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Obamacare Website No Longer Addresses 'You Can Keep Your Doctor'
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor was President Barack Obama's signature catchphrase he used to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. Now Obamacare's flagship website, healthcare.gov, no longer even addresses the issue. Ironically, the section in question was the first public (if indirect) admission by the Obama administration that the president's promise was less than a guarantee. As THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported in July 2013, the website told consumers that they may be able to keep your current doctor, in contrast to the president's unequivocal statement: Here is a guarantee that I've made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.

WONDER WHY. 🤔

Utah man dies in police custody after being jailed for $2,400 unpaid medical bill

Rex Iverson was put in the Box Elder County Jail when he didn’t pay an ambulance bill. The next day, he was dead.

Iverson didn’t have the money to pay bail much less the $2,376.92 bill to the Tremonton City Ambulance service. There was an attempt to to garnish his wages, “but he didn’t have a job, that we knew of,” City treasurer Sharri Oyler explained.

“We go to great lengths to never arrest anybody on these warrants,” Elder County Chief Deputy Sheriff Dale Ward told the Ogden Standard-Examiner. “The reason we do that is we don’t want to run a debtors’ prison. There is no reason for someone to be rotting in jail on a bad debt.”

“How can you get blood out of a turnip?” Josh Daniels of the Utah-based Libertas Institute said. “The thing about going to jail, your time does not pay your debt… A person should be obliged to pay, but putting him in jail doesn’t solve the problem.”

Iverson’s death brings more questions about the modern-day debtors’ prisons, what Utah is calling “justice courts.” According to he Standard-Examiner, in the last three years, 13 people have been arrested and jailed for debts similar to Iverson’s, many from government agencies.

Last fall, John Oliver blew the lid off of the corrupt system of debtors’ prisons which are supposed to be illegal but that isn’t stopping many. The Free Thought Project cites a report from last October by the Sixth Amendment Center, which says that Utah’s “justice courts” exist to monetize misery, rather than to ensure justice or any kind of due process. In Iverson’s case, there was neither.

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Free health care is a vital right. The whole situation when the man dies in custody because he can’t pay for ambulance service is an absurd!

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Why Bernie Sanders Has To Raise Taxes On The Middle Class | Zero Hedge
"Because that's where the money is..." Every household earning below $250,000 will face a tax hike of nearly 9 percent. Past that, rates explode, up to a top rate of 77 percent on incomes over $10 million.

Willie Sutton was one of the most infamous bank robbers in American history. Over three decades, the dashing criminal robbed a hundred banks, escaped three prisons, and made off with millions. Today, he is best known for Sutton’s Law: Asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, Sutton allegedly quipped, “Because that’s where the money is.”

Sutton’s Law explains something unusual about Bernie Sander’s tax plan: it calls for massive tax hikes across the board. Why raise taxes on the middle class? Because that’s where the money is.

The problem all politicians face is that voters love to get stuff, but they hate to pay for it. The traditional solution that center-left politicians pitch is the idea that the poor and middle class will get the benefits, and the rich will pay for it.

This is approximately how things work in the United States. The top 1 percent of taxpayers earn 19 percent of total income and pay 38 percent of federal income taxes. The bottom 50 percent earn 12 percent and pay 3 percent. This chart from the Heritage Foundation shows net taxes paid and benefits received, per person, by household income group:

But Sanders’ proposals (free college, free health care, jobs programs, more Social Security, etc.) are way too heavy for the rich alone to carry, and he knows it. To his credit, his campaign has released a plan to pay for each of these myriad handouts. Vox’s Dylan Matthews has totaled up all the tax increases Sanders has proposed so far, and the picture is simply staggering.

Every household earning below $250,000 will face a tax hike of nearly 9 percent. Past that, rates explode, up to a top rate of 77 percent on incomes over $10 million.

Paying for Free

Sanders argues that most people’s average income tax rate won’t change, but this is only true if you exclude the two major taxes meant to pay for his health care program: a 2.2 percent “premium” tax and 6.2 percent payroll tax, imposed on incomes across the board. These taxes account for majority of the new revenue Sanders is counting on.

But it gets worse: his single-payer health care plan will cost 80 percent more than he claims. Analysis by the left-leaning scholar Kenneth Thorpe (who supports single payer) concludes that Sanders’ proposal will cost $1.1 trillion more each year than he claims. The trillion dollar discrepancy results from some questionable assumptions in Sanders’ numbers. For instance:

Sanders assumes $324 billion more per year in prescription drug savings than Thorpe does. Thorpe argues that this is wildly implausible.

“In 2014 private health plans paid a TOTAL of $132 billion on prescription drugs and nationally we spent $305 billion,” he writes in an email. “With their savings drug spending nationally would be negative.

So unless pharmaceutical companies start paying you to take their drugs, the Sanders administration will need to increase taxes even more.

Analysis by the Tax Foundation finds that his proposed tax hikes already total $13.6 trillion over the next ten years. However, “the plan would [only] end up collecting $9.8 trillion over the next decade when accounting for decreased economic output.”

And the consequences will be truly devastating. Because of the taxes on labor and capital, GDP will be reduced 9.5 percent. Six million jobs will be lost. On average, after-tax incomes will be reduced by more than 18 percent.

Incomes for the bottom 50 percent will be reduced by more than 14 percent, and incomes for the top 1 percent will be reduced nearly 25 percent. Inequality warriors might cheer, but if you want to actually raise revenue, crushing the incomes of the people who pay almost 40 percent of all taxes isn’t the way to go.

These are just the effects of the $1 trillion tax hike he has planned — and he probably needs to double that to pay for single payer. Where will he find it? He’ll go where European welfare states go.

Being Like Scandinavia

Sanders is a great admirer of Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, and many of his proposals are modeled on their systems. But to pay for their generous welfare benefits, they tax, and tax, and tax.

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all capture between 20-26 percent of GDP from income and payroll taxes. By contrast, the United States collects only 15 percent.

Scandinavia’s tax rates themselves are not that much higher than the United States’. Denmark’s top rate is 30 percent higher, Sweden’s is 18 percent higher, and Norway’s is actually 16 percent lower — and yet Norway’s income tax raises 30 percent more revenue than the United States.

The answer lies in how progressive the US tax system is, in the thresholds at which people are hit by the top tax rates. The Tax Foundation explains,

Scandinavian income taxes raise a lot of revenue because they are actually rather flat. In other words, they tax most people at these high rates, not just high-income taxpayers.

The top marginal tax rate of 60 percent in Denmark applies to all income over 1.2 times the average income in Denmark. From the American perspective, this means that all income over $60,000 (1.2 times the average income of about $50,000 in the United States) would be taxed at 60 percent. …

Compare this to the United States. The top marginal tax rate of 46.8 percent (state average and federal combined rates) kicks in at 8.5 times the average U.S. income (around $400,000). Comparatively, few taxpayers in the United States face the top marginal rate.

The reason European states can pay for giant welfare programs is not because they just tax the rich more — it’s because they also scoop up a ton of middle class income. The reason why the United States can’t right now is its long-standing political arrangement to keep taxes high on the rich so they can be low on the poor and middle.

Where the Money Is – And Isn’t

As shown by the Laffer Curve, there is a point at which increasing tax rates actually reduces tax revenue, by discouraging work, hurting the economy, and encouraging tax avoidance.

Bernie’s plan already hammers the rich: households earning over $250,000 (the top 3 percent) would face marginal rates of 62-77 percent — meaning the IRS would take two-thirds to three-quarters of each additional dollar earned. His proposed capital gains taxes are so high that they are likely well past the point of positive returns. The US corporate tax rate of 40 percent is already the highest in the world, and even Sanders hasn’t proposed increasing it.

The only way to solve his revenue problem is to raise rates on the middle and upper-middle classes, or flatten the structure to make the top rates start kicking in much lower. You can see why a “progressive” isn’t keen on making more regressive taxes part of his platform, but the money has to come from somewhere.

The bottom fifty percent don’t pay much income tax now (only $34 billion), but they also don’t earn enough to fill the gap. Making their taxes proportionate to income would only raise $107 billion, without even considering how the higher rates would reduce employment and income.

The top 5 percent are pretty well wrung dry by Sanders’ plan, and their incomes are going to be reduced by 20-25 percent anyway. It’s hard to imagine that there’s much more blood to be had from that stone.

But households between the 50th and the 95th percentile (incomes between $37,000 to $180,000 a year) earn about 54 percent of total income — a share would likely go up, given the larger income reductions expected for top earners. Currently, this group pays only 38 percent of total income taxes, and, despite the 9 percent tax hike, they’re comparatively spared by the original tax plan. Their incomes are now the lowest hanging fruit on the tax tree.

As they go to the polls this year, the middle class should remember Sutton’s Law.

My sister and I like to play this game where we visit the free health fairs, specifically the free hearing tests, and we try to see who can troll the doctor the best. My sister does a great Ben Wyatt impersonation when she is “diagnosed” with hearing loss. This is followed by falling to the floor, sobbing, and then calmly getting up, putting her hearing aids back in, and walking out the door.

I’m pretty sure the hospital can’t charge me. I didn't give them my billing address.
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white woman, in Boulder, at one of CU’s dining halls, on her previous drunk escapades

submitted by Brandon

I'm a Socialist.

Seriously, I’m fed up with people using the word ‘Socialist’ as if it was the worst thing in the world. It is not. To hear these people go on, you’d think I’m declaring that I’m a Nazi-Facist-Communist-Soviet-Stalinist zealot. 

This basically sums up all my feelings on the matter:

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come at me.

OBAMACARE IS NOT FREE HEALTH CARE

LET’S CLEAR SOME THINGS UP-

  • YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN UP FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THE INSURANCE PLANS
  • YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR WHICHEVER ONE YOU SIGN UP FOR
  • THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT PAY IT FOR YOU
  • ALSO, IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP FOR ONE, YOU ARE FINED FOR NOT PAYING FOR IT
  • NOT ONLY THAT, BUT IT’S NOT “AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYBODY”
  • SOME OF US CAN’T PAY FOR IT AND WOULD RATHER BE WITHOUT INSURANCE THAN PAY FOR SHIT WE CAN’T AFFORD
  • IT. IS. NOT. FREE. AT. ALL.


STOP SAYING IT’S “FREE AND AFFORDABLE” AND THAT PEOPLE SHOULD APPROVE OF IT BECAUSE IT’S NOT. STOP FUCKING SAYING THAT BECAUSE IT’S NOT TRUE OH MY GOD.

BAGGED MILK, EH

Oh, sweet, naive, gentle Gracie. You see, here in Canada, we don’t abide by any of your standard social conventions when it comes to dairy beverages.

Lemme ‘splain to you a thing.

An average Canadian family like mine will go on down to the store and buy one of these sexy things (we like skim milk and fuck the nay-sayers skim milk is the best)

Each of those bags has three of these God-sent packages full of the ol’ cow juice. Bless us all.

Every Canadian family has one of these milk containing apparatuses  forged under the Great Moose King, Eh, until the Harper Nation attacked.  (forget aboot the peaches in the back, I was hungry.) 

Mmm, yeah gurl, slip that slick bag of milk into that convenient and fashionable carrying case.

BAM! WHAT’S THIS? REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY, FITS RIGHT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. THIS BAD BOY CUTS THE HOLE IN YOUR MILK BAG JUST RIGHT WITH NO MESS OR HASSLE. 

WE ALSO CARRY THEM IN THE STREETS CAUSE THEY CAN CUT A MOTHERFUCKER UP

Okay, to be fair, the bag was already cut so I can’t really show you how to cut it again. But you get the idea.

Pinch the opposite corner like the sophisticated motherfucker that you are and pour that silky smooth goodness into your desired drinking glass. Oh yeah.

YEAH NOW YOU’RE READY TO ROCK AND ROLL WITH FEATURED CANADIAN ROCK BANDS LIKE RUSH AND THE TRAGICALLY HIP AND THE TREWS

GODDAMN. MILK IS GREAT.


ENJOY YOUR REFRESHING BEVERAGES MY FRIENDS

FREEEEEDOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMM

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