From the Department of Thanks A Bunch But Don’t Do Me Any More Favors —
“Nevada’s premiums on the health-care exchange are likely to increase by about $843 next year as a result of Congress’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and a new Trump administration rule on short-term health insurance plans, according to a new report from the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress.
The report, released Friday, found that annual premiums nationwide will increase from an average of about $6,176 to $7,189 for the average 40-year-old, which is about a 16.4 percent increase. In Nevada, average premiums using the same benchmark are projected to rise from about $5,547 to $6,390, or an increase of about 15 percent.” [NVIndy]
All right, I’m not 40 years old and haven’t been for quite some time, but I can empathize with younger people trying to run households, raise kids, pay the bills, and keep it together. What they don’t need is a 15% increase in their health insurance premiums. And who does this help? It doesn’t help promote the best practices of established health insurance corporations. It doesn’t help those families who are facing rising costs for groceries and transportation. It doesn’t help young people to sell them junk insurance that won’t actually cover expenses for major medical expenses for illness or injury. It seems to primarily help the fly by night scam artists who want to sell insurance policies which barely deserve the name. You can read the full report ?here.
From the Department of Questions to Ask Congress Critters which Don’t Include Why Are You An A–hole?
Dear Congressman ____ why is it impossible for you to vote in favor of a bill to require universal background checks for gun sales and transfers? (It’s not like this doesn’t have massive support from the American people. It’s not like this wouldn’t help to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who shouldn’t have them in the first place. And while we’re about it, what’s so impossible about limiting the size of magazines, or keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers?)
Dear Congressman ____ in what perverted universe is it considered acceptable to bait bears with donuts and bacon in order to kill them? To kill hibernating bears? To kill wolf pups? [NYMag]
Dear Congressman ____ Just what purpose is served by vilifying a Central American street gang and conflating its members with ALL immigrants to this great nation? Criticizing a violent gang is laudable, conflating these people with ALL immigrants is inexcusable. Since I’m not 40 years old and haven’t been for some time, I recall a time when this nation was recovering from a major war against a state which called Jews “vermin,” dehumanized them, and then used the appellation as an excuse to exterminate them. Perhaps it’s time to have people, especially politicians, read (or re-read) Elie Wiesel’s Night.
Where does this lead?
“Wiesel’s prose is quietly measured and economical, for florid exaggeration would not befit this subject. Yet, at times, his descriptions are so striking as to be breathtaking in their pungent precision. He writes through the eyes of an adolescent plunged into an unprecedented moral hinterland, and his loss of innocence is felt keenly by the reader. His identity was strained under such conditions: “The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded – and devoured – by a black flame.” Night.
When bad things are done by bad people, bad things happen to innocent people.
Or maybe it would simply be easier to ask, Dear Congressman ____ why are you an A-hole?