146 Responses to “‘faces of change: emily’s health care story’”

  1. 1 Tally
    December 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Love this so much!!!

    • 2 isonprize
      December 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Wait, what?

      “Obamacare” doesn’t just help old, lazy, poor, black and Latino men who never graduated from high school? You mean it helps young, energetic, pretty, middle-class, college educated, white, blonde haired girls too.

      Oh how crafty of the Obama campaign to go STRAIGHT to the “heartland” tell the story, VERY CRAFTY.. 8)

    • 3 JoJothecat
      December 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Alright Emily

      She will not be burdened with an “existing condition” once she graduates and gets a job or starts her own business if she so choses. So many young adults are getting sick these days and just because you are young does not guarantee perfect health and if you do get sick you can still get medical insurance without it costing an arm and a leg.

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Me too! Powerful testimony. Hiya doin’ Tally?

  2. December 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Hallelujah! Another early Xmas present for me.

    AT&T ends $39bn bid for T-Mobile USA.

    I already overpay for AT&T phone and internet. I wasn’t looking forward to paying more for less service on my mobile.

  3. December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    But, Obamacare, and soshulism, and free markets, and Sharia law, and and and!!!!

  4. 11 Tally
    December 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm


    • 12 JoJothecat
      December 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

      Hi Tally!

      Doesn’t the “MSM” sound like Charlie Brown…they are the “Charlie Brownist of news”. It isn’t the President that’s a downer, he has that electrify smile and makes anyone who sees or meets him feel warm, fuzzy and very secure and glad he’s in charge.

  5. December 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm


    It’s not yet Christmas but President Obama’s chilly job approval ratings over the fall have thawed out a little. Just under half the country — 49 percent — approves of the job he is doing in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. That’s a significant improvement from his 44 percent approval last month.



  6. 23 lovingandlaughing
    December 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    wow, that is a wonderful piece. thank you emily for sharing your story. best wishes to you to be healthy and the reach your goals!

  7. 24 LOL
    December 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    And so it begins…

    Obama’s approval rating rises to 49% in new ABC News/Washington Post poll, two months after hitting a career-low of 42% in October.

    Pollster Langer on Bam’s numbers: “His best showing since spring, and one that, if it holds, that may put his re-election prospects back within reach.”

    ….The MSM still throwing jabs “may put re-election prospects back within reach”. Yes, even though in head to head he leads Leroy And Mittens.

  8. 29 Ahero62
    December 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Hello TOD Family,

    I don’t post often but I come here several times a day. Does anyone know anything about robo calls going around telling us that we would’ve been muchbetter off if we had elected Hillary Clinton as our President. I was so mad to get this call today and they were lucky it was not a real person calling, otherwise they would’ve gotten an earfull from me. Why are democrats doing this to themselves? Has anyone else received this type of call before?

    • 30 LOL
      December 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      It’s not Democrats…its either PUMAS or the Repubs trying to cause chaos. Yawn, in CNN’s poll 82% of Dems want to nominate the Prez up from 71% last month. If she couldn’t win last time, she ain’t gonna win this time.

    • December 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      emoprogs wasting money trying to drum up support for Hillary or a third partier. M-fing dumbasses! Possibly the reason Ms. Bitch N Huff and the gang of dumbasses got invited to the WH. Wish a real person would call me so I can tell them where I’m gonna be sticking my foot. A-holes.
      ps- thanks for posting, hope you do so more often and apologies for the salty language.

      • December 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        Posted about this on the previous thread. It’s Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen the fake democratic pollsters who work for Fox News. They’re the ones who first wrote op-eds saying Pres Obama should step down and let Hillary run. Well that didn’t work, so now they think they can plant the idea in enough people’s heads that they will sign a petition for Hillary to primary Pres Obama.

        • 33 jacquelineoboomer
          December 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

          Instead, scores of people are going to be turned off by the Hillary robo-calls. People who know she doesn’t want or intend to run, and know that the calls are fake. It’s our job to spread that word, since apparently the calls are getting more prevalent and intended to cause division where there is none.

          Oh, and proud, if you mean Pat Caddell – the former democrat (small d) who pretends he still is, while looking like an ugly turd and acting like he knows something – glad I haven’t seen him in a while! 🙂

    • 34 isonprize
      December 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Ahero62, Tally brought this up on the previous thread https://theobamadiary.com/2011/12/19/more-pete-souza-genius-2/

      Comment 86 or thereabouts. A few whackos — the group has 12 or so members.. What a waste of time and space…

      • December 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

        Steve Benen: The question of the day: is it better to ignore the latest nonsense from Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell or mock it? I’ve gone back and forth on this, but I’m leaning towards the latter, primarily out of concern that some well-intentioned news consumers may not immediately recognize them.

        Schoen and Caddell have a shtick that clearly works for them. They’re “Fox News Democrats” — guys who claim to be Dems, but who are actively hostile towards Democratic officeholders, Democratic candidates, and Democratic policy ideas. They leverage their superficial connection to the party for even more superficial credibility, convincing news outlets their anti-Democratic screeds are meaningful given their imaginary loyalty to the party.

        Fox News, in particular, routinely touts its commitment to “balance” by inviting him on the air — Republicans who hate Democrats are joined by Democrats who hate Democrats.

        More here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_12/the_schoencaddell_clown_show034198.php

    • 38 Little Lulu
      December 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

      Ahero62, I got that call today and hung up the moment I realized what it was peddling. Surely this is paid for by Karl Rove and/or the Kock Bros. or Mitt’s campaign or Paul’s. Their only hope is to divide and conquer Dems. No other scenario puts their pathetic candidates even close.

  9. December 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Key grafs from the WaPo/ABC poll:

    Obama’s rating, while still (barely) under 50 percent, is up from his career-low 42 percent in October, and back at the level at which he could run competitively for a second term. George W. Bush had 47 percent approval as close as three months before he won re-election in 2004.


    As things stand, Obama’s regained a substantial (now 15-point) advantage over the Republicans in Congress in trust to protect the middle class, 50-35 percent, after seeing his edge on the issue shrink to 4 points last month. He’s also moved ahead in trust to handle taxes, 46-41 percent, after trailing in October; and runs about evenly in trust to handle the economy and job creation.

    Indies are wishy-washy as usual, but starting to wake up.

    And I can’t believe those polled are evenly divided on who to trust on jobs and the economy.

  10. December 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    What a moving story. I like what Emily said “Put a face on it.”

  11. 41 LOL
    December 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Return of the Obamacons (Republican Obama voters)

    His approval rating is 19% with Republicans +11 from last month. Could it be that they are also embarrassed by the ensemble of body builder rejects (Newton Leroy) rodeo clowns (Santorum and Bachmann), 3rd place beauty queens (looking at you Rick Perry), the guy who fired your dad (Mittens and Huntsman) and Ron Paul?

  12. December 19, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    You let Brown Shirts run your House caucus, and this is what you get.

    A civil war between House Republicans and their Senate counterparts had gone public over the possibility that the GOP will be held to blame if the current payroll tax cut expires on January 1. The Senators feel abandoned after having voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to pass a two month extension of the holiday — only to have conservatives in the House GOP conference reject it publicly, and insult the legislation itself.

    GOP Leaders on both sides of the Capitol are trying to contain the fallout, but with vulnerable Senate Republicans exposed, and the payroll tax cut set to lapse in less than two weeks, that’s a tall order.

    GOP Goes To War With Itself Over Payroll Cut.

    Me being an eternal optimist, I hope that saner heads will save what’s left of the GOP. Me being ruthless about wanting to see progress in this country, I hope they destroy each other.

    • 51 PoliticalJunkessa
      December 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Tea Party Civil War — For The Win! :mrgreen:

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Lugar, Brown, Snowe and Heller all have publicly said GOP House should pass the extension. Interesting that all four are up for re-election in 2012. The House GOP blocks it and it will be House Rep vs Senator in a lot of States and either the House Reps are painted as extremist or the Senator will be painted as a sell-out.

      Basically what happened is Boehner thought he could sell the deal to his caucus – so GOP Senate went along, 39 of them. Boehner was rebukes by the tea party members and is unwilling to work with Pelosi to get it passed. So now Boehner has to block a hugely bi-partisan bill that got 89 votes for it in the Senate, or his caucus will have to vote in lock step to vote it down.

      I don’t like that it’s allowing Brown and Heller buck their party very publicly though.

  13. 56 Linda
    December 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Man Brain Dead After ‘Excessive Force’ Used At Jail Overseen By Arpaio | On the heels of a Justice Department report accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of violating the civil rights of Latinos, Arpaio’s department is under fire after an inmate became unresponsive while in custody and is now likely brain dead, according to media reports.

    The victim, Ernest M. Atencio, was brought to the Phoenix jail at 3 a.m. Friday when he became “abusive and combative, forcing police and sheriff’s deputies to use ‘defensive efforts’ in restraining him.” Officers took Atencio to a “safe cell” to calm down, and when medical staff checked on him 15 minutes later, he was unresponsive.

    The Daily Mail reports that officers used “excessive force,” and Atencio’s family claims he suffered a heart attack after being Tasered by police and did not receive treatment soon enough. “We have to do an investigation,” Arpaio said about the incident. “We do it all the time, we have an incident in the jails…we’re going to do this one too, very professionally.”

  14. December 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    😆 A comment on TPM: something else to blame PBO for!

    This is all President Obama’s fault. The one thing we could always count on was Republican solidarity. And now, look what’s he’s done. Look at how they fight among themselves and call each other bad names. We can’t even count on that anymore.

    Shame, President Obama. Shame.

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      As an avid listener of foreign radio — especially the various BBC stations — this is why US radio sucks:

      For example, Bain’s acquisition of media giant Clear Channel in 2008 has been followed by thousands of layoffs, including many local DJs who were booted without even getting a chance to say goodbye to their listeners.

  15. December 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Hello TOD Family – it’s been a long, long time since I have posted here (due to work and personal health issues). But I’ve been reading when I can.

    I had to just post when I came across this article, it really resonated with me, as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was totally spot on. One of my biggest pet peeves and what I find totally phony and disgusting about Republicans is this notion of “listening to the generals”. That’s not a sign of leadership – in fact it’s totally opposite!! That’s an abdication of leadership !!

    The whole point of being the President of the United States and being Commander – in- Chief is that you have to make the best judgement for the country and the world, not just bowing to what the military says. Quite frankly there is NO ONE QUALIFIED to be a Presidential candidate on the GOP side, and it makes me so angry that people can even think about putting any of those losers in office.


    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey blasted a common refrain heard on the GOP presidential campaign trail – that as president candidates would listen to the generals – as “offensive.”….”And here’s why. One of the things that makes us as a military profession in a democracy is civilian rule. Our civilian leaders are under no obligation to accept our advice; and that’s what it is. Its advice. It’s military judgments, it’s alternatives, it’s options. And at the end of the day, our system is built on the fact that it will be our civilian leaders who make that decision and I don’t find that in any way to challenge my manhood, nor my position. In fact, if it were the opposite, I think we should all be concerned.”

    I love reading all the wonderful news at TOD, and miss being around. I hope it won’t be a long time before I delurk again. I wish everyone a Happy Holidays, and that everyone is doing well.

    • 77 hopefruit2
      December 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Hey there pinkbunny! Glad to see ya! Remember you from TOAITR days 🙂 Welcome back!

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      Hiya pinkbunny, so sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. How are you doing now?

      • December 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Hi Chipsticks!! I’m hanging in there, sometimes the only bright spot in my day is coming here and seeing the beautiful photos, the real truths about what’s happening, and reading the funny comments people make here.

        As I’ve stopped linking on any site unless it comes from a reliable blog site, I’ve stopped listening to the stupid lies and which has done wonders for my blood pressure 🙂

        You’re doing an amazing and awesome job!! I know it takes A LOT of time and energy, and I’m just so grateful to have a haven against the madness out there.

    • 81 desertflower
      December 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      Glad that you popped in to say hi, and send us that great article 🙂 Hurry back!!

    • 82 isonprize
      December 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Plus, Dempsey seems like he’s got some fun in him. I’m sure he’s seen the horrors of war, but he also seems smart and balanced. Imagine that I like this guy!!

    • December 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      OMG! Welcome back. Nice to see you again. so to speak.

    • December 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Excellently stated by JCS. A kick in the nuts for the nutz like mccian and graham.

  16. December 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Rep McDermott on Rev. Al saying Rusty Boner, Weeper of the House, is a puppet attached to a string held by Little Lord Can’tor. These two are so fricking dumb! They need to be run out of the House in fear of being tarred and feathered. Sometimes I miss colonial justice. 😐

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      I hope that the Democrats in the House can wrangle it so that enough House Republicans defect to vote for the passage of the bill. so many millions of Americans are going to be affected, and to do this so close to the holidays – the GOP are all heartless and selfish – worse than Scrooge, as at least he learned his lesson!

      I hope that come Nov 2012, the American people wise up and vote these Republican losers and we win back the House and put a real Speaker of the House back in her rightful position!!!

    • 87 anniebella
      December 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I agree with it all, Boehner is the sorriest Speaker of all time. I have long wonder is he the Speaker or is Cantor? Every chance I get I want to remind those who didn’t vote in 2010, thank to you not voting we got the Tea Party in the House, we got Speaker Boehner, we got all these crazy radical Tea party Republicans.

  17. December 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    More TPM comment snark:

    Somehow, Boehner ended up getting 99% of what he wanted from this. When Santa asked what he wanted for Christmas, Boehner said, “A clusterfuck.”

  18. December 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    An all-star list of progressive and liberal media folks came to the White House today to chat with President Obama over coffee in the Roosevelt Room.

    The group chatted with the president about economic messaging, his agenda for 2012, the various campaign arguments against different GOP candidates, the desire among some Democrats for him to highlight his foreign policy accomplishments, fighting corporate influence and the “crappiness” of the Senate filibuster , as one attendee put it.

    Those there included the Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent, MSNBC anchors Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Hayes, the Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, the New York Times‘ Frank Bruni, and stars of the interwebs Arianna Huffington, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, Faiz Shakir of ThinkProgress and Joy Reid of The Reid Report.


    Wow, how did some of those egos fit in to one room? 😆

  19. December 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I posted without signing in Chips. My bad.

  20. December 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    The Whitehouse should have asked us to to invite. Rev. Al and Steve Benen should have topped the list as they are the only ones that have not bashed the President.

    • 111 Janelle
      December 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Jackie, I agree about Steve Benen, but Rev. Al has been to the WH over 40X (that was the last count from a reporter interviewing the Rev. several months ago). I think that’s why some of these folks are upset. The Rev. doesn’t always talk about it, but he has direct access most of the time, and they don’t—-they’re very upset. If they could come to the WH that much, they would be hawking so many books it would make your head spin. The Rev. hasn’t done that—-that’s why Chris Matthews is so hot under the collar.

      • 112 Janelle
        December 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

        P.S. Some of Rev. Al’s visits were receptions, but you can guess he’s talked to the President quite a bit through contacting Valerie Jarrett. These PL egos must have been seething with jealousy over this…..and they just get coffee for a little while with a group and not one-on-one with PBO.

    • 113 donna dem 4 obama
      December 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Actually I get the impression that PBO likes to confront his adversaries. I bet not one of them said the things to his face that they say when they are in print or on the cable tee vee!

      • December 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

        I totally agree with you Donna. I am sure Ed was out of control and asked him a whole bunch of questions. PBO shold have told him that he was partially responsible for the 2010 debacle.

      • December 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

        He kicked their collective ass. None of them had the guts to lie about him in his face.

        • 116 donna dem 4 obama
          December 19, 2011 at 7:17 pm

          Well from my own personal experience he does exude a certain charm with that golden voice that just makes you melt and your heart go pitter-patter so I guess he had them eating out of the palm of his hand while looking him in the face but I’m sure they quickly reverted back to the mean old professional left after they left his presence. 🙂

      • 119 isonprize
        December 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm

        Yup, That’s one of the things that I LOVE about my president. He walks right up to his ‘enemies’ and deals, straight, no chaser. LOVE THAT MAN!!!

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      GOOD POINT. Steve Benen should be first and foremost.

    • December 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      I would bet that he talks to Rev Al often, and he is probably invited to the WH often. You are right. Benen should have topped the list. I love, love Steve Benen. Benen is consistent and his posts and always make me feel better when others are seeing the bad instead of the good in what PBO is doing.

  21. December 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Gov. Scott Walker said Monday a lawsuit filed by his campaign and the state Republican Party over recall petitions was designed to protect the integrity of the recall process.

    The lawsuit filed Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court asks a judge to order the state Government Accountability Board to look for and eliminate duplicate signatures, clearly fake names and illegible addresses. The GAB has said challengers have to bring up any issues with signatures.

    At a news conference Monday, Walker mentioned a news report of a person saying he signed a recall petition at least 80 times is a sign that the GAB should take additional steps to review the petitions.


    Oh, ohkay!

  22. 130 anniebella
    December 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Have those do nothing idiots in the House voted down that bill yet?

  23. December 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    This video almost made me cry.

    Lovvvveeee the snow, Chip.

  24. 134 vero804
    December 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    While I have no love for Newt Gingrich, hearing all of the money going against him in Iowa, and seeing how quickly his poll numbers dropped – it’s scary. They say it’s been $3-4 million dollars in print and tv negative ads. This does not bode well for our democracy in general.

    • December 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      He has a glass chin!

      • 136 donna dem 4 obama
        December 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

        He has no money to fight back with. The idiot was dead in the water 6 weeks ago and then Cain imploded and he became the flavor of the month after doing little to no fundraising over the summer with zero organization in the early states. He was an easy target.

        • 137 vero804
          December 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

          You and Jovie make good points. he was an easy target and with no money, he couldn’t do much to fight back. But dayum…he sure did get pummeled, and fast! They said Mitt benefitted from the Super PACs especially since he doesn’t have to stand behind the negative ads. Typically, once a candidate goes negative it will hurt the opponent’s poll numbers, but the downside is that it will hurt the negative candidate as well. Mitt didn’t have to worry about the blowback from going negative when it’s some anonymous random outfit doing the dirty work for him. So unfair and shady.

          • 138 donna dem 4 obama
            December 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

            And it’s only just beginning. Remember that nauseating “celebrity” ad that we were subjected to at every commercial during the summer Olympics by the McCain Camp in 2008 well that will look that mince-meat compared to what these PACs will throw at the President next year. I’m not looking forward to any of this.

            • 139 vero804
              December 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

              I hated that celebrity ad. We’ll need lots of prayer and pepto this time around…it’ll be so much dirtier. The shady mailers, robocalls…it’s not just going to be ads on tv. That’s why when you hear that all of the GOP money is going to PACs and other groups, rather than the RNC etc, it’s clear that this election is going to be fought by money from unknown, outside sources.

          • 140 JoJothecat
            December 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

            There are so many people in the House currently and those in the past that remember working with Newt when he put a “Contract on America”. I was listening to some of the republicans who worked with him and who came there after him and said what a horrible person he was and they don’t want to work with him again. There was NO WAY the GOP war lords would allow Newt Leroy to get back into power because they know power goes to his head…both of them.

        • December 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

          Newt is promoting Calista’s book instead of campaigning like should; especially in Iowa.

    • December 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      The letter reads:
      Congratulations to you on this special occasion. Michelle and I hope it is blessed with love, laughter and happiness.
      Your union marks the beginning of a lifelong partnership as you share the joys of your life together.
      I wish you the very best as you embark on your journey together and I hope that your bond grows stronger with each passing year.
      –Barack Obama

      • 144 halo
        December 19, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        That’s our Prez!! Just doing nice things for people under the radar! Just like that airport story before he was famous where he paid for a woman’s luggage.

  25. 146 Little Lulu
    December 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I believe this president can sleep well at night no matter what anyone says about him because of Americans like Emily. God bless President Barack Obama all the very long healthy and happy years to come of his life.

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