Who needs coverage when taxes can be cut

First Axios has a briefing to the National Governors Association on what the GOP Medicaid plan would look like:

For a hypothetical Medicaid expansion states:

  • The state would lose $635 million in federal funding, a 65 percent decrease.
    • Net of 200,000 people would lose insurance coverage

For a hypothetical non-Medicaid expansion states

  • The state would lose $885 million in federal funding, an 80 percent decrease.

    • A net of 30,000 people would lose coverage in addition to the people who are in the Medicaid gap

Secondly, Loren Adler passes along a useful comparison made by Jed Graham, a conservative health wonk and reporter who does good work.  Jed examines what a 64 year old couple making 150% of federal poverty level would see under PPACA and under the Price Plan.

Finally, I whipped up some charts of what counties on Healthcare.gov in 2017 would have a 40 year pay at least $200 per month for the least expensive plan available.  This is after the flat age based subsidy for the best person in the subsidy class and it is for a plan with a $7,000 out of pocket maximum.

This is the chart of which Senators need to be pressured.  Alaska was excluded purely for presentation purposes but it is brilliant fire engine red.



Monday Morning Open Thread: Old Notes, New Jokes

Concerning the late-night Oscars fiasco…

Apart from Mardi Gras preparations, what’s on the agenda as we start the week?

Celebrate our victories, and educate the underinformed…

(Oh, sure, if all you’re interested in is winning elections… )



On The Road

Folks,

We’re trying a new feature here, so let’s see how it goes for the next week or so before it’s fully automated.

This post is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.

So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are.

Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!

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Late-Night Post-Oscar Open Thread: Well, That Was Awkward…


(h/t: commentor LAMH)
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I only caught the end of the Oscars telecast because I was waiting for the local news, and I honestly assumed the BIG SHOCK ENDING was another lame-o Jimmy Fallon Kimmel joke at first. Per the LA Times:

After an erroneous announcement, ‘Moonlight’ was named Oscar-winner for best picture. ‘La La Land’ was announced first.

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ drama is about a young African American coming to grips with his sexuality.

At first, Faye Dunaway announced “La La Land” as the winner, after her co-presenter Warren Beatty studied the card at length.

Producers and castmembers from “La La Land,” the candy-colored big-screen romantic musical about two artists striving to fulfill their dreams, were on stage thanking everyone for their win when the mistake was caught.

“La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz caught the mistake from the stage and interrupted the celebration, calling attention to the discrepancy on the winners card in his hand.

At that point, someone showed the card to the camera, which clearly indicated “Moonlight” had won…

Warren Beatty then stepped to mic and explained that the reason it had taken him so long to read the card, was because he was looking at something that said Emma Stone had won. At that point, he showed it to Dunaway, who announced “La La Land,” Beatty assured viewers that the error was unintentional and he wasn’t trying to turn the biggest award into a joke…

The moment will go down as one of the strangest and most shocking in Oscar history, with the room in disarray as they sorted out the error.

Stone did win Best Actress for La La Land, so perhaps an errant card ended up in the Best Picture envelope. Prediction: There will be somewhere north of ten thousand thinkpieces & essays within the next ten days, explicating on how two of the whitest stars in Hollywood ended up on the wrong end of that particular fraught confrontation…

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Oscar’s Open Thread

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Open Thread: Donald Trump, FAKE! President; Real Traitor?

Even the not-very-political USA Today!



Today in Domestic Terrorism and Stochastic Violence: Cemetery Take 2

Dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia have been broken and overturned.

The Philadelphia police say this was an act of vandalism at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery on the corner of Frankford and Cheltenham avenues.

The damage is widespread all across the cemetery with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of headstones affected.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia tells Action News they will be opening a mailbox at jewishphilly.org later Sunday to begin raising money to help speed up the repairs of the cemetery.

This isn’t the only activity so far today. There’s also this:

And in an update on the shooting in Olathe, KS we have the following two interesting pieces of information:

Sean Spicer’s official statement:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that it was “absurd” to suggest any connection between President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and a triple shooting in Kansas that some witnesses described as racially motivated.

“Any loss of life is tragic but I’m not going to get into that kind of — to suggest that there’s any correlation I think is a bit absurd, so I’m not going to get any further than that,” Spicer told reporters during a press gaggle recorded by the Washington Post.

Juxtaposed below with the President’s remarks during the campaign about how words and ideas matter.

And preliminary evidence that words and ideas do indeed matter and seem to have for Adam Purinton the alleged shooter:

Madasani, also a Garmin engineer, told The New York Times on Friday that Purinton had been sitting near him and Kuchibhotla on the bar’s patio. Madasani said he asked them what type of visas they were on and whether they were in the U.S. illegally. Both were in the country legally.

Stay frosty!



Open Thread: Can the Nerd Prom Be Saved?

… and if it were to disappear, who would notice?

Even if this lineup is too perfect to happen, could we at least spread the rumor that it will? Maybe “leak” this tweet to the Fox News twitter feed?…



Unter

Here’s a good long read on all the reasons Uber is going to fail. Everyone will have their reasons for enjoying it.

For me, I’m sick of hearing how Uber is a model for disruption of an industry, blah, blah, blah. As you can see in the piece, Uber is a set of tiny transfer payments from Silicon Valley VCs to every rider of the service. Passenger fares cover only 41 percent of the trip cost. The business model doesn’t scale: entering every market involves huge investment in driver recruitment and regulatory negotiation. Uber also isn’t “sticky” – most Uber drivers also drive for Lyft and could just as easily drive for a third or fourth competitor. The decision to do their own self-driving car research was also stupid (should have been buy not build, in my opinon), perhaps facilitated by technology stolen from Google, and tends to run red lights.

In addition to the financial stupidity, the fact that the company is run by a bunch of odious Randian bros who appear to tolerate a culture of misogony is yet another reason to dislike them. They have enough cash to stick around for years, but my guess is that the history of our current tech boom will start with the reasons why Uber was over-hyped.



Sunday Morning Open Thread: If They Can Keep Going, So Can We

New Yorkers are pretty blase about celebrities, but they’re also damned tired of Lord Smallgloves and his hangers-on, it would seem.
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What’s on the agenda for the day, and the upcoming week?


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On The Road

Folks,

We’re trying a new feature here, so let’s see how it goes for the next week or so before it’s fully automated.

This post is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.

So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are.

Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!



Early Morning Open Thread: Snippy Sean & the WH Press Corpse, A Tale for Tiny Hands Tots

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!…



Late Night DNC Wrap-Up Open Thread: And Now, Back to Work


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Doctor, doctor give me the news

Fake analysis!

Republican replacement plans for Obamacare would lead to significant declines in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage, according to an analysis presented Saturday at the National Governors Association and obtained by Vox.

The analysis was conducted by the health research firm Avalere Health and the consulting firm McKinsey and Company.