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American Future Fund recently released a political add in Arizona for Vernon Parker. Who is American Future Fund. American Future Fund is an Iowa based 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization. "AFF enjoys a tax status from the Internal Revenue Service as a social welfare, tax-free 501(c)(4) organization, which permits it to accept secret donations and engage in some political advocacy." AFF's heavy spending on politics (9.6 billion) begs the question: is its primary function social welfare, as the IRS intended, or political activity? If it's main purpose is to support Social Welfare as their name implies then they need to change their tune concerning Democratic Candidate Kyrsten Sinema who happens to support social programs.
To qualify for this special status, an organization cannot spend the majority of its money on politics, and its primary advocacy must be on issues. AFF was founded by individuals who worked for Mitt Romney's 2008 Presidential Run. Nick Ryan founded the organization in 2007 , with Nicole Schlinger,( a GOP leader in Iowa) as its president. Its current president is Iowa Republican state Senator Sandra Greiner. These individuals do not support social programs and purport the end of social security and medicare. The organization also has close affiliation and networked to the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove. It's Ironic that it would have a social welfare status with the IRS as it's priorities are to eliminate social security and medicare for our seniors. Recently, abcnews15 advocated the suspension of adds against Vernon Parker aired by the DCCC claiming the ad to be misleading in that Vernon Parker never stated that he would eliminate social security or medicare. He didn't have to. AFF is doing the talking for him.
Remember the donations Romney claimed on his tax return to Charities. The American Future Fund is considered to be one of those Charitable Donations that Corporations like Bain and millionaires like Romney can make in order to elect politicians Vernon Parker. Tell Iowa, the Kock Brothers and Karl Rove no. We don't need their outside influence telling Vernon Parker how to vote.8 months ago
Healthcare and those that really pay for it.
Wait for it...Wait for it...
When the light bulb goes off in the brain and we have one of those eureka moments,
some of us think to ourselves...duh!
I recently had one of those duh moments and I'd like to share it with you. I know...I'm changing the subject, but in a round about way it comes back to ACA.
The thing that amazes me are the numbers being tossed around. When I was kid
growing up in Montana, one the first things I had to do early in my elementary years was count to a million and write it down on paper. That's cruel and unusual
punishment in my humble opine. Now that I'm sixty, I'm glad I did.
I started looking at the State Numbers on Medicaid and no this isn't going
where you think it is...but I like numbers. They speak volumes to me.
Arizona had over nine billion in medicaid costs. Seventy eight percent of that
went to acute care. Eighty four percent of that went to managed care and
...intended to reduce unnecessary health care costs through a variety of mechanisms, including: economic incentives for physicians and patients to select less costly forms of care; programs for reviewing the medical necessity of specific services; increased beneficiary cost sharing; controls on inpatient admissions and lengths of stay; the establishment of cost-sharing incentives for outpatient surgery; selective contracting with health care providers; and the intensive management of high-cost health care cases. The programs may be provided in a variety of settings, such as Health Maintenance Organizations and Preferred Provider Organizations."
We can break this down further, but the one thing that strikes me as at least curious
Eighty four percent of the medicaid spent in Arizona goes to state programs that
manages health care needs rather than providing healthcare needs. Arizona gets
six billion dollars annually to manage healthcare needs?
And you thought it was Anchor Babies.
Maybe we don't need to inflate our medicare and medicaid...We don't need it.
I think those Doctors and Hospitals would be better served by a system that
actually covers our medical needs rather than leave us scatching our heads
listening to some political pundit tell us about managed care. I thought we were getting rid of all politicians.
It's true...you will have to pump up medicaid and medicare if you want to keep it
But who really wants to keep it. Do you Mr. Taxpayer. I'm a Democrat (OK I live in
Arizona) and I don't want to keep it..
Wait for it...Wait for it...
The only ones that stand to lose billions on this deal are those that manage our
healthcare needs to nothing. Our Governor and the Republican Party that
brought us quality managed healthcare. I didn't think there were that many
Medicaid Patients in Arizona. Now I understand why.
Of that six billion...you do the math, my brain already hurts...eighty four percent
of seventy eight percent goes back to the State. I think that's somewhere between
four and five billion.
Four billion to administrative costs. How many state employees did Gov Jan put on
leave of absence because she just didn't have the funds to pay wages. I wager none of them worked in that department that managed those health care costs.
With ACA, you don't need managed health care in Arizona or Florida or Texas
or any other state for that matter. The only thing getting beefed up in those states is
somebodies back pocket and I'll guarantee you it ain't the Anchor Babies.
But this is all getting off track...I need to get back to the source of who actually
pays for all this healthcare.
I didn't know that the Federal Reserve Bank not only prints and stamps our money
(outsourced jobs...you gotta love em) but they also charge US interest.
Before our money hits our pockets the ones that own our money...yep...the
Federal Reserve Bank (LIGHT BULB) loans it too us. I think we need to talk to there
boss the FEDS. What? There not What?
The Federal Reserve Bank is owned by bankers under the label of a
Corporation...Auntie Em...Auntie Em it's the wicked warlock of the East.
They could be a woman...it could happen.
Let me see if I got this straight and please correct me if I'm wrong.
The Federal Reserve Bank is a privately run bank owned by individuals under
a corporate flag that owns US money. They print it (I'm sure costs are involved
there) and then loan it to whom...other banks...the US Federal Government...
other corporations. Then they charge US interest and we're in debt before the
money hits the fan...US. We're what...fourteen trillion in debt to this outfit. And
you thought social security was sucking US dry. Even Germany showed
mercy to Greece.
Maybe it isn't healthcare we should be concerned with...maybe it isn't social
security we should be concerned with...maybe it's those folks down at the
Federal Reserve Bank that regulate all banks. Is the Federal Reserve Bank
Who pays for our healthcare...I guess you might even say the Federal Reserve
Bank does...well that's not quite true either...they just loan us the money with
interest to pay for it. Could that be considered a tax on your health care benefits...
Sick em ISSA.
Here's an idea...What backs the money down at the Federal Reserve Bank...
LIGHT BULB!11 months ago
"For years, Americans have been abundantly blessed with a mostly free-market health-care system in which competent physicians at state-of-the-art health-care facilities deliver the latest medical care"
If you can afford it...I'd rather pay eighty dollars (man that is one heavty duty tax, mandate or penalty their dumping on us) a month payment. I guess one persons health insurance premium is another persons tax, mandate or penalty.
Susan obvioulsy didn't hear about the woman that died of cancer because she didn't have affordable health care. The President gave her sister a hug...I didn't see any republicans doing the same. We may have the best healthcare...but I guess if you can't afford that Premium or that Tax or that Mandate, you don't deserve to live. Be careful what you wish for Susan.
"Has anyone noticed Democrats are always talking about strengthening the middle class, and yet almost all of their legislation ends up hurting it?"
I just love Republican Smoke Screens...wave something over here while doing just the opposite of what you preach over their.
I do taxes...I come from a family of Certified Public Accountants...and Susan severly misleads on the cost to the middle class. First...if you make under that two hundred and fifty thousand...well let's put it this way, I haven't seen medical deductions for the middle class like these in years. I usually skip over healthcare
deductions...I won't be doing that in the near future with deductions that will more than offset the premium, tax, mandate or whatever label you want to put on it. For most of us in the majority that make under that two hundred and fifty thousand, I highly recommend this plan...yeah I'm not Stephen over at the Wall Street Journal, but I'll guarantee you that his boss makes over that 250 limit...you know...the editor.
Susan also failed to mention the eighty/twenty rule. If your healthcare costs less than eighty percent of the premium paid, you get a refund. That might help pay for that tax, mandate or penalty.
I can understand why susan is so upset about paying an excise tax, I'd be upset too if down the road I wanted to improve my looks (trust me...they ain't worth improving) I'd have to pay the excise tax on Cosmetic Surgery. Susan, if you're going to break it down...give us the truth and not your version of "Lies, lies, and more lies". The rich will pay that excise tax for services rendered...can they afford it...more so than that woman who died of Cancer could.
I think Susan is correct though, "Medicare will be protected: Well, not actually. Funding cuts of more than $500 billion, in addition to more than 150 new provisions, will affect quality care. Like any business, physicians cannot remain in practice when their profits don't keep pace with costs to do business. Susan...doctors have had the shackles removed...they can do more procedures...they don't have to deny services based on insurance company needs or medicaid payments.They will make more money from ACA then they ever thought of milking out of Medicaid or Medicare or VA medical center services because insurance companies love to deny coverage. Something ACA doesn't despite you claim it actually decreases coverage and services rendered.
Doctors...can't live with em and you can't live without em from the insurance companies point of view...but insurance companies can dictate which services they can render down at that fancy hospital you so proudly waved in our faces.
With no restrictions on doctors, I think those physicians will be free to practice medicine as they see fit to save lives and not the insurance company version of it or a republicans..."let em die".
Susan, If you don't need the 500 billion that goes to the States for medicare and medicaid costs...yes...by all means eliminate them. That's the great thing about ACA...we don't need them anymore...I'm sure alot of republicans are crying in their milk this morning here in Arizona when they realize that fed funding for their pet projects will dry up soon. like I said...the states may get funding from the feds for all kinds of healthcare needs, unfortunately the mandate isn't there that forces that fed funding for healthcare programs at the State Level. I wonder what Arizona did with the six billion in federal funding for healthcare programs...cover a bunch of SB1070 and other legal costs like the supreme court decision.
I wonder how much that editor over at the Wall Street Journal makes annually to review the article you so proudly wave in front of us by Stephen Moore.
"Section 1411 of the law will levy a 3.8 percent "Medicare tax" on capital gains, dividends, rents and royalties." Susan, most of us down here in the middle class trenches that I'm in don't have tons of money going to off shore accounts for tax evasive purposes and we most certainly don't have concerns when it comes to capital gains, dividends, rents and royalties...only the wealthy need concern themselves with those one percent goodies. My tax liability last year was zilch nada nothing in that category and I make under one hundred and twenty thousand a year.
The Alternative...the State of Arizona continues paying three billion out of pocket each month for medicaid and loses the six billion from the fed. No mandate...maybe we need one. Eliminate the need for Medicaid and Medicare and eliminate the three billion need in the state budget. As one that does taxes...the feds can cut five hundred billion from the fed budget by eliminating the
those funds going to the State Level...of course...a number of Republican held legislatures and governors are screaming bloody murder at losing those billions for their pet projects. The bottom line. ACA will provide better medical services at the private level by putting more money into those hospital and doctors wallets making healthcare better than they could have ever hoped by receiving funds from the State or private insurance companies.
"Obamacare will not add to the deficit: Democrats' pants should be on fire for this promise. Research done by experts at the Heritage Foundation reveals Obamacare is "a trillion-dollar budget buster"
One of my favorites...the Heritage Foundation...run and operated by the Koch Brothers...hmmmm...The ones that launched the political WMD against Obama and his health care. Beg the questions...how much did you get from that band wagon to write this heavily biased article...maybe your complaining because that payment you took from the Koch Brothers for this article put you over the two hundred and fifty thousand dollar limit.
Here's a trillion dollar budget buster for you Susan. The Federal Reserve Bank....no...not part of the federal government...a privately owned and operated corporation...run by bankers That charges this country to print and stamp our money and lest I forget...they charge interest on that money to print or stamp it, which means this corporation creates a debt for the US before that money is ever spent. Correct that mess and I might buy into Koch Brothers healthcare plans that only benfit the few.11 months ago
When both JT and Pearce support SB1070, it demonstrates the anti human rights sentiment that runs amuck in this State. All that money wasted on battling SB1070 in the Supreme Court because people like Ready, Pearce, Horne, and Governor Brewer hate people from south of the border. People trying to escape the drug cartels death squads in Mexico. I think these right wing pundits need to go read that inscription about how we should treat new immigrants to the United States. Obviously, these right wing pundits could care less about people or their humanity...they just care about how much money they can rake off federal funds coming into this state to the one percenters and right wing pundits. You may be right Anita that Pearce and the Republican Party dumped JT Ready; however, it hasn't stopped their just as hateful position on SB1070, which tells me they are just as hateful and biased today as they were then. It may have been years ago that they dumped JT Ready, but their ideology is just the same today as it was then...they don't care about people...Sherrif Joe proves that everyday. Yes, JT was involved with the Republican Party and their Anti Human views in this State back then and even though they dumped JT because he was a bit too radical for public discourse, they still followed the same platform of bias and prejudice and continue that policy today with SB1070.
Of interest...Alabama took the same approach as Arizona with similar legislation and cracked down on illegal immigration. Illegal Mexican immigrants left the State in Droves. One of the largest crops in Alabama is cucumbers used to make pickles. When the Farmers realized they weren't going to be able to harvest their crops without the Illegal Immigrants and lose a multimillion dollar crop because they had no one to harvest it for them, Alabama changed it's laws again. Sometimes, as in this example and the one in Arizona, points out how republicans can't see past the end of their checkbooks until their own legislation comes back to bite them and it happens time in again in this country. We buy into the Republican policies and legislation that only hurts people to benefit the few. JT Ready, Horn, Brewer and their protector...Sherrif Joe.
May 13, 2012