Thursday, April 17, 2014

Obamacare hits 8 million enrolled

More good news for Obamacare.  Today the number of those enrolled under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) swelled to over 8 million.  This is a monumental achievement, and it shows how well the website is working.  The program is working like a well oiled machine.  A clear sign of the program's success is people questioning the validity of the numbers or asking the asinine question, "Have they paid yet?"

The aforementioned question is usually asked by people who do not understand federal law, health care policy, insurance or all three.  These people haven't dealt with Social Security, Medicaid or other federal agencies.  If they had, they would realize government works with private industry all the time.  Likewise, they would know those receiving health insurance under Obamacare are receiving it from PRIVATE insurance companies.  It is a huge boon for insurance companies.

The truly destitute receive Medicaid which is government funded health care, but it isn't great health care.  It is quite barebones.

If you don't like Obamacare, it probably means 1) you don't understand it, 2) you are selfish or 3) both. 

Obamacare IS working and WILL continue to work

Obamacare is working.  Like all significant and worthwhile change it hasn't come without difficulties, but, when you are creating a new system of order, things don't always run smoothly.  7 million more people are insured under the system (that doesn't even count the millions of new Medicaid recipients).  Providing health care to those who have previously been unable to receive it is beneficial.  Increasing the pool of insured people ultimately will make insurance cheaper because risk will be spread out, and people will receive more and better health care making our population healthier.

Hospitals need Obamacare and Medicaid.  Funds from each program puts them in the black because they are getting paid for services for which they were not previously paid.  When hospitals are unable to recoup costs of medical care, they have to cut jobs.  With Obamacare they won't have to cut jobs.  Unfortunately the General Assembly's failure to extend Medicaid hurt hospitals and resulted in job loses.

North Carolina is 5th nationally in Obamacare enrollees.  This should tell us something.  What is troubling to me, however, is our state's boneheaded decision not to accept Medicaid funding for 500,000 people.

Here is why that decision was stupid: 1) it was free money; 2) it would have provided health care to 500,000 people who previously didn't receive it; 3) it would have provided jobs; 4) when hospitals don't get reimbursed because Medicaid benefits are unavailable, they have to cut jobs; and 5) it was shortsighted and partisan.

Obamacare is working, and it will continue to work.  Just today my pharmacist told me it was working for his pharmacy and he felt it would be a good thing.  I will be glad to see my clients receive the health care they so desperately need so that they can get better and receive the Social Security disability they deserve.  All of this is made possible by Obamacare.

So, neigh sayers, where are your solutions?  You don't have any.  You never have, and you never will because you incapable of original thinking.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teen criminally convicted for recording his classmates bullying him in school

Teen criminally convicted for recording his classmates bullying him in school.  This kid is a hero.  I can't believe he was convicted for recording bullies.  Dickens was right, "The law is an ass."  I understand the US Attorneys charging him here as this was a technical violation, but it appears (at least based on this short story) this was unfair.

'Mom does what I say or mom gets the fist,' testifies paralyzed son at her attempted-murder trial

'Mom does what I say or mom gets the fist,' testifies paralyzed son at her attempted-murder trial.  God Florida is a cesspool, other than Miami that is.  I'm not sure if the mother was justified in her actions, but her son's testimony certainly helps her.  A technical point: when a crime is committed against a person, it is deemed committed against the state.  It is an affront to the state.  That's why the prosecution represents the "people," although the "peoples'" needs are not often served.  It is the ultimate legal fiction.

Law grad is sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend whose pleas were recorded on cell phone

Law grad is sentenced to life for murder of girlfriend whose pleas were recorded on cell phone.  This is a sad story.  Clearly this guy was a depraved individual.  Obviously this has nothing to do with the University of Florida--he just happened to go to school there.  It does make you wonder about the mental health of law students and lawyers.  Mental health issues are everywhere, and they aren't well addressed.  The Fort Hood slayings tell us this as do other shootings.

Man in YouTube video of US Supreme Court protest gets time served, is banned for a year

Man in YouTube video of US Supreme Court protest gets time served, is banned for a year.  I understand they guy's sentiment, but he could have chosen a different way to express his feelings.  However, he may not have gotten as much attention with any other method.  So perhaps he was willing to serve the time to get his viewpoint out there and to become an internet sensation.  Ah...the price of "fame" (or '15 minutes of fame' as Andy Warhol said).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't procrastinate! Missing April 15 tax deadline can be costly, but the IRS offers alternatives

Don't procrastinate! Missing April 15 tax deadline can be costly, but the IRS offers alternatives.  There aren't a lot of good alternatives when you fail to pay your taxes.  And there shouldn't be.  People should pay their taxes.  Yes it can be onerous.  It certainly isn't fun shelling out a lot of money at the end of the year, but people failing to pay their fair share is what makes our taxes so high.  Likewise, without taxes we wouldn't have roads, schools, health care, money, national defense or any other thing the government provides.  You want to go back to the middle ages?  Not having taxes is the way to do it.

Posner tosses copyright suit by 'Banana Lady,' notes her 'incessant filing of frivolous lawsuits'

Posner tosses copyright suit by 'Banana Lady,' notes her 'incessant filing of frivolous lawsuits'.  $55,000 in costs!  I know federal cases are expensive, but that is unreal.  I'm wondering what this woman filed.  Clearly she filed a number of pleadings and motions.  The article says she filed 6 lawsuits.  She needs to get a real job.  She was pro se.  Thank God she didn't have a lawyer doing this. 

Rare 'Perry Mason' moment in court wins dismissal for defendant, desk duty for 5 police officers

Rare 'Perry Mason' moment in court wins dismissal for defendant, desk duty for 5 police officers.  That pesky 4th Amendment.  The cumbersome exclusionary rule and the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine really get in the way, don't they?  Some people would have you believe these constitutional principles are an impediment to justice.  Quite the contrary as they are the tools of justice.  Without safeguards we would live in a police state, and who wants that?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Congress must accept President Obama's Legal Servirces Corporations's $430 million budget request

Legal Services Corporation provides much needed civil legal services for people.  Over 21% of the people in the country qualify for legal aid; this is a staggering number as you have to be in poverty to qualify.  Some of the areas covered by LSC are family law, consumer law, general civil litigation and others.  Many of the people served are veterans.  This is money well spent, and I hope Congress will fund to the level requested by President Obama.