Does anyone else find it ironic that a bunch of people that advocate freedom of religion/expression want someone removed from their position based on their religious beliefs?
The ACA was created out of a need to regulate the insurance market, reign in some high healthcare costs, and expand coverage where possible. It does not create a single payer system (unfortunate in my opinion), but it was created on a notion (a Republican one at that), that healthcare is a personal responsibility, and based on your income, you will be expected to pay a certain percentage of your healthcare costs.
The ACA was designed so that if you do not have access to affordable insurance through your employer (established as 9.5% of your income), then you will have access to the plans available in the Marketplace. In this case, you will receive subsidies up to a certain percentage of the federal poverty line (I believe that a family of four making a little over 90,000 will still qualify for a subsidy.) However, if affordable coverage is not available to you, you can be exempt from the personal responsibility requirement (this means that if you have to spend more than 8% of your income on your premiums, you can seek an exemption.)
Having said this, I agree with you that the plans on the marketplaces are expensive and have high deductibles and out of pocket costs. Those making up to 250% of the FPL may be eligible for Cost Sharing Reductions, which are meant to help reduce such costs. In addition, insurance companies are not allowed to spend less than 80% of their revenues on claims reimbursements. And if they do so, they are required to send their policy holders a rebate. Still, many policies are still expensive because yes the ACA has set a very comprehensive essential benefits package which insurers must cover. However, the idea is that with time, with enough healthy individuals buying into the coverage pool, prices will lower and stabilize. That is why the individual mandate is an essential piece of the ACA. However, in my opinion, to truly bring costs down and make comprehensive and quality coverage available and affordable for all, one of two things needs to happen: 1. A public option should be introduced or 2. health insurance companies should not be allowed to operate for profit.
I think that a discussion around the value of insurance, and of quality and well regulated insurance is needed to emphasize the fact that just one ER visit can quickly help a family meet it a deductible of 5,000 (as most bronze plans have). Yes, insurance is health expensive, but so is auto and home insurance, yet we still purchase those policies because we understand their value. Now we just need to apply the same thinking to health insurance :) Let me know if you would like further resources or the sources for my info
hahahahaha! now this is a surprise!!
Will it ever end....the obsession of some christians with other people's private lives?
I'll tell you what's "sick" and it isn't gay people; it's the religious right's obsession with who you sleep with and your private choice of reproductive decisions. Sick.
People everywhere (especially the USAFA) need to grow up, get over bigotries learned in their youth, live and let live, get religion out of all of our public institutions, and move on with vastly more important issues facing our nation.
I don't expect the USAFA to fire the guy, though they should; they'll do their usual circling of the wagons and defend him with tenacity.
Amazing politician for CS! She was the only one that came to the local Pride Center to talk to their Board before the election to show her support for us and I was there to witness it! She really cares about all of the citizens here and I commend her for showing tolerance to our community and especially transgender people, especially after what happened with Coy's school's bathroom use fiasco. We need more people like her in local government!
I want to get involved with this! Who should I contact?
Bach wants the Colorado Springs tax payers to chip in on a stadium for no team, a museum for an international corporation that has the funds to build their own museum, a medicine facility for a state owned university and a new visitor center for the federal government. I am glad he is so generous with our money. If it ever comes to a public vote I will be first in line to campaign against this project. This is all about making his friends and possibly himself richer. If it is about jobs, attract the tech industry again. One tech company can bring in more and higher paying jobs. In the 90's and early 2000's they were here. Do you remember when Intel and HP were here? Now Colorado Springs gets excited when we get a new retail store (Bass Pro Shops) that brings in new jobs that pay below the national average. The city government needs to look at an intelligent jobs plan and not how to stuff their friends pockets with cash.
The "poorest of the poor" were already covered by Medicaid. All Obamacare has done is redefine "poor", resulting in hundreds of thousands more Americans lining up for something someone else is paying for.
we don't need no stinking public input, says the fat cat developer buddies of mayor botch.
these guys are unbelievable!
"Price tells other media he's been "spending a lot of time" with Chris Jenkins of Nor'Wood Development, owner of a big share of the downtown property eyed for the stadium and the Olympic museum."
This really smacks of collusion. If EPS, Inc. is aware of it (I'd be amazed if they're not) I imagine it would hurt the city's chances of closing this deal & getting as much cash as they can.
I know it's a small city, but the mayor should be slammed for putting together a deal that [on the surface] looks like a helluva sweetheart proposition for his close buddies. Nice payback for funding the strong mayor ijitiative and helping to get their "boy" elected! Scratch below the surface & I wonder who else stands to realize a windfall?
I'm happy the homeless are getting essential benefits. However, many middle-class Americans are losing theirs due to unaffordable, terrible bronze policies that cover nothing but raise deductibles and out-of-pockets. My family will be uninsured in 2014.
And before it's asked. Yes, I've been on the Colorado exchange website and the policies are unaffordable in my situation. On the other-hand, I could stop paying my mortgage, become homeless and possibly be covered? Probably not.
I did not have a good experience with this organization. We qualified up until the face to face interview, and then we were told we do not qualify. That shows they didn't like our looks or something. Regardless, we were homeless, my husband has two Masters, I have an Associates, and they wouldn't even tell us why. They didn't have to they said. Anyhow, I am glad there are some people they help. That is a good thing.
How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party
Our modern prophets are fundamentally different. Their dogma springs from Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, through James Dobson’s Family Research Council, to the eerily omnipresent Fellowship and its C Street house.
For these apocalyptic prophets, the issues aren’t even political anymore; they’re existential, with Obamacare serving as the avatar for all evil. In this construct, any compromise whatsoever leads to damnation, and therefore the righteous ends justify any means.
Now if you are battling the forces of evil for the very survival of the nation, there can be no retreat, no compromise, and no deals. Like the Jewish zealots at Masada, it’s better to commit glorious suicide than make peace with the devil. There can be no truce with the Tea Party because its apocalyptic zealots can never take “yes” for an answer.
If you'd like to have your comments on this proposal heard at the state level, send them to:
Jeff Kraft, Director of Business Funding & Incentives
1625 Broadway, Suite 2700
Denver, Colorado 80202
BIBLE STUDY TOOLS 14.6. Delivered from the Wrath to Come
Some have understood Paul’s teaching concerning the delivery of believers from the “wrath to come” (1Th. 1Th. 1:10) as describing their exemption from the wrath of judgment which unbelievers will undergo for rejecting Christ (John John 3:18-19, John 3:36). But everywhere in Scripture, the benefits of redemption are fully and immediately applied at the time of redemption. Believers have eternal life (John John 3:15; Acts Acts 13:48; 1Jn. 1Jn. 5:13). The wrath to come does not speak of the potential judgment of believers which has already been averted by their saving faith, but the “hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Rev. Rev. 3:10+).
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Rom. Rom. 5:9-10) [emphasis added]
The justification is present tense and entirely complete. The believer stands totally and completely justified the moment he comes to faith. The wrath here is future.
The wrath of God here [1Th. 1Th. 1:10] is future, and hence, cannot refer to the general wrath of God against sin which is a present reality. This wrath is future. While Hell and the Lake of Fire are also future, they cannot be what this passage is referring to. By virtue of salvation, the believer is already redeemed from Hell. . . . the wrath that the Church is being delivered from is the wrath of the Great Tribulation. He is coming for the specific purpose of delivering the Church from the wrath to come, namely, the Tribulation period.
The salvation spoken of here [1Th. 1Th. 5:9] is future, and so cannot be soteriological, which is a present reality. The salvation here is eschatological, referring to the redemption of the body which will occur at the Rapture. It is this salvation that the Church has been appointed to and not to the wrath of the Day of the Lord.
Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of Messiah, rev ed. (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, 2003), 153.
Find this and more at http://www.biblestudytools.com/.
Im betting Pera will win because of their legal standing but I'm no lawyer. The liability, when RFPS went out, were placed on the leasing party, not the City. Several of us on Council did not understand that change but Melcher gave his legal opinion as City Attorney that the City doesnt have to pay PERA and Council Members Bennett and Williams who led this under Melcher's direction convinced Council and the citizenry. After all, it looked good getting all that money into a medical foundation for Colorado Springs after decades of paying for thismedical institution. Two lasting questions I have are: if City has to pay PERA what is interest percentage on monies not paid? That 275 million is going to be eaten through real quick if courts find COS responsible. Also, whats happening with the 16 Memorial employees that were going to sue for their agreed pension payments? Are they receiving their money directly from City? If so, where are those funds coming out of?
George W. Bush to Raise Money for Group That Converts Jews to Bring About Second Coming of Christ
Just like the conservative Christians here always sticking their noses where it doesn't belong (up other people's arses.) Look this up: there are two Returns with Christ, the first is FOR the born again believers, then after the book of Revelations stuff, the Return of Christ WITH the believers to re-establish the garden of Eden on earth. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Pope Francis' latest surprise: a survey on the modern family
Same-sex unions, mixed marriages, single-parent families and surrogate mothers are all mentioned in the prelude to a list of questions that get into the nitty-gritty of 21st century life:
• "What pastoral attention can be given to people who live in these types of [same-sex] union?"
• "In the case of unions of persons of the same sex who have adopted children, what can be done pastorally in light of transmitting the faith?"
• "Do [the divorced and remarried] feel marginalized or suffer from the impossibility of receiving the sacraments?"
• "In cases where non-practicing Catholics or declared non-believers request the celebration of marriage, describe how this pastoral challenge is dealt with."
Hey GuruDori, can you just IMAGINE Nadia Bolz-Weber preaching in this town!
What a hoot that would be! See the story here: http://tinyurl.com/lpeh779
I'd pay to see that service, to see the jaws drop on the stodgy old goats here.
A six-foot-one tattooed foulmouthed lesbian preaching the gospel to the disaffected.
My brother in law just got a better policy from ACA for $128.00 a month less then what he had at work. My son got a policy for $280.00 a month and had no insurance at work. Ten years ago I payed $380.00 a month for my wife and myself. But the flip side in Texas my daughter is going to be paying $50.00 more for hers per month but with a little better coverage for her and the kids. The media is playing this out but my personal feelings from seeing it with my own eyes its going to work for the better.
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