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Good things come to those who wait! If you can get to a computer or a smartphone on Wednesdays, you’ll find me hosting The Mark Riley Show at www.prn.fm 6:00pm EST.

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I really look forward to talking with you; and if you can’t make it at 6pm you can check out a Podcast!

Here’s the podcast of my first show on the Progressive Radio Network – hope you like it!

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What Have We Learned from The Nelson Mandela Memorial?

So what have we learned from the memorial service/celebration of the iconic global leader Nelson Mandela? Let’s see now, President Obama shook the hand of Cuban president Raul Castro.

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For some, this is proof our president is a commie loving Kenyan socialist traitor. Whatever. What’s in a handshake? A change in US policy toward Cuba? He’s already relaxed some strictures from an embargo against the country that’s better than a half century old. There’s no word from the White House that the handshake means he’ll eliminate the embargo.

Oh yeah, and while we’re at it, why don’t we ask ourselves just what it’s accomplished. The end of the Castros? Nope. What people won’t say about Cuba is that they stood with the liberation movements in southern Africa when American lawmakers were calling freedom fighters terrorists.

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Style over substance number two is Barack Obama’s selfie with the Prime Ministers of Britain and Denmark. For all the media coverage, you’d never even know David Cameron was in the picture. It was all about the “flirty” Obama and the Danish “tart”. Oh, and I forgot the reaction of the first lady, which journalists across the country, thousands of miles from the scene chose to interpret. While it may not have been the smartest thing in the world for the president to do, it’s nowhere near the sexualized encounter some in the tabloid press here in New York have made it out to be.

Issue number three is the non signing of the sign language interpreter who stood for hours gesticulating without actually translating what was going on at the podium. Thamsanga Jantjie maintains he was suffering from a ” schizophrenic episode, and now fears the his safety, as well as that of his family. Should be a tempest in a teapot, like the rest of this stuff.

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So these three things are the “takeaways” from a memorial service that drew tens of thousands of people to a soccer stadium to pay their respects to a man who transcended hate and oppression to forge a free South Africa?

For shame!

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President Obama “I’m not perfect”

So President Obama made the best of a bad situation regarding the Affordable Care Act. He’s allowing the insurance industry to extend existing health plans for a year. This applies to individual and small group markets. In doing so, the president tried to stop the bleeding that stems from being seen as not telling the truth when he said people who liked their plans could keep them.

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A CBS News tally says nearly five million people across the country are being dropped from insurance plans by the industry, not by the president. People need to be clear that these dropped plans are essentially failures, since many don’t meet basic mandates for things like maternity care, emergency room visits (quite expensive, these), and mental health treatment.

President Obama is up against a political buzzsaw here, and only part of it was of his making. The botched rollout of the government Website, combined with the perception that he went back on his word made Obamacare a four letter word in the minds of many. The other problem is this. If people have a cheap insurance plan and don’t use it, they like it. After all, it’s a small amount of money, and many people, especially younger folks, don’t worry about getting sick.

The firestorm all this has created is amazing, given that we’re only talking about 5% of all Americans in the individual market in the first place. But you know what they say about the squeaky wheel…..

I know he couldn’t do this, but I would have loved to see Barack Obama double down on this existing plan thing. What better time to say to the insurance companies that if they’re going to cancel policies (and be clear, they didn’t have to), the government would provide insurance for those affected. If the CBS tally of 4.8 million cancellations is correct, that makes a great base for a PUBLIC OPTION.

Yeah I know he can’t do it. But don’t you wish he would?

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