05
Jul
12

No Going Back

Stephanie Miller of Sandusky, Ohio cries on the shoulder of President Obama at a campaign event at Washington Park in Sandusky, Ohio. Miller’s sister died of cancer and said that Obama’s healthcare plan would have given her better treatment options

ThinkProgress: President Obama stopped shaking hands for a moment today so that he could embrace a sobbing woman whose uninsured sister recently died of colon cancer.

The sister of Stephanie Miller, from Sandusky, OH, would have been covered if Obamacare were fully implemented when she got sick. Instead, the woman was left without insurance and couldn’t get the health care she needed.

…. Ms. Miller said her sister, Kelly Hines, died from colon cancer four years ago because she could not afford proper health insurance …. “I thanked him for the getting the Affordable Health Act passed,” she said.

One hundred twenty nine million people have pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act will prevent them from being denied care, either by an individual plan or by an employer. Should Republicans repeal the law, as they have promised, those people could once again find themselves in that situation. Republicans’ only solution is to put people like Miller’s sister into unsustainable, high-risk pools, or force them to go without care.

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119 Responses to “No Going Back”


    • 2 LOL
      July 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I just read that caption and all I can say is wow. The media needs to look at this lady and hear her story. It’s not about who “won” or “lost” ….to some people this is life and death.

      • July 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        Soledad O’brien’s concern on CNN this morning was who was winning the tax vs. penalty argument. If she was within reach, I’d have slapped the crap out of her.

        • 4 LOL
          July 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          LOL…Good One. These ny-dc corridor folks are sooo dense.

        • 5 COS
          July 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

          Soledad has been a big disappointment. I have tried to watch her show but she and her panel rub me the wrong way. Some of her content is so petty.

        • 8 anniebella
          July 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

          What folks like Soledad and the pundits on tv don’t get is it’s about real people like that women sister. I don’t watch Soledad. I rarely watch TeaNN.

        • 9 Dudette
          July 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

          I’m with you Hachiko.

          Someone should tweet her that Think Progress story!

        • 10 nathkatun7
          July 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          Hachiko, I truly admire you and the others who still have the stomach and the discipline to watch cable news shows. For me I stopped long time ago because I wanted to protect my health and also avoid destroying my t.v.

  1. 11 daisydem
    July 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    First?

  2. 13 Proud Former White House Intern
    July 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Love it!

  3. 14 snowbird42
    July 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    That photo is so moving

  4. 16 susanne
    July 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    love the pix, chips! our pres and the people, mutual affection!

  5. July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    So sad. Our President is so kind and caring.

  6. 18 Linda
    July 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    OMG….that picture is heartbreaking…….

  7. 19 Grab a Mop Grace
    July 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    That picture, and that caption just brought me to tears.
    When the President talks about how he wakes up everyday thinking about how he can help the American people, I believe he thinks about encounters like this one. It must be very emotional, and frustrating for our POTUS.
    We must continue to keep him in prayer, always.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    • 20 yardarm756
      July 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      I’m with ya on that Grace. It’s as if you can feel her pain. Another burden our President has to carry. It’s not his fault but you can bet her story is with him. Mitt would nevah get that close to anyone that wasn’t a relative.

      • 21 Grab a Mop Grace
        July 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

        Agreed sir.
        And in my opinion, no one (that wasn’t a relative) would WANT to get that close to Mitt:)

  8. July 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Robney Super PAC to spend 7.2 million on ads during Olympics, when does the Olympics start? The Obama Camp is putting up 6 million.
    Me thinks, Bill Burtons Group better get in there!
    That is all!

    • July 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      More people need to donate to Burton’s super pac. He’s going to have a lot of “getting in there” to do. More moneybags Dems need to pony up even tho it is distasteful, against their principles. We have to deal with what we’ve got here at present—-and be able to be competitive everywhere.

  9. 25 daisydem
    July 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    You can feel the emotion in that picture! He clutches her right back and you can just feel the support.

  10. July 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Perhaps Gov Strickland will lean over and show his traveling companion a couple of tweets 🙂

  11. 28 lisalovesobama
    July 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Look at PBO not connecting to the average American. Look how he scorns the woman reaching out to hug him. Look how he turns his face away from her in disgust. No empathy, no warmth, no human kindness. Susan Page was right, PBO doesn’t like retail politics… it gets him too close to dreadful unwashed masses.

  12. 35 Lorraine
    July 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Oh my goodness This is why I honor all this is why I honor every Democrat who went out on a limb and voted their moral Conscience for the ACA.

  13. 37 utaustinliberal
    July 5, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Just posted this on the last thread before a new one popped up. 🙂 This is one more reason why ObamaCare was the right thing to do. There are people whose voices aren’t being heard but who have greatly benefited and will benefit from ACA and they will be turning up to vote for Pres. Obama. The pundits don’t know jackshit.

    • July 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      What a beautiful, kind, compassionate man! Just when I think I couldn’t love him more than I already do he reminds me of why I fell in love with him in the first place. What a rare and precious human being. God bless our wonderful PBO.

    • 39 carla4obama
      July 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Okay..that pic did me in, I’m crying.
      OBAMACARE, a picture is worth a thousand words, (can someone tweet that?)

  14. 40 collegekay
    July 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    This is so sad. Wow such a moving photo.

  15. 41 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    That picture made me cry. So powerful. So sad..

    • 42 yardarm756
      July 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      That’s what pain looks like. It’s a terrible thing.

      • 43 desertflower
        July 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

        So right, yardarm. Gut wrenching, visceral pain.PBO has something all their dark money can’t ever buy. Compassion for his fellow human beings. Empathy.You can’t fake this. People see this and know. Not to mention all the people who have beenh elped already by the ACA, and those, like Stephanie, who loved someone and lost them due to no healthcare….and realizes that this would have helped them still be here now. I know that pain, and it never goes away.

    • 44 COS
      July 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      That picture is heartbreaking. PBO is so compassionate.

  16. July 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Mitch McConnell says not his problem. Romney would repeal all of this.

    • 46 0388jojothecat
      July 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Exactly…all the GOP can offer is “iDon’tCare”

      That picture made me think that if we had Obamacare in place maybe PBO’s mother, grandmother and father would be alive today. All those years of having better access to doctors, preventative care, and affordable patient care, people would live longer and healthier.

    • 47 Dudette
      July 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Tweet that with that photo, if you can please!!

  17. 50 donna dem 4 obama
    July 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    This is real life with real people. That’s the part that our silly media doesn’t get.

    My heart goes out to Ms. Miller. May she have comfort in knowing that once ObamaCare is fully implemented that no one else will have to die because they didn’t have access to good, affordable healthcare.

  18. July 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

  19. July 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Oh Boy!

    • 55 cookemom
      July 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      why do we care about what Limpballs have to say? we already know as much as we need to know about him. nothing he says is of any value that bears repeating. the dittoheads who love his dirty draws (underwear for those unaware) will not find this offensive. so why do we need to perpetuate what he says? Why raise his level of exposure?

  20. July 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  21. July 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    It’s getting ugly out there!

    • 58 desertflower
      July 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      At some point, the only people that think this crap is credible, are the lunatics. A tiny sliver of humankind…wallowing in the ugly.

    • 59 Bill
      July 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      (Ayn) Rand Paul is very disturbed.

    • 60 utaustinliberal
      July 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      OMG. What kind of sick cretin says that? What kind of sick animal compares a court decision that sanctioned slavery to healthcare reform for all people? How dare he make light of slavery? Anyone who tells me Ron Paul and his son Rand Paul aren’t racists and says they support them is a bloody scumbag.

    • 61 ChristiMTL
      July 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      wth is wrong with that creep.

    • July 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    • 64 nathkatun7
      July 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      What a sick, sick, ignorant man! How can a law that seeks to provide health care for all Americans be similar to the law that mandated the expansion of slavery; and declared that African Americans could never–I repeat never — be citizens of the United States? I am absolutely convinced that Rand Paul would have supported the Dred Scott decision because it affirmed the rights of property owners who owned slaves to take their slave property everywhere in the United States, including the territories. Isn’t it the unlimited freedom of property owners, to do as they please, that is the fundamental basis of Libertarianism? Poor President Obama! He has to try to govern the country with imbeciles, like Rand Paul, because of the separation of powers, and checks and balances, mandated by the Constitution.

  22. 65 donna dem 4 obama
    July 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    One things for sure is that we have zero control over how much R-Money raises each month but we sure do have plenty of say over how much the Obama Campaign raises each month.

    If you can, please donate to any on our Fundraising Team to support the President’s re-election efforts.

    http://theobamadiary.com/2012/06/28/money-bomb/

  23. July 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  24. July 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Yet this ass says no one dies from cancer any more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/chris-collins-cancer-cure-10349734 Sure – if you’re a millionaire who can afford to pay for whatever treatment you want. Dear America, stop electing millionaires! They are out-of-touch bastards who only get into government to protect their own interests – not yours!

    • 68 PhillyinJA
      July 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Off topic…OMG I didn’t know you were Jamaican. Oh it’s so great to meet another Jamaican.

    • 74 isonprize
      July 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Hachiko,

      Well, if only it were that simple. Pres. Obama is a millionaire. So is Vice Pres. Biden. And, yes, folks with lots of money can buy better healthcare, but cancer kills plenty of people WITH money too.

      It’s the lack of compassion that’s the problem. Warren Buffet has WAY more money than Mitt Romney, Chris Collins & Mitch McConnell combined. (throw in 3 or 10 more Re-Thugs for good measure…)

      What Warren Buffet also has in abundance is passion and understanding. Money can’t buy that, never has, never will. And of course, the same goes for Pres. Obama and Vice Pres. Biden. Both millionaires, both have loads of compassion. So, no, I don’t want to stop electing millionaires.

      I want to stop electing mean-spirited, hateful, selfish, racists, misogynistic Re-thugs, regardless of the bank account balance.

      • 75 0388jojothecat
        July 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

        Don’t elect people who are indicted for medicare fraud, deadbeat dads, people who would demean the service of ex-soldier just because they are running against you, that can’t say ONE decent thing about their opponent, etc..

      • 78 veryslowwriter
        July 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

        Vice President Biden is NOT a millionaire. He released his tax returns before the 2008 election. He and Dr. Jill have only salary income. No speakers’ fees, investments, capitol managers, etc.\
        Also, PBO’s a millionaire because of book royalties. Before that he & MO were working to pay off their student loans. (I think that happened short of the 2008 election.) As a writer I don’t begrudge ANYONE royalties. You write a book lots of people buy, you earned them.

        • 79 isonprize
          July 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

          My bad, slowwriter. I thought I read that VPB was a millionaire.

          But my point was that just because someone has a lot of money is no reason NOT to elect them.

          It’s the LACK OF COMPASSION that’s the problem, not the money.

          I don’t begrudge anyone the fact that they have a boat load of money. I just don’t like the “I got mine, you get yours” mentality that most Re-thugs seem to have.

  25. 80 ChristiMTL
    July 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Teary eyes….what a moving picture…….

  26. 81 ChristiMTL
    July 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    And I thought Palin was pathetic……

    Romney Campaign: Same Answers to Different Questions

    Here’s Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg’s statement to the press earlier today about reports by the AP and Vanity Fair about Romney’s offshore accounts in Bermuda:

    “President Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney have been proven false time and again. As job growth slows, manufacturing activity stalls, and our economy continues to sputter, President Obama knows he can’t make a legitimate argument for another term in office, so instead he is trying to tear down his opponent. This is just the latest example of President Obama and his political machine saying or doing anything to distract from his abysmal record over the last four years.”

    And here’s Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul responding to an interview that Obama strategist David Axelrod gave to ABC News, in which he said Romney is “the most secretive candidate” since Richard Nixon:

    “President Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney have been proven false time and again. As job growth slows, manufacturing activity stalls, and our economy continues to sputter, President Obama knows he can’t make a legitimate argument for another term in office, so instead he is trying to tear down his opponent. This is just the latest example of President Obama and his political machine saying or doing anything to distract from his abysmal record over the last four years.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/romney-campaign-same-answers-to-different-questions/

    • 82 susanne
      July 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      mitt romney’s attacks on president obama have been proven false time and again. as job growth continues, manufacturing activity increases, and our economy continues to improve, mitt romney knows he can’t make a legitimate argument against the president’s second term in office, so instead he is trying to tear down his opponent. this is just the latest example of mitt romney and his political machine saying or doing anything to distract from his abysmal record over the last four decades.

    • 83 vitaminlover
      July 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Palin is the epitome of stupid. Romney is pure evil. His wife is totally ridiculous. Romney is imploding.

  27. July 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  28. July 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Mitt Romney is a pathological liar. I don’t believe anything coming out of his mouth or the mouths of his campaign people, so naturally, I’m suspending belief about the $100M raised until I see verification. In the meantime, we need to get our own fundraising efforts for POTUS into overdrive. I’ve created my own fundraising page: https://donate.barackobama.com/page/outreach/view/2012/RestoreOurDreams
    and am asking for your support. Do it for me and Tucker. 😀 Thanks guys!

  29. July 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    ADP says economy grew by 176,000 jobs in June.

    Click to access FINAL_Report_June_12.pdf

    Hope they’re right.

  30. 87 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Aw, bless Ms. Miller’s heart.

    Ohio looks like OBAMA COUNTRY! 😛

  31. 88 utaustinliberal
    July 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Following the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act ruling, Republicans — including Mitt Romney — have vigorously insisted that the Affordable Care Act is a tax on the American people. But instead of being a tax increase, Obamacare will provide millions of families with large tax credits to make health care more affordable. Only about 1 percent of Americans who could afford health care but don’t buy coverage would have to pay the tax, and the penalty would only be an average of $600. The Center for American Progress shows how Obamacare is actually a major tax cut for many families:

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/05/511486/obamacare-is-a-major-tax-cut-for-middle-class-families/

  32. 91 carolyn
    July 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    This lady’s story and her picture and experience with the President are something no amount of Romney money can buy. Her experience will spread out to many people, who will spread it to many more, and the multiplication will be geometric, not arithmetic. Personal experiences like this influence many more people than Romney’s ads. I don’t fear Romney’s ads…….I’ve noticed that Burton and the DNC have more effective ads. The Obama campaign spends its money well. They know how to make money talk. Remember Romney and his people have always been wealthy. They’ve never had to use money effectively or make it go far. Two different types of people spending money…..one is wiser.

  33. 92 ChristiMTL
    July 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    For those who missed the great Stephanie Cutter this morning with Choke Toad….here it is…..what a GOP shill he is grrrrr

    Obama Campaign Manager Patiently Explains Mandate Is A Penalty In The Tax Code

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/obama-campaign-manager-patiently-explains-mandate-is-a-penalty-in-the-tax-code/

  34. July 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Look at crazy Joe Walsh say “Ashleigh” 92 times!—-really!—–in an interview with Ashleigh Banfield on CNN re. calling double amputee Tammy Duckworth “not a hero”. Walsh is the most despicable piece of poo—-just disgusting almost beyond belief.
    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/07/05/511667/video-joe-walshs-ashleigh-extravaganza/

    • 96 ChristiMTL
      July 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      92 times???

    • 97 desertflower
      July 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Ashleigh kicked his sorry ass. He was rude, obnoxious and pompous. Illinois, this deadbeat better be looking for a new job soon!

      • 98 ChristiMTL
        July 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

        I don’t like her ….she’s the only who told (I forget his name) of the Obama campaign…..that nobody wanted to see that garbage on tv, referring to the Bain ads..

    • 99 nathkatun7
      July 6, 2012 at 12:34 am

      I am hoping that the majority of the good people of, residing in his Congressional district, will reject this inside-out ugly person, Joe Walsh, and vote for Tammy Duckworth. She has already sacrificed her legs on behalf of the country. And for me,her run for Congress continues her legacy of courage. Despite her severe handicaps she is still so courageous and determined to continue serving the people. Contrast her character to that of her loudmouth opponent whose only qualification is that he supported the tea baggers. While Tammy Duckworth was out serving her country in war, Joe was out screwing around while refusing to pay for the upkeep of his own children.In my humble opinion disgraceful characters, like Joe Walsh, do not belong in Congress. We need people in Congress who are committed to public service and not those who are motivated by selfishness and the desire to advance their own personal interests.

  35. 100 desertflower
    July 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Money over people. Remind you of anyone???

  36. 103 vcprezofan2
    July 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    😳 Spent almost an hour slowly going through the previous thread before the silence there registered! Talk about being in a world of your own! 😳

  37. 104 4morefor44
    July 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    the “tax/penalty” nonsense is clearly a manufactured distraction to keep people from talking about the massive win for america and barack with the supreme court ruling, and all the good that’s within the legislation. that’s why soledad o’brien and all the others are still only talking about that. it’s up to us to let people know. keep on keepin on, t.o.d.-ers!

    • 105 Bill
      July 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Every MSNBC show brings it up, over and over again.

    • 106 ChristiMTL
      July 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Especially this FACT: Obamacare is a major tax cut for middle class families

      Tomorrow is the job report I think…so we know what to expect……

    • 107 nathkatun7
      July 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

      4morefor44, you are absolutely spot-on. The media, like the GOP, expected a different ruling. They were all sure that the right wing dominated Supreme Court would rule to strike down the ACA. Now that the Court ruled to uphold the law, they picked one aspect of the ruling to obsess about. The U. S. media should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of informing the public, the media have become the propaganda arm of the Republican party. I am absolutely certain that if the Court had ruled to strike down the law because the mandate to buy insurance was a tax, the media would not be discussing whether the mandate is a tax or penalty. They would all be going on and on about how President Obama lost and how his presidency is doomed.

      So, as you said, this is indeed “a manufactured distraction to keep people from talking about the massive win for america and barack with the supreme court ruling, and all the good that’s within the legislation.”

  38. 108 Linda
    July 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles attached a rather odd — and unconstitutional — provision to the eight year prison sentence of a drunk driver: a mandatory bible study and what is essentially a book report on the Book of Job:

    Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles of Rock Hill has included in his sentencing of Cassandra Tolley the assignment of reading through the Book of Job and then writing a summary on the Old Testament Scripture.

    http://thinkprogress.org/

  39. July 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    OMG!!!!!OMG!!!!!! I just saw on Facebook that PO was in Amherst, OH……ate at Ziggy’s……..really neat little bar that is owned by a classmate of my daughter’s. Actually, I had Sarah in class when we lived in Amherst. OMG!!!!!!! I literally have chills!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  40. 114 Linda
    July 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    NBC News execs deny David Gregory is out at ‘Meet the Press’

    After a bad couple of weeks clunkily extracting Ann Curry as co-host of its morning infotainment show, NBC News found itself dealing with another unpleasant personnel report this week: David Gregory is on his way out as host of the network’s Sunday Beltway show, “Meet the Press.”

    This week, the iPad news service The Daily ran a report that Gregory was right behind Curry in the NBC News Tumbril.

    The report about Gregory is not new — it surfaced a couple of months ago (at that time, Joe Scarborough was said to be his replacement). But stone-cold denials were issued by “Meet the Press” exec producer Betsy Fischer and NBC News President Steve Capus.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/nbc-news-execs-deny-david-gregory-is-out-at-meet-the-press/2012/07/05/gJQATBTLQW_blog.html

    • 115 Dudette
      July 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Well, I was about to start my happy dance, until I read the line about Scarface possibly becoming the replacement.

      Why can’t NBC get anything right anymore?

  41. 116 ChristiMTL
    July 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    It’s on Think Progress

    President Obama Consoles Woman Whose Uninsured Sister Died Of Colon Cancer

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/07/05/511666/president-obama-consoles-woman-whose-uninsured-sister-died-of-colon-cancer/

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