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VIDEO-- Kansas Republican: If GOP insists on sabotaging #Obamacare, "then consumers will be the ones who suffer."


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Former President Clinton morphed into the Explainer in Chief of Obamacare in this video. Plus a major new study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation put together data from the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces in the 17 states where it is fully available. Guess what? They reported "lower than expected" premiums for new insurance exchanges.

Today's Melissa Harris-Perry Show explained further the Affordable Care Act, its benefits, and how it will be implemented. Here's a short, and effective, clip. The other segments, including the rest of this one, are below:

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Insurance marketplaces are websites where consumers who don't already receive health benefits from their employers and also don't qualify for Medicaid can shop for a health insurance plan. But many Republican-run states are preventing access to these plans.

In fact, in Kansas, Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said, "If state regulators are not going to do anything, then consumers will be the ones who suffer." Indeed.

A report in today's Los Angeles Times went into some detail about how the GOP is sabotaging efforts to help state residents get health care, which of course endangers the very lives of the voters the party is wooing. See how "pro-life" they are?

...Americans who live in states backing the Affordable Care Act will receive substantial protections and assistance unavailable to residents in states still fighting the 2010 law. That could mean confusion and higher insurance premiums for millions of consumers in states resisting the law.

Leaders in these resistant states have not set up consumer hot lines. Several state insurance regulators are refusing to make sure health plans offer new protections required by the law, such as guaranteed coverage for people who are ill.


So instead of implementing a plan that will not reject those who are sick, that will not put limits on coverage, that will allow low- and moderate-income Americans to qualify for government subsidies, Republicans in leadership positions are rejecting the law (and yes, it is the law) that also includes federal aid to expand Medicaid programs:

That means as many as 5 million of the poorest residents in these states will still not be able to get coverage next year.

To those whose hatred of President Obama trumps the health and welfare of their own fellow Americans, sabotaging the president and catering to an extremist base-- not protecting lives-- are the priorities:

[I]n Florida, the Legislature and governor stripped the insurance commissioner's authority to block rate hikes for two years. Since the new health law does not give the federal government this power, that effectively allows insurance companies to raise some premiums as much as they choose in 2014 and 2015, the first two years that Obama's healthcare law will be fully in effect.

So people will be paying more, and "consumers in states resisting the law will also get less help shopping for insurance."

Hey Republicans, how's that reinvention thing workin' for ya?

Here are the MHP segments in full. They are well worth watching:

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ENTIRE VIDEO: Pres. Clinton explains Obamacare. Plus major new study: "Lower than expected" premiums


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Yesterday I got very angry at MSNBC and posted this: Dear TV "news": If you hype Bill Clinton's "important" speech on Obamacare, then air it. CNN didn't carry the event at all, and MSNBC talked it up for days only to cut away after about two minutes. Don't even get me started on Fox.

Since TV "news" shows failed to follow through on all their countdowny, breathless promotion of the speech, allow TPC to provide the entire video:

Bill Clinton:

“I have agreed to give this talk today because I am still amazed at how much misunderstanding there is about the current system of health care, how it works, how it compares with what other people in other countries pay for health care.”

Let the debunking continue. Per the Hill, the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation put together data from the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces in the 17 states where it is fully available. Guess what?

A leading health policy research organization reported "lower than expected" premiums for ObamaCare's new insurance exchanges in a major study released Thursday.

Well damn, now Republicans are going to have to concoct all new talking points. Quel drag.

And per Think Progress:

Many Americans will pay even less than the top-line rates after factoring in government subsidies for their health coverage, with some paying nothing at all for crucial medical coverage.

But facts like those likely won't stop the GOP obstructionists and their do-nothing House majority from trying to repeal the plan for the 41st time.

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VIDEO: Debunking Myths About Who Pays No Federal Income Tax


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So much for that whole "takers vs. makers" thing. Another right wing talking point goes down the drain:

Via theurbaninstitute:

Much has been made of the fact that nearly half of Americans paid no federal income tax in 2010. Some people interpret that statistic as saying that we are a nation of makers and takers, with the makers paying the taxes that support the takers. But the story is not that simple. This video explains who doesn't pay income taxes and why, and notes that the share of non-payers is headed down to just a third a decade from now.

So what exactly are income taxes used for? This:

Medicare and Medicaid

Medical research

Public school funding

School lunches

Defense funding

Social security


Police protection

Fire protection

Public libraries

Job training

Bank regulation

Scientific research

Food inspection

Food and Drug Administration

Air traffic controllers

Unemployment benefits

Sorry, anti-taxers, but privatization just won't cut it. That would make everything even more unaffordable, and the priority would be profiting rather than focusing on the quality of services that the government provides to protect its citizens. Instead, government is doing its job, per the U.S. Constitution:

The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

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“This new info should put nail in coffin of GOP claims that IRS politically motivated, targeted only one side"


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Those hypocritical, desperate Republicans and their weepy, manipulative "We're the victims!" ways. See, GOP, if you're going to do the "poor little us" thing, at least make an effort to be honest about it. This is why you've been busted by Dems and the media so many times.

Why, here's one of those times now!

The Hill:

House Democrats said Tuesday that the IRS closely scrutinized potential successors to ACORN [the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now] and other Democratic groups — evidence they say proves that the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups was not politically motivated.

Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) released new IRS training materials on Tuesday that listed progressive and Tea Party groups as potentially political organizations seeking tax-exempt status.

ACORN-style groups were among those they referred to. ACORN, an anti-poverty organization, was defunded years ago. (And before it disbanded, ACORN was demonized by Republicans, but they were vindicated, cleared of all wrongdoing.)

But back to the "Don't pick on us!" GOP talking point...

This new information should put a nail in the coffin of the Republican claims that the IRS's actions were politically motivated or were targeted at only one side of the political spectrum,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement. “It is time for House Republicans to stop trying to score political points and start to focus on reforming the IRS.”

House Republicans should stop trying to score political points? What? Is he serious? Cummings must have missed this: Issa vows to expand Benghazi probe.

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VIDEO: "They should start tying a bell around these [GOP fringe] guys so we can tell when they're coming."


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Rachel Maddow did a great job highlighting the fringiest of the conservative fringe. Here are excerpts of her segment wrap-up, but please watch the entire video. She nailed it, as usual, especially the bell-the-cat suggestion:

"They can mingle in"? What exactly is the argument here? Latinos crossing the border won't be able to tell if there's an Arab secretly trying to cross the border with them because they all look alike and they might accidentally help bring an Arab over here, mingled in?

Is that the argument? Seriously?

Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Donald Trump, that guy running in New Jersey, Art Robinson, okay. This guy's chair of the ... Armed Services Committee in the House, thanks to the Republican party!

They should start tying a bell around these guys or something so we can tell when they're coming.

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The Obama administration has been busy



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I'm about to run out the door, but I wanted to get a couple of newsy, good news/bad news items out there for you. First, via an email alert from the New York Times, the good news:

Justice Dept. Files Lawsuit to Block US Airways-American Merger

The Justice Department, along with the attorneys general of six states, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

The $11 billion deal, announced in February, took American out of bankruptcy. It would create the nation’s biggest airline, a company with the size and breadth to compete against United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, which have grown through mergers of their own in recent years and are currently the biggest domestic carriers.

But in the complaint filed Tuesday in Federal District Court in the District of Columbia, the Justice Department said that the merger “will leave three very similar legacy airlines — Delta, United and the new American — that past experience shows increasingly prefer tacit coordination over full-throated competition.”

And the bad news, via The Hill. Surprisingly, this has been the Labor Department's site since February, but nobody said a peep about it. Republicans will. It feeds right into their talking points:

Administration delays ObamaCare caps on out-of-pocket costs

The Obama administration has delayed a main provision in President Obama's healthcare reform law that would limit out-of-pocket insurance costs for consumers until 2015.

The cap, which includes deductibles and co-payments, was supposed to limit consumer costs to $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But administration officials have quietly delayed the requirement for some insurers, allowing them to set their own limits starting in 2014. [...]

An administration official said the health law would “protect consumers from the worst insurance company abuses, by banning discrimination based on a pre-existing health conditions [sic], ending lifetime and annual limits on what an insurance company will cover, and capping out-of pocket spending to protect Americans and their families.”

A-a-nd the GOP takes full advantage and ups their Obama/Obamacare bashing in 5...4...3...2...

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GOP plan: Assure their already convinced constituents that DC is broken. One problem: THEY broke it.


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I'm not sure whether to laugh, cry, or bang my head on the nearest wall (you should see my wall, it's full of skull-shaped dents). House Republicans have assembled a "kit"! Yes, they now have their very own kit! And they want to share it with just the right people.

Via Roll Call:

When House Republicans retreat to their districts for the August recess, they will each be armed with a detailed guide — an exceptionally detailed guide — on how to assure their already convinced constituents that Washington is broken.

They need a guide for that? Then again, Republicans were never very good at navigating.

Oh, and they plan on using that new-fangled thing called "social media." Especially Vine. They're totally into Vine. If social media's not innovative, then nothing is.

Yes, once again, even after obstructing every decent piece of legislation that's come their way, they can't wait to slam what they themselves did. They have a Plan, see, a Plan to bash their very own jobs.

Why did they run again?

[T]he 31-page GOP packet focuses on safer ground: Obamacare, jobs and the fierce hatred of all things Washington.

Apparently they hate their own creation.

“But every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington,” the theoretical House Republican declares in his or her theoretical op-ed.

That's in there, I kid you not. To put it another way, "Every day I serve, I hate where I serve. But at least they pay me to detest, besmirch, and undermine my own workplace, boss, and colleagues."

Now about that infamous GOP "outreach" (scroll) I deride so frequently here at TPC:

Potential groups to organize Meetups around include women, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and millennials,” the kit explains.

So they're going to meet with the very groups they hate, ignore, and legislate against to convince them that they should hate, destroy, and work against DC (and themselves) too... Hey! Join us! We hate EVERYbody! Weeee!

To get the conversation rolling in the right direction, the playbook suggests planting questions: “Prepare a few questions in advance in case the conversation slowly starts.”

There's a very good reason they need to do that: Nobody wants to talk to them!

The conference suggests that members offer that help in the form of a jobs fair — as long as members have the opportunity to speak at the fair a few times and can tour the event with the media.

“Target invitations to veterans and college students — two groups of people struggling to find jobs,” the memo tells Republicans.

Sure, they're dying to help... so long as it's that slimy, exploitative, self-serving kind of help that provides nothing but photo ops and media manipulation. To hell with the actual, you know, voters.

The article ends with pointers on what to wear at each photo op (hard hats or comfortable clothing for doing ‘hands-on’ work, for example). I'll wrap up this post with one of the best tips of all:

--a Main Street Tour #4Jobs — don’t “overstay” your welcome

Too late.

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