Rise and Shine

A Year Ago Today – Pete Souza: The afternoon sun beams down on the President during a campaign rally in Delray, Fla. Oct. 23, 2012


Presidential Daily Schedule (All Times Eastern)

8:15AM: VP Biden meets with Pakistan PM Sharif

10:45AM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:30AM: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host a tea with Mrs. Kalsoom Sharif

12:00PM: Press Sec. Jay Carney Briefs the press

12:30PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet for lunch

2:10PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden hold a bilateral meeting with PM Sharif

4:15PM: Pres. Obama and VP Biden meet with Treasury Sec. Jack Lew



Colleen McCain Nelson: White House Taps Zients To Fix Health-Care Portal

The Obama administration has tapped Jeffrey Zients, who has been a top economic adviser to the White House, to help lead efforts to fix the problem-plagued online health-insurance marketplaces. White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Mr. Zients, who served as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, will work in cooperation with the Health and Human Services team to provide management advice and counsel.

His enlistment is part of the “tech surge” aimed at resolving the technical issues that have hampered the rollout of healthcare.gov, slowing signups for health insurance and enflaming criticism of the Affordable Care Act. This will be a temporary assignment for Mr. Zients, who is slated to become the next director of the National Economic Council on Jan. 1. He left the White House earlier this year and was announced as the NEC pick last month.

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A passenger aboard Nighthawk 3 looks out the helicopter window during a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Dyke Park landing zone in Stamford, Conn., Oct. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Jonathan Cohn: ObamaCare Has Had A Brutal Few Days, But It’s The Next Few Weeks That Count

President Obama’s Rose Garden speech Monday was supposed to send two messages—one, that he is determined to fix Obamacare’s troubled federal websites and, two, that the law is already helping many people get insurance. I happen to believe both claims And there are genuine reasons for optimism, if you’re looking for them. The administration isn’t lying when it says the federal sites are functioning better than they were.

More people are finally getting through those opening stages of the process. The underlying architecture is also getting much-needed attention, although it’s not the kind of stuff people will notice right away. For example, a source familiar with the situation tells me that the system now has much better “instrumentation”—in effect, spots in the code that allow HHS to figure out how well different parts of the process are working.

That will make it much easier to pinpoint problems and check fixes as they take effect. Meanwhile, the states running their own sites are doing a much better job—the reports (and first-hand accounts I’ve heard) from California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York, and Washington state are proof that the online system can work and, for the many people living in those states, are working already. That’s a whole lot of people for whom Obamacare is doing what it’s supposed to do.

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Igor Volsky: Amid ObamaCare’s Struggles, Government Run Health Care Shines

In these early days of implementation, the real standout is the government-run Medicaid program that provides health care insurance to Americans under 133 percent of the federal poverty line.

In fact, a survey of news reports from the states that have chosen to expand their Medicaid under the Affordable Care, shows that the program is responsible for thousands and of new enrollments

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Think Progress: Poll: White Conservatives Only Group Opposed To Reducing Racial And Ethnic Inequality

It is an undeniable fact that the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, rapidly heading toward the day when there will no longer be any clear racial or ethnic majority in the U.S. population. You might think America, with its long history of racial panics, might be freaking out.

But it turns out, according to a massive new study of public attitudes about rising diversity by CAP and PolicyLink, that’s not so. Americans are reacting amazingly well to growing diversity — with the curious exception of white conservatives. With the exception of white conservatives, Americans across the board support “new steps to reduce racial and ethnic inequality in America through investments in areas like education, job training, and infrastructure improvement.”

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Ben Casselman: Don’t Blame Health Law For High Part-Time Employment

Don’t blame the health law for high levels of part-time employment. In its statistics, the Labor Department considers anyone who usually works less than 35 hours per week to be “part-time.” The health law, however, is stricter: It counts anyone who works at least 30 hours a week as a full-time employee. That means that someone who works 34 hours a week would show up in Labor data as a part-time worker, but would still qualify as a full-time worker under Obamacare, and therefore would be subject to the employer mandate.

If the health law were driving employers to cut employees’ hours, the most vulnerable workers would likely be those working just above the 30-hour cutoff. That means the data would show a decline in those working 30 to 34 hours and an increase in those working less than 30 hours. That isn’t what’s happening. The share of part-timers who say they usually work between 30 and 34 hours at their main job has been roughly flat over the past three years, at about 28%.

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Bloomberg: Hollywood Aids McConnell Opponent Grimes In Kentucky Senate Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes’s first campaign fundraising report reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood and Kentucky Democratic politics. Grimes raised $2.5 million in the third quarter from donors including entertainment industry figures like Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Bryan Cranston, Jerry Seinfeld, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Chris Rock, Jon Hamm, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Ron Howard, Cameron Diaz, James Cameron, Aaron Sorkin, Ben Stiller, Leonard Nimoy, Rob Reiner, Kirk Douglas, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Nicolas Cage.

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Greg Sargent: How Dems Should Make This Fall’s Fights All About Jobs

So Dems should make a big push to curb what Greenstein called “tax entitlements,” i.e., loopholes such as carried interest. Second: Policymakers should push for an extension in unemployment benefits set to run out at the end of the year, possibly an easier get from Republicans than new taxes. Greenstein noted that unemployment benefits are one of several things that “give the biggest bang for the buck in economic activity per dollar of federal cost. Third: Infrastructure spending.

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Igor Volsky: How Obamacare Will Save The Federal Government $190 Billion

Lower than projected premiums under the Affordable Care Act will save the federal government $190 billion over 10 years and increase the law’s deficit reduction by 174 percent to almost $300 billion, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress has found.

The report, from Topher Spiro and Jonathan Gruber, bolsters President Obama’s claims on Monday that despite the ongoing technical problems surrounding HealthCare.gov, “the product of the Affordable Care Act for people without health insurance is quality health insurance that’s affordable.” In fact, the emergence of new insurers and increased competition within the law’s marketplaces has lowered premiums below Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections from March of 2012.

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Washington Post: Democrats Rally Around Health-Care Law

A new Gallup poll shows support has increased four points since August, thanks to a rise in support from Democrats. Overall, 45 percent of Americans back the health-care law — up from 41 percent in August — while 50 percent oppose it. That increase in support is almost exclusively because of Democrats.

While 71 percent of Democrats backed the law in August, 83 percent support it now. Nearly all of the 12 percent of Democrats who had expressed no opinion of the law in August now support it. The poll was conducted Oct. 18-20, after the government shutdown ended last week and as the media was beginning to turn more of its attention to glitches on the HealthCare.gov Web site.

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On This Day:


A U.S. Marine braces himself against the wind generated by Marine One as it lands at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Oct. 23, 2009. The scene is reflected in the open door and fuselage of Air Force One. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



President Barack Obama, at right, waits backstage before delivering remarks at a reception for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston, Mass., Oct. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


116 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

  2. 2 Roberta in MN
    October 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Good Morning UTA & Chips

  3. 3 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    GM Utal! 😀

  4. October 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Morning all. Totally love the first photo, UT, and the round up is great. Thanks for all the hard work.

  5. 6 japa21
    October 23, 2013 at 9:08 am

    TY UT for another amazing R&S

  6. 8 Linda
    October 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I just saw this comment over on HP…….I hope it is accurate.

    ” The PP&ACA has provisions in it for circumstances that cause delays in enrollment. Circumstances such as COMPUTER GLITCHES. No one individual will be penalized if their enrollment is delayed due to unavoidable circumstances of many examples.”

    h/t mimiyo

    I hope this is true….yet I also wonder why the Dems don’t already know about it……

  7. October 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

    First!!!! Thanks a gaaaaaaaaaazillion UT!!!!!! Morning everyone!

  8. October 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

    the one little girl is too cute in this video:

  9. October 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Noam Scheiber ‏@noamscheiber56m
    So Obama never coddled donors, unlike Clintons, & still raised a record amnt of $$. I’m failing to see the problem http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10… …

  10. 21 Vicki
    October 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    A quick report on NYC Mayoral debate last night:
    Bill deBlasio was strong in a bitter ugly hour.
    Opponent was terrifying in his racist support for Stop and Frisk plus defending surveillence on Muslims and mosques.
    Very easy to see why deBlasio is leading 40-50% in polls.
    Two more weeks.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      October 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Can’t wait until that race is over, and DeBlasio has secured the job. It’s been hard to watch all of the blatant or subliminal racism. I hope – and believe – that Bill DeBlasio will try his best to really clean up the HEART of the city, as Rs can only brag about sending in more police, using scare tactics, hurting people, and thinking their my-way-or-the-highway crap is what local government is supposed to represent.

  11. 23 amk for obama
    October 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

    50% oppose the ACA? what a #@$%&ing country.

  12. 24 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 9:26 am


    Shutdown And Debt Ceiling Fights Cost 120,000 Jobs In Two Weeks

    Not to mention all the other fallout from this debacle. Morning everyone

  13. 27 amk for obama
    October 23, 2013 at 9:26 am

    • 28 a4alice
      October 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

      that’s interesting. What’s also interesting is that report states that Germany pays as part of it’s taxes, monies that are allocated to protestant and catholic churches. If I read that right. I wonder how the citizenry feel about their government taxes going to churchly endeavors?

    • October 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Good for Pope Francis.

      Similar abuses must have occurred when other Popes were in power, but thank goodness the Church appointed a frugal Jesuit, much like California’s Governor Jerry Brown.

  14. 31 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    They show every single day they are NOT RESPONSIBLE gun owners!!


    Rep. Renee Ellmers’ (R-NC) husband reported an AR-15 rifle stolen from the family’s unlocked garage last week, the Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday.

    Brent Ellmers reported that a rifle, gun case and a GPS were stolen from the family’s home in Dunn, N.C., according to Chief J.D. Pope. The rifle had been left leaning against a gun locker in the unsecured garage after a target shooting outing, according to a police report. The report didn’t indicate whether the rifle was loaded.

  15. 33 dotster3
    October 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Kathleen Sebelius told CNN that PBO was “blindsided” by ACA website problems. I want to know why no one informed him when they knew there were going to be big issues. Whomever was “protecting” him from that info did him and the early perception of ACA no favors.

    • 34 57andfemale
      October 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

      That was my initial response, dotster.

    • October 23, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Dotster, 57&F:

      This is today’s meme of the day, i.e., @ron_fournier.

      IMO, MSM is failing to take into consideration that website work was done by contractors; before launch the contractor managers would certainly give assurances that everything was wonderful. But they lied, and still got paid for a sub-standard product.

      Not sure why MSM believe that Sebelius and POTUS should have been checking the coding for best practices.

      And how could Sebelius inform the President of problems before launch, if the contractors whipped out their power point slides to assure her that the enrollment process was smooth?

      One thing I’m not clear about. Who is the HHS liaison with the website contractor? Does that person have extensive IT experience (i.e., could s/he have checked the coding at critical handoff junctions in the application process)?

  16. 36 a4alice
    October 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    excellent smack down from PA Attorney General that Alycee pointed out in last thread. I agree with Jackie and think she’d be great as their senator.

    • October 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      A4Alice, if Kathleen Kane announced she was running for senator in 2016, I would do cartwheels, even with my senior bones, and I would knock on a zillion doors if I had to to make her senator. I truly dream of never having to see or hear from Pat Toomey again. Kathleen Kane would clean his clock and he wouldn’t even know what hit him.

  17. 38 dotster3
    October 23, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Another teacher shot and killed by a 14 yr. old

  18. October 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning UT, TODers…Everyone!!!

    UT, thanks again for another great Rise and Shine. So often when someone is exceptional at what they do, they are taken for granted. But we have to be mindful that everyone likes to feel appreciated for their efforts, and to know that they are making a difference.

    So, UT, THANK YOU!!! Your hard work on behalf of this site and dedication to this site truly makes a difference. Even if it is not said as often as it should be, please know that you are appreciated.

  19. 45 a4alice
    October 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

    hey look I just saw this float by from BWD. It’s a twitter account that shares success stories about ACA I just followed it.

  20. 46 dotster3
    October 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Selective, partisan reporting——Chuck Toad reporting on Today on NSA official who was fired only cited his tweets attacking Obama admin., not bothering to mention that his tweets also included attacks on Repubs. From the tweets that were cited, it was evident that the fired offical, Joseph, was an equal opportunity slammer. He ridiculed the Romney campaign staff and asked when were we going to be rid of Palin and the rest of her white trash family, etc. CBS also had a misleading tweet on this subject, saying “WH official fired for tweets against Obama”. The only tweet I saw where he mentioned Obama was to say that he was a “fan of Obama” but questioned his dependence on Valerie Jarrett and called her a slanderous name.

  21. October 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    SOS Kerry is meeting with Netanyahu at the moment.

  22. 51 a4alice
    October 23, 2013 at 9:54 am

    k. gotta fly fly lfy. see ya kids! Have a great day TOD!

  23. 52 Betsy
    October 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Good Morning all, hope you have a great day!

  24. 53 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Gun Owners Are Using Instagram To Privately Sell Firearms, Evade Background Checks

  25. 55 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 10:13 am
    • 56 cookemom
      October 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

      I believe No Dakota did open up for exchanges or at least decided to do their own ACA thing.

    • October 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

      It would be interesting to see those states that refused the Medicaid expansion and show the number of people that will fall into the “Coverage Gap” because of that decision.

      • 58 57andfemale
        October 23, 2013 at 11:26 am

        5,000,000. Just read it this morning, I think.

        • October 23, 2013 at 11:37 am


          This map indicates that Illinois has a state/federal hybrid.

          But the hybrid doesn’t include a state website?

          • 60 57andfemale
            October 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

            There is no state website. That is correct.

            Our governor got a 40M grant for roll out and promotion. I have seen ZERO promotion, and everything is done through healthcare.gov. The first time I got to any detailed information on policies for my actual age, I got through an online BCBS-IL ad that I clicked on.

            I got closer yesterday at healthcare.gov. Still stalled at the end of my third attempt at a new account and frankly, I’m getting a tad nervous of going through all new security questions. The first account just disappeared. The second one was getting closer and then it disappeared, too. Yesterday I was getting through the application and I realized I needed some advice from my accountant before proceeding, so I don’t know if I would have been able to finally compare all of the IL Exchange policies.

            I was very pleased with the info from BCBS and I’m sure the other plans are comparable. I am completely thrilled with the rates for my age for very good coverage. When the application stalled yesterday, Live Chat is now defaulting to giving you access to a paper application and they said they would go over the policies with me by phone. There are 71 plans in Cook County. Now, I would narrow their search but I want to see the information for myself.

            You would think we had Bobby Jindal for a governor instead of a Democrat. There has been absolutely no effort from local politicians to help people sign up or find out about ACA. Certainly not my representative, my alderman or my mayor. I’m ashamed of my state.

            You can now easily get to the basic info on policies – under 30, under 50 and over 50, I believe. But there are few details on the policies themselves; and at my age of 63 I wanted specific information.

            BCBS-IL had a very decent site. I was able to find what networks my asthma doctor was in. I may very well end up with BCBS but I’m a woman and I look at EVERYTHING before I buy something. But so far, I got to that info because I clicked on an ad.

            • 61 forus50
              October 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

              You should be able to locate your 3rd app just by signing back in again. It worked for me after I got past the initial bugs. Fingers crossed. Hope this tweet to Governor Quinn gets some retweets as he isn’t getting any bad press over his lack of involvement. He needs to get involved whether or not the website is working. He needs to be out promoting Obamacare to everyone in the state!

              • 62 forus50
                October 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm

              • 64 57andfemale
                October 23, 2013 at 12:25 pm

                I’m pretty confident that this third time will be the charm. I would have completed the app but I needed some advice from my accountant on what category to list my income, since we are a small corporation. But I’m hearing that things have cleaned up A LOT in the last week.

                I need to tweet Quinn, Emanuel and my worthless twit of a congressman, Gutierrez. But even across the street, with the good congressman, I’m not seeing that anything is being done.

                There is no press about this at all. I will have to fix that.

        • October 23, 2013 at 11:42 am

          I actually meant a chart (or something similar) showing each individual state (maybe even include the governor) and the number of people for each state that will fall into that gap. I think that would be very telling and maybe give additional motivation for people to GOTV in the 2014 elections.

    • October 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      It is completely absurd for states like NJ or Pennsylvania to be on this list. New Jersey seems doomed to flounder for another four years under a Republican governor, but we are going to make damned sure Pa gets on the list of sane states after 2014.

  26. 68 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am


    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) donated thousands of dollars to crisis pregnancy centers, institutions that try to convince pregnant women not to have abortions and that critics say provide misleading information about women’s health.

    According to a Mother Jones of tax forms Cuccinelli’s campaign released, between 2008 and 2012 Cuccinelli donated about $4,038 to crisis pregnancy centers and an organization associated with them. Cuccinelli donated more than $1,300 to the AAA Women for Choice crisis pregnancy center in the Manassas region of Virginia. The organization was able to raise an additional $3,860 for their clinic by raffling a Gadsden flag autographed by Cuccinelli.

    Try and be surprised. Had enough, VA??

  27. 69 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

    GoOod Morrrning/Evening/Noon or Night, TODobots! It’s a good day to be alive…why?….because it just is. Have yourselves a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!

    • October 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Moooooooooooooorning VC, moooooooooorning everyone!

      • 71 vcprezofan2
        October 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

        Hi, Mommy, nice to see you! Noticed in particular that your smile is still intact and your eyes are still twinkling, so am going to conclude that’s good news for …..McCain? …Cruz?…. somebody.

        • October 23, 2013 at 10:28 am

          😆 Not sure about the twinkling VC, still smiling though – and finally getting in to something approaching a routine. I might even be able to help the severely over-worked UT out on the blog from later today 😕

          • 73 vcprezofan2
            October 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

            😯 ‘approaching a routine’ 😯 Already? Okay, what did you do with the real Chips Chica? 😛

            Don’t worry about Utal, all this work is good for her ‘muscles’! Right, Utal? 😀 Seriously though, she has been a real trooper, and we are all appreciative of her focus and reliability.

  28. October 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Florida GOP would rather let the working poor go uninsured for health care than accept $51 billion to cover them. http://www.tampabay.com/opinio… …

  29. 77 dotster3
    October 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

  30. October 23, 2013 at 10:22 am


  31. 79 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 10:24 am


    Government’s hand has long shaped and subsidized health-care markets, for example, in Medicare and Medicaid (which dominate how medical care is organized and delivered in America, even for care that falls outside their reach), or the requirement that hospitals treat urgent care needs of indigents.
    But perhaps the most consequential subsidy is rarely mentioned or even noticed: Government for decades has directly subsidized individuals’ costs of employer-based health care, to the tune of roughly $250 billion every year – sums far greater than the annual costs of the subsidized insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
    That fact makes the ongoing debate positively perverse. What we are witnessing today are individuals who already receive government health-care handouts attempting to prevent others from obtaining similar (but smaller in aggregate amount) health-care subsidies, as well. And as a group, today’s recipients of government health-care subsidies are better off to begin with than are those they wish to exclude.
    Today’s direct government subsidies for health care are easy for the political right to ignore because those handouts are not delivered through messy health exchanges or government checks, but rather through the income tax.

  32. 81 amk for obama
    October 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

  33. October 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Morning all you O’s!!!! What a great getting up day in TODville!!!! A very brisk morning in my part of Otown, but sunny and crisp.

    So after unplugging from all the looky here yesterday, I see ACA is still law. Whew! I thought with all the hoopla that it might have been repealed, replaced, recinded, refunded, or defunded while I was out raking leaves.

    • 83 vcprezofan2
      October 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

      GM, Cookem! I won’t ask how you are doing today, because I have a more urgent question.
      ?? 4 U = Why do you always mention these outdoor chores that I always ‘forget’ to do, particularly at the point when they really should be done? Is it to make me feel guilty? To redirect my mind to more physical pastimes? Are you meant to be a divine prod to my side? To zap my procrastination gene? Just curious, you understand.

  34. 84 desertflower
    October 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

    off to work! Have a great day!!

  35. 85 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Republicans Put The Screws To Obamacare ‘Navigators’

    SAHIL KAPUR – AUGUST 30, 2013


    A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human services called the House GOP investigation “a blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate groups who will be working to inform Americans about their new health insurance options and help them enroll in coverage, just like Medicare counselors have been doing for years.”

    Obamacare expert Tim Jost, a professor at Washington and Lee University who supports the law, explained that most of the Navigator programs “don’t have the resources to hire lawyers to fight this, nor the time to respond at this very busy time.”

    The letter was not made public by the Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans who spearheaded it, and a GOP committee spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment.



  36. 86 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

    GOP Leaders Warn Pro Sports Leagues Not To Promote Obamacare

    SAHIL KAPUR – JUNE 28, 2013


    Senate Republican leaders have sent letters warning six professional sports leagues not to provide the Obama administration any assistance in promoting Obamacare.

    The letters, dated June 27, warn the chiefs of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Professional Golf Association and NASCAR that partnering with the administration to publicize the benefits of the health care law would damage their reputations.



  37. 87 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    House Has Now Voted 46 Times To Repeal Or Dismantle Obamacare



    House Republicans are racking up the Obamacare repeal votes in the government shutdown fight.

    The GOP-led House has now voted 46 times to repeal, defund or dismantle President Barack Obma’s signature achievement. Prior to the government funding battle, the tally stood at 41, the latest one on Sept. 12.

    The 42nd vote vote was to defund Obamacare in a continuing resolution.



  38. 88 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

    GOP States Invite Washington To Run Their Health Care



    A total of 26 Republican-led or Republican-leaning states have declined to establish insurance exchanges, a centerpiece of the reforms ushered in by the Affordable Care Act, ceding control of a critical element of their health care system to the federal government.
    Supporters of Obamacare are divided about the consequences of this outcome.

    On one hand, the Department of Health and Human Services must now build exchanges for more than half the country — a daunting task that the law did not anticipate and failed to guarantee additional funding for. HHS must find the money within its budget.



  39. 89 HZ
    October 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to my Chips, our UT, and all of the beautiful TOD family. Thank you UT for your faithfulness to Chips and this TOD family. I totally appreciate all the great work that you do as well.

    Everyone, please have a beautiful day, and always try to allow some sweetness of determination to enter your space. We are going to continue to be a channel to move all of our wonderful strength into the direction of President Obama’s space to be a light to so many who are in need of so much encouragement during these times of readjusting to the set-back of the past weeks. Let us not forget those who are still trying to move with a positive attitude, but there are still some who are trying to put one foot forward at a time.

    Be blessed, my TOD family and lift up President Obama and his administration in your prayers and meditations. (()) Have a lovely day.

    Chips, will you give Danny a hug for me, please? Enjoy him. Love you, my special angel.HZ

  40. 94 Linda
    October 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

    “A fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”
    ~~ Winston Churchill

    Was he talking about Republicans ?

  41. 97 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2013 at 11:23 am


    The GOP’s newfound interest in healthcare briefings

    By Steve Benen


    But in the wake of online breakdowns, all of a sudden, we hear a collective cry from Republican lawmakers: “We demand answers! Why aren’t you talking to us?”

    Perhaps the more salient question is why these same lawmakers have spent the last three years expressing little more than indifference to policy details, and are only now taking an interest in health care because they have a shiny new toy to play with – a toy they hope to use to distract attention from their disastrous government shutdown.

    Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) said this morning that when it comes to health care, Republicans are looking for problems to exploit, while Democrats are looking for problems to fix. By any fair assessment, it’s seems awfully tough to reach any other conclusion.



    • October 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Saw your comments on the previous thread, and agree with Meta.

      MSM is too lazy to any sort of homework.

      At a minimum, they understand that developing a system that seamlessly hands off information to a huge number of different systems on a large number of different platforms (e.g., mobile, tablet, Window PC, Apple PC, etc.) is basically betting for the unicorn to graze in your front yard.

      Bottlenecks between healthcare.gov and the various providers probably lands the unhappy user in a virtual loop (purgatory).

      I’m doing my best to IGNORE the worthless and clueless MSM.

  42. 99 57andfemale
    October 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I can’t tell you what I want to do to these traitors:

    • 100 cookemom
      October 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I would have loved to be there when PBO brushed his shoulders off, told the idiot to ‘proceed’, then left the room as only he can do #swag.

      • 101 dotster3
        October 23, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        I was also trying to figure out how PBO could respond to such a disrespectful, insulting, ugly comment also. I decided something like “Well, I don’t think you’re so cute either.” And then the ‘please proceed’ and the cool exit.

  43. 102 dotster3
    October 23, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I don’t know if all this massive, united criticism of ACA will eventually have an effect. But for now I am really enjoying seeing the approval numbers “inching up” despite the entire media’s effort against it. It’s a haha! All that effort wasted, MSM. People no longer believe you or trust you, MSM! Haha!

  44. 103 57andfemale
    October 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    How is liability not the very LEAST that can be done to make the Freedumz-lovers PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE for their effing guns?

    • 104 cookemom
      October 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

      Wow too, too awful. If only there were more good people with guns. You can’t get gooder than a five year old.

      • 105 57andfemale
        October 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

        I’m sure we’ll hear from the deranged sociopaths that the problem was that the five year old hadn’t been trained well enough in firearms.

    • October 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Dotster posted this on last night’s Laugh, Laugh, Laugh thread.

      The article seems to indicate that the “babysitter” lived at the house, so not sure what’s going on there.

      Somehow today’s gun culture has got to change. There have always been second amendment rights supporters but in the past they understood the power of the instrument and would never have thought of leaving a loaded handgun on a table where children lived. Responsible gun owners exist, but it seems many 2nd amendment rights people now disregard the “responsible” and “sensible” part of gun ownership.

      Also, I replied to you upthread re: ACA exchanges map.

  45. 110 Jovie
    October 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

  46. 111 vcprezofan2
    October 23, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Good Morning, No Child Left Behind; hope all is going well – you just popped into my mind today.

  47. 112 Ladyhawke
    October 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Rep. Pelosi Holds Weekly Legislative Briefing


    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly briefing with the Capitol press corps. She discusses the government shutdown and additional related issues.



  48. 115 57andfemale
    October 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

  49. October 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Fine R&S, UT. As always!!! Thank you

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