President Obama Makes a Statement on the Affordable Care Act

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114 Responses to “President Obama Makes a Statement on the Affordable Care Act”

  1. 1 JER
    November 14, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Hello Chips; hello everybody.

  2. 7 Linda
    November 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I just saw Jason Carter on MSNBC…..

    Georgia Governor Deal is at 36 %


    49 % want someone else….

  3. 8 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

    WTF???????????? Apparently, this is how politics is conducted in Canada.

    Toronto, you need to come and get your Mayor. 😆

    You have to watch the video. The reporter’s reaction is priceless.


  4. 11 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2013 at 11:33 am


    The existence of marketplaces and subsidies, for example


    By Consumer Reports (November 4, 2013)

    No wonder people losing their old health insurance policies are mad. A lot of them aren’t being told about better alternatives. Instead, insurers seem to be going out of their way to avoid letting their customers know about state Health Insurance Marketplaces where they might see plans from, gasp, competitors, and possibly qualify for financial help with premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

    The news and social media channels have been chock-a-block lately with indignant accounts from folks who are being moved from inexpensive old health insurance plans to expensive new ones, courtesy the new health care law. There’s even a new Tumblr where angry consumers are posting pictures of cancellation notices.

    But plans are being canceld for a simple reason: They don’t comply with one or more provision of the new law. Some don’t cover all “essential benefits,” with maternity and drug coverage especially likely to be among the missing. Some have deductibles higher than the new allowable maximum of $6,350. Companies can’t sell or renew these policies on or after Jan. 1, 2014.

    We’ve gotten hold of a number of cancellation letters (if you have one, feel free to mail a copy to me at this address). The information in them can be incomplete, to say the least.


    Read the full post here ….


    • 12 Linda
      November 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Someone from Consumer Reports is doing a daily segment on PBS news hour.

    • 13 Lovepolitics2008
      November 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I hope the president and his team are aware of the level of deceit from insurance companies, and that he will address that in his statement.

      Ok here we go…

  5. November 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    From the crackhead Mayor of Toronto:

    TheGridTO ‏@TheGridTO35m

    Rob Ford just responded to “eating pussy” allegation by saying “I’m happing married, I’ve got more than enough to eat at home”

  6. 19 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2013 at 11:37 am


    Special Investigation: How Insurers Are Hiding Obamacare Benefits From Customers


    “This is a great example of the kind of consumer abuses that are typical of the insurance industry, and they’re supposed to stop under the ACA,” Ethan Rome, executive director of Health Care For America Now, a pro-Obamacare advocacy group, told TPM. “In this case, they’re trying to get in just one more abuse.”



  7. 20 yardarm756
    November 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I see the front row hyenas “holding” court. Split screen w/Orange Julius saying the plan should be scrapped………I despise that person.

  8. 21 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Humana fined $65,430 in connection with ‘misleading’ insurance letter


    The Kentucky Department of Insurance has fined Humana $65,430 because it offered policyholders an unapproved opportunity to amend their insurance as part of a letter that regulators have called “misleading.”

    The department investigated letters sent in August to 6,543 individual plan policyholders in Kentucky. The letters said they needed to renew their plans for 2014 within 30 days or choose a more expensive option that complies with the Affordable Care Act.

    But regulators last month called the letters misleading, arguing they did not make sufficiently clear that policyholders could compare and choose competing plans on the state’s health insurance exchanges, which open on Oct. 1, and for which they could be eligible for federal subsidies.



  9. 22 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 11:44 am

  10. 23 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    The man has a problem.

  11. 26 Vicki
    November 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

    How is it possible that No reporter or pundit asks Boehner/GOP to justify their No Work Strike?

  12. 27 Linda
    November 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I hope our President takes NO questions from the Jackals. Give the statement and walk out !

  13. 28 Jewelz
    November 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Has PBO spoken yet?

  14. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 11:54 am

  15. 36 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

    UT, is Mayor Tom Ford taking brow-beating lessons from Chrispy?

    Can you say “entitlement”????

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      November 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      “Entitlement” – That same thought ran through my mind. Others on Twitter are expressing your sentiments too. The privilege and entitlement it takes to constantly open mouth and insert foot without any consequences must be super duper awesome.

      • 38 GGail
        November 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        Must be….but just imagine if a black man even ventured close to saying what Ford has said – it would be BREAKING NEWS all over the World.

  16. 39 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 11:58 am

  17. 41 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    LOL! Little Ezra’s ODS is getting worse…someone please give him some Obamacare to help cure his disease…

  18. 42 desertflower
    November 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Morning everyone:) I’m here and lurking because I’m home taking care of my post op dog….she had surgery to remove a tumor in her ear yesterday. I haven’t the SLIGHTEST idea why I didn’t think about taking today off work YESTERDAY…but I’m home with her today. Her head’s all wrapped up like she has a toothache and she’s walking around, not laying down. Last night I slept on the tile floor with her, by her side….my aching bones! Wake around 3:30 or 4am and moved into the bedroom and slept with the light on in case I needed to see what she was up to.

    I found a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL mobile vet that came to my house to do this surgery….if you’re in Phoenix, let me know! Really, it was well worth it to have her come to me….I even think it may have been less expensive than going to my regular vet. Seriously.

    Anyway…I missed what PBO said about the junk insurance….but, if it’s true that he said people can keep the shit if the insurance company shows the alternatives….PRICELESS! Trust Barack! Could this line of thinking be what endears us to him? 🙂 Kicking ass and taking names…one after the other! Love my President. Just sayin’….

    I’ll be in and out. Need to get her situated and feeling a little guilty for taking this day off….family first….but so much work at work. It’s a conundrum.

    • 43 GGail
      November 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      DF, hope your baby is on the road to recovery. Mobile vet? What a great concept!

    • November 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Kicking ass and taking names…one after the other! Love my President. Just sayin’….


      Tellin it like it is

    • 46 mtmarilyn
      November 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      GM DF! We also have a mobile vet. We have used her for almost 20 years. It’s the best way to care for your pets. I hope your dog will do better today.

      I also wasn’t able to listen to PBO. I will always trust that he will work it out.

      Now back to work.

    • 47 57andfemale
      November 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Oh, df!!! Poor you!!! Poor puppy!!!!! Nothing worse than nursing a sick puppy. Keep us posted.

      A mobile vet? Seriously?!?!?

      I also know of a holistic vet in Phoenix. She’s wonderful – a great balance of holistic and traditional, although her specialty is orthopedic issues. She made an exception when my beloved Pilgrim had insulinoma. I credit her for extending his life and making his time left much more manageable and worthwhile. She worked closely with my regular vet. She called my Pilgrim “the coolest little old man” she ever treated. She would apologize for picking favorites, but she just loved him and he loved her. We adopted Nickelby when Pilgrim was having issues but had not yet been diagnosed. She thought we were crazy, but if there’s one thing I’m good for it’s picking the right dog at the right time. He was a beloved companion to Pilgrim that last 6 months and he won over ‘Dr. Julie’ as well. He’d hear her voice and he’d start ‘talking’. Everyone in the office would giggle with delight.

      Her name is Julie Mayer. She moved to Phoenix to care for her parents I believe.

      Keep us posted on your Puppy.

  19. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    • 49 jacquelineoboomer
      November 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    • 50 57andfemale
      November 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      How’s your job as a lobbyist for insurance companies, Howard Dean? He neglects to offer that little fact.

      • 51 jacquelineoboomer
        November 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        Doesn’t it appear as though Dean is getting more angry by each appearance on these shows? He’s got the McCain look. Didn’t win, nobody gave him the “credit” he wanted as DNC Chair, and he can’t get over any of it. He needs to go sit down. Or go back to his perch on K Street.

  20. 52 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    The President is talking about people’s insurance and their shortcomings. Thank you Mr. President! Let’s see how much will be reported by the idiots.

  21. 53 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    President Obama is firmly standing his ground! You Go Boy!!!

  22. 54 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I’m so sorry President Obama has to lower himself to take jackal questions. He doesn’t look too happy about it, either.

    • 55 Linda
      November 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I put it on mute….I cannot even stand to listen to them.

      • 56 GGail
        November 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

        I feel that way too Linda, but then I miss hearing the President’s solid responses & put-downs – that’s the bonus 🙂

        He said “knowing how many eyes would be on this – I’m not stupid enough to think that things would go smoothly” (paraphrasing)

      • 57 jacquelineoboomer
        November 14, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        I have put their questions on mute, too, and will listen only to his answers. Never thought it would come to this in America, where an entire press corps is out to get one singular distinguished President – no matter how badly previous presidents were, it was never an “all of us against him” scenario. Never. Feel like being sick to my stomach at this point.

  23. 58 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Why do they feel the need to “get the President”???? But my President sure knows how to hold his own and he ain’t scurred of them reporters!!!

  24. 59 Vicki
    November 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    They are happy to badger PBO mercilessly because he said people could keep their policies if they like them.
    OK. That wasn’t good. But it was not some Crime of The Century, either. Jackals Shut the fuck up.
    And, by the way, What about Big Lies? WMD, Iraq?

  25. 60 Vicki
    November 14, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    It seems to me that POTUS has solved the present dilemma for people who were canceled.
    Can we move on now???

    • 62 57andfemale
      November 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      It’s a bad precedent, Vicki.

      having lived with private insurance for 25 years, these cancellations are common and/or benefits slashed. The only thing to ‘like’ is a low premium that is worthless when you get sick. ACA fixes that. What accommodations will be made for these idiots when they actually need to use their insurance?

      Watching Republicans pile on en masse for the last 5 years, I would for once like to see Democrats get outraged en masse and beat them back.

  26. November 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Really, this whole Rob Ford thing is like learning that your glamorous cousin visits glory holes.

  27. 64 yardarm756
    November 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Never fails. Front row gotcha questions are on a roll.

  28. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I answered this right in the middle of some RWNJ troll replies to Reuters … can’t wait to bring ’em out into the light so I can block ’em. I shall crush them each like a bug.

  29. 71 Ladyhawke
    November 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    PBO: I know a little bit about sanctions on Iran because we set them up.

  30. 72 Linda
    November 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I just got off the phone with Senator Harkin’s office 202-224-3254. He has a very nice staff…..

    I asked if the Senator will be holding hearings with the Insurance companies that are canceling the plans…He said nothing is scheduled…..

    When I asked why not, he said there has not been enought public pressure to do so…..but thinks it is a good idea…..

    He gave me the Heath Committee direct number 202-224-5375 and fax 202-224-3533 . He suggested we bombard them with calls and faxes.

    • 73 a4alice
      November 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      this is an excellent idea Linda, I just paraphrased your post here into a tweet. I wonder if twitter brigade wouldn’t mind retweeting this? Perhaps we can generate some traffic!

    • November 14, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      The Republicans would probably just thank and honor the insurance companies for fouling up the rollout of PPACA. Remember the legislator who apologized to BP for their treatment during the oil spill disaster investigations? I can see Issa doing something like that.

  31. 77 desertflower
    November 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I can not listen to these self serving idiots. I can’t.

    • 78 Vicki
      November 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      I keep thinking of your oncoming train and the screams getting louder,df.

      • 79 desertflower
        November 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

        🙂 Those screams will be deafening…but that train will keep rolling on! That’s why they’ll scream so loud….we must put one foot in front of the other, have the President’s back, and move forward. Hopefully, Americans will wake out of their self imposed stupor and finally see who’s REALLY been screwing them over all this time.

  32. 80 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    There is no way I would want to be President – NO WAY!

    I’m worn out just listening to him have to answer these people’s questions.

    Where’s Key & Peele when you need translation???!!!!??? 😆

  33. 81 hopefruit2
    November 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  34. 82 Linda
    November 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    MILFORD, Texas (AP) — A Chevron gas pipeline has exploded in rural North Texas and the company has asked local emergency personnel to evacuate a nearby town.

    The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office says the explosion occurred about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at a rig near Milford, about 40 miles south of Dallas.

    Flames could be seen shooting into the air and some vehicles at the worksite had been burned. Billowing black smoke was seen from miles away.

    Elllis County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jo Ann Livingston says authorities have not received any word of injuries.

    Lt. James Saulter said deputies were going door-to-door in Milford, advising people in the town of about 700 to leave.

    Milford school Superintendent Don Clingenpeel (KLING’-en-peel) says all students and staff were being evacuated to the nearby town of Italy (IT’-lee).


    a couple days ago it was the Keystone Southern portion that had leaks…….

  35. November 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Lately I’ve been seeing PBO more and more in an historical context. I have never seen this kind of honesty and humility in any politician. ever. We. do. not. deserve. this. man.

  36. 89 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  37. 92 a4alice
    November 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    k back to work i go peeps…..

  38. 93 HZ
    November 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    GGail, I hear you. President Obama is too brilliant in his manner of how he handles these people. Most of the opposition are not disciplined enough to listen to a calm, intelligent person as President Obama. These people want a ‘in you face, slack president who has a bully attitude constantly. This is not President Obama’s core. He thinks of the long term values of all people. And a large part of our country will never appreciate such a brilliant, open minded, honest, and compassionate person who happens to be President Barack Obama.

    Really, a large segment of our nation does not recognize and appreciate an honest and decent man such as President Obama. Sometimes, I honestly feel that we do not deserve such a fine and great man as our president. However, we here know that he is not perfect, because none of us are perfect, but we will support him to the end. I am one. HZ

  39. November 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Lovely affable, and honest today as he always is.

  40. 95 Linda
    November 14, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    They are already picking scabs at MSNBC….

    click !

    • 96 jacquelineoboomer
      November 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Exactly. I’m now down to seeing only a few segments on some shows, if I watch them at all.

      But this was fun. An old Deaniac told me to #shutup on Twitter. Yeehaw! I told her maybe he’ll run in 2016 and she can vote for him. Too funny.

      • 97 57andfemale
        November 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        remind the deaniac that Howard Dean is an insurance company lobbyist. they call it something else, but that’s what he is. You can track his ‘concern’ with ACA back to when he became a shill for the health insurance industry. I’ll see if I can dig up the trail of this.

    • 98 HZ
      November 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      President Obama, we appreciate you deeply, and we thank you for being the best president ever. Honest, brilliant, and a president who is the hardest working president in my lifetime, and I have seen many.

      Thank you, Mr. President. Hold strong. We are with you. HZ

    • 99 LDS
      November 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      He is still the best President ever and people who never had insurance now are insured.

  41. 100 dotster3
    November 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The jackals don’t even bother me when their accusatory questions are followed by PBO’s honest, straight, sensible, smart answers. It’s worse when someone like the despicable Chuck Todd makes all his hateful, incriminating statements, and they just lie there, with no anchor/reporter rebuttal, clarification. With Obama’s presence, you can hold your breath thru the reporter’s stinky lies and then you get to exhale and breathe the fresh air when President Obama sets the record straight. Am I clear? You know what I mean.

  42. 103 Nena20409
    November 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm


    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday afternoon apologized for explicit statements he made earlier Thursday.

    “The revelations yesterday … pushed me over the line. And I used unforgivable language,” Ford said in a press conference at city hall in Toronto.

    “I have apologized, and I have tried to move forward,” he said. “This has proven to be almost impossible.

    Ford added that he is seeking help from medical professionals.


    THis guy has a family, a wife and they are unable to get him help?

    If Toronto had a Mayor who is insane would they Not be able to remove him/her from office? This Robert Bruce Ford is bat poop CRAZY.

  43. 104 Don
    November 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Did President Obama just punk the insurance industry?

  44. 110 desertflower
    November 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    RW idea of “jobs” http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014647930

    Lockheed Martin Corp. said it would cut its workforce by about 4,000 positions as it closes and consolidates several U.S. facilities, saying it needs to lower costs in response to continued declines in U.S. government spending.

    Lockheed had expected sales in 2013 to decline as military contractors absorb defense cuts by Western governments and across-the-board sequestration cuts by the federal government. As budget cuts continue to ripple through the defense industry, the company recently said its sales were likely to decline again in 2014.

  45. 111 jacquelineoboomer
    November 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I’m going to take a deep breath and remember “There is an endless supply of paint.”



  46. 114 Nena20409
    November 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm


    The letter provides some more details about how the policy will be enforced. Policies must have been in existence as of Oct. 1, 2013, in order to be eligible to be renewed. Existing policies that come up for renewal between Jan. 1, 2014, and Oct. 1, 2014, would be allowed to be renewed for an additional year.

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