On Thursday, the Texas Tribune reported that the state is shuttering a state-based health care program and encouraging Texans to sign-up for coverage in the federally-run health care exchange.
The state has deemed the high-risk pool obsolete, as the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies participating in the federal marketplace, which launched on Oct. 1, from denying coverage to Texans with pre-existing conditions. Gov. Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 1367 in June, scheduling the pool’s abolishment.
The pool will close Jan. 1, and the 23,000 people currently participating in the pool must sign up for coverage on the insurance exchange by Dec. 15 or find coverage elsewhere to avoid a lapse in care.
The shift may help beneficiaries — state health experts project that “people are going to have many more options and many better options in the marketplace ” — but it undermines Gov. Rick Perry’s entire health care philosophy and contradicts the GOP’s claim that states are best suited to take care of their uninsured populations.
In June, Perry also signed a Republican-backed bill that requires the Texas Department of State Health Services to inform individuals applying for certain state health services about “private health care insurance coverage and the health insurance exchange.”
"Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily from women in the Senate," McCain said after the bipartisan deal was announced.
Mark Pryor said that people sometimes like to joke about women in leadership, but he is a huge fan of his female colleagues after watching them negotiate. "The truth is, women in the Senate is a good thing," he said. "We're all just glad they allowed us to tag along so we could see how it's done."
The NYT reported on Monday that a bipartisan group of women senators was playing a crucial role in opening discussions between Republicans and Democrats over how to move forward and reopen the government. Out of the 14 senators on the bipartisan committee that laid the framework for the debt deal, six were women. Susan Collins (R-Maine) started the group, and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) took part in negotiations.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that women were so heavily involved in trying to end this stalemate,” Collins told The NYT. “Although we span the ideological spectrum, we are used to working together in a collaborative way.”
Klobuchar said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday that the friendships the Senate women have developed will help them work together to craft a long-term budget without the counterproductive barbs that some politicians throw at each other when they don't agree.
“The 20 women in the Senate have formed such strong friendships of trust, even though we come from different places, that I’m very hopeful as we go forward with Patty Murray, head of the Budget Committee, Barbara Mikulski, head of Approprations,” Klobuchar said. “Those relationships are going to make a difference as we get into what matters, which is the long-term budget.”
"mess with immigration"??
immigrants are the FUTURE of this country - IF YOU or a family member doesn't speak at least english and spanish in the future, you won't get a job - their kids speak spanish (or another language) at home and english in school
Immigrants a “driving force” in U.S. companies
25.3% There was at least one immigrant key founder in 25.3% of all engineering and technology companies established in the U.S. between 1995 and 2005.
$52 billion. The study estimated that, nationwide, immigrant-founded companies generated more than $52 billion in 2005 sales and created nearly 450,000 jobs as of 2005. The majority of these immigrant entrepreneurs came from India, United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Japan and Germany.
96% Of the immigrant founders, 96 percent held bachelor's degrees and 74 percent held graduate or postgraduate degrees, including 26.8 percent with Ph.D.s and 47.2 percent with master's.
1.6% Only 1.6 percent of these immigrants came to the United States to start a business. Most, 52.3 percent, came for higher education, and 39.8 percent came for jobs.
53% Of immigrant founders of tech and engineering firms, 53 percent completed their highest degrees at U.S. universities, and about 72 percent of those degrees were in three fields: engineering (43.5 percent), computer science/information technology (18.5 percent) and applied sciences (10 percent).
31% Of the engineering and technology companies founded between 1995 and 2005 in the 11 technology centers surveyed, 31 percent had an immigrant as a key founder, compared to the national average of 25.3 percent.
aww they STILL HAVE OLD, WHITE MEN
The roughly four-in-ten Republicans and Republican leaners who agree with the Tea Party are more likely to be male (61%) than non-Tea Party Republicans (50%) and they tend to be older: 57% of Tea Party Republicans are age 50 or older, compared with 45% of non-Tea Party Republicans.
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer is breathing a sigh of relief for the Republican Party now that the shutdown and debt ceiling debate have finally ended.
“Thank God it’s over, particularly for conservatives and Republicans,” Krauthammer said Wednesday on Fox News’s “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
hagee who donahue, president of the Catholic League, said is the “biggest anti-Catholic bigot in the evangelical community”
Now Hagee is saying that “Secular humanism is a pagan God.” According to Hagee, as Right Wing Watch relates, secular humanism is to blame “for everything from drugs and mental illness to rape and domestic abuse.”
Hagee proclaims: “America is becoming a pagan society; we are in a moral free-fall.”
When the Boy Scouts of America are censored and penalized for refusing to accept homosexual scout leaders, we are a pagan nation without shame…we have endorsed sodomy and called it an alternative lifestyle. It’s not an alternative lifestyle; it was, is, and always shall be an abomination unto the Lord.
As esquire has shown (by a study comprised of both obama & romney pollsters), MOST AMERICANS (51%) are in the CENTER and Religion is not a major part of the Center's life, and it firmly believes that religion has no place in the public sphere. Meanwhile: Even though about a third of those in the Center own guns, an overwhelming plurality have no problem with background checks.
agree or disagree: religion is important to me and i regularly make time to attend services and pray
they "GOT" a conference for budgets passed by the house and senate 7 MONTHS AGO and for which dems have asked for conferees 20 TIMES
since boehner has been elected speaker, we have had TWO BRUSHES with default, ONE shutdown, NO LEGISLATION of any significance, and he's been UNABLE to roll-back ANY dem accomplishments
NOT TO MENTION the over 40 obamacare repeal votes and his fighting FOR DOMA
give the guy a case of merlot and a carton of cigarettes!!!!!!!!!!
"This is the quality of thinking—or lack thereof—that has afflicted many GOP conservatives from the beginning of this budget showdown," the editorial read. "They picked a goal they couldn't achieve in trying to defund ObamaCare from one House of Congress, and then they picked a means they couldn't sustain politically by pursuing a long government shutdown and threatening to blow through the debt limit."
The Journal said that if the Senate passes its compromise to avert default and reopen the government, House Speaker John Boehner will likely have no choice "other than to bring it to the floor and let it pass with votes from either party."
"At least that's better than getting the blame for whatever happens if Treasury stops sending out Social Security checks in order to prioritize debt repayments. The politics of that are little better than defaulting on debt. Republicans can best help their cause now by getting this over with and moving on to fight more intelligently another day."
he WSJ's editorial page has been highly critical of the conservatives who led the foolishly impractical effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, urging them a month ago to give up their goal, and then taking aim at Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.
– SEN. MIKE LEE (R-UT): “This is the last stop on the Obamacare express. Before this law kicks in in full force on January 1st, 2014, we have one last shot. And that shot will occur when this current continuing resolution expires September 30th. We have got to pass another one to keep the government funded. [Fox News, 7/24/2013]
– SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX): “So this is right now on the continuing resolution our best opportunity and it may be our last opportunity to defund it.” [Fox News, 7/30/2013]
– SEN. DAVID VITTER (R-LA): “October 1st is when a lot of it really kicks in, so the country is watching and a lot of folks think once it gets into law and starts to put down roots, it’s going to be more difficult to disrupt.” [Fox on the Record with Greta, 9/24/2013]
– SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): “And here’s my last point to my colleagues in the Republican Party, who I know every single one of the Senate members here in the Republican Party are against ObamaCare, this is our last chance and our last best chance to do something about this.” [Senate floor, 7/30/2013]
– RUSH LIMBAUGH: “[T]here are elected Republican conservatives in the House and the Senate who are going to make one final effort here via this continuing resolution fight that will come up in September to make one last attempt to stop any further implementation of Obamacare.” [7/25/2013]
– HERITAGE ACTION: “We only have one more chance to repeal Obamacare. And we cannot do it without your support.” [Fundraiser, 2013]
– FREEDOMWORKS: “[T]his may be the last best chance to defund Obamacare before it goes into effect as President Obama’s strategy is to enroll as many people as possible getting them addicted to the sugar of subsidies.” 
Asked what he has gained from holding-up a deal for weeks, Cruz pointed to a political petition he has been promoting for days:
CRUZ: We have seen a remarkable thing happen. Months ago when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed. They scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything and they scoffed that the Senate would do anything. We saw first of all, millions of millions of American people rising up across this country, over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare. We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people that everyone in official Washington said wouldn’t happen.
“Heritage used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans and helping conservatives and helping us to be able to have the best intellectual conservative ideas,” Hatch told host Chuck Todd in response to a question about conservatives. “Is Heritage going to go so political that it really doesn’t amount to anything anymore?… Right now, I think it’s in danger of losing its clout and its power around Washington D.C.”
MEANWHILE that doesn't count the NEARLY $1 BILLION WASTED on OVER 40 obamcare repeal bills, and the money boehner WASTED supporting DOMA
paul ryan's budget spends TRILLIONS
obama's original budget proposal: $1,203 trillion
paul ryan's original budget: $1,095 trillion and RAISED the debt limit EVERY YEAR from 2012-2021
2011 debt limit compromise: $1,066 trillion
senate continuing resolution: $986 .......... the house number ............. and REPUBLICANS REFUSED to compromise AKA go to conference committee 20 TIMES
SERIOUSLY??????? they LOST VOTES
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that, despite recent poll numbers showing the GOP's popularity in the gutter, it's too early to declare his party dead. According to Salmon, Republican Steve Lonegan's showing in the New Jersey special Senate election and Rep. Tom Cotton's (R-AR) prospects as a Senate candidate provide support for his point.
YESTERDAY LONEGAN LOST BY 10.3 POINTS !!!!!!
Unlike Salmon, Cotton actually voted FOR the bill to re-open the government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit until Feb. 7. Salmon was one of 144 House members, all Republicans, who voted against the bill.
"The party itself was very, very divided during the midst of this," Salmon said. "I think that if we were a lot more unified and carrying one message we would have been a lot more successful."
paul ryan's budget RAISED THE DEBT LIMIT EVERY YEAR!!!!!
Pages 5 and 6 of HIS BUDGET budget resolution declare that the "appropriate levels of debt" subject to the debt ceiling are as follows:
Fiscal year 2012: $16,204,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2013: $17,177,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2014: $17,955,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2015: $18,704,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2016: $19,513,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2017: $20,257,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2018: $20,981,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2019: $21,711,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2020: $22,416,000,000,000.
Fiscal year 2021: $23,105,000,000,000.
the LAST REPUBLICAN FIASCO (in 2011) cost TAXPAYERS NEARLY $19 billion
SO MUCH for REPUBLICAN CONSERVATISM
they wanted a government small enough to fit in a bathtub YET VOTED TO FUND things IMPORTANT TO THEM
then THEY GET what THEY DESERVE
booker's campaign brought out 23.8% of the public - while that is a small number, it was the best turnout EVER and on a WEDNESDAY NIGHT - NO WONDER christie WASTED TAXPAYER MONEY when HIS RACE is 2 1/2 WEEKS AWAY - christie WANTED a "big win" and FEARED booker would BRING DOWN HIS VOTES
58% of voters want the health care law implemented and then fixed, compared with only 38% who share the view held by many Republicans that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced.
38% of voters said they oppose the law because it goes too far, while 45% said they favor it and 8% said they oppose it because it does not go far enough.
47% of voters in GOP-controlled congressional districts say they are less likely to support their Republican incumbents.
It's perhaps the latest piece of polling evidence that Republicans paid a political price for the shutdown and the flirtation with default.
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, CNN/ORC International poll, Pew Research Center, Quinnipiac University and CBS News ALL SHOWED that more than 70% of Americans are opposed to shutting down the government over differences related to the health care law.