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261default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:36 am

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The trailer of Shawn Mendes' brand new music video contains a message to young people about voting:

 

Btw, I'm surprised the elections are held on Tuesday. Over here, it's always on Sunday. It would be very controversial if it wasn't during the weekend !

262default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:37 am

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Thanks so much for posting that video, Jeremy!  I appreciate it!

Some things just don't make sense in the U.S. (and that's an understatement right now).   Having a big Election Day on a Tuesday is one of those things--because some people are not allowed to leave work to vote, and it may be hard for them to vote after work or before work.  If we  had our elections on a weekend, I think that would make more sense.





So tomorrow is the big day, folks!  Please vote tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6! 


-->Check to see if you are Registered to Vote

Go to Headcount's website and click on "Check [name of your state] Registration Status" to be forwarded to your state website to check online if you are registered to vote, or you also may call the telephone number listed for your state to ask if you are registered to vote.  Go here to CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED:  https://www.headcount.org/verify-voter-registration/


You may also go to Vote.org (see link below), scroll down to your state, and click on your state, (for some states, you may need to know the county you live in), to to be forwarded to your state website, in order to CHECK IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTEhttps://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/








-->  For info on your polling place, and/or hours the polls are open to vote for your state, go hereto the League of Women Voters' website:  https://www.vote411.org/

(and click on "Search by State & Topic," then Select your State and Select the topic, such as "Polling Place Details").  You also can go to Vote.org:  https://www.vote.org/   This information also should be in your Voters Pamphlet that you get from your state.











-->Most states allow you to return your Absentee Ballot on Election Day, either at YOUR polling place or any polling place--it depends on your state rulesYou can go to the League of Women Voters:  https://www.vote411.org/
(you need to click on "Search by State & Topic," then click on your State and click on "Absentee Voting")

Or you can go to Rock the Vote's website and where you see the drop down menu at "Get Ready to Vote In, select your state, then select "Vote by Mail/Absentee"):   https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/











-->2018 Election --Help with Transportation to VOTE


If you need help to get to your voting location to vote, try this resource:


Either by *landline or mobile phone, call: 804-424-5335*   

An IVR Free Ride Phonebot transcribes the voice recording and sends an email to CarpoolVote.com voter outreach organizers.



Make sure to go this website to fill out the online form with your information that will help them match you with a driver: https://carpoolvote.com/









-->HELP IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AT YOUR POLLING PLACE WHEN YOU VOTE:
I came across this Voters' Rights project that is run by the respected organization, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.   Here is some contact info if you ever have problems at the voting polls:


National Election Protection Hotlines:


1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-866-687-8683 (In English)


There is also a hotline in Spanish:
888-Ve-Y-Vota or 888-839-8682 (Spanish/English) – administered  by the NALEO Educational Fund


In Asian languages:
888-API-VOTE or 888-274-8683 (multiple Asian languages/English) – administered  by APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC


In Arabic:
844-Yalla-US  or 844-925-5287 (Arabic/English) – administered by the Arab American Institute.



Or you can text “Election Protection” to 97779




After you call or text to the Hotline for Election Protection, if you have time, go here to give more info about your situation:
bit.ly/seesay2018

Or bit.ly/seesay18


Source:  https://lawyerscommittee.org/press-release/election-protection-to-provide-non-partisan-voting-assistance-to-new-yorks-primary-voters/






What to do if you have problems at your polling place (for example, what to do if the officials at the polling place you go to, tell you that you are not registered to vote or that you are not on their list):

1.  Make sure you are at the correct polling place.  Go here:  https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/

2.  If you are at the correct polling place and they tell you that you are not on their list, ask the poll worker for a PROVISIONAL BALLOT.  You have a right to vote by Provisional Ballot!  If they refuse to give you a provisional ballot, please call the National Election Protection Hotline! 







Note:
If you need some help to figure out how to vote (on candidates and state propositions on the ballot), as a rule of thumb, here are two sources:  (1)  The League of Women Voters of YOUR state, and (2) The Democratic Party of YOUR state.  Google those organizations for YOUR state to get to their websites.  You may also want to visit the website of the ACLU of your state. 



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263default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:50 am

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A lot of things are still up in the air, but media sites are confidently stating that the Democrats now have the majority of the U.S. House of Representatives!!!  This is a huge win for Democrats!!!  We now have at least one of the two houses of the U.S. legislature that will act as a check against Trump's destructive policies.  Democrats needed to win 23 districts that formerly were occupied by incumbent Republicans, and so far it seems they have done that.  It's very possible that number may increase even more to the Democrats' favor, as votes in California are counted.

There was some bad news too for the Democrats, with the Republicans winning so far three U.S. Senate seats that were held by Democratic incumbents.  Democratic Senators who lost their Senate seats were Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana; Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Heidi Heitkamp (who courageously voted against Brett Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court, even though her state of North Dakota is overwhelmingly conservative---Native Americans in North Dakota also had to combat a voter suppression law that required all IDs to have street addresses).  Other races where Democratic Senators are incumbents are too close to call at the moment.  Sadly, rising Democratic star Beto O'Rourke conceded defeat to Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the race for U.S. Senate in the state of Texas.

It's too early to determine the winners of many state governors races.  I was very disappointed that Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded in the race for Florida governor, losing to Republican Ron DeSantis, who ran racist ads against Gillum during the race.  I'm hoping that Republican Brian Kemp does not win the majority of the vote against Democrat Stacey Abrams in the race for Georgia governor.  Kemp has been blatantly suppressing the votes of African-Americans in Georgia in a variety of ways since he was the current Secretary of State during the time he ran for Georgia governor against Stacey Abrams.  And happily, Democrats won the offices of governors in several midwest states, the states of Michigan (Darren will be happy about that), Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.   And anti-immigrant Republican/pro-Trump Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who was running for governor of Kansas, lost to Democrat Laura Kelly.  (Note: Republican Kobach lost, despite the voter suppression done by Republican local officials against Hispanic voters in the town of Dodge City, Kansas, where the local election official moved the sole voting location to outside the town.   Many thanks to the perseverance of Latino voters of Dodge City and the dedicated  volunteers who drove voters to the new, remote polling place that was located outside the town!)

Overall, the results so far have been very positive, with the Democrats becoming the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives being a huge victory.  In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids defeated the Republican incumbent to be the first gay Native American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (and Deb Haaland who also is Native American was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives)!  And for the first time, two Muslim women (Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, just as Massachusetts and Connecticut elected their first black congresswomen.  Jared Polis becomes the first openly gay governor elected in the U.S. (he will become the governor of Colorado).  Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia became the first Latinas elected to the U.S.Congress for Texas.  And a record number of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, about 95, along with 13 women who won U.S. Senate seats. 


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264default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:02 am

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As most of you know, today, Wednesday, Trump forced Jeff Sessions to resign as the U.S. Attorney General.  Many in the media are concerned that this is a constitutional crisis, where the President is obstructing the Russia investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller by appointing a Trump lackey-- Matthew Whitaker-- as the acting Attorney General.  It is of grave concern to many that Whitaker, on many previous occasions, had been a public critic of the Mueller investigation, thus showing his bias against Mueller and his independent investigation.

Trump appointing Whitaker to be in charge of the Mueller Russian investigation would be comparable to the situation where hypothetically, if a person who is accused of a crime was magically given the power to appoint the judge presiding over the court proceedings of his case, and that person then decides he is going to choose his dad as the judge! 


Please call your U.S. House of Representatives and your U.S. Senators to request them to ask for Matthew Whitaker's recusal from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Sample Script wrote:Caller: Hi! I’m a constituent from [part of your state] I’m calling to urge [Name of your House of Representative or Name of your Senators] to act immediately because Trump just crossed a red line. The Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, has talked openly about ending  the Mueller investigation and how he’d do it. Trump is obviously trying to interfere in the investigation and called it a “hoax.” I want to urge [name of either your House of Representative or name of your Senator] to publicly call for Whitaker to recuse himself and for a congressional investigation into Trump’s obstruction of justice.

Staffer: Thank you for your call. [Name of your Representative or Senator] is monitoring the various investigations closely and is letting them run their course.

Caller: That’s good, but it’s really important for Congress to assert its power now to protect the investigation and hold Trump accountable. Can I expect [Name of your U.S. House of Representative or name of your U.S. Senator] to issue this statement immediately?

Staffer: I’ll pass that along to him/her.

Caller: Great, I’ll be following to see if [Name of your House Representative or name of your Senator] speaks out on this.


To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm



You can find your House of Representative’s number by calling the Capitol's switchboard at 202t-224-3121.   You also may find your House of Representative's phone number by going here: https://www.house.gov/representaives/

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265default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:07 am

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Trump fired Jeff Sessions and appointed Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General.

There is simply no way that Whitaker--who called Mueller's investigation a "lynch mob"--is going to be objective about Robert Mueller's Russian investigation (and by the way--Whitaker's choice of words is so offensive I can't even express how abhorrent it is!). 

Make no mistake, many believe that Trump appointed Whitaker to replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as the person in the Justice Department who will oversee Mueller's Russian investigation. . .  because Trump wants to "fix" Robert Mueller's investigation of possible crimes committed by Trump's own campaign team, including the crime of Donald Trump Jr. lying to Congress and lying to the FBI.

Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, is calling Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General to be unconstitutional!   So a respected lawyer who is the husband of Trump's own advisor (Kellyanne Conway) is calling Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General to be unlawful, to be a violation of the U.S. Constitution!
New York Times wrote:
Trump’s Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional

November 8, 2018

By Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III

It means that Mr. Trump’s installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional. It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid.

. . . The flaw in the appointment of Mr. Whitaker, who was Mr. Sessions’s chief of staff at the Justice Department, runs much deeper. It defies one of the explicit checks and balances set out in the Constitution, a provision designed to protect us all against the centralization of government power.

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Because Mr. Whitaker has not undergone the process of Senate confirmation, there has been no mechanism for scrutinizing whether he has the character and ability to evenhandedly enforce the law in a position of such grave responsibility. The public is entitled to that assurance, especially since Mr. Whitaker’s only supervisor is Mr. Trump himself, and the president is hopelessly compromised by the Mueller investigation. That is why adherence to the requirements of the Appointments Clause is so important here, and always.
Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/trump-attorney-general-sessions-unconstitutional.html







Protests against Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General occurred Thursday night (last night) in every state of the U.S.
CBS News wrote:
"Nobody is above the law" protests held nationwide to support Mueller's probe

November 8, 2018

Protests have sprung up across the country Thursday night calling for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia. Several hundred had gathered in New York's Times Square and other places like Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, North Carolina, Tennessee and Philadelphia.

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Organizers of the protest said the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation," according to AP.

Thursday's show of disapproval came a day after President Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign as the nation's top law enforcement official. He was then replaced by Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, who has been critical of Mueller's investigation.
Source:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mueller-protest-support-russia-probe-investigation-nobody-is-above-the-law-rallies-today-2018-11-08/

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266default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:25 am

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If you have any family and friends who are voters in Mississippi, please ask them to vote for Democrat Mike Espy for U.S. Senate on this coming Tuesday, November 27 (in a runoff election for an U.S. Senate seat).

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is a deplorable racist and does not deserve to be in the U.S. Senate. 

Cindy Hyde-Smith recently joked about sitting in the front row of a "public hanging."  How disgusting is this statement, especially in the context of how hundreds of African-Americans were brutally killed in lynchings in this state (the highest number in the country).

She also is a Trump follower, and she also joked about hoping to suppress votes of liberal voters.  In addition, she had posted a photo of herself wearing a Confederate soldier's hat.  All of these statements and acts are painting an ugly picture of the depth of her lack of character, of the extent of her pride in being a racist.

Democrat Mike Espy is African-American and if elected on November 27, he would achieve the honor of being the first African-American candidate elected to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi in more than a century.


If you are registered to vote in Mississippi, please vote for Democrat Mike Espy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, November 27!


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267default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:10 am

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How inhumane will Trump's immigration officials sink--they are tear-gassing immigrant children!

The Washington Post wrote:
'These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas.’


A migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands traveling from Central America, cries after running away from tear gas thrown by U.S. border agents. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

November 26, 2018

A little girl from Honduras stares into the camera, her young features contorted in anguish. She’s barefoot, dusty, and clad only in a diaper and T-shirt. And she’s just had to run from clouds of choking tear gas fired across the border by U.S. agents.

A second photograph, which also circulated widely and rapidly on social media, shows an equally anguished woman frantically trying to drag the same child and a second toddler away from the gas as it spreads.

The three were part of a much larger group, perhaps 70 or 80 men, women and children, pictured in a wider-angle photo fleeing the tear gas. Reuters photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon shot the images, which provoked outrage and seemed at odds with President Trump’s portrayal of the caravan migrants as “criminals” and “gang members.”

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The chaos erupted Sunday around the bustling San Ysidro border crossing, which Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said was closed “to ensure public safety in response to large numbers of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. illegally.”

But Democratic leaders, human rights advocates and others focused on the images of the two children in particular. Many pointed to the children left gagging from the gas attack as evidence that Trump’s push against a caravan of asylum seekers from Central America had gone too far.
Trump says tear gas fired at migrant caravan 'very safe'

“Shooting tear gas at children is not who we are as Americans,” tweeted Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Seeking asylum is not a crime. We must be better than this.”

Gavin Newsom, the Democratic governor-elect of California, argued that images of kids sprinting from tear gas run counter to American ideals.

“These children are barefoot. In diapers. Choking on tear gas,” he tweeted. “Women and children who left their lives behind — seeking peace and asylum — were met with violence and fear. That’s not my America. We’re a land of refuge. Of hope. Of freedom. And we will not stand for this.”

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" . . . What he [Trump] does not understand,” [Yale Law School’s Harold Hongju Koh, legal adviser to the State Department during the Obama administration.   ] . . . said in an email, “is that everyone crossing our Southern border is not illegally present. Those with valid asylum claims have a legal right to assert those claims and remain.”

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Had the migrants made it to the border
and presented themselves as asylum seekers, U.S. officials would have been required by federal law to consider their claim before sending them back to Mexico. Indeed, they are required to do so whether the migrants cross at a designated point of entry or anywhere else.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar forcefully reminded Trump of that law last week when he issued a nationwide restraining order against the president’s plan to consider asylum requests only from migrants who cross at legal checkpoints. It was Tigar’s ruling that prompted Trump to lash out last week against the “Obama judge” and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which in turn brought a rare rebuke from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.



Authorities closed off the busiest port of entry along the border with Mexico and fired tear gas at a Central American migrant caravan that had rushed the fencing separating the countries.

Source:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/26/these-children-are-barefoot-diapers-choking-tear-gas/?utm_term=.577cbc5ca56a










If you are registered to vote in Mississippi, please vote for Democrat Mike Espy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, November 27 (today)! 




Slate wrote:
Mississippi GOP Senator Sent Daughter to “Segregation Academy” With Almost No Black Students

Nov 24, 2018


Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith, who is facing a special election runoff in Mississippi Tuesday, hasn’t exactly been open about her high school experience. And today the Jackson Free Press* reveals why that might be, noting that the senator attended one of the “segregation academies” that were set up by white parents eager to avoid integration laws. Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to replace long-time Sen. Thad Cochran this past spring, is facing off aganist Democratic former congressman Mike Espy, who is seeking to become Mississippi’s first black senator since Reconstruction.


The paper got a hold of the 1975 yearbook of the Lawrence County Academy and identified “Cindy Hyde” posing with other cheerleaders next to the school’s mascot of a Confederate general holding up a large Confederate flag. Hyde-Smith didn’t just go to a school that seemed expressly designed to avoid integration, she also sent her daughter to one of them.

Brookhaven Academy, the school from which Hyde-Smith’s daughter graduated in 2017, is almost all white. In the 2015-2016 academic year, for example, the school had 386 white students, compared to five Asian students and one black student. Brookhaven is 55 percent black.
Source:  https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/cindy-hyde-smith-mississippi-gop-senator-sent-daughter-to-segregation-academy.html

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268default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:58 am

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Once again a vote on Thuesday :very confused

269default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:33 pm

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We seem to like Tuesday for some reason. :amused


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270default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:56 pm

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IMPORTANT!!




If you live in the U.S. and wish to sign up for Obamacare/Affordable Care Act healthcare for 2019, THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS DECEMBER 15, 2018!!


In California, the deadline is January 15, 2019!!



Here is the link to the website to get healthcare through Obamacare/Affordable Care Act:  https://www.healthcare.gov/





Trump has cut both the time period when you can sign up AND funds to promote to the public the availability of health care through the Affordable Care Act by signing up within the deadline.

Also keep in mind that the Trump administration is playing mean tricks like shutting down the website during Open Enrollment periods, so DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SIGN UP! 


You do not want to not have healthcare for 2019!

Sign up now!







Huffington Post wrote:
Trump Officials Plan Obamacare Site Shutdowns During Open Enrollment

10/10/2018

The Trump administration is under scrutiny for shortening the enrollment period and scheduling lengthy maintenance downtime for the Healthcare.gov website.

The Trump administration plans to take the Healthcare.gov website offline for hours at a time for maintenance during the coming Obamacare enrollment season, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

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The Trump administration was criticized last year for scheduling almost-weekly maintenance of the Healthcare.gov site during the Obamacare enrollment period.

“I could see this really impacting the ability of people to complete an application sign-up in a single sitting, which is so important,”
Jason Stevenson of the Utah Health Policy Project, an Obamacare navigator group, told CNN at the time. 

Lori Lodes, who served as a communications director of CMS during the Obama administration, also expressed concern at the large chunks of downtime being scheduled.

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Fact-checking site Snopes.com pointed out last year that the Trump administration slashed the Obamacare open enrollment period by more than half, from three months to six weeks, so the downtime consumes more of the enrollment period.

This year’s maintenance outage schedule is reportedly the same as last year’s: 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday, except for the last Sunday, during the sign-up period. The total scheduled downtime this year ― as it was last year ― is 60 hours.


The enrollment window for 2019 coverage will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.





Source:  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-officials-plan-obamacare-site-maintenance-shutdowns-during-open-enrollment_us_5bbdb23de4b0876edaa39f1f




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271default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:45 am

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Don't forget--if you plan to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA/"Obamacare"): 

The deadine to apply is December 15, 2018!! 


Only a week left! 


You do not want to be without health insurance for 2019!


Reno Gazette Journal wrote:
ACA: Obamacare enrollment down amid Trump funding cuts, rule changes and immigration fears


December 5, 2018

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that nearly 60 percent of likely voters across the nation want the Affordable Care Act to remain in place.

Obamacare enrollment is down nationwide as funding cuts, shorter deadlines and immigration fears conjure a perfect storm that is adversely impacting the program. . .

“We are 13 percent below
where we were at the same time last year so we’re hoping to close that gap,” said Heather Korbulic, executive director of Nevada’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. “We are really hoping to push the pedal to the metal in the next couple of weeks by increasing our planned advertising and marketing.”

. . .  The Dec. 15 [is] deadline looming for health insurance exchanges across the country . . .

Like Nevada, the number represents a 13 percent drop from the 2.8 million enrollees that were signed up during the same period the year before. The totals comprise enrollees from 39 states that use the Healthcare.gov exchange platform.

Despite the decline in enrollees, Korbulic noted that healthcare remains an important subject for Americans. Even Nevadans who do not support the Affordable Care Act considered healthcare a key topic and wanted lawmakers to address it, according to several polls conducted before the last election.

Despite failing to repeal the healthcare law, GOP lawmakers were still successful in getting rid of its individual mandate, which required most Americans to carry insurance or face tax penalties. The mandate is a key cog of the Affordable Care Act that not only helped the exchanges get a bigger and more diverse pool of enrollees but kept costs down by adding younger, healthier individuals to the marketplace.

The Trump Administration also decreased funding for health insurance exchange navigators who help people enroll in the program. Last year, navigator funding was cut by 43 percent from $63 million in 2016 to $36.1 million in 2017, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The grants saw even steeper cuts this year. On September, CMS awarded only $10 million in grants for navigators — an 84 percent decrease from two years ago.

[Note:  Some states do their own marketing.]

Another change implemented by the Trump Administration is to shorten the enrollment period to just 45 days. Starting last year, the enrollment period is scheduled from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15., which is half as long as before.

n response to the shorter window, several states that ran their own program, including California and New York, decided to extend their deadlines during last year’s enrollment period. Nevada, which switched to the Healthcare.gov platform after issues with original health exchange contractor Xerox, is not able to extend its deadlines. The state, however, will start running its own exchange next year, which should give it added flexibility, Korbulic said.

Meanwhile, proposed changes issued by the Department of Homeland Security to the country’s public charge rule is also discouraging some immigrants from enrolling in the health insurance exchanges.


The rule is used by immigration officials to identify which people have a high probability of becoming dependent on the government, which is then used to reject applicants either seeking legal entry into the United States or applying for permanent residency through regular channels. The Trump Administration is proposing that use of programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Medicaid be added to the list of factors that can lead to a person being considered a public charge and having their application rejected.

[. . .  ]

The repeal of the individual mandate, which takes effect in the upcoming 2019 plan year, could also adversely impact the stability of the health insurance exchanges. The concern is that healthier individuals between ages 26 and 30 will opt not to get insurance, causing older or less healthy individuals to account for a larger share of the insurance pool.


“Insurance is all about having a healthy, diverse risk pool,” Korbulic said. “If people who are healthy leave the market, what’s left is a more sick population, which means more risk and higher premiums for everybody.”

Source:  https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2018/12/05/aca-obamacare-enrollment-down-amid-trump-funding-cuts-rule-changes/2209337002/









If you live in the U.S. and wish to sign up for Obamacare/Affordable Care Act healthcare for 2019, THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS DECEMBER 15, 2018!!


In California, the deadline is January 15, 2019!!



Here is the link to the website to get healthcare through Obamacare/Affordable Care Act:  https://www.healthcare.gov/
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272default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:32 am

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If you live in the U.S. and wish to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare/Affordable Care Act healthcare for 2019, THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS DECEMBER 15, 2018 !! 



That's this SATURDAY!



In California, the deadline is January 15, 2019!!



Here is the link to the website to get healthcare through Obamacare/Affordable Care Act:  https://www.healthcare.gov/




You do not want to be without health insurance for 2019!










The news of this poor little girl, and just generally how inhumane and cruel and callous, uncaring, and vicious the Trump administration's immigration officials have been to immigrant children and their families is a tragedy and an injustice.  The U.S. House of Representatives must investigate what happened here and what is happening in many of the detention facilities/prisons which house immigrants, especially vulnerable children!

Washington Post wrote:
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion


December 13, 2018


A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock after she was taken into Border Patrol custody last week for crossing from Mexico into the United States illegally with her father and a large group of migrants along a remote span of New Mexico desert, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

The child’s death is likely to intensify scrutiny of detention conditions at Border Patrol stations and CBP facilities that are increasingly overwhelmed by large numbers of families seeking asylum in the United States.

According to CBP records, the girl and her father were taken into custody about 10 p.m. Dec. 6 south of Lordsburg, N.M., as part of a group of 163 people who approached U.S. agents to turn themselves in.

More than eight hours later, the child began having seizures at 6:25 a.m., CBP records show. Emergency responders, who arrived soon after, measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, and according to a statement from CBP, she “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days.”

After a helicopter flight to Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, the child went into cardiac arrest and “was revived,” according to the agency. “However, the child did not recover and died at the hospital less than 24 hours after being transported,” CBP said.

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Food and water are typically provided to migrants in Border Patrol custody, and it wasn’t immediately clear Thursday if the girl received provisions and a medical exam before the onset of seizures.

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The ACLU blamed “lack of accountability, and a culture of cruelty within CBP” for the girl’s death. “The fact that it took a week for this to come to light shows the need for transparency for CBP. We call for a rigorous investigation into how this tragedy happened and serious reforms to prevent future deaths,” Cynthia Pompa, advocacy manager for the ACLU Border Rights Center, said in a statement.

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Arrests of migrants traveling as family groups have skyrocketed this year, and Homeland Security officials say court rulings that limit their ability to keep families in detention have produced a “catch and release” system that encourages migrants to bring children as a shield against detention and deportation.

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Migrants traveling as part of a family group accounted for 58 percent of those taken into custody last month by the Border Patrol.

On Tuesday, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the agency’s holding cells are “incompatible” with the new reality of parents with children coming across the border to surrender to agents en masse, requesting asylum.


“Our Border Patrol stations were built decades ago to handle mostly male single adults in custody, not families and children,” McAleenan told lawmakers.

The small Border Patrol station in Lordsburg received a group of 227 migrants on Thursday, according to CBP, after taking in a group of 123 on Wednesday. Both groups — extremely large by CBP standards — mostly consisted of families and children, according to the agency.


The agency said it was expecting an autopsy on the child, but results would not likely be available for several weeks. An initial diagnosis by physicians at Providence hospital listed the cause of death as septic shock, fever and dehydration, CBP said.
Source:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/7-year-old-migrant-girl-taken-into-border-patrol-custody-dies-of-dehydration-exhaustion/2018/12/13/8909e356-ff03-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html?utm_term=.9afb89c15e35





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273default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:48 pm

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I am repulsed by how biased and partisan is our country.  I am repulsed by how Trump and his immigration agencies view immigrant children and their families as animals.  I am repulsed by how bigoted, hateful, cold and callous the Trump administration and his immigration officials are.


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274default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:14 am

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What an absolutely scary, surreal time that my country and the world is going through.   In my humble opinion, He-who-shall-not-be-named looks unstable, uninformed, and uncaring of the health, safety and welfare of our military, of our allies, of the people of our country, of the rule of law, of human rights--he only cares about his small base who wear blinders on 24/7 and who dream of a different time and blindly follow this one person, their nationalist leader.


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