‘The Affordable Care Act Is More Than A Website’


Exhibit A. 


117 Responses to “‘The Affordable Care Act Is More Than A Website’”

  1. 1 forus50
    October 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks UT!! Great tweets to read and share!

  2. October 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    GE TOD. Round-up, UT! Congrats on first Fourus……..D.Rose is looking good 🙂

  3. October 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    This is the relentlessness we need! It’s very easy to get depressed thinking about how the pernicious, mercenary, hateful opposition to the ACA has unlimited funding. UNLIMITED MONEY. But The People will win!

  4. October 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Interesting long read……

    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Harry Reid needed to clear the air. The relationship between the president and the Senate majority leader had been deteriorating since 2011, with Reid losing respect for Obama’s ability to negotiate with Republicans and Obama unsure if Reid had as much control over his Senate Democratic caucus as he liked to say. So at the White House’s invitation, the two met in the Oval Office on July 9, with no staff, to talk one on one. It was a cathartic moment, one in which long-buried tensions were fully aired. Aides to the two men tell a similar story: Their boss had been losing confidence in his counterpart and wanted the meeting as a way to buck up the other.

    ……But Democrats held firm. With Pelosi denying Boehner a single vote from her caucus and too many conservatives defecting, the speaker’s last-ditch gambit didn’t even reach the floor. He agreed to let the House vote on whatever the Senate came up with. “You gave everybody a shot,” Pelosi told Boehner over the phone, referring to his efforts to try every plan the tea party proposed. “Now, you’re going to give Congress a shot.” It was an embarrassing setback in a standoff filled with them. And it left McConnell with no leverage at all. The minority leader gamely tried to pull a concession out of Reid, presenting an offer on Tuesday night that would raise the debt ceiling and fund the government in exchange for a delay in the medical device tax, an end of the Treasury Department’s use of extraordinary measures to stave off default, and income verification for Obamacare subsidy recipients.

    Reid dismissed it out of hand.

    Ten minutes later, McConnell called back asking only for income verification. The deal was done. The pact of obstinacy that Reid and Obama struck had paid off.

  5. October 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    A few other news items…..

  6. October 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    And some international news items….

    Take a moment to to watch compassion and emotion bleeding out of Ambassador Power

  7. October 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    #TeamObamacare will become the most dreaded Twitter # for #GOP candidates in 2014 🙂

    Yes We Can

  8. 22 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm

  9. October 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    This explains so much…

    About how Fox News can have people on who spew lies about their health insurance premiums. About how it’s obvious the intent of red-state Govs who refuse federal medicaid expansion are aware of the negative impact to their state, but will blame adverse outcomes on Obama.

    “Ann and Rodger Lenhardt were in for a jolt when they received their notice from Blue Cross Blue Shield recently. It said their monthly health insurance cost would triple – to $859.42 a month – next year.

    Under closer inspection, however, the Lenhardts discovered a different story: By switching policies and taking advantage of federal subsidies, they will be able to offset most of their monthly premium costs, giving the farming couple highly discounted insurance.”

  10. October 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Dems bigger donor in Texas has formed a Consumer Lawyer association as an offset to the Trial Lawyers association:

  11. 26 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm


    The Tea Party is the most destructive force in American politics today. Over the last few weeks, it has demonstrated again that its intent is not to shake up the establishment but to burn down the village. As a Democrat, I disagree with its policy positions, but its policy positions alone are not what make the Tea Party so dangerous. What makes the Tea Party dangerous is its members’ willful disregard for the most basic tenets of American democracy. They do not believe in the legitimacy of our president. They do not believe in the legitimacy of decisions handed down by our Supreme Court. Unlike President Obama, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, or a host of other Democratic and Republican lawmakers who grasp the basic reality of politics, they have never, not once shown a willingness to compromise on anything. Merely uttering the word is enough to draw a primary challenge.

    The GOP is at war with itself. And as tempting as it might be for Democrats to gloat from the sidelines, it is in all of our interests to make sure the Tea Party doesn’t win.

    Jon Favreau. Must Read. AND VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. October 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm


    Yes We Can

  13. 34 hopefruit2
    October 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  14. October 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    More on 2014 ‘mo:’

    (Isn’t Issa Nath’s congresscritter?)

  15. 36 MightyPamela
    October 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Too tired to check in, but I have a question: Is it okay to go to bed at 6:00 at night when you are really just exhausted and in awful pain?? You know, I think I just got the answer from my kittycat! Goodnight, hoping to have a day tomorrow where I can be part of this wonderful group! Sweet dreams all around. We saw the sun today, in Seattle. Wha????

    • 37 Dudette
      October 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Absolutely, no doubt about it. You take care of yourself and get some good rest! {{{ MightyPamela }}}

    • October 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Dear MightyP – the most important thing you can do is to get as much rest as possible. Hope you have a long and peaceful sleep tonight.

    • 39 sherijr
      October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Have a good rest Pamela ~ snuggle up with that smart kitty 🙂

      • 40 HZ
        October 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

        (((((((((((((((((( Get that rest, MightyPamela)))))))))))))))))) Lots of loving hugs to you my beautiful candle peacemaker. HZ

    • 41 Sue in Seattle
      October 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Yes it is okay to retire to bed early. And those blue skies were a beautiful sight to behold this afternoon. I must say, we had a spectacular summer and early fall season up here. Actually last winter wasn’t bad, either. No snow, but a bit cold. And spring was lovely, too. I have heard, though, we are in for a lot of snow this winter. All the more reason to sign up for healthcare.

      Have a good sleep.

    • 42 a4alice
      October 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      Hope you have a restful and restorative sleep {{{{MP}}}}

  16. 44 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  17. 45 MightyPamela
    October 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    A quick goodnight to VC, who is a rock and a massive support through thick and thin! VC, you rock my world with your friendship! Nite!

    • 46 vcprezofan2
      October 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Jeez Louis, MP! 😳

      MP asked me earlier to share this picture, but I was wandering about in the ‘real world’ – for your evening chuckle.

      • 47 Dudette
        October 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        That one in the middle is gonna have an awful neck cramp.

        • 48 vcprezofan2
          October 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

          😀 I was looking at the old power point when your comment came through, so for a split second I looked at the guy on the middle ladder to see what was ‘wrong’ with his neck position. 😀 I think my brain needs a rest. BTW, is that really how they made a power point back then? 😛

  18. 50 globalcitizenlinda
    October 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    • 51 jacquelineoboomer
      October 23, 2013 at 1:49 am

      So funny and so true!

      (Think it’s time for sleep since I just tried to type those first two words and it came out “Sun” – Goodnight, TODville!)

  19. 52 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  20. 53 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  21. 54 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

  22. October 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Dudette, glad to see you’re here.

    As a geek, I think you’ll appreciate this article (from earlier this month):

  23. 61 Dakota
    October 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Many Rivers to Cross on now.

  24. 62 Sue in Seattle
    October 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    John McAfee? ru serious gop? the man who went on the lam after his neighbor was found dead from a shot to the head after confronting McAfee about his barking dogs. The same man who od’d so bad, he says he’s on a permanent psychedelic trip? The man who brags about his sexual escapades? And holds large guns as he mugs in front of the camera? And . . .

    That John McAfee? He’s your expert on the problems with the healthcare.gov site?

    Well, okay then.

    Please proceed gop.

    • 63 anniebella
      October 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Sue I saw that too. This McAfee were bragging about having sex with 17 year old girls. A man in his sixties sleeping with 17 year olds. That is who the Republicans want to come to Capitol Hill and talk about the Obamacare website.

      • 64 Sue in Seattle
        October 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

        I remember roflmao a couple of years ago when he set up a website to follow him while he was running from the law. I only visited it once, though. I was afraid of getting on some list. Can the gop’s ratings slip into something after negative numbers or will President Obama have to tap into his awesomeness and develop a new mathematical equation reserved just for them? Some type of triple negative to a new exponential level.

  25. 67 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm


  26. 68 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  27. 74 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Steve Weinstein ‏@steveweinstein 2h
    4 hours and the download of new mac os is 50% done!!!!! And people are complaining about ACA website and not Apple? #glitchygoo
    Expand Reply Retweet Favorite More

  28. 78 a4alice
    October 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Saw this on the last thread. responded

  29. 81 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm
  30. October 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Leaking internal negotiations on nuclear talks with Iran? Can’t stand turncoats……. what a piece of S**T

    Sleeping while manning our Nuclear stockpile? WTF…….and this isn’t the first time! “The blast doors could be a way for someone to gain access to command posts for nuclear sites housing 10 Minuteman-3 missiles, Air Force officials said.”

    • 84 amk for obama
      October 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Plenty of unsavory incidents in the air force of late. What gives?

      • October 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

        I don’t know, AMK! I always had thought bubbles of drunk Russians, manning the nuclear silos………wasn’t expecting this……… this comes after the Arlington National Cemetary debacle, the West Point peeping tom, and the Navy Football team rape alligations. I don’t condone any of this, but I have to think after 13yrs at war some domestic standards have taken a backseat. All speculation on my behalf……would like to hear Nelson’s take on this.

      • October 23, 2013 at 3:21 am

        Just think – the likes of Cheney and Rumsfeld were at home in these circles for a long time.There are many good people – but there are also many bad people still embedded there. True believers of the miltary industrial complex and their life-sacrificing wars.

    • 87 Layla
      October 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      From the article on McQuaid….For many in the foreign policy community reacting Tuesday night, the revelation that Joseph was the mystery tweeter @natsecwonk was a shock because Joseph was well known among policy wonks and his wife, Carolyn Leddy, is a well-respected professional staffer on the Republican side of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. WTF!!!!!!!!

  31. 91 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

  32. 92 yardarm756
    October 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    “A weapon which you don’t have in your hand won’t kill a snake.” – African proverb

  33. 93 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Successor to the Concorde?

    Ran into this…

    [Shiller is Sr VP Worldwide Marketing for Apple]

    That tweet led me to this…


    Everybody’s kicking our butts in transportation innovation!

  34. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    October 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    watched the video of Erratic McCain as he tried to appear smart and “advised” PBO to “fly AF1 to Silicon Valley and bring back experts to fix ‘glitches'”.

    I guess someone should have reminded him that there is really no need for IT experts to be packed on a plane and taken to DC to do a technology fix – there is this little thing called remote access.

    I wish people who are not well-versed on a issue should be gentle with themselves and not just spout off stuff as a way to appear smarter than they really are.

  35. 97 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm


    Marchiol has been a commentator on business and real estate for television networks including Fox News and CNBC. On Oct. 9, she appeared on the CBS 5 Start Smart Morning News talking about the housing market.

    She co-founded TEAM Investments and her clients include Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, according to the company’s website.

    • 99 cos
      October 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      Wow, they are dropping like flies at CNN. People are leaving but I don’t see any improvement. A prime example is Brianna Keeler(sp) who kept questioning Jay today. She has a show with Cuomo.

      • 100 Dudette
        October 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        I don’t watch CNN anymore so I don’t know her, but I remember Dan. Competent, thoughtful journalist, from what I saw of him.

        They really are trying to repackage themselves as Fox Lite.

    • 101 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      October 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Is there anyone of color left at CNN?

      • 102 Dudette
        October 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        As far as I know it’s just Don Lemon, Christiane, Sanjay Gupta, and Fareed.
        But then again, I don’t watch CNN (I just figured that out from tweets flying through my TL)

  36. 103 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm


    As an illustration, powell looks at how Tea Partiers feel about Social Security, which is coming under vigorous attack just as default has been avoided. When asked individually, powell finds that the Tea Partier likes the program a lot. But she only likes it for her own group — for people who have, in her view, “worked for it.” She doesn’t want the Others to have it because she doesn’t want to be connected to “Them.” “They” don’t work the way she does. “They” don’t care about America as she does. “They” don’t belong in America. This divide between the small group and the larger community can be leveraged by politicians who wish to sway them.

    Because the government wants to extend Social Security to the Other, the government itself becomes the Big Other — an alien entity. If only “They” could be excluded from this otherwise excellent deal — as blacks and many women were excluded from Roosevelt’s original New Deal — then Social Security would have stronger support from the right.

  37. October 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    now, off to the kitchen to prepare some dinner ….

    Chips – sent you a DM, btw.


  38. 106 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

  39. October 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Good article to bookmark for reference.

    Provides Koch’s launching the Tea Party movement in 2002, and provides a timeline of additional involvement:

  40. 108 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  41. 109 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm

  42. 110 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Love this guy’s twitter handle 😎

  43. 112 desertflower
    October 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Remember this? http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/how-democrats-saved-bushs-medicare-drug-program

    the Bush administration rollout of the Medicare drug benefit for 43 million elderly Americans was a disaster. Ohio Congressman John Boehner admitted as much to Fox News in February 2006 when he lamented that two years after its passage, “The implementation of the Medicare plan has been horrendous.” As Ezra Klein recently recounted, in his rare moment of candor the future Speaker was right:

    In 2006, the bill went into effect. It was a disaster. Computer systems didn’t communicate with one another. Seniors were confused. Some of the poorest and sickest enrollees — “dual eligibles” who qualify for aid under both Medicare and Medicaid — weren’t able to get their drugs. It was so bad that in his 2006 State of the Union address, Bush “said nothing about the new Medicare prescription drug program, an initiative Republicans once hoped to trumpet but has angered many seniors in its implementation,” reported the Washington Post.

    Much like Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, most Democratic Senators and almost all Democratic House members voted against Bush’s Medicare Rx plan because they considered it an unnecessarily expensive, unfunded giveaway to insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms. But unlike Republican obstructionists who went to the Supreme Court, attempted to repeal and defund the law, blocked the expansion of Medicaid, refused to set up their own state health care exchanges, sought to cut-off funds for Obamacare “navigators,” tried to halt spending on outreach and customer service, and even proclaimed they would refuse to answer constituent calls, Democrats at all levels helped save Bush’s signature health care achievement from its disastrous roll-out.

  44. 113 Dudette
    October 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    This is OUTRAGEOUS!

    Clearly somebody didn’t in GOP House Leadership apparently didn’t get his ass crushed enough.
    Well, I hope POTUS pummels him into the ground and stumps hard for that creep’s Democratic opponent during next yr’s campaign, no matter how big or smalll the district is.

    • 114 99ts
      October 22, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      The hill really needs to get it’s headlines sorted “a senior house republican” does not translate to “House Leader” – thus said – the tea party has really brought out the slime for all to see.

      • 115 Dudette
        October 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        Yes, I’ve learn to read the article to get more detail. Headline reads like it was Boehner who said that, but article doesn’t name the person and seems to imply it wasn’t him.

        • 116 99ts
          October 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

          The Hill slowly returning to its role as water carrier for the GOP – it did have the odd problem with that role during the shutdown. Now they are just confused. Next week they will have recovered the GOP momentum.

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