I'm a father, a teacher and--yes--a Christian who enjoys promoting liberalism and small-r republicanism. In other words, I have no friends...except here @ The Scene.
Conservatives love to use "earlier estimates" to get a policy to debate with itself and subsequently go nowhere (which is their ultimate goal). "If the first estimate wasn't right, how do we know this one is?" is an invitation to circular reasoning.
According to this Blue Cross/Blue Shield white paper, there are 963,000 Tennesseans without health insurance--a gap between those who at the bottom who are already on TennCare (1,915,000), and those with health insurance, 3.5 million (just 55% of the population).
The goal of the Affordable Care Act is to narrow this 963,000-Tennessean gap--from below with the expansion of Medicaid/TennCare, and from above with lower prices in the marketplace and subsidized plans for the working class.
When you realize the enormity of the need, quibbling about Democratic numbers or BC/BS numbers is pretty ridiculous, if you ask me.
One thing I notice about the textbook-censorship crowd is that they tend to put a little too much faith in books of all kinds (and brainwashing of many kinds, too).
There was an election 11 months ago. Does anyone remember that? The American people could have turned their backs on health care access. They didn't.
The winner of the next presidential election won't be the party which try to turn back the clock to the 20th Century either. I really think Rightists have painted themselves into a corner with their "it'll never work" rhetoric. Because when/if it does--and it will--their party will disappear into the Dustbin of History, just like the Federalists and the Whigs before them.
Considering that Texas got Sam Houston (and Davy Crockett) from Tennessee, I would consider it recompense of historic magnitude.
Where's the DNC in all of this? I read about all these super-organizers who kept Ohio and Florida blue, yet TNDP has to limp around with a skeleton staff like this?
We have a one-party state that has lowered the bar on competence, can't seem to create jobs, and is in the process of chasing the biggest job creator of the past two decades (the health care industry) out of the state. Come on, this isn't rocket science.
I work with high school kids, and I fear that the financial fears may be overblown. I see students talking themselves out of college because of finances they haven't bothered to really examine. With Hope, and income-aligned scholarships education is within reach--in a number of Middle Tennessee counties (like Sumner) community college is all but paid for.
To me, the missing element is work. If a college education is so valuable, the student should be willing to work for it--even if it takes a year or two extra to make sure the bills are paid. (That's far better than spending 8-10 years working off the debt.) A college education is an investment worth more than $1 million over a lifetime, and I think students should be pro-active about this fact, not scared away.
Rodgers has served in a "pro-life" legislature that couldn't adequately oversee DCS and protect children's lives. She has served in a pro-business legislature that couldn't create jobs. I'd say she's going to find re-election pretty easy.
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