Facts about the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare…

Thursday June 28th will go down as a pivotal moment in President Obama‘s presidency, whether this will be a good or bad moment is yet to be determined as now President Obama will turn his complete focus to winning his re-election bid.  In that re-election bid President Obama will have another chance to sell the Affordable Care Act as Mitt Romney and the Republican congress will campaign against it.

Ezra Klein laid out 11 key facts about the Affordable Care Act in his WonkBlog:

  • By 2022, the Congressional Budget Office estimates (pdf) the Affordable Care Act will have extended coverage to 33 million Americans who would otherwise be uninsured.
  • Families making less than 133 percent of the poverty line — that’s about $29,000 for a family of four — will be covered through Medicaid. Between 133 percent and 400 percent of the poverty line —  $88,000 for a family of four – families will get tax credits on a sliding scale to help pay for private insurance.
  • For families making less than 400 percent of the poverty line, premiums are capped. So, between 150% and 200% of the poverty line, for instance, families won’t have to pay more than 6.3 percent of their income in premiums. Between 300 percent and 400 percent, they won’t have to pay more than 9.5 percent. This calculator from the Kaiser Family Foundation will let you see the subsidies and the caps for different families at different income levels.
  •  When the individual mandate is fully phased-in, those who can afford coverage — which is defined as insurance costing less than 8 percent of their annual income — but choose to forgo it will have to pay either $695 or 2.5 percent of the annual income, whichever is greater.
  • Small businesses that have fewer than 10 employees, average wages beneath $25,000, and that provide insurance for their workers will get a 50 percent tax credit on their contribution. The tax credit reaches up to small businesses with up to 50 employees and average wages of $50,000, though it gets smaller as the business get bigger and richer. The credit lasts for two years, though many think Congress will be pressured to extend it, which would raise the long-term cost of the legislation.
  • Insurance companies are not allowed to discriminated based on preexisting conditions. They are allowed to discriminate based “on age (limited to 3 to 1 ratio), premium rating area, family composition, and tobacco use (limited to 1.5. to 1 ratio).”
  • Starting in 2018, the law imposes a 35 percent tax on employer-provided health plans that exceed $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage. The idea is a kind of roundabout second-best to capping the tax code’s (currently unlimited) deduction for employer-provided heath insurance. The policy idea is to give employers that much more reason to avoid expensive insurance policies and thus give insurers that much more reason to hold costs down.
  • The law requires insurers to spend between 80 and 85 percent of every premium dollar on medical care (as opposed to administration, advertising, etc). If insurers exceed this threshold, they have to rebate the excess to their customers. This policy is already in effect, and insurers are expected to rebate $1.1 billion this year.
  • The law is expected to spend a bit over $1 trillion in the next 10 years. The law’s spending cuts — many of which fall on Medicare — and tax increases are expected to either save or raise a bit more than that, which is why the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will slightly reduce the deficit. (There’s been some confusion on this point lately, but no, the CBO has not changed its mind about this.) As time goes on, the savings are projected to grow more quickly than the spending, and CBO expects that the law will cut the deficit by around a trillion dollars in its second decade. Here’s its graph, which covers the period between 2012 and 2021:
  • In recent years, health-care costs have slowed dramatically. Much of this is likely due to the recession. Some of it may just be chance. But there’s also evidence that the law has accelerated changes in the way the medical system delivers care, as providers prepare for the law’s efforts to move from fee-for-service to quality-based payments.
  • The law’s long-term success at controlling costs will likely hinge on its efforts to change the way health care is delivered, most of which have gotten very little attention. They include everything from encouraging Accountable Care Organizations to spreading medical homes to penalizing hospitals with high rates of preventable infections to creating an independent board able to quickly implement new reforms through the Medicare system. A partial list of these efforts can be found here.

Without a doubt the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, it will need work as it is implemented.  When this bill is broken down and explained many Americans like what’s in the bill.


Instead of Republicans worrying about repealing Obamacare how about Republicans and Democrats work together to make the law better.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

You don’t believe in the Zombie Apocalypse….

You better think again!!!

So we all remember the dude that ate the homeless man face down in Miami during Memorial Day Weekend, and how it was being widely reported that the cause of face eater’s behavior was due to bath salts.

Not so fast, the toxicology report came back on the face eater and the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner could only find traces of marijuana.

So causes a man to freak out and strip naked and start eating the face of another man?

I tell you what… Being A Zombie!!!!

Go ahead and laugh, but what else can explain a random act of cannibalism?

Being a Zombie!!!

Stop fighting it folks and just prepare for the inevitable, and while you stock up on canned goods and ammo remember the Zombie Rules

Also we can add to the Zombie Activity List:

6/27 – Man Eats Dog!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Judgment Day for Obamacare aka Affordable Care Act!

Around 10am Eastern we will know the fate of Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) as the Supreme Court of the United State aka SCOTUS will deliver their decision concerning the constitutionality of the mandate.

Of course everyone has an opinion on what the decision will be but as folks like Ezra Klein and Lawrence O’Donnell will tell you, know whats what the decision of SCOTUS will be.  Whatever the decision, this battle of Health Care will be far from being over.

  • Millions of Americans will still be without health care
  • Health Care costs continue to rise, albeit at a slower rate
  • Republicans have no plan to replace the Affordable Care Act

The ability to support Americans with pre-existing conditions along with trying to give health care to low-income families would die with the lost of the mandate.  If you don’t believe me you can look to Washington state as an example of how taking away the mandate will lead to failure.  Check out Ezra Klein‘s article on the mandate in Washington state.

All in all Thursday June 28th will be a long day for both Republicans and Democrats, and it doesn’t matter which side SCOTUS rules in favor of.

And of course the REAL loser in all of this… THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!


As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Chuck Norris believes Pres Obama wants a Pro-Gay agenda in Boy Scouts

Come on Walker, Texas Ranger GTFOH!!!!!

This guy really believes that President Barack Obama is working on pushing a pro-gay agenda onto the Boy Scouts, HA!!

Where is Bruce Lee to kick Chuck’s ass?

The shame of the situation is that Chuck can write an opinion column about this nonsense and people will believe him.  The same idiots that believe Pres Obama and his administration started Fast & Furious to build an anti-gun campaign.  SMH, you don’t have to like Obama but do you really have to make stuff up?

I recall how Republicans would say actors should shut up about politics because they don’t know what they are talking about; we need some of those Repubs to step up now and tell Chuck Norris aka Walker, Texas Ranger to…..


As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Pres Obama, “Private Sector is doing fine…” WTH!!!

President Barack Obama

What will be a tight presidential race, President Barack Obama cannot afford to make any mistakes.  This morning during his press conference President Obama said the following,

“The Private Sector is fine…”

The president stated this while making a point that 4.3 million private sector jobs have been created since he took office….

SMH, ohhhhhhh Mr President!!!!!!

In light of a VERY weak jobs report last week (69K jobs created in May) and slow in growth, WTH was the president thinking saying such a thing?  This is a bad mistake by Obama who usually doesn’t make mistakes like this.  In a matter of minutes Speaker Boehner was tweeting about the president’s gaffe

“President Obama says “the private sector is doing fine” — millions out of work, 8%+ unemployment for 40 months #doingfine?”

On top of that Speaker Boehner and his right-hand man Majority Leader Rep Eric Cantor held a rebuttal press conference to address the president’s speech on the economy.  This was an already scheduled speech for the GOP and now this mistake by President Obama will be highlight of the GOP press conference.  Expect to see a nice attack ad from Mitt Romney and the Super PACs as soon as this weekend if possible if not it will be ready 1st thing Monday morning for the fresh news cycle.

It has definitely been a tough week for President Obama and Democrats, on top of this latest mistake the party had to deal with the loss in the Wisconsin Recall on Tuesday and former President Bill Clinton stating that NOT extending the Bush Tax Cuts would be bad for the economy.

This is a bumpy start to the re-election bid now that Romney will be the GOP representative, but it’s still early.  Obama and David Axelrod have to tighten things up, these mistakes are not campaign killers but this will be a close race and if mistakes like this keep happening….

These mistakes will soon become insurmountable!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – Gwyneth Paltrow and ‘N***@$ In Paris’….

Gwyneth Paltrow on stage in Paris with Jay-Z and Kanye West in Paris

Gwyneth Paltrow got herself into a little trouble over Twitter when she tweeted,

Ni**as in Paris for real @MrTeriusNash (the dream) tyty, beehigh say.ly/ySc3rTP

while she was at a Watch The Throne concert in Paris watching Jay-Z and Kanye perform their hit titled ‘Ni**@$ In Paris’.

I will admit, I am not comfortable with Paltrow tweeting this, but at the same time I don’t believe this should raise a stink. Would have been any better if Paltrow had tweeted the following:

Listening to ‘Ni**gas in Paris’, while in Paris!!

People want to get all uptight when non-Blacks say the N-word but its cool that Jay-Z and Kanye have a hit song basically glorifying the word for millions of fans. Those same fans who may 1st hear the censored version of the song on the radio, will be the same (predominately non-Black) fans who will buy the EXPLICIT LYRICS version of the album and walk around mouthing the N-word without hesitation.


Stop it folks, if you don’t want non-Blacks saying the word then you should not want ANYONE saying the word!

In no way do I believe Paltrow meant any harm but that doesn’t mean she is completely innocent in this matter, she should know better. Once again Twitter proves to be a lethal weapon where you can get caught up in the moment.

On yeah, if you didn’t already know Paltrow is a fan of hip-hop. She once appeared on a TV show in London and recited lyrics from NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton”, check my post Gwyneth ‘Rapping’ Paltrow from May 21, 2011.


Notice Paltrow censored herself….


As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Zombie Apocalypse!


In recent weeks we have all read the CRAZY stories that seem like scenes straight out of the movies….

Yeah man, this shit is crazy!!! WTH, I joke about the Zombie Apocalypse often as a I am fan of zombie movies and of the TV show ‘The Walking Dead’ but now it seems real life is imitating art.   So if the zombie apocalypse is upon us then here are some simple rules to keep in mind…

There are actually 32 rules and the rest are listed here; Zombieland Rules

What’s clearly obvious is if you see someone foaming at the mouth, chewing on someone’s face, or people formerly dead walking around with decaying body parts….  RUN AWAY!!!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!