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What's happening in Washington? What are the critical issues of the day, how is our government reacting to them, and how do The People feel about it?
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More #PPACA Red Herrings: Renewals and Benefits

More #PPACA Red Herrings: Renewals and Benefits | Federal Politics | Scoop.it
The brouhaha over "keeping the plans you like" and "forcing healthy young men to buy policies with maternity benefits" are simply the latest examples of political red herrings being used by the GOP...
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Here is a very excellent explanation of why insurance companies win big from the passage of the ACA.  I am lucky in that my work pays for part of my health insurance.  However, my insurance plan is being terminated and premiums for its replacement are higher.  Even someone with a limited knowledge of actuarial tables can deduce that one of two things caused my premiums to increase.  Either my greedy insurance company is using the ACA as an opportunity to increase profits or the ACA does NOT control healthcare costs as promised time and again by the Obama Administration.  Is either one a good result? 

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Greg Russak's comment, December 13, 2013 6:33 PM
Neither is a good result. I would submit to you that the PPACA as I understand it was never going to, a) dictate the premiums you pay for heath insurance nor, b) actually do anything about rising health care costs. IMHO, that's actually those are actually it's greatest failings - too little control over premium costs and no public option to compete against them. "What do we want?" "Single Payer" "When do we want it?" "NOW!"
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Capital Eye Opener, Jan. 16: Oil Group Hires Hill Staffers, Obama's Transparency Backslide and More - OpenSecrets Blog

Capital Eye Opener, Jan. 16: Oil Group Hires Hill Staffers, Obama's Transparency Backslide and More - OpenSecrets Blog | Federal Politics | Scoop.it
It takes a ton of cash to put on the sort of show President Barack Obama has planned this weekend for his second inauguration. But who's paying for it -- and what might they want in return?
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Three stories of corruption gone unanswered. Which makes you more angry?

 

A. Staffers of congressmen serving on the House Natural Resource
     Committee hired by The Independent Petroleum Association

     of America.

B. President Obama discloses names but not amounts, occupations, or
      geographical data on those funding his Inauguration.

C. The Federal Election Commission will not investigate claims that
      former Rep.Howard Berman (D-Calif.) illegally coordinated with a

      super PAC  despite the fact that his campaign and the PAC both

      used the same consultant.

D. All of the Above

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The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The People Can Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership | Federal Politics | Scoop.it
Time to end the failed experiment with rigged corporate trade and put in place fair trade for the people and planet before profits.
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Torpedo the TPP!  If we can't kill it, we at least need to demand transparancy.  This so-called free trade agreement is subterfuge and crony capitalism at its finest folks.  Take 15 minutes out of your day and Google the TPP.  Find out how the President is putting the final coffin in the coffin of the middle class by making it even easier to outsource jobs, while at the same time making an end run around the legislative process by putting into effect the guts of the SOPA and PIPA bills that were soundly defeated in Congress last year.

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