Wednesday Reads: SSDD and tired of it!

5580383506_d06c583763_zGood Morning

(Uh, this post is full of the word shit…those with fragile sensibilities have been warned.)

Last week Boston Boomer mentioned the repetition of political news stories, that it is difficult to even find something to write about that really isn’t a re-hash of something we have said before.

It really has been the SSDD, same shit different day, and I am sick and tired of it.

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So this post will highlight the usual crap, and touch on a few items that are just interesting…and have nothing to do with all the bullshit that is being spread around these days.

There is a group of states who have said no to Obamacare, 26 states who now will have their insurance one stop shop marketplaces set up and run by the Feds. (Sounds ironic doesn’t it.)

26 GOP States Refuse To Build Obamacare Marketplaces

A total of 26 Republican-led or Republican-leaning states have declined to establish insurance exchanges, a centerpiece of the reforms ushered in by the Affordable Care Act, ceding control of a critical element of their health care system to the federal government.

The ACA requires the creation of the one-stop marketplaces called exchanges to connect buyers and sellers of health insurance — the vehicle through which the law would expand coverage and protect consumers. The law encourages states to build their own exchanges under the guidelines. If they refuse, the federal government will take on the task.

By last Friday’s deadline, just 17 states and Washington, D.C., submitted their plans for exchanges. Just four of them are governed by Republicans — Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. An additional seven states intend to build their exchanges in partnership with the federal government. The exchanges are scheduled to go live on Jan. 1, 2014.

Of the remaining 26, twenty-four have Republican governors. The other two, Montana and Missouri, have decidedly conservatives electorates and Republican-controlled legislatures.

Kaiser Health News has a chart of where the states stand:

Personally, I think this story is a prime example of the political machine dishing the same old shit once again.

When the ACA created this structure, it seemed like a no-brainer that states would be on board. Why would any of them, especially the ones hostile to the law, willingly give up control of their health care systems to Washington?

Ironically the answer, by and large, is politics. Conservatives activists detest “Obamacare” and argue that any governor who agrees to build an exchange is abetting the law, even though the consequence of not doing to is to surrender more control to Washington. There is a substantive gripe, too: conservatives contend that the law offers too little flexibility for states to craft the exchanges in accordance with their needs.

vintage_tobacco_plant_manure_poster-rcd9b2d25213147b09d680b8c4d48eaf7_2wss_400I still wish like hell this Obamacare would magically morph into a single payer option, which would be the best way to get healthcare coverage to the masses. But that wish of mine is itself bullshit because it will never happen.

More crap is expected next month as the GOP right-wing nuts (CPAC) get together to discuss the topics they love. Maddow has a contest going on at her blog: TRMS writing challenge: The missing CPAC panels

Seriously, here are some of the actual titles of scheduled events:

CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, hits Washington March 14-16.  In addition to speeches by Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Steve King, Michele Bachmann, Jim DeMint,  Phyllis Schlafly, Sarah Palin, Brent Bozell, Rick Santorum and the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre,  CPAC is proud to present these panels (all real, BTW): 

  • Should We Shoot All the Consultants Now?
  • The Future of the Movement: Winning with Generation X/Y
  • Stop THIS: Threats, Harrassment, Intimidation, Slander and Bullying from the Obama Administration
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Plastic Water Bottles, Fracking, Genetically Modified Food, & Big Gulp Sodas
  • Is America Coming Apart?
  • The Fight for Religious Libery(sic): 40 years After Roe V. Wade
  • Getting Hollywood Right
  • Free at Last: When the Right to Work Came Back to the Midwest

Good grief! Now if that is not a list of the same old shit, I don’t know what is!

There was some surprising news last night, I expected to have to write about the latest controversial execution in my home state of Georgia, but check it out…a last minute stay of execution was granted to Warren Hill, a man that has learning disability. Warren Hill granted stay of execution

Warren Hill

Warren Hill, 53, has been granted a stay of execution from the federal appeals court for the 11th circuit. Photograph: Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Warren Hill, an intellectually disabled prisoner, has been spared the death chamber just 30 minutes before he was due to die by lethal injection in Georgia despite a US supreme court ban on executions of people with learning difficulties.

Hill, 53, had already taken an oral sedative of Ativan to help calm himself for the gurney before he learned of the stay of execution from the federal appeals court for the 11th circuit. The court agreed to consider the issue of his intellectual disabilities in the light of a 2002 US supreme court ruling that prohibits executions of “mentally retarded” prisoners as a breach of the constitutional safeguard against cruel and unusual punishment.

Georgia is the only state in the union that insists prisoners must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that they have learning difficulties – a standard that experts say is almost impossible to achieve.

Hill had been scheduled to be executed at 7pm at the same prison where Troy Davis was put to death in September 2011 amid massive international outcry. Davis’s death, despite substantial evidence of his innocence, prompted dramatic scenes at the prison where hundreds of protesters were confronted by armed Swat police armed with a police helicopter flying overhead.

This article from the Guardian makes a point to mention there were fewer protesters this time around.

Hill’s scheduled execution attracted a comparatively small response, with few protesters and campaigners present in the prison grounds as the appointed hour approached. This was the second time in seven months that Hill has come close to the death chamber: last July he was spared by just 90 minutes and the experience was repeated on Tuesday night with just 30 minutes to go.

I guess many people are feeling the apathy that SSDD brings to those who deal with the same shit every day, you know what I am talking about…that feeling of why even bother, things are never going to change. Shit always trickles downward…and it is invariably the same folks getting shit on, over and over again.

One more political link: GOP lawmakers propose $30 million a year to fund Cops in Schools program

Freshman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and six other House Republicans have proposed legislation that would spend $30 million a year on federal grants to help put police officers in schools across the country.

The Protect America’s Schools Act is a reaction to the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead. After that shooting, National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre suggested that children in schools be protected by armed guards, and Meadows’s bill would appear to be a step in that direction.

“According to a recent Gallup poll, 53 percent of Americans believe that increasing police presence at schools would be very effective in preventing future tragedies,” Meadows said last week. “After speaking to local law enforcement, superintendents and principals in my district, I believe this is the best path forward.”

His bill, H.R. 751, would fund the Cops in Schools grant program, which has not been funded since 2005. Up to $30 million per year could be distributed in grants to help states afford the placement of police in schools.

Meadows said this spending would be offset with unspent funds from the operations budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The article reports this plan to put cops in schools got its start in the Clinton Administration…but this current bill is sponsored by GOP reps alone.  Why not put a big tax on the bullets and used that to fund the cops in schools?
Okay, the rest of today’s links are just plain interesting. Of course I give them to you in link dump fashion:
That Texas woman did not take fertility drugs, her pregnancy was a one in 70 million chance she would naturally conceive and carry two sets of identical twins.
And…finally, awards given in celebration of shit: Shit London awards 2012 – in pictures
The winners and runners-up in the second annual Shit London photography awards, celebrating the city’s ugliest buildings, worst shop names and most depressing views…
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/12/5/1354725548235/Pigeons-on-Boris-bikes-027.jpg
I think that is enough shit for this morning’s post. Let’s get this party started…what are you all reading about this morning?
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31 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: SSDD and tired of it!”

    • This link is a continued discussion from the Obamacare/ACA article I have mentioned up top:
      13 Governors Screwing Over the Uninsured | Mother Jones

      Thirteen state governors are refusing to implement Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that it’s being offered with cherries on top: The Affordable Care Act’s timeline guarantees that the federal government would pay for 100 percent of the expansion in its first three years, tapering down to 90 percent of the paycheck by 2020. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report, expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income groups hovering above the federal poverty line in all states would cut the number of uninsured by nearly half nationwide, provided other features of the ACA are implemented.

      Most of these governors argue the expansion would be too expensive, even though including the poor would only increase these states’ Medicaid spending by an average of 3 percent over the next decade, and taxpayers will be paying for the federal program anyway. Several of the governors rejecting Medicaid expansion ran for office on anti-Obamacare or Tea Party platforms, preaching austerity and less federal meddling. Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, whose state would actually see its portion of Medicaid spending reduced by expanding the program, argued that Maine would not be “complicit in the degradation” of the country’s health care.

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I guess there will be something new happening soon when the sequester cuts take effect.

  2. Fredster says:

    Oh bullshite on this:

    Meadows said this spending would be offset with unspent funds from the operations budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    If there are unspent funds in NOAA’s budget please move them to the National Hurricane Center. The director was interviewed last month or so and he described the very thin staffing they have there now due to cuts in the budget.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    From your post:

    I still wish like hell this Obamacare would magically morph into a single payer option, which would be the best way to get healthcare coverage to the masses. But that wish of mine is itself bullshit because it will never happen.

    Maybe not.

    Think Progress:

    As stubborn Obamacare opponents continue to resist implementing the health care reform law, most governors have refused to do any work to set up an insurance marketplace. But those GOP-led states’ refusal won’t actually bring health reform to a grinding halt; instead, it has invited the federal government to step in and do the work for them. Altogether, the federal government will run health exchanges in 26 states, and partner with state officials in an additional seven states to help them set up their marketplaces.

    This is a step toward single payer.

    • janicen says:

      That’s what I was thinking, bb. Go ahead idiots, cede healthcare to the feds and it will be the answer to our hopes and dreams.

    • Fredster says:

      I was thinking the same. I have that PCIP plan now and that ends (supposedly) Jan 2014. Since lil Booby and Mr. Bentley in AL have rejected Obamacare, the Feds will come into both states and create the exchanges. And one thing I found out was that the exchanges the Feds create will have at least one federal or national plan. The one I have now is not the best but it’s not totally bad either.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    I love the children’s toys article! Here’s the link to the full story.

  5. Fannie says:

    Butch Otter (Idaho) appears to be one of the few advocating exchange…………currently it was cleared and sent forward to voted on.

    http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2013/01/09/what-gov-otter-meant-when-he-said-no-to-expanding-medicaid-eligibility/

  6. RalphB says:

    It was from a joke.

    NY Daily News: ‘Friends of Hamas': My role in the birth of a rumor

    WASHINGTON — The revelation could have doomed President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense: He gave a paid speech to a group called “Friends of Hamas.”

    Fortunately for Hagel, this claim, which galloped across the Internet, was bogus. I know, because I was the unwitting source.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Another interesting article on the pythons in Florida:

    What it’s like to be a Florida python hunter.

  8. ANonOMouse says:

    The Koch snorters are going to be forced into rehab.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/koch-world-reboots-87834.html

  9. RalphB says:

    A new PPP Poll shows former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer leading Sen. Max Baucus by 19 points in a primary. Baucus, who could easily be portrayed as an architect of Obamacare (because he was!), struggles against likely Republican challengers. Schweitzer does not.

    Getting rid of Baucus in trade for Brian Schweitzer would be great.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Rick Scott has decided to expand Medicaid after all.