Archive for October 2nd, 2013

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21 Pics for 21 Years of Marriage

October 3, 1992

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Healthcare For All

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Oct
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ObamaCare Has Your Back

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Oct
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Comedy chat – The genius of “Cinema Sins”

Second in a series of my favorite YouTube snark masters, Cinema Sins has never met a movie it couldn’t trash. Even ones it likes.

The basic premise is breaking down in 6-8 minutes all the cinematic malfeasance it can find in any given movie. So, enjoy, and chat away.

Chronicles of Riddick

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Oct
13

Obamacare was made for young people like this

And now she won’t have to worry about being able to get healthcare after this artful kiss off.

Chat away!

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Oct
13

President Obama’s CNBC Interview

CNBC

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Oct
13

Chat away – Jimmy Buzzard edition

As you know, I, UT, and Chips are somewhat obsessed with association football (aka “soccer”). And this week is UEFA Champions League week, so we’re even a bit more addled. So, for your chatting pleasure, football distilled to two minutes by Monty Python.

Chat away!

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Oct
13

Stand Your Ground, Dems

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Chat Away

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Oct
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Rise and Shine

Love this video – thank you Zizi

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Today (all times Eastern):

12:05: The President meets with members of the Financial Services Forum

1:0: Press Briefing by Jay Carney

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HealthCare.gov

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Reuters: Obamacare Health Exchange Websites Had More Than 10 Million Unique Visitors On Day One

The online health insurance exchanges at the heart of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law opened for business on October 1, although technical glitches stalled the launch in many states.

Here are some first day statistics reported by the exchanges, states and the federal government:

* About 2.8 million people visited healthcare.gov – the main website for the 36 state exchanges being run by the federal government – between midnight and mid-afternoon, theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.

* NY State of Health, New York state’s exchange, reported 7.5 million website visits by mid-afternoon.

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ThinkProgress: Headlines Capture Huge Demand For Obamacare Across The County

“A first-day rush ,” “strong early interest ,” “high volume” — those are just some of the words animating Wednesday morning’s headlines about the first day of enrollment in Obamacare’s health care marketplaces.

Though the federal and state based websites experienced glitches and delays, leaving many frustrated, the strong public appetite for obtaining coverage appeared to surprise officials and undermined conservative claims that the public doesn’t know or care about the law.

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Michael Hiltzik (LA Times): The truth is, Americans love Obamacare

…. Here’s the truth: The American public loves Obamacare, with as many as 88% in favor, according to one survey.

How can that be, when polls regularly show a plurality of respondents with an “unfavorable” view of Obamacare? … The answer, of course, is that most Americans have no idea what’s in the law….

Here are figures from Kaiser’s March 2013 poll:

Tax credits for small businesses to buy insurance: 88% in favor.

Closing the Medicare drug benefit doughnut hole: 81% in favor.

Extension of dependent coverage to offspring up to age 26: 76% in favor.

Expanding Medicaid: 71% in favor.

Ban on exclusions for preexisting conditions: 66% in favor.

….. If you agree with those provisions, congratulations: You love Obamacare. Yet when respondents are asked how they feel about “Obamacare,” they’re against it.

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ThinkProgress: Obamacare Enrollment Is Beating Expectations

On Tuesday, Obamacare’s state-level insurance marketplaces opened to the public, marking the start of a six-month enrollment period that will stretch into March. Although there’s been some confusion around the health law’s new marketplaces — also known as “exchanges” — initial reports suggest that a significant number of people are seeking out information about reform. States across the country are overwhelmed with huge amounts of traffic to their new exchange websites.

Here are some of the early details about Obama enrollment emerging on a state and national level (this post will be updated as the day continues)….

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Paul Krugman: Good Glitches

So, very early reports are that Obamacare exchanges are, as expected, having some technical glitches on the first day — maybe even a bit worse than expected, because it appears that volume has been much bigger than predicted.

Here’s what you need to know: this is good, not bad, news for the program. The glitches will get fixed; remember the calamitous rollout of Medicare Part D? …

The big fear has been that a combination of ignorance and misinformation would keep people away …. or because Republicans had convinced them that the program was the spawn of the devil, or something. Lots of people logging on and signing up on the very first day is an early indication that it’s going to be fine….

Full post here

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From Eclectablog – see his hilarious post here

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In case you missed it, from British TV yesterday, this is delicious:

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Spandan (The People’s View): How GOP’s Desperate Anti-Obamacare Push Backfired and Helped Spread the Word

As Americans rush to check out their options and sign up for their piece of Obamacare, right wingers are desperate to find any straw to grasp. To that end, they have all been hilariously complaining that Obamacare is “not ready for prime time” because – get this – Healthcare.gov and state exchanges have had glitches due to overwhelming traffic. To follow their logic, the Affordable Care Act is a failure because people overwhelmingly want it. The GOP’s main TV propaganda outlet, Fox News, is helping out with a running tally of these glitches, although as far as I can tell, they have no interest in actually getting people signed up.

But the Republicans may have helped the rush of people going to the exchanges, looking up their options, and signing up. For 3.5 years constantly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have consistently and continuously bashed the law, tried to repeal it some 45 times, and blamed it for everything but your kid’s bad grades in school.

At some point, if you raise enough stink, people get curious….

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