Over the next few years, the government is expected to spend billions of dollars less than originally projected on the law, analysts said, with both the Medicaid expansion and the subsidies for private insurance plans ending up less expensive than anticipated.
Economists broadly agree that the sluggish economy remains the main reason that health spending has grown so slowly for the last half-decade. From 2007 to 2010, per-capita health care spending rose just 1.8 percent annually. Since then, the annual increase has slowed even further, to 1.3 percent. A decade ago, spending was growing at roughly 5 percent a year.
But even though the Affordable Care Act might be more a beneficiary of changes in health care spending than the primary driver of them, the law’s provisions to control costs could prove increasingly important as the economy improves, demand for health care increases and spending picks back up.
via Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing – NYTimes.com.
So even as this continues to work, and the magic of the market does its thing….the GOP is going to lie about both working, while encouraging people to not get healthcare, not take responsibility for their own lives, and instead be parasites.
I’m pretty sure their hatred of Obama has killed the notion that the GOP is a national entity and a rational actor.
I officially unmasked myself and started going by my real name but kept the “Southern Avenger” moniker. I toned down my rhetoric, even as I made many of the same arguments about illegal immigration and other issues. I began to focus on what might be done to rescue the Republican Party from the damage wrought by President George W. Bush, who put conservatives in the unfortunate position of defending unpopular wars and ignoring the largest government expansion in history.
via Confessions of a Right-Wing Shock Jock – Jack Hunter – POLITICO Magazine.
This, is, uh…probably the most damning paragraph in the piece (which as a whole is pretty dang damning). It is so because of the part I bolded…
You see…this is the kind of cosmetic change these folks went through as the culture at large rejected their out and out racism. It goes from “We need to end welfare because the lazy niggers are robbing us blind” to “We need to end welfare because libertarianism”.
And this is his apology piece.
This sub-segment of the political realm has gone from Ron Paul publishing racist newsletters calling for end to the Voting Rights Act and welfare…to Rand Paul disavowing any knowledge of those newsletters…and calling for an end to the Voting Rights Act and welfare.
Same argument…slightly different rhetoric. This stuff still appeals to the folks that know the reason for the rhetoric, but the coded appeals have now skipped a generation and many young “libertarians” don’t realize what the real reasons for the policy positions were in the first place.
End of Filibuster Could Boost Obamacare.
Nice article that covers some of the improvements that are possible now that the Dems have called out the GOP for their obstruction.
One can gauge the sincerity of the GOP complaints about this by the number of them that have pledged to re-instate the rule if they ever gain the majority…which is zero.
“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Pope Francis wrote. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
via Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics to shreds in new policy statement | The Raw Story.
Look at that, Popes can do math too.
via A Dangerous, Wrongheaded Deal with Iran – By Ted Cruz | Foreign Policy.
Here’s a snarky general response to some of the idiocy put forth by Raffy.
>”Likewise, the mullahs in Tehran can now laugh all the way to the bank while they spend the time and money they have gained in Geneva pursuing nuclear capability. “
LOL…is this Palin-level understanding of other countries…or is Rafael just playing dumb for the rubes…inquiring minds want to know.
>”We should have demanded preconditions from the Iranians before any direct meetings took place”
LOL. Does that usually work for you? Where the other team forfeits before you start? How’d that work out for you in the government shutdown?*
>”We can start by reclaiming the moral high ground and demand the Iranian regime immediately and unconditionally release the three Americans they are unjustly detaining, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson. “
LOL….interesting concept of “claiming the moral high ground”….I notice you continue to block funding for closing Gitmo….
>”In addition, Iran should affirm Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.”
LOL…yea…uh…when did you get elected to the Knesset and why is this another “pre-condition”….you just don’t really want to have actual talks, huh?
My lord….this is like…barely…college republican level. This reads like something Palin would write…seriously. Yikes.
*trick question…it was great for Rafael personally…bad for everyone else in the country.
Sen. Ted Cruz, the freshman from Texas whose popularity among Tea Party types has skyrocketed since he brought on a government shutdown over Obama’s health care law, has also sought to stake his claim on foreign policy, delivering an address at the conservative Heritage Foundation in September.
“In my view, President Obama is both too hawkish and too dovish at the same time,” said Cruz, toeing the line between the isolationists and interventionists. “He’s too hawkish, too willing to use U.S. military might in defense of international norms in Syria in a way that is not directed at protecting our nation… And yet, simultaneously, he is too dovish when it comes to standing up and defending our national security interests.”
via Republican Hopefuls Stake Out Their Foreign Policy Positions.
All you have to do is find out what they hate and say you believe the opposite of that….no matter what it is.
The data here suggest that 1% of the 1% donors exert a conservative tug on American politics. Though we would be wise not to infer too much from correlations, especially without the benefit of over-time analysis, the results here are striking.
The parties are symmetrical in that more extreme members rely more on small donors than their moderate colleagues. But they are asymmetrical in that among Republicans, the most conservative members get more of their money from 1% of the 1% donors than their moderate colleagues, while among Democrats, the most moderate members on average get slightly more of their money from 1% of the 1% donors than their more liberal colleagues, all else being equal.
In other words, 1% of the 1% money appears to reward conservative Republicans as compared to moderate Republicans. And it may slightly reward moderate Democrats as compared to liberal Democrats.
via Are the 1% of the 1% pulling politics in a conservative direction? – Sunlight Foundation Blog.
Love the charts and graph and regression analysis and simple explanation of what regression analysis is and how it works.
You can see the real-world examples of this in the Tea Party, where most of their money comes from PAC’s that are funded by very small numbers of very wealthy conservatives.