Here is the open thread for Sunday, October 19th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.
Last week we covered another 14 stories here at America’s Watchtower. We had lengthy discussions on several posts this week and between blogging, work, and real life I was not able to participate in as much of the discussion as I would have liked to, which is why I simply “liked” several comments I usually would have responded to.
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The Smiths have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so I have decided to use them for the musical selection of the week, however there are so many great songs by this band that I had trouble deciding which one to post.
In the end I decided to post the song which introduced me to The Smiths. Much like the opening guitar riff to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in the ’90’s introduced me to that band, the opening guitar riff of ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ introduced me to The Smiths several years earlier.
Obamacare: Some healthcare exchange enrollees don’t want to use insurance because the deductibles are too high
If we believe the numbers roughly 7-8 millions of people have used the Obamacare exchanges to sign up for healthcare plans. Many of these people had the costs of their plans reduced because they were elegible for government subsidies. (At least right now, the Federal exchange is being challenged in the courts and others may lose their subsides for not estimating their income correctly.)
There was another way that insurance companies used to bring down the price of premiums and that was to increase out of pocket expenses, deductibles, before insurance companies would start paying for some services. In some cases it can be thousands of dollars and according to this New York Times article many people are not using their healthcare plans because they cannot afford to pay up to the deductible level.
The calls for a travel ban into Ebola stricken nations is growing all across the United States but Barack Obama refuses to take this measure because, he claims, this would actually make Americans less safe.
However, according to this report, Barack Obama is secretly preparing to fly foreign Ebola stricken individuals into the United States for treatment.
Here is more:
Here is the latest Afterburner video by Bill Whittle entitled ‘Fear of Ebola.’ In this video he has a very interesting take on why Americans should not fear a serious outbreak of the disease in the country while also explaining what we should fear.
I think you guys are going to like this one. Enjoy:
Barack Obama has appointed Ron Klain, a man according to CNN who has no medical experience, as his new Ebola Czar. While Mr. Klain has no experience in the medical field he is a Democratic insider with plenty of experience within the government.
In fact he was a “key player” in the Solyndra scandal. He downplayed the risk that was involved in loaning money to Solyndra.
Here is more:
It looks like am a little late with this but here is the latest Afterburner video from Bill Whittle entitled ‘Play the Hand.’ This one is about our wounded warriors and their heroism. Enjoy:
The head of the NIH, Francis Collins, tried to blame budget cuts for the fact the Federal government is ill-prepared for a possible outbreak of Ebola in America. (By this they mean Republican budget cuts.)
“NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,'” he said. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”
However there is one problem with this excuse and it is the fact that the CDC actually got an 8% budget increase in 2014, which was more than even Barack Obama was asking for. (Oh, and one more thing; the one part of the budget which was cut came at the request of Barack Obama.)
Here is more: