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CBO Realeases New Report On Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActCiting a “tremendous amount of uncertainty,” a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation found that because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, about 3 million to 5 million fewer people will obtain health insurance coverage through their employer between 2019 and 2022, based on the agencies' latest baseline projections.

The 30-page report noted that some observers are surprised that the two federal offices do not anticipate much higher reductions in employment-based coverage due to subsidized health insurance resulting from the 2010 law. “CBO and JCT's estimates take account of that expansion, but they also recognize that the legislation leaves in place some financial incentives and also creates new financial incentives for firms to offer and for many people to obtain health insurance coverage through their employers,” the report said.

U.S. businesses that choose not to offer coverage because of the 2010 law will tend to be smaller employers and employers with mostly lower-wage workers, according to the report, which also said those workers and their families are more likely to be eligible for Medicaid, CHIP, or subsidies through the health insurance exchanges. CBO and JCT analysts also presented four different scenarios that include both larger and smaller reductions in employment-based insurance that are based on various assumptions regarding employer behavior. In one of those scenarios, the agencies concluded that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would reduce employer-sponsored coverage by as much as 20 million people in 2019.

The findings were released two days after the CBO and JCT released their updated baseline projections as well as separate analysis about the healthcare law.


Louisville Metro Council

Louisville Metro CouncilThe Louisville Metro Council is the city legislature of Louisville, Kentucky (Louisville Metro). It was formally established in January 2003 upon the merger of the former City of Louisville with Jefferson County and replaced the city's Board of Aldermen and the county's Fiscal Court (three county commissioners).

The Metro Council consists of twenty-six seats corresponding to districts apportioned by population throughout Jefferson County. Although all cities in Jefferson County, apart from Louisville, retained their status after the merger, their residents are represented on Metro Council and vote alongside other county residents. The seats come up for reelection every four years, using a staggered process so that only half of the seats are up every two years.

Since the council's inception, Democrats have maintained a majority in the chamber, currently with seventeen members (65.4%). Democrats gained two seats in the 2010 election.

Below is a list of our Democratic Louisville Metro Council members.
Incumbents not up for election on Nov. 6th are noted with an "*".

Metro Council - 1st District

Attica Woodson Scott
3118 Hale Ave.
Louisville, KY 40211

Metro Council - 2nd District

Barbara Shanklin
4801 Shasta Trail
Louisville, KY 40208

Metro Council - 3rd District

* Mary C. Woolridge
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 4th District

David Tandy
1510 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40203

Metro Council - 5th District

* Cheri Hamilton
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 6th District

David James
310 W. Lee St.
Louisville, KY 40208

Metro Council - 8th District

Tom Owen
54 Hill Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205

Metro Council - 9th District

* Tina Ward-Pugh
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 10th District

Jim King
2900 Newburg Rd.
Louisville, KY 40205

Metro Council - 12th District

Rick Blackwell
6712 Marian Dr.
Louisville, KY 40216

Metro Council - 13th District

* Vicki Aubrey Welch
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 14th District

Cindi Fowler
9814 Lower River Rd.
Louisville, KY 40272

Metro Council - 15th District

* Marianne Butler
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 16th District

Tim Martin
6115 Rodes Dr.
Louisville, 40222

Metro Council - 18th District

Ryan Teague Ridge
8113 Limehouse Ln.
Louisville, KY 40220

Metro Council - 20th District

J. Joseph Cohen
11502 Falling Brook DR.
Louisville, KY 40299

Metro Council - 21st District

* Dan Johnson
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 22nd District

Robert John Zoeller Jr.
9107 Waltlee Rd.
Louisville, KY 40291

Metro Council - 24th District

Madonna Flood
4210 Kurtz Ave.
Louisville, KY 40229

Metro Council - 25th District

* David Yates
City Hall
601 West Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Metro Council - 26th District

Brent Ackerson
406 Browns Ln.
Louisville, KY 40207

Do You Want A Raise?

Do you want a raise? Republicans have given themselves one again and again through the tax code.

The average executive at the top 200 companies made an average of almost $11,000,000 last year. That is a 23% increase while the average worker had between a 0% and .5% increase! [1]

It seems Republicans read the memo upside down because they think the problem is executives aren’t making enough money.

I Want To Work!Numbers like this make it clear why the Republican economic plan is wrong for America. A budget is a tangible expression of your prio rities. While Republicans want to reward those who make millions of dollars every year, Democrats want to protect America’s hard-working middle class and seniors.

That is why even though the economy is beginning to float once again, only the wealthy have seats in the boat.

Success should be rewarded, but not subsidized by the poor. It is now time to ask millionaires and billionaires to forego some of their tax breaks that we can no longer afford.

Democrats are standing up to the nonsense. In Congress and the White House, Democrats are defending Social Security and Medicare in the debt-ceiling discussions because we know the debt is not from our seniors, but from the Bush tax cuts and unfunded wars.

Republicans would make you think that the debt is our biggest problem. I say our biggest problem is the Republican delusion, that people who make over $1,000,000 EVERY YEAR are being punished by paying what they paid in the ‘90s.

We already had a budget debate. My message to Republicans: You cannot hold our middle class and seniors hostage every time we face a crisis. Under President Bush, the debt ceiling was raised seven times. Your hypocrisy has gone too far.

Let’s stand up to the out of control greed! Please call Senator Mitch McConnell (502) 582-6304 or Senator Rand Paul (502) 584-5341. Ask them to stop thinking about their big donors and start thinking of us!

Thank you for standing strong and helping guide this nation through rough waters.


Aaron Yarmuth


[1] Prandya, Joshi. “We Knew They Got Raises. But This?” The New York Times. 02 July 2011.

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