One of the key thoughts behind the idea of healthcare reform was to cut the cost of medical care. In America, more than 1 of every 6 dollars we spend is for health related expenses. (It was on track to be one of every 5 by this year- but that was before Obamacare [PPACA] was proposed and enacted.)
Yesterday, we discussed indemnity, catastrophic, and conventional health care plans. One of the primary reasons to have a health care plan is to be able to get lower prices for each service that may be needed. Without such a plan, you pay what the provider wants- or get sued. The difference in pricing can be 90%. It is routine for me to see an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) detailing a bill that came in as $ 7244, was considered to be $ 1200 once reduced by my insurance carrier, and for my share of the costs to be only $ 50 or so.
Oh, I know, you’ve heard that some folks’ insurance bill have escalated. I will not deny that changing from a catastrophic-coverage plan to a real health care plan is not more (even much more) expensive- but in the grand scheme of things for all citizens, that is not a big change. Because most Americans get their health care insurance at work.
Some of us have been using smartphones for a long time. Oh, I know, y’all thought my Palm Pilot wasn’t sophisticated. But, consider this- for nearly 15 years, I was able to have a contact list (with eMail, pictures, and special information), Microsoft Office functionality (like a word processor, spreadsheet, and calendaring), access to my accounting program and to do lists, among other important functions (like Scrabble and books- albeit with 100 words or so on a page).
We’ve talked about the Koch Brothers and their lobbying groups. Other than ALEC, most of them are recently founded. That is not true for Karl Rove’s group- Crossroads GPS. As you recall, it spent some $ 208 million in 2012, while its sister group (PAC American Crossroads) employed some $ 117 million- making it second right behind the Koch Brothers.
So, yesterday, we spoke about one of the Koch Brothers’ lobbying groups, ALEC. Today, we’ll examine their networks n a little more detail.
From the second John Kerry was attacked via the “Swiftboating” episode, I knew that Americans (and, given that we seem to invading other countries electoral political process, the world) were in for a heap of trouble. You see, the group (I am clearly being of generous mood, here) behind this attack, the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” was a 527 organization. A “tax exempt” organization that focuses on “issues”.