The Week’s Schedule
Today: The President will attend meetings at the White House.
Tuesday: Welcomes the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship.
Wednesday: Travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events
Thursday: The President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.
Friday: The President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.
— Doctors for America (@Drsforamerica) March 31, 2014
LA Times: Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people
At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started, surveys and reports show.
President Obama’s healthcare law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show.
As the law’s initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. Some have done so through marketplaces created by the law, some through other private insurance and others through Medicaid, which has expanded under the law in about half the states.
New figures from RAND and others show that obamacare’s not a success–it’s a HUGE success: http://t.co/vtW9JeOLFJ
— Michael Hiltzik (@hiltzikm) March 31, 2014
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) March 31, 2014
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) March 31, 2014
Huffington Post: Obamacare Success Story: Man With HIV Thought He’d Be ‘Dead Within 6 Months,’ Now Has Awesome, Cheaper Insurance
Dan is a gay man from Michigan who called my radio program on SiriusXM Progress on Oct. 23. He sounded frantic. He’d received one of the infamous cancellation letters from his insurance company, he said.
.”… I am going to be one of the people who are going to be screwed by Obamacare. And I really support the president….”
…. Last week Dan called back again … he just kept looking until he found his perfect policy on the Michigan exchange.
… Dan was paying $1,485 per month for his old plan with the $1,000 deductible. His new plan under Obamacare, which includes coverage not only for all his prescriptions but for dental and vision – which his old plan did not – is costing him over $500 less per month, at a total cost of $914, with the same deductible. That’s not to mention that he got it with the pre-existing condition of HIV…..”
.”… I want to say to all your listeners: I was terribly wrong,” he said. “Now I’m going to push myself as a huge Obamacare success story. I’m bragging it to everyone.”
Full post here
— amk4obama (@amk4obama) March 31, 2014
WH.gov: Photos: This is What an #ACASurge Looks Like
The line started forming at 5 a.m. in front of an enrollment center in Miami — where trained workers have signed up 25,000 of their fellow Floridians since November. It was standing-room-only at a center in Houston yesterday.
The final deadline to get covered in 2014 is in just two days, and Americans are literally lining up at grassroots events across the country to make sure they’re covered.
This is what momentum looks like.
Take a look at some of the photos folks are sending in from events around the country…
— ACA Success Stories (@ACASuccessStory) March 31, 2014
Fact of the Day: Those signing up for ObamaCare have seen premiums 15% cheaper than CBO anticipated. #MessinaFactOfTheDay
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) March 31, 2014
Paul Krugman: The ACA Surge Blackout
… I’m somewhat amazed by what amounts to a de facto blackout by major news media on a developing story that’s really obvious if you read the invaluable Charles Gaba, or even the White House blog: a huge surge in Obamacare enrollments in the final days of the signup period….
…. where I think this does matter is that it shows a persistent slant in much reporting toward emphasizing the negatives about health reform. The website woes were, and deserved to be, a big story; the quite amazing comeback somehow doesn’t fit the preferred narrative….
Full post here
Not just Conserv. MSM IMO: CNN’s Reliable Sources Highlights How Conservative Media Downplay Positive Obamacare News http://t.co/X98k0KPJ3L
— Donna NoShock (@NoShock) March 31, 2014
Thousands of Americans died in Iraq, journalists had an orgasm. Millions of Americans getting health care, journalists haz a massive sad.
— BWD (@theonlyadult) March 31, 2014
Ashwani Talk: The Final Countdown
…. Thanks to this law, I won’t have to worry.
Thanks to this law, 129 million can’t be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition.
Thanks to this law, 3 million young adults can stay on their parents’ plans until 26.
Thanks to this law, 6 million people are covered for the first time in their lives.
Thanks to this law, insurers must spent 80% of your premiums on actual care.
….[Today] is the deadline for open enrollment. There’s no reason not to sign up, or at least take the time to view all the options.
…. If you’re anything like me or my family, I can ensure you that it’s the right thing to do, and the best time to support it. Laws like this do not come around that often. But when they do, we all need to stand together.
Full post here
— Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 30, 2014
— José-y (@60th_Street) March 30, 2014
Steve Benen: GOP struggles with Obamacare surge
As much of the country has probably heard, today marks the end of the open-enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act, and consumers who don’t get coverage are likely to face a tax penalty. ACA proponents have long predicted there’d be an 11th-hour surge in folks signing up, and right now, those predictions are holding up nicely.
…. Congressional Republicans, who are making no effort to hide the fact they’re rooting against the U.S. health care system, aren’t taking the news well.
… “I don’t think it means anything. … I think they’re cooking the books on this,” said Sen. John Barrasso on “Fox News Sunday.”
Even by GOP standards, this was a rather extraordinary moment. A member of the Senate Republican leadership – indeed, the chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee – went on national television to accuse the White House of perpetrating a fraud based on nothing but his own hopes.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) March 31, 2014
Jonathan Cohn: That Good News on Obamacare? Republicans Insist It’s Not Real
Americans are signing up for the Affordable Care Act. And they appear to be doing so in really big numbers. As of the latest official update, last week, more than 6 million people had selected a private insurance plan through one of Obamacare’s new state marketplaces. But that was before a weekend of huge traffic to healthcare.gov and state-run websites, record call volume to telephone help centers, and queues outside outreach offices in California and even Texas. Charles Gaba, the Michigan-based analyst who runs the website ACASignups.net, now projects that 6.72 million people will sign up for private insurance by the time open enrollment ends.
… Republicans are challenging the statistics — primarily, by suggesting that most of the people getting insurance already had coverage. Some, like Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, say the administration is “cooking the books.” Others, like Senator Ted Cruz, say that the number of people without insurance is actually rising.
Sorry, but that’s nonsense….
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) March 30, 2014
— Dudette (@Dudette9t9) March 31, 2014
senate report finds no evidence that torture lead to bin laden hunt. Can we waterboard motherfucker dick cheney now? http://t.co/t9z2VSNCy1
— amk4obama (@amk4obama) March 31, 2014
ThinkProgress: This State Is Quietly Becoming One Of The Worst For Women’s Health (And No, It’s Not Texas)
Thanks to the high-profile battle over new abortion restrictions in Texas this past summer, the national media typically associates the Lone Star State with harsh abortion laws. The dire situation in Texas is certainly alarming for reproductive rights activists — but it’s hardly the only state where women’s access to abortion is under siege.
Ohio has recently dramatically tightened its restrictions on abortion, and the number of clinics in the state is dwindling. State lawmakers haven’t shown any signs of ceasing their politically-motivated attacks on reproductive health care. Yet unlike Texas, Ohio women’s fights haven’t garnered much widespread attention.
Still all teary:
Window washers at a childrens hospital, they deserve endless retweets pic.twitter.com/WOy0MlBFs6
— Earth Pics (@WowEarthPics) March 18, 2014
Jim Stuart: The Obama Doctrine
Nancy LeTourneau was the first to frame what the President said in this big policy speech last Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium as an Obama Doctrine. I believe this framing is very appropriate…
…. In a nuclear age, military conflict between the great powers is unthinkable. So what happens when a great power wants to eat up its neighbor? Are we pretty much helpless? Until now, the answer was pretty much – Yes. Nobody could stop us from invading Iraq, and nobody did. Nobody could stop NATO from bombing Kosovo, and nobody did. So Putin says to himself, “Since the US won’t use military force, no one can stop us from invading the Crimea, and probably the Ukraine, and nobody will.” Until Obama did.
…. This may take a week, a month, a year, or more. But starting with Wednesday’s speech, we are watching our President lead us …. He is leading the world in establishing certain norms that say all of us have value; that we all deserve to be heard; and that the more powerful should not be allowed to run roughshod over us.
These are norms worth fighting for.
Obama’s busted NCAA bracket will only embolden Putin into invading Estonia & Poland. He’s shown his fecklessness in choosing Michigan State
— Intergalactic Tyrant (@ArrogantDemon) March 31, 2014
On This Day
Sen. Barack Obama hugs Jean Hockenbrocht as fellow workers look on during his visit to Wilbur Chocolate Company March 31, 2008 in Lititz, Pennsylvania
President Obama walks with First Lady Michelle Obama as they depart the White House for a week long trip to Europe, in Washington on March 31, 2009
First Lady Michelle Obama, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass and students from Bancroft and Hollin Meadows elementary schools do a dance intended to help the rhubarb they just planted to grow in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on March 31, 2010
Bo stands in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 31, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Obama greets an audience member prior to delivering remarks on energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland on March 31, 2010
President Obama smiles during the filming of a campaign video, March 31, 2011 (Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America)
First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton before the ship’s commissioning ceremony in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp speaks during the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton’s commissioning ceremony in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama is the official sponsor of the Stratton and is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.
First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates Melinda Cook, the grand niece of U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Dorothy Stratton, during the commissioning ceremony of the Cutter Stratton on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama with Taylor Swift at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, March 31, 2012