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“From Griswold, to Roe, to Casey, our courts have recognized that these personal decisions — the ability to take ownership of your own reproductive destiny — are inherent in the liberty and equality our Constitution protects. As we approach the next major reproductive rights case to reach the Supreme Court, the question now is whether those rights will be made subject to the religious beliefs of others.”
From On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade, Why Talk About Birth Control?
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12.8 million Americans will receive $1.1 billion in rebates from insurers that have not met minimum spending guidelines in Obamacare, the administration announced Thursday morning. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on health care services or issue rebates to policy holders. The average rebate is valued at $151 per household.
It’s worth noting that you only get a rebate check if you pay for an individual policy. If your health insurance is through your workplace they get the money.*
Still awesome news though.
*The companies get the money and then must pass the savings on - which means they can either:
- give their employees a check for the individual reimbursed amount (unlikely), or
- via reimbursement into the account that they use to pay premiums through debit or credit card, or
- by reduction in future premiums.
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An attendee at the meeting asked Combs how much had the state “actually” cut from public education.
She said the state didn’t reduce funding, but added $2 billion.
“It was not less, but it was not as much,” she said.
Coulson said College Station will receive $7 million less for the 2012-13 school year than what it received in 2010-11. Wallis said BISD is receiving $9 million less.
“We are already to the cuticle,” Wallis said. “We’re as far down as we can go.”
Combs said the point of her presentation was that the increase in enrollment in Medicaid through the reform bill will change everything. Public education funding will only continue to be squeezed by the pressures of Medicaid, she said.”
State Comptroller, Susan Combs, says health care bill will reduce education spending, lies about Education CUTS | Bryan/College Station, Texas - The Eagle
I can’t even. Anyone in Texas have a list of when and where these town halls are expected to take place?
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“The fight over Obamacare is about freedom. That’s what we’ve been told since these lawsuits were filed two years ago and that’s what we heard both inside and outside the Supreme Court this morning. That’s what Michele Bachmann* and Rick Santorum have been saying for months. Even people who support President Obama’s signature legislative achievement would agree that this debate is all about freedom—the freedom to never be one medical emergency away from economic ruin. What we have been waiting to hear is how members of the Supreme Court—especially the conservative majority—define that freedom. This morning as the justices pondered whether the individual mandate—that part of the Affordable Care Act that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty—is constitutional, we got a window into the freedom some of the justices long for. And it is a dark, dark place.”
Dahlia Lithwick (via soupsoup)
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And she’s done, but still ‘fighting to take back our country’ from socialism and the gays. You know, the usual.
Doesn’t she know that without “the gays” she wouldn’t have those fabulous, albeit false, eyelashes?
What? We were all thinking it….
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“I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks who don’t care? That’s fine with me.”
President Obama on “Obamacare.” (via kileyrae)
Co-opt that shit, Barry!