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America: Winning With ObamaCare

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157 Responses to “America: Winning With ObamaCare”


  1. 13 Vicki
    February 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    This entire post is terrific news for America. Thank you for assembling this luciousness into one lovely package.

  2. 16 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Excellent ACA thread – thanks NW!

  3. February 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    From last thread.

    HA!

    Obama, First Lady Dance With French President Francois Holland at State Dinner
    As Mary J. Blige got everyone on their feet with the song “One,” the French president and the Obamas hit the dance floor together, ending days of speculation among etiquette experts over how the White House would treat the stag Hollande.

    [snip]

    Following Tuesday’s dinner for 350 in a tent on the South Lawn, the fun became so relaxed and uninhibited that the guest of honor, French president Francois Hollande, told one guest that he didn’t expect his first state visit to include a trip to the dance floor. “He said ‘I was dancing with Michelle, then Barack. … I thought we came for serious meetings, but I ended up in a fantastic club,’” said the attendee.
    Apparently, performer Mary J. Blige got everyone on their feet as she sang her version of U2’s “One” and the French chief executive did, in fact, dance with both the first lady and the president. As another of the guests described it, “It was all gracious, familial and funny.”

    [snip]

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/obama-first-lady-dance-french-679828

    • 19 hopefruit2
      February 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      LOL! Nice read. Thanks meta for bringing this over; hadn’t seen it before :)

      • February 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

        Count on the Obamas to throw a PARTY!!

        • 21 GGail
          February 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

          I get the impression that if you wind up in the Obama’s orbit, you’re gonna have a wonderful time – on any occasion.

          • 22 hopefruit2
            February 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm

            I get that same impression as you GGail. Every time they have an event of any kind, the attendees always seem to be reeling with euphoria hours and days later. On the converse, folks who do not get invited to their events seem to be in a state of permanent depression…

    • 23 sherijr
      February 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      oh man that is just delicious :) so classy our President and First Lady.. and kudos to President Hollande for enjoying himself.

      • 24 carolyn
        February 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        Yes, they all have a good time, and I think there are some women who are quite upset with their Republican husbands for turning down White House invitations. I noticed Paul Ryan there with his wife last night…..he walked very quickly by the reporters. I bet she made sure he accepted. How often does a person get an invitation to a State Dinner.
        Now, from what I read, during Reagan’s time it was quite ordinary….35 in eight years! But this is only the seventh in six years for the Obamas, so they have to be treasured.
        One thing I noticed about the head table…..it was not filled with D.C. insiders at all. This is a change the D.C. establishment hates. Just like with the Christmas decorations, children of military saw them first, “regular” people from all walks of life come to this President’s dinners, AND get to sit with POTUS, FLOTUS and the guest of honor. Quite a change!!!!! Love it.

        • 25 sherijr
          February 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

          agree whole heartedly Carolyn… which is why I’ve only tuned in to this President & First Lady’s State dinners.. they are of the people, one of us.

        • 26 99ts
          February 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

          I thought that at the time carolyn – had to be his wife wanting to “see the White House”. All the screams about cost – and the money wonk in the GOP is enjoying the party – need some pictures to tweet!

  4. February 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Gee, that Obamacare is really going to doom the President.

    On a more frivolous note:

  5. February 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    So here’s my Obamacare story, which I’m planning to expand into an essay.

    I have a wonderful patron, who invariably tells me that she loves me in her Missouri draw. She’s a firm Obot, union supporter, and so on.

    Her Republican nephew, with a wife and newborn, and her Republican sister, with all sorts of ailments, refuse to even hear about ACA, because black guy. That’s just been weighing on me since hearing it from her. It’s not even a case of cutting off their noses to spite their faces; they’re literally playing Russian roulette. And they’re all poor, so they would pay next to nothing on the CA exchange.

  6. February 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    If I ever came up with a top 10 favorite songs, this one would be there somewhere.

  7. 44 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 4:54 pm
  8. February 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    A whole bunch of completely fantastic news, thank yoooooooooou Nerdy!!!

  9. 49 57andfemale
    February 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm
    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      57, I don’t think that “modern” conservative is around anymore. Today’s conservatives have up trying to even appear moral and are letting all their venality and inhumanity hang out in full view.

  10. 52 57andfemale
    February 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    • 53 jackiegrumbacher
      February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      57, this is Jesus Christ otherwise known as the president of Bob Jones University and his PR Department.

      • 54 57andfemale
        February 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm

        You’d think they couldn’t continue to surprise me, and yet they do. How do they reconcile their virulent actions and beliefs with anything that is good about Christianity? They are a total perversion.

  11. 55 Nerdy Wonka
    February 12, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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  14. February 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Krystal Ball, who was a supporter of Hillary Clinton over President Obama in 2008 says Don’t Run Hillary

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/02/12/krystal-ball-hillary-clinton-dont-run/

  15. February 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    BTW, Chiparoo, your RSS feed for Smartypants is outdated. She, again, has a new website.

    • February 13, 2014 at 1:18 am

      According to Guttmacher, despite claims about late-term abortions, 88-92% of all abortions happen during the first trimester, prior to the 13th week of gestation . In fact, 80% of abortions are performed within the first eight weeks of pregnancy. 15.2% are performed between the 9th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. So to have the Texas legislature restrict abortions to 20 weeks, actually effects few, since only 1.3% are performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy…usually because of health concerns and complications.

      • 73 57andfemale
        February 13, 2014 at 1:33 am

        I know that. Late term abortions are heartbreaking, because it means there is something seriously wrong with the baby or some serious danger to the health or life of the woman. However, Wendy did have a caveat about health of the mother and the relationship between the mother and her doctor. However, passing the ban itself will still mean that the doctor and the mother will have to prove something to the state of TX at one of the most heartbreaking times that woman and her family are living through.

        Freedom lovers my ass. Freedom to pollute our waters and buy our elections with impunity, but no privacy or freedom for a woman who has to make such a heartbreaking choice.

        • February 13, 2014 at 2:04 am

          Just offering up a few stats. You are absolutely correct. Can’t help but wonder if people actually miss the hypocrisy in Republican claims about “the government coming between you and your doctor.”

          • 75 57andfemale
            February 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

            There are very few pundits who make this case and it’s an important one: freedom for corporations but no privacy for a woman, with the Republican version of nanny state making decisions for women all the time. It’s despicable.

          • 76 57andfemale
            February 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

            faypax, it’s personal for me. My best friend had to end a pregnancy because the baby was so badly deformed. It was a heartbreaking period as she and her husband and those of us close her asked all the questions before they had to make that painful decision. The notion that the government would ASSUME that you were just being cavalier about ending that pregnancy (or ending any pregnancy for that matter) and that you and your doctor would have to prove your intent – makes me furious. I can’t imagine my friend and her husband being subjected to that, or the doctor being micromanaged as to what she could or could not advise to these grief-stricken parents. It’s unconscionable. That ‘God’ would put these heartless monsters in charge of anything just infuriates me.

            • February 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

              Quite honestly, 57, it should be personal for any woman with a brain in her head. What you are expressing goes to the point I was making; most abortions are not performed in the late stages unless there are complications. The Republicans spend an inordinate amount of time raising hell about what they call crippling regulations, then turn around and want to regulate doctors, women and the uterus. It’s insane. I wrote an article that expressed my sentiments exactly:

              “Even stupid, self-centered Republican men have the right to their beliefs, I just don’t want them imposed on me. Besides, I respect the opinions of people who speak from experience and have a stake in the outcome of the problem they seek to resolve. To my way of thinking, if Republican men really want to have credibility about women’s reproductive issues, they should get knocked up. Until then, I for one would appreciate it if they would just shut the f**k up. ”

              You gotta go look at the picture:

              http://thepoliticalpragmatic.blogspot.com/2014/01/memo-to-republican-men-get-knocked-up.html

  16. February 12, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    OH EM GEE!!!

    We just went through six boxes of books which were donated to us. Among the boxes was a vase with some nickels in them. Turns out they’re 1930s Indian head nickels. Those things, in mint condition, are worth $700!!!!

  17. 88 yardarm756
    February 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    In honor of Black History Month. The first recorded protest song which I heard as a child and saw it discussed by adults in hushed tones.
    http://www.upworthy.com/billie-holiday-with-one-of-her-most-powerful-and-emotional-performances-ever-captured-on-film?c=upw1

    • February 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks for sharing yardarm. This is the first time I have heard that song – it’s bone chilling.

    • 91 Vicki
      February 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      If you are unfamiliar with this powerful work please watch and listen to it.
      For me it is as bone-chilling now as it was the first time i heard it—-many years ago.

    • 96 Dudette
      February 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      I heard it as a child too. Jarringly powerful.

    • 97 Dudette
      February 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm
      • 98 Nena20409
        February 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        USA wants to forget for Many Feel Guilty and Many Do Not Want to think that Indeed, horrific things happened. That denial is still the Cowardice of these USA. It is what is Holding this nation back. It is why those who Fear progress CLING so tightly to the past.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      February 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks for giving us this song of mourning, Yardarm, because it truly is that. After I saw the lyrics at your link, I went to look for what had been written further about it, and found a French interpretation on Wiki (this is roughly translated from French to English):

      http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Fruit

      I’ll choose just two parts of the rough translation here, which say so much:

      ” … When the lights came on, the stage was empty. Billie Holiday, the song was to be a source of sharing with a friendly audience, a challenge vis-à-vis an audience which, according to her, did not show him [sic] enough respect. She wrote in her autobiography: “This song allowed to sort out the good people and idiots …

      ” … A biographer of Billie Holiday remarked that in many occasions, we heard a great rendition of a great song, but when Billie sang, it seemed to be at the foot of the tree … ”

      To think Billie Holiday used her inner strength to share this song with her audiences at that time, at personal and professional risk, is just amazing.

      • 101 yardarm756
        February 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

        Now you know why……..

        • 102 jacquelineoboomer
          February 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm

          Yes. Hugs to you.

          Tomorrow is another day! Or, as my dear sweet mother used to say, “You’ve got to keep going.” Never quite knew what she meant and what good, simple advice it was until I got older and “wiser.”

  18. 105 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm
  19. February 12, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Greetings from the outskirts of Coldlanta!

  20. 120 Nena20409
    February 12, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    The Winner Takes It All ;) ABBA
    FOR

    All Those 14M Plus who Got Covered and are Now with Security and Peace of Mind.

  21. 122 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    What a gentleman – our PBO! :)

  22. February 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm
  23. 131 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I love My President!

  24. 135 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  25. February 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    More awesome:

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  26. February 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Happy Birthday to our President’s favorite President.

  27. 141 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Always thought it weird to say “Happy Birthday” to someone who’s deceased, but remembering them on the birthday is more than apropos. [Yes, it's me, Nerd Girl!]

  28. 142 Nena20409
    February 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Folks…..as More Lefties Turn Mourning Joke off……that is How, Phil Griffens can have the nerve to Can him.

    So please Lets get it done. I have stopped now for over 2 months. I now use the Mornings before I depart to catch up on Taped shows.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/tuesday-cable-ratings-msnbcs-morning-joe-drops-below-100k-in-demo/

  29. 147 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm
  30. 148 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  31. February 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    If you haven’t read this, it’s a real treat:

  32. 151 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  33. 152 hopefruit2
    February 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm
  34. 155 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm
  35. 156 Dudette
    February 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm

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