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HeathCare deadlines 4/11/12

I got a 136 page 8 ½ X 11 inch booklet (with a 23 page appendix) from my friendly commercial health care insurance company. On page 78 they explained to me that if I was receiving home health care, skilled nursing care or rehabilitation care and they decided to stop paying for my care, they would give me a letter that they were going to stop paying at least two days before they stopped paying. On page 80 they also tell me that if I want to appeal their decision I must act quickly.

FrackingTax Realities 4/5/12

The Columbus Dispatch praises Kasich’s proposal to increase the severance tax on gas and oil from fracking and use the revenue to reduce the income tax. The Dispatch gushes that giving people “a chance to hold on to more of their own tax dollars is the kind of real stimulus that can propel an economy.” Let’s test their enthusiasm. The income tax currently brings in approximately $8.3 billion dollars. Applying the Dispatch’s estimate that the severance tax “could reach” $500 million annually. If all of that money were expended in lowing the income tax rate, it would lower the rate by 6%.

Speakers at Chairs Club Tomorrow (posted 3/28/12)

Chairs Club will host former state senator Fred Strahorn, currently working for the Ohio Democratic Party, and Adrienne Roy from the Obama campaign. We ask that anyone coming to the Chair's Club please bring an item from the Wish List from the Headquarters for Adrienne to take with her. It will be much appreciated.

Lies on the Affordable Care Act 3/21/12

As usual you can tell when a Republican is lying—his mouth moves. The latest is the claim of a great increase in the cost of the Affordable Care Act. Rob Portman says, “The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the President’s health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over the next decade, nearly double the projection when signed into law.” The projection when it was signed into law was for the years 2010-2019. Remember that most of the law doesn’t start until 2014, so the earlier projection contained four years with minimal costs.

Contact Me on Responses to Ads 3/13/12

If you see an ad or hear a rumor you think should be answered, contact me, Jim Bode, at bode.1@osu.edu and tell me about it. I'll do some research and give you some talking points for your friends and neighbors. Even if you can answer it yourself, contact me and tell me how you answered it and I'll put it up here so that others can see it. The more we all are able to spread the truth, the better for everyone. Talk to your friends and neighbors! Make sure they hear the truth. People too often dismiss "preaching to the choir." That's a mistake.

The So-Called war on Catholics 3/9/12

The Republicans and conservative columnists are all clutching their pearls over the Obama administration's supposed attack on religion--in particular the Roman Catholic Church. First of all the original order specifically excluded churches and all purely religious institutions. It was only employers who were engaged in non-religious activities such as hospitals that, while associated with a religion, had employees not of that religion and served a mixed audience. The revision puts the burden on the insurance company to pay for the contraceptive coverage for those employers.

Didn’t Vote in The Primary? Shame! 3/7/12

We needed you at the primary. I warned you that the school levy was likely to go down to defeat because more Republicans were likely to turn out. We lost by 100 votes. One hundred! In 2010 too many couldn't be bothered to vote and we got Kasich and a Republican house in both Ohio and D.C. In Ohio that got us SB5. In D.C. we got automatic resistance to every effort to improve the economy and playing chicken with raising the debt limit. We need you on every election and not just general elections but primarys as well.

Connie Miller & St. Patrick’s day Parade 3/3/12

Saturday, March 10, is Lima’s St. Patrick’s Day annual parade down Main Street in downtown Lima. It will be the first opportunity for Connie Miller for ALL of Us to appear at a public event. I need a good show of support as numbers mean a lot in showing the strength of our campaign. We are working to get vehicles for those who cannot walk the parade route. Ron had successful knee replacement surgery on 2-29, so he will not be walking. I will definitely be walking IF I CAN GET ENOUGH PEOPLE TO JOIN ME.

Another Obama Foreign Policy Triumph 2/29/12

North Korea announced today that it had agreed to stop uranium enrichment, allow in U.N. inspectors and suspend missile and nuclear tests. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserve great credit for this step. It is of course only a first step and we will have to wait and see if North Korea follows through on their commitment. Nevertheless, given the bellicose threats which North Korea has been making in recent months, this is a real turnaround. Republicans of course will find something to complain about since their attitude is to blame the President first.

The President’s Job Creation Record 2/4/12

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