10 things to know today

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AP Wire
Jan 3, 2014

1. ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT GRANTED LAW LICENSE

The decision by California's high court raises the possibility of millions of immigrants being able to enter professions in the U.S.

2. WHAT'S TRAILING THE SNOWSTORM IN THE U.S.

Below-zero temperatures and bitter wind-chill readings are spreading from the Midwest to the Northeast.

3. 'OBAMACARE' RIDE REMAINS BUMPY

Stacks of yet-to-be-processed paperwork leave thousands — if not millions — of people unsure whether they have health coverage.

4. FIERY ACCIDENTS PROMPT WARNING

U.S. officials say that crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains may be more flammable than other varieties.

5. UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU — IF YOU CAN DO 3 PULLUPS

More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't meet this minimum standard. The Marines delay the requirement, reigniting debate about women's suitability for combat roles.

6. STRANDED RESEARCHERS FLOWN TO SAFETY

The weather finally clears, allowing a helicopter to remove all 52 passengers aboard a research ship locked in the Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve.

7. WHO'S PROMISING 'FORD MORE YEARS'

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford puts his name on the ballot for another term, defying calls to step down after he admitting smoking crack "in a drunken stupor."

8. NEWSPAPERS SAY SNOWDEN DESERVES MERCY

The New York Times and the Guardian suggest that the former NSA contractor's revelations about government spying outweigh any possible wrongdoing.

9. BRIGHT SPOT IN DETROIT

The police chief says homicides fell in 2013 and there was less overall crime than the year before.

10. WHY SNAPCHAT IS TAKING A HIT

Millions of usernames and phone numbers are compromised after a security breach at the popular service that features disappearing messages.

Comments

Lanivan

#3. .......crickets......more crickets.....

Vladtheimp

a. No big deal for Obama and the Democrats - it's only the little people hurt by this boondoggle and the lies Obama told, and he doesn't need them anymore now that he's been re-elected.

b. No need to describe the harm Obamacare is causing to real people - the mainstream media ignores it but the reality is becoming clear; more people lost their insurance because of Obama than signed up for his costly and poor coverage plans, and more people are finding they are not insured because the federal government is not transmitting accurate information to the states or to the insurers.

Lanivan

Your criticisms are off the mark. There is much to criticize about Obamacare, but yours are not accurate or factual - but then you know that. (I'm surprised Rush and Bill haven't reported on the executions via death panels, now that we're into Day 3 of Obamacare!) Rather, Obamacare is a godsend for millions of people, especially the 'little people', those with pre-existing conditions, the unemployed, the poor, including poor children, middle class families with or without children. It is also a godsend for the insurance industry, representatives of which were major players in key negotiations, and who showed their gratitude by taking supreme advantage of a loophole in the grandfather clause and sent out cancellation letters, just for kicks and fodder for the GOP.

But it is law, and it will never be repealed; as people realize the benefits, just like with Social Security and Medicare, they will fight tooth and nail to hold onto it. Social Security in particular is the most efficient, productive, and simple government program to be administered, possibly ever. It has done more to keep the elderly from living a life of poverty than any other government program. Medicare isn't too far behind, but steadily increasing medical costs have made the program in desperate need of attention - which the ACA addresses. I predict a movement to begin to gradually lower the eligibility age for Medicare benefits.

Obamacare is a conservative think tank program, and, as such, has plenty to criticize. But after seven different presidential failed attempts to propose universal health care, beginning in the 1920's, it was Barack Hussein Obama who got the job done and initiated the journey toward health care options for all. The die is cast.

Tri-cities realist

Speaking of being inaccurate, "Obamacare is a godsend for millions of people, especially the 'little people', those with pre-existing conditions, the unemployed, the poor, including poor children..."

Aren't the "poor" covered under Medicaid? Or are you speaking of the "poor" with incomes of up to 400% of the poverty level?

Lanivan

I'm referring to the 127.5 million in our country who are considered liquid-asset poor - those whose incomes elevate them above poverty levels, but who make up the working poor, or the liquid-asset poor, whose numbers have grown since 2007. These are people who live paycheck to paycheck, often working 2 jobs, have few liquid assets and would fall below the poverty line within 3 months of a serious event - accident, no car to get to work, health issues, etc.

These people do not qualify for Medicaid, generally are not offered employer-paid insurance, and can't afford private insurance, but now qualify for coverage under Obamacare with federal or state subsidies.

echo5oscar

C.mon Vlad.....it has been great for the .6 percent of the population that has signed up for it. The big winners of the ACA will be lawyers. How many millions will be spent in the years to come on ACA related lawsuits?

watchingyou

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