Millions have had no luck signing up for the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) through the Federal Healthcare.gov website. Here’s why that’s happening.
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Today’s cartoon was censored for newspapers and for GoComics, but you’ll always see the uncensored versions at darrinbell.com.
On January 1, Colorado became the first state in the nation to legalize the retail sale of marijuana for recreational use. Maybe this is why the voters turned their back on at least this aspect of the War on Drugs:
In 2012, “there was a pot-related arrest every 42 seconds,” according to US News & World Report. About 750,000 were arrested for simple possession. Most arrested for simple possession are never convicted, which means the police and the justice system waste billions per year arresting and prosecuting people who juries tend not to convict. Still, the incarceration of those who ARE convicted for pot offenses costs taxpayers over $1 billion per year. The majority of those incarcerated for pot possession are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites are arrested for the same crime at the same rate.
Pot arrests ruin lives, don’t prevent people from using marijuana, and persecute people for partaking of a centuries’ old activity that’s arguably no more dangerous than smoking or drinking. In addition, just like Prohibition did with booze, the War on Drugs creates a black market that promotes and enriches organized crime. The only winners in Richard Nixon’s counterproductive “war on drugs” are the criminals and the prison-industrial complex.
If you want to know more about the hidden causes, motives and ramifications of America’s “war on drugs,” Netflix the film “The House I Live In,” by Eugene Jarecki. Here’s the trailer:
From the Detroit News:
“Boonstra said Monday her new plan she dislikes is the Blue Cross Premier Gold health care plan, which caps patient responsibility for out-of-pocket costs at $5,100 a year, lower than the federal law’s maximum of $6,350 a year. It means the new plan will save her at least $1,200 compared with her former insurance plan she preferred that was ended under Obamacare’s coverage requirements.
A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan spokesman said the insurer welcomes a chance to help members understand their benefits and alleviate concerns.
“We are here to help people like Ms. Boonstra to work their way through adjusting to the health plans we are now offering them,” the Blue’s Andy Hetzel said. “If there are questions … they should call.”
Boonstra’s old plan cost $1,100 a month in premiums or $13,200 a year, she previously told The News. That didn’t include money she spent on co-pays, prescription drugs and other out-of-pocket expenses.
By contrast, the Blues’ plan premium costs $571 a month or $6,852 for the year. Since out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100 for in-network doctors and hospitals, including deductibles, the maximum Boonstra would pay this year for all of her cancer treatment is $11,952.
When advised of the details of her Blues’ plan, Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper “can’t be true.”
“I personally do not believe that,” Boonstra said.”
Maybe she’d believe it if she spent less time on Fox News and more time on the phone with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.