A new analysis by Avalere Health, an independent consulting firm, concluded that the state-run marketplaces are performing about on par with Medicare Part D, which also saw slow initial enrollment. So as long as the federal website gets fixed and enrollment picks up as expected, there's still time to get on track. Part D had only 10% enrolled by end of November.
poor fairmon says: "What I don't understand is why you bash the republicans for this behavior when democrats participate just as much, especially in farm subsidies.
Because, the democratic party is NOT trying to take away the safety net for the underprivileged, it's the repukes calling for less for the poor, our veterans, old people, etc., etc. And the obscenely wealthy use taxpayer dollars like their ATM's, Capice?
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, for instance, has doled out cash and assistance to a host of businesses big and small: Backcountry.com, an online retailer, received $300,000 last year. General Electric got the same amount to recruit and train workers for an IT center in Henrico. Virginiaspent millions to bring a Microsoft data center to Mecklenberg, and doled out millions more to help billionaire filmmaker Steven Spielberg film a Lincoln biopic.
When he zeroed out funds for public broadcasting, McDonnell insisted, “We must get serious about government spending. That means funding our core functions well, and eliminating spending on programs and services that should be left to the private sector.” Recruiting and training workers for General Electric qualifies as a core state function?
Republicans like to scoff at federal support for green energy. But fossil-fuel companies will get $1.4 billion in corporate welfare this fiscal year. Small businesses will get more than $3 billion. You don’t hear so many conservative complaints about that.
Speaking of welfare - the federal government spent $92 billion in direct and indirect subsidies to businesses and private- sector corporate entities — expenditures commonly referred to as “corporate welfare” — in fiscal year 2006. The definition of business subsidies used in this report is broader than that used by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, which recently put the costs of direct business subsidies at $57 billion in 2005. For the purposes of this study, “corporate welfare” is defined as any federal spending program that provides payments or unique benefits and advantages to specific companies or industries.
Supporters of corporate welfare programs often justify them as remedying some sort of market failure. Often the market failures on which the programs are predicated are either overblown or don’t exist. Yet the federal government continues to subsidize some of the biggest companies in America. Boeing, Xerox, IBM, Motorola, Dow Chemical, General Electric, and others have received millions in taxpayer-funded benefits through programs like the Advanced Technology Program and the Export-Import Bank. In addition, the federal crop subsidy programs continue to fund the wealthiest farmers.
No problem there, huh, repukes? I'm sure their CEO's work 10 or 12 jobs to keep champagne flowing and gas in their yachts.
Sounds like you need a ticket to Singapore, AndrewBore, perfect utopian place for an unabashed teabagger such as yourself. The fact that many needy residents live in the shadows of a rich society prompted a new campaign to raise awareness about the poor in Singapore. Singaporeans Against Poverty, launched in October and organized by Caritas Singapore, a Catholic social action group, is intended to operate for three to five years.
At heart they really do believe in trickle-down and little else. They only get into social assistance when they can't avoid it and a problem is staring them in the face.
The only reason the republicans came up with this new outlet for their un-American activities, Libertarianism, is because they didn't feel they were yet selfish enough. Ayn Rand anyone?
and as usual, jesse and degage have to put their right-wing, kindergarten twist on every thing I write. I have never owned Dobermans, never will, and most of all never said I do. My dogs, Bull Mastiffs are much larger than Dobermans by at least 100 pounds. But that's just the republican way, don't let facts get in the way of your propaganda.
jt, are you really so biased that you consider USA Today a left wing newspaper? That is not a 'liberal site', it's a newspaper. I got nothing from the Nation Magazine, but there again, that's a news magazine, in case you're interested in some news. Anything to the left of Ted Cruz is communist to you morons. I see where that right-wing nut teevee station CBS is going to retract the 'out and out lie' they told about Benghazi on their Premiere show '60 minutes'. How quaint. I wonder if they'll fire Lara Logan like they did Dan Rather. I won't hold my breath. You people take such pride in the destruction of this country, it's disgusting to even have to breath the same air as you.
PL says: Roo, Who hates the govt.?
"America is a country built on the idea of promoting the general welfare, but there are fewer things that the Tea Party holds in lower regard than promoting the general welfare. They favor a dog-eat-dog ideology. Fewer regulations. Fewer social programs. Kill or be killed. They want a nation where capitalism is simply the latest and most socially acceptable form of gladiatorial blood-sport.
America is a country built on freedom of religion, but there probably aren’t any Muslim Tea Party members, and that’s because the Tea Party hates freedom of religion unless it’s the Christian religion. The demagoguery coming from the right these past few years regarding President Obama’s suspected status as a closeted Muslim has been palpable. The thing is, if the Tea Party is indeed the religion-loving freedom-fest they pretend to be, it shouldn’t matter what religion he belongs to. And because they’re forever the party of “not in the face, not in the face” Democrats end up defending the president’s status as a Christian instead of asking the far more American question, “so what if he is?”
Finally, America is a country founded on democracy, a system of government in which elected officials congregate in Washington to enact the will of the people who invited them there. It is the closest thing on the planet there is to governing by majority rule, and the Tea Party is nothing if not a minority of a minority. They are a group of ideological zealots without the votes to pass their own legislative ideas, and that is by design. But instead of attempting to change hearts and minds, the true watermark of an American patriot, they have resorted to spitefully thumbing their nose at the democratic principles that they claim to hold dear. Through Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the weak-willed Speaker John Boehner(R-Ohio), the Heritage Foundation, and a handful of representatives, the Tea Party has changed House rules and stymied floor-votes in order to intentionally and unashamedly shut down the government and drive the world into global financial uncertainty.
The Tea Party would respond to all of this by saying that they love America. But they don’t love America. They love “America,” an idealized version of our country that, while existing only in their minds, has become an albatross around the neck of every other rational and clear-thinking U.S. citizen and these past few weeks, the rest of the world as well.
So let us, the remainder of the nation, both Democrat and Republican alike, finally acknowledge the elephant in the room. The Tea Party hates America and almost everything it stands for. You can tell by how they are doing everything they can to bring it all crashing down."
Justin Yandell is a freelance writer from Texas.
Geez, jes if that's all it takes to get rid of you, I'm on my way to your 'home'.