135 Responses to “ObamaCare Is More Than Just A Website”

  1. October 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Hola UT! I’m enjoying your blogging prowess!

    • 2 utaustinliberal
      October 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Maryl1. Congrats on first!

    • 4 Roberta in MN
      October 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Congrats on 1st maryl1. Is everyone having a good weekend so far? Just catching up on some programs missed this week. Another busy week next week. Year end close for one of the companies I am doing part time, not fun and it’s turning cold up here in the north. Yuk.

      • 5 a4alice
        October 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Ha! I know what you mean Roberta I’m just getting ready to light a fire in our wood stove as the sun is getting closer to setting and it is feeling a bit chilly.

        Thanks UT for posting that cartoon. It is Spot On. Congrats on first Mary!

  2. October 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    GA TOD. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend 🙂 Preparring for Auburn game at 7:30…. here is some stuff I ran into on the interwebs

    • October 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you, LP. This woman is speaking common sense. She is better protected in a car and she can get things done. I’m so glad to see Saudi women fighting back. It’s absurd for her to have to walk to accomplish basic tasks, like taking her daughter to school. I hope there will quickly come a time when Saudis will wonder what the fuss was all about. And hopefully that will trigger a discussion of why other freedoms are routinely denied Saudi women.

    • 9 a4alice
      October 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      This is humbling to me. I can get in car. I can go wherever the heck I want. No one harasses me because of my gender. The thought that this woman is doing something so basic to me ~ which is disallowed for her makes me thankful I live here and I admire her bravery. For such a simple thing. Driving. Gah.

  3. October 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Thank yoooooooooooou UT!!!

    • 12 utaustinliberal
      October 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Anytime Chiparoo. 😀

      I see Man U woke themselves up and decided to play today huh?

      • October 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        My head was pounding at the end of it UT, there’s only so much more of this football stress I can take. I mean, Stoke at home? Gawd.

        • 14 utaustinliberal
          October 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          I tuned in and saw Stoke leading 2 -1 in Man United at Old Trafford and my jaw dropped. Chelsea faces Man City tomorrow and I’m girding my loins and wishing for the best.

          • October 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

            Danny was giving me a “huh? you support these losers?” kind of look.

            Chelsea v City is impossible for me, I want both to lose 😕

            • 16 utaustinliberal
              October 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

              After everything I’ve done for you? Flying you around the world in style? Giving you one gazillion dollars? Sending Danny, gorgeous Chelsea kits? You choose to repay me like this?

              Ok. Off to go do the ‘May Manchester United Lose All Games’ dance.

  4. 18 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Way to go, Maryl!

  5. October 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

  6. October 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Congrats of first, Maryl1! ………………this is a must read! Take a few minutes to read about our incredible, caring, President….. no words

    …I went downstairs to greet President Obama when he arrived, and I provided an overview of the situation. “Two families per classroom . . . The first is . . . and their child was . . . The second is . . . and their child was . . . We’ll tell you the rest as you go.”

    The president took a deep breath and steeled himself, and went into the first classroom. And what happened next I’ll never forget.

    • October 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I’m doing homework, sort of. But really, barring strange and unforeseen circumstances, any weekend is a good weekend. It’s getting cold here too. I can’t believe next week is Halloween!

    • October 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      I read that this morning. It’s powerful and I can’t wait to read the whole book!

    • October 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      I initially didn’t like the thought of this book, and this guy who has written a book about something do personal for this President. But, as I was reading thus excerpt, I was actually quite grateful for this glimpse into President Obama’s private world. I can’t even imagine how the President survived that Newtown tragedy. This article speaks to his compassion, his character and his source of strength. He’s amazing, and we’re lucky to be witnessing this time of his life.

      • 27 globalcitizenlinda
        October 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

        I do not know if you missed it, but in his article on the Daily Beast, the author says he asked PBO for permission and that POTUS approved all the content of the book.

  7. 28 amk for obama
    October 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    • October 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      In the past (before Jan 20, 2009), MSM loved doing feel-good stories about real people benefiting from whatever it is they were reporting on.

      Now? There’s 30 million stories of uninsured and underinsured people available, yet “reporters” can’t be bothered to leave their climate-controlled offices to speak to a few people.

      Such a missed opportunity to provide information about the richness of American society (not just those who work at corporate offices).

    • 31 a4alice
      October 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      I tried looking for a twitter handle for the hospital guy and the guy who they interviewed on the tribal council. The ACA would be a big help to anyone living in one of the Indian Nations.

    • 34 africa
      October 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Oh, yeah!!

  8. 35 susanne
    October 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    check out the graph of americans’ life expectancy since 1880. nearly continuous increase, but a notable leap after medicare and medicaid instituted in 1965. same thing will happen with obamacare, and long after any 3-week glitches are forgotten, our great grandchildren will see the graph showing the obamacare leap and remember this president.


  9. 42 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

  10. 43 amk for obama
    October 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

  11. 46 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm
  12. October 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    If any of you would like to read some really insightful writing on the intelligence community, I recommend you follow this blog: http://20committee.com/

    Congrats on 1st Mary!!!!

  13. 50 amk for obama
    October 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  14. October 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Finished watching “Dateline London” on BBC. The first topic was about the latest NSA revelations concerning spying on European leaders. The journalists on it—including a German—basically said the Europeans were crying “crocodile tears”. Everyone spies on everyone else, especially in the economic realm. The French are notorious for being industrial spies. And they made the point that the successes enjoyed by the NSA against terrorists in the hoovering of metadata won’t be bandied about because, duh, they’re secret. They also made the point that all the governments are more or less behaving like adults. Trade deals are still being negotiated, and cooperation between intelligence agencies continues. They were somewhat amused by Dilma Roussef’s cancelling of the state dinner over NSA spying.

    • October 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      The ‘outrage’ over this really is comical. Superpower spies on other powers? Shocking. 🙄

      I know it was a while back, but ever since the French blew up the Greenpeace boat, I struggle to listen to any of their leaders moralizing about anything.

      How are you doing LL? Feeling any better?

      • October 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        feeling a smidge better. Last night was AWFUL. Somehow I suffered through a sinus headache until 3 a.m. until I decided to get up and take something. But right now I can breathe. I’m tired, but functional.

        • October 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

          Oh boy, you really have a horrible cold/flu, you’re being afflicted with a bit of everything. An early night for you Mister, you need to catch up on that lost sleep.

          • October 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm

            Well, the missus went to a party to which I was invited as well. But there was no way I was going to go after the past few days. So it’s me, Stewie, the cats, and various UK channels. (Yay piracy!) So I’ll have to wait until she gets home to hit the hay, around 9-ish.

    • 56 carolyn
      October 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      I’ve thought several times…shortly and lightly…about Roussef’s canceling of the state dinner, and decided she did the President a favor. Just think of the hullabaloo and imprecations it he and FLOTUS had had a state dinner in the middle of the shutdown, or shortly thereafter. WASTING MONEY!!!!! My, my, the gnashing of teeth and tearing of shirts!
      Roussef missed an opportunity to be in the world spotlight and look gracious and presidential and important. C’est la vie!
      Of course these are crocodile tears from the Europeans….they invented spying on each other! It’s been going on since the Vikings went back north.

      • October 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        It really is silly. And as the journalists said, the Euros will cry their crocodile tears, the US will appear to be contrite, and all will go on as normal.

        What one of them said was quite amusing: any moderately numerate teenager could probably hack into Merkel’s cell phone. Spying ain’t what it used to be.

      • October 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm

        Couldn’t agree with you more, Carolyn.

        Methinks President Obama’s guardian angel was sitting on his shoulder with the Snowdenwald overreach.

        A state dinner in the middle of the October #GOPshutdown would have given our feckless and biased MSM a real opportunity to cheerlead on behalf of the GOP.

        I don’t know how much of this true, but it is true that MSM is parroting this “surveillance” without letting their audience know the documents were dated at the time Barack Obama was an Illinois state Senator. Online and print articles do mention 2006, but in a glancing fashion, as if the date of what they’re “reporting” on has no relevance at all.

    • 61 amk for obama
      October 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm


      Angela Merkel: “Once the seeds of mistrust have been sown it doesn’t facilitate our co-operation… it makes it more difficult”

      In the end pragmatism out-pointed outrage. France and Germany have opted to talk with the Americans rather than preside over a rupture in transatlantic relations.


      There is an underlying reality here: Both Germany and France’s intelligence services co-operate with the US closely in monitoring countries like Russia, China and Iran, and neither President Hollande nor Chancellor Merkel wants to change that.

      The German chancellor was dismissive of suggestions that talks about a free trade deal be postponed until trust between Europe and the US had been restored. She was not prepared to delay a negotiation which promises such rich dividends.

      Angela Merkel was asked whether she could trust the British and its intelligence agency GCHQ.

      She sidestepped those questions and spoke about allies serving together in conflict without needing to worry about surveillance.


      dilam was an idjit to be taken by the greenwald scam.

      • October 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        The idea that Europe, which I’m damned sure spies on us in some fashion (as I said, France is notorious for being industrial spies), is going to cut off its nose to spite its face and freeze relations with the US is laughable. That really is what GiGi and Snowden and their paymasters in Moscow are after: to isolate the US internationally. It’s so bloody transparent and obvious.

    • 63 a4alice
      October 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      thankyou for telling us about this LL and thanks to others for commenting. When I first heard about this story I just thought “oh that’s stupid everybody does this”. But then I wasn’t hearing any pushback only ‘OMG OMG this is horrible!’ Then I saw the first documents were from 2006 and was even more confused because what does this have to do with President Obama.

      So now I’m thinking that I had the right of it all along.

  15. 66 Mr. Anon
    October 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Hi, I know this isn’t relevant to Obamacare, but I’ve been studying many of the accomplishments of the Obama presidency lately on a variety of issues. Right now, I’m familiarizing myself with President Obama’s education policy, specifically Race to the Top. Does anyone have links to data regarding the impact of his policy, or links to op-eds explaining and/or supporting it? Thanks, and I hope this isn’t considered spam by the community here.

  16. 70 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    As we here all know this Admin is not a one-trick pony government; unlike the GOP our guys have their fingers in lots of pies. It’s been a while since *I* have read anything about the Solar Decathlon, which is apparently ongoing.

    Training Clean Energy Leaders of the Future (Rebecca Matulka and Matty Greene) October 22, 2013

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 wrapped up. Even though the sun has set at the Solar Decathlon village and students have gone home, their hard work is having a lasting effect on sustainable design and our nation’s clean energy leaders.

    A two-year competition that challenges collegiate teams to build energy-efficient, solar-powered houses, the Solar Decathlon is a perfect example of how the Energy Department is training and inspiring the next generation of architects, engineers and entrepreneurs. Over the course of the competition, students gain hands-on experience in everything from fundraising and marketing to design and construction. Showcasing their houses to the general public allows students to get feedback on their designs and how they work in the real world — something that many of them would never get in the classroom.



  17. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    October 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I wanted to send out a quick message to the HHS Ms. Sebelius so that she can have some snappy comebacks to those who are asking her to “R” (sorry can’t use that word given all the massive obstruction she and her team have had to go through to get Obamacare to this point).

    Genuine Public Servants don’t quit when the going gets tough. Rather they identify the hurdles and work very hard to correct the problems and overcome bottlenecks. I don’t know how to put this but she will need those snappy comebacks when the rabid rightwingers question her next week

    • 72 globalcitizenlinda
      October 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      • 73 a4alice
        October 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        I think that’s great Global. Everyone needs a positive word or two! I hope she sees them! 😀

        • 74 globalcitizenlinda
          October 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          yes, we all do need encouragement (I work best with positive incentive);

          I also think people are forgetting how much work has already gone into getting Obamacare to this point (give all the challenges deliberately put in the way)

  18. 75 JER
    October 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  19. 76 forus50
    October 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Hi everyone! It’s a great Saturday in Chicago. Lots of sports tonight with the Bulls playing the Heat, Hawks against the Minnesota Wild and the 3rd game of the World Series. Having a few friends over to watch it all.

    Not much going on in politics which is a nice change and the talking heads are trying to create news which is never a good thing. I think POTUS has a lot of things going on behind the scenes where he is building a plan for passing immigration and getting a budget deal worked out. I’m going to stay on the sidelines about all the screeching we will soon hear over “entitlements”. I don’t like that word used for social security and medicare but it isn’t exactly wrong as a person is “entitled” to it after paying for years. Oh well, I am confident it will all work out with POTUS in charge.

  20. 79 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Insurers’ Stocks, Unhurt by the Dawn of the Health Care Law By ANNA BERNASEK ~ Published: October 26, 2013

    Consider the situation of health insurance providers.

    Because they face new regulations intended to broaden coverage and limit profit-taking, some analysts have been concerned that profits will suffer. But in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, stock market prices have told a different story.

    Over the last 12 months, shares of the top five publicly traded health insurance companies — Aetna, WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Cigna — have increased by an average of 32 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has risen by just 24 percent.

    Strong profits in the current year, as growth slowed in overall health care costs, is one probable explanation for the outperformance by the group.



  21. October 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    • 81 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm


      With less than three weeks to go in Congress’ 2013 legislative calendar, one Republican serving in a heavily Hispanic district has moved to join Democrats on immigration reform.

      The Washington Post reported Saturday that Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) is ready to sign on with 185 of his House colleagues as a co-sponsor for a pathway to citizenship. The Senate passed an immigration reform bill in June with a strong 68-32 majority, but House Republican leaders have said it will not be considered without majority Republican support.

    • 84 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Great news! Ha. Love it.

    • 85 globalcitizenlinda
      October 26, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      these gop congressional critters better step up and get this done with as minimum pain as possible – before the extremists caucus turns it anger on them (especially when Obamacare is no longer a source of fundraising dollars)

    • October 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I wouldn’t trust Justin Amash any farther than I could throw him. Libertarian, self-centered, ideologue all the way.

  22. 87 Jovie
    October 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm


    This is simply awesome! Sebelius should know about this!

    • 88 jacquelineoboomer
      October 26, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Yes, it would be so nice if all the news media covered the good news. But, alas, we have to do it ourselves.

    • 89 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      I have this wishful feeling that by the time HHS Sec Kathleen S. testifies on Thursday next week…..the healthcare.gov would be almost glitch free. I hope she comes in and takes No prisoners……my devilish side at overtime now 🙄

      • 90 globalcitizenlinda
        October 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        that what I am hoping for too;

        I was also suspicious that the end of Nov date that given out yesterday was just meant to be a long-term projection

  23. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    October 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    • 92 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      The women in TX need to overwhelm the voting booths and make huge noise on this discrimination…..to stop the suppression of their votes. In 1964 a law requiring that married women have their Maiden name as their middle name and now, their voting ID with their real middle name is wrong. The Constitution and the 19th amendment enshrined the rights of women to Vote.

      • 93 jacquelineoboomer
        October 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        Before now, I never heard of the 1964 law requiring use of maiden names as middle names. But – looking back – there were all kinds of dumbass laws back then, affecting women, and they continued for another decade or two or more. We have come “so far.” NOT.

  24. 96 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm

  25. October 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm

  26. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    October 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  27. 102 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm

  28. October 26, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    More on immigration reform (I know this tweet looks odd — like I’m talking to myself — but it’s the only way I knew to link the two tweets, which would have been one without the 140 character limitation).

    But key to what he says is that he’s the first Republican, but he won’t be the last. Think of Booman and Doctor BobFR educating the rest of us that the Dems effectively control the House. Which the DC echo-chamber MSM either willfully ignore or they’re too dimwitted to catch on.

    And, speaking of California:

  29. 104 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Hey up top or on the last thread LovelyP posted an article about Saudi women driving in protest today. I found a follow up article on my TL. I guess the police there set up roadblocks but that didn’t stop some of the women from driving. I say good for them.

  30. 106 vcprezofan2
    October 26, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    SOME of the President’s proposals for immigration reform. Unlike GOPs, PBO and his Admin have plans for where they want to go

    Streamlining Legal Immigration – http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/streamlining-immigration


    Cut red tape for employers.
    The proposal also eliminates the backlog for employment-sponsored immigration by eliminating annual country caps and adding additional visas to the system. Outdated legal immigration programs are reformed to meet current and future demands by exempting certain categories from annual visa limitations.

    Create a “startup visa” for job-creating entrepreneurs.
    The proposal allows foreign entrepreneurs who attract financing from U.S. investors or revenue from U.S. customers to start and grow their businesses in the United States, and to remain permanently if their companies grow further, create jobs for American workers, and strengthen our economy.

    “Staple” green cards to advanced STEM diplomas.
    The proposal encourages foreign graduate students educated in the United States to stay here and contribute to our economy by “stapling” a green card to the diplomas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD and Master’s Degree graduates from qualified U.S. universities who have found employment in the United States. It also requires employers to pay a fee that will support education and training to grow the next generation of American workers in
    STEM careers.

  31. 107 a4alice
    October 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    ha. I had to chuckle when I saw this tweet from Austen G


  32. 109 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    • 110 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Well, well, was it the New Yorker spread that Got the Editorial NYT to do the obvious? Hmm?

      Congrats de Blasio. Just Days away.

      • 111 hopefruit2
        October 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

        Typical. They love to jump on the bandwagon after the ship has been built but take no part in helping to build the ship.

    • 112 99ts
      October 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Hahaha – the NYT is irrelevant – they have turned into Palin – the only time they get it right is when they are late to endorse the obvious winner.

  33. 114 JER
    October 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  34. 115 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  35. October 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    More on the rock and the hard place the GOP find themselves in re: comprehensive immigration reform:

    • 119 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Every Month 18K Hispanics become 18 yrs old.

      CA, FL, NM and TX are now per 2010 census minority majority states.

      Reality is undeniable even for the hard right.

      • October 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Yep! The #GOP is dead in CA for at least a generation. With Wendy Davis TX could well turn blue way sooner than expected. When that happens the #GOP will have lost TX for at least a generation. Wonder how long before the #GOP in AZ will suffer a fate they definitely deserve.

        • 121 desertflower
          October 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

          Can’t come soon enough for me!!! That said, we have 5 Dem reps and 4 RWNJ reps (mine being in THIS column!)….when this place FINALLY GETS A CLUE as to who’s been lying to them and screwing them over all these years…I’ll dance in the street:) In the meantime, I’m braindead right now…3 hours of math, sitting for 3 straight hours….left me wiped out today…..time for a quick power nap, I think.

  36. 124 MightyPamela
    October 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    What’s all this? Eh? Y’all have been par-taying all day without MP? Well now, say what?! 😆 😆

  37. October 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    h/t to africa … see up thread ….

    Yes We Can

  38. 127 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    • 128 globalcitizenlinda
      October 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      positive Obamacare stories need to be pushed because the echo chamber is stuck in “glitch” hysteria

  39. 129 africa
    October 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm


    • 130 Nena20409
      October 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      TeaNN tells 1/5th of the story….always where Dems or POTUS are the main stories.

      They slant the stories for the teabaggers and righties always. They willfully omit stories where the stories might have a better outcome for Dems. That is sad….but they don’t care.

  40. 131 Nena20409
    October 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Lamar Alexander the sen from TN has now said No to the teabaggers. He is 73yrs old. He is up next year for re-election.

    A profile in Courage? Something McCain and Hatch didn’t do? Hmm.


  41. 133 MightyPamela
    October 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    For DF:


    And he’s up for votes for his Grammy nomination! Woot!

  42. 134 Jovie
    October 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  43. October 27, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I absolutely love this. As a fellow blogger on the Affordable Care Act, I love seeing other people who are excited about the ACA and the benefits it will have for so, so many Americans. I ❤ Obamacare!

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