Politics

Obama – and “his care”


A big change in America’s health care system is coming at the beginning of next year.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will go into full effect in 2014, giving millions of uninsured Americans access to health care.

However, there are still misconceptions about the law.

In today’s Just Explain It, we’ll tell you five things you might not know about Obamacare.

Number one… Contrary to what 42 percent of Americans think, Obamacare really is happening. In fact, people can start signing up for state-run health insurance on October 1st. That’s when states and the federal government will open marketplaces, called exchanges, to offer subsidized benefits to the nation’s 50 million uninsured.

Number two… Another survey found that a majority of Americans think the law cuts Medicare benefits and covers undocumented immigrants. It doesn’t.

Actually, the government expects the average Medicare recipient to save approximately $35,000 over the next ten years.

 Number three… Tax credits. Next year, health insurance for eligible individuals or families will be subsidized.

For example, someone making just under $23,000 a year wouldn’t have to spend more than 6.3 percent of their annual income on health insurance. Based on a $3,030 plan, their contribution would be $1,450. Under Obamacare, they’d receive a tax credit of $1,580 to put towards their coverage.

Number four The 80/20 rule. Insurers are now required to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on providing healthcare. The other 20 percent can be used on overhead expenses like excessive administrative costs and profits. In 2012, this provision saved Americans over two billion dollars.

If insurers don’t comply, they’re required to provide customers with a rebate. In 2011, over 13 million consumers received $1.1 billion in rebates – that’s around $150 per customer.

And finally… taxes. No matter what you’ve heard, your health benefits under Obamacare will not be taxed. The law does require that employers report the value of your annual coverage on your W-2, but the government says that’s just for workers’ information.

In the end, the Affordable Care Act is incredibly complex piece of legislation I AM SURE THAT THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER HIGH POWERED POLITICIANS WILL NOT HAVE OBAMACARE.

It enacts sweeping reforms that involve every state and millions of Americans. Do you think it will work for you? … Siggghhhh and Blaahhh

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Parenting

Boy HaveTimes Changed!


Who would have EVER THOUGHT that you would hardly NEVER be able to tell what “a child’s age is”…….. Scary and Sad all at the same time!

Photo: True shit :. lol

 

Parenting

Encouraging Myself –


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The difficult teen will do things their own way, in their own time, regardless  of your wishes or schedule.
The good teen will do what you ask, when you ask,  even though they may complain a little.
It’s easy to love a good  child.

The difficult teen will try your patience and understanding every  day.  They will challenge the depths of your love, the core of your soul  numerous times throughout each day, until you wonder if you have any strength  left.  The good teen will try your patience and understanding from time to  time. They will challenge your ability to see just how many extracurricular  activities you can cram into each day, until you wonder if you have any energy  left.
It’s easy to love a good child.

The difficult teen will sneak  out of the house at night to buy drugs, only to have the police knock at your  door at 3am on a work night so you can come down to the station to pick them up.  They’ve been arrested.
The good teen will sneak out of the house at night (on  a weekend) to TP the soccer coach’s house after a big win, only to go back to  the coaches house the next morning.  To help clean up.
It’s easy to love a  good child.

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The difficult teen will skip school, even when you drop them  off out front and watch them walk inside.  No matter how hard a parent tries to  help or force a child, the difficult teen may not graduate from High School.   The difficult teen won’t be going off to college.  The good teen might  consider skipping a class or two, but doesn’t want to get caught. A parent  doesn’t have to make an effort to keep a good kid in school. The good teen  ponders which college they should attend.
It’s easy to love a good  child.

The difficult teen is often withdrawn from family.  They don’t  smile a lot, they don’t get real enthusiastic about much. A parent’s heart breaks  a little more every day.  The good teen is often tells family about things  that happened during their day.  They smile and laugh a lot, and are enthusiastic  about a lot of things. A parent’s heart soars a little more every day.
It’s  easy to love a good child.

So many people give up on the difficult teen.   Write them off as being unworthy of their efforts.  Distrust, because they don’t  understand.  Give up because it’s the easiest thing to do.  So many people  cheer for the good teen.  Try to help them in any way they can. Trust them,  because it’s not hard to do so.  Encourage them to succeed because they seem to  want to.
It’s easy to love a good child.

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It’s easy to love the good  teen.  The parent’s of them, thank God their life is going as planned.  That  they have good children to love. Sure, a parent loves their good teen  unconditionally. But they haven’t really had to put that to the test.  They  haven’t had to test the limits of their understanding and forgiveness.  Their  souls and faith are intact because they haven’t been shattered. Do they realize  that the most important things in life are the little things? The path of the  good teen may not be exactly what a parent would have chosen, but they know that  everything will turn out all right.
It’s not easy to love the difficult teen.  But I thank God for  them, for without the difficult teens, how can we possibly understand what  unconditional love really is?  How would we know just how deeply we can love,  and how easily we can forgive?  How would we otherwise test the endurance of our  souls, the depths of our faith?  How else would we realize just how strong we  really are?  How else would we know what is TRULY important in life.

The path  of the difficult teen may not be what a parent would have chosen, but it is the  hand that they were dealt.

Parenting

Nurturing Sons


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“My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s  teaching.” ~ Proverbs 6:20

A mother and son relationship is a very unique one. Boys generally look up to  their fathers or a father-figure for how to interact with others, show affection  towards others, and respond to different situations. Hopefully, that father or  father-figure is a good example to his son of God‘s love. But the mother, on the  other hand, has a chance to show her son how a girl wants to be treated and how  he should expect to be treated by the opposite sex. This will help him see what  he can do to have better relationships in the future.
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Communication is key. Listen to your child and give him your  full attention when he is talking to you. Let him know that he is important and  what he is thinking and feeling is of concern to you. Look him in the eye and be  ready to answer any questions he may have for you. Even if the question seems  silly to you, remember that he is younger and learning things for the first  time. Don’t make him feel trivial.
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Be a supporter. If you want your son to keep coming back to  you for advice and to tell you things in confidence, you need to show him that  you can be trusted. It is so easy to tell your friends about something “cute”  your son told you last night, but if your son…..MY SON knew you were telling others, he would  probably lose the desire to come to you as a confidant.

Be tender. Your advantage as a mother is that your son knows  you have a more tender heart than a father or father-figure. In time, and with  your trust, he knows he will be able to share things with you and get your  expert advice from a woman’s perspective. Men sometimes brush things off a bit  more easily and don’t see a boy’s feelings, and these are the times that your  son will want your perspective.
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Be an example. Part of developing a healthy relationship  with a son is making sure that you are a good example to him. Actions really do  speak louder than words. You cannot expect your son to know how to treat others  with respect, if you are always fussing with your family members, friends, husband or mate, or say you  will do something and never follow through. Think about the things you are doing  and take an inventory on some areas of your life that you need to clean up. Do  you watch objectionable TV shows that you don’t want your son to see? Maybe you  should choose something different to watch.

Are you telling your son to eat his  vegetables, while you are cramming down a hot fudge sundae? It has never said  having a healthy relationship with your son was easy. It does take work and  maybe a change in yourself, as well.
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Be Flexible and Fun. REMEMBER – that you have a son and not a daughter for starters!! THEY want you to be cool, silly, supportive AND FUN! Regardless if it is making silly faces, playing video games with them, crack jokes, make loud noises, reading comic books togtether and playing ball etc. It may take you out of your comfort zone if you prefer to get ” all dolled up ” all the time…but you have to learn to be flexible for you son’s sake!
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TRUST ME …… Your son adores you as his mother and wants the best for you…HOWEVER – he is also watching EVERYTHING that you do as well!
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 ( MY very silky SON is soooo worth it )

Family

I Remember When……


Wow, I love these twin toddlers!! They do not look like little twins do they? To me they seriously dont….but anyway! Lol

My babies were so INNOCENT and SWEET ….. Good Lord, what in the heebies ….geebies happened!!!!! Please insert several sad faces right here _____________!! So, Serious

UUggghhhhh…… Wow, I remember when! Life really has a fast and very, vrery shocking way of shifting and changing the outcomes of our lives and sometimes it is for the better AND OF COURSE we know that the worse comes along with that as well. They are 19 now – YIKES #praying