Your math is way off. You put too many 0s somewhere. 600 million dollars divided between 320 million Americans is less than 2 dollars per person.
Because of the ACA mandates there isn't much difference between policies except for deductibles and copays. There isn't even much selection for deductibles. Because all policies are required to offer the same coverage there is no significant price difference from one insurance company to the next. All policies are required to cover everything after a maximum out of pocket of $6,350 per year. The only difference between a silver or bronze plan is how they add up the deductibles and copays to reach $6,350. If I fall off a roof and require $35,000 in hospital treatment it won't matter to me what plan I have because I will be paying the same portion of the total.
I never worked for rep Timberlake's orchard but in the 80s and early 90s I worked for other orchards. Back then there were very few local workers who would do the harvesting and stick it out until the end of the season. There also are not many American migrant farm workers who follow the crops. One orchard where I worked for several harvests would maintain a crew of 20 pickers. They brought in 10 Jamaicans and hired 10 locals at the beginning of the season. I never saw more than 2 local workers last through the season. Housing migrant workers is a rather large expense for a farmer. Every farmer I know would prefer to hire local labor to avoid that expense but even during times of high unemployment there are not enough locals who will do the work. The pay scale was not what kept locals from sticking it out. They didn't like having to keep a quick pace to meet quotas and they thought the standards were too high for picking only the ripe fruit without bruising it. In simpler terms they were wimps.
Since the 1980s Maine has had guaranteed acceptance. Insurers could not reject someone or charge more for pre-existing conditions. The only rule about those conditions was that they were not covered for the first year of the policy if you were previously uninsured. Because of those rules maine had the second highest insurance premiums in the country. New Jersey was highest. In another post you said people should learn ther facts before posting. Follow your own advice.
People whose income is below the federal poverty level already qualify for Mainecare. People whose income is equal or higher than the federal poverty level qualify for tax credits through the exchange. Who are these people you mention that don't qualify for either Mainecare or health insurance tax credits?
If marijuana was legal he would have paid $150,000 in income taxes between 2009 and 2011.
I don't know where your information comes from but much of it is wrong. Hallucinogenic drugs are not the biggest or most destructive part of the drug problem here or anywhere else. Opiates and methamphetamine are the biggest problem drugs in this country. Most opiate addicts do not start by smoking marijuana. They start by using prescription pain killers. When the prescription drugs are not available they turn to heroin. Meth heads have more in common with crack addicts than with pot smokers.
Legalizing marijuana will not cause an increased use of more dangerous drugs. Legal marijuana would compete with illegal harder drugs much more than it would lead to them. Legal marijuana would lead to less business for defense lawyers, less need for prison space and guards, less environmental damage from illegal growing operations, less money spent on enforcement and prosecution and fewer enforcement officers in dangerous situations. It would also free resources to fight the more dangerous drugs. Marijuana taxes could fund the rest of the war on drugs.
Legal marijuana would also take the profits away from the Mexican drug cartels making them less violent. It would move billions of dollars from the underground economy to taxable income. It's time for the government to stop fighting a battle it can't win.
Period might be able to keep his health insurance but what about everybody else?
If the right has a problem with nonwhites how do you explain Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, Michael Steele or Marco Rubio? You must be out of ammo to be crying racist.
Socialism is where everyone contributes what they can and takes what they need. When I look at the exchanges with their tax credits and medicaid that is exactly what I see. As for the insurance companies they are simply the ones who administrate this socialist scam. It has taken away freedom of choice by forcing everyone to have the same dedictible. I know there are different plans with different copays but they are really all the same. The out of pocket limits for all of them is $6,350. If you get cancer and have $200,000 in medical bills it doesn't matter which set of numbers is used to add up to $6,350.