The U.S. is the only OECD country without paid maternity leave; a parent’s job isn’t protected if he or she takes a day off to care for a sick child; and the U.S. still lacks affordable, high-quality child care.
USA #1, amirite?
The latest survey from the Pew Research Center found that a Medicare voucher plan remains unpopular. Public opinion of this plan is “virtually unchanged from public reactions a little over a year ago, when Republicans in the House voted in favor of this proposal as part of the “Ryan plan.” However, most Americans no longer associate the unpopular Medicare voucher plan with Paul Ryan:
Just 23% of those who have heard about the idea of shifting Medicare to a system of credits to buy private insurance identify it as Ryan’s. Nearly as many (17%) say Barack Obama proposed this, while 44% do not know who proposed it.
Because if you put [yourself] in his position … what’s he supposed to think? That he finds his allies to be a bunch of crackpots? Does that help the conservative movement? I mean, what would you do if you were Roberts? All the sudden you find out that the people you thought were your friends have turned against you, they despise you, they mistreat you, they leak to the press. What do you do? Do you become more conservative? Or do you say, ‘What am I doing with this crowd of lunatics?’ Right? Maybe you have to re-examine your position.
--Judge Richard Posner, a conservative of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, on Chief Justice Roberts’ ruling and the conservative movement today. (cont)
Scott Walker (among many other dickish governors) plans to turn away $4.3 billion in Medicaid funding
Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid, the massively popular program which makes health insurance available for lower-income Americans. For the first three years, the federal government covers 100 percent of the expansion costs. After five years, the federal government finances 90 percent of the expanded population.
Not a single Republican governor has pledged to accept the new Medicaid funds and three Democrats are also considering turning down the money. In total, these states would give up $291.4 billion in federal funds and leave 10,297,221 Americans uninsured.
The law—which has now been upheld by the Supreme Court—says that you are legally obliged to purchase health insurance—just as we are all legally obligated to follow the traffic rules and regulations. And while you may vehemently disagree with the wisdom of Obamacare and those responsible for passing it, it is the law because, in the judgment of the majority of Congress and the President, it was in the public interest to make this the law. Welcome to America where law is made by a majority of Congress and the Presidential signature.
--Rick Ungar, The New and Improved Death Panel Nonsense
An Easy-to-Follow Primer on This Week's Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling
A basic overview from Forbes.
Scott Walker's Serious Accounting Problems
Federal law allows states to drop adults from health care programs if the state certifies that it has a budget deficit. So, despite spending months bragging about balancing the budget, Walker’s administration quietly told the federal government in December that Wisconsin actually has an undisclosed deficit.
By claiming to balance the budget, Walker wins political points, while claiming a budget deficit allows him to drop more than 53,000 adults from health care programs. And don’t forget that Walker recently rejected federal funding for health care implementation, which is reprehensible.
The Governor’s office number is 608-266-1212.