Rise and Shine

Des Moines, Nov 5, 2012 – the final rally of the campaign


Today (all times Eastern):

11:30: President Obama and VP Biden meet with business leaders to talk about the impact overhauling immigration laws will have on U.S. economy

2:10: President Obama departs the White House en route Bethesda, Md. where he will visit wounded troops at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He will also visit Fisher House, a program that supports military families

4:0: Michelle Obama makes remarks at White House Diwali celebration

6:30: VP Biden and Jill Biden host reception for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Video of President Obama addressing OFA yesterday – see here



NYT: For Uninsured, Clearing a Way to Enrollment

Kelli Cauley’s fingers raced over her keyboard as she asked the anxious woman at her side a series of questions. What was her income? How many people lived in her household? Did she smoke? (“That’s the only health question it asks,” Ms. Cauley said of the application they were completing.)

The woman, a thin 61-year-old who refused to give her name, citing privacy concerns, had come to the public library here to sign up for health insurance through Kentucky’s new online exchange. She had a painful lump on the back of her hand and other health problems that worried her deeply, she said, but had been unable to afford insurance as a home health care worker who earns $9 an hour.

Within a minute, the system checked her information and flashed its conclusion on Ms. Cauley’s laptop: eligible for Medicaid.

The woman began to weep with relief. Without insurance, she said as she left, “it’s cheaper to die.”

More here



Jonathan Cohn: ‘I Would Jump At It’ The media labeled her an Obamacare victim. Here’s what she really thinks.

If you’ve followed the stories of insurance cancellations related to Obamacare, you may have heard about Dianne Barrette. She’s the 57-year-old Florida realtor who was paying $54 a month for a Blue Cross insurance plan. The plan won’t be available after December. And while FloridaBlue offered her a new plan, the company told her the premium would be $591 a month. Barrette, who makes $30,000 a year and could not pay for such a plan, was flabbergasted. Jan Crawford of CBS News made her the key source for a story about plan cancellations. An appearance on Fox News followed, as did multiple cameos in press releases from Obamacare critics. For at least a few days, she was the poster child for the Obamacare cancellation story.

But Barrette’s situation defies quick and easy description. It’s true that she can’t keep her current policy—and that most policies available to her for next year have higher premiums. But those plans also offer real coverage, and her current plan does not. Some people might resent government effectively prohibiting her current plan. Barrette doesn’t appear to be one of them. Based on conversations we’ve had over the past few days, she wants more comprehensive insurance and, within reason, she’s willing to pay more for it.

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Bob Cesca: Another Obamacare ‘Horror Story’ Debunked; And, No, the President Didn’t Lie About the Law

As the week began, another “Obamacare” horror story hit the press, instigating a fleet of outrage-pornographers and concern trolls across the political spectrum to resume its self-flagellation and screeching about the disastrous Affordable Care Act — selectively forgetting about actual healthcare horror stories that existed before the law was implemented. It was a story focusing on yet another vague, anecdotal tale about a hapless ACA victim whose insurance policy was canceled, thus vindicating the accusation that the president lied about “keeping your existing insurance policy if you like it.”

Before we dive into the lie accusation, let’s take a closer look at an op/ed for the Wall Street Journal written by a stage-4 gallbladder cancer survivor, Edie Littlefield Sundby.

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Sally Kohn: 6 other Obamacare promises – and these are very much coming true

Republicans recently pounced on the fact that, yes, some Americans will lose their current crummy insurance plans that don’t meet the new standards set by the Affordable Care Act.

These Republicans are accusing President Obama of having misled the American public – or worse, having lied.

I think that’s a ridiculous claim. If you like your crummy plan, you can’t keep your crummy plan under Obamacare, but odds are you will find a better plan that is also more affordable, with subsidies available to more than half of Americans.

Aside from parsing this promise that you could keep your plan, it is wrong to say that this alone was how Obamacare was sold to the public.

…. here, for the record, are a few of the Affordable Care kept promises:

More here



Washington Post: Congratulations, America! Your deficit fell 37 percent in 2013

The federal government’s 2013 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, though most of us were so busy focusing on the government shutdown that accompanied the new fiscal year that there wasn’t much time to reflect on the year that had passed.

Now the Treasury and Office of Management and Budget is out with the final budget results. Surprise! The deficit fell quite a bit in 2013. The federal government took in $680 billion less revenue than it spent, or about 4.1 percent of gross domestic product. In 2012, those numbers were $1.087 trillion and 6.8 percent of GDP. That means the deficit fell a whopping 37 percent in one year.

This is the first sub-$1 trillion and sub-5 percent of GDP deficit since the 2008 fiscal year, which ended the very month that Lehman Brothers fell and a deep crisis set in.

More here



ThinkProgress: Three Progressive Measures On Tuesday’s Ballot That You Should Know About

Congress may not be up for grabs, but Election Day 2013 still comes with high stakes for progressive economic policy ideas. On Tuesday, voters in Colorado, New Jersey, and a small Washington town are getting an up-or-down vote on some proposals that would improve lives both today and decades from now. Here’s a rundown of the three ballot initiatives:

Colorado’s Amendment 66 would raise income taxes and commit $1 billion in new revenue to public schools….

New Jersey’s Question 2 would raise the minimum wage and keep it rising….

SeaTac, Washington’s Proposition 1 would mean a $15 minimum wage for one of the country’s busiest airports….

More here



Steve Benen: Rand Paul caught once again

After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was caught presenting others’ work as his own by The Rachel Maddow Show, BuzzFeed, and Politico, the senator’s office seemed to realize Paul had a problem on his hands. It reached the point late Friday that the senator’s aides started making it more difficult to access Paul’s speeches, perhaps fearful more evidence would come to light.

Unfortunately for the senator, it’s too late to hide op-eds Paul has already written and published…

More here



A Year Ago Today – The Final Day of the Campaign


Photo by Scout Tufankjian



Photo by Scout Tufankjian

Photo by Scout Tufankjian

Greatest Intro Eveeeeeeeeeer:

…. with Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio


Reunited in Des Moines:



110 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. 1 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

  2. 14 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    November 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Good Morning, TOD!

  3. 15 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

  4. 16 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:31 am

  5. 17 Eveingeorgia
    November 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Happy Birthday, AMK and Lamh!

  6. 19 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

  7. November 5, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Bruuuuuuuce & Hova! GM Chip, TOD. Ahhhhhh the memories. Wondeful R&S! Congrats on 1rst, AMK 🙂

    From coast to coast, election contests are increasingly being influenced by well-funded nonprofit organizations that disclose little about their donors or how they operate.But new revelations in California provide an unusual look at one national network of such groups that helped move $15 million into ballot-initiative campaigns last fall while working hard to hide the identities of their prominent financial backers.

    A pair of conservative nonprofits at the heart of the effort were together fined a record $1 million after a year-long state investigation, while two political committees were ordered to repay the state for $15 million in donations they received. “It is clear that people are willing to use circuitous routes to avoid telling the voters who’s behind campaigns,” said Ann Ravel, a new Democratic appointee to the Federal Election Commission who helped oversee the California inquiry as a state official.

    Several of the advocacy groups at the center of the California case have played significant roles in national elections, including Americans for Job Security, Americans for Responsible Leadership and the American Future Fund. Those three groups have reported more than $68 million in campaign-related expenditures during the past two election cycles, according to data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Because they are set up as nonprofit organizations rather than political committees, the groups are not required to disclose their financial supporters to the FEC……….

  8. November 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Good morning. That last campaign was the most exciting I have ever seen. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  9. 22 anniebella
    November 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The media is just as bad as the Republicans, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC all seem to have made it their job to put out lies and half truths concerning Obamacare.

    • 23 anniebella
      November 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

      It has taken other parts of the media to look into some of these horror Obamacare letters stories to fine out the truth behind the stories. It wasn’t CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN who did any follow up.

  10. November 5, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Facinating investigation into what Washington D.C. is doing to curb gun violence. Monitors that classify noises, assess their location and alert officers offer an unprecedented view of gun crime. (video explainer as well)

    When Absalom Jordan hears the crack of gunfire outside his home in Southeast Washington, he reacts in an instant. “You get away from the windows and get down,” the 72-year-old said. “I have learned to live with it.”Police are listening as well. Rooftop sensors monitor his neighborhood around the clock for the distinctive bang of a gun. The inconspicuous devices have logged hundreds of incidents over the past eight years near his apartment as part of a gunfire surveillance network called ShotSpotter.About 39,000 separate incidents of gunfire have been documented by ShotSpotter’s unseen web of at least 300 acoustic sensors across 20 square miles of the city, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

    The gunfire logged by ShotSpotter overshadows the number of officially reported felony gun crimes by more than 2 to 1. More than one-half of the incidents detected by the network have involved multiple rounds of gunfire. In 2009 alone, ShotSpotter captured more than 9,000 incidents of gunfire. That number has fallen by 40 percent in recent years as gun homicides have declined sharply……

  11. 25 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

  12. 26 Bill R.
    November 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

  13. 27 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:57 am

  14. 28 Allison
    November 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    GM Chips and Happy Birthday AMK!

    Excellent R&S….Thanks for the GREAT memories!!

  15. 38 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

  16. 39 vcprezofan2
    November 5, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Good Morning, Mama Chips Chica! Hope you and the ‘little’ one continue to be in restful state! 😉

    GooOood MooOoorrrning, TODobots, everywhere! Praying silently that everyone votes smart today – tall order I know, but might as well reach high!

  17. 41 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:02 am

  18. 42 vcprezofan2
    November 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Chips baby, how can I say ‘thank you’? That looks like a whole lot of work you’ve assigned me on one of my no-work days! /slowly smh – might as well did in/

  19. 49 rikyrah
    November 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    thank you so much for all these positive Obamacare stories

  20. 50 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

  21. 51 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

  22. November 5, 2013 at 10:20 am

    “We estimate that over 17 million people nationally will be eligible for tax credits in 2014. The national and state totals are shown in Table 1. Three states (Texas, California, and Florida) each have more than 1 million tax-credit-eligible residents, and another seven states have more than 500,000 tax-credit-eligible residents. At the lower end, seven states have fewer than 50,000 tax-credit-eligible residents, with the District of Columbia (9,500) and Vermont (27,000) having the fewest. The five states with the most tax-credit-eligible individuals account for about 40 percent of all such individuals nationally.”

    • November 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Did you find an insurance plan right for you LP?

      • November 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        I decided to keep my current plan until next year when there are more than 2 companies offering plans in Indiana. My current plan is $170 less then the same plan on the exchange(don’t qualify for any subsidies b/c I’m a full-time student) from the same company BCBS.

        • November 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

          Does Indiana have State run ACA? If they don’t that complicates everything for those of us in those states. I don’t really understand why you don’t get subsidies as a student, but as long as you’re satisfied. . . In this grandfathering thing, does that mean people with health insurance through work are grandfathered in? Does that mean we will face a lifetime limit as long as we have that plan? Take care LP.

          • November 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

            No State run exchange……we are on the Federal exchange, and no Medicaid expansion. I am not eligible for subsidies (to clarify) b/c I don’t have enough taxable income by being full-time in school. I think the minimum is 18K before it kicks in for us. The “grandfather” thing you are hearing about in the false media reports are in reference to the (Individual Market) By law if you had a plan prior to 3/26/09, when ACA was signed into law…you can keep the exact plan, hence “grandfathered” Any plan offered after that has to meet the new ACA coverage standards. Basically, no more junk catastrophic junk plans. This does not affect any plans that are provided through your employer. Finally, there is no longer a lifetime limit/pre-existing denial of coverage, also the Medicare donut hole “50% off generic drugs” until hole is 100% covered in 2015/free check-ups/paps/mamograms/prostate exams/kids stay on parents plan until 26 etc…… all that has been in effect for 2 years. Regardless if you have had the same plan for 10yrs through work, or buy something new……..those are automatic benefits. That is why the junk plans can’t be sold anymore. These are the new minimum requirements for any policy. I think I covered most of what I know off the top of my head (I know the Medicaid state re-imbursement starts at 100% and goes dow to 92-95% over the next 5yrs approximately, but someone can correct me……..I’m sure I got some of the schedules mixed up. Another reason it is so stupid not to accept the expansion….it is covered basically for free by the Fed. Government. Saves you state budgets Millions to Billions depending the size of your state. I hope I answered some of your questions, and elaborated in a coherent fashion……… gotta head off to class now 😦 TTYL

            • November 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm

              You did a great job of explaining or reassuring me. I thought there were no more lifetime caps, but all of a sudden you hear new terms and you start to wonder. Fortunately I know what blog and friend to go to for good advice. Enjoy your day LP and thanks. Carol

  23. 58 mtmarilyn
    November 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Another fun fact for today, on this day in 1916 Jeanette Rankin from Montana was elected the first woman to congress and then reelected in 1940. Both times she voted against going to war. She was a very special lady. If you haven’t read about her I encourage everyone to read about her courage.

  24. 60 Ladyhawke
    November 5, 2013 at 10:25 am


    Cancellation of Health Insurance Policies – Undeniable Lies and Deliberate Misinformation Revealed and Obama Vindicated.


    President Obama has achieved what no other President before him was able to do even though many have tried, both Republicans and Democrats. He led the pursuit for healthcare reform so that everyone in the United States would have the opportunity to have health insurance when and if needed. He stood in the gap for people like one of the authors of this blog, who developed an illness, and was unable to purchase adequate health insurance due to the presence of pre-existing illness clauses which successfully precluded people from obtaining quality health insurance. In 2011, based on the passage of the ACA, people like this author, were able to purchase affordable health insurance, prior to full implementation of the PPACA in 2014. The author credits the ACA with saving her life. Today, we, the authors, stand in the gap for President Obama, just as he did for one of the authors and many others, to report we have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that President Obama told the American people the truth, that the ACA gave people currently enrolled in a particular plan on or before March 23, 2010 the choice to change plans or continue with the same pre-ACA plan. The choice WAS provided by the ACA, but the insurance companies decided that people should not have that choice. That is the bottom line.



    Reposting from last nights thread…..

    (h/t ThisMagicalEarth)

  25. November 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

    had to look at the pics again….such an awesome awesome rise and shine…Ms Chips….i look at the PBOs face as he embraces our FLOTUS…and i am reminded again…how she is his rock….awesome

  26. 62 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

  27. 63 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

  28. 64 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

  29. November 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

    If sitting in a prison cell was a job, it would be one of the most common jobs in the United States. In 2012, there were some 1,570,000 inmates in state and federal prisons in the U.S., according to data from the Justice Department.

    By contrast, there were about 1,530,000 engineers in America last year, 815,000 construction workers, and 1 million high school teachers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  30. 66 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

  31. 67 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

  32. 68 JER
    November 5, 2013 at 10:50 am

  33. November 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

    GM Ms Chips, and everyone! Great R & S, wonderful positive Obamacare stories, and lovely photos of the last Campaign… and I wish a giant Happy Birthday to amk!!

  34. 72 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

    story of my life.

  35. November 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Happy Birthday LAMH and AMK! Hope it’s a great day and night!

  36. 90 utaustinliberal
    November 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Bless Pres. Obama for fighting for this law. It is the difference between life and death.

  37. 91 Dakota
    November 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Happy Birthday AMK and LAMH. Party Hardy children!

  38. November 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

    POTUS & FLOTUS Suprising visitors on White House tour!

  39. 93 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

  40. 94 yardarm756
    November 5, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Good morning everyone. Here’s another one of my inbox messages that could be helpful to someone.

  41. 96 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

  42. 97 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Mine is 50 to 40. Let’s see.

  43. 98 amk for obama
    November 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

  44. 100 dotster3
    November 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Is everyone watching this? Obamas greeting WH visitors—-entertaining!

  45. 103 Vicki
    November 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Wow! What a R&S. Thank you, Chips. Also last night UT and Dotster. All your posts added a lot to this important Election day.
    I was so excited this morning to cast my vote for Bill deBlasio Tish James and Scott Stringer. My polling place was Hopping! Good turnout. Even some Press and camera types.

  46. 106 yardarm756
    November 5, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Here’s the right one.

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