• Coach Bill commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Thanksgiving on The Muppet Show

    2014-11-27 22:29:07View | Delete

    All is well in Houston.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Thanksgiving on The Muppet Show

    2014-11-27 22:23:10View | Delete

    Evening Suz. Hope all is well with you.

  • Coach Bill commented on the diary post You Can Get Anything You Want at Alice’s Restaurant by Elliott.

    2014-11-27 12:17:05View | Delete

    Is this the group W bench?

  • ” Expecting regular people to become highly sophisticated and active insurance shoppers was never realistic.”

    Why should I have to be? I purchased homeowners insurance when I bought my house 25 years ago. My rates have crept up over that time but the increases were in keeping with average increases of all insurance over that period of time. I once spent 15 minutes getting a quote to save 15%. I showed it to my current provider who was quickly able to show that the policies were not equal.

    This agent and the company he represents have provided good service, including approving a new roof after hurricane Ike. How many of us have not paid a little bit more to work with a company that has provided good service? And why should any company be penalized for doing a good job?

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post No, the ACA Hasn’t Ended Medical Bankruptcy

    2014-11-26 09:41:58View | Delete

    ” It is a clear case of over promising and under delivering.”

    And lying. Plain old fashioned lying.

  • Coach Bill wrote a new diary post: The March for Ferguson: Houston

    2014-11-26 09:24:44View | Delete

    ThumbnailThe notice of the March for Ferguson and Michael Brown came through Facebook. It would begin in a park near where I work so I thought I would take a look. When I arrived, I thought there might actually be more media and cops than demonstrators but the crowd slowly swelled. A few people spoke in [...]

  • “What Is the Point of an Individual Mandate if You Don’t Talk About the Mandate?”

    Approval of ACA continues to decline. More talk about the mandate can only continue that trend and likely make it worse. Why would any elected official or employee of an elected official add more corrosion to their greatest achievement?

  • “… the executive action enjoys such strong motivating support from Latinos makes Obama’s political decision not to announce it last summer, like him promise, look even stupider in retrospect.”

    The fact that Hispanics like or dislike Obama’s action says almost nothing about whether or not they will show up to vote.

  • “…people receiving tax credits on the exchanges will either need to pay significantly more for their old policies or switch to a new potentially worse policy to pay the same amount they did before. “

    Once again you confirm what most FDL’ers have said since the day ACA passed. ACA was never about “healthcare“. It was and remains a health insurance company bailout.

    You describe a feature, not a bug.

  • “…destroy any hopes Republicans have of ever appealing to this fast-growing voting bloc.”

    Demographic bloc….Yes. Voting Bloc ……….. not so much. Not yet, anyway.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 14:17:01View | Delete

    …every site needs a dailykos obamabot,…

    LOL. I need to go brush my teeth.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 12:49:18View | Delete

    “…UniParty Ds and Rs on wrong side of this immigration issue for worst of reasons,…”

    Immigration is simply one arrow in the oligarch quiver. They are adept at pitting the middle class against each other and the lower classes, particularly people of color, any color will do.

    People making $50K are easily persuaded that their economic malaise is caused by other middle classers making $ 70K with the assistance of their union.

    There are many holding otherwise progressive views on various issues who are convinced that the undocumented pay no taxes and cause their own taxes to be higher, compliments of the demagoguery of the political class and their minions in the media.

    This promotion of division has worked for MOTU for centuries.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 11:52:15View | Delete

    The notion that there has ever been any sort of consensus for immigration reform is laughable. Among the general citizenry there are two distinct camps, path to citizenship progressives and round ‘em up and ship ‘em out tea partiers.

    In the background is the only voice that really matters, the C of C camp whose only desire is to use H 1B visas and a guest worker program as wage suppression mechanisms.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 11:46:40View | Delete

    “… his ill-advised expansion of the H-1B program, makes Obama’s proposal another anti-labor action …”

    Exactly.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post The Importance of Not Being Quiet

    2014-11-21 09:48:34View | Delete

    The importance of activism is well documented as a catalyst for executive and legislative action.

    Unfortunately, Obama will likely be remembered as too little too late.

  • Hello Pot, meet Kettle.

    “.@Uber should address what policies it has in place regarding the personal data of users:”

    @Al Franken: The US government should address what policies it has in place regarding the personal data of citizens.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post HHS’s Foolish Decision to Game Signup Numbers

    2014-11-20 14:22:00View | Delete

    “… the administration can’t be trusted when it talks about the program.

    That’s better

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post The First 2016 Candidate Is Jim Webb

    2014-11-20 08:20:47View | Delete

    “Is it possible that our next President could actually lay out a vision for the country, …”

    I actually agree that Democrats are sorely in need of the “vision” thing.

    “…and create an environment where leaders from both parties and from all philosophies would feel compelled to work together for the good of the country”

    Didn’t Obama say something like that? Don’t recall that it worked very well and I am not betting it will work better coming from a white guy, or a white woman for that matter.

    And while it sounds good, I am not persuaded that it is possible to articulate any vision compatible with the republican philosophy except their own and even then they will disagree unless it is coming from one of their own.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Louisiana Senate: Mary Landrieu Way Behind in New Poll

    2014-11-19 16:37:49View | Delete

    Bye Bye Mary.

    Go have a couple drinks with Blanche, I’m sure she can get you tuned up before the next congress is sworn in.

  • Coach Bill commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 07:31:46View | Delete

    “…that Canadian oil is bad news.”

    Should have stopped there instead of offering another LOTE, we suck less argument in favor of self annihilation.

    I have said all along that KXL is a when question, not an if question. If it is inevitable, the democrats should be able to extract a significant concession from Republicans in exchange for approval. Sadly, the democrats seem incapable of this sort of negotiation.

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