A Beautiful Day

People line up to enroll for health insurance at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, March 31



Shuxun Yu, right, 19, of Oakland, gets assistance filling out an application form during a health care enrollment event at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Monday, March 31, in Oakland, Calif.

149 Responses to “A Beautiful Day”

  1. 4 Jewelz
    March 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    #Get Covered. #Election Matters. Thank you President Obama and all the democrats in Congress that voted for ObamaCare in 2010.

  2. March 31, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Bringing my comment over from bottom of last post.

    Again, Thank you Nerdy Wonka for another wonderful surge of coverage of OBAMACARE.
    Thank you CHIPS for providing this platform that outshines the lazy media coverage any day of the year.

    You both are a tremendous blessing.

    • 6 Nerdy Wonka
      March 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you very much, Hope 44.

    • 7 nathkatun7
      April 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Amen, Hope44! Nerdy Wonka and Chipsticks have been doing an incredible job! Today, their coverage of OBAMACARE was totally awesome! So let me join you in thanking them. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have been doing to help people get covered.

  3. 8 desertflower
    March 31, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    OMG!!! So much happened today while I was back at work!!


    Mondays don’t always have to get you down. Today was a GREAT one!

    So proud of everyone that talked to friends and family about Obamacare…proud of all the navigators and others that signed up everyone that wanted it….makes my heart happy:) These people will tell their friends and their families and so on and so on….and even if some don’t make it this round, they won’t think twice in November for round 2….it will just perpetuate itself …on and on the safety and security of families having healthcare….it’s a wonderful thing!!! No turning back now… FORWARD! Thank you, President Obama and everyone that helped this come to fruition. Now Dems, STICK UP FOR YOUR HARD WORK! THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO! IF YOU DON’T KNOW IT, DON’T FEEL IT IN YOUR BONES, THEN GET THE HELL OUTTA THE WAY FOR SOMEONE THAT DOES!

    • 9 Cindy
      March 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Hi desertflower,

      Here’s what Ed S. reported about the DEMs today;

      Ed S. stated that he has been hearing that the DEMS are saying; they don’t want to get burned too early before the election, and they are not ready to come out in full support. They want to wait until they are closer to November.

      Here are my questions to the DEMS who are COWARDS.

      Who told you that you were promised to win the 2014 election?
      Who guaranteed you that you would be here in November 2014?

      What I know about life; our yesterdays are gone, tomorrows are not guaranteed or promised, and all you have right now……is TODAY!

      Some of these DEMs are taking for granted that they will automatically get the President’s voters, so they can sit back and be safe.

      Bush Administration lied us into a war and 4000 plus American lives are lost FOREVER.

      ***President Obama fought with every thing inside of him to bring America healthcare; possibly SAVING MILLIONS of lives, and they (DEMS) run like chickens with their heads cut off (the elders would say).

      However, they expect us to vote for them because let them tell it, we don’t have a choice.

      • 10 anniebella
        March 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        The Democrats are acting like dam cowards, and I don’t like that one bit.

      • 11 desertflower
        March 31, 2014 at 8:21 pm

        Hey, Cindy:) First of all, let me say that I read your heartbreaking story of your aunt. I can’t imagine what she went through…a proud woman that didn’t want to burden or worry her family….among other things. What a gut wrenching tale that was…but worthy of sharing. You have every right to be enraged by those that would cavalierly blow off the importance of what healthcare means to people and the ones that love them. Harness your white hot passion about this issue, as you are, and write to the newspaper, preach to your friends and others you come in contact with everyday….hugs to you and your family. I love your passion…just make that anger you have work for the good of others.

        As far as Ed is concerned, you know what…I don’t really listen to any of those jaw flappers. I don’t care what end of the political spectrum they fall on. Why is their opinion any more informed or better than mine? I read about 18 hours/ day (literally) every day. I really don’t give a rat’s ass what any of them have to say about much….the proof is in the action, the doing. People that run their mouths all day (and get paid for it!) can bite me. Now…that said, I have to give Ed his kudos about his healthcare pushes in NOLA and other cities around the country. Much needed…but if you peel all that back…what that showed all of us is that America has an issue with access to affordable healthcare for its citizens. A right, not a privilege, is being denied and put out of reach for so many of our citizens…and President Obama set out to right that injustice and level the playing field. My heart is full. More to do, tweeks that can be made to make it better/ stronger. But this man, almost single handedly, when the doubters doubted, and the whiners, whined…put his shoulders into this, his heart and soul into this..and got done what others had tried and failed at. So seriously, and excuse my language, I really don’t want to hear what paid pundits have to say, or the rabid nutjobs from any party, the proof of this historic and monumental law and phenomenal peace of mind for its beneficiaries is the proof. Screw them. Screw them all. When I hear stories like yours, and so many others that might have had a different outcome had they had insurance…or the thrill of having insurance for the first time ever…well, that’s what really matters when all is said and done. So proud of this incredible, incredible President. Let’s just say that some could learn a thing or two about doing the right thing even when it’s hard. There are no guarantees in this life, but I believe, like you do, that we do the right thing and speak the truth…the rest will follow. Dems need to be loud and proud! Embrace this like it deserves to be embraced and shout from the rooftops the goodness that is Obamacare. Disprove the lies and tell the truth about this! I hear you, I’m with you:) Trust me though…this is a train going down the track….we’re not turning around, not going back.

        Those Dems that want to “pace themselves” better be careful…they wait too long to get in the game and start singing the praises of healthcare, the RW Lie Machine will already have been hard at work for months.

        You know what this guy said about a lie:)

        “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

        ― Mark Twain

        I’m just going to stop and smell the roses today. Celebrate life today. The haters will always be there….but they can’t take this away. Smile and then more work to do:)

        • 12 Cindy
          March 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm


          Beautifully stated by you. We The People have the power.
          The roses are beautiful today, and yes, I am going to fight for this right if I have to, for every family that has received this gift of life.

          Amen to your statement! {{{{{{{{{desertflower}}}}}}}}}}

          • 13 desertflower
            March 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            🙂 As you can clearly see, even rights we thought we had fought for and won years ago….still have to be tended to. Nothing in this life is certain….death and taxes. Breathe. We WILL do this!

          • 15 jackiegrumbacher
            March 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm

            Cindy, your outrage is fully justified and I share it, but I don’t think Ed can speak for “Dem” candidates in general. Every Dem candidate who runs is going to be looking for our support. So..starting now, we make that support conditional. You (Dem candidate) fight the good fight on health care and we support you. Show cowardice on this issue and forget about asking for money or making phone calls. We have a lot of power and it’s up to us to use it.

  4. 16 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Just a reminder: President Obama put this Wise Latino on the High Court 🙂

  5. 19 Ladyhawke
    March 31, 2014 at 7:35 pm


    Principles of Journalism


    1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth

    Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation. Journalists should be as transparent as possible about sources and methods so audiences can make their own assessment of the information. Even in a world of expanding voices, accuracy is the foundation upon which everything else is built–context, interpretation, comment, criticism, analysis and debate. The truth, over time, emerges from this forum. As citizens encounter an ever greater flow of data, they have more need–not less–for identifiable sources dedicated to verifying that information and putting it in context.


    Read more here …


  6. 23 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  7. 24 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Fantastic. Every racist police department should be made to do the same. Maybe, just maybe, they might learn a lesson.

  8. March 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    The supposed to be ‘One Term President’ outsmarts the GOP again. When will they ever learn not to bet against this man
    or try to outsmart him? I guess the answer is never, since they have tried so many times just to come away with egg on their faces.
    We will surpass the 7 million by midnight. This President has fought so long and hard for this day and has been handsomely
    rewarded with the outpouring of people signing up. He always told us that he is a fourth quarter player,and today he proves it once again.

    May you continue to be blessed with divine wisdom and boldness Mr President, as you fight for the American people.
    We will remember in November.

    I am so emotional about this final day of sign-up. I can’t adequately describe my feelings at this point. I’ll just say I am very grateful
    for this day and for President Obama.

  9. 28 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  10. 29 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  11. 33 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  12. 35 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm

  13. 36 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:54 pm

  14. March 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    • 39 anniebella
      March 31, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      And despite what Chucky “GOP” Todd, Jonathan Karl, Fox, the other media and the GOP says we will stand in line to keep the GOP from getting the Senate, and we will do our best to get the House back, or make some big gains.

    • 41 LDS
      March 31, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Okay. I am done….
      Ms. Chips, if you only knew how much this has been playing in my mind all week.
      I am so grateful to you, my Sister for connecting these two lines of people with still….HOPE.

      I refuse to get angry in these last minutes about anything or anybody.
      I just get sick thinking about those who have insurance coverage and do not want others to share the experience.
      What is really sickens me is you would deny others because you hate one man because of the color of his skin.
      That to me is so inhumane.

      Even in the animal kingdom they care for the wounded, if at all possible.
      They will stop to at least lick the wounds of the wounded.

      I just want to stay in the presence of what it feels like when human beings can all have access to affordable health care.
      I am so grateful to be alive and I thank God for President Barack. H. Obama for all of his effort, hard work and determination to stay focus.
      If there is anyone who is purposely denying health care for those who desires it, entitled to it and need it, well, you can just go to hell!

  15. 42 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Hey, hey… ho, ho… Paul Ryan’s got to GO!

  16. 43 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Okay, come on, this funny!

  17. 49 sabreen60
    March 31, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I have been badgering my son for months to sign up for ACA. Right now at this very moment he is sitting on the phone trying to get into the system. Now part of this is not his fault. He did try to sign up on line a few weeks ago, but got stuck. So he doesn’t know if he’s actually in the system, but doesn’t think so. Maryland’s website was the pits. They had to fire the company who designed the website. So it has not been easy in Maryland for a lot of people. The only thing I can hope for at this point is that time doesn’t run out and my son can get through on the phone. It’s too bad he didn’t persevere when he had the chance 😦

    • 50 hopefruit2
      March 31, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      I hope he makes it tonight!

      • 51 sabreen60
        March 31, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Thanks. My momma use to say a hard head makes for a soft behind. One thing about adult children – you can’t force them to do the right thing.

        • 52 hopefruit2
          March 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

          Indeed! 🙂

        • 53 jackiegrumbacher
          March 31, 2014 at 9:52 pm

          Sabreen, I had the same problem with my very grown son–he procrastinated and procrastinated and I kept urging and urging. Finally I said, “I know I can’t make you do anything, but I’m really disappointed.” Well that did it and the following week he signed up. No matter how old your children are, they don’t like you to be disappointed in them.

    • March 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Fingers crossed for your son!!

  18. 56 Debra
    March 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you President Obama for OBAMACARE. Your extraordinary effort in getting this law passed despite all the obstruction and naysayers is amazing.

  19. 60 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Wow, really?

    • 61 theo67
      March 31, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      I can’t get too excited, since the GOP (and many other Americans ) hold Reagan up in high regard, despite his role in the Iran debacle.

  20. March 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

  21. 63 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    For sure, THIS!

  22. 65 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  23. 68 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  24. 69 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Looking forward to watching Bates Motel on A & E tonight. That’s my new “vice” for this year. Who knows what my vice will be next year…

  25. 75 dotster3
    March 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    A tragic and unbelievable amount of human generated garbage in even the most remote areas of our oceans. Garbage everywhere.
    Killing our ocean environments/circle of life.

  26. 78 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  27. March 31, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, look at the depths to which a desperate media will sink, spreading scare stories like this today:


    • March 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Oh Chips, I’ve been trying to get on the happy train all day, and something was just niggling at me. Hence why I wrote the piece for tomorrow. The fuckery is just too much some times. (Don’t worry, it has my usual up ending, because fuck them if they’re going to get me down.)

      • March 31, 2014 at 8:42 pm

        I know LL, this madness would get you down, but the Obamacare surge would lift any spirits – they shill and shill and shill, but they can’t keep a great thing down. Like the President.

    • 82 Dudette
      March 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      That’s not new though. There have been some scams like that going on for a while now. I’ve run across them myself when trying to look up stuff on ACA a couple of months ago. There are crooks out there laying in wait for the uninformed, vulnerable and gullible.

      • March 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        Exactly Dudette, these stories have been doing the rounds for months, but they time it for today. No words.

      • 84 MightyPamela
        March 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        There is also stuff like a group that continually calls me, saying they are from my insurance program, letting me know that I still need to choose a PCP, and they will be happy to help me, etc, etc, etc. They seem not to know that I signed up for a PCP with my REAL program quite a while ago, and that program has been awesome in keeping my records and communicating with me!! So, I let it go to voice mail, and of course I reported them to the care program I’m covered with. They can handle it. Bogus, bogus, bogus.

  28. March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is why we can’t have nice things:

  29. 89 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm

  30. March 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    GE TOD: For you ‘West Wing’ fans….. this is the show that put Aaron Sorkin on the map…..and is still a cult hit. Josh Malina(Scandal) Josh Charles(Good Wife) were part of the original cast.

    “Josh Charles…..stopped by Keith Olbermann’s show this weekend, and ran down the highlights in character as Rydell, the wise-cracking sportscaster from Aaron Sorkin’s amazing but short-lived Sports Night. And while Casey, Isaac, and Dana were nowhere to be found, watching Charles wax poetic about urine samples and the Sweet 16 was an incredibly satisfying five minutes of television for those of us who have spent many a night with the CSC team…….”

  31. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    March 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

  32. 93 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

  33. March 31, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Apparantley FireFox creator is anti-equality:

    • 95 Dudette
      March 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      That okcupid story blew me away. I wouldn’t have expected a company to take that bold a stance. Bravo for them.

  34. 96 globalcitizenlinda
    March 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  35. March 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    • 98 desertflower
      March 31, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Truly a Pro Life President:) Bet that chaps their ass!

      • March 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

        President Obama is the most pro-Life President we have had since Ike, df. Of that, there is no question. And, yes, it serves to highlight the boundless hypocrisy and evil of not just Republicans but any variety of #NEOCONSTER.

    • 100 jacquelineoboomer
      March 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Bob – Forgive me – but shouldn’t that combat deaths part include “in March” (mentioning so we can R/T the hell out of it).

  36. March 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  37. 107 hopefruit2
    March 31, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    This is just TOO CUTE!!! 🙂

  38. March 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  39. 115 japa21
    March 31, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Evening folks. Just catching up and watched the Rachael Ray video from the last post. As usual, Uncle Joe brought his A game. I particularly loved his last line to young folks. If they don’t think they need to get health insurance for themselves, they should still get for their moms and the moms’ peace of mind. I really wish I had heard that even more before now.

  40. 116 forus50
    March 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  41. 117 COS
    March 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Bless Rachel for her ACA reporting show tonight.

  42. 118 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  43. March 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Rachel Maddow is on fire tonight pushing back against this absurd notion that the administration is “cooking the books” regarding the number of persons signing up for Obamacare

    • 120 Vicki
      March 31, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Mellesia, I just logged on to deliver the exact same message. Rachel mirrored the joy I’ve been feeling all day. Funny conversation with Zeke Emmanuel about how, now that Obamacare is now Indisputably a part of our country’s policy and practice health care will go back to being as boring as it used to be.

      GOP wishing for a death spiral would drown the ACA—that’s over.

  44. 121 desertflower
    March 31, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Been at work all day today. Has anyone posted this already today?


    Consider these numbers from a Kaiser Foundation poll from last week. Percent who like the ACA’s extension of dependent coverage: 76. Percent supportive of the act’s closing of the Medicare drug “donut hole”: 73. Percent favoring “guaranteed issue” of coverage to people who are already sick: 69. Percent who back the Medicaid expansion: 62.

    Oh, wait. Those are the Republican percentages. The overall percentages, respectively, are 80, 79, 70, and 74.

    It’s the same old disconnect. Just as majorities of even rank-and-file Republicans support things like restricting the gun-show loophole (indeed a majority of NRA members support that), majorities of Republicans back these and other basic common-sense provisions of the ACA. And yet these same Republicans keep reelecting to Congress a horde of dishonest and ideologically driven harlots who’ve voted 50-whatever times to do away with all these positive changes.


  45. March 31, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hardly ever forward a link to anything associated with Kos, but this one is worthwhile …

    Christie is going to do jail time the only remaining question is for how many years.

  46. 130 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    the bestest

    my most fav peeps there.

    kenyan? yeah, what about the kenyan.

  47. 131 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 9:27 pm

  48. March 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Hope you all view this ….

  49. 134 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 9:33 pm

  50. 135 Nena20409
    March 31, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    They call it Puppy ❤ ❤ ❤

    I say The Ultimate Puppy ❤

  51. March 31, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    • 137 Nena20409
      March 31, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      As The Soul Diva would sing:

      Change, change, change………

      Sam Cooke’s:

      Change is gonna come.

      Fitting in many ways.

  52. 138 Nena20409
    March 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    So Fox had a False Graphic on ACA?

    Wow. No wonder Chuck Todd said it is Not his job to report the truth.

    Bill Hammer was the presenter when this happened. This guy spent 10yrs or so at CNN before jet-setting to Fox in 2005.

  53. 139 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 9:42 pm

  54. March 31, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    This completely always chokes me up:

    • 141 COS
      March 31, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Meta thanks so much for posting this video. I don’t remember seeing it. Loved it.

      • March 31, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        Chips put it together from the longer fabulous National Geographic documentary narrated by Pete Souza. It sums up so much about our President and how he chose to use his first term. LOVE him.

    • 143 nathkatun7
      April 1, 2014 at 1:09 am

      That was so wonderful! Thank you so much, Meta, for sharing it again. I don’t care what any one else says, President Barack Obama is the best president in my lifetime.

  55. March 31, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    • March 31, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Oh my gosh. I’m feeling so nostalgic today. SO many incredible memories about his fight. People forget how hard it was for so long…..BUT we prevailed thanks to the greater forces of good will in the universe.

      It’s really overwhelming.

  56. 149 globalcitizenlinda
    March 31, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    what a day!

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