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"Once we get this thing running asmoothly, 80 percent of Americans
  will be able to buy good health insurance for under $100 a month."

    --  Obama, yesterday in his speech - or did I hallubinate that quote?

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The Evil Empire Strikes Back
Against the Teabaggers, that is


Tthe Republican establishment is mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore.
Consider this report from Politico’s Manu Raju:

Extending an olive branch to GOP senators, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is privately making it clear
he won’t engage in the Senate Conservatives Fund’s hardball tactics to defeat his colleagues in
their primary races. At a closed-door lunch meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday, the look
told his colleagues that he would not intervene in their 2014 primary fights or fundraise for the
controversial outside group. Cruz added that the SCF’s decision to try to defeat sitting GOP
senators in their primaries was its alone, according to several people familiar with the session.

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said she wouldn’t comment on a private lunch but added
that Cruz’s position on not participating in election activity for the Senate Conservatives Fund,
which grew out of  Jim DeMint’s political world, is nothing new. “In accordance with his previous
comments that he will likely not get involved in any incumbent primaries, he won’t be involved in
endorsements or fundraising for SCF to that end,” said Frazier.

Hmmm, sounds like, "Cruz has the power, but don't worry, he won't use it."

Shirley the Republicans aren't buying that.

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 Subject: My Experience with Obamacare


Hi, so I decided today to wade the waters of the Affordable Care Act.
I have a health plan that I kind of liked through Aetna, that I was informed is being cancelled as of
the end of the year.  On that plan my premium payment was $244 a month (individual coverage)
with a $3000 deductible. After the $3000 was met I would pay 20% of whatever costs were incurred
up to my max out of pocket per year which is $5000. After that the policy would cover 100%.
So I called Covered California (had no problem getting through) and this is what I found out:

As background, I am 52 years old and make enough money so I won’t get any subsidies (small business
owner with one employee, me). I am very healthy, hardly ever have to go to the Dr. (and when I did I
would have to pay for it out of pocket) The last time I spent the night in a hospital was the night I was
born. I relayed this information to the person on the line and here is the best they can do for a new plan.

My premium will now be $300 a month (a $56 a month increase) and for that extra money my deductible
will now be $5000 a year ($2000 more) and my max out of pocket will be $6350 a year. ($1350 a year more)
On my old plan I would get one free checkup per year (no co-pay), on the new plan I get absolutely nothing
until the deductible is covered.

Now I am as Liberal as they come hence my handle and website The Hollywood Liberal,
but this stinks. I don’t want to sound ungrateful for being healthy and not poor but it still doesn’t seem right.

I also found out that my old plan stops covering me as of Jan. 1, so there is almost no point in paying
for my last 2 months if I am not going to sign up for a new plan, which I will  have to think about. 
(Business has been slow lately)

Maybe one of your readers from California knows of something else I can try in order to find a better deal.
I’ve seen people write in to your site who seem to know a lot about it. If so I would love to hear from them. 
If anyone does they can email me at

Thanks Bro
 L.A. Rick  The Hollywood Liberal

Rick, a few guesses:
Aetna is dropping you because they're not happy with the new system.
Under the old system, there were no rules and they could screw you anytime they wanted.

Let's say you're been paying Aetna $3,000 a year for twenty years - that's $60,000.
Besides an occasional doctor visit, you've never used the insurance, right?
You were Aetna's perfect customer, throwing money at them for decades and getting nothing back.
Say you had a cancer scare last year - BOOM! Aetna drops you like a hot potato.

That's the coverage you had.
You give them $60K and they say "GFY" at the first hint of trouble.
That's like having no insurance at all but it cost you $60K.

Under Obamacare, you're going to have REAL insurance
but it's going to cost you an extra $56 a month.

Remember the exploding cars and trucks from the eighties?
The big car companies figured out it was CHEAPER to pay the occasional burned-to-death
defendant's family a million dollars (only when they lost) than it would be to replace the
gas tanks on 10,000,000 Ford pickups - that's how insurance has worked until now.

Say 100 people file legitimate claims with Aetna.
They pay the cheapest 30 claims and deny the other 70.
Out of that 70, 50 customers say "I got screwed, woe is me."

The other twenty sue Aetna for being lying assholes but only FIVE win.
It's cheaper for Aetna to pay FIVE lawsuits than to pay 100 legitimate claims.

I know the increase hurts a little, but it's my opinion you now have insurance.
What you had before was Aetna's promise which wasn't worth a warm bucket of spit.

I think you're light-years better off, just my uninformed opinion.

Who else wants to weigh in on Rick's situation?

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GOP's Impossible Request
"Kill Obamacare" is their vision for America


Here's what some Republicans want to know: If Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius thinks the new health insurance marketplace is going to be so great,
why doesn't she get her own coverage from it?

The answer is straightforward enough: She can't.

Republicans would not take "I'm not eligible" or "It's illegal" for an answer Wednesday
when they badgered Sebelius at a House hearing about why she won't drop her existing
coverage and sign up for insurance under the new markets, called exchanges.

A look at the back and forth, with underlying facts:

REP. CORY GARDNER, R-Colo.: "You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"

SEBELIUS: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan. ... I'm not eligible for the exchange."

GARDNER: "You can decide to drop your coverage of your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose ..."

SEBELIUS: "Not true, sir."

GARDNER: "I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way ..."

SEBELIUS: "It's illegal."

Once again, we see the dirty old men in the House beating up an innocent woman.

You can bet female voters noticed, too.

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 Subject: Red Sox

Did it ever occur to you that seating capacity might have something to do with attendance?
The Red Sox sellout streak ended at 820 early this year. They still got 94.4% capacity this year
for their seating of 37,499 versus St. Louis' 94.6% and the Dodgers' 82.5%.

Point being, even had the sellouts continued they literally couldn't ever match
the larger stadiums raw numbers. They are not my favorite team, but fair is fair.
P.S. - Busch stadium holds 46,861, Dodger stadium 56,000

That reminds me of an aging rock band who no longer draws the crowds they once did,
so they only play the smallest venues so they can claim "We sold every seat on our tour."

If Fenway is so tiny, why brag about selling out so often?

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 Subject: How to fix Obamacare

Bart, from 1994 to 2001 I worked for a software developer and our software program was what
is known as Enterprise Application Software. It had numerous modules and was designed to run,
manage, track, maintain inventory and process payroll for a manufacturing environment.

No one programmer knew all the modules and no one Project Trainer knew all the modules;
so I can understand the complexity the Obamacare website is going through. And it's this experience
that allows me to offer a solution.

However I believe I have stumbled across a procedure that would correct this entire mess in one day.
It will make Progressives happy, will just take one programmer about an hour to accomplish and it will give
the Republicans that want to repeal, abolish, etc, Obamacare what they want. Everyone goes home happy.

Step 1) Go into the Medicare program code and change the age field for Medicare from 65 to 00
           (two digit field) and compile the program.
Step 2) Turn the server running the Obamacare website off.
Step 3) The first Republican that bitches, put his /her ass on a leaky boat to Somalia.
 Steven B

I haven't been to the site, but I have some suggestions of my own:
Knowing our idiot Democrats and their tendency to write 3,000 page laws
when a five-page law would work just as well, this might now work, but here goes:

There are FOUR plans, right?
I, with my IQ of 64, could create four pages with all the details in less than a day,
again, assuming our odiot Democrats aren't offering people 3,000-page options.

From there, the only thing to add is the applicant's personal information,
but that should be super-easy because they DON"T ask any medical questions.

What else can they be asking besides name, age, address, number of dependents etc?
In other words, HOW IS IT POSSIBLE that the Democras managed to fuck this up?

You have an opening page where you pick your state.
Page Two you enter your personal info.
Page Three is Plan One - write out the details of Plan One.
Page Four is Plan Two - write out the details of Plan Two.
Page Five is Plan Three - write out the details of Plan Three.
Page Six is Plan Four - write out the details of Plan Four - and you're DONE.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE that the Democras managed to fuck this up?
I've been creating "fancy" web pages since 1996.
It took about 15 minutes of "training" back in '96 and now I'm an "expert."

Why can't the Democrats find ONE GUY in America as smart as Ol' Bart?

This is Obama's PRIMARY ACHIEVEMENT and they can't get it right?

Maybe the GOP has a point. As time marches on, if they can't make a simple web site work
like MILLIONS of kids have done before them,
how much faith should we have in Obamacare?

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Love your website (donate monthly). 
I agree that most dems don't speak up against republicans BS.  
Thought you might like this democrat congressman from New Jersey telling it like it is.
Keep up the good fight.  I agree with you on the NSA stuff too...
naïve to think we're the only ones spying like we are.

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McCarver's Exit Great for Baseball


There was a time when I actually liked Tim McCarver, but then he joined that school of thought
that says, "It's a felony if two seconds go by without your prattling on about nonsensical bullshit."

If you watched the Cardinals-Red Sox games, you heard this gem.
"Have you ever wondered why the center fielder plays a little to the left or right of dead center?
It's because the pitcher stands directly in his line of sight, so the center fielder can't see the batter
and can't get as good a jump on the ball, so he plays a little to the left or right of dead center."

Really, Tim?
Thanks for that - I could never have figured that out for myself because I thought
people become invisible after about 100 feet or so and that really clears up that mystery.

We tried watching the games with the sound turned down and the radio sound turned up,
but they were a few seconds out of synch so we were forced to listen to Captain Cliche.

Tim McCarver is probably a decent guy away from the microphone
but he's certainly a buzz-kill when the game is on and I couldn't stand him.

Tim McCarver and Joe Buck are the worst announcers in baseball, and, funny,
Troy Acheman and Joe Buck are the worst announcers in football.

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 Subject: Why not read the LAW?

Oh, short-attention span pundits, bloggers and commentators can't be expected to
go through 906 pages of the real stuff to report the exact content.

"The final bill President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010 included two requirements
that essentially yanked out the agency’s teeth in enforcing the mandate penalty. The IRS
cannot pursue criminal charges against someone who does not pay the penalty and is
supposed to. The agency also cannot file a notice of lien or seize property. "    Link

Click on:  law,

Oh, it's SO much easier to SOUND like you know
what you're talking about than actually to know.
  Freedom Hawaii

Freedom, when did I claim I knew what I was talking about?

I regularly remind people that I have an IQ of 64, and true,
I damn sure don't have time to read 906 pages of anything.

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Democrats Turn on Obama
That not news - it happens every day


Just two weeks after Obama saw his Democratic Party put up an unyielding front against Republicans,
his coalition is showing signs of stress.  From health care to spying to pending budget deals, many Democrats
are challenging the administration and pushing for measures that the White House has not embraced.

Some Democrats are seeking to extend the enrollment period for new health care exchanges. Others want to
place restraints on the NSA's surveillance. Still others are standing tough against any budget deal that uses
long-term reductions in major benefit programs to offset immediate cuts in defense.

Though focused on disparate issues, the Democrats' anxieties are connected by timing and stand out all
the more when contrasted with the remarkable unity the party displayed during the recent showdown over
the partial government shutdown and the confrontation over raising the nation's borrowing limit.

"That moment was always going to be fleeting," said Matt Bennett, who knows the Democrats' true colors
"Obama understands that these folks have to put daylight between themselves and the president on occasion."

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Together, they fight domestic violence


Mariska Hargitay and Joe Biden are joining forces for a good cause.

The actress, who plays detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,
joined Biden at the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin last night.

"I am deeply honored to join Vice President Biden in shining a light on the tremendous
work being done by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a longtime partner of the
Joyful Heart Foundation," she said in a statement.

Good for Joe Biden, raising his profile, being a good friend to women.

Now Hillarty's got to top him - who will she get?

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 Subject: football defense

The so called "prevent defense" only prevents one thing, that being the offensive team NOT scoring. 
Time after time we see defenses stifle the other team for almost the entire game, shutting them out or
keeping them in single digits.  Then with a few minutes remaining, the "prevent" kicks in and the other
team moves the ball down the field like gangbusters, the theory being that you can afford to give up
short gains in order to "prevent" a touchdown in one big play. 

Trouble is, the "prevent" gives the other team a series of 15 to 25 yard gains on passes that simply
can't be covered under the "prevent."  It doesn't take much in the way of  math skills to figure out
how many plays you need to run to score like that.  It also gives the offensive team the added bonus
of catching those 20 yard passes and skipping out of bounds to keep the play under 10 seconds. 

Bingo, a touchdown occurs inside of one minute of play.  The "prevent" should only be used
when a team is inside of 30 seconds to play and a touchdown is absolutely NOT TO HAPPEN. 

Nobody ever accused football coaches of being smart.

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 Subject: Just so you know...

The guy whos email you posted in volume 3147 who said "fuck you" and "peace",
I can tell you seem to think he was saying fuck you in a serious negative way. 

He was not, he was jokingly saying that as a response
to jokingly realizing that John Kerry lost in 2004. 
Sorry just bugs me that you misunderstood that and took it negatively.

I wasn't hurt by that, but it seemed funny because it was the second time in two days
that someone wrote "Fuck you" and "Have a nice day" in the same e-mail.

 Subject: yesterday's mail

Bart, a reader submitted the following (snip):

> So, you never heard of John Kerry and he......
> Oh fuck you Bart! You're still wrong.
> Peace
> Otto

You responded harshly.  Re-read it a few times. 
He’s being sarcastic towards himself, and it’s really quite funny.

You could be right - sorry about that, Otto

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 Subject: last issue's Mystery Celebrity    Link

Bart, that’s Dale Evans.  I think Roy Rogers had her stuffed after she died.

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Today's Mystery City


 Subject: last issue's Mystery City     Link

Bart, that is Oklahoma City. 
The white building in the foreground is the Colcord Building, built in 1909. 
Here that is considered old.
   Jim W.

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Today's History Mystery

 Subject: last issue's History Mystery    Link

Bart, that Mary Lou Retton, the spunky lil monkey who became the first women’s
gymnast outside of Eastern Europe to win the all-around gold medal way back in ‘84.

(When the Eastern Bloc Women’s Gymnast was asked by the press if she used steroids
she replied, “Nyet --- they make my balls hurt!”

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I'm sent you this donation in spite of you being another Dick Cheyney, an anti-Semite,
a supporter of those who invade our privacy, and a supporter of our current Fascist president. 
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Dirt, thanks for that.

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