Husband kills wife, then himself in what family calls ‘mercy shooting’ – News4Jax

The Political Agitator’s response: But some white folk just don’t get it, they think that it is the Democrats and black folk fault that things are the way they are. They don’t want affordable healthcare but then look at what happens. It is just like some rich white folk who are not happen, end up killing themselves and sometimes their family. Folk this is just sad! Them today, could be you tomorrow because we are not our mind keeper and the pressures of this world may make you do some things. I pray that I stay in my right mind.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The sister of a man who killed his wife and then himself in a San Souci home Wednesday night said he did it because he couldn’t stand to see his wife suffer any longer.

Officers found the couple dead in their home on Goltare Drive about 3:30 p.m. when a man called 911 to report that he had shot his wife and was prepared to take his own life.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office won’t identify the victims, but family members said John and Gwendolyn Thombleson died in the home. The husband’s sister said after the wife had surgery eight months ago, her health began declining rapidly and she developed several health conditions, including dementia.

The medical bills were piling up, and neighbors told News4Jax that John Thombleson had said their insurance was expiring, leaving them no way to pay for the mounting expenses.

According to police, officers sent to the home made numerous attempts to contact the people inside but the attempts were unsuccessful. (Read more)

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Event set to offer assistance with ACA – Rocky Mount Telegram

Regional residents in need of health insurance will have a chance Monday to receive help in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act.

Experts will be on hand during the Regional Health Information fair and Affordable Care Act Enrollment to provide in-person assistance.

The fair opens at 9 a.m. and runs to 1 p.m. at the Edgecombe County Industrial Incubator at 110 Fountain Park Drive, in Battleboro.

The event is open to the public and will serve residents in Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson, Halifax and Northhampton counties.

Consumers can walk in and receive face-to-face help with the application process.

The event is sponsored by the Turning Point Workforce Development Board, the N.C. Works Career Center and Nash UNC Health Care, among others. (Sourced: Read more)

Affordable Healthcare Act Deadline Extended in North Carolina – Camel City Dispatch

On Friday, February 20th Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a special enrollment period for individuals and families who were not able to obtain health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014.  This special enrollment period will allow individuals and families who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of this new requirement to enroll in 2015 health insurance coverage through the FFM.

Even with the millions of dollars of anti-healthcare propaganda efforts mounted by corporate and political opponents of the Affordable Healthcare Act, many in North Carolina did not understand that in lieu of signing onto a plan with a health-care exchange there would be a penalty come tax day. Those who indicate that they did not know about the penalty will be given from March 15th to April 30th to sign up through a FFM.

In an attempt to score partisan political points, Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina legislature have labored to make it as difficult as possible for North Carolinians to get health coverage, but by using the FFM the entire process has become vastly simplified. “It has been easier because the web site has been working very well. The number of screens has been reduced and made more efficient. That, along with the one on one advice available here in North Carolina has made it more simple than ever to get covered.” Said Lee Dixon, the project director for NCGetCovered. Over 92% of those who have signed up in NC have qualified for Federal subsidies. (Source: Read more)

President Barack Obama Is The Man And These Ignants Just Don’t Get It

Since the Republicans have the majority in both chambers let’s see what they are going to do now.

I find the following to be quite interesting: GOP-Commissioned Benghazi Report Debunks GOP Conspirarcy Theories About Benghazi but those ignants are still trying to discredit our President with the latest: House Republicans Sue To Raise Health Care Costs For Poor Americans.

These ignants are just pitiful and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do for the next 2 years and what they are going to say when President Barack Obama is no longer in office.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case – Huffington Post

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Click on photo to read what Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to say reported on the Huffington Post.

A depressing but unsurprising decision by the majority, and a rational dissent by Justice Ginsburg. I think that Justice Ginsburg is correct that the Court has stepped into a minefield. I also think that it’s going to explode at some point and inflict a lot of damage. The religious beliefs of corporations, closely held or not, should play no role in the coverage offered in health plans for employees. What if the business is a closely-held corporation in which the employers’ faith prohibits blood transfusions, does this decision mean that the corporation can refuse to cover blood transfusions in their health plans for religious reasons? Far-fetched? Not in the least. There are religions that oppose blood transfusions and this decision certainly could be used to argue the closely-held corporation’s right to act according to its owners religious beliefs.

"The Supreme Court delivered a blow to universal birth control coverage on Monday, ruling that closely-held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their health plans for religious reasons. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sharply disagreed with the five conservatives on the court, delivering a scathing, 35-page dissent and defense of mandatory contraception coverage."

"In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs," Ginsburg wrote. She said she feared that with its decision, the court had "ventured into a minefield." by Sheria Reid 

Note: I am not only friends with Attorney Sheria Reid on Facebook but I know her on a personal note. She is originally from Wilson NC. I met her when she worked for the NC Justice & Policy Center whereby I went through training with her and I received Certificates from the Education & Law Project in the late 90’s. Sheria is a strong intelligent black female.