Rise and Shine

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a young girl during a “Get Out The Vote” rally at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 1, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)


Today (all times Eastern):

1:30: Jay Carney briefs the press

2:10: President Obama hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Vice President Biden will also attend



The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell – Reporters debunk some of the claims made about the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence talks to Michael Hillzik and Wendell Potter

See here




ThinkProgress: How To Spot A Fake Obamacare Horror Story

Since insurers have begun informing beneficiaries that their health care plans do not meet the new federal requirements of Obamacare, and will be either cancelled or significantly altered, the media has profiled countless middle class Americans who claim that the new health care law will force them to pay more for coverage.

Deborah Cavallaro, for instance, a real estate agent from Los Angeles, was enrolled in an individual plan that cost her just $293 per month. Under Obamacare, Cavallaro says she’ll have to pay over $400 for coverage she doesn’t need or want. But a higher premium doesn’t tell the whole story: while Cavallaro may spend more each month, she’ll be buying more comprehensive insurance with fewer out-of-pocket costs, better benefits that will cover more and cost her less if she actually falls ill, and much more robust consumer protections.

So before you buy into the sticker shock hysteria, here are four questions you should ask….

More here


Steve Benen: Obamacare’s Winners and ‘losers’

If the Republican National Committee had written the script for the week, it wouldn’t have gone quite this well for the right. The political world took a relatively obscure element of the debate over health care – insurers informing consumers about replacing poor, outdated coverage plans with new, better plans – and turned it into a “controversy.”

In an amazing twist, conservative Republicans who are desperate to take away coverage for millions of Americans are pretending to be outraged on behalf of Americans whose plans are being upgraded.

As we talked about earlier in the week, I’m not terribly impressed by the sudden apoplectic outburst from reporters and Republicans, but let’s consider the above pie chart and get a little more specific.

More here



Media Matters: Called On To Explain Big Story, Media Botches Obamacare

The rocky rollout of Obamacare has prompted commentators to attack the president and his team for having three years to plan for the launch and still not getting it right. That’s a legitimate critique as problems persist. But the same can be said for an awful lot of reporters doing a very poor job covering Obamacare. They also had three years to prepare themselves to accurately report the story.

So what’s their excuse?

The truth is, the Beltway press rarely bothers to explain, let alone cover, public policy any more. With a media model that almost uniformly revolves around the political process of Washington (who’s winning, who’s losing?), journalists have distanced themselves from the grungy facts of governance, especially in terms of how government programs work and how they effect the citizenry.

But explaining is the job of journalism. It’s one of the crucial roles that newsrooms play in a democracy. And in the recent case of Obamacare, the press has failed badly in its role. Worse, it has actively misinformed about the new health law and routinely highlighted consumers unhappy with Obamacare, while ignoring those who praise it.

More here



LA Times: Obamacare hysteria: Don’t believe the canceled insurance hype

Obamacare’s critics are going to town on the cancellation letters millions of Americans are receiving from their health insurers, informing them that their health plans won’t conform to the new federal standards for health coverage as of Jan. 1.

We’re supposed to be scandalized by this, since President Obama himself assured everyone that if they liked their insurance they’d be able to keep it. And people just love plans that in some cases cost just $50 a month. At that price, what’s not to love?

Back in March, Consumer Reports published a study of many of these plans and placed them in a special category: “junk health insurance.” Some plans, the magazine declared, may be worse than none at all.

…. It’s time to tamp down the breathless indignation about these health plan cancellations. Many of the departing plans are being outlawed for good reason, and many of the customers losing them have no idea how much financial exposure they were saddled with in the old days. That’s the real scandal in American health insurance, and Obamacare is designed, rightly, to fix it.

More here



WH.gov: Karmel’s Story: I No Longer Fear My ‘Pre-Existing Condition’

I do not have a pre-existing condition. But I have a pre-existing condition in-waiting that has caused me to live in fear for years.

A pre-existing condition. What does that mean, anyways? I am a type 1 diabetic, but that diagnosis certainly does not pre-exist me. No – pre-existing is not a medical condition; it is a legal one. Before the health insurance marketplace opened in my state, if I were to seek health insurance, my type 1 diabetes would be a pre-existing condition, and sufficient reason for most insurance companies to shut the door in my face.

… Without insurance, the medication required to keep me alive for more than a few months easily proves untenably expensive – never mind the medication and devices required to keep me healthy and free of long-term complications.

That is the frame of mind I have lived with for the past twenty years, and that was the frame of mind with which I approached CoveredCA.com, my state’s healthcare exchange, last month …. And suddenly I was free….

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for me? It means that I can finally take off the scarlet letter D that has marked me as a pre-existing diabetic, and I can shop for health care knowing that I am protected by American law.

More here



OFA: Obamacare helped me keep my doctor of 27 years

After being denied insurance, I signed up for Obamacare on Day One.

When I was less than one year old, my mother noticed something strange. My hands and feet were a little blue and a little cold, so my mother took me to the hospital. Turns out, my aorta was narrow (called a coarctation of the aorta) and I required surgery right away.

… It was strange being denied health coverage for something that happened before I was born. Not being able to visit my cardiologist, a doctor I have relied on for 27 years, was extremely unnerving.

That’s why I signed up for Obamacare on Day One.

Thanks to the new law, I will no longer be denied coverage, and I can keep my doctor of 27 years…

More here



You know how I love linking to GOPolitico? 😕 Well, they’ve a piece today that you might want to read, the GOP’s ‘Obamacare Sabotage Campaign’ – see here



Steve Benen: Court re-imposes Texas abortion restrictions

Earlier this week, reproductive-rights proponents appeared to have won a partial legal victory. A federal court in Texas blocked implementation of parts of a sweeping new law, signed by Gov. Rick Perry over the summer, which imposed some of the nation’s most severe restrictions on women’s health choices.

Last night, however, the success in the courts was short lived:

A federal appeals court ruled late Thursday that Texas’ abortion restrictions could immediately go into effect, overruling a Monday order from a lower court that found parts of the law unconstitutional. The decision may close the doors of one-third of Texas abortion clinics, many which will likely be unable to meet the requirement of hospital admitting privileges. Of course, that was the point of the law.
    “Today’s decision affirms our right to protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas,” said Governor Perry in a statement responding to the ruling. “We will continue doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state.”

…. We’re occasionally reminded that fights over judicial nominees matter. Last night offered a refresher for those who may have forgotten.

Full post here

More at ThinkProgress





TPM: If We Can’t Have It, You Can’t Have It Either

There’s a lot of backstory to today’s showdown in the Senate over President Obama’s nominees to DC Circuit Court of Appeals …But there’s more to this particular face-off than the usual opposition to judicial nominees or the fight over whether the use of the filibuster has crippled the Senate. In this case, the underlying battle is just as if not more important than the supposedly larger issues it implicates.

What’s happening in this case is Senate Republicans are blocking wholesale the confirmation of any new judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The reason is simple: The D.C. Circuit tilts conservative right now and so long as the empty seats on the bench remain empty, that conservative tilt remains.

Republicans – and the anti-regulation crowd they represent – are particularly concerned about the D.C. Circuit because it has jurisdiction over many of the rules and regulations that the federal government writes. That makes it the front line in the battle between regulators and the regulated, between consumers and business, and between the liberal and conservative legal establishments over the scope and power of the administrative agencies who implement the laws Congress passes.

More here





On This Day:

President Obama kisses a baby on the tarmac following his arrival at Denver International Airport, Nov. 1, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Janet Kavandi, Director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson Space Center, presents President Obama with a jacket during a drop by with the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis in the Oval Office, Nov. 1, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

VP Biden in Muscatine, November 1, 2012 (Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America)

Las Vegas, November 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

Boulder, November 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

Boulder, November 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)

Boulder, November 1, 2012 (Photo by Scout Tufankjian)



127 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 andogriff
    November 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Good MOOORRNING Ms Chips! Great R & S, happy first of November!

  2. November 1, 2013 at 9:20 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats andogriff on #1 🙂

    WOW, another fabulous R & S roundup – thanks Chips!!

  3. 14 desertflower
    November 1, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Good Friday morning everyone! Great R/S Chips:) I was just reading, reading, reading this morning!!

  4. 15 GGAIL
    November 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Chipsticks, I said on the Early Bird that Mitt RMoney had FUN hanging with us yesterday!

  5. 16 andogriff
    November 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    The food stamp issue is a real sore point with me. My room mate and I qualified for food stamps while studying for our masters’ degrees. Without them (2 years!) we could not have afforded tuition and living expenses, in spite of having work assistantships. Food stamps kept us in college, and even with all the tuna helper, we did OK. I am FURIOUS with the GOP for trying to cut this vital program.

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Even more infuriating that the Farm Bill apparently includes provisions to allow lawmakers who receive farm subsidies not to disclose that fact. (posted at the end of one of yesterday’s threads):

      “Much has already been said about the farm bill going through Congress. It’s bloated, it redistributes money from taxpayers to relatively wealthy farmers, it hurts young farmers by artificially inflating the price of land, it ends direct payments but substitutes another kind of subsidy, and so on and so forth. But there’s always more: For instance, the replacement of direct payments with a new crop-insurance subsidy will prevent the names of many members of Congress who get farm payments from being publicly disclosed….”

      Which will will open the door even wider for MSM like Meet The Press to ignore the conflict of interest of lawmakers voting themselves personal gain (farm subsidies) while denying the most basic need (food) to our country’s most vulnernable.

      Corrupt, self-serving and heartless.

      • 18 jackiegrumbacher
        November 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

        Arapaho, isn’t it interesting that there are exactly 17 of these culprits and we need to turn 17 seats. I can’t think of a more despicable group of people who should be shown the door in 2014. The DCCC has to get cracking and make sure that everyone of these corrupt creeps gets a Democratic challenger. I don’t care how “safe” their seats are, they need to be exposed and thrown out.

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

        The same congressional families that benefitted from farm subsidies have likely received crop insurance premium subsidies too. The law bars the federal government from releasing recipients’ names, but 26 policyholders nationwide each received more than $1 million in premium subsidies and more than 10,000 policyholders each received $100,000 or more in 2011.

        It’s one of the biggest rackets in town! But in all fairness, the same sort of program exists for fishermen…remember Katrina? Many of the fishermen who lost out had their boats and all their equipment replaced by this kind of program. There’s one for sugar, tobacco and get this….water!

  6. 20 japa21
    November 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    GM all, on this day after Halloween.

    Yes, yesterday was fun with the costumes provided to us by HF. But to day we can go back to being normal. But the scary part is that the costumes we wore were all represented by real people. And, to be honest, most of us, when commenting as those people di a spot on impersonation. What this means is that what we wrote yesterday are representative of what we will continue to see and hear from those people.

    And that is truly horrifying.

    • 21 andogriff
      November 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Too true japa, understand now why Ms Chips had nightmares. It was pretty REAL, even though it was funny.

    • 22 desertflower
      November 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Yes….and yesterday I said that my fondest wish was for all of them to be able to read what we wrote about all of them…so they would know that this is what they sound like to ordinary Americans…but since they really don’t care much about/for ordinary Americans…I guess it really wouldn’t have mattered much in the long run. Sad. Republicans stand back and give Americans the finger every day. And smile.

  7. 25 anniebella
    November 1, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Don’t believe the cancel insurance hype. I don’t because I don’t trust the MSM.

  8. 27 desertflower
    November 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Good Krugman piece about war on the poor.


    I still sometimes see pundits claiming that the Tea Party movement is basically driven by concerns about budget deficits. That’s delusional. Read the founding rant by Rick Santelli of CNBC: There’s nary a mention of deficits. Instead, it’s a tirade against the possibility that the government might help “losers” avoid foreclosure. Or read transcripts from Rush Limbaugh or other right-wing talk radio hosts. There’s not much about fiscal responsibility, but there’s a lot about how the government is rewarding the lazy and undeserving.


    In a much-cited recent memo, Democracy Corps, a Democratic-leaning public opinion research organization, reported on the results of focus groups held with members of various Republican factions. They found the Republican base “very conscious of being white in a country that is increasingly minority” — and seeing the social safety net both as something that helps Those People, not people like themselves, and binds the rising nonwhite population to the Democratic Party. And, yes, the Medicaid expansion many states are rejecting would disproportionately have helped poor blacks.

    So there is indeed a war on the poor, coinciding with and deepening the pain from a troubled economy. And that war is now the central, defining issue of American politics.

  9. 28 donna dem 4 obama
    November 1, 2013 at 9:40 am


    I had to take three showers this morning to wash off the Ron Paul Character from yesterday. 😉

    Fantastic Day on TOD yesterday. Thank you HF2 for the idea, all the TOD players and the bt’s who keep us going. 😆 😆 😆

    Chips, you’ve outdone yourself again.

    It’s Friday and Friday’s Good!

  10. 31 Betsy
    November 1, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Great R&S Chips. Have a great day.

  11. 32 Lovepolitics2008
    November 1, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for this fantastic Rise & Shine !

    Folks, let’s inundate every reporter, national or local, with tweets and e-mails giving them links to Lawrence’s segment on bad ACA reporting, and to all those articles that tell it like it is: the media are acting like a bunch of lazy idiots.

    Can we hope that a couple of those media idiots will get a bit ashamed and start to put things into perspective ???!!!!

  12. November 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

    The sad truth is that Ms. Cavallaro has been poorly served by the health insurance industry and the news media. It seems that Anthem didn’t adequately explain her options for 2014 when it disclosed that her current plan is being canceled. If her insurance brokers told her what she says they did, they failed her.

    And the reporters who interviewed her without getting all the facts produced inexcusably shoddy work — from Maria Bartiromo on down. They not only did her a disservice, but failed the rest of us, too.

  13. 34 amk for obama
    November 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

  14. November 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

    What a simply awesome Rise and Shine…chock full of all kinds of informational goodies! YUM!.

  15. 36 desertflower
    November 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

    WOW! Look at the “EVEN LESS WORK DAYS” for next year’s House!!

    Click to access 113thCongressSecondSession.pdf

    The 2014 House calendar reveals where the Republican majority’s priorities really are. House Republicans are scheduled to be in session for only 12 days in each of the first three months of the year. The “busy month” for House Republicans will come during the usually slow July political season.

    This schedule is all about giving House Republicans the time to campaign in their districts and fundraise. They will be on vacation for the entire month of August, in session for 10 days in September, and will only be working for a laughable two days during the month before the 2014 election.

    House Republicans will still get their same $174,000 salaries for doing even less work. In fact, they will be getting a pay increase per day in session over what they made in 2013. Going strictly by the calendar, members of the House made $1,385.95 per legislative day. In 2014, that number will increase to $1,589.32. Members of the House are responsible for doing more than just being in session, but this House has already revealed itself to be the least productive in history. Instead of voting on legislation, members of the House spend 30%-70% of their time fundraising.


    Pissed yet?

  16. 41 amk for obama
    November 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

  17. November 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Pretty exciting stuff for small town Iowa! The mayorial and city council races next week in our small town of Coralville have gotten the attention and involvement of the Koch Brothers (aka Americans For Prosperity). http://www.desmoinesregister.com/viewart/20131101/NEWS09/311010033/National-political-group-jumps-into-Coralville-race?archive
    Nobody seems to know why they’re interested in us, but we sure get interesting mailing and phone calls now. “Life in the Fast Lane…!”

  18. 46 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 1, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Good morning TOD!!! Rainy, dreary day here — good day for sleeping in or curling up with a good book.

    There’s so many negative stories about young folks in the news; I’m going to accentuate the positive:

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      November 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

      What a lovely story, Alycee. Thank you. I’m sure there are a million acts of such kindness every day, but we only hear about the hatred and unkindness.

    • 48 GGail
      November 1, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Alycee – thanks for sharing this heartwarming story today 🙂

  19. 49 Roberta in MN
    November 1, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Thank you Chips for the great R&S. & Heeeelllooo & Gooood Moooorning everyone. BBL.

  20. 50 Jovie
    November 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Btw that’s only 2 days with of numbers- 254 people enrolled in first 2 days.
    House republicans released these numbers to embarrass the Administration.
    But who have them these numbers? Why only 2 days?

    • 51 Jovie
      November 1, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Gave them…

      • 52 desertflower
        November 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

        I read somewhere it was Issa….Mr. Conspiracy Theory/ Investigation himself…..If that’s true, these numbers are complete BS…I find them bogus on their face whether Issa had anything to do with this or not.

    • 53 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Jovie, please provide a link for the source of your information. That will tell me whether or not these numbers are authentic.

      Thanks!! 🙂 🙂

      • 54 GGail
        November 1, 2013 at 11:31 am

        Hi hopefruit, I think this is where Jovie got the information…


        The Obamacare health-insurance exchanges enrolled 248 people in their first two days, as website outages and software errors hindered sign-ups, according to documents obtained by a congressional oversight committee.

        Notes from three meetings at an Obama administration “war room,” obtained by Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California, show six people had enrolled on Oct. 1, the first day of the website’s operation. The summary of an Oct. 2 meeting stated that “direct enrollment is still not working” and about 40,000 applicants were idling in a virtual “waiting room.”

        • 55 hopefruit2
          November 1, 2013 at 11:41 am

          I can tell you right now that this “report” is bogus.

          • 56 GGail
            November 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

            Oh I agree!!!
            I didn’t even bother to click on it when I first saw it, I only went back to it after you were asking where did Jovie’s info come from. Those of us in the know, truly know what the numbers are for real !

        • November 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

          My only comment is: even if this was true, that’s 254 more people than the GOP wanted to sign up, given that they’ve voted 40+ times to repeal the law that would provide affordable and reliable health care to Americans. What exactly is Darrell Issa’s point?

  21. 59 Jewelz
    November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Goodmorning everyone. So, the next media Obama obsession is the new book by Mark Halperin and his sidekick that talks about a psuedo switcheroo that was supposed to happen between Hillary and VP Biden before the 2012 election. I smell rats. It would not come as a surprise to me if we later discovered that these so called White House advisers that entertained this stupid idea were former Clinton loyalists that President Obama hired to work in the White House. For example, people like Bill Daley and Leon Panetta who have never had anything good to say about a man that hired them, gave them high profile jobs, and in turn ended up reviving their career and raising their profiles both nationally and internationally. I have never seen or heard any Clinton loyalists said anything good about this President. They are the same rats that give white house informations whether true or untrue to hacks like Chuck Todd, Joe Klein, Bob Woodward, Mark Halperin. I am so sick of them and every democrats in congress that run to media to stab this president in the back every chance they get. It’s no surprise that the only former White House employees that have always had this president’s back are the ones that have been with him from the beginning like David Plouffe, Jon Favreau, and David Axelrod. Also, I’d just like to say that the media in this country are truly pathetic. That’s all.

    • November 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

      David Plouffe debunked this claim, yet I see people on Twitter still pushing it.

      • 61 Jewelz
        November 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

        Some people on twitter are probably still pushing the story because it was one of the top stories this morning on all three network news along with Obamacare. The media have nothing going for them besides their constant obsession with everything Obama.

        • November 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

          THIS was one of the top network news stories?

          Unbelievable that the likes of gossip-mongers-for-profit, Mark “the President is a dick” Halperin and John Heilemann rumors are even considered “news.”


          How about investigating Jon Huntman Sr’s claim that R-money evaded taxes for years in the same book? Not newsworthy? OK, why doesn’t the MSM invite R-money on to Meet The Press this Sunday, so MSM (David Gregory) can fawn all over R-money’s various lavish estates and throw softball questions at him.

          Grumpy old man here… in my day, this crap wouldn’t have been reported as news by Cronkite, Huntley or Brinkley.

          • 63 GGail
            November 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

            Arapaho, gossip was the first word that came to my mind this morning when I heard the story being broadcast – UNBELIEVABLE!

            I really fault the News Editors who write these tripe stories for the Anchors to read. And I blame the Station Managers for allowing these stories to have any life at all !!!

  22. 64 amk for obama
    November 1, 2013 at 10:23 am

    • 65 lockewasright
      November 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      It’s a strawman argument. We have been paying for the uninsured ever since Reagan signed a law requiring hospital emergancy rooms to treat people regarldess of their ability to pay. The TxSker really think that hospital’s just took a loss on the cost?! The unisured’s costs have been divided up and added to all of our bills all along. At least with the ACA they get insurance so that they can get their treatment at a doctor’s office instead of at the emergancy room which is the most expensive place to get care. Also, with the ACA, people who can afford insurance but were not taking responsiblity for themselves will be required to STOP making us cover their bills. That the OPPOSITE of what this bozo is so worked up about! Not to mention that a poor person paying premiums on a sliding scale with a subsidy is CHEAPER than them paying none of the tab at all. Again the OPPOSITE of this bozo’s strawman. Further, and this is huge, people who have wanted to take responsibility for their own expenses but have been forbidden due to pre-existing conditions now can pay their own way! Again, the opposite of this bozo’s strawman.

  23. 66 Jovie
    November 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

  24. 67 Ladyhawke
    November 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Separating the day’s myths and realities on Obamacare

    By Michael Hiltzik (10/29/13)


    1. Obama “knew” that people would lose their health insurance. This story, chiefly promoted by NBC News, reflects the Washington media’s eternal search for scandal, abetted by every politician’s instinct to reduce even the most complicated ideas to a sound byte.

    It was always clear that many insurance policies serving the individual market wouldn’t conform to the coverage requirements set by the Affordable Care Act and would have to be changed. Some were “grandfathered” in, but the rules dictated that any that were changed by the insuring companies — including changes in premiums or other terms — would lose that status.
    But is this news? No: The exact same figure was put out by the Obama Adminsitration — in 2010. Here’s a release from the Department of Health and Human Services from June that year, explaining that “40% to two-thirds of people” in the individual market normally change plans in a year, and thus would no longer be in grandfathered plans. Did Obama “know”? Yes, but so did anyone else who was paying attention, including reporters covering healthcare.



    • November 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      “…so did anyone else who was paying attention, including reporters covering healthcare.”

      No they didn’t know because they don’t pay attention…and besides even if they heard it, they didn’t get it because they are dumb. Just dumb, I tell ya. 🙂

  25. 69 Jovie
    November 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

  26. 70 amk for obama
    November 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

  27. 71 Ladyhawke
    November 1, 2013 at 10:40 am

    The Obamacare sabotage campaign

    By Todd Purdum


    From the moment the bill was introduced, Republican leaders in both houses of Congress announced their intention to kill it.
    But the bitter fight over passage was only the beginning of the war to stop Obamacare. Most Republican governors declined to create their own state insurance exchanges — an option inserted in the bill in the Senate to appeal to the classic conservative preference for local control — forcing the federal government to take at least partial responsibility for creating marketplaces serving 36 states — far more than ever intended.

    Then congressional Republicans refused repeatedly to appropriate dedicated funds to do all that extra work, leaving the Health and Human Services Department and other agencies to cobble together HealthCare.gov by redirecting funds from existing programs. On top of that, nearly half of the states declined to expand their Medicaid programs using federal funds, as the law envisioned.


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/the-obamacare-sabotage-campaign-99176.html#ixzz2jP9utpNr

  28. 72 Vicki
    November 1, 2013 at 10:46 am

    The story about a Clinton/Biden switch seems as ridiculous to me as all the other fake nonsense put out as news by the President’s enemies. I believe who the nominees will be only after the WH announces them.
    I am one of those who believe that Susan Rice, John Kerry and Samantha Powers landed exactly on the spots PBO planned for them all along.
    Not to mention Janet Yellen.

    The game seems to be to try and bully the President and make it appear somehow that it is not his choice, and by the way only his choice, not yours—-Media Whores, that determines appointees.

    • 73 hopefruit2
      November 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

      • 74 Vicki
        November 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        In the latest news Bill Daley is denying this absurd story. Apparently Daley was supposed to be one of the promoters of a Hillary/Joe swap.

        Nothing mark halperin says or writes Ever is to be trusted.

    • 75 Ladyhawke
      November 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

      I laughed out loud when I saw the Clinton/Biden switch story yesterday. What an utterly ridiculous notion. For me it was nothing but click bait and I was not going to fall for it.

      • November 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

        Click bait it might be, but I got there via a link which promised the scoop on Huntsman Sr. telling Reid that R-money evaded taxes for years. Had no idea what the headline of the article was, or that it was about a Halperin/Heilemann book.

  29. 77 mtmarilyn
    November 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Good morning TOD family! Wonderful R&S Chips.

    Yesterday was a very full busy day for me. I only had the chance to read, never to comment. I did want to add that as Barbara Walters I did interview Suzanne Somers as the great health care expert. She told me all about the Ponzi scheme that the ACA is and how the American people are being hurt by this. The best part of the interview is when I asked her what kind of tree she saw herself as. She sees herself as a multi nut tree. She can go from one nut to another. After the interview we had to put out several disclaimers. Seems she really isn’t the expert I thought she was. Oh well. On to the next interview.

    Thanks to all the TODbots for the laughs. So thankful we have the truth on our side.

    • 78 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      November 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Actually, Suzanne is just po’d that ObamaCare doesn’t recognize/cover the ThighMaster as ‘necessary medical equipment’!

      • 79 mtmarilyn
        November 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        Good point Alycee! Truthfully I was surprised she was so against the ACA. She has gone thru so much, you’d think she would have empathy for all those who don’t have the money she has and go thru the same thing. I really dislike all these people who have money or good insurance that don’t want anyone else to have it.

  30. November 1, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Ahoy mates! You lot braced the main sails early today. Or maybe I’m a wee bit late, eh? So be it. I have arrived. 😆

  31. 81 Nena20409
    November 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

    GM TODville. Wow…The party was non stop. Wow.

    Chips, UT, HF2 and all TODers in this Hamlet, you are were FANTASTIC. Wow!

    This story tickled my nose and I loved it.


    More Americans want to keep the Affordable Care Act as it is or expand it than want to get rid of it, according to a new poll released Friday.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of Americans want to expand (22 percent) or keep the law (25 percent). Conversely, 37 percent said they wanted to either repeal the law and replace it with some Republican alternative (13 percent) or repeal it without replacing it (24 percent).

  32. 82 Ladyhawke
    November 1, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Why Letting Everyone Keep Their Health-Care Plan Is a Terrible Idea

    By Jonathan Chait


    First, a great many of the people who are happy with their individual health-insurance plan are happy only because they are unaware of its actual value. This sounds patronizing, but it also happens to be demonstrably true. Even highly educated consumers within this market were frequently snookered by insurance plans that turned out to leave them exposed to surprise costs — they incur a sudden high medical cost and discover their plan does not actually cover them. The fine print is a game of wits between insurer and customer that the insurer always wins. A large share of the people telling us now they’re happy with their individual insurance simply haven’t been exposed to a negative surprise. The handful of reporters who closely followed the individual-insurance market before last week are all watching the eulogies for the lost individual plans and having their brains explode.



  33. 83 JER
    November 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

  34. November 1, 2013 at 11:12 am

    GM Chips, TOD…

    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.

    “This is wrong,” Hagel said in a speech in New York.

    “Not only does this violate the states’ obligation under federal law, their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they’re entitled to,” he said. Hagel said this is causing division among the military ranks.
    In his remarks to an Anti-Defamation League centennial dinner speech, Hagel did not name the states that are defying Pentagon policy on this issue. But the Pentagon has cited nine: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. The Pentagon says there are 114 Army and Air National Guard sites in those nine states that are not providing ID cards to eligible same-sex spouses

  35. 88 Nena20409
    November 1, 2013 at 11:12 am


    – FT Alphaville provides this chart from BCA Research showing the collapse of infrastructure spending over the last decade.

    “There are reasonable debates to be had about the necessity (or non-necessity) of making credible commitments to future fiscal consolidation… But that’s different from arguing that tax and spending policies right now should focus on, or even care about, reducing the budget deficit. And there’s a good chance that we’ll look back with regret at the tightening represented in the chart above, which has taken place during a time when interest rates have been scraping the ground.”

  36. 89 Nena20409
    November 1, 2013 at 11:15 am


    The Benghazi “witness” featured in a CBS 60 Minutes report that galvanized new discussion of the administration’s response to the attack previously said he never got near the diplomatic compound on the night of the attack, according to a report from The Washington Post.

    The revelation comes just days after Fox News reported that they had previously been using the same man as a source, but broke contact after he asked the network for money. Two days after the CBS report aired, Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon and Schuster that “specializes in conservative non-fiction,” published the supposed witness’ book, The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was There. According to the Post, the book “largely comports with the 60 Minutes account.”

    Together, these details paint a damning picture of the credibility of the supposed eyewitness — and that of the CBS report which promoted his story.

  37. 90 yardarm756
    November 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    A coupla day’s old with my spin on it.

  38. November 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

    The religious right is rolling out talking points in opposition to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), hoping to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in the coming weeks. In addition to outlandish statements that conservatives have made over the past few years, groups like the Liberty Counsel, Traditional Values Coalition, Heritage Foundation, and Family Research Council have distinct talking points they are feeding to Republican lawmakers to try to stall ENDA. Here’s a look at 10 of the myths they’re spreading about the proposed employment protections for LGBT people:

  39. 92 yardarm756
    November 1, 2013 at 11:19 am

  40. 93 japa21
    November 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

  41. November 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

    If a new patent is any indication, Apple customers could soon be able to plug their iPhones directly into a solar panel for power. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the patent by Apple today. And while the company has seven previous solar-related patents to its name, this is the first one that would allow Apple users to plug their MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, and other devices directly into a solar panel without a bulky converter.

    The patent describes a system that can accept “both power adapter and solar power direct from gathering devices” or traditional chargers, according to TechCrunch. Converting the solar panel’s power into a voltage, current, and so forth that’s compatible with the electronics would all happen within the device. “So in other words, you could plug in your MagSafe or iPad/iPod adapter, or alternatively hook a MacBook or other piece of hardware directly to a solar panel with a simple cord.

  42. 96 Nena20409
    November 1, 2013 at 11:27 am

    This one is just too GOOD to not tickle your funny bones



    Cruz to go back to Canada? Me Likey Like 😉 It is on Tape ❗

    “A lot of Republicans I think tonight look at Ted Cruz and wish Ted Cruz would go back to Canada,” Schmidt said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Last Word.”

    Cruz was born while his parents were living in Canada. His father was not an American citizen at the time, but his mother was born in the United States, according to the Atlantic Wire. (Cruz’s father is now an American citizen.)

  43. November 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Good day everyone!

    Thank you Chips for the excellent R&S and for including the letter I wrote to the Senate leadership.

    Wanted to share it with a few others …

    Yes We Can

  44. 101 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    So here comes Little Nate to concern troll Obamacare rollout (I noted a few weeks ago how QUIET he was on the GOP shutdown, and he refused to accept that the shutdown could have negative effects for the GOP in November).

    But now like clockwork he is here to tell us to not take anything from the polls showing that the ACA is actually growing in popularity, but instead be worried that the rollout will be a problem for the Dems in the midterms….

    When I tell you I don’t trust any of these pundits anymore, you had better believe me….

  45. 106 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

    ESPECIALLY when it’s a “bad news for Obama/Dems” media narrative….Notice how reluctant he was to accept the Shutdown narrative – which was substantiated by data. But now he’s willing to say the opposite of what the data suggests.

  46. November 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I turned on the television, so you know I gotta rant….

    We want to believe that journalism’s first loyalty is to the citizens; that they are obliged to tell the truth and serve as independent monitors of the powerful, but the truth is their allegiance is to their paymasters.

    This morning, I was reflecting on all the non-scandals that only ever received any traction at all because of the media…Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi…where is General Petraeus? NSA…old news with a new twist, the AP bullpuckey that sanctioned forgery of White House emails.

    Then there was Syria. Republicans criticized the President because he didn’t storm Syria, but when the President announced “there would be no boots on the ground”…was he talking to us or our Allies who expect us to lead and resolve every conflict with American lives?

    He drew fire when he called on Congress to vote. That was a “STFU move”…everyone knew they didn’t want to go on record, they just wanted to continue a fault-finding critique. And then they gave all the credit to Putin? Never in my lifetime have I seen people root against the hometeam.

    And now we have healthcare. It seems completely lost on the media that ObamaCare is merely regulatory law…it isn’t insurance and it isn’t healthcare. Which makes narratives about “death panels”, “interference with one’s doctor” and cancellations complete folly. It is capitalism and the free market enterprise at it’s best. Obamacare doesn’t cancel insurance policies…the insurance company does….because no one with an ounce of sense will buy those bare-bones policies when there is much better coverage available.

    I gotta stop watching the news…I’m liable to have a nervous breakdown! 🙂

    • 109 yardarm756
      November 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      On point Fay. I feel ya.

    • 113 Puddin'
      November 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      The saddest part of you comment is, “I gotta stop watching the news…” The nonsense they keep trying to push off on us is not (no way no how) news!!!!!!!!!! There are those of us who know how to filter out the lies, etc., the majority of the people believe every word is true. What they are doing is dangerous…most of the people listen to the ‘non’ news, are folks on the edge and constant “drumbeat” is sending them over the edge. The most recent case in point, the shooter at LAX!!!

  47. 114 dotster3
    November 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    This R&S deserves an award, overflowing with all kinds of excellent info which I am sharing elsewhere, thanks to our most excellent blogmistress chips. And I am just so relieved to have shed my creepy Rand Paul persona—-that was a tough one, have never paid much attention to him, he was just some kook nut over there, lost among the proliferation of kook nuts which currently occupy space in the Obstructionist Republican Party. A couple last Halloween tidbits—laughing at my daughter’s facebook post, asking peeps if their kids got any weird treats, prompted by the bag of Funyuns her little guy got at one house. One response said that a kindly grandma in her neighborhood was handing out ham sandwiches. Also—-“my” new baby went to her first Halloween party at her daddy’s office yesterday—-they invite all employee’s kids to come show off their costumes and collect a bunch of treats—-and she was a PERFECT little angel there in her candy corn onesie “costume”. Everyone oooohed and ahhhed at her adorableness, mom and dad were real proud. If I knew how to post a facebook photo here without all the personal details, I would show you guys how cute she was, so you could all go “awwwwww” also. But I remain challenged in that department.

    • November 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Very belated thanks, Dotster!!

      “One response said that a kindly grandma in her neighborhood was handing out ham sandwiches.”

      😆 Absolutely hilarious!

  48. 117 Jovie
    November 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

  49. 118 HZ
    November 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Chips and my TOD family. Thanks Chips, HF2, and UT for an enjoyable evening. Very enjoyable evening.

    Chips, thanks for all that you do along with your wonderful and faithful contributors. ((((( Love you all))))))

    The R&R is so rich this morning with much to digest and see what is before us as a TOD team to help our President and nation. We still have work to continue, and we will work together. We must.

    I love our David Plouffe, David Axelrod, those who really have President Obama’s back.

    I leave my TOD family with this quote from my quiet time this morning: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Gandhi.

    Everyone have a wonderful day. I have much to read here.. Thanks to all in our TOD family who use your gifts of knowledge to share with all of us here. Well informed family. I love it.

    Now be gentle to yourself in your space. (((((()))))HZ

  50. 119 JER
    November 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  51. 120 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I will wait and see how true – before retweeting. But if it’s accurate, this is a BFD. :

  52. 122 57andfemale
    November 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Oh my God. Again?

  53. 124 57andfemale
    November 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

  54. 126 hopefruit2
    November 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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