dan Callahan, a public relations professional from Missouri, learned in 2003 that the Medicaid qualifications were going to get tougher, he and his
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The stripping away of the dignity of an individual and their family by demanding poverty to receive care is a sentence to hell on earth.

 

Those not rich must give everything they ever gained in life away while they are healthy and before they fall ill or have everything seized and taken from them but about 5 pieces of clothing and half a room with a bed. This IS the fate, the sentence, and the penalty of ordinary elderly Americans of average means. If that makes you afraid to grow old or sick…Well it should scare you because it IS a scary nightmare and that is why we NEED TO FIX IT!!

 

Many elderly loose their wealth through blundering or thievery of family or others, including legal advisers, they entrust it to early. But if they do not give it away early enough they must completely impoverish themselves and basically become owned by the medical system and/or wait to die. They must pay all they have to the medical system then wait to die or give it to someone they think they can trust with it if they don't require medical help and are lucky enough to die quickly in their own bed all of a sudden. Those that sign everything over to family sometimes find they lose their life long earnings because that family member runs into hardship and all is still lost. The family in hardship might be young enough to recover but the old or sick do not have that hope.

 

. The old or sick cannot wait too long to sign everything over to the family that could be their only option to live with or seek help from other than the street. Those that fail to hoard enough wealth during their life time must accept a fate worse than many murderers, Wall Street embezzlers, or at least they must accept the same sentence as those that do evil deeds as a price one must pay for living to become old or failing to stay healthy. Woe to the one that outlives the family...That person must be very rich or stay healthy not to become the property of the state before death. Maybe the Republicans can give that person a shoestring....If it sounds like I’m blaming Republicans…well, they did win that fight and they were proud of it, so I am blaming them.

 

The first fight Obama caved in on was the provision in the affordable healthcare act that would have prevented people from becoming bankrupt and impoverished due to sickness or living too long and becoming old and needy. Even temporary illness in old age can cause one to lose everything fast and permanently. The Republicans went after the ill and the old first ensuring this fate was held in place for them.

 

We need to put that protection from total poverty due to illness or sickness back into the Affordable Care Act and soon! I know families that are forced to give up even their handicapped children to the state or impoverish the whole family to receive care for that child. I know parents that join the military because they have family members who would not be able to get care with most family plans without bankrupting the family or might in fact otherwise die if the parent did not join the military for medical care. 

 

The Republicans also attacked the "death panels" that would have been legal advisors that would have been made affordable or maybe even hired as public servants to guide the ill and aging through this legal maze of being old or very sick. This might have been put in place as a public service to all, rich and poor. This was the second fight Obama gave up on and the other fight all of us need to take back up, win and restore to the Affordable Care Act.

 

Most families find out all this only when it is too late and most families don't have family lawyers unless they are very rich or have a family business... Many don't know whom to turn to and turning to the wrong lawyer can actually kill you or leave you worried and fretting till you die from that. What are the odds of any of Americans becoming old or sick? This mattered and still does matter to every one of us. The stripping away of the dignity of an individual and their family by demanding poverty to receive care is a sentence to hell on earth.

 

 

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Jacqueline Laurette Jones's curator insight, November 19, 2013 8:00 PM

A Certified Elder Law Attorney might be able to help you keep more of your money. Find one near you at nelf.org.

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The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem

The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
If one thing was clear from decisions handed down this week, it's that SCOTUS is clueless on technology
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Granted, the justices are behind the times. Twenty-first century technology has come to the Court, but the Court hasn’t come to the twenty-first century. Justices still communicate by handwritten notes instead of email. The courthouse got its first photocopying machine in 1969, six decades after the machine was invented. Oral arguments were first tape-recorded in 1955, nearly a hundred years after the first sound recording. At those arguments, blog reporters are denied press passes, tweeting is verboten, and justices thumb through hard copies of court documents. At the Supreme Court, every day is Throwback Thursday.


This might explain why the majority of Americans oppose life tenure for Supreme Court justices. Life tenure shields judicial independence and pays homage to the Founding Fathers’ vision. At the time the Constitution was written, however, the average life expectancy was about 40 years. (Or 60 years if controlled for infant mortality.) Today, it’s nearly twice as long. Clearly, life tenure meant something different for the founding generation.


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The Plan To Take Our Democracy Back - YouTube

Professor Lawrence Lessig goes over the problem - and the plan to solve it - on more time in this video provided by Purpose.com.
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From the web site:

We are a crowdfunded Super PAC to end all Super PACs.

Ironic? Yes. Embrace the irony.


We’re kickstarting a Super PAC big enough to make it possible to win a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016. We set fundraising goals and then crowdfund those goals.


We only keep your pledge if we hit our goal.

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Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches by Cops, Major ruling updates privacy laws for 21st century

Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches by Cops, Major ruling updates privacy laws for 21st century | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
  'Sweeping endorsement of digital privacy'... CHIEF JUSTICE: 'Get a warrant'... Court pulls plug on Internet streaming startup... Big win for broadcasters... Diller Killer...   The Supre...
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DoD Documents - Military Authorized to Quell Civil Unrest in the U.S.

DoD Documents - Military Authorized to Quell Civil Unrest in the U.S. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
What you may find particularly shocking is the conditions under which those forces can be deployed.
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Calling MayDay on Democracy, Super PAC Powered By Citizens Vows to #GetMoneyOut

Calling MayDay on Democracy, Super PAC Powered By Citizens Vows to #GetMoneyOut | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Our democracy is held hostage by the funders of campaigns.

 

Fri, 6/20/2014 - by Eleanor Goldfield

 

Super PACs spent $567,498,628 on the 2012 elections. About half of that was used on the presidential election. You may have seen that half-billion-dollar number thrown around or heard the mention of Super PACs – but what does a Super PAC really do?


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Campaign-Finance Reform Has to Be Cross-Partisan

Campaign-Finance Reform Has to Be Cross-Partisan | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Democrats love to talk about cutting the influence of money in politics, but are they actually any more eager to fix it than Republicans?

 

LAWRENCE LESSIG JUN 18 2014, 10:43 AM ET


The vast majority of Americans—more than 90 percent in recent polls—believe it “important” to “reduce the influence of money in politics.” But is the business model of the reformers actually consistent with winning reform?

 

This is the fair but hard question raised by the strategy planned by Senate Democrats this summer to force a vote on New Mexico Senator Tom Udall’s proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress the power “to regulate the raising and spending of money” in elections. Forty-three Senate Democrats have cosponsored the resolution. Zero Republicans have. Zero is the same number of Republicans who have joined any of the proposed constitutional amendments now floating about in Congress to, as they are described, “reverse Citizens United.” Constitutional reform to give Congress the power to further regulate campaign cash is the exclusive domain of the Democrats (excepting, of course, the ACLU Democrats; the ACLU opposes such amendments).

 

Read more at 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/campaign-finance-reform-has-to-be-cross-partisan/372983/

 


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Reform.to: Know Who Is and Who Isn't Against Corruption

Reform.to tracks members of Congress as well as candidates, and highlights their support for specific legislative and constitutional reforms aimed at fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics.
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Dick Cheney's Chutzpah - The National Memo

Dick Cheney's Chutzpah - The National Memo | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

By E. J. Dionne

June 19, 2014

 

WASHINGTON — The infinitely valuable Yiddish word “chutzpah” is defined as “shameless audacity” or “impudence.”

 

It’s singularly appropriate for the astonishing op-ed piece that former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz published in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. It’s not every day that a leader of the previous administration suggests that the current president is a “fool” and accuses him of intentionally weakening the United States.

 

http://www.nationalmemo.com/dick-cheneys-chutzpah/

 

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Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy: Robert Scheer

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy: Robert Scheer | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.
- 2014/06/18

 

By Robert Scheer

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense. This was, and will always be, viewed properly as Bush’s quagmire, a murderous killing field based on blatant lies. 

This showcase of American deceit, obvious to the entire world, began with the invented weapons of mass destruction threat that Bush, were he even semi-cognizant of the intelligence data, must have known represented an egregious fraud. So was his nonsensical claim that Saddam Hussein had something to do with the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, when in fact he was Osama bin Laden’s most effective Arab opponent.

 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/up_close_and_personal_with_george_w_bushs_horrifying_legacy_20140618

 

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‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-fourth of public company deals involve insider trading

‘The truth is worse than we imagine’: One-fourth of public company deals involve insider trading | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An award-winning new study claims that more than a quarter of all public company deals involve transactions that could be consider examples of insider trading.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 27, 2:12 AM

Is this really worse than we thought?

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Arming ISIS: The Danger of Listening to Warhawks | Nomadic Politics

Arming ISIS: The Danger of Listening to Warhawks | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Two years ago, as the Syrian Civil War dragged on, Republican warhawks had the answers about what President ought to do in Syria. Sending weapons to the freedom fighting rebels was the only answer. Let them fight a war of liberation for democracy.
Today we can see the folly of McCain's foreign policy solutions.
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This is corruption.

This is corruption. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Political spending can only be limited if it gives rise to corruption or the appearance thereof. Which raises the question, what does corruption look like?

 

Money corrupts our government and that corrupts everything else - the environment, the economy, our health, and our freedoms.

 

You can ignore these realities, or you can educate yourself about them. 

 

Visit http://thisiscorruption.com/

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Did Democratic Voters Defeat Eric Cantor? Probably Not

Did Democratic Voters Defeat Eric Cantor? Probably Not | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Turnout was heavy in some Democratic areas, but David Brat’s margin of victory came primarily from the more Republican parts of the district.
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Lawenceville, VA Rejects Immigrant Children as Diseased and Criminal

Lawenceville, VA Rejects Immigrant Children as Diseased and Criminal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
This was one of the most disturbing nights of filming I have experienced in America since Oct. 16, 2007. The next day I was interviewed on MSNBC to report on what I had witnessed: http://ow.ly/ypXwg
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Georgia Libertarians Qualify for November General Election

Georgia Libertarians Qualify for November General Election | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Today, Georgia Libertarians made national news by qualifying five candidates for November's general election. AP news source filed this report... ATLANTA | Libertarian candidates running for U.S. S...
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Calls for Tony Blair's Resignation as ME Envoy: The Unraveling of a War-Mongerer? | Nomadic Politics

Calls for Tony Blair's Resignation as ME Envoy: The Unraveling of a War-Mongerer? | Nomadic Politics | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Calls for his resignation as Middle East envoy have come from former ambassadors and politicians over his prominent role in the Iraq invasion. Have events in Iraq finally caught up with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair? Don't bet on it.
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The Fall of Iraq - What You're Not Being Told

The Fall of Iraq - What You're Not Being Told | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Iraq is descending into chaos, but not for the reasons you're being fed by the politicians and the mainstream media.
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Frustration rises over undocumented minors

Frustration rises over undocumented minors | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The 2007 influx of undocumented immigrants crossing the border led to the Arizona stop-and-frisk law. What will be the outcome of 2014 surge of unaccompanied minors? Eric Byler, filmmaker and director of “9500 Liberty,” joins Krystal Ball to discuss.
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Carnegie Mellon Student Gives a Lift to Lessig's Ideas

Carnegie Mellon Student Gives a Lift to Lessig's Ideas | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Lawrence Lessig is one of the most astute systems thinkers on the planet. Carnegie Mellon student Jordan Harrison decided to help bring Lessig's ideas alive visually, with this video.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, June 20, 12:12 AM

No duh!

 

And yet the ideologues and conservatives see nothing wrong with it and actively encourage it!

 

Worth spreading.

 

Idiots....

 

Think about it!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 26, 12:33 AM
I agree with the idea that Lessig is one the most astute systems thinkers on the planet. Take a minute to look over the visualizations created by student, Jordan Harrison of Lessig's ideas.
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Greenhouse: Some are Red. Some are Blue. ALL ARE GREEN!

Greenhouse: Some are Red. Some are Blue. ALL ARE GREEN! | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Install and use Greenhouse, a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Provides transparency by putting vital data about political contributions where it’s most relevant. Discover the real impact of money on our political system.

 

Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.

 

A free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system.

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I'm chatting live with Larry Lessig Thursday at 9pm

I'm chatting live with Larry Lessig Thursday at 9pm | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Join me - https://mayday.us/calltime/

 

On Thursday, June 19th, you’re invited to join Lessig and MAYDAY.US supporters for an update on our movement. 

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In case you haven't heard, MayDay is....


A Crowdfunded, Kickstarted SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs.

WE CAN DO THIS!


You really need to join this movement and pledge your support.


Watch the video and learn more at

https://mayday.us/


- Greg R., Coffee Party News Curator


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Common Cause Hails Senate Subcommittee Vote for Constitutional Amendment Permitting Common Sense Limits on Political Spending

Common Cause Hails Senate Subcommittee Vote for Constitutional Amendment Permitting Common Sense Limits on Political Spending | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

June 18, 2014

Today’s Senate subcommittee endorsement of a constitutional amendment permitting common-sense limits on campaign spending “is an important step toward putting voters back at the center of our elections,” said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport.

 

http://www.commoncause.org/press/press-releases/senate-subctte-amendment-vote.html

 

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Look at who sits on this subcommittee and see if you can guess how the 5-4 vote went.

- Greg R. Coffee Party News Curator

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$40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable

$40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base.
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Virginia Cop Strikes Teen with Baton for Video Recording, Hospitalizing him with Concussion (Updated) - Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC

Virginia Cop Strikes Teen with Baton for Video Recording, Hospitalizing him with Concussion (Updated) - Photography is Not a Crime: PINAC | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A Virginia teen ended up hospitalized with a concussion Tuesday after police struck him on the side of the head with a baton for video recording them. The video shows the cop asking his age before attacking the 19-year-old man,...
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Pot poll? Oregon marijuana initiative on target for November

Pot poll? Oregon marijuana initiative on target for November | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An Oregon initiative which would legalize recreational marijuana use is on the cusp of being placed on the November ballot. The initiative would come at a time when the majority of state residents support pot legalization.
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