167 Responses to “You Have a Pre-Existing Condition? Tough.”

  1. 1 Proud Former White House Intern
    September 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm


  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    September 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I am a pe]re-existing codition 🙂

  3. 6 vitaminlover
    September 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    President Obma would be very sympatethic.

  4. September 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Just when I was about to get offline, you go and put up another post. Nice.

  5. September 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Dick Durbin called Mitt Romney the “baby daddy” of Obamacare. Heh.

  6. 13 cookemom
    September 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Hologram Reagan called, he wants his party back and I agree they should join him.

  7. 14 Betsy
    September 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I have a pre-existing condition. We must re-elect President Obama. We simply must.

    • 15 0388jojothecat
      September 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Me too. I have a pre-existing condition, I have employee provided health insurance but the co-pays are so high that I have to “save up” to get preventative care like mammograms, paps, etc. By the time the doctor takes blood , sends it to the lab, and all the preventative care treatment it cost me over $2K out of pocket. I still need glasses and dental care which is another $1K out of pocket. In some cases, I’d be better off without employer provided healthcare.

      • 16 Betsy
        September 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        That’s terrible.

      • 17 taiping1
        September 11, 2012 at 2:03 am

        Under ACA all preventive care is now supposed to be covered 100%, no co-pays. That includes mammograms, paps, colonoscopies, bone density scans at 65. If you paid this year you should complain. This applies to all policies renewed in 2012

  8. September 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Once again …

  9. 19 Rita
    September 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    OMG! Nailed him! And his glib answer just came out without any thought. Cold, no compassion, heck, no intelligence either. I’m stealing this and broadcasting far and wide. This needs to get full air time. I’m still seething over “you can’t play the game like that.” My husband has a heart condition and he lost his job. I thank God everyday that I was able to cover him on my insurance because guess what, he tried ti get insurance by himself and he wasn’t able to. Each every insurance company he tried, rejected him. This is another example of how out of touch this guy is. A prime example of the culture of entitlement that comes with a life of privilege.
    Gosh… still so upset over this…

    • 20 Rita
      September 10, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      The Republican spokesperson goes on and on about how this is an easy problem to solve. Well, guess what? It’s already been solved! It’s called OBAMACARE!!

      • 21 0388jojothecat
        September 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

        He said it’s a “hard” problem to solve.

        • 22 Rita
          September 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

          Sorry, that’s what I meant 🙂 Silly fingers…

        • 23 Obama Grandmama
          September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

          Yes! It is a hard problem to solve. That is why it hasn’t happened in all the years past presidents have tried. That is what makes me livid in thinking of repealing it and trying again.
          First off this plan is comprehensive not a band-aid. The GOP would just do a band-aid and the least amount they could get by with because their main goal is to privatize everything giving control to the corporations (this case giving it back to the insurance companies). That would be another case of no regulations and look at the problems we solved with ACA from the insurance companies having their own way- lifetime caps, pre-existing conditions, high costs not aimed at medical care…

      • 24 nathkatun7
        September 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm


      • 25 theo67
        September 11, 2012 at 12:34 am

        I was shouting at my TV saying the same thing: “it’s already been solved – Obamacare”! They can’t even hear themselves and what they’re saying. they’re so used to talking to people who don’t question anything – they just absorb every silly thing they’re told.

        • 26 Rita
          September 11, 2012 at 2:35 am

          hahaha… do you do that too? My husband gets so irked when I shout at the TV! He’s like, it’s just the TV, why are you getting so excited?! That’s the reason I don’t watch Faux News… I’d be a raving lunatic at the end of it 😉

  10. September 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm


  11. 30 hopefruit2
    September 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    HEADLINE: The Boycott Against Obama’s Bear-Hugging Buddy Is Failing Miserably

    // When Scott Van Nuzer got caught up in the moment during President Obama’s Sunday visit to his pizza shop in Fort Pierce, Florida, little did he know how quickly the Yelp army would mobilize. On Saturday, Big Apple Pizza had just two reviews, but at the time of this posting, that number had grown to 1,059. Of course, Obama being a Democrat and this being an election year, not all of them are five stars.

    “I will not eat from traitor’s hands and I’ll never take food from man who DIDN’T BUILD his business,” reads a one-star review from a Yelper in Las Vegas. “Went there during my summer vacation. It was nasty. Not surprised the owner is an Obama hack!!” reads another, also with one star. There are few more, too. Apparently, some anti-Obama trolls were trying to mount an assault against Big Apple Pizza on Yelp, launching their one-star reviews like Sidewinder missiles into hull of Van Nuzer’s reputation. Too bad they were outnumbered. Like, really outnumbered //


    • September 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Give Mr Van Duzer some business.

      He’s now received so much support – and so many pizza orders – he’s asking people to donate to his foundation instead.

      The Van Duzer Foundationhttp://thevanduzerfoundation.org/

    • 32 theo67
      September 11, 2012 at 2:48 am

      The media is a bit of a disaster. They ended the article basically inviting the trolls to visit Mr. Van Nuzer’s facebook page.

  12. September 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Well, the Ballots Rachel is talking about is Fir absentee Ballots only.
    In person Voting is Touch screen…
    So, She has been corrected.
    Oh, and Absentee ballots are mostly Older White seniors. Which most often Vote, wait for it…, Republican.
    Thus, Her whole Segment is probably incorrect, when you consider.

    • 34 hopefruit2
      September 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Rachel is just irritating me right now.

      • 35 smoothscotch
        September 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        Pissed me off MONTHS ago, no longer watch. On twitter I noticed people were suggestion she host MTP,over Gregory, bleh. Others were suggesting Bashir, more like it.

        On a side note, I read an article today from a financial paper where it was suggested that if Canadians could vote, from a pure financial stand point, they would go for PBO as his policies are better for us. USA is the largest trading partner for Canada (even tho Harper is courting the Far East, he/we finally got invited in, (sniff)). Robme is too extreme. Someone else on the previous thread, non USA TODer, mentioned worldwide, we prefer PBO.

        i’M with you for a lot of reasons and that is only 1 part.



    • 36 lisalovesobama
      September 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Oh. I was starting to get pissed. On last thread I said I didn’t care if the ballots were a million pages long, I’m dragging my ass down to the polling place to vote BARACK OBAMA. Kiss off, Rick Scott!!

      • 37 idon
        September 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        The most important thing is to vote as early as you can in your state. The Teabaggers are gonna try to create chaos at some polling places so go early. Make sure, everyone understands they MUST VOTE the STRAIGHT DEM slate, even in those races where they claim they are nonpartisan. This is absolutely critical.

      • 38 Obama Grandmama
        September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        If the ballots are longer than most people want to deal with couldn’t they just vote for President and a few spots and leave the rest blank? I know my Mom is 88 and wanted to vote in the primary but does not research any more so was confused on how to vote on the things she was not current on. I suggested just voting on the parts she wanted to vote on and leaving the rest blank as she was almost deciding not to vote at all.

  13. 39 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Excellent job by Leno. It’s so easy: ask a question and follow-up. It’s amazing that the so-called news media can’t do even this. As far as Willard goes, he’s digging himself a hole so deep with his nonsensical, babbling responses that I don’t know if he’ll ever get out. It must totally suck to be talking against a concept you once championed while someone else has turned it into a big success. He’s so foolish because he is so soul-less.

  14. 40 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

  15. 41 cookemom
    September 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Sen Reid takes the floor to welcome back the Senate. He takes Paul Ryan’s math to task based on his poor marathon arithmetic. He then recaps the DNC convention and the speakers. Sen Reid starts at the 2:52 mark. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSession5035

  16. 42 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    The campaign is enjoying the Bear Hug buzz so much, they made a GIF! Too cute!!

  17. September 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  18. September 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    I am fighting sleep right now. Gotta catch up on my blog skimming. ZZZZZzzzzzz…..snort….snort…

  19. September 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  20. September 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    • 50 Lorraine
      September 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      I simply adore General Clark. I met him and his wife both are so engaging. General Clark is incredibly handsome.

    • 52 daisydem
      September 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Thank you General Clark. I too met him, took my 79 year old aunt who was ready to vote for him to meet him in Nashville, TN. We did get to shake his hand; when he shakes your hand, he makes eye contact.

  21. September 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    For you Chips 🙂

  22. 65 EricFive
    September 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I saw that interview Leno did with Mitt and I was surprised more wasn’t made of his heartless answer at the time. It was basically the same as Alan Grayson said of the GOP healthcare plan: if you get sick, die quickly. I hope this clip goes viral because it offers a clear glimpse into the heart of this depraved man.

  23. September 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This tape of Romney on Leno is cringe worthy. It hurts watching him talk about this in this bain way.
    It’s almost chilling the way he talks about it. His handlers need to make him watch his interviews.
    What does he mean, “we can’t play this game like that”? it’s not a game for me people who are sick
    and at their most vulnerable states. I don’t get how people can still consider him a respectable and
    acceptable alternative to the leader of the free world.

  24. September 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Wendy Rosen, a Democratic congressional candidate challenging Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), withdrew from the race on Monday after the state party confronted her with evidence she voted in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.

    Matthew Verghese of the Maryland Democratic Party told TPM that officials were alerted to the potential issue by someone within the party on Friday. After verifying the allegations by checking Rosen’s voter files, Verghese said, party officials confronted her on Monday morning after she returned from the Democratic convention in Charlotte. She offered her resignation shortly thereafter and the state party referred the allegations to law enforcement authorities.


    Sometimes, I wonder if the President wouldn’t be better off running as an independent?

  25. September 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    WordPress ate my post, 5th try…..

    Listening to Romney’s hard to fathom response reminds me of an article I read today, about the transformation of a ex-Republican. It gives an insight into the mindset that allows Mitt’s response to be acceptable. Very enlightening article. Maybe if we understood their point of view we would be better equipt to reach out to some them.


    • September 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Chips, if 4 more pop-up, sorry about that.

    • 73 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      September 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Rin Jaken, this was a great article to digest. Truthful, heartfelt and revealing. This man has really grown, I have to give him credit. I don’t know if it would have happened if he had continued in his comfortable environment though. I have often felt that some of my Republican neighbors are more like overgrown boy scouts than adult men. They are not bad people, but they have lived in comfort all their lives. They are not hateful teabaggers but they just feel the world is ordered in a certain way and they want to keep it how they like it.

      • September 11, 2012 at 1:52 am

        Walking on Sunshine, I completely agree. Most people do not willingly step out of their comfort zone and those who are shifted out are to busy fighting against the change rather than opening their eyes to see the wonder around them. It takes time for full acceptance, but we don’t have the luxury with Nov. 6 fast approaching. How do you convince someone who wants to go back to the “innocence” of the 50’s that the 50’s was a horror for so many.

        My problem with Romney is not what he has accomplished in his life, but how he has done it in the past and how he is trying to do it in the present. Lies and every other dirty trick in the book. What face are we showing our children and the rest of the world? Who would trust us?

  26. 82 99ts
    September 10, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Some people are BORN with pre-existing conditions – why does the media not address this with Romney.

  27. 84 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Dragging this over from the end of the previous post! I’m excited about this movie. Been meaning to read the book too.
    Premiere of full theatrical trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Lincoln” is coming up on Sept 13. Based on the on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” (one of PBO’s favorites), the film stars Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field and James Spader. The film will be released in December.

    There’s a teaser trailer here: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/09/10/lincoln-teaser-trailer-released/

  28. 85 pugeretto
    September 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks Dudette, just saw that on the other post, looks like a good one!

  29. 86 isonprize
    September 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Hey my TOD fam.

    I’ll be missing in action on TOD for the next 8 weeks. But it’s for a GREAT reason!!

    I’m now an official Field Organizer for Organizing for America, President Obama’s grassroots campaign.


    I’ll post when I can, but I can’t post officially as a campaign employee, so if I have time, you’ll still see me as ISONPRIZE!! We are pushing hard toward Election Day.

    Keep the party going, but volunteer with the campaign where you can. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!!! Knock on some doors, or make calls (you can even make calls from home) help with data entry. Connect with your local field office. “Cuz even if you don’t want to do those things, there is ALWAYS something to be done for the campaign, Democrats and President Obama!!

    Wish me luck, ya’ll, WE CAN, WE WILL, WE MUST WIN PENNSYLVANIA!!

    PEACE, I’m going in!!

  30. September 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    So, my review of New Amsterdam gin:

    Makes quite a tasty gimlet. Went well with my chicken mozzarella and pasta. Finishing my first one up and about to make a second. Life is good.

  31. September 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    VP Biden is going to be at my university (UW – Eau Claire) Thursday at 11:00 a.m.!!!!!! I’m so excited. I probably won’t be able to go, but I have a granddaughter who is a student and, hopefully, she will be able to go.

  32. 125 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    • 126 99ts
      September 11, 2012 at 12:03 am

      “The event, held September 23-25, will feature discussions and programs that aim to improve conditions for girls and women, spur development, and better global health and technology.”

      It seems likely that from at least one speaker there will be some flip flopping

      The CNN writeup seems disjointed – this is the organization

  33. 127 idon
    September 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    We need more videos like this because they are truly worth a 1000 words. You cannot make this stuff uo. Please retweet, post to FACEBOOK or any other social media site. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

  34. 128 Dudette
    September 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm

  35. 130 Elly in Maryland
    September 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

    From the previous post – thanks so much for the update on the pizza guy. This story about shitheads trashing him on Yelp really got to me. Some awful stories just wash over me, but this one stuck in my craw. So thanks for the link to make a donation – I gave and it made me feel 100% better….And what is it about pizza and rightwingers????? Dominos, Papa John, Godfather – isn’t that Herman Cain’s? Even the idiot in Michigan who got all hot and bothered about a woman saying “vagina” in the state legislature – his family runs a pizza place in my hometown. I can’t get pizza from any of these people!!

  36. 131 sabreen60
    September 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

  37. 134 forus50
    September 11, 2012 at 12:19 am

    This will help POTUS in the next 4 years – getting this useless, hateful woman out of the House!

  38. 136 smoothscotch
    September 11, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Good night TOD family.

  39. 138 Dudette
    September 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    This one’s for YOU, Liberal Librarian! 🙂

    11 Amazing Librarian Tattoos

  40. 141 Tally
    September 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

  41. 142 Tally
    September 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

  42. 145 amk for obama
    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

  43. 146 amk for obama
    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 am


  44. 147 amk for obama
    September 11, 2012 at 1:19 am


    • 148 vcprezofan2
      September 11, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Hey Amk, did you see the new Louie L video I included in my TY tweet that includes you? Louie sure does a great job with his bite size videos. Go check it out – it’s not the Pig.

  45. 149 vcprezofan2
    September 11, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Not that I’m calling Mitt or Ryan a pig… (Yeah I know it’s not referring to them 😉 😉 Here’s a video from my video hero

  46. 150 vcprezofan2
    September 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I’m going to bed. Good night whoever comes in next.

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  48. September 11, 2012 at 2:10 am

  49. September 11, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Is it be or did Chris take a swipe at David Gregory at the end when he said Leno did a better job pressing Romney than some people he knows…?

    • 154 theo67
      September 11, 2012 at 3:12 am

      He took a swipe at the entire media circus (although, he shouldn’t have excused himself). They are all lacking. Remember, Chris Matthews is the one who did that “President of the World” nonsense on Bill Clinton – but still blames President Obama for not reversing the consequences of Clinton’s presidency.

  50. September 11, 2012 at 2:22 am

    • 156 99ts
      September 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

      Thanks Bob – this needs to be front and foremost in the media. Mitt can’t win on his record, he can’t win on his policies, he can’t win on his personal appeal – so it seems he is left with his god – and that won’t go anywhere fast. It seems he is not going to lose gracefully. The full meltdown will not be pretty.

      I am amazed every day that the President ignores these personal attacks and continues on with talking his policies and attacking the R&R policies. Both sides DON’T do it.

  51. 157 susanne
    September 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

    another site for poll info, chock-full of goodies:

    ‘ With early voting already started and both conventions now history, let’s take a look at where we are now. Here is a graph of the electoral college score since January, including all states, even those within the margin of error (this graph is updated every day and is available under the “Electoral vote graphs” link).

    It is hard to look at this and conclude that Romney is ahead now or has been ahead at any point during the year. The Republican National Convention was Romney’s first big shot at shaking the race up but nothing much changed as a result of it. If Obama gets a bounce that lasts, it will only reinforce Romney’s status as the underdog. Romney’s next big chance is the first debate, on Oct. 3 in Denver. He is already preparing hard with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), playing Obama. For Obama’s preparation, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is playing Romney. Here is the full debate schedule. ‘


  52. 158 prettyfoot58
    September 11, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Goooooooood Morning everyone….

    Lest we forget….

  53. 159 amk for obama
    September 11, 2012 at 6:16 am

  54. 160 99ts
    September 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I really should subscribe & support these folks – amazing article – and what a description
    ..”Unofficial Romney campaign spokesblogger Jennifer Rubin, writing from her inexplicable perch at the Washington Post”
    The GOP is also attacking Nate Silver – despite his arithmetic is in line with that of Bill Clinton.


  55. September 11, 2012 at 7:31 am

    On Morning Joe (Is it still Ok to be Rich in America) What a Joke! They are trying their best to make Obama look bad with the Rich VS Poor theme. Obama don’t like rich people, just poor black people. Obama is Robin hood for the Blacks, Take from the Whites and give to the Blacks.
    And Oh! did you hear Bush kill Osama and kept us safe. Republican are crazy.

    • September 11, 2012 at 7:49 am

      They are all partisan, as well. Us against them mentality.
      The AA population is about 20% of the entire Democratic Party. The Republicans are trying to say it’s the Republican Successful Party of the Rich, against the Poor Blacks.
      It’s is Race Baiting.
      I don’t like it when anybody gets picked on, it is terrible and what we are trying to change in America.
      That is all!

  56. September 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Man, Pataki is freaking out, can’t believe somebody would write an article Blaming Bush For 9/11!

    Well, of course, he was responsible. He ignored Richrad Clarkes warnings, was starting to get rid of Agencies that he felt was over burdensome, small Government minded.
    So, he ignored warnings, due to His over arching agenda.
    And yes, that included Codeleeza Rice, who is a Liar…
    Why, that Administration, when all is said and done, might be Worse than Harrison, in the lead up to the Civil War.
    That is all!

  57. September 11, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Obama pollster state of the Race-

    As head of polling and focus group research for President Obama, David Simas of Taunton says he’s “like a human nerve-ending” because of the dizzying array of numbers and videotape he constantly scans.

    The work also keeps him isolated at Obama’s reelection headquarters in Chicago, most often speaking with the campaign’s senior management.

    But last week Simas made several public appearances during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., including one at a breakfast meeting of the Massachusetts delegation.

    It provided rare – if assuredly optimistic – insight to the campaign’s private perspective on the state of Obama’s race with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

    While the presentation was before the release of a CNN poll on Monday that showed the president receiving a post-convention bounce, Simas told the delegates the fundamentals of the race have been stable for the past six months.


    Very insightful!

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