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Beyond the spin, some facts about the Affordable Care Act

Beyond the spin, some facts about the Affordable Care Act

“Here are the top three facts that need to be addressed:

  • The rise of health care costs are slowing, but not because of the ACA.
  • More people will have health insurance but that doesn’t mean they will have access to health care.
  • The ACA further privatises our health care system, which is the opposite of single payer.

…And while companies can’t charge more to people with health problems as individuals, they can charge up to three times more based on age and cancharge more in geographic areas where the population has more health problems or the costs of care are higher. It is expected that if a company finds they can’t make enough profit in a particular area, they can just pull their plans from that area. These are some of the most obvious ways that insurers will game the system. The largest insurance companies assisted with writing the law and then with the regulations that accompanied it, so we will see what other tactics they employ as time goes on.”

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The American public’s shocking lack of policy knowledge is a threat to progress and democracy

The American public’s shocking lack of policy knowledge is a threat to progress and democracy

“The genuinely shocking degree of public ignorance regarding the ACA that has been revealed by this slew of recent polls, more than three years after the law was signed by President Obama, should not be something to which we respond by simply shaking our heads and lamenting that the American people are so ‘disengaged.’ No, this ought to be viewed as a very serious political crisis and a grave threat to whatever semblance of health our badly disfigured democratic culture still maintains.”

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California bans NDAA, indefinite detentions

California bans NDAA, indefinite detentions

“California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill in direct defiance of the controversial National Defense Authorization Act provision which legalizes the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. The California law, which garnered strong support through the state legislature, bans any state cooperation with any federal attempts to indefinitely detain individuals.”

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Top-secret NSA drone documents – selected excerpts

Top-secret NSA drone documents – selected excerpts

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Rethinking the ‘just war’ part 2

Rethinking the ‘just war’ part 2

“The idea that conditions of war summon a different set of moral principles into effect is common but highly implausible. If it were true, the concept of war would be of the utmost practical significance. For whether a particular conflict is a war would determine which set of moral principles apply to the acts of those involved in it.” 

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