Over 1 Million Millennials Can Get Health Insurance for $50 Per Month Under the ACA

A new report just published by the Department of Health and Human Services found that 1.3 million uninsured, single young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 will be eligible for bronze level health coverage offered in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange marketplace for $50 a month, based on the analysis of data in 34 states (all the states participating in the Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces). This is nearly 46 percent of population of this age group. Additionally, nearly 66 Read More

More Bad News for Millennials

Just this week, two new studies came out reporting more bad news for Millennials. The first study analyzed the high unemployment rate among 16-to-24-year-olds, while the second found that Millennials will not likely retire until they are 73. The Opportunity Nation coalition, a coalition of businesses, advocacy groups, policy experts and nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing economic mobility, wrote a report stating that 6 million, or nearly 15 percent, of 16-to-24-year-olds are neither in school or working. The is a problem because Read More

Arctic Temperatures Reach a 44,000 Year High

A new study by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder found that temperatures in the Canadian Arctic over the last century are the highest they have been in 44,000 years, and possibly even 120,000 years. The study found that “the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” So basically, there is no way that this is just part of a natural temperature cycle–it Read More

A Majority of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization

A new Gallop Poll found that for the first time ever a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use–not just medicinal use, but recreational use. This is historic, and signals that within the next decade or two marijuana use could potentially be legal nationwide. The support for marijuana legalization jumped 10 points since just last year. Not surprisingly, the generation most in favor of legalizing marijuana is Millennials, with 67 percent favoring legalization compared to 31 percent Read More

The Affordable Care Act a Failure Already?

It’s been three weeks since the exchange marketplace portion of the Affordable Care Act went into effect. So far, it’s roll out has been less than stellar (and that is putting it mildly). The website is a mess, people are confused and submitting incomplete applications (or multiple applications), and premiums are really high in many cases. It has been kind of a disaster. However, it is important to note that this is just week three. And with something as big and as Read More

99 Under 33

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I would be attending a reception honoring the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, as picked by Diplomatic Courier Magazine and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. The honorees were from 37 different countries and included attorneys, financiers, technologists, journalists, bankers, activists, scientists, diplomats and soldiers, among other professions. To say the very least, it was inspiring to be among so many engaged and conscientious young people. I had the Read More

This is Like a Written Time Capsule for 2013

No bones about it, 2013 has been a tough year. The poem below talks about the many issues that our nation and the world have been dealing with the past year. Some are new, some are ongoing from previous years. But they all highlight the fact that we in the midst of a crisis. I wonder when we will finally take this crisis seriously. Will it be in 2014, 2015, 2016, never? We sure love to bitch about it (and apparently write Read More

Here, Here!

If you have been reading this blog, then you know that I have been preaching about the importance of voting. The recent government shutdown and near debt default is proof of that. So next November, when all the power goes back to the people on Election Day, let’s vote out as much stupid as we can.