136 Responses to “Obamacare: A Fact or Two”


  1. 1 andogriff
    July 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Just sent out these excellent fact sheets, thanks Ms Chips!

  2. July 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for posting. Just downloaded as you were posting.

  3. July 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    THIS X INFINITY!!!

  4. 7 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    The SB1 hearings are interesting to say the least and also frustrating. These anti-choicers have had several abortions yet in the same breath want to restrict other women from having the CHOICE to have an abortion if they so wish or if their lives are in danger. A New York man flew all the way from New York to deny women the access to abortion. Are you fucking kidding me? New Yorkers have access to abortion. They aren’t being harmfully restricted yet this non-Texan scumbag wants to deny Texas women the access to healthcare.

    You don’t have a uterus, you DON’T get to tell women what to do with their bodies or restrict their access to healthcare.

  5. 17 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Fantastic graphic.

  6. 18 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

  7. 19 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

  8. 20 utaustinliberal
    July 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  9. 23 dotster3
    July 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    OT, but some good news for Chicago, for a change. Just heard on the news there is a big tourism boon going on—–streets, hotels, restaurants, retail establishments packed. 80 million visited last year, expected to be higher this year, huge increase in international travelers. Big building boon also—4 new hotels going up, new retail and condo developments. Economy on the rise. Come visit Chicago. It’s a beautiful, world class city.

    • July 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      And I see Justin Bieber – who is here for a concert – just tweeted “I love Chicago” and got 39,000 retweets. Craziness. In all seriousness, I’ve never seen the restaurants so busy – even before the recession. I have company pretty much every weekend as my family and friends LOVE visiting; so much to see and do – actually more than New York City because of the Lake and the more accessible for commerce Chicago River.

      • 25 57andfemale
        July 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

        It’s just a great town. I love living here. It’s ‘home’ to me although I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I’ve been a chicagoan for over 40 years.

    • 26 57andfemale
      July 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      There’s not a lot of empty lots in my mid NW side neighborhood, but two, three houses are going up on bulldozed buildings or empty lots just within a few blocks. I haven’t seen that in 4.5 years.

    • 27 MightyPamela
      July 8, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      This has to be Obama’s fault, I’m thinking!

  10. 29 yardarm756
    July 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I have already seen the benefits including a coupla rebate checks! :-)

  11. 47 amk for obama
    July 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Brought over from last thread – just to troll you all.

    You put a coin in an empty bottle and insert a cork in the bottle’s opening. How can you remove the coin without taking out the cork or breaking the bottle?

  12. 61 dotster3
    July 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  13. 64 Nena20409
    July 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Unfortunately now 13 confirmed deaths in the Explosion in Canada. Many are still unaccounted for. So very sad.

  14. 66 forus50
    July 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    From my TL it sounds like the prosecution didn’t do a good job today in the Zimmerman trial? Anyone know when the trial might go to the jury? What a travesty all around that Trayvon’s parents have to fight so hard for justice for their son.. .

  15. 67 vitaminlover
    July 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    People had better recognize that ObamaCare is the stuff and it is a good thing.

  16. 68 vcprezofan2
    July 8, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Howdy folks! After noting a couple of references last night to ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ being impactful I decided to read it again since I couldn’t remember the story. I went down to the basement library, and there it was, along with a couple of other ‘old’ goodies, most of which I know I’ve read, but not all. There were quite a few that were mentioned here that are on my shelves. The truth is I read them so long ago I really don’t remember the plots. :roll: Anyway, you guys nudged me into doing a bit more ‘serious’ reading so I started ‘To Kill……’ today. It’s the 1977 edition and still has the price tag of $1.75 stuck on it! Thanks. :grin:

    • 69 forus50
      July 8, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      vc, I find that to be true too about reading them and not remembering them or not feeling like they were exceptional at the time that I read them. I think that is often because we are told to read them rather than choosing to read them; it doesn’t resonate; no different than not appreciating stories by your elders until you are much older when you really want to know their history. I know I read “Moby Dick” as a teenager but reading it now (since POTUS said it’s his favorite novel) is like reading an entirely new book.

      • 70 vcprezofan2
        July 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        ‘I think that is often because we are told to read them rather than choosing to read them;’

        Agreed, FORUS. Of course, reading a book for a 2nd time most always reveals something I missed previously, and reading them with the added insight of maturity is another bonus.

    • 71 57andfemale
      July 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Revisiting books is so enriching. I shelve all expectations when I take out a book I’ve been reading for 40, 50 years to have it be a revelation is so many unimagined ways. It’s one of the experiences that is what makes being a human being so joyous and hopeful.

      I always blank when asked for my most important book, or favorite movie. But I’d have to say Thoreau’s Walden changed who I became. To Kill a Mockingbird ranks right up there. East of Eden, for very unexpected reasons. the short stories of Theodore Sturgeon, who teaches more about the human condition through science fiction. Almost impossible to find all of his works, even on kindle.

      Which reminds me, vc, of the stack of science fiction paperbacks sitting in the basement……

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        July 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm

        57F, that great thread on reading has truly zapped me big time! I now have 5 other (already read) books sitting at the end of my bed while ‘TO Kill A Mocking Bird’ is on the night table bookmarked, while I visit with you guys. :grin:

        • 73 57andfemale
          July 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

          I ‘read’ for a living. I enjoy the research that I do, but I find I don’t read for pleasure anywhere near as much as I used to. I miss it…….

    • 74 MightyPamela
      July 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Between keeping up with the grueling pace of my exercises and planning to go out this morning, I did not have a chance to tell the title of the book which not only stopped me in my tracks but had me on a strict vegetarian diet for years and years in my late teens: The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. I know it was required reading, and I kinda knew things had improved, but still I am mainly vegetarian, and still when I eat a bit of meat of chicken, I picture those poor animals suffering terrible unkindness. I do also think about the humans who work in the slaughterhouses, it’s just so hard.

      • 75 vcprezofan2
        July 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

        Hi, MP. I can’t see myself being a vegetarian as I really love meat, and I only eat vegetables because I have to.

        • 76 MightyPamela
          July 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm

          Well, I only eat because I have to, I would much rather live on Light and Air and Water! (am working on that), I know JO’B stands with me on this, I’ve heard her say so… But, if that is true for you VC, my dear friend, do not read the book mentioned above…. {{{{VC}}}}

          • 77 vcprezofan2
            July 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm

            :grin: I won’t, though to be truthful I find eating quite tedious as I can never decide on what I want to eat – one reason I rarely go out to eat in a restaurant.

          • 78 jacquelineoboomer
            July 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

            Ya made me laugh, again, MightyPamela. Actually, the quote I borrowed was that I only have a kitchen because it came with the house. But, actually, food means nothing “personal” to me other than – as you said – “I have to.” I don’t like to buy it or cook it or think about doing that, but I’ll pretty much eat anything you cook for me (well, maybe not you, per se, but you know what I mean).

            I go to the grocery store and I’m thinking I must be the only one who has no clue what to get! No clue. Maybe grapes, in case anybody wants to feed me a few. Often, I stop to look at the magazines, just to give my brain a rest. Decades ago, I once had a panic attack at the grocery store, because my mother (whom I was waiting for) wouldn’t get out of Produce. I believe I may have been an Irish goddess in a previous life. (Were there Irish goddesses? Dunno.) My mother was, obviously, not Irish.

            None of the above applies to chocolate.

            I will try a “Light and Air and Water” regimen, tomorrow, with a dash of chocolate!

        • 79 yardarm756
          July 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

          If you have the stomach for it, I recommend “Something of Value” by Robert Ruark, I believe. A brutal look at Africa’s quest for independence that affected me greatly. For a time there folks in this country that subscribed to the violence portrayed in this book.

  17. July 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Evening, Obots!

    So what have I missed today?

  18. 86 Obama Grandmama
    July 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Glad to see this ACA info being recycled from earlier. I am sure there are many that listened to the wrong people before. Who knew the WH needed PR people to pump up the laws once Congress passed them?

  19. July 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Chips! Glad to see the fight against Koch Brothers misinfo campaign is gearing up.

  20. 90 Dudette
    July 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

  21. 95 Dudette
    July 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  22. July 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I’m weeping again. Was just using Google Images to look for a particular photo from today’s WH cabinet meeting, typed in keywords, check the screenshot of the results – the selection includes the doggy pic Amk posted in the comments this morning :lol: There are a lot of political photo searchers out there going “Huh?!”

  23. 112 arapaho415
    July 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve mentioned before that I know NOTHING about soccer, but I saw Bill’s comment about Andy Murray and the zomg 7 coincidences on an earlier thread that I had to check it out.

    And look at this…

  24. 114 Dudette
    July 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

  25. 117 Dudette
    July 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  26. 118 Dudette
    July 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Thinking of our friends in Canada — more devastation :-(

  27. 120 anniebella
    July 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Anyone know the time of the Kid’s State Dinner tomorrow?

  28. 123 Dudette
    July 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  29. 124 a4alice
    July 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks Chips! As I was driving in to work today, I was listening to MPR and they were talking about that people didn’t know about the ACA and what to do. Thanks for doing this! Tweeted UT’s stuff too. So important!

  30. 128 yardarm756
    July 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    My final contribution fot the day.

  31. July 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

    With the start of the sacred month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world.

    For the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a time for thoughtful reflection, fasting and devotion. It is also an opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate the principles that bind people of different faiths – a commitment to peace, justice, equality and compassion towards our fellow human beings. These bonds are far stronger than the differences that too often drive us apart.

    This month also reminds us that freedom, dignity and opportunity are the undeniable rights of all mankind. We reflect on these universal values at a time when many citizens across the Middle East and North Africa continue to strive for these basic rights and as millions of refugees mark Ramadan far from their homes. The United States stands with those who are working to build a world where all people can write their own future and practice their faith freely, without fear of violence.

    In the United States, Ramadan is a reminder that millions of Muslim Americans enrich our nation each day—serving in our government, leading scientific breakthroughs, generating jobs and caring for our neighbors in need. I have been honored to host an iftar dinner at the White House each of the past four years, and this year I look forward to welcoming Muslim Americans who are contributing to our country as entrepreneurs, activists and artists.

    I wish Muslims across America and around the world a month blessed with the joys of family, peace and understanding. Ramadan Kareem.

  32. 132 arapaho415
    July 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Wow.

    60 years after Hank Williams Sr. (the only Hank Willaims as far as Obots are concerned) death, today’s obituary for his driver.

  33. 135 amk for obama
    July 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    :D

  34. 136 dotster3
    July 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Anyone watching Gasland 2 on HBO? Absolutely horrifying. Fracking polluting everyone’s water supply, air. People in these areas can light their water on fire out of the tap. Turn on the hose and fire comes out. Health and property values ruined. Find the toxic gases in residents’ lungs and organs, kids develop daily nose bleeds. Some places told to only use water for showers but not to let it get in their eyes, do not drink. Some people have told their homes may blow up from the buildup of gases underneath them. This is a complete horror story. And no politician, including our friends, is coming off very well in this documentary. Sold out to the gas industries.


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