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Conflicted about repeal and replace

It's official. Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are dead - at least for now anyways.

I have to admit that I'm a little conflicted. On one hand, this means that none of my friends will lose their health coverage. On the other hand, it also means that my personal income won't double.

One of the provisions of Obamacare is a limit on how much insurance companies can spend on administrative costs. Commissions to insurance agents, by the way, is considered to be an administrative expense. Therefore, ever since the Affordable Care Act went into place, insurance companies have dramatically cut back or even eliminated the commissions paid to agents.

Eliminating the Obamacare would mean eliminating those restrictions on agent commissions and, in all likelihood, cause my income to double or even triple.

Oh, well.
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Tax deduction for going to a strip club?

A lot of things go through my mind during the course of a normal day. I blog about some of them. One the things that I have wondered is this: medical studies have shown that staring at women's breasts can improve a man's heart health and add as much as five to ten years onto his life. Sources for this information can be found in Men's Health, Fox News, and The Daily Record.
Therefore, if staring at a woman's breasts is good for a man's health (assuming that his wife and/or girlfriend doesn't kill him for looking at another woman's breasts) then could that same guy deduct the expenses associated with going to a strip club as a medical expense?
Looking at breasts is rather obviously one of the main reasons why a guy goes to a strip club, if not the sole reason. Looking at breasts does have documented health benefits, which could lead one to conclude that the dancers at those clubs are "qualified medical professionals" in the sense that they are qua…

Trumpcare negotiations break down

Negotiations between President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have apparently hit a major snag. A crucial vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care that was originally scheduled for tonight has been canceled with no clear indication as to when it might happen.

President Trump is only two months into his tenure. He still has time to make something happen here.

However, it is looking less and less likely that there will be a successful effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congress will start heading off to its summer recess in a few weeks. After that, we will only have a short window before everyone in Washington starts to focus on midterm elections.

Any bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act still has to clear its last hurdles in the House and then succeed in the Senate. There is still time for this to happen, but it's starting to look less and less likely.

Reviewing the American Health Care Act

I was going to write a lengthy post, critiquing the Republican establishment's idea to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) and replace it with the American Health Care Act (a.k.a..Trumpcare). I had a detailed post sketched out in my head for the whole thing.

Obamacare vs. Trumpcare. The Affordable Care Act vs. the American Health Care Act. It was going to be a beautiful, witty post.

Unfortunately, before I could finish actually writing my blog post on the Republican version of health care reform, John Oliver took to television. He promptly said everything that I was going to write.

Rather than repeat everything that John Oliver has already said about the American Health Care Act, I will simply embed his video above.

You win this round, John Oliver. You win this round.

I'm sure that the proposed American Health Care Act will evolve as it moves through the legislative process in Washington. I will have more to say about it as that happens.

Scorecard for the Trump Administration

It's official.After much rancor, Donald J. Trump now
the 45th President of the United States. I will make no secret of the fact that I didn't vote for him in either the primary or general elections. However, he is President and I wish him well.

As a man who campaigned on making America great again, I believe that it's important to establish a few important benchmarks. As time progresses, we can thus measure his performance or lack thereof. Here, therefore, is where America stands as of January 20, 2017.

Let's start with those statistics that revolve around jobs and income. President Donald Trump has his work cut out for him because this is where we start.

Unemployment Rates
U1 - 1.9U2 - 2.3U3 - 4.8U4 - 5.2U5 - 5.9U6 - 9.8Labor Force Participation Rate: 62.7

Median Household Income: $55,775

Percent of Americans Living in Poverty: 13.5%

The fact that U6 unemployment, which includes those who are only working part-time when they want to work full-time, is at 9.8% is perhaps …

What the Federal Marketplace

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a brilliant idea. Let's bombard ordinary Americans with phone calls and emails, telling them that they need to make a payment or they'll lose their health insurance.

And here's the super fun part -- once we scare the crap out of these people, we'll then make it super freaking difficult for them to make said payment.

I tell you, that sounds like the perfect idea. I think I should be working for HealthCare.gov with ideas like this one.

Obamacare deadline extended

The Federal Marketplace just extended their deadline for Americans to get coverage that goes into effect on January 1. Consumers now have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, December 19 to get signed up.

According to a statement released by the Federal Marketplace, this extension is due to the extraordinary volume of people who are signing up.