Too bad "its pretty clear" what Mr. Macaluso stands for: cheering President Obama regardless of impact or effect.
The issue that the 1-year extension addresses isn't permanently torpedoing ACA - it's addressing millions of people that lost insurance due to timing of the law's implementation and failure of the website enrollment processes and even paper-based signups. Something is better than nothing.
It's a "gift" to Obama and his ACA staff to get one more year to work kinks out before again enacting the mandate to provide minimum insurance coverages, trouble-free inline enrollments, keep same insurers, doctors, etc...
ACA is herre to stay - no matter what Dems or Reps do to each other, and no matter what one-sided opinions are expressed.
Mr. Macaluso needs to lift his head from blogs of the far LEFT wing of the Democrat Party, and consider both wings when preaching on topics.
With the slow-motion disaster of Omabacare rolling out and expected to unfold over the next year and beyond, no one could blame the Republicans for following the adage: “Never interfere while your opponent is self-destructing”. Politically the Democrats are getting what they deserve, but unfortunately real damage is being done to the American people, our health care system and the US economy. Millions of Americans are being served with insurance cancellation notices as a planned consequence of Obamacare, and it is estimated that tens of millions who are employed by small business will lose their insurance when the Obamacare business mandate kicks in. Despite the promises that a. people could keep their existing health insurance plans, b. health insurance costs would go down and c. the program would not add to the national deficit, the indicators are all in the opposite direction.
The Democrats must have assumed they would forever be in control of the government to pass such a huge program without bipartisan support. Republicans, left completely out of the creation of their big-government program, were justified but unsuccessful in trying to defund and delay the disaster. There are now some Democrats actually calling for delaying the ACA – better late than never. In reaction to the passing of Obamacare the Republicans took control of the House and almost regained the Senate. They could regain all of Congress in 2014.
Support for the ACA is now at an all-time low and a CBS poll shows that 93% of Americans want Obamacare repealed or repaired. Given that public mandate, Obama and the Democrats have no alternative but to cooperate with Republicans to fix the problem they created (if possible). That may mean scrapping the ACA and starting over, keeping some of the features that people like, but moving more towards a free-market rather than a big-government solution; Allowing insurance companies to sell policies in all states, for example. They should do away with the onerous individual and business mandates in favor of economic incentives and find simpler ways to insure those who have had trouble getting health insurance instead of disrupting the entire health care system.
Obama cannot unilaterally ‘tweak’ the law anymore. (The constitutionality of all of his changes so far notwithstanding). There has already been a bipartisan vote in the House to begin fixing Obamacare, a law that lets people keep their insurance as was promised. It’s time for Obama to admit there is a problem and get on with addressing it.
Mr. Grella's sad commentary inspires ennui. While he is criticizing the camera level - a huge shortcoming I'm sure - he spends not one word on emotion, attraction, lust or the capacity we humans have for suffering. The film deserves much better understanding before it is criticized so bluntly. But, then, what could one expect an American, albeit from Rochester, to know about the finer points of love, life or philosophy?
Wow. Seriously? Where to begin? The very fact that writer sneers at people of the opposite view actually underscores the problem. By having *any* public prayers forced upon all attendees at a Town Board meeting every citizen present who is not enslaved by the author's Santa Claus "thinking" is marginalized to a second-class citizen. America actually was established as a "secular" nation in the sense that freedom of religion entails freedom *from* religion. Guess what? You can still have your clearly religious displays on private property, including homes, churches and any land that is not paid for by all taxpayers.
People who are free of dogmatic religion are not joyless "Grinches" just because the writer cannot imagine otherwise. I actually was amused, rather than offended by the classically proud ignorance of the letter. (Thank you!) Speaking of ignorance, I wonder if she has even heard of the pre-Christian origins of every holiday mentioned except Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day? I don't expect her to agree with such absurdity, but it would be nice if she were at least exposed to these silly, inconvenient facts.
Have a Happy Winter Solstice!
- Bill Forward
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As soon as I saw this, my FIRST QUESTION was: If the Rochester Board of Education is going to hire Colleges and Universities to help MANAGE RCSD SCHOOLS, does this mean that their compensation will come out of Dr. Vargas's pay, i.e., out of his six-figure-salary, and/or out of the six-figure salaries of his so-called Superintendent's Executive Group (SEG)? After all, MANAGING THE SCHOOLS IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S AND HIS HIGHLY PAID SEG'S JOB. THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE HIRED TO DO. If the money to pay for this is not coming out of their salaries, as far as I'm concerned. THE DISCUSSION SHOULD STOP RIGHT NOW --- because it is absolutely unconscionable, immoral, unethical, and would be fiscally irresponsible for the Board to approve the idea of paying Colleges and Universities additional money to do what Dr. Vargas. and his SEG are already being paid BIG BUCKS to do, especially when numerous RCSD schools are suffering from the lack of adequate, fundamental, structural, and programmatic resources.
SECONDLY, where is the evidence that Rochester area Colleges and Universities have (as Dr. Vargas claims) "an excellent track record of successful education management” of URBAN schools? There is no such evidence, which necessarily leads me to ask: Does this whole idea boil down to nothing more, or less than new, symbolic, SNAKE OIL? STAY ALERT!!!
It should be named, " Cover our Backsides until after the Congressional Elections Act!"
Perhaps minimum wage is insufficient to provide a living.
i think liz has already came around as she was singing a diff tune a while back
I think this is more about her ambition
very sad, nothing is worth risking losing your family
"Well, the boys could get them too, but their friends will razz them for a long time. They'll start asking you things like "Hey, did that bow come with a tiara?" and "What happened on yesterday's 'General Hospital?'" But I digress."
I was puzzled as to why this digression actually turned into a way to insult girls and women by suggesting that all they want are tiaras and soap operas -- and to insult boys by suggesting that they're carrying around really outdated and ridiculous notions of what being a girl means about your interests. And to go further, there's nothing wrong with kids using toys marketed to the other gender -- because there's nothing wrong with being a boy, or being a girl. Neither one is better. I think this digression could have been considered more carefully, with an eye toward trying not to actively denigrate anyone.
And will Superintendant Vargas take a cut in pay equivalent to the lessening of his work load as he passes the schools off to colleges? Does not seem to be a good solution as presented thus far.
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