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Fewer Uninsured. Hospital Profits Soaring. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Bruce Japsen: Hospital Profits Soar As Obamacare Prescribes More Paying Patients

Hospital operators continue to see profits and revenue not seen in a decade thanks to the Affordable Care Act and related efforts to sign up uninsured patients to coverage so facilities can reduce unpaid medical bills. Large hospital operators HCA Holdings HCA +2.78% (HCA), Tenet Healthcare THC +2.5% (THC) and Community Health Systems (CYH) in the last month issued robust 2014 earnings, revenues and large declines in uncompensated care costs, a key measure of expenses.

“We reported Tenet’s strongest quarterly EBITDA in more than 10 years,” Tenet chief executive officer Trevor Fetter boasted last week of a key earnings acronym in the hospital chain’s 2014 fourth quarter. Hospital operators are reporting more paying patients and fewer uninsured, which means far fewer unpaid medical bills. “For the last four quarters, the decline in self-pay admits and adjusted admits and the increase in Medicaid in expansion states have grown quarter over quarter,” Community Health CFO Larry Cash said.

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135 Responses to “Fewer Uninsured. Hospital Profits Soaring. Thanks, ObamaCare”


  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Hi

  2. 2 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm

  3. 5 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks NW for bringing us over.

  4. March 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks a gazillion Legend, faaaaaaantastic news!!

  5. 10 desertflower
    March 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    160,234

  6. 14 desertflower
    March 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    They have no shame, no ethics, no morals…the Party of No sure doesn’t disappoint

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/rubio-turns-sabotage-letter-fundraising-opportunity#break

  7. 16 Linda
    March 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Whoa…

    MSNBC just sent Mika out to ” explain ” that she and Joe and Bill Kristol were NOT blaming Rap music for the racists at OU.

    • 17 kid kanga
      March 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Honest question: If CNN, Fox news, MSNBC, CNBC, and all the ratty old news stations, news papers and crusty old folks on talk radio all dissappeared overnight, would anyone miss them??

      • 18 japa21
        March 11, 2015 at 3:43 pm

        Miss who?

        Okay, that was a flip answer.

        Serious answer is that they would be missed, but not necessarily for reasons they wished they were missed for. Fox and CNN would be missed because we couldn’t mock them any more. MSNBC would be missed because we couldn’t talk about their irrelevancy.

        Newspapers would be missed a lot by a lot of people.

      • 19 Linda
        March 11, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        I doubt it.

      • March 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

        Not one bit. If they disappeared overnight and you ask me about them the next morning; I would ask you, who in the heck are you talking about. I never heard of such places, where are they located. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • 22 GGail
        March 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

        I don’t watch the news/talk stations you mentioned and I just last year broke my dependency on the newspaper – so – Nope

  8. 23 Linda
    March 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    DALLAS (AP) — A protest is planned Wednesday night outside the Dallas home of a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member who was shown in a video chanting a racial slur.

    A Dallas-area advocacy group, the Next Generation Action Network, said a peaceful protest wasplanned at the family home of Parker Rice. Rice has apologized for participating in the chant, which also referenced lynching and indicated black students would never be admitted to OU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

    The Rev. Dominique Alexander, who leads the group, said protesters want to send a message: “We’re not going to stand for that.”

    Dallas police Maj. Jimmy Vaughan police will monitor the protest and make sure traffic isn’t blocked along the residential street. Officers and media have been at the house, but the family doesn’t appear to be there.

    Meanwhile, the parents of another student seen in the video, Levi Pettit, released a statement saying, “he made a horrible mistake, and will live with the consequences forever.” Pettit also is from the Dallas area.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/protest-planned-frat-racist-chant

  9. 25 Nena20409
    March 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Hello TOD.
    Lovely Afternoon in my neck of the woods with 56F, Sunny and Zero wind……very pleasant. Last week, we had -9 Degrees.
    Thanks NW for this informative ACA post.
    Congrats NCLB.

  10. 28 yardarm756
    March 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    GA——ICYMI.

  11. 33 Nena20409
    March 11, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I saw the skit this AM before leaving today. It was awful. This why Jon Stewart is not really true to form.
    His Interview with a UK print Media……he was praising Bill Clinton and chiding Pres Obama. He claimed that WJC will win a 3rd term, hands down. This is why, I am glad that he is getting off the Show…..$25M a year is what he is paid……annually? Seriously? And for what exactly?

    • 34 Linda
      March 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Bill Clinton was a horrible President …PBO is still cleaning up after him…

      • 35 Nena20409
        March 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        Clinton was not a horrible president.
        He capitulated once he lost the Congress in 1994. Then…. BJ ….got him with all the numerous investigations.
        The mistakes continued until 2 Fed Gov’t shutdowns.
        GW Bush is what made and sealed in the damage that President Obama is digging out.
        In a diverse society……compromise is needed.
        But what counts most is: Who shows Up and Votes.

        • 36 57andfemale
          March 11, 2015 at 5:25 pm

          Clinton helped engineer the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the deregulation of the banking industry, which led to the 2008 crash. Of course Bush sealed its fate, but if there is one issue that Clinton should have fought against, it was bank deregulation.

          The Telecom bill. Although it was veto-proof, I don’t recall any objections from Clinton.

          He was in a position to reinstitute anti-trust enforcement. Now it’s impossible.

          Hey, I loved the guy at the time. I really did. Defended him. He’s the most effective as a progressive on the campaign trail, but not necessarily in governance.

          And the BJ – it cost us the WH in 2000.

          He was not a horrible president. But he wasn’t great either.

        • 37 FoxfireTX
          March 11, 2015 at 6:11 pm

          I beg to differ. Remember his “end of big government”? A Dem carrying the Republicans’ water for them. In addition to repeal of Glass Steagal he signed DOMA, DADT, redid welfare regs to the detriment of the poor, and the list goes on. It is a big part of the reason I could never have supported Hillary in 2008. Her husband was almost as bad for this country as a full blown R.

        • 38 arapaho415
          March 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

          Agree with Linda and 57F, and most of all with Carolyn.

          Reagan planted the seed of what is now known as Fox “News” and RWNJ Tea Party.

          Republicans have their icon, their Saint, and that is the bumbling imbecile who knew his marks.

          It’s remarkable to me that all the plutocrats and MSM/GOP/Comcast/Kochs have to do is IGNORE the damage and scandal that was the Reagan Administration (Hello? Beirut bombing, over 200 Americans killed, Iran-Contra, the travesty that is trickle-down, etc.).

          Yet plutocrats and NRA get a free pass from MSM.

          From a domestic perspective, the worst damage done to America in the last 25 years rests squarely on WJC’s shoulders. The repeal of Glass-Steagall is an abomination, one that has FDR and other New Deal stalwarts spinning in their graves. Allowing banks to operate large-scale, wholesale casinos with NO RISK (because federally-insured deposits bankroll their casinos) is only good for the greedy bankers and their plutocrat friends.

          • 39 arapaho415
            March 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm

            One other thing about Glass-Steagall repeal — it was done within 10 years of the 1989 S&L Bailout, which was reported at the time as the worst thing that had happened to the economy and taxpayers since the… wait for it… Great Depression.

      • 40 carolyn
        March 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        I would say President Obama is cleaning up after Reagan, GHW Bush, Clinton and GWB. He had 28 years of detritus to clean up…..He started so far behind, we will never know how far.
        I frequently think of Axe’s statement when interviewed about a year after the inauguration about the state of affairs when PBO took office. Axe said that before Nov 4 they thought they knew the situation; Nov 5 they learned the reality and jokingly wanted to know if they could rescind the election, things were SO bad……and the longer they were in, the more awful stuff they learned.

        • 41 carolyn
          March 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

          Reagan started the distrust in government which we are reaping today. Remember his saying, the ten most frightening words in the English language are: “We’re from the government and we’re here to help you.” In today’s language it became a meme, and every time someone said it, all would just laugh and holler, until it sank in to people’s minds and skewed everything. I know GWB was AWFUL, but this started with Reagan.

        • 42 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          March 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm

          PBO CARRIES GRACE…IT SHINES ON THE DARKNESS AND EXPOSES TRUTH…THERE HAVE BEEN ALOT OF ROCKS THAT HAVE TURNED OVER SINCE HE ENTERED THE OVAL OFFICE!

      • 43 idon
        March 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        i don’t get why people call this needy angry insecure man brilliant. Whi in their right mind becomes President and uses the Oval office to as Celie would say “do his business” and he signed into law the most draconian welfare reform bill harming millions of poor children anf families.

    • March 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I am no fan of Jon Stewart.

    • 45 donna dem 4 obama
      March 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I haven’t watched his show live in four years. He lost me with that ridiculous rally the weekend before the 2010 mid-term election and not once did he ever asked all those people to go vote on the following Tuesday.

    • 48 0388jojothecat
      March 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      I saw the skit and it’s wasn’t funny or informative. Comparing Nancy Pelosi as the same thing as the #47Traitors is just stupid. Senators McCain and Graham as well as many other GOP Senators are always going to foreign countries that the President is dealing with trying to butt in where they don’t belong. I don’t even recall why NP went to see Asaad but it’s not comparable. I am glad Jon Stewart is leaving, he just is not funny anymore. I guess making fun of Fox & GOP idiots is just too easy and boring for him.

    • 49 idon
      March 11, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      dob’t watch jon stewart since he started dogging my beloved President

    • March 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Praising Bill Clinton and chiding President Obama…

      I’ve been thinking about Jon Stewart in the last few years…. more often than not, he gives me the impression of laziness. He doesn’t check facts. He only goes with impressions, opinions. He “feels” something and doesn’t check the facts. Sometimes his “feelings” are on point and he can point out the absurdity of a situation. But when it comes to policy and policy making, he doesn’t do his job. He is just a cynic.

  12. 52 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm

  13. 53 Vicki
    March 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Is it too much of a stretch to connect the racist songs at OU fraternity with Tom Cotton’s craziness?
    I don’t think so because to me both are evidence of white supremecy beliefs.
    Jingles and songs and slurs taught to children, adopted by young people and fully a part of the belief system of adults who believe that white skin means you are better.

    The next link is to what Ta-nehisi correctly calls “plunder.”
    If you are inherently superior, then you allow yourself to rip-off those who differ from you.
    You may steal their labor, or target them for traffic stops leading to unfairly gotten revenue for your Police Department’s new Espresso coffemaker.

    It is not much of a leap from namecalling to worse and worse acts.

    If this comment is a downer or wrongheaded in some way, please forgive me.

    • 54 arapaho415
      March 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      So much about the OS incident is appalling.

      Heard on the radio this morning that one of the expelled students said they were just singing a song everyone knew.

      Obviously this isn’t an isolated incident.

      And OS frat treatment of Native Americans is reprehensible too (this happened in 1994):

      Why do those in power (white Americans) feel the need to express their contempt for the very people who have suffered the most at the hands of Americans? It makes no sense to me.

      Finally, hearing that Parker Rice is from North Dallas calls to mind that abhorrent “affluenza” defense of another North Texas teen who escaped prison time after senselessly killing 4 people stranded on a road.

      • 55 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm

        RACISM AGAINST ANYONE IS NEVER AN ISOLATED INCIDENT…IT HAS BEEN TAUGHT AND PRACTICED OFTEN…WHEN THEY GET CAUGHT…ANY EXCUSE WILL DO!

  14. 56 Nena20409
    March 11, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  15. 57 Nena20409
    March 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

  16. 60 Linda
    March 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Howard Dean really went after Alex Gagnar on her show for her nonsense over the HRC e-mails and the server. Her constant ” How do we know ” questions really got to him.

    He kept saying ” How do we know ……..” is like asking someone to prove a negative….

    How do we know how many peas she ate at dinner to the truth?

    How do we know how many times she claims to take a shower is true?

    ( I made those up…but basically it was the same )

    She quickly tried to change the subject away from the server but he kept it up….lol..

  17. March 11, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    i’m bringing this over to this thread. Want as many of my TOD ‘family’ as possible to see it.

    GM TOD family. I need to share some very sad and scary (in our situation) news with this ‘family.’ Will try to keep it short w/out too many details. We visited our daughter and family this past weekend and got greeted w/the news that her marriage is likely ending. Ture, anytime this happens, it is tragic, sad, scary and usually a mess. There’s SO MANY extenuating circumstances in this case……that’s why it is so scary. Yes, we are worried and concerned for our daughter BUT it’s the grandkids. Mason, big brother to Walker that we lost to cancer, is 13.5. He has never gotten over that loss. Is a sad boy, little self-esteem/-confidence/-awareness. There’s so much tension in the house with L&C and that eventually has to get released and too often, it gets released onto Mason. Then, there’s 4 year-old Aliya–adopted and AA. She ADORES her daddy. This is a military family so that makes things more complicated, especially for the future. L. and the kids will have to move back here to be close to us. Where will Daddy be stationed and will he have a place for them to visit? They won’t know anyone, etc., etc. We are close to being terrified for Mason. L. has no education/training for a job. The kids will keep his insurance, but, of course, she won’t have any. Oh my……….gotta stop. Just needed to share with you all. Thanks for listening. 😦 😦 😦 Any words of advice/suggestions will be appreciated.

    • 62 0388jojothecat
      March 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Hi tnmtngirl, I left a message that you or your daughter should go to Military One Source, go to the “search” field and type in “Military benefits after divorce”. They provide a wealth of information on this topic as well as a variety of other topics. Good Luck to you and family.

      • March 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        OMG, thank you. Did not see that. {{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}

        • 64 otter 44
          March 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

          TNMT girl I am a family mediator in the state of Washington done 100s of parenting plans for military divorces. I do not know your state law but can give you some advice on what to look for in an attorney or mediator. or resources to look. ask chips for my email address.

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      March 11, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Tn, I’m sorry that this is happening in your life and in the lives of your daughter and grandchildren. If the family is moving closer to you, you have a chance to be a big influence in their lives and to help the little ones through a tough transition with lots of love and attention. You and your husband have a really supportive church to keep you strong and maybe, if the family is nearby, they can join you there and be part of the church community. Many years ago, my SIL had a rancorous divorce and was left with three young children, one an infant. She had very few job skills, but she had a heart filled with love. By working hard night after night, day after day, she slowly earned her educational credits, including a masters degree, and became a Special Ed teacher, a specialty in which she really excels. Twenty two years later, all of her children are college graduates (the “baby” graduates this summer) and are happy, well adjusted and self-supporting. People have amazing reserves of strength when put to the test and your daughter is blessed to have wonderful parents who will lift her up when she’s down. It will be hard on everyone, especially the little ones, but they can and do thrive with enough love and affirmation. I’m rooting for all of you and sending you my most positive thoughts and prayers.

      • March 11, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Thank you for sharing the story about your SIL. Just shared it with my husband and our daughter. Every person who has commented just lifts me up and encourages me. I know there will be many down times,but we will get through it. God will make a way.

  18. 67 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    A chapter closes.

    • 68 Linda
      March 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      The mayor needs to go also…….

      • 69 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        March 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

        I AGREE…THE MAYOR NEEDS TO GO…GOOD RIDDANCE…OPEN THE DOOR AND PUT THE TRASH ON THE STREET!

    • March 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      It is good to fire these individuals…but there is a system in place that allowed this racism…. this abuse to last forever…and it is still there…the Problems are institutionalized….things will not change in Ferguson unless there is a plan to address that…

  19. 71 yardarm756
    March 11, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Another form of ‘complexion protection’.

    • 72 jackiegrumbacher
      March 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Honestly, Yardarm, the level of craziness just escalates each day. Social media is allowing us to see so much that was buried for years or said in whispers and asides. I know people have always said these things, but now we all know about it and it’s as if we suddenly got a window into a whole bunch of people’s souls and are seeing nothing but ugly hate.

  20. 74 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    • March 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      The issues in Ferguson are SYSTEMIC….it looks good that individuals are leaving …but it was the system that allowed this to happen…what changes are taking place to deal with that…

  21. 76 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    • 77 carolyn
      March 11, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      I read what these senators said……the two are totally not related, except in their fevered minds. Their understanding of executive and legislative powers is pitiful. Each one of those guys is mad because he isn’t president, and each one wants to run foreign policy. They were perfectly happy with a dunderhead like GWB running it, but can’t tolerate this brilliant, dark man running it. Someone needs to put a gag in every mouth. They are stepping in it deeper with every word. Trying to absolve themselves of what they do know was an absolutely stupid move. Trying to defend each other. The more they talk, the dumber and more pathetic they sound…….just like PBO said!

      • 78 carolyn
        March 11, 2015 at 6:34 pm

        The GOP trying to blame President Obama for their egregious behavior is like the wife beater blaming his victim for “making him beat her.”

        • 79 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          March 11, 2015 at 6:41 pm

          THE #47 NEED TO BE TERMINATED OR GUARANTEED THIS WILL BE DONE AGAIN…IT HAS TO STOP HERE!

  22. 80 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

  23. 81 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

  24. 82 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

  25. 83 Linda
    March 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    They keep saying that the St Louis County Police could take over Ferguson.

    Did they all forget it was the St Louis County Police that deployed all the military equipment on the streets of Ferguson ?

  26. 87 Nena20409
    March 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm

  27. 88 Nena20409
    March 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    • 89 4morefor44
      March 11, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      this kind of thing has always happened within secret service ranks. it just gets reported now because #blackpresident. helps undermine him as incompetent, and that’s why “the news” now, all of sudden, reports every negative thing that ever happens within the secret service now.

      • 90 donna dem 4 obama
        March 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

        BINGO!

        I live here in the DC area and when I used to watch my local news on occasion this stuff would be reported and it never even got mentioned on the National news but it’s a new day now that PBO is President.

      • March 12, 2015 at 12:18 am

        I do love you but .. The president really does not have anything to do with the US Secret Service management except occasionally appointing a director. Through the press prism It looks that way but it is not factual. Secret Service directors don’t change every election. It is a career appointment in the federal government system. I don’t even think president’s can terminate US Secret Service directors. If a director resigns during their presidency they can appoint – without US Senate approval – a new director. But resignations are rare – I realize we’ve witnessed one or two during this presidency but think about it have you ever noticed them before this presidency.

  28. 93 jacquelineoboomer
    March 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  29. March 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    • 95 carolyn
      March 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      This makes sense, in fact the article explains a lot. Bill Kristol has not been right about ANYTHING…..yet people keep asking him for his opinions…….how did he get this influence? Was his father rich and influential?

      • March 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        Loyal disciple of Strauss, mentored by Mansfield, funded by kleptocrats, Adelson & Singer, is as terse a summary as I can provide, Carolyn. He isn’t paid to be correct, he’s paid to do anything he can, every single day, to create as much cynicism about our democratic government as possible with the over-arching purpose being the destruction of that government.

      • 97 Linda
        March 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        I posted this on the last thread but no one seemed to notice.

        Senator who spearheaded letter to Iran got $1 million from Kristol’s ‘Emergency C’tee for Israel’ –

        J Street’s Dylan Williams fingers Bill Kristol for writing the letter:

        Who gave @SenTomCotton & others the awful idea for the Iran letter? Seems like Sarah Palin-for-VP-level bad advice doesn’t it @BillKristol ?

        There’s a reason for Williams’s suspicion. Kristol’s Emergency Committee for Israel gave Tom Cotton nearly $1 million in his race for the Senate just five months ago, Eli Clifton reported. “Cotton received $960,250 in supportive campaign advertising in the last month.”

        Cotton also got $165,000 from Elliott Management Paul Singer’s hedge fund. Singer is the billionaire who is trying to stop Obama’s Iran talks (Clifton’s reporting again). He funds the Israel Project too– Josh Block’s efforts. –

        http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/israel-fingerprints-republican

        • March 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

          Yes, Linda.

          And, from the same article …

          “But former AIPAC staffer MJ Rosenberg has explained why he believes AIPAC penned the letter. As he tweeted today:

          Nothing happens on Capitol Hill related to Israel unless and until Howard Kohr (AIPAC chief) wants it to happen. Nothing.

          What network is behind this letter? People have a right to know. The media should be sending reporters out to dig into these connections. Imagine if the Koch Brothers were pushing some initiative on states’ rights or abortion. Would the media be so incurious? No. The scandal of the Netanyahu speech and the efforts by Israel to derail US negotiations with Iran has surely exposed the workings of the Israel lobby to the eyes of the American public to an unprecedented degree. But the media have to do more.”

        • 99 99ts
          March 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

          Kristol jumped in – the instant the letter was released – it he didn’t pen it – he wished he had.

      • 100 arapaho415
        March 11, 2015 at 6:52 pm

        It’s all in who you selected as your papa.

        From Wikipedia, father Irving Kristol:
        Irving Kristol (January 22, 1920 – September 18, 2009) was an American columnist, journalist, and writer who was dubbed the “godfather of neo-conservatism.”[1] As the founder, editor, and contributor to various magazines, he played an influential role in the intellectual and political culture of the last half-century;[2] after his death he was described by The Daily Telegraph as being “perhaps the most consequential public intellectual of the latter half of the 20th century.”[3]

  30. 102 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  31. March 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I’m in mourning.

  32. March 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    172,624 @ 650pm #EDT

    #47Traitors

  33. 107 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  34. 108 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Why would a 15-year old boy get involved in kidnapping?

  35. March 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm

  36. 112 japa21
    March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I see Chelsea couldn’t win even with a man advantage for most of the match. My sympathies to LL and NW.

  37. March 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Scary thing…..

    PA, NY, CA….3 of the top 5…..what do these states have in common?

  38. 119 desertflower
    March 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    173,613

  39. 120 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm

  40. 127 desertflower
    March 11, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    So many good graphics here!!! who can get them off and bring them over?

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026345095

  41. 128 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    The Voice has responded on records…

  42. 129 No Child Left Behind
    March 11, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  43. March 11, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    “Cotton, appearing on CNN on Tuesday morning, maintained that his effort was not political. “Nor do I believe this letter is unprecedented,” he said — although the Republicania national archivists have not found a precedent.

    Perhaps they will come up with an open letter from American legislators written to King George III in 1783 warning him that the efforts of Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and John Adams might be undone with the stroke of a quill. They may uncover an 1898 cable from American senators to Maria Christina, the Spanish queen regent,cautioning her that many of them would remain in office “decades” after President William McKinley was gone. Or maybe they will uncover a letter from senators to Joseph Stalin in 1945, educating him on the constitutional separation of powers before he negotiated with Franklin Roosevelt at Yalta.

    But Republicania archivists are unlikely to locate such documents, because they were never written.

    Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), one of just seven Republican senators not to sign Cotton’s letter to the ayatollahs, said she thought it “more appropriate for members of the Senate to give advice to the president” and U.S. negotiators. Spoken like a true American — which, in the corridors of Republicania these days, is nigh unto treason.”

    not a fan of Dana, but this ain’t too shabby ….

  44. 131 desertflower
    March 11, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    174.337

  45. March 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    So glad folk remember … and, now have Twitter!!!!

  46. March 11, 2015 at 7:16 pm


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