Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Filling in the Gaps


Over 16.4 million people have gained quality and affordable health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2012.  That number includes those young adults under 26 who are able to stay on their parents plan.  Part of what Obamacare was designed to accomplish was to fill in the gaps so that if you lost your job, went back to school, or decided to start a new business, you could compare prices, purchase coverage and get a tax credit for it. 
Congress needs fewer representatives in Congress, who repeatedly side with special interests.  Our country needs more members in Congress, who are willing to work with the White House to lower health care costs, provide the funding needed to fight public health challenges like the Zika virus and the opioid epidemic.  Accomplishing those kind of things would relieve a lot of worry for a lot of families.
Retirement security is another issue that needs to be dealt with by Congress.  President Obama has already taken actions to make it easier for more workers to save through their jobs, and to ensured that when they do save, they’re getting advice that’s not in Wall Street’s best interest, but in their best interest.
Unfortunately, many Americans don’t have any retirement savings.  Even if they’ve set up a retirement account, they often don’t have enough money at the end of the month to save as much as they’d like, because they’re barely paying their bills.  Fewer people have pensions, that they can count on, which is the reason Social Security has become more important than ever. 
Our representatives in Congress must insist that our wealthiest Americans contribute more money to Social Security.  That would provide more generous benefits so that future generations get the dignified retirement that they’ve earned.  

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