Long Term Unemployment and the Road Back

This is a great spot from Phil Murphy. You may have heard that Phil is running for Governor of New Jersey, and that is not beside the point, but this ad is done in the frame of Phil’s New Start Career Network and was actually released in the summer of 2016.

I have been one of those fortunate enough to have spent only a small period of my working life unemployed, and even at that is was in mid-career and not at the point where one worries that ageism will be a factor in making it back into the work force.

The sentiments expressed by the spot’s protagonist, Cliff, ring true, It is surprising and devastating how quickly perceptions of self esteem and self worth fall away, when one spends even modest amounts of time out of work.




Trump’s Chocolate Cake Interview

This is the full “Chocolate Cake” interview that Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo did with Trump on April 12, annotated by Aaron Burke of the WaPo.

Trump goes into issues about as deeply as he is able, which is to say it is a mare’s nest of contradiction, misconception, simple confusion and self promotion. Ms. Bartiromo provides the yes’s and right’s to him rolling, and occasionally throws him a softball by disparaging Obama or wondering why Trump’s policies are so misunderstood.

Only Trump could deliver such an interview, which is rich and chocolaty from start to finish, only Fox could deliver it as if it were normal “President speak”

I defy actors in the public or in the private sphere to read this interview and come to any plan of action for just about any particular thing based on the road map laid out here.


Standard & Poor’s Global Credit Portal: The U.S. ACA Individual Market Showed Progress In 2016, But Still Needs Time To Mature

The numbers are in. In line with S&P Global Ratings’ forecast, 2016 was a marked improvement for most U.S. Blue Cross Blue Shield (Blues) insurers’ operating performance in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual market. But target profitability is still a couple of years away.

Looking forward, we expect insurers, on average, to get close to break-even margins in this segment in 2017. But 2018 and beyond are still uncertain given potential legislative changes to the U.S. health insurance market and the pending legal battles over the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidy. If the market continues unaffected, with a few fixes rather than an overhaul, we expect 2018, or Year 5 of the ACA individual market, to be one of gradual improvement with more insurers reporting positive (albeit low single-digit) margins. But if there are significant changes to the individual market, or if CSRs are made null and void, the market essentially has to restart with a new set of rules.https://www.globalcreditportal.com/ratingsdirect/renderArticle.do?articleId=1828594&SctArtId=421970&from=CM&nsl_code=LIME&sourceObjectId=10047007&sourceRevId=5&fee_ind=N&exp_date=20270408-00%3A16%3A31

House Republicans May Have Saved Trumpcare by Making It Even Crueler

The proposal is to eliminate ten essential benefits that, according to the Affordable Care Act, must be offered as part of any insurance plan. Those benefits are:

• Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services


• Emergency services

• Hospitalization

• Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care

• Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy

• Prescription drugs

• Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover

• Laboratory services

• Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management

• Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children


Ezra Klein on the perverse reality of the Republican health care bill

Ezra Klein digs into the nuts and bolts of the initial Republican alternative to the ACA, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). His analysis is useful for bringing the main features of the bill into stark relief and for giving a preliminary assessment of the political damage it portends. The amazement he expresses at Paul Ryan’s tweet celebrating the CBO report makes watching to the nearly 6 minute video worthwhile. Highly recommended.


ACA Medicaid Expansion Helped NJ Save Millions in Charity Care

“Gov. Christie made the right decision for our state to expand Medicaid to more individuals, and it has had a real impact,” Betsy Ryan, president of the New Jersey Hospital Association, wrote in an op-ed published recently in NJ Spotlight. “But if the ACA is repealed without an adequate replacement, the number of uninsured will spike. Hospitals will provide the care needed, but it will require a reinvestment of state dollars into the charity-care pool to adequately pay hospitals for that care. If the reinvestment doesn’t occur, many New Jersey hospitals will struggle financially.”


Chester Democratic Committee

This is what democracy looks like! Standing room only at the Chester Dems’ first meeting Sunday afternoon at the Chester Library. Sincere thanks to all who attended; we look forward to engaging with you over the coming weeks and months to make sure your views and voices are represented at every level of government. For those who were interested in the meeting but could not join us this time, our April meeting information will be posted this week. Bring a friend and get involved – together we are strong!

Thanks as well to our wonderful slate of speakers: Dr. Rozella Clyde (RozellaClyde4Freeholder), Lisa Bhimani, Tom Moran, and Richard Corcoran (Bhimani, Corcoran & Moran for NJ LD25), and Mark Zinna (Mark Zinna). You were informative and interesting, and we appreciate your commitment to promoting Democratic values in New Jersey.