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All you need to know about "winners and losers" from #Obamacare in one pie chart (+ a video)

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Just a little something America should finally understand. I'm talkin' to YOU, Republicans:

Obamacare truth about plans pie chart

H/t: @LOLGOP.

Republicans are actually defending junk insurance, just as they defended their irrational GOP shutdown. And the only reason they're doing that is to create another "Obama is a failure" meme. The Affordable Care Act was based on a Heritage Foundation idea, with the support of Newt Gingrich. WaPo:

Gingrich and Romney engaged in a brief but heated spat during the Oct. 18 GOP debate...

Romney: Actually, Newt, we got the idea of an individual mandate from you.

Gingrich: That’s not true. You got it from the Heritage Foundation.

Romney: Yes, we got it from you, and you got it from the Heritage Foundation and from you.

Gingrich: Wait a second. What you just said is not true. You did not get that from me. You got it from the Heritage Foundation.

Romney: And you never supported them?

Gingrich: I agree with them, but I’m just saying, what you said to this audience just now plain wasn’t true.

Romney: OK. Let me ask, have you supported in the past an individual mandate?

Gingrich: I absolutely did with the Heritage Foundation against Hillarycare.

[...] Gingrich continued to support mandates well after Massachusetts had implemented the so-called “RomneyCare” plan...

Nevertheless, now that it's called "Obamacare," the GOP is doing everything they can to discredit and destroy the ACA and the president. And they're spreading misinformation and lies everywhere, which all too many in the "news" media are more than happy to mis-report 24/7.

Hence, the pie chart.

One of my favorite columnists and Twitter pals, Michael Hiltzik, appeared on The Last Word and rocked it. Debunkitude galore:

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Eric Cantor's 2014 House schedule allows for even MORE time off

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maynard g. krebs work

Here's what I wrote in 2012: Republicans control the calendar in the House of Representatives. They're cutting back their work schedule. Again.

And this: 113th Congress: Work?!

Then earlier this year I wrote this: Sequester schmequester: House GOP votes to recess for the week. Senate, too.

Here's what I wrote a few days ago: VIDEO-- Why everybody would like to be a member of Congress: Lots and lots of time off. Lots.

Here is what the calendar for the first session of the 133th Congress looked like:

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And now, unbelievably, it's getting worse. Eric Cantor just released the House calendar for 2014:

House calendar 2014

Roll Call:

The House is scheduled to be in session 113 days in 2014.

This schedule is:

  • laughable
  • disconcerting
  • embarrassing
  • bewildering
  • ridiculous
  • outrageous
  • contemptible
  • self-serving
  • obscene
  • aw-w-wkward!

Feel free to add to the list.

Are Republicans trying to lose more voter confidence? Then again, with less time at work, there's less time to obstruct. Meantime, they can keep using their trusty town hall mob scenes meetings to spread their lies and make their threats.

Here's why I feel the way I do:

chart bills passed by Congress thru 2012 worst GOP fail

...and dropping.

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VIDEO-- Why everybody would like to be a member of Congress: Lots and lots of time off. Lots.

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Back in November 2012, I posted 113th Congress: Work?! It included this segment from The Rachel Maddow Show:

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Then in February 2013, I posted Sequester schmequester: House GOP votes to recess for the week. Senate, too.

Now here we are, nearly exactly a year after my "Work?!" post, and, coincidentally, there is another Rachel Maddow video to share:

Rachel Maddow:

Nice deal right? ... That kind of a schedule and a six-figure salary for doing it? That's a combination that is impossible not to love.

More vacation... that's their big plan.

And now the GOP is thinking of cancelling more days again. During this session. Again. They're only working 19 more days this year, see, because, see, they can't figure out a way to "fill their agenda." No, I'm not kidding, watch the video.

They had time for a government shutdown, but no time to work on immigration reform. Make that, "no time to work," period. They are on track to be the most unproductive Congress in history.

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Since John Boehner became Speaker, the House has accomplished nothing.

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VIDEO- GOP's jaw-dropping, "horrifying" poll numbers: "That's the end of the world! That's terrible!

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Rachel Maddow provided this Moment of Schadenfreude, and for that I am grateful:

...Americans are also really quite clear about who they'd blame for this mess. They blame Republicans, by a margin of 22 points. It is not close. And that, of course, is not good news for the Republican party.

Now, to be fair, it's not like it's roses for anybody, for things to be this bad. look at this. President Obama is about six points above water, his favorable/unfavorable says positive ratings are six points higher than his negative ratings.

The Democratic party is actually underwater by a single point. Their positive ratings are one point lower than their negative ratings. Okay.

But look at this: House Speaker John Boehner, whose Republican party is blamed for the shutdown, and he's at minus 25.

The tea party movement, they're at minus 26.

The Republican party, the entire Republican party, checks in at minus 29. That's the end of the world. That's terrible! That's 28 points south of the Democrats on the favorable/unfavorable scale. That doesn't exist in two-party states...

The Republican party has never polled lower than they are polling right now in the history of this poll. Why do people dislike them so much right now?

Well, in the same poll, 70% of people say Republicans are putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country.

These are horrifying, finger-vision numbers for Republicans.

Americans are disliking the Republican party right now more than they ever have in modern history.

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Here is the entire segment:

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VIDEO: "NRA leadership are the ONLY ones against gun background checks. Which means -- they win?"

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Yesterday I posted "Contrary to rhetoric, gun-free zones are not the problem." Oh, and gun retailers support background checks.

Looks like Rachel Maddow read the same data that I did, and then did her Rachel thing and posed all the right questions:

What we knew before this survey is that the idea of expanding background checks for buying guns is something that is supported by Democrats, by very large margin.

It's also supported by independents by a big margin.

Expanding background checks also supported by Republicans by a large margin.

Self-described tea partiers also support expanded background checks.

Expanded background checks are supported by members of the NRA. People who pay to belong to the National Rifle Association want expanded background checks.

Gun owners broadly also support expanded background checks by a big margin.

And now, we can add the data from this brand new stuff that's just being published by the researchers from UC Davis. It also turns out that gun dealers support expanded background checks.

The people who are actually conceivably burdened by this the most! Democrats are in favor, independents are in favor. Republicans are in favor. Tea partiers, NRA members, gun owners and now we know gun dealers all in favor.

And on the other side, not in favor: the leadership of the NRA. Not even the members of the NRA, just the leadership. They're the only ones against. Which means -- they win?

Nothing could ever outweigh them? They get whatever they want, no matter if everyone in the country including their own constituency disagrees with them? How long does this last for?

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Guess who makes more income in states with lots of #union members?

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From the Department of No Sh** Sherlock:

Think Progress: The middle class brings home a substantially larger share of aggregate earnings in states that have high rates of union membership than in those where fewer workers are organized, a Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) analysis of Census data shows. Amid very high and still increasing income inequality, union density appears to offer some buffer for middle-class Americans. [...]

...CAPAF’s David Madland and Keith Miller found that the states with the lowest rates of union membership return below-average shares of income to their middle-class residents. [...]

The rise of inequality over the past three decades tracks closely with the decline of union membership.

The income of the richest one percent has risen as middle class incomes drop.

As TP points out, and as we have in many posts, as unions get stronger, they increase their ability to stand up for workers. When that happens, not only does it improve work place conditions, but in the long run, income inequality is reduced.

And since the very rich make way more than the rest of us, leveling the playing field benefits the entire country, the health and welfare of more Americans, and the economy.

Not to mention, the decline of organized labor has helped worsen racial wage gap.

While you're at it, check out "What a difference a union can make!" and "Why unions matter, in a measly 1 minute 19 seconds."

chart graph why unions matter

unions gave us

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Decline of organized labor has helped worsen racial wage gap

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Meredith Kleykamp and Jake Rosenfeld are professors of sociology at the University of Maryland and the University of Washington, respectively. Both are members of the Scholars Strategy Network, and both wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

The topic: How the decline of labor unions has widened the racial wage gap and that "African Americans and other people of color have a lot at stake." They track the history of unions, their rise, their more recent sliding numbers, and the effect that has had on wages:

[O]ur research aimed to discover what wage trends among blacks and whites, men and women, would have looked like if union membership in the private sector of the U.S. economy had not declined so sharply. Here is what we learned:

• Had union membership rates for women remained at late-1970s levels, racial wage inequality among women in private sector jobs today would be reduced by as much as 30%.

• If rates of union membership among African American men working in the private sector were as high today as in the early 1970s, weekly wages would now be about $50 higher. For a full-time worker, that translates to an income increase of $2,600 a year. Regardless of race, all male workers have lost ground in the private sector as unions have declined.

They describe the modern labor movement as "remarkably inclusive" and one that has boosted African American and white workers and their families economically. The authors also conclude that the dwindling number of private sector unions has made the state of America's economic and social problems worse, including racial wage gaps.

Here are a few of the benefits that unions have provided:

labor unions brought us

See: "What a difference a union can make!" and "Why unions matter, in a measly 1 minute 19 seconds."

chart graph why unions matter

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