Archive for October 1st, 2013

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Oct
13

Video Goodness

There are many stories today. I’d like to collect them all. If you have experience with ObamaCare, please post your stories and information.

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Check out Martha Plimpton’s Twitter timeline for more ObamaCare stories.

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01
Oct
13

Finally, We’re Taking Care of our Own

01
Oct
13

Tweets Of The Day

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01
Oct
13

Chat Away

President Barack Obama, with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, listen as enrollees in the Affordable Care Act tell their stories in the Oval Office, Oct. 1, 2013. The enrollees later joined the President for a statement in the Rose Garden. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

01
Oct
13

Obamacare in Action

President Obama hugs Americans who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act after delivering remarks about the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces and the first federal government shutdown in 17 years in the Rose Garden

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Washington Post: In Prince William County: ‘Is this Obamacare?’

…. Paula Thornhill was the first to apply in Prince William; she had heard about the program at her last appointment at the clinic, so she signed up for the first day possible. She has seven children, the oldest 14, the youngest 6-month-old Serenity. Her husband has health insurance through the printing company where he works as a cutter operator, but they couldn’t afford to cover her as well. “It’s hundreds of dollars a month,” she said.

“Is this Obamacare?” she asked. She had heard of it, but didn’t know much about it. But she was happy to hear about something that could provide insurance based on income. She’s hoping it’s not more than $50 a month.

She cuddled Serenity after signing up, and 2-year-old Daniel raced around the waiting area, giggling, while her mother-in-law filled out forms.

“I’m relieved that they did come out with this affordable health care,” she said. “I’m relieved.”

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01
Oct
13

Through the rabbit hole

So, for the second time in 17 years, Republicans—in a fit of pique—have shut down the government.

No, Barack Obama didn’t shut down the government. Funding government operations is the basic function of a Congress. Defunding, then delaying, then delaying the individual mandate of Obamacare has nothing to do with the budget. Obamacare is already fully paid for and brings down the deficit. Demanding that Obamacare be done away with as a price for not shutting down the government is similar to Newt Gingrich shutting down the government in 1995 because he had to ride at the back of Air Force One. One has nothing to do with the other.

At this point we have to ask: what will it take for our fellow citizens to wake up?

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01
Oct
13

President Obama’s statement on GOP government shutdown & obamacare

01
Oct
13

Rise and Shine

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Today (all times Eastern):

12:0: President Obama meets with beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act

1:30: President Obama makes a statement

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Andy Borowitz: Millions Flee Obamacare

Millions of Tea Party loyalists fled the United States in the early morning hours today, seeking what one of them called “the American dream of liberty from health care.”

Harland Dorrinson, 47, a tire salesman from Lexington, Kentucky, packed up his family and whatever belongings he could fit into his Chevy Suburban just hours before the health-insurance exchanges opened, joining the Tea Party’s Freedom Caravan with one goal in mind: escape from Obamacare.

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Charles Pierce: The Reign Of Morons Is Here

In the year of our Lord 2010, the voters of the United States elected the worst Congress in the history of the Republic. There have been Congresses more dilatory. There have been Congresses more irresponsible, though not many of them. There have been lazier Congresses, more vicious Congresses, and Congresses less capable of seeing forests for trees. But there has never been in a single Congress — or, more precisely, in a single House of the Congress – a more lethal combination of political ambition, political stupidity, and political vainglory than exists in this one, which has arranged to shut down the federal government because it disapproves of a law passed by a previous Congress, signed by the president, and upheld by the Supreme Court, a law that does nothing more than extend the possibility of health insurance to the millions of Americans who do not presently have it, a law based on a proposal from a conservative think-tank and taken out on the test track in Massachusetts by a Republican governor who also happens to have been the party’s 2012 nominee for president of the United States. That is why the government of the United States is, in large measure, closed this morning.

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TPM: Poll Indicates GOP Has Been Deeply Damaged By Shutdown Fight

Republicans in Washington insist they have simply been upholding the wishes of the American people throughout their efforts to block the Affordable Care Act, but a poll released Tuesday tells a very different story.

In fact, the latest survey from Quinnipiac University contains a ton of bad news for the GOP. For starters, 72 percent of Americans said they are opposed to shutting down the government in order to block implemntation of the health care law. A poll last week also showed a wide majority opposed to shutting down the government over Obamacare.

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Steve Benen: Why the GOP can’t avoid responsibility

It’s understandable that no one in Washington wants to be blamed for the government shutdown, even those responsible for it, because crises like these are wildly unpopular. The electorate has come to expect sharp partisan differences, but shutdowns are tantrums that the public tends to find repulsive.

And so, we will hear many congressional Republicans and many in the political media suggest Democrats bear some or all of the responsibility for this fiasco. For those who care about reality in the slightest, anyone making such an argument deserves to be laughed at.

The detail to keep in mind is that most GOP lawmakers aren’t bothering with the pretense. They know that Republicans shut down the government — and they’re proud of it…..

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Washington Post: The nine most painful impacts of a government shutdown

The federal government is shutting down on Tuesday and will stay closed until Congress can reach an agreement on how to fund day-to-day operations. So who gets hurt most by the shutdown?

Everyone’s heard that the panda cam at the National Zoo will power down, but that’s hardly the most serious consequence of a shutdown. The biggest disruptions are less visible — the workers going without pay, the patients turned away from research clinics, and so on. Here’s a rough list:

1) More than 2 million federal workers will go without pay indefinitely — and many of them might never get repaid.

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Bob Cesca: The Furloughed

The House GOP hasn’t passed a single jobs bill, and meanwhile…

Agriculture Department (84 percent of employees furloughed)

Commerce Department (85 percent of employees furloughed)

Defense Departments (50 percent of civilian employees furloughed)

Education Department (95 percent of employees furloughed)

Energy Department (69 percent of employees furloughed)

Environmental Protection Agency (95 percent of employees furloughed)

Federal Communications Commission (98 percent of employees furloughed)

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TPM: Dem Rep’s Fiery Floor Speech Urges Congress To ‘Stand Up For America’

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ThinkProgress: Six Headlines About The Government Shutdown That Will Destroy Your Faith In Journalism

The government shut down because a small group of Republicans, led by Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX), insist on linking continued funding to repealing, defunding, or delaying Obamacare. Even many prominent Republicans acknowledge that the request is unreasonable and was destined to close the government. Still, in the last 10 days, the House passed three budget resolutions that undermined Obamacare in similar ways.

But some in the media still insist on pushing that false equivalence narrative that “both sides are to blame.”

Here are a few of the most egregious examples:

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ThinkProgress: In Their Own Words: Federal Workers Reveal How The Shutdown Will Impact Their Lives

Come midnight on Tuesday, if Congress doesn’t pass a continuing resolution that would fund the government, it will shut down until one can be passed. For federal workers, this means either facing a furlough or being forced to go to work without pay until the government is funded again. Close to a million federal workers who are deemed to be nonessential could be furloughed, and while they were paid back wages the last time the government shut down and reopened, there is no guarantee.

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Members of the Cabinet watch as President Obama makes a televised statement on a possible government shutdown, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 30 (Photo by David Lienemann)

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ThinkProgress: 21 Things Republicans Have Demanded In Exchange For Not Shutting Down The Government Or Tanking The Global Economy

Since the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2011, they have repeatedly attempted to use the prospect of a government shutdown or a debt default as leverage. A shutdown would furlough close to a million federal workers and cut off essential services for millions more Americans, while a default on U.S. debt, even according to Speaker John Boehner, could devastate the global economy. While the recent debate has focused on Obamacare, that is just the latest in a series of demands made by Republicans. The following is a list of things that have been, at various times, demanded by Republicans under threat of a government shutdown or default:

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A belated moooOOOooorning! A crazy start to the day, so that was a bit rushed – we’ll catch up with what’s happening through the day.

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Oct
13

Remember This Day

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Very late getting going this morning, phone now off the hook – will have R&S up in about 30-ish minutes!

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Oct
13

Early Bird Chat – It’s A Beautiful Obamacare Morning!

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Obamacare Day!




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