9:52 AM yesterday
commented on RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: Come to Mama! (She's on VH1, and With Lady Gaga)
I presume it has to do with broadcast agreements between VH-1 & Logo. VH-1 will air the original broadcast on Friday evening, and Logo will follow up on Mondays, as in previous years. So, I wouldn't expect it to appear online (excepting *cough!* torrents and quickly-pulled-down YouTube vids *cough!*) until tomorrow.
commented on Trumpcare Fails to Even Make It to a House Vote
Except that that's not what's happening - if you actually look at what IS happening. For one thing, most of us don't get our health care through the marketplace: more than 150 million of us get it through our jobs, and another 55 million disabled and retired people get theirs through Medicare. Funny thing about those two: since the ACA was enacted increases in familiy premiums have slowed dramatically, down to an average of 3% annually as of 2016. And since 2011 other premiums have been averaging increases of about 4% per year, as opposed to more than 6% in the previous five year period, and way better than 2001 - 2006 when they shot up more than 12% per year. Medicare has seen similar low annual increases since 2011, averaging less than 1.5% per year, the lowest five year growth rate in the program's history. Meanwhile, more than 20 million more U.S. citizens have coverage than they did before enactment.
But, yes, there are some areas were things aren't working as well, mainly in states that have eschewed Medicare expansion. And, because the state exchanges didn't even exist prior to 2014, insurance companies had no history of claims from it to use as a basis for setting initial rates; some did a pretty good job guessing, others not so much. The ones that grossly underestimated costs did raise their premiums significantly in subsequent years, but that wasn't a failure the system so much as it was a failure of those insurers to anticipate just how much demand there would be for the new markets in some states. And lets also not forget that since enactment employer-based plans have seen far smaller increases than they did prior, which means that nearly half the people who have health insurance derived some tangible benefit from the ACA, even though they're not enrolled; a crucial fact critics conveniently fail to mention. Plus, increases in the individual market have also slowed significantly; before the ACA it wasn't uncommon for the ensured to see double-digit annual increases in premiums. That too has slowed dramatically since the law was enacted. Furthermore, analysis by the Congressional Budget Office strongly indicates the state co-ops and exchanges will remain stable - assuming Republicans in Congress and in those 19 states where GOP run legislatures and executives have refused Medicaid expansion would stop trying to sabotage the program to the detriment of tens of thousands of their own citizens.
Nobody envisioned the ACA as being a perfect plan; far from it. But just like any new product that goes on the market, you put it out there, see how it works in the real world, and then make improvements to fix what isn't working. Unfortunately, Republicans, both nationally and at the state level have adamantly refused to consider any changes that would actually make it work better, for the simple reason that they WANT it to fail. The irony being of course that, when they finally put forth their own alternative, after seven years of telling us how truly awful the ACA was - it turned out to be orders of magnitude WORSE.
commented on Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Trumpcare Fail: "It Was Such a Sweet Moment To See"
This is hardly anyone's idea of a political "money shot"; it's a tactical victory, albeit an important one, and given the massive shitshow we've been subjected to for the past two months, we'll take those victories - big or little - where ever they may come. And for the people paying attention, we know there are a lot more of these God-awful bills coming down the pipeline, but failing to pass the AHCA puts a huge obstacle in front of SCROTUS and the GOP, because they were depending on that Trillion-dollars in cost-cutting from gutting Medicaid to provide a huge portion of their upcoming tax "reform". With that now off the table, their job of transferring even more wealth to the 1% becomes just that much harder, but we still need to continue to fight to oppose that, and every other piece of crap legislation they're going to throw at us.