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A Word from Tally: ‘Obamacare Is An Epic Win For Everyone’

The main thing you must know: The GOP’s SuperSugarDaddies™ are: The NRA, BIG OIL, BIG PHARMA, and BIG HEALTH. BIG HEALTH does NOT like Obamacare because it makes them spend money on actual CARE or else issue refunds. It forces them to cover sick people. It prevents them from dropping people so they don’t have to pay their claims. That means LESS MONEY FOR BIG HEALTH, and by extension, the GOP. If the ACA was such a giant gift to the BIG HEALTH insurers, why do they all want it repealed so badly? Everything the GOP says about Obamacare is a LIE.

Anyone who walks into a hospital in the United States MUST BE TREATED whether they can pay for it or not. That is the law. The money for that doesn’t come from the GOP’s Magic Infinite Money Tree™.

Healthcare IS A TAX NOW on the entire population, and has been forever  – more so on the middle class who pay a higher tax rate than people like Mitt Romney. Everyone pays for the millions of people who either cannot afford it, or can afford it and refuse to buy insurance. We pay for it in taxes. We pay in overpriced premiums, and overpriced care.

ALL OF THAT STOPS WITH THE ACA BECAUSE EVERYONE IS IN THE POOL.

More people in the pool = less cost for everyone, and eventually everyone will get their coverage from the NON-PROFITS going onto the exchanges in 2014 who will offer BETTER PLANS for LESS MONEY because they don’t have $12mill CEOs to pay or stocks to sell. Only idiots will continue to throw money at for-profit insurers.

Sure, those who can afford a plan but still refuse to buy one will have to pay a tax penalty. So what? THEY SHOULD. The good news is, the rest of us will save money by not picking up their tab anymore.

Healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses will be in demand. Millions of JOBS created. Students going into the healthcare field will be guaranteed work!

OBAMACARE IS EPIC WIN FOR EVERYONE! (Except the GOP who, like a bullying, abusive partner, hates anything good unless they create it.)

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189 Responses to “A Word from Tally: ‘Obamacare Is An Epic Win For Everyone’”


    • 2 Betsy
      July 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Congrats on first Pamela!

    • 3 isonprize
      July 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Here is a clear yet detailed explanation of “Obamacare” = the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

      It give details, citations to sections of the actual law and breaks it down by the year of implementation. It’s long and it is not “official” from HHS but it’s the best I’ve seen thus far. The author includes edits, clarifications and attempts to address myths and misconceptions about “Obamacare.”

      What exactly is Obamacare and what did it change?

      • 4 prettyfoot58
        July 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        thank you…bookmarked it…plan to email it to as many people as possible

        • 5 isonprize
          July 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

          Hey pf58, I haven’t been in the office lately, so I don’t know the schedule. I’m sure if you call or email, he’ll keep you posted.

  1. 6 Pamela
    July 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Did I really walk into that? :)

  2. 18 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    WP told me that I was posting comments too quickly….Pamela can we share???

    • 19 Pamela
      July 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Mais oui, Madame Desertflower! I got tossed for posting too quickly also, but hey, I was first…. The other comments were just in fun! :)

  3. July 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks a million for this Tally! I owe a bunch of people some pics, will make amends when I get back here later – until then, chat away.

    • 22 Pamela
      July 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Chipsticks, you don’t owe me nuthin’…. You have always been a stellar act to follow! Just putting up with us is reward enough for me and DF! :lol:

    • 24 Tally
      July 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Bisous!!

    • July 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Hello Ms. Chips, couple questions for you:

      1) I’m already following the blog, but now there’s a new “Follow” button at the bottom right of my screen that says, “Follow ‘The Obama Diary.’ Get every new post delivered to your inbox.” Then there’s a field for me to type in my email address. Well, I don’t want “every new post delivered to [my] inbox.” I’m quite happy with the way I already follow the blog. Anyway I can keep my current settings? Or is this the only way to follow the blog now?

      2) I know you’re busy and already do so much, but is it possible for you to post a transcript of these Rethug videos? I hate to watch them because I have an allergic reaction to wingnut. ;-) Seriously.

      • 26 57andfemale
        July 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

        Just don’t hit the ‘follow’ button at the bottom right OR the top left and you’ll be fine.

      • July 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Hellooooooo Hachikō.

        (1) Yikes, I know nothing about this. Is this a new feature? I didn’t get anything from WordPress telling me about it, so I honestly haven’t a clue what it’s about. Will look in to it.

        (2) Ha, I can understand you not wanting to listen to these guys, they’re nauseating! But sorry, it would take way too much time to transcribe them.

  4. 31 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    So right, Tally! To add to your post, this from Smartypants is a MUST READ!

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2012/07/aca-look-at-health-insurance-exchanges.html

  5. 35 Linda
    July 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Romney Family In New Hampshire For Annual Summer Vacation

    The Romney family, 30 in all, began their annual week-long summer vacation Saturday at Mitt Romney’s lakeside estate in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The highly orchestrated week is spent playing sports, including a competition called the “Romney Olympics,” reports the Washington Post.

    The Romney Olympics have long included a mini-triathlon of biking, swimming and running that pits Mitt and his five sons and their wives against one another. But after Mitt once nearly finished last, behind a daughter-in-law who had given birth to her second child a couple of months earlier, the ultra-competitive and self-described unathletic patriarch expanded the games to give himself a better shot.

    The adults also take time in the evenings to have serious family meetings.

    At night, the adults gather for family meetings, with each evening focused on a frank and full discussion of a different son’s career moves and parenting worries.

    In the Romney family, the trips to Wolfeboro are mandatory, according to the Post’s story.

    TPM

    • 36 Pamela
      July 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      My last word: so who really gives a f**k? Buh-bye!

      • 37 anniebella
        July 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        Pamela, you said the first thought which came to my mind, “who really gives a f**k. Is one of the Romney Olympics event call “Liar”. Mitt Romney should win that award with no doubt.

        • 38 0388jojothecat
          July 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm

          …….where he always has to have a better advantage from people in his own family…..how sick is that.

    • 39 utaustinliberal
      July 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      I’m sure the sport Mitt invented to give himself an advantage was titled: “Who Can Strap A Dog To The Roof Of A Car In Five Minutes Or Less?” :roll:

    • 42 Tally
      July 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      That’s just creepy all around.

    • 43 Debz
      July 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Romney gets a week long vacation and no one is outraged???? Yet POTUS isn’t supposed to spend a weekend with his family without being hammered by everyone. Not to mention the “lakeside estate” while the President rents the places where he vacations and is attacked for the places being too exclusive and expensive.

      • 44 Tally
        July 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        Romney is unemployed – why aren’t they outraged about that?

        • 45 Debz
          July 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

          Being unemployed while owning several “estates,” just like the regular folks!!

          • 46 trinisamba
            July 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm

            Do they expect the President to stay at Best Western because he is “not like them”?…………WTF!!! They can all go suck a duck, as far as I am concerned………….The Myths, that is.

      • 47 susanne
        July 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        but when you read about the way the whole ‘vacation’ is scripted and mandated, a very creepy feeling arises: nobody at this party is having fun, except mitt.

    • July 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      OOOOooooooo, SERIOUS family meetings!

      I’m thinking Mitt’s best event where he grabs the gold must be Low Hurdle Lying.

      • 49 susanne
        July 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        yeah, where the ‘adults’ discuss how the kids are to be molded. sounds like a family system that creates liars: you’d have no privacy or volition otherwise.

    • 50 ChristiMTL
      July 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Creepy and weird,…………..

    • 51 cognachas4paws
      July 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Sounds like the vacation from hell. I bet he won’t get any flack for taking a vacation the way President Obama does – once a freaking year at the holidays!

  6. 52 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Whew…for a Sunday, TOD sure has been buzzing with new posts.

    Favorite line: “The money for that doesn’t come from the GOP’s Magic Infinite Money Tree™.” :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Good one Tally.

  7. 54 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Mitch McConnell: Covering 30 million uninsured is `not the issue’

    By Greg Sargent

    ———————————–

    The most charitable reading of McConnell’s quote is that he meant that Republicans see no need to come up up with a single overarching reform plan that would cover those millions of uninsured, and instead will advocate a step-by-step approach. But even Wallace saw McConnell’s quote in far less charitable terms:

    WALLACE: You don’t think the 30 million people who are uninsured is an issue?

    MCCONNELL: Let me tell you what we’re not going to do. We’re not going to turn the American health care system into a western European system.

    It’s worth pointing out that this is basically Mitt Romney’s position, too. The Romney campaign has acknowledged that he would not replace Obamacare with across-the-board protections for people with preexisting conditions. And the New York Times recently took a look at the alternatives Romney has proposed, and concluded that they would deemphasize the goal of “reducing the ranks of the uninsured.”

    —————————

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/mitch-mcconnell-covering-30-million-uninsured-is-not-the-issue/2012/07/01/gJQA3mqGGW_blog.html

    • 55 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      July 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm
      • 56 ChristiMTL
        July 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        I sent a tweet earlier about that……they really got caught off guard this morning because they’re not use to pushback from ”journalists”…they usually just spew their lies unchallenged.

        Repeal and Replace is their talking point…….oops…..They didn’t expect this…..Replace with what?…they didn’t know what to say of course because they have nothing…..it was a refreshing change!

    • 58 Tally
      July 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Romney said he would keep all of Obamacare except the main thing that pays for it – the MANDATE.

      MITTIOT.

    • 59 57andfemale
      July 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Lousy message. Outrageous messenger, but did you guys see howskillfully Repubs do it? He pivoted to giving Romney credit and a [b.s.] reason to vote for him.

      That’s message discipline. DWS, make sure every Democrat learns how to do this.

  8. 60 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm
  9. 61 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Axelrod’s the best. :D

  10. 65 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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    The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 6/28/12

    ————————————-

    Healthcare and the Supreme Court for the Full Hour; Right-Wing Justices Attacking the 20th Century; Conservative Reaction; Cable News Flubs; Americans Don’t Know What’s in the Law; Confounding Healthcare Poll Results; Capitulating to Republican Tantrums; Everything We Didn’t Get To will be Featured on The After Party Tomorrow; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius!

    ————————————

    http://bobcesca.com/blog-archives/2012/06/the-bubble-genius-bob-chez-show-62812.html

  11. 66 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Well stated, as always, Tally!

  12. 68 Tally
    July 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    ok – the opening of the Euro2012 Cup is cheesy but awesome.

  13. 70 Ladyhawke
    July 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    EXPLAINED: “THE MITTNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM” (But of course, we all knew this was the strategy.)

    Romney Advisers Reveal Strategy: Ignore Journalists, Pander To Right-Wing Conspriacy Websites

    ————————————

    In a stunning interview with Breitbart.com, two top advisers to Mitt Romney revealed the campaign’s plan to largely ignore journalists in favor of right-wing conspiracy websites.

    From the beginning of the campaign, Romney has pointedly avoided news outlets who might pose tough questions. The press dubbed it “the Mittness Protection Program.” As the campaign wore on, Romney has refused to answer direct questions about major policy issues central to the campaign. For example, Romney has still not stated whether he would undo Obama’s order ending deportations for many young undocumented immigrants.

    Romney campaign spokesman Lenny Alcivar recently outlined how the campaign will avoid journalists and cooridnate and communicate their message through Brietbart.com and the Drudge Report:

    —————————————–

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/07/01/509328/romney-advisors-reveal-strategy-ignore-journalists-pander-to-right-wing-conspriacy-websites/

  14. 72 Bill
    July 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Tally, I have seen various numbers. What number do you feel comfortable quoting for the number who die yearly from lack of health insurance in the US?

  15. 80 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm
  16. 81 forus50
    July 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm
  17. 84 lamh35
    July 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Evening guys.

    Woo, I spent entirely too much money on cleaning supplies for the house. Tomorrow though, this house is gonna get cleaned from top to bottom!

    Hope everyone has a great Sunday

  18. 91 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Sad irony …

  19. 95 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/01/paul-ryan-repeal-health-law-because-rights-come-from-god/

    Talking to Vicki Kennedy:

    “We’re going to repeal the entire law and then we’re going to advance patient-centered reforms that address these kinds of issues,” the Wisconsin Republican said.

    “I think this at the end of the day is a big philosophy difference,” he continued. “What Ms. Kennedy and others were saying is that this is a new government-granted right. We disagree with the notion that our rights come from government, that the government can now grant us and define our rights. Those are ours, they come from nature and God, according to the Declaration of Independence — a huge difference in philosophy.”

    GOD?????? God doesn’t have a thing to do with this. “God” would be mortified at the callousness of these people

    • 96 prettyfoot58
      July 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      there is toooo much talk of what folks thinks God/Supreme Being/TheCreator/WANTS

      /what i want to know is how do they KNOW what God Wants/when was the last time that God had a personal conversation with them/

  20. 97 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I know. DK…but this is priceless.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/01/1104875/-Mitt-Romney-On-The-Killer-Colorado-Wildfires-A-Picture-Meme

    Got to check the picture and Mitt words if nothing else

  21. 102 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOO more scary words! Gee, I wonder how much cash the Dr. gets from healthcare industry?

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/01/509304/coburn-sovietize-health-care-choice/

    • 103 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      July 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    • 104 Linda
      July 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Is the philosophy he used when he sterilized a 19 year old African American woman when he terminated her tubal pregnancy without her permission ?

      • 105 desertflower
        July 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        HE DID?????????????????????? Holy shit. Just holy shit.

        • 106 Linda
          July 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

          Yes he did…..but he NEVER billed Medicaid for the procedure and when she tried to sue him…he claimed she gave him “verbal” consent .

          When she wanted to sue….she was told she had no case because it was a “he said…she said ” situation.

  22. 108 ChristiMTL
    July 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I just check why Scientology was trending on Twitter…..well I figured it was about Tom Cruise and his wife…..

    First tweet I saw……from Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Murdoch ‏@rupertmurdoch

    Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people.

    Yea because they’re nothing creepy and evil about him

  23. July 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Another Win for the President-

    The statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney:

    “The United States welcomes the European Union’s prohibition of all Iranian crude oil imports and other sanctions on Iran’s oil industry, which go into full effect today.  This collective decision of the 27 countries of the European Union represents a substantial additional commitment on the part of our European allies and partners to seek a peaceful resolution that addresses the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.  The United States and the European Union are committed to holding Iran accountable for failing to meet its international obligations.  With this decision, our partners in the EU have underscored the seriousness with which the international community views the challenge of Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    This action is an essential part of our concerted diplomatic efforts to present Iran with a clear choice between isolation or meetings its obligations.  Iran has an opportunity to pursue substantive negotiations, beginning with expert level talks this week in Istanbul, and must take concrete steps toward a comprehensive resolution of the international community’s concerns with Iran’s nuclear activities. “

    • 110 ChristiMTL
      July 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      To think that Romney has John Bolton ”bomb Iran” in his foreign policy team……..scary!

      President Obama is light years ahead of these neanderthals…..

  24. July 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Great commentary Tally. I still wonder what all the fuss is about. Universal Health care is a no-brainer. I suppose somewhere in GOP arguments health care gets lost and money becomes the issue.

  25. 114 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/07/01/509298/stand-your-ground-increase-deaths/

    A second academic study, previewed in a working paper released this week, shows that among the unintended consequences of Stand Your Ground laws is a “net increase in deaths,” according to Raw Story. “Our findings raise serious doubts against the argument that Stand Your Ground laws make America safer,” the authors wrote. Using homicide data from 2006 to 2008, the study by Georgia State University’s Chandler McClellan and Erdal Tekin, found that “between 4.4 and 7.4 additional white males are killed each month as a result of these laws” in states that have adopted them. Tekin told Raw Story: “At least some of the people getting killed are bystanders, which is more than enough to raise serious concerns about these laws.” The analysis mirrors another recent study from Texas A&M University.

    • 115 57andfemale
      July 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      The NRA is fucking out of control. And ruining this country.

      I remember watching an interview with Barney Frank a few years ago, where he said that the most radical group in America was the NRA, but they had insinuated themselves into regular government and were probably single handedly the reason for the rise of the virulent right.

      • 116 Tally
        July 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

        Fast & Furious is all about Issa protecting the NRA’s international arms trafficking CASH COW at all costs. AG Holder is abot to blow it all out of the water, and they know it. SO DAMN OBVIOUS, anyone with two brain cells + math skills can figure it out.

        • 117 57andfemale
          July 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

          That’s two brain cells too many for Republicans. They don’t know no stinkin’ math either.

          And of course, what made the program impossible to enforce — which may be close to a total lie by the Republicans — are the insane gun laws of AZ. As the Fortune article said, it’s like buying a sandwich in AZ.

          So the gun trafficking is the fault of Brewer

  26. 120 Linda
    July 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    An oldie but goodie from 2006

  27. 121 carolyn
    July 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    One thing I’ve noticed in today’s tv excerpts…..there is a subtle change in the entire conversation about health care. Chris Wallace asked the turtle three times: “But what will you do about universal healthcare?” Norah O’Donnel asked orangeman how the Republicans would handle the 30 mil uninsured. This is a BIG change. Suddenly, people are seeing the NEED for UNIVERSAL healthcare…..it is becoming the goal now, and the Repubs have no idea what to say, much less what to do. The President and others are now driving the conversation, and shortly, those who don’t want universal health care will be the baddies, which they are. They no longer will be able to get by with their prefabricated talking points. Hooray for Norah and Chris. Now…..if ole Gregory would get some sense…..
    I predict…..(I love to make predictions:-) that within 5-7 years, we will have Medicare for those down to age 55, and a single payer system of another kind for those younger. It’s coming folks, it’s coming. Its time has come.

    • 122 daisydem
      July 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      Good comment, thanks for posting this. I don’t watch the “news” shows, so I appreciate this synopsis and the interpretation, which I hope to God is right. Love the optimism of your last paragraph, and would like to add: gay marriage will be allowed, women’s rights will be protected, and our infrastructure will be vastly improved, including more/better/faster trains!

    • 123 ChristiMTL
      July 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Yes!!! it’s a major change and I was shocked!…I didn’t expect this….I thought for sure it would be the usual….”biggest tax increase in the history of the word”……

    • 124 forus50
      July 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Very insightful – I hadn’t realized it but yes, the change in conversation alone is HUGE. It’s not whether or not to have universal healthcare but how. And Turtle, OrangeMan and the rest of Kochsuckers are too dumb to realize that “How” has already been decided.

    • 125 ChristiMTL
      July 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      I saw his interview with Speaker Pelosi, she didn’t give him an inch!….she was great…..He said something like ”it’s a tax increase on the middle class”…”well it is a tax”……something like that……She said NO, it’s not a tax, it’s a penalty for free riders ………take that Gregory

      • 126 57andfemale
        July 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm

        She also said that it was a tax CUT for the middle class, and only applied to those who can afford insurance but insist on putting the burden on those who already pay for insurance.

    • July 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Of course, in order to get Medicare for all, we have to get rid of all the Republicans.
      What is more likely is a debt reduction plan, balanced, cutting 4 trillion in spending over ten years.
      Tax reform in order to expand the base to bring in more revenue, immigration reform, a balanced energy policy of all of the above.
      That is if the President wins and keeps the Senate.
      If the unthinkable happens, look for massive cuts to all social programs, by the majority.
      So, Medicare for all, doubtful!
      Not until we are out of this World Depression we are in, and not until we fix Citizens United.
      Reality check!

      • 128 carolyn
        July 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Reality, perhaps…..but, we can make our own reality by our work. Who thought a week ago that the President’s Health Care Plan would have been upheld? Very few people here did. I am one of those incorrigible “glass half-full” people….and at 72 I’m not going to change. We’ll all work hard to repeal Citizens United, hopefully harder than the others are working to repeal healthcare. Remember, few thought the president should go for health care reform so soon into his first term. Both Joe Biden and Rahm admitted they didn’t think he should take the chance, but as we know, it’s “Go Big, or Go Home.” Also, if it hadn’t been for Joe Lieberman, it would have been Medicare down to age 55.
        Tax reform, immigration reform, balanced energy policy these will all be taken care of, IF we keep the Senate, yes. But, I just see the winds blowing in favor of health care now, a total sea change okay, mixed metaphor:(

        • July 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

          I just don’t want you to be disappointed, anything over what I mentioned, maybe some infrastructure plan, would be bonus.
          We are in a worldwide depression, tax revenues are way down and the rich ate trying to transform the whole Country.
          That is what I know.
          Of course, we can all bust our butts to see what happens.
          My thoughts ate, we are in a Hell of a battle just to hold onto what we have.
          But, I appreciate your enthusiasm! That is a good thing.

          • 130 carolyn
            July 1, 2012 at 7:02 pm

            At age 72, I’m no stranger to disappointment, but I also am no stranger to regrouping and trying again. That’s what we do.

            • 131 susanne
              July 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm

              yes! and isn’t that the great joy of age? taking the long view, and knowing we can see a better day on the horizon!

  28. July 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Coming up on 60 minutes- a crippled Iranian nuclear facility, but it was Not a bomb, it was a virus.
    Hmmmm! Imagine that? I wonder who ordered that?

  29. 135 criquet
    July 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Spread the word:

  30. July 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm
  31. 138 desertflower
    July 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Quiet Sunday music. I love Liz Story…been listening to her for many, many years. Close your eyes…..

  32. 139 Melanie
    July 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Just saw this link for how groups voted in 2008. Had no idea that the non-white voting % was so low. Kind of sinks in when you see it print. Blacks-13%, Hispanics 9%, Asian 2%, White 74%. Was thinking about it in relation to the speech that FLOTUS gave at the AME convention. Lots of work to be done.
    http://www.ropercenter.uconn.edu/elections/how_groups_voted/voted_08.html#.T_C60PWWz4s

    • 140 Bill
      July 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      PBO also only had only 45% of the vote in the south and 45% of the vote over 65 years of age.

      • 141 carolyn
        July 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

        If we can increase all those %ages by 2-3, we can have that landslide we so desire. I’m surprised at the low Asian %.

  33. July 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    • 143 Linda
      July 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      That provision is what is going to put them out of the health insurance business eventually…..they need to start looking for other products to sell…

      How about Media Malpractice Insurance ?

      • 144 forus50
        July 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        omg PERFECT.

      • 145 forus50
        July 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

        And speaking of media malpractice, how about the fact that this “Bomb Buried in ObamaCare…” article in Forbes is from Dec 2011. Not ONE of our media has written or talked about it in 6 months!!!! That truly is media malpractice and they SHOULD be sued.

        • 146 isonprize
          July 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm

          I noticed that Dec 11 date, and I read some of the reasoned responses that disagreed with the authors analysis of the possible effects of the Medical Loss Ratio provision. I’d be curious to know if the author still has his theory regarding for-profits health insurance companies going out of business.

          • 147 forus50
            July 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm

            Yes, I’m curious too. Although it doesn’t concern me too much if my health care is with a profit or non-profit as long as I can choose the best one.

    • 148 Tally
      July 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      That and the non-profits. buh bye BIG HEALTH.

  34. July 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm
  35. 150 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    • July 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      That was awesome to see. This thing that their candidate passed and implemented in MA, which folks like and has been good for the state would be just aweful for the rest of the country.

      Does anyone know what the mandate penalty fee is? LOD said $100.00, Norah O here says at highest $700.00.

  36. 152 Linda
    July 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Frank Luntz will have to call an emergency talking points summit…..

  37. July 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I remain obsessed with this song—-like the determination in the words “I Won’t Give Up”

    • 154 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      July 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks dotster. It’s a beautiful song and the words can apply to so many different situations. We should never give up on the things we care about.

  38. 155 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  39. 156 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm
  40. 157 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm
  41. July 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Ah – big pharma.

    The first thing this perpetual European notices when watching TV ads on the Left Side of the Atlantic is that every little inconvenience known to (wo)man is turned into an opportunity for medicalization.

    For comparison, I’m 55 years old, and the aspirin residual I have at home went unused for the last 20 years – and is now probably best catagorized as “chemical waste”.

    • 159 Linda
      July 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      As of 2009, the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct to consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal (932 KB) . [4]

      On May 26, 2011 the Congressional Budget Office released its study, “Potential Effects of a Ban on Direct-To-Consumer Advertising of New Prescription Drugs” In response to congressional proposals about restricting new prescription drugs from DTC advertising for their first two years.

      According to the study the average number of prescriptions for new drugs with DTC advertising is currently nine times greater than prescriptions for new drugs without DTC ads. The study found that a two year moratorium on DTC advertising could benefit public health by providing “more time for possible safety problems with some drugs to be uncovered,” but could also harm public health by delaying the widespread adoption of useful new drugs.

      —–

      I was just about to post a comment saying that drug advertising needs to go next…

  42. 160 isonprize
    July 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Not that Myth R-money would ever glance at this site, but for any of his troll supporters drop by, here is what a billionaire who cares about real people likes like…

  43. July 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I’m sure you all got the email from Julianna Smoot—-OFA—-donate $30 and get the cool Vote Obama tank top. I likey. Great for boiling temps and great for being a walking Obama billboard and great for campaign.

  44. 174 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm
  45. 176 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm
  46. 177 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Boris Kodjoe is hot…hot….HOT!!!! #BETAwards

  47. 178 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    • 179 carolyn
      July 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      I have never before heard of a mandatory vacation!!! That shows exactly what he would be like as president. Mandatory church, mandatory donations, mandatory, mandatory, mandatory, mandatory worship of the Myth…..wow…..folks, this is a picture of a Romney presidency!
      I love the game: “Who can tell when grandpa is lying?” That is great.

    • 181 Linda
      July 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      hahahaha…..a Romney ” Mandate “

    • 182 Ladyhawke
      July 1, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Vacation politics: Mitt Romney scolds Obama for Hawaii plans

      December 06, 2011

      ——————————————-

      Romney’s jab at Obama’s Hawaii plans also are notable because the former Massachusetts governor himself vacationed in Maui last Christmas.

      Democrats returned fire quickly.

      “A look at his record as governor paints the picture of someone who frequently vacationed his ‘day and night off’ and spent 212 days of his last year in office out of state campaigning his ‘day and night off’ for president,” the DNC said in an email listing past Romney vacation trips.

      ———————————————————

      http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/06/news/la-pn-obama-romney-hawaii-20111206

    • 183 nathkatun7
      July 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      So Romney is mandating a family vacation? Where are the GOP cries for the loss of FREEDOM for Romney family members? How can we trust this guy who deprives his family freedom to be the President of the United States?

  48. 184 utaustinliberal
    July 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm
  49. 185 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Take’n it downtown ….

  50. 186 forus50
    July 1, 2012 at 7:07 pm
  51. 188 nathkatun7
    July 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks Tally for another of your excellent commentaries. It’s posts like yours that we must do our best to share with other Americans who are in the dark about the ACA. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the ACA is constitutional, I think more and more people will begin to be curious about what it’s all about. Informed and clearly written pieces like yours will go along away in debunking GOP right wing lies. Already polls tell us that a majority of people hate the GOP demonized “Obamacare,” but they love most of its individual components. Go figure!


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