Monday’s Quick Hits

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers

Today’s quick hits deal with:

  • Pre-existing Conditions
  • Quist & Gianforte Poll
  • Junior Returns
  • Raising Fuel Taxes

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Thursday Numbers

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! – Dr. Seuss

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Great Falls Public Schools bond measures, unemployment, refugees, the Trump painting, The Western Word columns, new jobs in Great Falls, health insurance rate increase, Election Day 2016, Johnson/Weld campaign, trust and confidence in the mass media, laundromat, skunks and raccoon, political donations, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. – Mark Twain

Welcome to the first second “Thursday Numbers” of September! In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include fundraising for Clinton & Trump, unemployment, Political Practices & Dan Kennedy, Panthers & Broncos, cell phone violations, Oracle & Bozeman, Star Trek, Affordable Care Act, favorable ratings, newest iPhones, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. – William Arthur Ward

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the National Debt, Muslims United for San Bernardino, unemployment, Every Child Achieves Act, Elizabeth Quinby, college football bowl games, Golden State Warriors, the Affordable Care Act & Great Falls, Hellgate High School, Carolina Panthers, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” of June!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include Cam Newton, Caitlyn Jenner, unemployment, the Eagles, TSA, moral values, Greg Gianforte, live anthrax, social/economic conservatives, Affordable Care Act, secret surveillance flights, the top 10 for Republican Presidential debates, construction season, Montana Republican Party chair, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Political Potpourri

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s time for another potpourri edition! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a “potpourri” column. Today I provide that valuable independent commentary you’ve come to love from The Western Word about:

  • Medicaid Expansion & the Montana Legislature
  • U.S. Senators Jon Tester & Robert Menendez
  • Former Governor Tim Babcock
  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul
  • Affordable Care Act

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers” – where knowledge is power!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about Fifty Shades of Grey & Russell Wilson and Lolo Jones, Affordable Care Act, unemployment, Great Falls International Airport, protecting the disabled & elderly, Obama’s favorable rating, Google Street View images, hiding bottles of beer, Jeb Bush, drunk driving, our most important problems, fourth graders, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by for your weekly dose of “Thursday Numbers!”

NOTICE: There are no secret waiting lists here at The Western Word.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Thursday Numbers” is the column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails.

This week I write about unemployment, veterans, cadets, Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt, Montana GOP convention, Maya Angelou, Montana State Parks, Affordable Care Act, CMR’s Lindsay Martinez, centrist Republicans in Montana, Montana U.S. House Debate, Electric City Rugby club’s Lady Havoc, Simms Rugby, and much more!

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Deadline (Sort of)

Today is the last day of March – YES! Spring has to be here soon, right? Today is also opening day (sort of) of Major League Baseball (go Royals), and today is (sort of) the final day to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, which is also called ObamaCare. I mentioned last week that there are 17 ways you can get an extension. You can read the list HERE.

This morning, the White House website had a countdown clock that said “Open Enrollment for 2014 Coverage Ends in 16 days.” This is confusing because on the same page viewers were told to sign up by March 31. The minutes were going by like seconds on the clock.

Obamacare clock

 

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Obamacare: Happy 4th Anniversary!

It was back on March 23, 2010, that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. It’s had a rocky road to say the least, but it has survived several repeal votes and was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Plus, it’s a campaign issue.

Overall I think Obamacare has been a good thing – a thing that could be much better if the Democrats and Republicans would work together to make it better. Repealing it now or in the future might harm more people than it would help. Still, it needs work.

It was a campaign issue in 2012, but it did not help Republican Mitt Romney as he lost to Democrat Barack Obama 51% to 47%. Here in the Montana U.S. Senate race, Republican Denny Rehberg tried to tie Obamacare to Democratic Senator Jon Tester and lost 49% to 44%.

Some reports say there have been 50 votes to repeal Obamacare in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It will be a campaign issue in 2014, but even if the Republicans continue to have a majority in the U.S. House and take over the majority in the U.S. Senate (as some are predicting), the President would veto any bill to repeal it. In 2016, if the Republicans won the White House and still controlled the House and Senate, there might be a slim chance of a repeal, but the Republican Party is so fractured they probably can’t be united enough to do anything. We’ve recently seen how the political parties act when they control the House, Senate, and White House and they have basically crashed and burned.

If you don’t believe me about Obamacare being a campaign issue in 2014, look at Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines’ Facebook page which has at least four recent entries about Obamacare being a failed healthcare law.

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