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Solving The Issues With The Veteran’s Administration Medical Care

Since the major combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan started winding down, there have been repeated and unsolved issues with providing adequate and timely healthcare for our veterans. Despite repeated assurances and varied lip service out of Washington, things just don’t seem to be getting better. Even with new rules allowing vets who live beyond […]

One Reason The Affordable Care Act Is Here To Stay

Apparently 205,000+ Wisconsinites signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act during the recent open enrollment period…about 70,000 more enrollees than last year. The article about the increase in enrollment HERE!

But what leads me to believe the ACA is here to stay? Well, because the insurance companies like it:

Several insurers also […]

When is government subsidized health insurance okay?

According to Paul Ryan, it is acceptable when it is Medicare..not so much when it is for the rest of the population. While he was Chair (and author of the Path to Poverty Prosperity) of the House Budget Committee, Ryan claimed that his “new” Medicare plan would control costs by having a more competitive market […]

House Republicans vote to sue President Obama

Republicans really are a wacky bunch… The U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 201 on Wednesday to authorize Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to sue President Barack Obama and others in his administration for failure to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Ironically, all of […]

Federal judge throws out Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

Not surprising news via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Madison — A federal judge in Green Bay on Monday threw out a lawsuit brought by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and one of his aides attempting to force members of Congress and their staffs to stop getting subsidies for their health insurance under Obamacare.

Johnson, an […]

Hobby Lobby Ruling Should Move Us Toward Single Payer Health Coverage

Any number of GOP pundits have condemned the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as the start of the slippery slope to single payer health care in the United States. To that I can add, I only hope!

But as part of yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom (I hope the […]

State Senator Grothman Suffering From Raging Myopia

In an article about the egregious Supreme Court ruling in favor of ‘freedom of religion’ for Hobby Lobby in the second front on the war against woman, State Senator Glenn Grothman celebrated his deep sense of provincialism:

“The Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a big win for Christians in […]

I Am Not Surprised: Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby

“Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations“:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, the dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.”

The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to […]

Window Closing for Health Insurance: Sign Up Now!

From my email inbox…a reminder from Senator Vinehout…that time’s a wasting and Wisconsin’s uninsured need to act now:

“I was getting the run-around,” the Eau Claire woman told me. She tried to get health insurance through the federal healthcare.gov website and was told she was eligible for Medicaid coverage in her state. When she went […]

Obamacare Works!

As the nation celebrates 5 million enrollees in Obamacare, let me bring some real life anecdotes to the table.

Most of the people in my immediate circle, like me, work for employers who provide their health insurance. So I never really thought about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. But in the past several […]