Kentucky is the only state in the South to build its own insurance exchange and also expand Medicaid — two elements of the health care law that are critical to its aim of insuring millions of Americans. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear ordered Kynect’s creation without legislative action, circumventing any roadblocks from the state’s Republican Senate. Opponents and tea partiers tried but failed to pass a law barring the move and also sued, unsuccessfully, in federal court.
Providing the Bluegrass State’s 640,000 uninsured residents with coverage is a moral obligation, Beshear told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a September interview. He also saw implementing the law as something the state couldn’t afford not to do. Expanding Medicaid alone is expected to produce $15.6 billion in economic impact and create nearly 17,000 new jobs for the state, according to an independent study by the University of Louisville.
But as Republican lawmakers continue to stoke outrage over the people who have been harmed by Obamacare’s troubled rollout — the people who are still struggling to sign up for coverage on the exchange websites, and more recently, the people who are receiving cancellation notices from their insurance companies — there is one obvious point of comparison. It doesn’t have anything to do with the political career of the sitting president, though. It has to do with the privilege that continues to dominate the United States’ political priorities.
It’s about who is worth rescuing.
The policy intended to insure some of the most economically disadvantaged people in the nation has been transformed into a political tool. [See Red States]
"If you’ve been in the steampunk or dieselpunk subculture for any length of time, chances are you’ve encountered what I think of as steamnazis. You know what I’m talking about. Their costumes range from full-on SS uniforms with goggles thrown on, to fascist-inspired, somewhat fetishistic uniforms with vaguely ominous made-up insignia. I don’t like them."
“What I’m going to do today is offer an alternative, and suggest some costume ideas. I’m not telling anyone not to wear anything.”
“Mostly, I think I’m saying I’d like to see more anarchism at steampunk conventions”
Read this wonderful article on Steampunk Emma Goldman's blog! LOTS of inspirational pictures in it!
What do you think?
Brian Sims | Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Rep
Openly smart. Openly gay. Openly hot.
The second largest radio broadcaster in the nation, Cumulus, is planning to drop the radio shows of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by the end of the year, Politico reported Sunday.
How will old white voters know where to focus their fake rage?