The Need For ObamaCare


I didn’t intend to retweet a whole mess of sob stories this morning from young people who thought they were healthy until they got hit by an SUV/bad appendix/thyroid cancer/infection/baby. What a bunch of whiners, right? All I meant to do was encourage healthy young people and the other people in the world who think they are immortal, who think that health insurance is a luxury that isn’t worth affording, to give that assumption some critical thought, and take advantage of the exchanges to see what their options are.

[Make sure you check out John Hodgman’s Twitter timeline and the stories he retweeted.]

Then the stories came in, and I was overwhelmed in every sense of the word. It seemed something of a civic responsibility, and personally, something of an honor, to retweet as many as I could with the hopes that I would not drive you crazy. Once the stories started rolling in, it really brought home to me how many young people’s lives have been profoundly altered and affected by sudden illness/accidents. Some didn’t have insurance for one reason or another and are still digging themselves out of the hole. Some DID have insurance, and in every case, no one said, I AM SO SAD I WASTED THAT MONEY ON INSURANCE.

I mainly retweeted young people who got hurt in their twenties, because these are the folks who are usually so handsome and limber and blithe that they convince themselves they can’t or don’t need to afford insurance. But none of those people were sitting around going “I am so sad that Obamacare is coming.” All evidence is obviously anecdotal here, but for the most part I was engaging with real, soul-deep relief and excitement for the ACA, which I had never really experienced before.

So even though I didn’t have strong feelings about this resource before today, I am now very glad that it did not shut down with all the national parks today!

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84 Responses to “The Need For ObamaCare”

  1. 1 Bill R.
    October 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Buon Giorno, Amici!

  2. October 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I think we feel invincible until ill health hits us. The stories need to be told.

  3. 5 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Bill and Alma! I missed the Utal bell again – woe is me!

  4. 7 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! Utal, I only read the tweets you share above, but combined they shed a brighter light on ‘youth’ illnesses for me. I confess that though I knew young people do get ill, having such a sample of possibilities grouped together is quite effective. I’m going to go get a better peek over at Hodgman’s TL – TY.

  5. 9 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    That’s my President!!

  6. 11 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  7. 12 Linda
    October 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    This just In…..on CNN

    Reid is now in McConnell’s office.

    Stop the presses………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. October 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  9. 14 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Breaking News folks!

    This one is a game-changer for sure, and one for the history books…

    • 22 hopefruit2
      October 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      The fellow standing behind PBO (cap and glasses) is thinking to himself, “I’m just a proud citizen doing my civic and moral duty and happy to be a PART OF IT ALL!”

  10. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for this informative post, UT. Gotta get that word out to our young dynamos!

    Every now and then, I try to get an overview of what the hacks are saying on the teevee, so I tuned in to that smug Andrea Mitchell for a bit. On the one hand, it was an awful experience. On the other hand, she did call out Cruz and asked “what politicians were still there” at the nasty teaparty rally when that goon from Freedom Works or whatever mentioned President Obama should put down the Quran and get out of town. She said that guy spoke only 20 mins. after Cruz and asked if Cruz were still there. Eugene Robinson was on that segment, and called that rally and the current state of discourse in D.C., “obscene.”

    That was all I could stomach in watching her, but at least that’s one minor plus-up for that woman has-been reporter who is still taking up space at MSNBC.

  11. 25 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

  12. 26 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Maybe I need to go listen to music for the rest of the week! I’m now taking on inanimate objects. Ha! Gotta try to keep my cool.

    • 27 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      October 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm


      You know the world has gone to hell and the shit hit the fan, when classy ladies like you and me are speaking “sailor” so fluently that we cause men to blush… lol

      • 28 jacquelineoboomer
        October 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Proud to be on your team, Alycee! Gone are my social graces, thanks to today’s Republicans. Some things are worth fighting for, like respect for President Obama.

        I do think I might not be welcome in polite society at present (who cares), if I weren’t using a pseudonym online! I’m now more in the “Margaret and Helen” camp, just to keep my sanity. You’re much younger, but know the feelin’?

        • 29 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          October 14, 2013 at 2:34 pm

          I’ve gotten to the point that the olny place that I don’t use colorful language is in church; even there, I have to very carefully monitor my speech so that something doesn’t slip out. Have noticed that some of my senior neighbors (80 and above) have also been driven to “colorful” language.

          • 30 Alycee (@jazziz2)
            October 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm

            BTW, really proud to be on the best socially, economically, and politically conscious team in the world — with you and the TOD fam! Thank you, President Obama for leading the way!

          • 32 jacquelineoboomer
            October 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

            * … in church; even there I have to very carefully monitor my speech so that something doesn’t slip out … *

            Oh, that made me laugh so hard. I’m kind of on the same page. Liberatin’, isn’t it? Let’s just say once or twice, I’ve had to say to my younger grandkids, when something slipped out, “Oops. Sorry.” They laugh. Can’t wait for them to grow up, too!

            In the last years of my delightfully sweet mother’s life, when her mind wasn’t too good (she was about 81 at this point), she said to my then-14-y/o granddaughter who had her friends with her for a short visit, “Want me to teach you some curse words?”

    • 33 Ladyhawke
      October 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      I guess The Boston Globe missed these two items or just chose to ignore them.

      1) Inside the GOP: Report on focus groups with Evangelical, Tea Party, and moderate Republicans

      Click to access dcor%20rpp%20fg%20memo%20100313%20final.pdf

      2) Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann Explain Why Congress Is Failing Us


    • 35 anniebella
      October 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      So it’s Barack Obama fault that there are racists haters out there like at Boston Globe. And the tea party, Ted Cruz, and Sarah Palin. Yes it’s all Barack Obama fault. If I have a neighbor who just don’t like me no matter how nice I am to them, how is it my fault. Sound like some right wing B.S.

      • 36 jacquelineoboomer
        October 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        Exactly. And this is just one little false story out there, among many.

      • 37 ERICFIVE
        October 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        If you are black and your neighbor is white, then it IS your fault. That is what the Boston Globe is saying.

      • 38 Obama Grandmama
        October 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm

        As far as the …”but Obama promised Bipartisanship and we are more divided than ever” statement. I say: “It takes two to Tango.”

        The Republican Party has been sabotaging every effort of PBO’s to work with him since the first night of his first term inauguration. It is a miracle he has gotten anything done with the GOP’s willingness to go to any length to stop or reverse progress even though our Country’s economic future depends on it. Case in point is this government shutdown, as well as the Senate’s record number of filibusters stopping legislation to help create jobs, the secretive late at night vote in the House the night before the shutdown that only allows the Speaker to bring up all legislation thereby preventing any other way to circumvent the default or shutdown. There are many more examples of the GOP not working with the President.

        Those that talk about how the party members used to get together outside of work and work things out are talking about the days when Congress worked more than 4 days a week not going home on weekends not having almost more vacation weeks than work weeks. Also what about the President’s invitations to watch football games, movies, and attend presentations that were ignored or turned down by the other side?

        As I said before”It takes two to Tango!”

    • 39 nospin
      October 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      you are taking no prisoners

      • 40 jacquelineoboomer
        October 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        Too much? (Ha!)

        • 41 nospin
          October 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

          nope. I thought, I would love to have her cover my back when walking down a dark alley at night. hahahahaha

          • 42 jacquelineoboomer
            October 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

            Yes, if I got angry enough at this point, I’d sacrifice my own life to save yours, in that dark alley. I think I could lift a car if I had to! (Just don’t call me on any of that.)

  13. 43 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm


    “Dems will demand a genuine concession in exchange for a medical device tax delay, such as the closing of loopholes on the rich and corporations. Democrats don’t expect Republicans to agree to any real concession, so they don’t expect the medical device tax to be part of the final deal.”

    I don’t know what I think about this:

    “According to the Democratic aide, Dems are likely to demand a debt limit extension into early summer — nine months, rather than six – with the idea being that the closer to the 2014 elections we get, the harder it will be for Republicans to stage another debt ceiling hostage crisis.
    Democrats don’t want such a crisis. They would prefer that Republicans simply agree to extend the debt limit cleanly. But by pushing this so deep into the 2014 election season, they are giving themselves a kind of insurance policy that guarantees that if Republicans do stage another debt limit crisis, Republicans will pay a serious political price for it.”

    I’m suspicious of this rationale. Every time we think we’ve made things untenable for Republicans (read: sequester) they just ‘go there’. If they are happy enough to rile up their base, is this a dangerous direction for Reid and the Dem’s to take?


    • 44 Don
      October 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Anything that will push the debt limit extension down the road beyond the summer is a keeper. But in my opinion the sequester is the “holy grail” in all of these negotiations, the defense department is on the verge of taking a big hit due to the sequester. Now is a good time to demand the closing of loopholes for corporations.

  14. 45 japa21
    October 14, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  15. 46 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    • 47 Judith Fardig
      October 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      They should demand that Congress can never again fail to raise the debt ceiling. No other developed country has such a scheme, and the 14th Amendment makes it clear Congress has to pay the bills, so why have it at all?

  16. 48 Allison
    October 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    White House meeting with Congressional leaders postponed according to Politico.

  17. 50 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  18. 55 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  19. 56 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    If this is correct, I’m not sure I like these short term deals…we’re going to be going through this AGAIN in 2-3 months?

    • October 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      hf, if Senator Reid can push the CR and debt limit into 2014, the GOP would truly want to be wiped out in November if they pull a stunt like the one they just have and McConnell, in particular, knows it. He’d might as well resign than run against AG Grimes after yet another terrorizing act. She’s likely going to kick his butt anyway, if he can manage to survive his #teabagger challenger.

      In any event, what’s going to matter more than anything else is who is the Majority Leader and Speaker going to be in the near future 😉

      • 58 hopefruit2
        October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Yes, I see what you’re saying and it certainly makes sense, esp. if ACA remains intact, and the Holiday season is not disrupted.

        • 59 japa21
          October 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

          LOast part is key. Disrupting Holiday season would be a killer for everybody. Currently GOP looking for 6 week debt ceiling raise. 4 months is far better. And as Bill says, this actually allows the GOP is get itself in order and at same time give the appearance of getting something. They can talk about how PBO and Dems wante year long CR and debt ceiling until next fall, but they stuck to their guns, gosh darnit. Then they can quietly fold next year and let things roll.

          At same time, Dems already have all the audio and video clips all set up to roll out for the election season.

          • October 14, 2013 at 4:07 pm

            If I’m remembering right, I think the first debt ceiling “extension” offered by the reprehensible GOP House was to expire on Nov 22, on the 50th anniversary of JFK assassination.

            We really do have cretins in the House, most of whom apparently don’t recognize that date.

            I was born in the 1950s, but I still know Pearl Harbor Day of Infamy (Dec 7), D-Day (June 6).

    • 61 Don
      October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      I’m not taking anything Harwood says at face value. Why would you want to go into another debt limit showdown in three months and face another government shutdown in two months, this doesn’t make any sense at all.

    • 62 Bill R.
      October 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Actually this isn’t bad. Takes us out a few months. No tampering with #ACA and if Rs want to threaten extortion again, elections a few months away. They will pay the price.

  20. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    October 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  21. 64 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

  22. 66 yardarm756
    October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    POTUS response to the nut jobs!

  23. 73 pickle48
    October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    This is a bit lengthy, but was my response to another to the confederate flags in front of the White House. I have been devouring political science, sociology, and psychology research about the tea party…. When we discuss the political institution in intro soc in November, I need to have the facts:

    When push comes to shove, this is metaphorically what the tea party is all about, based on statistical generalities of meta-research. It is the latest incarnation of far-right nativist social movements in the U.S. such as the Know-Nothings (1850’s), the Ku Klux Klan (1920’s), and the John Birch Society (1950’s). The father of David and Charles Koch, primary funders of the tea party, was one of the original Birchers.

    The primary correlate is anxiety about social change. All have been irrational, intolerant, ethnocentric and paranoid, believing THEIR America was being taken from THEM, the REAL Americans: white, middle-class, English-speaking, native-born, mostly male, middle-age and older, mostly Calvinist Christian. It is composed of reactionary rather than moderate (or evolutionary) conservatives.

    Conservatives don’t like change. Moderate conservatives realize they must adapt to change, but choose to do so in an incremental, evolutionary manner – in part, to stave off the revolutionary change that might otherwise occur. Reactionary conservatives act on behalf of relatively advantaged groups and want to reverse progress, to return to a period they perceived themselves as dominant and unchallenged. They perceive change as subversive and themselves as victims.

    Such reactionary groups emerge during periods of significant social change, when their sense of prestige, deference, and cultural superiority appear undermined and threatened. Less than 30% of tea party rhetoric is “conservative” according to the primary tenets of post WWII conservatives. More than 70% is what social scientists often consider “pseudo-conservative,” utilizing conservative rhetoric for non-conservative ends, to attack the enemy (Parker and Barreto, among others). Most tea partiers themselves are pseudo-conservatives.

    The election of Barack Obama, the first black president, is too absurd to absorb for many tea partiers. It cannot possibly have happened legitimately. Therefore, he and his election must be delegitimized. This has occurred simultaneously with significant Hispanic immigration, the first Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court, the first female Speaker of the House, the legalization of gay marriage in +20% of our states, the passage of affordable health insurance, and the attempt to recover from a major economic recession.

    The very identity of tea partiers is threatened by such changes, most specifically by having a black man in the presidency, serving as the primary “face of America.” It should not be surprising that the majority of tea partiers reside in our southern states.

  24. 74 japa21
    October 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  25. 75 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

  26. 76 Don
    October 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Short term deals might be in the cards as the two sides meet, but on Jan 1, 2014 the ACA is going to take center stage. lets see the Republicans try to take on the ACA.

  27. 77 vcprezofan2
    October 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Wanna Know How We Know That Democrats Are Winning? -October 14, 2013 By: Juanita Jean Category: Uncategorized

    Three reasons this morning.

    1. Signs of the time —

    2. Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch at the Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin rally this weekend.

    And, finally ….

    3. Ted Cruz goes so far off the ranch that Chuck Todd asks, “What planet are you living on?”


  28. 78 hopefruit2
    October 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  29. 81 57andfemale
    October 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I have a story for you guys. I am NOT making this up:

    I spend time with my 81 year neighbor at least once/week. She told me on Sunday that she had gone to a funeral of a nephew. He was 43 years old. He had been in an accident, the hospital botched his surgery. And even though he got a decent settlement, he lived in constant pain which he could not stand and took his own life.

    In the obituary, they asked that donations be made to — ready for it?

    THE NRA!

    My neighbor was horrified, and at her age she told them so.

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