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Bill Maher last night: "Mike Pence is so homophobic that"

"he eats a banana from the side"

Employers pay over 2/3 of the health care premium costs for employee families

(family of four)

The largest share of the total cost is the health insurance premium paid by employers.

Last year, the premium for the most popular health plan offered by employers — what is known as a preferred provider organization — for family coverage was $19,481, according to the annual survey done by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Employers paid $13,430 and employees paid $6,050 of the premium on average.


If single-payer ever became a reality employers would benefit the most.

Fundraising failures could torpedo Warren presidential campaign

This is how far Elizabeth Warren’s star has fallen: she had a head start over all of her main presidential rivals, a full three months to woo donors and raise money, and she is trailing someone who’s not even officially in the race.

The Massachusetts senator’s relatively paltry $6 million haul for the first quarter of 2019 fell $1 million short of the new Democratic sensation, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is not planning to announce his campaign until this weekend.

Warren raised three times less money than her main progressive rival, Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, who raised $18 million in just six weeks of campaigning. Sen. Kamala Harris, who has been running for just two months, outraised Warren by $6 million.


Total Medicare Trust Fund tax receipts were $296 billion in 2018


(primary source - Medicare)

Total US health expenditures were $3.5 TRILLION in 2018 - over 10 times what the Trust Fund collected.

So how much would Medicare taxes need to rise for MFA?

Edit - Add the $93 billion in Supplemental Disability if desired.

Bank of America is raising its minimum wage for employees to $20 an hour

Bank of America is raising the minimum wage for employees this year and plans to hike it to $20 an hour in two years.

“If you get a job at Bank of America, you’ll make $41,000” a year, Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan told MSNBC on Tuesday. “With the success our company has ... we have to share that success with our teammates.”

Starting May 1, the hourly minimum wage will rise to $17 and will go higher in increments for the next two years, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company said Tuesday in a statement. The bank has also frozen healthcare cost increases for lower-paid employees, Moynihan said on MSNBC.


I'm so happy Duke lost!

Just to put it out there.

Taibbi: It's Official - 'Russiagate' Is This Generation's WMD

There will be people protesting: the Mueller report doesn’t prove anything! What about the 37 indictments? The convictions? The Trump tower revelations? The lies! The meeting with Don, Jr.? The financial matters! There’s an ongoing grand jury investigation, and possible sealed indictments, and the House will still investigate, and…

Stop. Just stop. Any journalist who goes there is making it worse.

For years, every pundit and Democratic pol in Washington hyped every new Russia headline like the Watergate break-in. Now, even Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is out, unless something “so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan” against Trump is uncovered it would be worth their political trouble to prosecute.

The biggest thing this affair has uncovered so far is Donald Trump paying off a porn star. That’s a hell of a long way from what this business was supposedly about at the beginning, and shame on any reporter who tries to pretend this isn’t so.

The story hyped from the start was espionage: a secret relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian spooks who’d helped him win the election.


Taibbi - a snake in the grass.

The vetting of Bernie: Bread lines are a good thing

Iran-Contra, outing a covert CIA agent, lying about WMD in Iraq - the GOP is immune to impeachment

since the hyper-partisan Gingrich era.

Trump lies 99% of the time but he told the truth when he said he could kill someone on 5th Avenue and get away with it.

Revenge is won at the ballot box and only at the ballot box.

Isn't it odd how Matt Taibbi slammed Obama for years, spent years in Russia, yet now is quiet

(relatively) about the Trump regime? Is it odd that he has never called Trump a "criminal co-conspirator"?

I never trusted that smirk-ass "independent".
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