‘The Personal Responsibility Principle’ (good job Willard!)

Mitt Romney first introducing the Individual Mandate at Heritage in Jan. 2006

Great comment on YouTube:

“So essentially a conservative idea coming from a right-wing think tank, The Heritage Foundation, is an innovative free-market solution to health care. But if a Democrat introduces the idea, it’s a “socialist government power grab”, haha. Man, I can’t wait until the debates with Obama and Romney on healthcare!”

117 Responses to “‘The Personal Responsibility Principle’ (good job Willard!)”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    July 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm


  2. 10 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    A ha. For a change.

      • 12 amk for obama
        July 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        So chips taking revenge, onion rings style ?

        • July 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

          The ultimate revenge!!

          • 14 joanshaw
            July 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

            “Want some?”
            Joan says, “Yes — it would lift up my cranky morning mood considerably. “

            • July 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

              You know Joan, I’m sorry I posted that pic now because I’m sitting here drooling. The last time I tried to make them I nearly set the kitchen on fire, they were well and truly incinerated. Or “crispy”, as I insisted to my eating companions. What’s up today Joan, it’s not like you to be cranky!

              • 16 joanshaw
                July 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

                Melanie tried to smash a very small spider in her house here — remodeled granary, cute little place, a few yards from the main house — and it jumped at her. She couldn’t find it so she thought she’d smashed it, but it must have got on her night gown, and during the night it stung her in three places — huge welts, her Dad took her to Instacare and she got some antibiotic and a stronger thing than Benadryl, but she’s not feeling well, though she went into the library. She’s superintending a new system there.

                I worried all night about her and, especially, about jumping spiders. Also, Alan didn’t realize his license expired on his birthday last year until he used his expired one to vote. This morning we spent quite a frustrating time to find all the necessary papers proving he was who he said he was. By the time he left for the DMV I was pretty frazzled.

                I’ve just got to get the files of 80 years organized so we don’t have to go through this type of thing again, or subject Melanie et al. to it when we’re gone. I’ve always been pretty cavalier about my so-called filing. My (very) bad.

                • 17 joanshaw
                  July 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm

                  And deep fried onion rings has been my favorite comfort food for decades. That was a scrumptious picture!

      • 18 desertflower
        July 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        OMG! I just came in from working outside. Now I want these! Thanks, Chips:)

  3. 19 utaustinliberal
    July 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  4. 20 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Well said!

  5. 21 Dudette
    July 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Hi Everyone!

  6. July 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    • 24 amk for obama
      July 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Wasn’t this kid that Maher was comparing the rethugs to last week and saying that there are all 13 year olds ?

      Good for him, no great for him.

    • 25 amk for obama
      July 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Krohn won’t go so far as to say he’s liberal, in part because his move away from conservatism was a move away from ideological boxes in general.

      “I want to be Jonathan Krohn,” he said, “and I’m tired of being an ideology, and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not who we are as individuals.”

      But a quick rundown of his current political stances suggests a serious pendulum swing away from the right.

      Gay marriage? In favor. Obamacare? “It’s a good idea.” Who would he vote for (if he could) in November? “Probably Barack Obama.” His favorite TV shows? “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” His favorite magazine? The New Yorker. And, perhaps telling of all, Krohn is enrolling this fall at a college not exactly known for its conservatism: New York University.


    • 27 COS
      July 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      This article is priceless. The video of Robney’s own words talking about the mandate is even more priceless. 🙂

  7. 28 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    A man is sitting at the bar in his local tavern, furiously imbibing shots of whiskey. One of his friends happens to come into the bar and sees him.

    “Lou,” says the shocked friend, “what are you doing? I’ve known you for over fifteen years, and I’ve never seen you take a drink before. What’s going on?”

    Without even taking his eyes off his newly filled shot glass, the man replies, “My wife just ran off with my best friend.”

    He then throws back another shot of whiskey in one gulp.

    “But,” says the other man, “I’m your best friend!”

    The man turns to his friend, looks at him through bloodshot eyes, smiles, and then slurs,

    “Not anymore! … He is!”

    Gunnite folks.

  8. July 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I’m so proud of my state!!

    Calif. Likely Among First States With Health Insurance Exchange

    SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – After Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, several million Californians could be among the first in the nation to qualify for government subsidized insurance because of state efforts.

    Unlike many states, California did not wait for a ruling on the constitutionality of the health care reform law to begin work on its insurance exchange, said Peter Lee, executive director of the California Health Benefit Exchange.

    “What’s really been a distraction from our going full speed ahead has been pushed aside,” he said, including more aggressive outreach and advertising to teach Californians about the exchange.

    Lots more great information in the article:


    • 31 FiredUpInCA
      July 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      In Cali here. I am very interested in this news. Thank you Meta.

    • 32 0388jojothecat
      July 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you meta. My brother needs health insurance but he is not 65yrs old yet this will help him, can’t wait. I have another brother who was laid off and can get Cobra for 18 months, so this will be ready just in time for him to buy into the exchange.

  9. 33 Dudette
    July 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks again, Mr. President!!

    ObamaCare Gives $1.1 Billion in Cash Back to the American People

    “Hidden behind the right’s propaganda about a massive tax hike, President Obama’s healthcare law is forcing health insurance companies to issue a refund worth $1.1 billion dollars to Americans and business starting August 1st, 2012.

    This “massive tax hike” the the GOP talks about, is actually smaller than Reagan’s tax hike of 1982. But really? Those are facts, so the GOP leaders don’t care about that.

    The reason for this rebate is because in the Affordable Care Act, it mandates a medical loss ratio of 80%- 20%.

    As Reuters is reporting,

    “The rebates stem from a provision of the healthcare law that requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care or quality improvements, rather than advertising and administrative costs, salaries or bonuses. Insurers that devote less to actual healthcare services must pay customers the difference. About 4.1 million people who are covered by individual insurance plans would receive a direct rebate, which HHS said would average $152 per family. But the remaining 8.7 million beneficiaries are covered through the small and large employer markets and would receive only a portion of the rebate value depending on their share of premium costs. Officials said employers may choose to pass along the value of the rebate due their employees in forms other than cash, such as lower premiums or added benefits.”

    The Republicans are threatening to take this away from you. Imagine what you could do with $1.1 billion for the economy…”

  10. 34 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  11. July 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Hey Mitt, that was well said. Thanks. You sound so passionate about Obamacare. Good day to my TOD family. Finally back home after a week long road trip.

  12. 41 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    July 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  13. 43 Ladyhawke
    July 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm


    Brian Beutler ‏@brianbeutler


    Right now, we’re watching Rick Santorum’s primary campaign argument against Romney be vindicated.


  14. 44 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    On Tuesday, Mitt Romney will walk away with the California Republican primary and continue on his path to challenge Barack Obama for the leadership of this country.

    In November, on election day, exactly the opposite will happen. Obama will crush Romney in California, just as every Democratic presidential candidate has thrashed every Republican there for the last twenty years. Today, California is competing with Massachusetts and Vermont for the title of bluest state in the Union. Democrats utterly dominate state politics and run all the major cities from north to south, Los Angeles to the Bay Area.

    As for the state’s Republicans, they used to roam the freeways and cul-de-sacs in great, thundering herds. Now, they cling to a few isolated enclaves along the beaches of San Diego, farmlands of the Central Valley, and retirement communities near the Oregon border. And they are old and white in a state that’s increasingly young and brown.

    Two decades of immigration and changing demographics have steadily eroded the Republican base in the Golden State. But rather than adapt to this new reality, the state party lurched deep into the far-right swamplands of American politics. As the state grew more socially liberal, the last of the Republicans doubled down on conservatism, and sank into irrelevancy.

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/california-reaming-why-the-golden-state-booted-the-gop-and-other-states-will-too-20120604#ixzz1zU0I3aAE

  15. 45 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Yay, Fedex reaches Wimbledon QF

  16. 53 utaustinliberal
    July 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  17. 54 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm
  18. July 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the national health care law may not have changed many minds regarding the controversial measure, but a new poll indicates it sure did change Americans’ views of the high court.

    According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday, the public is divided on last week’s ruling, with 50% saying they agree with the Supreme Court’s decision and 49% saying they disagree. And there is the expected partisan divide, with more than eight in ten Democrats agreeing with the decision, more than eight in ten Republicans disagreeing, and independent voters divided, with 52% disagreeing and 47% agreeing.

    Overall, three in ten say the high court is too liberal, with 22% saying it’s too conservative and 46% saying it’s about right.


    So, the American People think the Court is more Liberal than Conservative? Stupid! Just Stupid!

    • 56 sabreen60
      July 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Personally, I’d take anything I read at Politico with a grain of salt.
      Just saying………

  19. 57 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm
  20. July 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Priorities USA’s Bill Burton said on Monday that that millions of dollars worth of ads attacking Mitt Romney tenure at Bain Capital are “clearly working.”

    “We’re just now in the middle of $10 million we spent on television ads about Mitt Romney’s time in the private sector, and they’re clearly starting to work,” Burton said on NSNBC. “If you look at any of the numbers out there, any public polling or focus groups, they’re clearly working.”

    Burton said that fundraising has “picked up considerably” for the pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA. But he said he still expected that Romney and his supporters would outspend Obama and his groups. Burton also tried to explain the rather desperate fundraising solicitations in recent days from the Obama camp.

    “What they’re trying to do, I imagine, is engage, you know, a large number of the folks who support President Obama but have been sitting on the sidelines,” he told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. “They look at Mitt Romney and say, ‘Is this clown really going to beat President Obama?’ and the answer is ‘Well, maybe, if he has four or five times as much money as the president, then yes, he may well have a chance at winning in November.”

    “I think that’s what Democrats have been trying to tell other Democrats, that there’s a lot of money that’s going to be involved here and Democrats need to come off the sidelines and get engaged if they haven’t.”

  21. 62 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  22. 63 Linda
    July 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay $3 billion to settle the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history, according to court filings and prosecutors.

    The settlement includes $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines in connection with the sale of the drug company’s Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia products.

    Looks like Rick Scott just lost his 1st place spot……..

    This Administration does not fool around with fraud …

  23. 66 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  24. 69 yardarm756
    July 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Is it time for some shore leave? 😆

  25. 77 amk for obama
    July 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    via BJ, this is excellent news for mccain

    President Barack Obama’s campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year’s election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.
    Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent.

    Obama’s campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.


  26. 78 Ladyhawke
    July 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Michael Falcone ‏@michaelpfalcone


    Romney spox @AMHenneberg on campaign’s official position: “Gov. Romney thinks it is an unconstitutional penalty”


  27. July 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    7/2/12 10:31 AM EDT
    The number of ads run by the Obama campaign in the Orlando, Fla., market in June, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

    “It’s a bigger storm than [Tropical Storm] Debby,” Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist, told the Sentinel. “It’s just a deluge. And it’s going to be nonstop from now until the election.”


    • July 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      I hope they’re careful about this. It’s possible to turn off voters with constant TV ads. Just ask Meg Whitman.

  28. July 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    EU drawing up Spanish bailout papers.

  29. 84 Liberal Librarian
    July 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Ok, the next time I have a bbq—which won’t be for a while—remind me to wear a hat, or at least put on some sunblock. Bald heads burn way too easily.

  30. 88 whatisworking
    July 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Reality Check: Frequently Asked Questions about Health Insurance Reform


    • July 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      Dear Chipsticks,

      I really hope that you assist in opening an additional front against Romney: re: David Corn’s article about how Bain lied for him about his involvement with Bain post 1999 and the amazing wealth accumulated from a company in which Romney invested: Stericycle, which disposes of aborted fetuses and other medical wastes.

      Bain issued a statement, lying for Romney in the primaries, that Romney had nothing to do with their investment since he “left” to “save the Olympics” (heh). The frame should be that “Romney profited from the disposal of fetuses”: it’s totally the truth and it just may be the straw that many single-issue pro-lifers (anti-choice) will need to stay home. (They still won’t vote for the black guy).

      This needs to be posted at all the mega-churches and pro-life forums…with links to the SEC documents and not the “liberal” David Corn at “Mother Jones”.

      Anyway, dear Chips, I’m wondering if this needs a breakout topic of its own?

      • July 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

        Hiya Pamela, thanks for the info on that, will look it up.

      • 92 joanshaw
        July 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        The very sad and necessary disposal of aborted fetuses never crossed my mind. Along with the troublesome gall bladders and appendices, the legs and arms amputated. All that’s a very yukky message. The Right could use it against the president, of course, but the president never made a big deal out of being against abortion and then invest in the business of disposal. Another flip. Another coverup

  31. July 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    A kiss for Miss Ann and Willard from the GOP convention host city’s Tampa Bay Times. Miss Ann said her job is to “unzip Mitt”. Miss Ann loves—-is obsessed with—- zipper references. Wonder what’s the story there, some youthful indiscretion? Anyhoo, see—- Miss Ann was not looking forward to the rigors of another campaign, but then she asked her beloved, that would be Willard—-ewwww—–if he could turn the economy around, and when he told her yes, she just knew that they had to run again. It was a necessity!!! More gaggy stuff here:

    • 94 Bill
      July 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      She said as FLOTUS she would be an advocate for breast cancer and MS. Her interests are based on her so called “challenges” and both have numerous well established advocates. It is all about her.

      • 95 anniebella
        July 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

        How about if Ann Romney isn’t First Lady, ( and she won’t be), but why don’t she be an advocate for breast cancer and MS without having to have the title as First Lady? I mean she is a stay at home Mom, she is rich, she has the time. That is when she is not messing with her dancing horses.

        • 96 miss pat
          July 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

          You are so right. She will never be first lady. But if that should ever happen by some fluke, God forbid, she will not be able to do much.
          I have an autoimmune disease that mimic MS and some days I can’t do anything at all.
          When she has a flare-up she will have to just sit at the window and look out like the former fist lady used to do.
          As for her and her horses, I wonder how she gets on her horse on her bad days. Trust me she has bad days and if not she will be getting them soon. MS is no joke.

  32. 97 Dudette
    July 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Good cartoon here:
    The Supreme Court Taketh Away and the Supreme Court Giveth

  33. July 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  34. July 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering a new gambit to restart peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would send several Taliban detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a prison in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan officials told The Associated Press.

    Under the proposal, some Taliban fighters or affiliates captured in the early days of the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and later sent to Guantanamo under the label of enemy combatants would be transferred out of full U.S. control but not released. It’s a leap of faith on the U.S. side that the men will not become threats to U.S. forces once back on Afghan soil. But it is meant to show more moderate elements of the Taliban insurgency that the U.S. is still interested in cutting a deal for peace.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and others have said that while negotiations with the Taliban are distasteful, they are the best way to settle the prolonged war.

    The new compromise is intended to boost the credibility of the U.S.-backed Afghan government. President Hamid Karzai and U.S. officials are trying to draw the Taliban back to negotiations toward a peace deal between the national Afghan government and the Pashtun-based insurgency that would end a war U.S. commanders have said cannot be won with military power alone.


  35. 105 whatisworking
    July 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    In case this has not already been posted

    This should be required watching for anyone ho does campaigning for the Health Care law, so many good facts in her presentation.

    Sunday Smackdown: Nancy Pelosi Schools GOP Talking Point Machine David Gregory


  36. 106 Dudette
    July 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Wow! Just, wow!

    Texas Republicans Seek to Ban Critical Thinking in Public Schools

    What is it about the political rightwing in the Lone Star State? It seems like they are now competing with Arizona to take the lead as the nation’s most anti-education and anti-intellectual state.

    Here is the actual language from a position statement in the 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform:

    Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

    Where does this Republican fear of critical thinking come from? One would have to surmise it may be derived from two sources: Either (1) they learned some nifty reactionary ideas from the Arizona struggle against HB2281, the law banning the teaching of Chicana/o Studies in public schools, or (2) they understand that Texas public schools are now filled with a majority of minority [sic] students, most of them Mexican-origin, and it may not be a good idea to encourage them to become anything other than servants of the 1% by denying them anything but rote learning and vocational educations…[read more in the article]

  37. 109 Bill
    July 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Mike Allen of POLITICO is telling Mrs. Greenspan the value of being in Aspen. Riveting news.

    • 110 Linda
      July 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      My Gag reflex just kicked in. Mike Allen has no top lips…..therefore he is a Republican….ever notice they have no lips ?

  38. July 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Robney is currently fundraising with Cheney in Wyoming.

    • July 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      And I read, repeatedly, that Robney was spending a “quiet” 4th of July week with his picture perfect trust-fund , chicken-hawk 5 sons and their families. Oh, Jovie, how easily I’m misled!

  39. 113 tally
    July 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    • 114 Bill
      July 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      George Stephanopoulps was obsessed yesterday with callimg it a tax. He showed an old video of PBO saying it was not a tax and asked numerous guests about it while quoting the SCOTUS decision. Whenever a comment was on the tax side he would giggle and say, “See”. It was very strange.

  40. July 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Interestingly, all the Republican State Governors that have turned down the Medicaid expansion is being vetted for VEEP!
    Christie just joined Scott-Walker and Jindal, in this madness.

  41. 117 Liberal Librarian
    July 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    So far the best thing I’ve seen on Twitter today. It’s from one of my new followers’ Twitter page:

    “Mozart will live forever Gaga will be forgotten in a few years.”

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Rev. Al Sharpton: Jurors in the Arbery trial sent a significant message
  • 'At what point does [Rep. McCarthy] stop listening to the extremists?'
  • Investor looks at what is happening in the U.S. today and what is likely to happen
  • Far right now claiming new coronavirus variant is Democratic plot
  • Patti LuPone: Stephen Sondheim was a complicated, deeply-emotional man



Blog Stats

  • 43,148,395 hits

%d bloggers like this: