“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A GoogleSearch this morning “,com” without placing a subject shows no mention of any story about Obamacare - Put in a subject “Obamacare” and you will find this unworthy of a headline story !

Here’s How Much Obamacare Premiums Are Rising in All 50 States

Open enrollment for Obamacare begins on Nov. 1. Premiums are increasing next year, and how much more (or less) you have to pay in 2017 depends largely on where you live.

Premiums in 31 states are expected to rise by double digits, while two states will see decreases in 2017 from this year. Premiums in one state — Arizona — are estimated to more than double.

Overall, the average premium increase is 25 percent, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services.

The map and table below show the increase (or decrease) you can expect in your state, as defined in the DHHS report. The changes in premiums from 2016 to 2017 are based on the second-lowest cost silver plan for a 27-year-old. (Not all states provided data to DHSS. The figures for Idaho, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Washington are based on all level plans for individuals. Vermont’s premium data refers to all levels of plans for both individuals and small employers. Colorado’s data refers to all silver plans for individuals.)

Your costs and options will likely differ, but the data gives an overall sense of where prices are headed in each state. Importantly, the data does not include the advance premium tax credits, or subsidies, that reduce the cost for many people.
Obamacare Premium Hikes for 2017
StatePercent Increase2017 Premium
North Carolina40$446
South Dakota39$374
West Virginia32$386
New Mexico29$224
South Carolina29$319
Maryland25.2*no data
Idaho24*no data
District of Columbia22$222
Colorado18.9***no data
New York16.6*no data
Washington13.6*no data
North Dakota7$288
Vermont7**no data
New Jersey5$286
New Hampshire2$219
Rhode Island-0.6*no data
*The premium increases are the average for all 2017 health plans.
**This is the weighted average rate increase for both individual and small group markets.
***This average rate increase is for all silver plans in the state.


  1. Pennsylvania premiums increasing 53%.

    Sure, Clinton has Pennsy in the bag. Hardly worth a visit from Trump and Pence.

  2. Ehe Philadelphia Inquirer/ Daily News website: not a single mention of it.

  3. The Cubs won !

    Final game tonight I think.

  4. November 1, 2016
    Mr. Trump goes to Washington
    By Susan E. Bentley

    Watching the U.S. election has caused me to revisit that old movie classic, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart in the main role of Jefferson Smith. I particularly enjoyed Smith’s wonderful speech during the filibuster scene and climax of the story.

    I began to imagine Donald Trump as Jefferson Smith. I struggled a great deal, I have to say. Smith is innocent and idealistic and very articulate in proclaiming the corruption he has discovered at the heart of Washington. Trump, on the other hand, is clumsy and almost childlike in his rhetoric.

    But I suddenly realized that Jefferson Smith and Donald Trump do have something fundamental in common. They are both repeating the same warning. “There is corruption at the heart of democracy, and it has to be rooted out.” It has fascinated me how Trump repeats the same message over and over again about how Hillary Clinton needs to be investigated and how the system is rigged. It doesn’t matter what any of his detractors say about him even from within his own party; he continues to say the same thing. Then it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps he keeps saying it because he really believes it! After all, Trump does not do sound bite or spin or follow carefully worded scripts.

    In Britain, Trump is vilified from all sides of the political spectrum with the exception of Nigel Farage. However, two days after the FBI announced it was reopening its case concerning Mrs. Clinton’s emails, I read a very interesting article by Simon Heffer of the Telegraph. Mr. Heffer says:

    Now, the Trump rhetoric about Clinton being crooked and corrupt resonates as more than just hyperbole. It starts to seem that there might be some truth in it… the reopened FBI investigation could kill Mrs Clinton’s hopes of the White House. She will be tarnished by the ancient principle of no smoke without fire: or by the slightly more scientific conclusion that tens of millions of voters may now reach, that the FBI would never have acted as they did so close to polling day without very good reason. Add to that a phenomenon that, operating here, brought about Brexit – the decision to vote by people who never normally do, but who see in supporting Mr Trump an opportunity to smack the smug, internationalist political elite in the mouth – and the idea of a President Trump starts to look possible. He has not yet won, and may well not: but these events play into his hands, and his chances have never looked so good as they do now.

    Returning to the movie, I would like to quote part of the speech Jefferson Smith makes on the Senate floor as the story reaches its finale.

    Get up there with that lady that's up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won't just see scenery; you'll see the whole parade of what Man's carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That's what you'd see. There's no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties… And it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!

    Perhaps Mr. Trump will go to Washington.


  5. Hey Quart, in Michigan you can change your vote.

    Redeem thyself, son.

  6. Trump and Pence in Valley Forge, Penn.



  8. Hillary gets pissed off at 'Bill is a rapist' protester -

    Video of BillyGoat raping thirteen year old on Lolita Express trip coming up ?

  9. Wisconsin turns battleground...
    Trump Closing Gap With Women...DRUDGE

  10. STILL time for the deplorable Quirk to change his vote and redeem himself -

    Hillary scrambles to keep Michigan....DRUDGE

    I recall how adorable he used to be.


    ATHENS, Greece — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday said the next U.S. administration would have to work with Moscow to solve world crises, and argued that the peace process in Syria had been "sabotaged" by other countries involved in talks.

    Days before the U.S. presidential election, Sergey Lavrov made the remarks on a visit to Greece, a NATO and European Union member that has maintained close ties with Russia.

    "If you remember a few months ago (President Barack) Obama said just that: 'We are the ones who should lay down the rules.' It may have been arrogant but at least he was honest," Lavrov said.

    "If this is the way our American partners think, it means we will have to go through a painful period of realization that no one can do anything on their own."

    Lavrov met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias as part of a friendship initiative between the two countries that included multiple cultural exchanges and a visit to Greece in May by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Over the weekend, the Russian navy destroyer Smetlivy reached Greece's main port of Piraeus before sailing onto the east Mediterranean to join warships backing government forces in Syria's five-year-old civil war.

    Lavrov argued that U.S. backing of Syrian rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad was extending the war.


    We can’t run our own basic democratic honest elections and we are sending armies all over to the rest of the World to show them how to run their own countries.

  12. it's all coming apart at the seams.....

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