So much poppycock

Pants.jpgA key myth about the new law was furthered by Chief Justice John Roberts' ruling, which upheld the mandate under Congress' taxing authority. That same day, Rush Limbaugh called Obamacare "the largest tax increase in the history of the world."

Not even close, according to PolitiFact, which rated that a pants-on-fire lie. For starters, calling the mandate a tax doesn't change the fact that a small fraction of people are likely to owe it — since most who can afford insurance would rather have it.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that about 4 million people will owe the penalty in 2016, paying an average of about $1,500 per household. The CBO says that 20 million people will buy coverage that year via the insurance exchanges — new marketplaces where even individuals with preexisting conditions will be able to buy policies comparable to what large employers provide.

Even if you add up every tax in Obamacare, PolitiFact says the total is comparable in magnitude to tax increases signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and smaller than one signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

Pants on fire indeed!


Woodward Tenants Are On A Roll

On a daily basis, the media bombards us with images of catastrophes and conspiracies. We cannot escape all of the horrible things happening in our world. Every time I turn on the television, read a newspaper, or view a web article all I see is people going hungry and big banks and corporations getting rich off of the poor. All of this negative imagery is enough to make you just give up and succumb to apathy.

Every once in a while, the occasional uplifting story sneaks through the cracks and shows us that the big dogs don't always win. These are the stories of people who don't just accept things as they are. Instead, they fight hard against those that take advantage of their families, neighbors, and community. On these rare occasions, we as a community are uplifted and know that if we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

Yesterday the residents of Woodward Village -located on the Eastside of Charlotte- celebrated their most recent victory. At a press conference, Woodard residents told the world about how they as a small group came together and became powerful enough to achieve victory against a landlord who has been abusing them and shaking their purses empty.

What was this latest victory? The North Carolina Utilities Commission is compelling Woodward Communities LLC to pay out over $28,000 in water bill overcharges to residents.

How did they achieve this victory?

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Sandalwood-Heritage Park Residents Win Big!

IMG_20120712_182352.jpgCharlotte, NC is not a hotbed of political unrest.  I doubt many people would consider ours a "protest-friendly" city.  Frankly, it's difficult to get even the most maligned and abused to take a stand.  However, in the apartment complex formerly known as Sandalwood, residents got a good idea of what their collective voices could accomplish.  Last night, after months of organizing, and years of bitter degredation, the people of Sandalwood got their first real taste of victory...and it was sweet.

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Tremendous impact

high-impact.jpgBelieve it or not, I agree with Pat McCrory. Completely.

At a campaign stop yesterday, gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory joined  the likes of Texas Governor Rick Perry and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in pledging not to implement the two most important part of the Affordable Care Act: state health exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.

 His reason for opposing the Medicaid expansion provision? He’s afraid it will have a “tremendous impact on our Medicaid in North Carolina.”

Yes Pat, of course it will have a tremendous impact – that’s the point.

Presumably, what Mr. McCrory meant to say was that the expansion would have a negative fiscal impact on the state, ala the claims of other Southern Republican Governors in recent days. He would, alas, be as wrong as everyone else who makes this claim.

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You can’t spell Obamacare without ACA

Family.jpgForget all the bunk about the Affordable Care Act being the largest tax increase in history – it’s simply not true. Lost in the fog of political war is certainly much nuisance and truth, but also some really cool facts – like the reason behind that Affordable descriptor. It’s not there just for show.

Yes, Obamacare is a huge new entitlement, though as new entitlements go, this one is remarkably lean.

Health care is close to one-fifth of the U.S. economy, and we spend about 50 percent more on it than any other industrialized country, yet we have vast gaps in coverage. Obamacare is an attempt — the best so far — to fix that.

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