Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Republican Plan To Fix The Affordable Care Act

Cathy McMorris Rodgers proudly announced the release of their proposed legislation on Facebook.

"You can read the full text at GOP.gov/ReadTheBill," she said.

If you've ever looked at legislation that amends other legislation, figuring out what it all means can be a daunting task. Many comments on McMorris Rodgers's post expressed that frustration and people were asking what this meant. Needless to say, she did not provide specifics.

I took a look at one part that references Medicaid.

I used the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute site as my reference for the law and checked out what 42 USC 1396a, Subsection (a)(47)(B) had to say. 

There are links within the subsection to follow and read but after a half hour or so I finally figured out that the Medicaid expansion that was implemented by the Affordable Care Act was being terminated as of Jan 1, 2020.

So basically, this section could have been titled, This Is Where We Screw The Poor.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Clean Elephant

I've been commuting on my Elephant NFE all winter. Actually since August. I find it funny and surprising that the Schwalbe Thunder Burt tires did so well on the snow and ice. I kept them at around 25psi. I still had some "Whoa!" moments but I never went down. Yesterday I gave it a good scrubbing and got all the winter grime off. I'm going to give it a break and ride my commuter to work for a while.  Next up for the NFE is a thorough exam and tune up. I have the Oregon Outback ride coming up at the end of April with my brother John and son Geoff.

Because History Has Shown That Banning Books Works So Well

An Arkansas legislator has submitted a bill to ban books and works written by Howard Zinn from the public schools. The Zinn Education Project has responded.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Yesterday's Morning Commute

I rode alongside the Spokane River. Both it and Latah Creek and running fast and high. Me? Not so much.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Gotta Get Ready

I have a ride on the Oregon Outback route coming up in two months and I've had enough of the snow and ice keeping me from getting some good rides in. Today I made sure my commutes were over ten miles each and included some climbing.

My ride home after work.

The beginning of the descent down Houston Road.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Asking Questions With Loaded Answers

State Representative Matt Shea, District 4-R, is asking anyone on his mailing list to take his online survey.  I don't think he would care if anyone pointed out to him that his answers could influence how people answered. But I find this sort of thing interesting. 

Here's one example:

Hmm, I'm 100% sure that prosecutors do not determine sentences. Regardless, I came up with another set of answers to this question that may or may not serve his survey well.

Yes - I believe in the sanctity of live.
No - The people should be able to have a choice in meting out punishment.