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Seeing the positive changes brought by the federal health law

Seeing the positive changes brought by the federal health law

the American way of health coverage is close to the worst and costliest in the developed world. The Affordable Care Act puts a dent in both those features, but doesn't eliminate them.

 

Dec 29, 2013 Michael Hiltzik Michael Hiltzik

LA Times Contact Reporter
This was the year that millions of Americans learned that health insurance is complicated. The landscape they discovered is ugly.

Paying a premium doesn't mean your costs are over. Lower premiums mean higher deductibles, higher fees at the doctor's office, higher prescription costs. You may have to pay more to see a certain doctor or go to a certain hospital.

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Then there's the bottom-line rationale for the Affordable Care Act, from its inception. As Aaron Carroll of Indiana University pointed out in a recent blog post, "reducing the number of uninsured is a good thing, not a bad thing." And that hasn't changed.

Michael Hiltzik's column appears Sundays and Wednesdays. Read his new blog, the Economy Hub, at latimes.com/business/hiltzik, reach him at mhiltzik@latimes.com, check out facebook.com./hiltzik and follow @hiltzikm on Twitter.

Hillary One Year On: Mother Jones Interview

Hillary One Year On: Mother Jones Interview

Hillary Clinton on Trump’s Election: “There Are Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy”

In an exclusive interview with Mother Jones, Clinton says Russian interference and GOP voter suppression efforts may have cost her the presidency.
ARI BERMANNOV. 17, 2017 6:00 AM

 

ONAC, wtf IS real here. A bros comment (This is what he saw and heard ).. ✌️🌲🔥

ONAC, wtf IS real here. A bros comment (This is what he saw and heard ).. ✌️🌲🔥

Jr Hannafin

Commentng on an article about the Native American “church” (pre”tendian”) situation at ONAC Sugarleaf Rasta et al entitled

oNAC Mother Church trying to clean up

“The following email was set to Sachem Graves PRIOR to KM's decision to put our Mother Church on notice that we distrust them. We felt that we should go ahead and share it with you now so you're aware of what's in the works and planed for all ONAC churches future:”

(Originally published nov 13, 2017)

I sat in a room two years ago with an ONAC representative and heard a sales pitch for a church. Five grand, he said, and you will be legally covered under ONAC's legally recognised and supreme court victory enshrined rights to use and distribute peyote, ayahuasca, and cannabis sacraments. Buy into our church, he said, and you will have a virtual license to exchange cannabis for donations legally and without fear of arrest, so long as we followed a particular set of guidelines. I asked some hard questions at that meeting, and did some looking into the true legal status of ONAC.

What I found was that ONAC had a single court victory, over a case in which founder Mooney was charged with peyote distribution and mounted a religious defense. He won the right for ONAC to use peyote among its members, but only within the state of UTAH. He did not advance his case to the federal level, and thus never got the same acknowledgement of rights from the federal government. They had no legally recognised right to use peyote outside of utah, and no legally recognised right to authorize others to do so either.

Yet that is what they sold, a legally recognised right to use and distribute schedule one substances, and the promise of legal assistance if any police didn't follow the law and allow it. "Your membership card puts police on notice immediately" they told us... This is what people paid five thousand dollars for. They claimed that their court victory gave them the right to sell the right to use and distribute not only peyote, but any natural sacrament including cannabis, san pedro cactus, ayahuasca, and psilocybe mushrooms.

Two years ago they were going around selling licences to deal drugs, and whenever someone got busted, it was always the same, the old faith-healer's dodge "You didn't follow the instructions and so our promise of protection is void", just a variation of "your faith wasn't strong enough and thats why you weren't healed". Mooney used this dodge on his own son.

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Another ONAC puts Mother Church on Notice


November 18, 2017
We have been getting many ONAC members and spiritual leaders reaching out in regards to yesterday's article announcing the bold move of putting what's known as "The Mother Church" on an official Grievance notice, pleading for help as ONAC KM feel we are unable to trust the judgement and integrity of it or it's founders. We're putting a link to it here for those who missed and would like to see it:

Among the many questions as to why, how and did it have to come to this, are also coming forth other ONAC church leaders and members confirming the position of KM in opposition of the corruption flowing through Oklevueha and full support being pledged in that this is believed to be the final hope for the mother ONAC tree to not get plowed down and forever dismantled.

Word came into the newsroom from an East Coast ONAC church announcing that they too have followed in KM's position and serve an official grievance against ONAC as well noting that they too distrust the integrity in which ONAC continues spiraling as it goes farther and farther away from the Red road leaving room for such corruption and recklessness as has been seen especially in the last year, first with Matthew Pappas, and worst we Thought in Sugarleaf, but as my of you know, the latest one took the cake and broke the faith we and may had hanging by a rotting thread that we could trust and believe in the mother church's instinct being to preserve her children. Apparently we and many others now have no choice but to realize and accept we were Wrong.

This, a second official grievance and distrust notice came in with the request that we publish it so that it's known. Here is a copy of ONAC of Ohio's grievance of inability to trust for your review and convenience:

Source: ONACnews-and-current-aff

Oct 24 2017 More court for Heidi Lepp…

 

More sugarleaf crap

Well ladies and gentlemen, for those wanting to know, Heidi Lepp again appeared in Yuba County this morning at 9 Am for a preliminary court hearing in Superior court. According the Charles Lepp she was to appear to "Question" the prosecutions "Witnesses" which sounds a

Source: news-and-current-aff

Sugarleaf Queen charged with 2 Felonies

Sugarleaf Queen charged with 2 Felonies

October 20, 2017
Well ladies and gentlemen, as promised, we have some updated information for you in regards to the disposition of the state of California with Ms. Heidi Nelson-Grossman-Miranda-Lepp, aka "The queen" of the so-called Sugarleaf Rasta Church that's popped up in central California near the beginning of the year and has since spread and proven itself to be a disease to the California cannabis community. Note that those are not all her legal last names, just the pertinent ones, Nelson being her maiden, Grossman being the one she goes by publicly, Miranda being her current Legal last name, and Lepp being the one she's riding in our community for fame And is on record with the court charge for. We point this out for clarity for all and too, hoping it doesn't somehow gain her any undue slack.

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One more thing we want to Again emphasize to All of any who May Still think it' wise and safe to stand with the Lepp's and their Sugarleaf Rasta Church scam... PLEASE be Careful! All of the state and federal Alphabet soup agencies ARE going to take them down, lock them away and throw away the key, at least for a decade once all this is said and done... it's not You guys they're after, it's these two pathetic Clowns...

Source: ONACnews-and-current-aff

http://sandiegoherb.com/?p=2111

Sugarleaf Queen Arraigned for illegal cannabis in Yuba County, California | news-and-current-aff

October 18, 2017

An interesting thing to come of an otherwise quick and dull arraignment was that not a single of her boasted "Legal Attorney team" stepped forward to the court offering to represent Lepp! The reason we find this pertinent is because Lepp had openly boasted that if Any member of her so called "Church" were to find themselves in legal trouble regarding their illegal operations, that Lepp had as many as 13 attorney's who would jump to protect them.

Source: Sugarleaf Queen Arraigned for illegal cannabis in Yuba County, California | news-and-current-aff

In California, Fires So Fast Hesitation Proved Lethal – NYTimes.com

By THOMAS FULLER and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAOCTOBER 13, 2017SANTA ROSA, Calif. — With towering flames bearing down, one victim delayed escape in hopes of saving his new truck — but he could not find the keys.

An elderly couple slept as danger erupted, not waking until it was too late to flee down their one-lane road. Another couple, who barely missed their chance to drive away, huddled in a pool, surrounded by fire and choking smoke; he survived, but she did not.

As widely varied stories emerged of how people died in the wind-driven fires that have ravaged Northern California, the element common to each tragedy — and to many of the tales of people who got out alive — was how quickly it happened.

Advance warning was measured in minutes or seconds, or never came at all. Hesitation was lethal.

“My dad’s best friend was calling and calling my parents, but they were completely asleep,” said Trina Grant, whose parents, Arthur and Suiko Grant, died at their hilltop property just outside Santa Rosa. “By the time my dad finally picked up and his friend said ‘You’ve got to get out,’ it was probably already too late.”

The confirmed death toll reached 35 on Friday night, making this the deadliest wildfire outbreak in California history, and the figure is likely to climb. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed, hundreds of people who have been reported missing remain unaccounted for, and emergency workers have barely begun the grim work of combing through the blackened, smoking ruins of houses, cars, forests and businesses.

Source: In California, Fires So Fast Hesitation Proved Lethal - NYTimes.com

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