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Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Obama leaves Capitol Hill after his closed-door meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Republican lawmakers to discuss the budget, March 13, 2013

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Today (all times Eastern):

1:0: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

2:20: The President delivers remarks and signs a Presidential Memorandum on modernizing overtime protections, East Room

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NYT: In Alabama, College Students Take On Challenge of Health Insurance Sign-Up

Students at the University of Alabama Honors College here are encouraged to do volunteer work in the community and on campus.

For Marlan Golden, a senior, that has included being a Big Brother; running an education project for local Latinos; serving as president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity; and, most recently, signing up people for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

For that last one, Mr. Golden, 21, has not had to leave the fraternity house. He and several other student volunteers have been spending recent afternoons signing up the kitchen help and housekeepers of Alpha Tau Omega, as well as those at other campus fraternities and sororities.

“These are people who feed us and clean up after us but have no health care,” Mr. Golden said as he and a cook sat at his laptop filling out an application …. Mr. Golden is one of about 600 student volunteers from a dozen colleges around Alabama who have been trained to help enroll people for insurance under President Obama’s signature law. They have canvassed churches, job fairs, barber shops in black neighborhoods, libraries — wherever people unlikely to have health care gather.

More here

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The People’s View: Outside Beltway Media, Obama’s “Between Two Ferns” Appearance is a Giant Hit

While the beltway media is Truly Upset (TM) that the President of the United States went to Funny or Die to promote Healthcare.gov, in real America, the appearance seems to have worked tremendously well. Bill O’Reilly is super upset, other traditional media is crapping their pants, and the White House Press Corpse (no, I know, but is the ‘e’ really unnecessary?) bellyached about it to Press Secretary Jay Carney yesterday.

In the mean time, the president’s appearance has already had over 12 million views, sent nearly a million people to Healthcare.gov, and made traffic to Healthcare.gov jump by 40% in a single day. And to the dismay of the entire beltway media and conservative pundits, this time they did not have a story about how the flood of traffic broke website – because it didn’t! And the people who actually watch the video are overwhelmingly impressed…

More here

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Jonathan Cohn: Obamacare Enrollment Didn’t Slow Down in February – Attention, critics: February has 28 days.

The latest Obamacare enrollment figures got a pretty lukewarm reaction on Tuesday. One reason is that the number for February was lower than the number for January, creating an impression of waning interest. Here’s the lead from the Washington Post’s account:

The pace at which Americans signed up for health plans slowed last month in the fledgling federal and state insurance marketplaces, according to new government figures showing that slightly fewer than 1 million people enrolled in February…..

The facts are right but the interpretation is not. The months HHS has been using for tabulation don’t correspond precisely to the calendar, because of state reporting methods and where weekends fall. As it turns out, “February” is actually February 2 through March 1. That’s 28 days. “January” is actually December 29 through February 1. That’s 35 days. Plug in the numbers, and you’ll see the average daily enrollment for January was 32,744 and for February it was 33,673. As you can see in the graph, the pace actually increased a bit. Among the very few who noticed were Charles Gaba of ACASingups.net and Sy Mukherjee of ThinkProgress.

More here

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TPM: The New Obamacare Reality Facing GOP Candidates

About 4.2 million Americans have now signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare, according to new data from the Obama administration. Each of them is part of a new reality established by the law that GOP candidates must confront in their campaigns.

As TPM has reported, Republicans and their congressional candidates are struggling to figure out what their message should be now that millions of people have gained coverage through the law. That internal battle is typified by Senate candidates like Michigan’s Terri Lynn Land and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, who are trying to straddle the line between pushing repeal with the base while voicing some support for popular pieces of the law.

More here

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Charles Pierce: What Democrats Should Learn From Their Loss In Florida

…. If you want to take any lesson from the election in Florida, take this one. Defend the law. Defend it on the basis of the fact that millions of people no longer face economic ruin because a member of their family might get sick. Defend the law on the basis of economic populism; marry your support for the law to an increase in the minimum wage, Elizabeth Warren’s student-loan reform, and expanded unemployment benefits. (Tie it to this excellent idea that the president announced today.) Explain, in detail, why expanding Social Security makes sense in a stalled economy. Defend the law on the basis of the fact that the Republicans have absolutely nothing to offer on the issue….

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Greg Sargent: Why Dems are tying Republicans to the Koch brothers

The Dem strategy of tying Republican Senate candidates to the Koch brothers continues to be portrayed simplistically, as little more than an effort to tar Republicans with the image of distant and menacing plutocrats.

But to understand what this strategy is really about, watch this new Senate Majority PAC ad that’s airing in Louisiana, tying GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy to the Kochs in response to Americans for Prosperity attacks on Senator Mary Landrieu:

A Dem source tells me the spot is backed by a $200,000 buy. Script….

More here – the ad:

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ThinkProgress: Obama Will Give Workers A Boost By Making Sure More Earn Overtime Pay

Using his executive authority, President Obama will update labor regulations that dictate which workers are exempt from the requirement that their employers pay time and a half for working more than 40 hours a week, the New York Times reports.

Under current rules, workers can be classified as executive, administrative, or professional and denied overtime pay under what is known as the white-collar exemption. That means someone who oversees a clean up crew can be classified as executive and not be paid time and a half for extra work. Obama’s change would readjust the rules for which salaried employees can be blocked in this way.

It would also significantly raise the salary threshold that currently stands at $455 a week, or $23,660 a year, meaning anyone who makes more than that is exempt from overtime. That threshold hasn’t been significantly updated since 1975, allowing it to erode as inflation rose.

More here

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@petesouza: President Obama with Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk

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Bloomberg: Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall to Lowest Level Since November

The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest level since the end of November, a sign of further improvement in the labor market.

Jobless claims dropped by 9,000 to 315,000 in the week ended March 8, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 53 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a rise to 330,000. Continuing claims decreased for a third straight week.

More here

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Washington Post: Holder will call for reduced sentences for low-level drug offenders

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday will urge reduced sentences for defendants in most of the nation’s drug cases, part of his effort to cut the burgeoning U.S. prison population and reserve stiff penalties for the most violent traffickers.

Holder’s proposal, which is expected to be approved by the independent agency that sets sentencing policies for federal judges, would affect 70 percent of drug offenders in the criminal justice system, according to figures provided by Justice Department officials. It would reduce sentences by an average of nearly a year.

More here

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A Word from Don:

Yesterday Paul Ryan called every black male that I’ve ever known, lazy. Paul Ryan, a man that could have easily been the Vice President of the United States of American. The fact that he thought it was safe enough for him to utter such hurtful and demeaning language is a testament to the poisonous environment which President Obama must navigate on a daily basis.

How do I let what Paul Ryan said about me roll off of my back? How do I get over the fact that the fifty-million people that voted for him to be Vice President more than likely don’t have a problem with him saying what he said?

I remember a long time ago listening to Dick Gregory make the statement that the reason that black men used to walk around with boom boxes on their shoulders blasting music is so that they could drown out all the negative stereotypes that were said about them.

I work in a federal prison; I’m surrounded by people that are deemed too dangerous to live in society. I like my job, I like what I do for a living, I’m paid well and I’m grateful. But now I have an anger that I don’t know what to do with.

Back in my youth I would not have had this anger because I would not have let it get bottled up, I would have released it somehow or someway. But now that I’m older and wiser it gets harder and harder to deal with the disrespect that gets directed at black men like me.

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ThinkProgress: African-American Congresswoman Slams Paul Ryan For Racially Charged Comments

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, fired back at House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for claiming that poverty is caused by men in “our inner cities” who are “not even thinking about working.” His comments “are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.’”

More here

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Steve Benen:  Paul Ryan still struggling on poverty

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) went out of his way in recent months to express an interest in poverty, even touring several parts of the country as part of a fact-finding mission. It’s unclear, however, what kind of lessons the congressman learned from the experience.

For example, Ryan published an audit, of sorts, criticizing federal efforts to combat poverty, but the Republican was soon accused of misrepresenting much of the research he cited in his report. Soon after, Ryan suggested low-income children who rely on the school-lunch program aren’t treasured the way wealthier children are, relying on an anecdote that wasn’t true anyway.

The Wisconsin lawmaker continues to dig deeper….

More here

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TPM: The Clusterf*ck Of Candidates Who Might Replace Jan Brewer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday that she would not seek a third term in office, ending a tenure that included falsely very publicly wagging her finger in President Barack Obama’s face (to the delight of tea partiers everywhere) to later bucking Arizona conservatives and pushing to expand Medicaid through Obamacare. It’s been an interesting tenure but, as Brewer said, “there does come a time to pass the torch of leadership.”

Fortunately, the Arizona gubernatorial field has its share of interesting characters that could succeed Brewer. Polling has also shown a wide open field. Here’s a guide to the crowded field of candidates running to be the next governor of Arizona….

More here

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Media Matters: Meet Brandon Ambrosino, Homophobes’ Favorite Gay Writer And Vox’s Newest Hire

Ezra Klein’s much-hyped news and policy site, Vox.com, has hired Brandon Ambrosino – a gay man who has made a name for himself by suggesting that being gay is a choice and whitewashing anti-gay bigotry and discrimination.

Vox, the news and policy site headed by Ezra Klein, announced on March 12 that Ambrosino had been hired as a writing fellow:

Klein’s new venture – announced to considerable fanfare in January – will provide Ambrosino a formidable platform as the go-to gay writer for anti-gay conservatives seeking to legitimize their homophobia.

More here

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Oh my…..

Mediaite: Oklahoma Fox Station Cut Only Mention of Evolution From Cosmos

When Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered on Fox last Sunday, it was the first time in decades that a show dedicated to science was appearing on prime time on a major network…..

The show’s host, Neil deGrasse Tyson waited until the last ten minutes of the show’s premiere to bring up the theory of evolution. But just before he described how humans “stood up and parted ways from” our ancestors, viewers in Oklahoma City were treated to sharp mid-scene cutaway to a local news promo. After about 15 seconds, when Tyson had finished talking about the human transition to “standing on two feet,” the station returned to the show.

Accidental coincidence? Or deliberate effort by that Oklahoma station to scrub evolution from Cosmos’ premiere? Take a look at both versions of the scene and see what you think….

More here

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Sometimes – only sometimes – I LOVE the internet:

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On This Day:

March 13, 2000 – you can see the full show here

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President Obama has a briefing with a staff member prior to a phone call in the Oval Office, March 13, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks on the phone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about the final details of the START Treaty, in the Oval Office, Saturday, March 13, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama speaks to the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search finalists in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on March 13, 2012

President Obama delivers a statement announcing new efforts to enforce fair trade rights with China, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on March 13, 2012. Obama was joined by Commerce Secretary John Bryson (L) and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

President Obama talks with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom aboard Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md., before traveling on to Dayton, Ohio, March 13, 2012. Press Secretary Jay Carney is seated at right (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, wife of Prime Minister David Cameron, attend a mini-Olympics with local area school children at American University in Washington, D.C. on March 13, 2012

President Obama talks with students during game one of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament “First Four” at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, March 13, 2012. The President watched Mississippi Valley State take on Western Kentucky with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, right, and Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, center. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama drops by a meeting with the Business Roundtable CEO Committee in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, March 13, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

The President talks with House Speaker John Boehner after the President participated in a Q&A with the House Republican Conference at the U.S. Capitol, March 13, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!


131 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 Vicki
    March 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Wake up Democrats.

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      March 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

      I’m awake, Vicki! (Barely.)

    • 3 Vicki
      March 13, 2014 at 10:58 am

      As I said on the last thread: If you are a Democrat you support Obamacare wholeheartedly. It is a Great program that covers Millions of Americans giving them the care they need and the financial security so important to a good life.

      If you are a DINO , perhaps waiting for Hillary in 2016, you mutter about fixing the ACA as though it is a heavy burden that’s been laid on you.

    • March 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Morning Vicki and Jacqueline – and everyone.

    • 6 Judith Fardig
      March 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Hear hear, Vicki! Congrats on snagging the top spot!

  2. 7 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Mornin’!

  3. 8 Allison
    March 13, 2014 at 10:56 am

    GM All, Great R&S Chips! Thank you.

  4. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

  5. 13 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

    So much deliciousness here! My event got cancelled due to a shooting in the neighborhood. The police took out some guy who had been stalking my teenaged neighbor after he shot the policeman (only in the arm, fortunately).

    Today, I’m tweeting for #TBT with the Ofa-recommended hastag #TimeToEnroll and mentioning ofa.bo/ItsTime if you want to join me. Here’s an example:

  6. 14 japa21
    March 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    That last picture of PBO with The Orange One is so telling. If there had been a picture of Nancy Pelosi and GWB sitting like that and Pelosi had that look on her face, she would have been crucified by the GOP and the media for not showing the President proper respect.

  7. March 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Don, I just had to put your comment in R&S, it’s powerful, enraging and heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  8. 18 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

    More ACA tweets:

  9. 19 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Well, this will make ya want to go back to bed and pull up the blankets over yer head!

  10. 20 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats Vicki on #1 :) Thanks Chips for this much anticipated, fabulous R & S roundup! Lots of great economic and ACA-related news to read about. Thanks for front-paging Don’s comment – I thought it was spot on!

  11. 22 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Tell me when to stop…

  12. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    March 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Fantastic Rise and Shine, Chiparoo.

    Great news and President Obama’s pictures with John Boehner and after his meeting with Boehner are hilarious.

    Don? Bravo on your commentary. 100% truth.

    • March 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Someone, I can’t remember who, gave me the link to the wonderful NYT Obamacare story. Oh yeah, it was YOU! :lol: Thanks a million Nerdy – and a very happy Thursday to ya!

  13. 25 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

  14. 26 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

  15. 27 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Don’t *defend* Obamacare. Weaponize it.

    fuck, yeah.

    • March 13, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Absolutely LOVED that – I’m sick of hearing ‘defend’, there’s nothing to defend, there’s lots to boast about. So, yes, WEAPONIZE!

    • 29 Vicki
      March 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Bravo. Exactly. Push it in their stingy racist faces every chance you get.
      Democrats are knocking themselves out to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.
      DINOs are dithering.
      GOP/TP/MSM are trying to turn you upside down and shake every last penny in your pocket out to give to the already rich.
      Vote every chance you get.
      Vote for actual Democratsif you are given that choice.
      DINOs if they are the only choice . Just Vote.

  16. 30 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

  17. 31 Nerdy Wonka
    March 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    • 32 Vicki
      March 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Excellent wonderful news. So happy for the people and the families affected by our unjust sentencing laws.

  18. 33 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Go Mr Kermit.

  19. 34 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:12 am

  20. March 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Great Rise & Shine, Chips!
    Good Morning, Everyone!

  21. 37 Judith Fardig
    March 13, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Last one:

  22. March 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Today is my mother’s birthday. Made her a cake last night, pancakes this morning. I had a dinner planned but she has to go to work early so I will be making it tomorrow night. I don’t want her to rush and eat. I also got her a supply of reading glasses and a pair of New Balance walking shoes. She was quite happy.

  23. 50 Nerdy Wonka
    March 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

  24. 51 GGail
    March 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Chips this is a great R&S – thank you!
    In the first picture, I was wondering “where is Boehner, then when I got to the bottom of R&S and saw what pic you had posted, I fell out of my chair laughing!!! PERFECT!

    And thank you so very much Don for your touching and real words and thank you Chips for posting them. Now that’s real talk from a real person who’s living the real life every day!!!

    Judith – who is that cute blond haired baby that’s in your OFA/ACA tweets?!! I love the photo’s and the message!

    • March 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Thank yoooooou GGail – oh, that Rusty pic cracks me up every time!!

    • 53 Judith Fardig
      March 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks, GGail – those little ones are my kids. We found out when Krister was two that he has a major heart defect. He’s about to turn 33 and a big motivator for me to preserve Obamacare!

      • 54 Vicki
        March 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

        Your children are so beautiful. All grown up now and voting for Democrats, right?

        • 55 Judith Fardig
          March 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          Our kids were the ones in 2007 who convinced us to back Barack Obama early in the primaries. They both had friends working on the campaign who said Edwards was a fake, Hillary was too dependent on Bill’s advisers and too entitled, and Barack was the real deal. We have never looked back!

      • 56 GGail
        March 13, 2014 at 1:16 pm

        Awwww, Judith – wonderful motivation.

  25. 57 japa21
    March 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Charles Pierce does it again. In a post about the explosion yesterday, he noted that the pipeline that exploded was 127 years old. Then he wrote this:

    The country needs some combination of the WPA and the space program to put itself back together again. Real unemployment is stubbornly in the low double digits. Meanwhile, bridges fall into rivers, and sinkholes devour houses, and 127-year old gas pipes explode and kill people. And yet we’re too lazy, or too goddamn cheap, to tax ourselves to rebuild what everybody with eyes knows needs to be rebuilt. In 2011, the president proposed a $60 billion infrastructure bill as part of a hobs package. It died in the Senate. He beat the drum for an “infrastructure bank.” The Republicans in the House voted 50 times to repeal his health-care law. This is what John Boehner, that fop, said about the idea.

    Republicans responded by saying they also wanted to upgrade American roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but only if it could be paid for. Speaker John A. Boehner’s office distributed comments he made last month after Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address. “It’s easy to go out there and be Santa Claus and talk about all the things you want to give away,” Mr. Boehner said. “But at some point, somebody has to pay the bill.”
    Go to Harlem today, Mr. Speaker. The bill is being paid in blood.

    Read the whole thing.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_United_States_Of_Rubble

  26. March 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Nancy SMASH

  27. March 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • 63 japa21
      March 13, 2014 at 11:31 am

    • 64 Nena20409
      March 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      A guy that dated a Black lady and has a sister-in-law that is African American…….shame on him for he lacks humanity and should no longer be a House member. What an idiot.

      And this is ONE of The Smart Ones? Shame.

  28. 65 JER
    March 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

  29. 67 Allison
    March 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

    • 68 Linda
      March 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Ha.! I just figured out the picture…..They need to spend less on gadgets and more on real reporting.

  30. 69 anniebella
    March 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

    All the other pictures were just fine except that last one of POTUS with that piece of crap John Boehner. What was the purpose of that picture, with Boehner, Yuke.

  31. 81 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

  32. 87 Allison
    March 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

  33. 89 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Loved the Univ of Alabama students’ initiative to get healthcare for their low-paid staff. The yung’uns truly get it. Now, if only they move their asses to the polls.

  34. 90 japa21
    March 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

  35. 91 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

    • 92 99ts
      March 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      “And that’s borne out by the experience of Australia. So Australia used to have a single-tier system and did in the 1990s move toward a multiple-payer system where private insurance was permitted. And a very well-known study by Duckett, et al., tracked what took place in terms of wait times in Australia as the multipayer system was put in place.”

      http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-watch-a-canadian-20140312,0,2995139.story#ixzz2vsgmo2or

      Not sure where this came from. There has never been a single-tier public health system in Australia. In the 1990s the government started using tax incentives (positive and negative) to encourage/force people to take private health insurance as an alternative to the public health system – but since forever there has always been private health insurance – which remained in place when the public system was introduced.

  36. 93 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Rob, Cheat, Lie – Rethug ways of winning elections.

  37. 94 jacquelineoboomer
    March 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I just read “A Word from Don,” at the top. I’ve got 67 years on this Earth myself of using words, but they fail me now. Pretty much all I can do is acknowledge your words, Don, and tell you that if I could comfort you, I would.

  38. 98 Linda
    March 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Seems like the American media has pressed the hold button for any news other than the missing plane.

  39. March 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  40. 101 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  41. 102 daisydem
    March 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Ok … that may be the best tweet ever, EVER! The one from Blue DuPage …. yes, they are a culture of men not working! Paul Ryan makes me so mad, so freaking mad!

  42. March 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  43. 105 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  44. 106 amk for obama
    March 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

  45. March 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

  46. 114 yardarm756
    March 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm

  47. 117 sherijr
    March 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Karma always comes back for people like Paul Ryan… always. Consider John McCain & Sarah Palin. They were at the top of the heap -for a minute. Ryan’s comments aren’t shocking.. Mr. 49% Romney chose him to be his VP- that’s a clue there to exactly what Ryan believes.

    What’s disheartening is that our fellow voters/humans/neighbors vote for this immoral bastard.

    ((((((Don))))))

    • 118 jacquelineoboomer
      March 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      I think I will close my eyes a moment and picture the time the President invited Paul Ryan to sit in the front row, and then took him and his idiotic one-page budget plans or whatever it was down before the crowd.

      Ahhh.

      • 119 Vicki
        March 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        Oh yes, jacqueline. That was a bright shining moment.
        I remember Paul Ryan’s stony face as he exited the room.
        I guess up until then he believed in his own untouchable greatness.
        Hahahahaha

  48. March 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

  49. 122 Linda
    March 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    The Senate is voting on the Coburn Amendment… vote currently 97-0

    This amendment would prohibit individuals earning $1 million
    or more annually from receiving federal tax credits for

    purchasing and installing residential renewable energy power
    systems in their homes

    purchasing electric vehicles; and
    paying for child care.

    The amendment would also prohibit millionaires from taking advantage of
    certain tax deductions, including

    the mortgage interest deduction

    rental expenses deduction;

    the gambling loss deduction

    and the cancelled debt deduction

    The annual average amount of these tax breaks claimed by
    millionaires is $28.5 billion.

    http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=91739713-559f-48ed-88a5-cb0f22669168

  50. March 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Whatever.

  51. 126 Linda
    March 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Morning Joke’s name is on a ballot survey this weekend in New Hampshire.

    lol….

  52. 127 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    This is Chuck Todd’s reaction when he finds out that his stupid polls about PBO/Dems are not panning out….

  53. 130 yardarm756
    March 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    What THEY really don’t want to talk about.

  54. 131 Nena20409
    March 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Loads of Information Chips on this R&S. Great Job.

    Thanks.


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