Let it be known that my affordable health care has increased by nearly $100 again this year. I am now paying nearly $1000 a month- very affordable! I paid about $450 dollars a month before it became affordable.  Thank you to Barack Obama, Congress, and Cigna for all your help with this matter. I am so happy to support big business, giant healthcare concerns, Wall Street, and all the entitled millions of Americans, and non-Americans, that need my help.

An article in the 10-11 December, 2016 Wall Street Journal focused on “staple” products in the food stamp program. The first sentence says it all,” In a rare tuneup to the $74 billion federal food stamp program, U.S. regulators deemed potato chips and ice cream too unhealthy to count as staple foods.”

Well, is comment really necessary? And where do I begin? It is hard just to get past the fact that food stamps is a 74 billion dollar program in and of itself. That is just mind boggling, especially in our affluent, first-world, expanding economy where there is so much job growth, construction, and low unemployment. Next, the fact the potato chips and ice cream were ever considered staple products is… just embarrassing.

Two more references to the article are necessary.  The first is that “more than 45 million people received funds from the program last year.” The current population of the U.S. is about 318 million people. That means that about 14% of our country receives assistance from the food stamp program alone.

Wikipedia lists 79 “means tested” programs for which 2.3 trillion dollars were spent in 2011. These programs include social security, housing, food, training, childcare, and medical programs among others. The 2011 figures do not include the so-called Affordable Care Act. The 2011 figure amounts to a cost for each American of about 7,192 dollars per year. That is just the cost of welfare programs. Is it any wonder our national debt is so high?

Last point of reference from the article is that not only were potato chips and ice cream removed from their former status by the USDA, but “Twinkies can no longer be considered bread and pork rinds aren’t considered a staple meat.”

Sorry, but I have to ask.  Just when is my health care coverage going to become affordable?

With that question asked, once again, I found shockingly honest comments on ObamaCare by none other than Bill Clinton. I am not sure why they are showing up now, a month later, but they are. Here are the important lines from an article at TheNewAmerican.com:

On Monday, October 3, former President Bill Clinton, in a series of unexpected and perhaps unscripted comments while stumping on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign in Flint, Michigan, took the political world by surprise when he singled out Obama­Care for scathing criticism. “You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden, 25 million more people have health care, and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half and it’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters.

He added that “the current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person, if you’re already on Medicare or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care.”

But overall, Clinton concluded, Obama­Care is hurting the very people it was intended to help, pointing out that “the people getting killed in this deal are the small-business people and individuals who make just a   little bit too much to get any of these subsidies.”

There you go, Bill Clinton’s comments no less. Here is the full article. Thank you to the Patriot Trading Group for bringing this to our attention.