Rise and Shine



The Week’s Schedule

Today: The President will attend meetings at the White House.

Tuesday: Welcomes the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship.

Wednesday: Travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage. Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events

Thursday: The President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

Friday: The President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.


LA Times: Obamacare has led to health coverage for millions more people

At least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gotten health insurance since Obamacare started, surveys and reports show.

President Obama’s healthcare law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show.

As the law’s initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. Some have done so through marketplaces created by the law, some through other private insurance and others through Medicaid, which has expanded under the law in about half the states.

More here



Huffington Post: Obamacare Success Story: Man With HIV Thought He’d Be ‘Dead Within 6 Months,’ Now Has Awesome, Cheaper Insurance

Dan is a gay man from Michigan who called my radio program on SiriusXM Progress on Oct. 23. He sounded frantic. He’d received one of the infamous cancellation letters from his insurance company, he said.

.”… I am going to be one of the people who are going to be screwed by Obamacare. And I really support the president….”

…. Last week Dan called back again … he just kept looking until he found his perfect policy on the Michigan exchange.

… Dan was paying $1,485 per month for his old plan with the $1,000 deductible. His new plan under Obamacare, which includes coverage not only for all his prescriptions but for dental and vision – which his old plan did not – is costing him over $500 less per month, at a total cost of $914, with the same deductible. That’s not to mention that he got it with the pre-existing condition of HIV…..”

.”… I want to say to all your listeners: I was terribly wrong,” he said. “Now I’m going to push myself as a huge Obamacare success story. I’m bragging it to everyone.”

Full post here



WH.gov: Photos: This is What an #ACASurge Looks Like

The line started forming at 5 a.m. in front of an enrollment center in Miami — where trained workers have signed up 25,000 of their fellow Floridians since November. It was standing-room-only at a center in Houston yesterday.

The final deadline to get covered in 2014 is in just two days, and Americans are literally lining up at grassroots events across the country to make sure they’re covered.

This is what momentum looks like.

Take a look at some of the photos folks are sending in from events around the country…

More here




Paul Krugman: The ACA Surge Blackout

… I’m somewhat amazed by what amounts to a de facto blackout by major news media on a developing story that’s really obvious if you read the invaluable Charles Gaba, or even the White House blog: a huge surge in Obamacare enrollments in the final days of the signup period….

…. where I think this does matter is that it shows a persistent slant in much reporting toward emphasizing the negatives about health reform. The website woes were, and deserved to be, a big story; the quite amazing comeback somehow doesn’t fit the preferred narrative….

Full post here




Ashwani Talk: The Final Countdown

…. Thanks to this law, I won’t have to worry.

Thanks to this law, 129 million can’t be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition.

Thanks to this law, 3 million young adults can stay on their parents’ plans until 26.

Thanks to this law, 6 million people are covered for the first time in their lives.

Thanks to this law, insurers must spent 80% of your premiums on actual care.

….[Today] is the deadline for open enrollment. There’s no reason not to sign up, or at least take the time to view all the options.

…. If you’re anything like me or my family, I can ensure you that it’s the right thing to do, and the best time to support it. Laws like this do not come around that often. But when they do, we all need to stand together.

Full post here




Steve Benen: GOP struggles with Obamacare surge

As much of the country has probably heard, today marks the end of the open-enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act, and consumers who don’t get coverage are likely to face a tax penalty. ACA proponents have long predicted there’d be an 11th-hour surge in folks signing up, and right now, those predictions are holding up nicely.

…. Congressional Republicans, who are making no effort to hide the fact they’re rooting against the U.S. health care system, aren’t taking the news well.

… “I don’t think it means anything. … I think they’re cooking the books on this,” said Sen. John Barrasso on “Fox News Sunday.”

Even by GOP standards, this was a rather extraordinary moment. A member of the Senate Republican leadership – indeed, the chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee – went on national television to accuse the White House of perpetrating a fraud based on nothing but his own hopes.

More here



Jonathan Cohn: That Good News on Obamacare? Republicans Insist It’s Not Real

Americans are signing up for the Affordable Care Act. And they appear to be doing so in really big numbers. As of the latest official update, last week, more than 6 million people had selected a private insurance plan through one of Obamacare’s new state marketplaces. But that was before a weekend of huge traffic to healthcare.gov and state-run websites, record call volume to telephone help centers, and queues outside outreach offices in California and even Texas. Charles Gaba, the Michigan-based analyst who runs the website ACASignups.net, now projects that 6.72 million people will sign up for private insurance by the time open enrollment ends.

… Republicans are challenging the statistics — primarily, by suggesting that most of the people getting insurance already had coverage. Some, like Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, say the administration is “cooking the books.” Others, like Senator Ted Cruz, say that the number of people without insurance is actually rising.

Sorry, but that’s nonsense….

More here






ThinkProgress: This State Is Quietly Becoming One Of The Worst For Women’s Health (And No, It’s Not Texas)

Thanks to the high-profile battle over new abortion restrictions in Texas this past summer, the national media typically associates the Lone Star State with harsh abortion laws. The dire situation in Texas is certainly alarming for reproductive rights activists — but it’s hardly the only state where women’s access to abortion is under siege.

Ohio has recently dramatically tightened its restrictions on abortion, and the number of clinics in the state is dwindling. State lawmakers haven’t shown any signs of ceasing their politically-motivated attacks on reproductive health care. Yet unlike Texas, Ohio women’s fights haven’t garnered much widespread attention.

More here


Still all teary:


Jim Stuart: The Obama Doctrine

Nancy LeTourneau was the first to frame what the President said in this big policy speech last Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium as an Obama Doctrine. I believe this framing is very appropriate…

…. In a nuclear age, military conflict between the great powers is unthinkable. So what happens when a great power wants to eat up its neighbor? Are we pretty much helpless? Until now, the answer was pretty much – Yes. Nobody could stop us from invading Iraq, and nobody did. Nobody could stop NATO from bombing Kosovo, and nobody did. So Putin says to himself, “Since the US won’t use military force, no one can stop us from invading the Crimea, and probably the Ukraine, and nobody will.” Until Obama did.

…. This may take a week, a month, a year, or more. But starting with Wednesday’s speech, we are watching our President lead us …. He is leading the world in establishing certain norms that say all of us have value; that we all deserve to be heard; and that the more powerful should not be allowed to run roughshod over us.

These are norms worth fighting for.

Full post here – follow Jim on Twitter here


Still laughing:


On This Day

Sen. Barack Obama hugs Jean Hockenbrocht as fellow workers look on during his visit to Wilbur Chocolate Company March 31, 2008 in Lititz, Pennsylvania


President Obama walks with First Lady Michelle Obama as they depart the White House for a week long trip to Europe, in Washington on March 31, 2009


President Obama, surrounded by the family of Cesar Chavez and leaders of the United Farm Workers that Chavez co-founded, signs a proclamation in the Oval Office designating March 31, 2010, which would have been his 83rd birthday, as Cesar Chavez Day (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass and students from Bancroft and Hollin Meadows elementary schools do a dance intended to help the rhubarb they just planted to grow in the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on March 31, 2010

President Obama practices his pitching with trip director Marvin Nicholson in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 31, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama practices his pitching form with personal aide Reggie Love and Jake Levine in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 31, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Bo stands in the Rose Garden of the White House, March 31, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, March 31, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama greets an audience member prior to delivering remarks on energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility in Maryland on March 31, 2010


President Obama smiles during the filming of a campaign video, March 31, 2011 (Photo by Christopher Dilts for Obama for America)

President Obama meets with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 31, 2011. Flanking Commissioner Hamburg are Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, Senior Advisor to the FDA Commissioner for Innovative Strategy, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, right (Photo by Pete Souza)


First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton before the ship’s commissioning ceremony in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp speaks during the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton’s commissioning ceremony in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama is the official sponsor of the Stratton and is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates Melinda Cook, the grand niece of U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Dorothy Stratton, during the commissioning ceremony of the Cutter Stratton on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., March 31, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama with Taylor Swift at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, March 31, 2012


On This Day: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with their daughters Sasha and Malia, right, to attend an Easter service at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 31, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)



119 Responses to “Rise and Shine”

  1. March 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good morning. Lovely pictorial.

  2. 4 JER
    March 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD.

  3. 5 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Yesss. Go 7 million.

    • March 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

      I have a question for everyone. I work in a small business office that provides coverage for it’s employees. When our renewal comes up
      they want to raise our monthly premium from 3600 to 6000!! How can they get away with this?

      • March 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

        Is your insurance a Qualified Healthcare Plan under Obamacare?

          • March 31, 2014 at 10:29 am

            Questions about small business healthcare:

            Call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 1-800-706-7915)
            Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST.

        • March 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

          we have always provided insurance for employees. I thought they couldn’t raise premiums that high upon renewal

          • March 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

            There are some insurance companies that are not certified under Obamacare regulations. Follow this link to see if your insurance is a QHP:


            Call this number for small businesses if you have questions about your premiums.


            • March 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

              thanks Meta. United Healthcare is our insurance provider

              • March 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

                Rate Review

                Rate Review helps protect you from unreasonable rate increases. Insurance companies must now publicly justify any rate increase of 10% or more before raising your premium. This does not apply to grandfathered plans.

                80/20 Rule

                The 80/20 Rule generally requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% of the money they take in on premiums on your health care and quality improvement activities instead of administrative, overhead, and marketing costs.

                The 80/20 rule is sometimes known as Medical Loss Ratio, or MLR. If an insurance company uses 80 cents out of every premium dollar to pay for your medical claims and activities that improve the quality of care, the company has a Medical Loss Ratio of 80%.

                Insurance companies selling to large groups (usually more than 50 employees) must spend at least 85% of premiums on care and quality improvement.

                If your insurance company doesn’t meet these requirements, you’ll get a rebate from your premiums.

                Use this tool to learn more about your insurance company and 80/20 rebates.


  4. 14 desertflower
    March 31, 2014 at 10:02 am


  5. 15 desertflower
    March 31, 2014 at 10:03 am

    4 way tie!!! Morning all:)

  6. 16 japa21
    March 31, 2014 at 10:14 am

  7. 17 Vicki
    March 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Great R&S for this great big day at TOD. Thank you, Chips.

    Here’s how I plan to overcome any frustration I feel about the disgraceful coverage or lack thereof about the ACA today:

    I will remind my self of how POTUS, in the face of thetroubled early rollout, reminded us that Obamacare will succeed because each person covered will talk about it to their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. So it doesn’t matter what Upchuck the Toad has to say.

    Similarly, we all can count, so Senator John the emBarrassement will have as much reality as Karl (the Kounter) Rove had in Ohio.

  8. 20 Linda
    March 31, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Marsha Blackburn just said that the premiums are coming in lower but are higher .

    Huh ?????

    • 21 Cindy
      March 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Heard the same thing Linda….just crazy.

    • 22 57andfemale
      March 31, 2014 at 10:56 am

      If I’m going to give her any credit for any brain cells whatsoever, she’s probably comparing the crap insurance that paid out nothing to the decent insurance that is promised through ACA. Yes, some will pay more. But they’ll actually get their illnesses covered which – trust me – did not happen with the crap insurance offered to the individual market before.

    • 23 Judith Fardig
      March 31, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Blackburn is Palin-level stupid!

  9. 24 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:20 am

    • 25 Cindy
      March 31, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Thank you Donna NoShock!

      They haven’t showed up and the networks are having a field days with the repukes lies.

      I woke up to; the repukes are saying that the Obama Administration is cooking the books. They are going to play this narrative out all day. No wonder people don’t know the truth about the ACA.

    • 26 Nena20409
      March 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm


      DWS is always lagging behind the news cycle.

  10. 27 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

  11. 29 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:24 am

  12. 30 Linda
    March 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Ha !.. Guess who ?

    GOP Senators Call For Special Committee To Investigate Benghazi


    • 31 Nena20409
      March 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      They can call…..but the Chairperson of each committee is a Dem. So it will not happen unless Dems okay it.

  13. 32 GGAIL
    March 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.

  14. 33 Cindy
    March 31, 2014 at 10:31 am


    Please, where are the DEMS on this today. This is why people don’t know the truth about Healthcare.

    How could they not plan for this day? Where are the articulate speakers for the Democratic base?

    If the DEMS are in trouble for 2014, as the repukes are stating on every network, it’s because the DEMS aren’t fighting the lies that the liars and thieves are spreading.

    The squeaky wheel gets the oil. The repukes are loud and they are heard; liars and thieves but they command and get the attention they need.

    The DEMS are silent and we pay for it in midterm elections. I the DEMS will say; Not This Time!

    • 34 Cindy
      March 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

      I hope the DEMS will say; Not This Time!

      • 35 donna dem 4 obama
        March 31, 2014 at 10:46 am

        Cindy, you may want to step away from the TV for a while and channel your energy toward writing some emails or your local newspaper. I know its frustrating but we need you in the trenches and I’m afraid you’re gonna blow a gasket if you keep watching their spin and lies today.

        • 36 Cindy
          March 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

          Hey donna dem 4 Obama,

          Yes indeed. I was looking for some happy news regarding Obamacare today-crazy me. Just once, why can’t they give President Obama credit for his work? It angers me to no end. Was watching GMA this morning; salivating over pictures of Prince Williams, his wife, baby and the dog.

          President Obama and Mrs. Obama represents “this country” nothing less than 1st class, and they show pictures of fake birth certificates, and a picture of the President with a bone in his nose over and over to appease the repukes.

          I would like to use “your rant” from this morning to send to my Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz if it’s okay with you.

          I am going to send some e-mails to the networks today to work off the frustration.

          I am just sick and tired of being sick and tired of the blatant lies, hate, and racism perpetrated against our First Family……

          • 37 donna dem 4 obama
            March 31, 2014 at 11:02 am

            Absolutely please share it any where you think it will make a difference and you try and concentrate on the positive today. Don’t look to the media for your “good news” stories because they will be few and far between. We’ll just have to do the leg work and help our President everywhere we can. Great idea to email the networks. Let them have it!!!!

          • 39 MightyPamela
            March 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm

            Hey, Cindy, you must have a generous soul and an optimistic spirit to keep watching this sham reporting, thinking some day, one day, they will see, recognize and report the truth. They will not. The old adage: If not Now, When? Applies here. I’m sure many of us are beginning to realize with the numbers tipping the scale, and very likely to be low estimates so far, the silver (even gold) lining to this cloud of disinformation is the many millions who are now covered, knowing what they know to be real and true, will watch, listen and finally know they have been lied to and misled. Those millions may choose to speak up, to share what they now know, and to waken those around them. They may also choose to #clickoff, or seek other sources of information they can trust more. It takes some practice to change our teepee viewing habits, but once you have weaned yourself from the assault to your fine spirit and intelligence, as DD4O is suggesting, I guarantee you will feel better and better all the time! I speak from personal experience, it has been many years now since I’ve watched MSM, even left off watching PBS, as I felt there was more opinion than fact being presented. It’s a freedom like none other. Try it, you’ll like it!! {{{{{Cindy}}}}}

    • 41 japa21
      March 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Are the Dems silent, or is the MSM not allowing them to speak out? Hard for anyone to go on MSNBC or anywhere else and tell the truth if those places won’t let them be there.

      • 42 donna dem 4 obama
        March 31, 2014 at 10:55 am

        I don’t think they can keep them off. I get the sense that Dems just don’t make a push to be on those shows because they are just not very good at messaging. If they were not being allowed to voice their opinion they have many options like go on radio and twitter and facebook and call out the media for silencing them. They don’t, which leads me to believe that they make very little concerted effort to be there. It’s just not the Dems thing. Whereas the Repubs eat this stuff up!

        • 43 Nena20409
          March 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm

          Yep. Nancy Pelosi hates to go on TV.

          Where is VP Biden? Where is HHS Sec? Where are the political arm of the WH? Where are the rest of the 4 co-chairs members of DNC ?

    • 44 Judith Fardig
      March 31, 2014 at 11:07 am

      It may be that the media did not invite any Democrats on because they wish to reinforce the GOP naarative. Maybe not the Dems fault on this important day.

      • 45 donna dem 4 obama
        March 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

        I just don’t think that after 5 years of watching them tear this administration apart everyday in the news that we would allow them to dictate to us whether or not we have a show of force on a special day like today. I just refuse to believe that the Dems are this passive. Reince wouldn’t stand for it.

    • 46 Lovepolitics2008
      March 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      The President won’t have any choice but go on tv today or tomorrow.

      Cindy, I agree with you at least partially. The media culture, with its emphasis on drama and controversy, favors the republicans no question. But the modus operandi of the republicans is very very well known. I’m absolutely puzzled as to why democrats haven’t changed strategy yet. I mean… the democratic party is full of VERY COMPETENT folks, either on health care, on economics, on PSYCHOLOGY and COMMUNICATION. Why hasn’t the DNC found anybody that could run an innovative, effective, communications shop ? Granted, repubs super pacs are flooded with corporate money so it’s not easy to counter them. Still…

  15. 47 57andfemale
    March 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

    ‘Cooking the books’?!?!?! Okay – GOP has alleged that all of those ‘cancelled’ plans equates to none of those people getting health insurance and must be subtracted from all ACA numbers. THAT’S NOT cooking the books?!?!

    Some of us may have had crappy insurance that covered nothing and if we got sick, our insurance was cancelled. We can now go to the Exchanges and purchase decent insurance that gives us peace of mind and affordable access to health care.

    Apples and oranges, you lying sacks of……..

  16. 51 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:34 am

  17. March 31, 2014 at 10:35 am

    • 53 donna dem 4 obama
      March 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

      This is the money quote right here:

      “RAND also estimated that about 9 million people have signed up for coverage directly through their insurer, though most of those people were already insured. RAND has surveyed 3,300 adults, ages 18 to 64, nationally. It estimated that the uninsured rate for that population has fallen from 20.9 percent to 16.6 percent.”

      • March 31, 2014 at 11:27 am

        The figures are just incredible Donna, even in my most optimistic moments I didn’t think they’d be this fantastic because of the propaganda war against the ACA. Just wonderful.

  18. March 31, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Fantastic R&S Chips on a day that we are all celebrating the fact that millions of our fellow citizens have the peace of mind from having affordable, high quality health insurance irrespective of their age, prior medical history & income.

    The brutal force by which the #KOCHSTERS are attacking those citizens – denial of food, livable wages, their right to vote, health care, education, and more – is all the evidence we need to make 4 Nov 2014 the highest turnout election in American history. Nothing less can stop the plutocrats from ravaging America and the vast majority of us.

    OFA needs mega bucks and we know at least one formula, crafted by several TODers – #DollarADayToOFA from every @BarackObama follower. Will continue to push that effort, more persistently than in 2012.

    #FORWARD Together

  19. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:36 am

    SAN ANTONIO — Organizers are bracing for as many as 1,000 people to show up at a daylong health insurance enrollment event at the Alamodome on Monday, the deadline to apply for 2014 coverage.


    Looks like they might get more than the 1000 they anticipated….

  20. 59 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

  21. 65 Don
    March 31, 2014 at 10:39 am

    With the ACA deadline looming tonight it feels like and election night.

  22. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 10:40 am
  23. 68 57andfemale
    March 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

    So the latest, last gasp of GOP sociopathy is that all this pesky health care might actually cost a lot of deliver all those pesky pills and pesky surgeries and pesky leg braces and pesky x-rays and pesky chemo to all those pesky people.


    And all those pesky pills and pesky x-rays and pesky chemo – well, you get the idea – will actually create some pesky jobs that the GOP would deny PBO, as all these pesky people get in the way of their sociopathy.

    Effing sociopaths, every one of them.

  24. March 31, 2014 at 10:54 am

  25. 72 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

    These are the alerts the media won’t show you so spread it around today.

  26. 73 Linda
    March 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    HuffPuff’s Lead story is about some Pedofile Heir to the duPont fortune not getting any jail time.

    Obamacare story is the 6th in the center column with the Headline …Healthcare.gov Fumbles On Final Day To Sign Up

  27. 75 57andfemale
    March 31, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Am I crazy? Didn’t PBO repeatedly talk about the ‘uninsured and UNDER-insured?’ Sure, there were lots of people paying for crappy insurance, but now insurance has to actually cover stuff and they can’t cancel you because you actually use what you paid premiums for.

  28. 79 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

  29. March 31, 2014 at 11:14 am

  30. 81 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Wooot! Woot! VP Biden will be on the Rachel Ray Show today to talk ObamaCare and other topics.

  31. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

  32. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

  33. 84 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

  34. 85 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:24 am

    charles gaba has now revised his projection to 6.9-7.0 mil.


  35. March 31, 2014 at 11:27 am

    John Kerry never rests:

  36. 87 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

  37. 90 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

  38. March 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

  39. March 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

  40. 95 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:33 am

  41. 96 Nerdy Wonka
    March 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

  42. 97 57andfemale
    March 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I’m ready to ‘cook the books’. You with me?

    EVERY American with insurance benefits from ACA. Absolutely EVERYONE: no more lifetime caps, no more pre-existing conditions, no co-pays on basic screenings and wellness, insurance companies have to spend 80% of premiums on YOU and your health care.

    For seniors: closing of donut hole, free screenings.

    Hospitals no longer rewarded for readmitting you due to their mistakes. Better health care outcomes for EVERYONE.

    So what is that? about 250 million Americans who are availing themselves of ACA.

    Spread the word!

  43. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:39 am

  44. 101 amk for obama
    March 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Tireless man.

  45. 102 57andfemale
    March 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

  46. 103 JER
    March 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

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  48. 106 57andfemale
    March 31, 2014 at 11:51 am

  49. 107 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 11:52 am

  50. 108 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 11:54 am

  51. 109 JER
    March 31, 2014 at 11:56 am

    • 110 donna dem 4 obama
      March 31, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      THANK YOU JER!!!!!

    • 111 Jewelz
      March 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      JER, thank you for posting that video. I cried so much watching it. There is a special place in hell for people like Rick Perry and every other Republican governor from red states that are making it impossible for people to enroll for health insurance because of their refusal to expand medicaid.

  52. 114 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 12:02 pm


  53. 115 Dudette
    March 31, 2014 at 12:04 pm

  54. 116 carolyn
    March 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    So……I’ve read all the posts about the poor messaging from the DNC, and I agree. I decided to write the President. I told him I am a loyal Democrat, but the DNC’s messaging lacks. The Republicans get their story out first and that is why we are trailing. I said DWS is a nice lady, but we need someone as chair who is aggressive and will get out in front of the situations. I suggested Howard Dean or Paul Begala. Either one of those is assertive, and has connections with networks. Others might not like those suggestions, but I think we need to contact people and make the suggestion to get a more assertive DNC chair. We have seven months, and it is make or break time. If there is someone else I should contact, I welcome the suggestions.
    I suggest we all contact whoever is in the right place and suggest a stronger, more vocal, more assertive DNC chair. DWS has too much to do being a Rep and running for re-election to give the attention and energy necessary to this important job. We need someone whose SOLE job is the DNC.

  55. March 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    “The moment went unnoticed by much of the world’s media, but it underlined the long-standing constructive relationship that has existed between Ukraine’s Jews and Ukrainians, an alliance that has only strengthened since last month’s downfall of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.

    At a recent wreath-laying ceremony in Kiev commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Ukraine’s bard, Taras Shevchenko, a crowd of several thousand abruptly started cheering, “Long live the Jews! Long live Israel!” The chant was in honour of Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, who the day before had individually blessed ten Ukrainians who were critically wounded by pro-Yanukovych forces during last month’s protest near Kiev’s Maidan before being airlifted to Israel for treatment. Many at the ceremony eagerly hugged the rabbi and shook his hand.”

  56. 119 Nena20409
    March 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Great R&S Chips.

    You have been tearing down the House……..Okay, I am going to go there…..You have been Burning Down The House with Informative News, Photos, Videos and Tweets. Thank you Lady Chipsticks.

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