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New Congressional bill HR 708 allows health insurers to charge older Americans 5x more

Did you know that at present, Obamacare makes it legal for insurers to charge older Americans a health insurance premium that’s three times more than what younger Americans pay?

That, of course, is tantamount to an age health tax.

To make matters worse, a new bill in Congress means to actually INCREASE it to as much as 5 times or more. 

The bill is H.R. 708: State Age Rating Flexibility Act of 2017, the purpose of which is to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to increase the permissible age variation based on age for health insurance premiums for coverage offered in the individual or small group market from a factor of three to a factor of five, or to a factor determined by the state.

To top it off, this age-discriminatory bill was introduced by a Republican! — Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana). At present, there are no co-sponsors. On January 27, 2017, H.R. 708 was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Casey Dowd reports for Fox News, Feb. 16, 2017, that AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers lashed out against H.R. 708 in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond told FOX Business:

“This legislation has a simple explanation — it would be an age tax — charging older Americans not yet eligible for Medicare a penalty of five times what others must pay for health insurance. The term ‘age rating’ is Washington-speak for overcharging older Americans by thousands of dollars for their health care.”

According to a new study from AARP’s Public Policy Institute conducted by the independent actuarial firm Milliman, if H.R. 708 is passed, on average, adults age 60 and older would see their insurance bills go up by $3,200 — making their average annual premium a whopping $17,900.

LeaMond said:

“Seniors already spend one out of every six dollars on healthcare—they can’t afford to spend more.

A typical senior without insurance in the individual market has a median income of only $20,000.  Asking moderate and middle income older Americans to pay over $3,000 more out of pocket for insurance will put a major squeeze on other necessities.  And, this group is already dealing with added expenses from the high prices of prescription drugs.

Add to that the fact that many parents pay for their children’s insurance until they turn twenty-six, a bill many are happy to foot, but that certainly adds to their financial burden.”

LeaMond said this week, AARP launched a new campaign to stop the age tax that includes advertising and recess visits by AARP staff and volunteers to members of Congress in the states:

“Our latest efforts follow letters we have sent that lay out the negative impact of the age tax. The ads also come as an addition to AARP’s Medicare campaign, which takes on ‘premium support,’ a proposal that would harm Medicare beneficiaries by turning the successful program into a private voucher program.

We are encouraging our members to call their representatives in Congress at 844-617-2688 and urge them to oppose H.R. 708, the bill that would allow insurance companies to charge 50- to 64-year-olds thousands of dollars more for their health care. Remind Congress they should be standing up for their constituents, not insurance companies. You can also send a message to your Representative by going to the following website Opens a New Window. .

Contact info. for Rep. Larry Buschon:

1005 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4636

~Eowyn

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Is the NSA the real president of the United States?

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Is the NSA the real president of the United States?

By Jon Rappoport

The US intelligence community continues its war to kick Donald Trump to the curb and destroy his presidency.

Obviously, the NSA, the CIA, and their silent partners want to continue to run this country.

So they spy and leak, spy and leak.

We’ll get to the guts of the problem in a minute, but first a word from Bill Binney.

Breitbart: “William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official turned whistleblower, contended in an exclusive interview today that the National Security Agency (NSA) is ‘absolutely’ monitoring the phone calls of President Donald Trump.”

“Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001 after spending more than 30 years with the agency.”

“Asked whether he believes the NSA is tapping Trump, Binney replied: ‘Absolutely. How did…

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New Jersey Democrats push measures to protect illegal immigrants, vow to defy Trump

wisniewskiFrom Fox News: Sanctuary city advocates in one state with a Trump friendly Republican governor are digging in their heels in the face of President Trump’s threat to cut off federal funding.

Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey introduced bills this week calling on the state to reimburse so-called sanctuary cities that lose federal funding. And on Wednesday, Assemblyman John Wisniewski* introduced legislation designating New Jersey a “sanctuary state,” generally preventing law enforcement officers from initiating contact with immigration officials, and from using state resources for the purpose of enforcing immigration laws. *Wisniewski’s education includes a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

In addition, several towns that have significant immigrant populations have declared themselves sanctuaries, saying they will not reach out to immigration officials about illegal immigrants they arrest or provide a service to unless they are serious criminals or a national security threat.

“We are putting President Trump and his administration on notice,” said Wisniewski in written public announcement about his legislation. “New Jersey will not be a ‘willing partner’ to the unjustified and inhumane deportations of our neighbors and friends.” New York and California also have moved toward declaring their states sanctuaries for illegal immigrants.

Trump, who made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign, has issued executive orders and directives aimed at border security and tracking down and deporting undocumented people illegal aliens.

He directed the Department of Homeland Security to identify and publish a list of sanctuary communities. Although no strict definition of the term exists, it is generally used to describe communities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The New Jersey measures have little chance of passing, given GOP resistance and Gov. Chris Christie’s veto threat, said Ross Baker, a Rutgers University professor of political science. “It’s more of a gesture to the immigrant community,” Baker told Fox News. “It’s a message to them that they would be protected against hypothetical actions by the federal government.”

In Maplewood, Mayor Victor DeLuca consulted with police administrators before crafting a sanctuary ordinance that became final at the end of January. DeLuca said police officials said they did not want the responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws. “The police said ‘We don’t do it now,’” DeLuca told Fox News, “and there was a feeling on our part that wanted to make clear that there are distinctions between the role of the police department and the role of immigration officials.”

New Jersey has more than 500,000 illegal immigrants, according to estimates.

Republicans in the state legislature say they will not support sanctuary towns in any way. Christie, a Republican, says he will veto any legislation that would favor sanctuary cities.

Proponents of strict immigration enforcement say sanctuary communities are violating the law. “To have lawmakers in Trenton say ‘O.K., we’ll show the president, if they withhold funding, we’ll pay,’ is violating federal law,” said Ron Bass, founder of United Patriots of America, a New Jersey-based group that pushes for strict enforcement. “It’s like the state saying to sanctuary cities ‘You rob the bank, I’ll drive the [getaway] car.’”

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Neo-con Bill Kristol openly supports a deep-state coup: What this means for Trump’s presidency

On February 13, General Mike Flynn resigned from being President Trump’s national security adviser and apologized for telling then-VP-elect Mike Pence an untruth — that Flynn had not discussed the issue of sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Reportedly, Flynn resigned in lieu of being outright fired.

President Trump did the right thing in removing Flynn because he cannot have as his adviser someone who lies and who might have violated the law (Logan Act) in speaking with and negotiating with the Russian ambassador without Trump’s authorization.

But this matter is more than “just” the removal of a dishonest aide because it has to do with how Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador came to light in the first place. Only U.S. intelligence agencies could have accessed, by illegally wiretapping, Flynn’s conversation, and then leaked the transcript of the conversation to the MSM who are just chafing at the bit to find anything to take down Trump’s presidency.

In the last weeks of the Obama administration, the intelligence agencies were complicit in an effort to subvert the November 8 election with wholly unverified and unfounded allegations that Russia had intervened in the election by hacking and leaking to WikiLeaks damaging emails of the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and the chair of her campaign John Podesta. Trump responded that, as President, he will reform the intelligence agencies, beginning with the CIA.

At the time, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) darkly warned that Trump would be “really dumb” to take on the intelligence community because “they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you.” Asked if this was a threat against Trump, former Senator Ron Paul (R) said, “I think he [Schumer] is speaking the truth there — better watch out. I think Trump knows about it. That’s why he has private security.” (See my post “Trump’s war with the CIA”)

The take-down of Mike Flynn was the first shot at the Trump administration from the intelligence agencies that are bureaucracies in the executive branch of the U.S. government over which President Trump presumably is the head. The intelligence agencies’ illegal wiretapping of Flynn’s phone conversation and transmission of the transcript to the MSM therefore is an act of revolt, pure and simple. As Thomas Lifson of the American Thinker points out:

Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government. An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics. Almost certainly, its new head, [CIA Director] Mike Pompeo, was not consulted . . . .

Note that the law was broken by whoever leaked the transcripts to the media. Not only is the crime underlying the “scandal” being ignored, but the criminals are being hailed. On Morning Joe‘s first hour today, the host, a former congressman (i.e., a lawmaker) himself, called the leakers “heroes.” …

The Flynn Affair is a huge scandal, all right.  But the media are misdirecting our attention toward the lesser dimension while they studiously ignore the real threat to our democracy.

This interference in domestic politics by the CIA should be regarded as a major threat to our democracy, but of course our Trump-hating domestic media are reveling in a major point scored against the new president.

To make matters even worse, the leak of Flynn’s conversation is only one of several leaks from the Trump administration. In a series of tweets, President Trump identifies the problem:

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On the intelligence agencies’ takedown of Flynn, neo-conservative Bill Kristol, founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard and a network political commentator, tweeted:

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Kristol’s declaration that he prefers the unelected “deep state” to the constitutional government of duly-elected President Trump is nothing other than Kristol’s admission that he supports a coup d’état.

One of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans was “Drain the Swamp”. President Trump must thoroughly excise the rot in the intelligence agencies, beginning with the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) — Gen. Flynn would have been director of the NSA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the FBI must arrest the wiretappers and leakers, the reporters who solicited and received the transcript from an illegal wiretap, as well as Bill Kristol for openly advocating and fomenting treason against the United States (as per Article III of the U.S. Constitution).

The continuation of Trump’s presidency and his very life depend on it.

Pray for President Trump. Pray for America!

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H/t FOTM’s josephbc69

~Eowyn

Marriages, family & friendships break up because of 2016 election

Bloomberg reports that for 10 years, the American Psychological Association (APA) has been running a”Stress in America” survey, usually finding that stress is caused by three primary factors—money, work, and the economy.

Then came the 2016 presidential election.

So the APA added some election-related questions to its annual poll last August, and found that more than half of Americans (52%), both Democrats and Republicans, were anxious about the vote. Last month, just before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the APA conducted an additional poll to check on the nation’s mental health. The poll found that Americans’ stress levels in January were worse than in August: 57% of respondents said the current political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress. 

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll of 6,426 people across all 50 states in January-February, taken 3 months after the 2016 election, found that the rancor has not dissipated as it has in the aftermath of other recent contentious U.S. elections. The gulf between Republicans and Democrats actually widened from hardening of ideological positions, which makes political compromise more difficult and increases distrust in government. (Source: Reuters)

The contention and stress show in workplace, marriage, and friendship.

Workplace

According to a Wall Street Journal report, a new survey by BetterWorks Systems Inc. found that employees are spending a substantial chunk of their work hours reading, chatting and even clashing with their colleagues about politics, which leaves less time and attention for employees’ actual jobs. The poll of 500 full-time working adults conducted from January 31 to February 2 after President Trump’s first days in office found that:

  • 29% of workers report being less productive since the election.
  • 87% are reading social-media posts about politics during the workday.
  • More than a fifth read 20 or more posts, which adds up to an average of two hours a day spent talking or reading about politics.
  • 22% spend three or more hours each day on such activities.
  • Almost a third of those surveyed said their co-workers spend more time talking about politics than work.
  • Nearly half said they have seen a political conversation morph into an argument at the office since the November election.

Family and Friends

The January-February Reuters/Ipsos poll found that:

  • 17% said they had blocked a family member or close friend on social media because of the election, up 3 percentage points from October.
  • 39% of respondents reported arguing with family and friends over politics — a 6% increase since the height of the 2016 campaign last October.
  • 16% said they have stopped talking to a family member or friend because of the election — a phenomenon that more characterizes Democrat/Hillary voters, 22% of whom said they have stopped talking to a family member or friend.
  • Overall, 13% of respondents had gone beyond not talking to ending a relationship with a family member or close friend over the election, compared to 12% last October.

Arguing over Trump has become a bitter reality for many Americans. Some personal anecdotes:

  • Sue Koren, 57, a Clinton supporter in Dayton, Ohio, said she can barely speak to her two Trump-backing sons and has unfriended “maybe about 50” people on Facebook who support Trump. She said, “Life is not what it was before the election. It’s my anger, my frustration, my disbelief. They think our current president is a hero and I think he’s a nut.”
  • George Ingmire, 48, a radio documentary producer in New Orleans, said he broke off a close relationship with an uncle who had helped him through his father’s suicide because of his uncle’s fervent support for Trump. Ingmire said, “We had some back and forth and it just got really deep, really ugly. I don’t see this ever being fixed.”
  • LeShanda Loatman, 35, a black Republican real estate agent from Delaware who voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, has severed ties on social media with former co-workers and old friends over their support for Trump and their criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Rob Brunello, 25, a truck driver of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, said he’s faced a backlash from friends and family for backing Trump. Brunello said, “It’s been pretty rough for me. People couldn’t believe Trump could beat Hillary. They are having a hard time adjusting to it.”
  • William Lomey, 64, a retired cop in Philadelphia, no longer speaks with a gay friend he grew up with after they clashed on Facebook over the election. Lomey said, “Once people found out I had voted for Trump the stuff started flying. I questioned him on a few things, he didn’t like it, he blew up and left me a nasty message and we haven’t talked since.”

Marriage

Political and partisan divisions even broke up marriages.

Gayle McCormick, 73, a retired California prison guard who’s a self-described “Democrat leaning toward socialist,” separated from her husband of 22 years when he casually mentioned during a lunch with friends last year that he planned to vote for Trump – a revelation she described as a “deal breaker.”  McCormick felt “betrayed” by her husband’s support for Trump: “It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump. I felt like I had been fooling myself. It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger.”

Eventually, McCormick’s husband changed his mind about Trump and wrote in former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich in November. By then, McCormick had decided to strike out on her own. While the couple plans to vacation together and will not get divorced because “we’re too old for that,” McCormick recently settled in her own place in Bellingham, Washington because “It really came down to the fact I needed to not be in a position where I had to argue my point of view 24/7. I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life doing that.”

Some good news

The Reuters/Ipsos poll also found that:

  • Many people reported their relationships have not suffered because of the election. About 40% had not argued with a family member or friend over the race.
  • The election also enabled a significant number to forge new bonds: 21% said they became friends with someone they did not know because of the election.

How about you? Take our poll!

~Eowyn

Hillary Clinton loyalist invokes Pizzagate in tweet on Mike Flynn’s resignation

Philippe Reines, 47, is a Hillary Clinton loyalist:

  • From 2002–2009, he was Senior Advisor & Press Secretary for then Senator Hillary Clinton.
  • In 2009, Reines followed Hillary to the State Department as her senior advisor.
  • Reines was quickly promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications in 2010.
  • In the 2016 presidential election, he stood in for Donald Trump in Hillary’s debate preparations.

Reines is currently a “political consultant” and the managing director of Beacon Global Strategies LLC, a Washington, DC-based strategic advisory firm that claims to specialize in matters of international policy, foreign affairs, national defense, cyber, intelligence, and homeland security.

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Yesterday, General Mike Flynn resigned from being President Trump’s national security adviser and apologized for telling then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence an untruth — that Flynn had not discussed the issue of sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

Rejoicing at the news of Flynn’s resignation, Philippe Reines sent out this curious tweet, addressed to Flynn and his son:

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Less than 1½ hours after Reines sent that tweet, Hillary Clinton chimed in to support her former aide:

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Those who are familiar with the Alternative Media immediately know that Philippe Reines’ tweet is a reference to Pizzagate:

  • The word “Comets” in the tweet refers to Comet Ping Pong pizzeria, rumored to be a hub of D.C. pedophiles and child sex trafficking.
  • The words “pizza obsession” are an allusion to tweets sent by Mike Flynn and his son on Pizzagate.

On November 3, 2016, Mike Flynn sent out a tweet with a link to an article on True Pundit that the New York Police Department had found in the laptop former Congressman Anthony Weiner had shared with his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, emails and other content that implicate Hillary, her subordinates (such as John Podesta, the chair of her 2016 presidential campaign), and elected officials in serious crimes that include child exploitation and sex crimes with minors. Here’s Flynn’s tweet:

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3 days later on November 6, Mike Flynn Jr. tweeted this:

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The Flynns’ tweets led to an uproar in the MSM, with Washington Post, the BBC, and others all closing ranks in denouncing Flynn and his son, and Pizzagate as “baseless conspiracy theory” and “fake news” although to this day, no law enforcement or any MSM journalist has actually investigated Pizzagate, which leads of course to this question:

How do they know Pizzagate is “fake news” if no one had investigated it?

Two days after Mike Flynn Jr.’s Pizzagate tweet, he was forced to leave President-Elect Trump’s transition team.

All of which brings us back to Philippe Reines’ and Hillary Clinton’s goading tweets about Mike Flynn’s resignation. If Pizzagate indeed is “fake news” and an entirely “baseless conspiracy theory,” why are Reines and Hillary so obsessed with it?

To quote William Shakespeare, they “doth protest too much”.

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UPDATE (Feb. 15, 2017):

From this tweet of Philippe Reines lusting after Dallas actor Patrick Duffy, Reines is most likely a sodomist:

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~Eowyn

Disney Princesses Show the Terrifying Reality Facing Women in Trump’s America

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From mindsaymohan Instagram

Trump Derangement Syndrome on steroids.

From Glamour: Just days into his presidency, President Donald Trump began to take steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). After a midnight Senate vote left the road clear for Trump to gut the health care plan, millions of Americans stand in limbo—uncertain if they stand to lose the coverage they gained under the Act, and even more unclear on what plan Trump has to replace it. What is certain, however, is that the effects of repealing Obamacare will be devastating, especially for women (nevermind the fact that because of Obamacare, my health insurance premiums went up 80% this year and I have a crazy high deductible).

To help drive this point home, illustrator Maritza Lugo and writer Danielle Sepulveres employed their “god-given talents” to combat the “GOP’s war on women,” Lugo writes on Instagram. The Latina duo revamped their series of illustrations featuring Disney princesses attempting to go to the gynecologist (which first debuted last year as part of cervical cancer awareness month)—and it now includes the new, terrifying realities these princesses would face if the Affordable Care Act was repealed.

They include Elena of Avalor being turned away from Planned Parenthood, Aladdin and Jasmine forced to hold a funeral for their miscarried child, Belle having to pay out-of-pocket for birth control, Pocahontas being denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, and Tiana having trouble getting her HPV vaccine. Lugo draws the Disney illustrations, Sepulveres writes the captions, and the results are poignant, to say the least.

The picture above is of Elena of Avalaor, Disney’s first Latina princess, “going to Planned Parenthood to stand against the evil stepsisters of the GOP.” Belle “was super happy to get birth control. As someone who was dependent on it, finding out she was denied her refill will only make Belle’s life a little harder.”

Read the rest of the hyperbole here.

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