From the daily archives: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Recent performance metrics for the Affordable Care Act have been looking good, and the announcement Tuesday by Ohio Senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown that $65 million stayed in the collective pockets of 78,000 Ohio seniors and persons with disabilities, instead of in the deposit accounts of pharmaceutical giants, is more commonsense proof that Obamacare is working as designed.

The average discount per beneficiary of $842 or $70 a month represents a significant savings from the higher cost of drugs before Obamacare became the law of the land. The news is good for Ohio, and should be for the […]

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez spent part of Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio, to spotlight successful training programs that will help students compete for jobs in a challenging 21st century economy.

The two Secretaries visited Toledo Technology Academy, a member of the Toledo Public Schools initiative that was recently awarded $3.8 million through the Youth CareerConnect grant program, a collaborative effort between the Education and Labor departments.

The grant is helping increase employer partnerships with the school system while allowing effective programs like the academy’s to expand and serve more students. Secretaries Duncan and Perez will […]

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An analysis Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation of the 2014 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ report shows Medicare spending growth has slowed in recent years and is expected to grow at a slower rate in the future than in the past, a reduction not envisioned just a few years ago.

Adding years of solvency to Part A, the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund seniors age 65 qualify for, wasn’t the only good news in today’s report. In what KFF called a “break from the historical pattern, net Medicare spending is projected to be a roughly constant share of the federal […]

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When Speaker John Boehner, the frightful leader of the GOP’s white-collar goon squad in the House, insists his lawsuit is not about him but rather a way to protect the Constitution against a rapacious president, don’t believe him. If it weren’t the Constitution, Boehner would surely find another ruse to put Barack Obama in his place. For the rest of us witnessing this Theater of the Absurd, we must steel ourselves for two more years against the frustrated congressman from southwestern Ohio, no matter the millions it will cost you and me.

The Constitution is a flaming buzz word on […]

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The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat, for Governor of Ohio Tuesday. The state’s largest police organization representing 25,000 active and retired law enforcement officers, also made endorsements for other statewide offices including the supreme court. The endorsements were made by the 313 delegates attending the 80th annual conference in Dublin, a Columbus suburb.

“The members of the Fraternal Order of Police are not experiencing ‘the era of good feeling’. The communities we serve are experiencing a heroin epidemic and rising property crime rates and our public safety forces do not have the resources they […]

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Ohio State Representatives John Adams (85th House District) and Wes Retherford (51st House District) are currently looking for co-sponsors for a bill that would “prohibit any state agency from entering into an agreement with the federal government to provide temporary housing for illegal immigrants.”   The bill would also “make any local government or private corporation ineligible to receive any state funding, including Local Government Funds, if they enter in to an agreement with the federal government to house illegal immigrants.”

Adams explains the reasoning behind the bill, repeating the false, xenophobic rhetoric of the Right: “Given the clear public health and […]

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