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Insurers Aren’t Just Giving Out Rebate Checks Because Of Obamacare — They’re Lowering Premiums, Too | ThinkProgress

English: President Barack Obama's signature on...
English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Americans who bought individual health plans in 2012 saved $2.1 billion thanks to Obamacare consumer protections that limit how much insurers can profit off of Americans’ premiums, according to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF). The vast majority of those savings stem from individual health plan providerslowering the premiums they charge Americans in an effort to comply with the reform law.

The Kaiser study comes shortly after several major California insurers announced that they would have to pay back $36 million to small businesses and their employees after charging them too much. Obamacare mandates that insurers on the individual market spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they charge on actual medical services, or reimburse the amount they overspent to their customers.

Insurers Aren’t Just Giving Out Rebate Checks Because Of Obamacare — They’re Lowering Premiums, Too | ThinkProgress.

The Biggest “Takers” and Societal Parasites Are the Rich, Not the Working Class and Poor

The Biggest “Takers” and Societal Parasites Are the Rich, Not the Working Class and Poor.

Corporations Stopped Paying

In the past twenty years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax percent has dropped by half. The payroll tax, paid by workers, has doubled.

In effect, corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments that have largely benefited businesses over the years. The greater part of basic research, especially for technology and health care, has been conducted with government money. Even today 60% of university research is government-supported. Corporations use highways and shipping lanes and airports to ship their products, the FAA and TSA and Coast Guard and Department of Transportation to safeguard them, a nationwide energy grid to power their factories, and communications towers and satellites to conduct online business.

Yet as corporate profits surge and taxes plummet, our infrastructure is deteriorating. TheAmerican Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $3.63 trillion is needed over the next seven years to make the necessary repairs.

Tea Party Nation Claims John McCain Is An ‘Illegal Immigrant’ (Video) – Americans Against the Tea Party

English: John McCain official photo portrait.
English: John McCain official photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tea Party Nation Claims John McCain Is An ‘Illegal Immigrant’ (Video) – Americans Against the Tea Party.

An illegal immigrant can be described as someone who sneaks into another country.  That is a fair definition, even if they do not stay long.

One illegal immigrant has done massive damage to America.

Who is this illegal immigrant and what did he do to damage America?

The illegal immigrant is John McCain.

McCain sneaked into Syria yesterday and met with the so-called Syrian rebels.   McCain spent Memorial Day, the day we honor America’s fallen heroes, meeting with a group who hates America and Americans.

Watch John McCain defend his use of the phrase “illegal immigrants.”  We wonder how he feels about the term now that he is one?

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Freedom

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.david foster wallace via minimalmac

David Foster Wallace
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“He doesn’t want to talk about it”

When I was at Wharton School.. this ignorant pig that uses the name Donald Trump was a guest lecturer. I believe it was a Tuesday night and it changed my life. His total lack of respect or empathy for (at that time in the early 80’s) tenants in buildings he purchased made me sick.
Just as he speaks now… with the lack of respect towards anyone who disagrees with him, he used every trick in the book and then appended the book to match his style to get people out of buildings. He was a capitalist… or was he just evil deep down inside. I thought I was a capitalist and I still do, however, I don’t think like “The Donald”… I have ethics both in life and in business.
I never liked him after that… and that single night at Wharton changed my outlook on life and it was the last semester I attended Wharton after fighting so hard.

LAS VEGAS — “He doesn’t want to talk about it.”

Or so said Michael Cohen, Donald Trump‘s spokesman, on the question of where President Obama was born.

Cohen, in a phone interview, called the renewed controversy over Trump’s questioning of whether Obama was born in the U.S. “a distraction,” and blamed it on “the liberal media.”

But five minutes after The Huffington Post talked to Cohen on the phone, a call to Trump’s New York offices resulted in the casino, real-estate and reality-TV mogul being patched through on the line, from here in Las Vegas.

Adding to the surreal nature of the day, Trump openly disagreed with his own spokesman’s assessment.

“I don’t imagine this is distraction at all,” Trump said. “In fact, we have a fundraiser that’s going to take place in a couple of hours, and I’m just walking through the lobby of Trump international and this place is packed.”

And that, in a nutshell, is the problem for Mitt Romney. read more…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/donald-trump-mitt-romney_n_1554152.html