From the looks of their sharing habits this week, ShareThis users were feeling political, righteous and healthcare-conscious, with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure. Let’s see what fueled the past week’s world of sharing.
Health insurance companies found themselves in quite a pickle recently when the Department of Health & Human Services released guidelines governing what will qualify as a medical expense for purposes of meeting a requirement outlined in Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The act requires that insurers spend 80 percent of the money they collect in the form of consumers’ premiums on the actual medical services for which consumers are paying, rather than overhead. It’s no easy task trying to turn a hefty profit while spending such a whopping amount on actual medical care, points out Forbes contributor Rick Ungar in “The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah!” Think the title of Ungar’s article alone gives readers a pretty good idea of where he stands on the issue…
Since we’re on the topic of Obama’s actions in office, might as well mention this top shared Forbes story from the past week: “The National Defense Authorization Act is the Greatest Threat to Civil Liberties Americans Face.” The act is an eye opener, stating that domestic and terror investigations and interrogations will be placed into the hands of the military. “So much for innocent until proven guilty,” writes Forbes contributor E.D. Kain. “So much for limited government. What Americans are now facing is quite literally the end of the line.” Proposed by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., the act has major implications for the future of how accused terrorists are handled in the future.
Once again, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has captured the attention of the American people, this time, with a petition that supports a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United decision, a landmark ruling handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. The decision upholds the argument that the First Amendment prohibits government from censoring political broadcasts in candidate elections when those broadcasts are funded by corporations or unions. Sen. Sanders’ proposed legislation, the Saving American Democracy Amendment, offers a rebuttal, arguing that corporations should not be guaranteed the same rights as actual people. Maybe so, but they sure have deeper pockets, which may help them keep the upper hand.
Switching gears entirely, we (well anyone with a smartphone) have all been there – quickly tapping out a text without taking a second to proofread. Seriously, who proofreads text messages anyway? Given some of these hilarious, and mortifying, text message blunders courtesy of autocorrect and compiled by Mashable, maybe more of us should start! We’ll just go ahead and let the texts do the talking…
by, Tom Spano, Social Media Manager, ShareThis, Inc.
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