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Minnesota insurance exchange to lose largest insurer -- donchaknow

It’s a major blow to the MNsure health insurance exchange – the insurance company with the lowest rates and the most customers signed up through MNsure will not be back in 2015.

The decision is expected to have a major impact on health insurance customers and the governor’s race.

Golden Valley-based PreferredOne Health Insurance has notified MNsure and the Minnesota Department of Commerce of its decision. Sources told KSTP’s Tom Hauser that MNsure CEO Scott Leitz was notified by phone Tuesday morning.

Leitz and PreferredOne CEO Marcus Merz released a joint statement about the decision:

“Today PreferredOne made the decision to not offer health plans through the health insurance exchange in 2015. Simply put, both organizations understand that MNsure is still an evolving partnership. This decision impacts 2015 enrollment. Consumers still have at least four, well-known, Minnesota based carriers who are committed to providing important health coverage to Minnesotans through MNsure, including people who qualify for tax credits and public programs. MNsure and PreferredOne will work closely to minimize impact to current enrollees in a PreferredOne Plan through MNsure.”

They're only covering ~60% of enrollees with 2nd place BCBS covering a distant 23% so I'm sure there's nothing to be worried about.

Right Gov. Dayton?

Apparently, on 9/11/14 someone threw Molotovs into Emmanuel Cleaver's office

Yes, THAT Emmanuel Cleaver, US Representative for the Missouri's 5th district and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Molotov cocktail hits Emanuel Cleaver office

A Molotov cocktail-like device was thrown through the window of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s district office in Kansas City, Missouri, early Thursday morning, lawmakers and police said.

Kansas City police were dispatched to Cleaver’s office shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday to find two broken bottles with paper towels sticking out of their necks underneath a broken window, police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson said in an e-mail. Officers also observed an odor smelling like lighter fluid, she said.

How ever shall we pay for this new war?!?!?

I'm seeing this refrain emerge over at the sister site:

So how are we supposed to pay for yet another war?

Nobody's been asking that. The American taxpayer is tapped out.

Did you even listen to the President?

Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression.

Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.
Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day – and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

See? Right there. We're in better shape than ever.

you forgot the sarcasm thingy!

Didn't think it necessary.

WOW! Not only are they all a-flutter over the supposed crushing debt they're actually openly mocking Obama's claims the economy is doing well!


Karl Rove, to the Customer Service desk. Your next set of campaign ads is ready for pick-up.

But wait a minute!

Just like there is no spoon there is no debt crisis. No really! I read it on DU!

President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis


There has been no shortage of dire warnings about the mounting US national debt, but President Obama is now offering a different assessment: no big deal.

“We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt,” President Obama said in an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos for “Good Morning America.” “In fact, for the next 10 years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place.”

It’s an assessment that will throw cold water on the latest attempt to achieve a so-called grand bargain to reduce the deficit. After all, a grand bargain would require excruciatingly difficult decisions for both sides — for Republicans, it would mean raising taxes, and for Democrats, cutting future spending on cherished programs like Social Security and Medicare. If there is no crisis, why would either side do it?

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Yavin4 (19,914 posts)

2. The whole debt/deficit crisis is a political tactic designed to destroy the publlic's faith in...

social programs which have benefitted millions of Americans and has helped grow the economy. Republicans know that taking on social programs directly like Soc. Sec., Medicare, Medicaid, Education, etc is a losing proposition. The American people don't want them eliminated.

So, they have to go after their funding. They have to make the argument that these programs cannot exist because there is no funding for them which is complete hogwash.

So which is it? Do we or don't we have a debt crisis?

I'm thinking it's just a matter of whether or not the money gets spent on things the little partisan hacks prefer.

But I can be somewhat sympathetic to that. On this score I'm probably the last person who could throw stones.

I know I'm a strong advocate for national defense but I have to be honest, if ISIS were to threaten San Francisco or Austin or New York or some other liberal enclave with a nuke I'd be hard-pressed to get off the couch to oppose it.

Anyhoo...lemme know if y'all ever sort out your talking point about whether or not debt is good or bad.

NOTE: I'm still at a loss to know how spending tax dollars to pay people to not produce any goods and services is economically beneficial but paying people to support the "MIC" is economically bad. I will at least admit military spending is bad if it is left unchecked as many a nation has bankrupted itself with war. And since the US is not a colonialist empire we're not making any revenue from our wars.

However, national defense is a constitutionally mandated responsibility for the government. Paying people to be unemployed is not.

Asking for ID? RACIST! Asking for proof of health insurance? YAY OBAMA!

But only Americans are subject to this force of law. Not only will a criminal immigrant NOT be required to show ID they will be allowed to not show proof of insurance coverage BUT they get medical treatment provided on the backs of the American taxpayer.

"Proof of health coverage, please."

The legitimate and legal government of Iraq is --

What should be done about the Soldiers violating Non-Disclosure Agreements?

A lot of Soldiers are violating Non-Disclosure Agreements they were required to sign in order to publically say Bergdahl deserted. This generally entails stiff criminal penalties, especially from a military perspective. How should the government deal with those who are violating these agreements?

Why, exactly, would I want to be a "Progressive"?

Leaving aside, for the moment, that "Progressive" remedies only exacerbate the situations they claim to alleviate I cannot fathom the appeal of the political Left.

What I see -- HABITUALLY -- is outright (there's no other way to put this) weakness. I am amazed what a bunch of simpering cry babies the Left truly is. Their every remedy is wholly dependent on someone else. The Left revels in poverty, sickness and dysfunction.

Even when they claim the moral high ground of combatting "greed" they are, in fact, greedy. Greed is when someone unduly wants something belonging to another. A business owner that has engaged in voluntary transactions has not engaged in greed any more than the consumer who engaged in greed sought out the best value for their money.

However, every solution offered by the Left involves a government-based mugging of both producer and consumer to be transferred to those who have done nothing to merit the money taken. What boon does the taxpayer gain in return for having their money stolen at gunpoint?

"Every welfare dollar nets $1.86 in economic activity!" they yelp.

Bravo Foxtrot Delta. How many more dollars of economic activity could we have gotten for that dollar is we hadn't washed it through the hands of the Welfare Industrial Complex? If government spending spurs economic growth then the WIC would have no complaints about the MIC.

And by what virtue does the Left cite to engage in their thievery? Presumably to assist those in need but "I exist ergo I steal" is no basis for a functioning, civil society. I exist as well and so do hundreds of millions more like me but it shall surely be a sign of the End Times the day the Left shows a modicum of care for us.

Moreover, it teaches people that as long as they are poor they are the favored class but as soon as they move beyond poverty they are to be hated and fined at every turn.

Which brings us to the crux of my argument: You need us more than we need you.

They produce nothing (the Kochs produce various products and services, Soros is a hedge fund parasite)

They will not eat without us. They will not have schools without us. They will not have medical care without us.
They aren't even smart enough to secure their own $20-a-month birth control. They're hopeless -- helpless! And they actually run around congratulating each other on being so.

And don't tell me, "Just you wait and see! The 99% will rise-up and take back everything stolen from us!"

Yeah. Whatever. Site down before you hurt yourself.

First, it's more like the 9.9%. Second, how?

Again, in testament to the Left's abject weakness they despise the military and vilify gun ownership. Is it really their intention to stage The Greatest People's Revolution EVAH! by taking on the working class (the ACTUAL working class) that also happens to be the one faction of the body politic that is also ardent supporters of the 2nd Amendment?

But it will never come to that. Like every other socialist failure, they will destroy legitimate business, breed cronyism and the people will simply take their economic interactions underground leaving the state to be strangled by its own hand.

Just imagine the giggling joy of watching Democratic enclaves the day the EBT cards run dry! What press conference or Executive Order will mollify tens of millions with no means to feed themselves? How will the Left strike a blow for "social justice" if their own constituents are tearing apart their own strongholds? And it will be the Left that reduced them to that condition with lies that self-sufficiency is impossible and prosperity is criminal.

In other words, the mere passive act of a lack of contribution by others is enough to defeat the Left.

The Left cannot survive on its own because it is not fit to survive.

Don't believe me?

Then please feel free to prove me wrong.
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