About 200,000 Idahoans are eligible to sign up for health care through Idaho's healthcare exchange (http://www.youridahohealth.org/). Plans will take affect January 1. Most people are finding the plan offers substantial savings, some as high as $500 a month over current rates. Those with incomes below 140% of the poverty rate, however, are not finding savings. The Affordable Care Act called for all states to expand Medicaid to cover such families. Some states challenged that provision in the courts and won. Until Idaho reforms Medicaid or Congress amends the ACA, these families will find inexpensive coverage.
The most widely talked of Republican demand is the "defunding" of the Affordable Care Act. .
Yet, Republicans vying to be noticed by donors capable of giving millions have, however, a list of demands. Robert Reich lists these items: "adoption of Ryan's tax-reform plan, construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, more offshore oil drilling, more drilling on federally protected lands, looser regulations around ash coal, a suspension of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of carbon emissions, more power over the regulatory process in general, reform of the federal employee retirement program, changes to the Dodd-Frank Act, more power over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s budget, repeal of the Social Services block grant, expanded means-testing for Medicare benefits, repeal of the public health trust fund and others.
From an e-mail by Dennis Sutton:
If you want a vibrant economy, support collective bargaining and a robust minimum wage.
If you want robust employment opportunities and a small business friendly ecology, support high value educational opportunities.
If you support family values, support every woman's ability to chose in both legislative rules and the family services and access to medical care services.
We are NOT part of the something-for-nothing crowd, we believe in husbanding resources and making small shared sacrifices today to obtain greater goods tomorrow.
We judge our society not by how rich a few get, but by the opportunities for the least powerful to grow and succeed.
We teach our children not to "bully," and to respect the Rights of others; isn't it time to demand the same rules in Idaho politics?
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