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ObamaCare: Making History Every Day

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Tara Culp-Ressler: Obamacare Has Reversed A Negative Trend. Researchers Call It ‘Remarkable’

For the first time in a decade, the number of people struggling to pay their medical bills has started to decline, according to a new survey released on Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund. The researchers attributed the historic drop to the number of people gaining insurance under the health care reform law. Between 2012 and 2014 — as Obamacare’s main coverage expansion took effect — the Commonwealth researchers found that the number of people who had issues paying for health treatment dropped from 41 percent to 35 percent. Over the same time period, the people who skipped out on health services because they couldn’t afford them declined from 43 percent to 36 percent

In a press release, the researchers described the declines as “remarkable.” This marks the first time since 2005, when Commonwealth started surveying people on these questions, that the number of Americans struggling to afford medical care hasn’t increased. Commonwealth’s findings, which also documented a drop in the number of Americans going without insurance, track closely with other surveys that have reported declines in the uninsured rate under Obamacare. The number of Americans without health care was reduced by about 25 percent last year, which means that between eight million and eleven million people have gained coverage.

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Margot Sanger-Katz: Signs of A Decline In Financial Distress Connected To Medical Bills

After rising for a decade, the number of Americans experiencing financial distress from their medical bills has started to decline, a new survey has found. The result provides new evidence that the Affordable Care Act, by providing uninsured people with health insurance, is also improving their financial security, a major goal of the law. The large telephone survey, from the New York-based health research group the Commonwealth Fund, has been asking people about their medical bills every few years for a decade. In each survey through 2012, a higher percentage of Americans said they struggled to pay their medical bills, were paying off medical debt or had been contacted by a collection agency.

The most recent installment of the survey, the first since the health law’s major provisions kicked in, shows a reversal in that trend. The survey also found that fewer people were avoiding doctors’ visits because of concerns about cost. But Commonwealth also found that, over all, even people who had insurance before 2014 were having fewer problems with medical bills than they were before. That change may reflect rules in the health law that require individual insurance plans to cover a minimum set of benefits for every customer.

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179 Responses to “ObamaCare: Making History Every Day”


  1. January 18, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Thank yoooooooooooooooooooooooou Mrs Oscar Costa!

  2. January 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I have a cocktail, leftover pizza, watching a Mozart doc on BBC4, and am in my jammies. All in all, a productive Sunday.

  3. January 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Didn’t VT’s single payer experiment go bust? Not that easy to do single-payer. PUBLIK OPSHUN!!!1

  4. January 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Things that make my head hurt.

  5. 18 yardarm756
    January 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  6. 19 Nerdy Wonka
    January 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    IT’S. GOING. TO. BE. AWESOME.

    • January 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      YES IT WILL!!!!!!!

      I can hardly wait to share it with the TOD Village….

    • 21 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS….I CAN’T WAIT…………..WARMS MY HEART!!!!…GO GET EM’…ENERGIZER…EQUALIZER PRESIDENT….AND THEY HAD BETTER SPELL THE NAME RIGHT!!!

    • 22 a4alice
      January 18, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      I’ll be here in the Village when SOTU comes on!! 😀

      • 23 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 18, 2015 at 5:06 pm

        I WILL BE HERE AND ALSO IN FRONT OF THE FLATSCREEN….WITH MY KLEENEX….I GET EMOTIONAL!

        • 24 carolyn
          January 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

          What I’ve noticed about PBO’s speechwriters, is that they are all young! No old fogeys, stick inthemuds…..young, forward looking people. That is good.

          • 25 SUE DUVALL SMITH
            January 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm

            WATCH THE OLD FOGEY COMMENTS…I’LL BITE YOU ON THE LEG AND THEN YOU’LL HAVE TO GET SHOTS!…WITH AGE IS WISDOM MY DEAR…UNLESS YOU ARE IN CONGRESS…THEN YOU JUST GET MORE SNAPPING SOUNDS IN YOUR ELBOW LIFT AT THE BAR!

            • 26 carolyn
              January 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

              Sue, I’m sure I’ older than you!!!! My snapping sounds come from my left knee when I try to get up……LOL.

  7. 27 yardarm756
    January 18, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    What’s the difference?

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Only difference is one woman’s not wearing the head covering. Yet. Give the tea party and their sympathizers time.

  8. 29 yardarm756
    January 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Aren’t they the “cutest” couple? Some troubled kids sewing their oats…….Nothing to see here!

  9. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    O/T but have any of you heard of “Trash Dance,” an episode on America ReFramed on PBS’s World TV? (I pretty much love all their episodes, which are very well done.) My son called me late last night, insisting that I record a full episode to watch …

    A choreographer “observes Austin, Texas, sanitation workers on their routes; and tries to convince them to take part in an interpretive dance about their daily routines.” Anyway, I’ve started watching my recording … son popped in and saw me and the big warm-hearted 6’1 45-year-old told me, “I cried at the end.”

    Love that “kid”! Passing along to TODers, if interested.

    http://worldchannel.org/programs/episode/arf-s3-e302-trash-dance/

    • 36 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      I pretty much cried through half of it. Please, if you want a treat for the soul, watch this. I wish President Obama would see it, and go pay these American workers a visit … these are the people he’s fighting for (along with fighting for all of us and every American and beyond). If we put all of our “jobs” to music, saw each other’s jobs as holding up America, there would only be ONE political party – ONE United States of America, as the President knew from the start.

      • January 18, 2015 at 7:05 pm

        WOW!!! Thank you so much, jaquelineoboomer . I am so touched just from the trailer. I just ordered two copies. It strikes me that we are in the middle of celebrating Dr. King’s birthday, and this is about lifting up sanitation workers and respect and honor for work and dignity; and Dr. King was murdered while in Memphis supporting sanitation workers, who marched with signs saying “I Am A Man” because despite its truth, they were being visciously denied the right to be seen as men and as equal human beings. ; #blacklivesmatter

        • 38 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

          So glad you watched the trailer – I’m still choked up from it. I think it first aired in 2012, and agree it was a perfect choice to re-air on Dr. King’s birthday weekend. The men and women in the documentary were superb, proud of their work and proud of their “dance”!

          My son decided early in his life to skip college and take a different path, leading him to being a truck driver … which can kill the body, by the way. Before doing OTR and other solo trucking jobs, he started working for one of the trash pickup/recycling firms near Tampa … they had to go through each level before getting to the higher-paying jobs such as “roll-offs” from construction sights. Anyway, he worked at trash collection for a while (even picked up from Kris Kristofferson’s house – Ha!)

          • 39 jacquelineoboomer
            January 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

            Hit “reply” before I finished …

          • 40 jacquelineoboomer
            January 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

            *construction sites*

            … and then advanced through the training. Ten years after that, whenever he’d clean out his garage at home or something and would set out big stacks of trash to be picked up, he’d head outside in the early morning and help the guys throw it onto the truck! Still has that same regard for the haulers. He arranges his trash like he’s putting gifts under the Christmas tree, and sometimes rearranges my own stacks here since he lives down the street! It’s all about: RESPECT.

  10. 41 Nerdy Wonka
    January 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I….what….I….OMG!!!!

  11. 44 vcprezofan2
    January 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    // ………………………….
    Social change happens most effectively when cross-generational coalitions tap into both the wisdom of the elders and the passion of the young. That requires being willing to listen on the part of the young and a willingness to pass the baton on to the next generation by the elders.

    Each generation must take on the battles of their time. And it doing so – are likely to bear the scars that can become a prison if not released to the passion of the next generation. When we won’t let go, they become the seeds of anger and cynicism. Rev. Stewart was able to release himself from that prison by recognizing the grief – and almost simultaneously opening himself up to the joy and hope of the next generation. That’s what it means to pass the baton.

    …………………………….. //

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_01/passing_the_baton053781.php

    • 45 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks, VC. This is a powerful article.

    • January 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Passing the baton…are we in a relay race?…

      this bickering about who shall lead and who is a legit leader…is not a new thing…it happens in many movements…

      however, i do not see this as a relay race….it is a marathon…but unlike the marathon runner…we do not run this race alone…we need each other…we need a coalition of people…multi-tasking to achieve similar goals…but there is no leader who seems to be able to bring the forces together …to move from rebellion/demonstration to strategy/agenda….

      in order to move forward…it has to happen..

      • 47 arapaho415
        January 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

        It’s hard to believe that @BarackObama will be assume the role of the “elder statesman” when he leaves office.

        I had heard of @BarackObama before his 2004 Keynote Address at the DNC.

        After Sep. 11, I became an avid reader of The Economist, and stopped at a newsstand every Thursday night to pick up that week’s issue.

        Around the time of Paul Wellstone’s untimely shocking death, The Economist ran an article about how the “older” generation of Black Leaders (e.g., Julian Bonds, Jesse Jackson, etc.) were at odds with the younger generation of Leaders, and the article mentioned Barack Obama, whom I had never heard of.

        In 2017, the torch of “elder statesman” will be carried by the finest man of his generation, whether white, black, khaki or mauve.

        • January 18, 2015 at 8:51 pm

          the President has always had a focus on developing young leadership..one of the greatest responsibilities of leadership is to groom leaders to take your place…

  12. January 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    • 50 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      MY DEAR LL…………………YOU DON’T NEED TO ‘DRESS UP’……………..TRUTH….. KEEP IN MIND…TWO WORDS…’DRESSED TURKEY’….PRETTY MUCH SAYS IT ALL…I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Love that photo! I don’t think his speechwriter even had a beard when he started working on the SOTU! But I do know all of the President’s speechwriters must have hearts and nerves of steel. How can you sit next to this President and think or write constructively, and try to talk him into changing or adding words, as any speechwriter would? Well, I guess Cody can, but I’d faint.

    • 52 Nena20409
      January 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      The Freakazoids will be freaking out….. 😆 🙄 😆 again……

  13. January 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  14. 56 arapaho415
    January 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Well lookee here.

    To paraphrase Jaws, “we’re gonna need a bigger clown car,” LOL:

  15. 65 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    OFF TO DOMESTIC DINNER CALL…AKA…ALPO COVERED WITH KETCHUP AND CARROTS…WILL CHECK BACK LATER…BLESSINGS EVERYONE….ACTUALLY…IT’S LEFTOVER POTROAST…!!

    • 66 jackiegrumbacher
      January 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Sue, hope your son got back to California safely. Must be a strong temptation to join him there.

      • 67 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm

        THANK YOU FOR ASKING JACKIE…IT WAS A ROUGH 3 DAYS PHONE TAGGING S HE DROVE THROUGH THE DESERT AND THE MOUNTAINS…HE WAS PETRIFIED….HOWEVER…GOD IS SOOOOO GOOD…THE CAR MADE IT AND THE WHEEL STRUTT BROKE DOWN AFTER…I SAY… AFTER HE REACHED HIS DESTINATION. JESUS HAD THE WHEEL. CALIFORNIA HOWEVER IS NOT FOR ME..HE LIKES IT…AND THAT’S WHAT IS IMPORTANT, MY CHOICE WOULD BE TO LIVE IN THE HOLY LAND…TO WALK IN THE STEPS OF JESUS…OTHER THAN THAT…DO I LIKE WINTER…ABSOLUTELY NOT…!!!! YOU MAKE YOUR HOME WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED…AND PARADISE MY DEAR IS IN THE HEART!

      • 68 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        January 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

        THANK YOU TOO JACKIE FOR YOUR PRAYERS!

  16. 69 yardarm756
    January 18, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    More of that mistaken identity bs. 😦

  17. January 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  18. 77 majiir
    January 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for this good news about Obamacare, NW. My daughter lives in AL, a state in which lawmakers are fighting tooth and nail to deny their citizens healthcare. She was laid off a few months ago and got a new job fairly quickly. The only problems are the employer offers only catastrophic health insurance, and an employee has to wait a year before s/he can enroll. I started bugging her about finding health insurance on the exchange. I guess she listened to me because she told me last night she has Obamacare, and her premiums are only $71/mo. She is happy, and I’m very happy. It disturbed me that she was employed full time in another state and couldn’t get decent health coverage from her employer. Sometimes it pays to listen to your mama!

  19. January 18, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  20. 80 jackiegrumbacher
    January 18, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Nerdy, you have no idea how much every one of your ObamaCare progress posts is needed. Was talking to a group of Democrats last week and many lamented how little they knew about ACA and its provisions. I restrained from mentioning how easily they could find out if they tried. The point is there are millions out there–even sympathetic ones–who don’t take the time to learn how much the ACA is helping lives. Your posts are a postdoctoral course in the ACA and would love to just roll them up in one sweet package and provide them to the ignorant and incurious. We, as Democrats, make poor spokespeople when we don’t know what we’re talking about.

  21. 85 Linda
    January 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Seattle just came back with under two minutes left to go ahead 22 – 19.

  22. January 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    MEDIA ALERT:

    OWN Network tonight

    Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends that Paved the way

    Honoring Civil Rights Pioneers

    9pm EST

    • 89 HZ
      January 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Rikyrah, beautifully done and tears all over the place for me. Oprah Winfrey had another appropriate recognition to the Legends of the Legends of this great and remarkable time in our history. So much history on both locations for this elegant and remarkable event honoring all of these great Legends. Montecito is such a gorgeous place to visit even if you cannot live there. I spent a four day weekend there, and on my goodness. One of the greatest weekends of my life.

      Ms. Winfrey did another Lovely Honoring of the great Legends. I am so grateful that she did it while these wonderful legends are still with us. I hope the younger men and women will learn and take away with loving honor what these great legends did as they paved the way for all of us.

      President Obama put his lovely touch on the celebration with his special arranged appearance into this historical celebration. So wonderful to watch it all. Oprah can do her thing with her Legend Honors. I enjoyed every moment of the evening. Ms. Oprah set another Montecito setting together with great elegance as only she can. Totally enjoyed it all. Very appropriate to see all of these great ones enjoying and deservingly so. HZ

  23. 90 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    The “snow job” of America has begun.

    • 91 vcprezofan2
      January 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Maybe if they spoke often, they’d both be better communicators – practising on each other, so to speak? If you ask me their family is somewhat dysfunctional, and think nothing of lying. Also, too they are disrespectful of their parents; Didn’t Barbara say that the Bushes should sit down now and be quiet, because they’ve already gotten more than their share from the public trough? 😉

      • 92 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2015 at 7:29 pm

        All of that, but I don’t want to know if they take your suggestions! Yes, Jeb even said – in response to Barbara – something like “Well, we can’t always listen to everything our mothers tell us.” Ugh. The one thing Barbara Bush said that I agreed with, and ol’ Jeb disregarded it.

    • 93 COS
      January 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Just like Bob McDonnell and his so called estranged wife during their trials J’OB. 🙂

      • 94 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2015 at 7:30 pm

        It’s all fakery – smoke and mirrors – and Reagan The Actor was the king of it, when he was around.

  24. 95 MightyPamela
    January 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Seattle ain’t waitin’ ’till dark for the fireworks!! I guess we’re going to Phoenix. (well, not MP personally… )

  25. 96 Betsy
    January 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Seattle wins.

  26. 99 Jeff
    January 18, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I just can’t believe that we (Seahawks) won! I swear that Greenbay was going to win!

  27. 100 desertflower
    January 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Congrats to Seattle for the win…. we’re GB fans here, but I have to say, when Seattle ISN’T playing GB, we’ll root for them!! 🙂 Hope they win the Super Bowl….

  28. January 18, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulation to Seattle. I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, but I really am starting to like Wilson, and Sherman.

  29. 102 Nena20409
    January 18, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Good Evening TOD.
    A Thunderous Applause to Ms. Nerdy Wonka on her Newsy ACA Post. 🍸 🍸 🍸
    Gold for Vetiveria24, congrats.
    Wow….just found out 15 mins ago that The Sea Hawks won! Lord Have Mercy!…How did they do it? I gave up on them at G’Bay 16 and Sea Hawks 0. I suppose…..O ye of little faith applies perfectly to Moi, Nena for MN. Congratulations Hawks!

  30. January 18, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    My oldest son’s company is setting up staging and possibly other things for the Seahawks this year. He was psyched to get the contract. His sister, my youngest of four was asked to help his crew at the game. They had an unbelievable view and posted pics during the game. It was quite exciting.

  31. January 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    WASHINGTON — MTV is taking the color out of its programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to encourage people to talk about what race means in their lives.

    The youth-oriented TV network is airing its programming in black and white on Monday, a first in the channel’s 34-year history.

    The programming move is meant to promote #TheTalk initiative, encouraging viewers to discuss race with their friends and family.

  32. January 18, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    My church (Episcopal) is organizing a field trip for youth and adult parishioners to see Selma, then meet afterward for a discussion. I think that’s pretty cool.

    • 110 vcprezofan2
      January 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Yes it is cool, Bill. IMO that’s the kind of dialogue to have now, while many of those who lived through the era can add credence to what the young people see. I know I’d be likely to think the violence against non-violent protesters (in the movie) was excessive if I didn’t know that it actually happened. Of course, I’ve also seen video of a similar reaction to protesters in Ferguson, but I think you know what I mean.

    • January 18, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      great idea…how old should children be in order to see the move…some of the scenes are pretty intense

    • 116 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      January 18, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      BILL R…..THAT’S A WONDERFUL IDEA…THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE WITH ALL OF OUR YOUTH ACROSS THE NATION…EXPOSURE FOLKS…EXPOSURE…AND…GETTING THEM AWAY FROM THE BRAINWASHING OF THEIR RACIST PARENTS…THAT IS SO MUCH OF THE PROBLEM…THEN I WOULD BUSLOAD THE ELDERS IN THERE WITH THEIR FOUL RACIST MOUTHS AND STRAP THEM IN THEIR SEATS SO THAT THEY HAVE TO FACE THE HISTORY THEY HELPED TO MAKE!…………….GLORY!!!!!

  33. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Fifty-four years later.

    • 118 arapaho415
      January 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Good Lord…
      From the article:
      One of the Friendship Nine: “Just 17, he knew that some people who went to jail during that turbulent era were not seen again.”

      and…

      “Solicitor Kevin Brackett, who since 2006 has overseen prosecutions in the judicial circuit that includes Rock Hill, said past suggestions to expunge the men’s records or pursue pardons seemed inappropriate because those strategies would erase an important part of history or imply the men were seeking forgiveness.”

      This is stunning to read, from someone who lived through that era, although on the other coast from NC and SC.

      I hope that those in TODville who are public school teachers will share their curriculum for next month’s “Black History Month.”

      It is essential that all American students are aware of the personal stories from the Jim Crow era. Unbelievable.

      • 119 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2015 at 9:26 pm

        I know nothing about that “solicitor,” but the reason given for the delay in “exonerating” the protesters before this seems like a big cop-out. Glad this is happening, while eight are still with us.

  34. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  35. 151 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    • 152 arapaho415
      January 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Did you scroll through the article (yeah, I’m too lazy to wanna scroll, but all the scrolling sometimes causes my PC to freeze)?

      I hate seeing people invest in bubbles with the real possibility of them becoming destitute.

      From the article:
      “They are even building a replica of Manhattan, with a Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Twin Towers that are taller than the original. Construction has recently been halted on this project. The rumor is that financial backers have gone into debt, and can no longer pay for construction to continue.

      The Manhattan replica is being built on a saltwater marsh in the port city of Tianjin.”

      • 153 arapaho415
        January 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm

        And…
        “In Hangzhou Province, you’ll find an eerie replica of Paris, complete with a scale model of the Eiffel Tower, intended to house 10,000 people. Of the few people that do live here, most of them are construction workers who are building another theme-village next to this one. China has also built a miniature London, Thames and Hallstadt. “

      • 154 jacquelineoboomer
        January 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

        Yes – we absolutely can see where that all is going! Sad for the investors …

      • 155 arapaho415
        January 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        More…
        “The New South China Mall opened in 2005, but it remains almost completely empty to this day. It features a Venitian canal, amusement parks, and virtually no shopping. There are several malls like this scattered across China, built with the hope that someday, people will work and shop there. Several have remained vacant for years.

        The New South China Mall has room for 2,350 stores. 99% of the leasable property in the shopping center has been vacant since day one. The mall, in the suburbs of Dongguan, is only accessible by car or bus. Many people in the area simply can’t get to it.”

  36. 156 Vicki
    January 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Big news from NYC and NY State: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to raise the minimum wage in NYC to $11.50 and to NY State to $10.50.
    No matter how you spin this—-and it is easy to spin it in a range of ways—-a raise is a raise and the workers seeing more in their paychecks will be glad.

    One spin is that Cuomo was talking about a bigger raise last year. To which I say, talking is talking and doing is better.
    Another is that Cuomo is making sure he and not de Blasio gets the credit in the City. Again, credit is good, more in pay envelopes is really good.

    Now that the NY State Senate is frirmly in GOP hands Gov. Cuomo is acting more like a democrat.
    First, he banned fracking. A BFD!!!!
    Now he is proposing the wage raise.
    I am officially off his case.

    • 157 jacquelineoboomer
      January 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      As you said, the outcome is what’s worth cheering – but how can the governor raise the minimum wage in one city?

      • 158 Vicki
        January 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm

        They are calling it 2-tier wage rules or something, jacqueline. Mayor de Blasio has been asking for a separate rate in NYC because living costs are so high. I think de blasio would still like it if The City could control this itself.

        • 159 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2015 at 9:23 pm

          Got it – thanks. Our federal government has a similar system around the country/world – in the high-cost areas, they increase the annual rates, too, as “locality pay.”

  37. 160 jacquelineoboomer
    January 18, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Spoiler alert – he proposes to meet with the President AND speak before Congress. And I laugh at the latter point.

  38. 169 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    January 18, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE…:)

  39. 170 Betsy
    January 18, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Alabama School Superintendent bans high school history club from seeing “Selma”. WTF?

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/alabama-school-superintendent-bans-high-school-history-club-from-seeing-selma/

    • 171 vcprezofan2
      January 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      I take it since U.S. is a ‘free’ society the ban only applies to the fact they can’t go together as a school trip? Of course there is nothing to stop them going together outside of school hours, right? I have to say some of the leaders in education in the red states are really dumb – in knowledge, and in human (youth) behaviour.

      • 172 arapaho415
        January 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm

        It’s a school trip, and the Superintendent has the right to make this decision.

        From the article:
        “he [Superintendent ] didn’t think teachers should have to be put in the position of playing parent.

        Having said that, I personally learned the most on school field trips, which are probably no longer allowed in the US’s nanny state driven by helicopter parents.

        These are the field trips that I still vividly remember to this day:
        3rd or 4th grade: Local newspaper office, where they printed the daily paper [today — too much ink, noise and machinery]
        5th grade: Tidepools at low tide at Bird Rock in La Jolla (favorite part was feeling aneomes sting my finger [today — way too dangerous and slippery]
        10th grade: Franco Zefferilli’s “Romeo and Juliet” which starred 15-yr-old Juliette and 17-yr-old Romeo; picture had a rating of no one under 13 admitted b/c a millisecond glimpse of (gasp) Juliette’s nipple. [today — child porn!!!]
        12th grade: La Jolla Modern Museum of Art with performance, aka transient art [today — it’s not the Masters, schools shouldn’t be endorsing such nonsense as art!!!]

        End of rant.

        • 173 jacquelineoboomer
          January 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm

          Ha! When I was in 11th grade in our Catholic high school in the ’60s, somebody probably gave the entire school tickets for us to see the movie West Side Story (which also had a message of a sort in it, during those times). We were marched in our uniforms to the local theater. My homeroom had the most bizarre nun in charge I ever ran into – great for jokes behind the scenes, but not in her presence. When we returned from the movie, she said, to the class, “Close the door. And you, you dared to sit there in that theater in front of members of the public, in your high school uniforms, and you laughed when they were kissing and making googly-eyes at one another on the screen … blah blah blah … you will never leave this school to see another movie again.” Keep in mind, if the nerves in our faces as much as twitched, it would call her attention to us, so we had to sit there – motionless – during the whole rant. I still laugh about it! It was The Sixties and she said “googly-eyes,” whatever that meant … I’ve always said I had to develop a sense of humor growing up, just to survive the attempts at repressing our teenage spirits!

      • 174 Betsy
        January 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm

        I totally agree VC. This is ridiculous. They are so afraid of their children finding out the truth of Selma. It will only make the students more determined to see it.

        • 175 vcprezofan2
          January 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

          ‘It will only make the students more determined to see it.’

          Most of them anyways, and I’m going to pretend that was the superintendent’s way to spur the kids to go and circumvent the parents likely to complain.

  40. 176 amk for obama
    January 18, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    what is this shots fired near biden’s home? yet another ss fuck up?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30872510

  41. 177 Gazelle
    January 18, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    So totally jumping in real quick & off topic. This has so lifted my spirit. It’s from a young group of people in the SF Bay Area who are so talented and innovative, my son being one of them, the concept, production, etc. guy, & feat. But that’s a by-the-way. You will be singing that tune whether or not you want to! 🙂 Much love to you all. Enjoy:

  42. January 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm


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