Archive for March 5th, 2015

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Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Another reason I give libertarian dudebros the side eye. Their economic, social, cultural, and moral stances are sometimes vomit inducing. Rape is rape. Period

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A fabulous example of the use of updog

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Oh, Canada

05
Mar
15

The Uninsured Rate Keeps Going Down. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Jenna Levy: Snapshot: U.S. Uninsured Rate Edging Down In First Quarter

The open enrollment period for Americans to purchase a healthcare plan for 2015 through the Health Insurance Marketplace ended Feb. 15, but this deadline was extended to Feb. 22 — and even longer for some applicants. Many states extended their enrollment deadlines even longer, and this report would not fully reflect those who obtained health insurance right before the deadline. The uninsured rate for the first two months of the year is down 0.6 percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2014. Gallup and Healthways will publish the results for the entire first quarter in early April, and if the downward momentum continues, the drop in the uninsured rate may be slightly larger than this preliminary figure.

The uninsured rate could decline further in the first quarter if the rate in March — when more interviews will be completed after most enrollment deadlines have passed — remains steady or drops even lower. The Obama Administration will also re-open the exchanges from March 15 to April 30 for a special enrollment period aimed at getting those who realize, while paying their taxes, that they must pay a fine for not obtaining healthcare coverage in 2014. This could also drive down the uninsured rate through May. Additionally, Medicaid enrollment is not bound by the open enrollment period, which could allow more uninsured to sign up this month — and throughout the year if more states choose to expand Medicaid. So far, Arkansas and Kentucky have seen the most improvement in uninsured rates as a result of expanding Medicaid and using state-run marketplaces.

More here

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05
Mar
15

Chat On

05
Mar
15

Chat Away

05
Mar
15

Rise and Shine

President Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy enter the East Room of the White House to attend a Health Care Summit with Members of Congress, March 5, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

The President has no public events scheduled

The White House Press Briefing has been canceled due to the weather

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama at Miriam’s Kitchen, March 5, 2009

President Obama talks with Sen. Edward Kennedy in the Green Room of the White House March 5, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama reads the newspaper in the Outer Oval Office, March 5, 2009 Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama walks towards the Oval Office, March 5, 2010, after returning to the White House from a clean energy event in Arlington, Va (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama runs in a race as she promotes the “Let’s Move!” program, during an event with local kids and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, at City Center in Washington, D.C., March 5, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

President Obama talks with Mona Sutphen, deputy chief of staff for policy, in the Oval Office, March 5, 2010. A bust of Abraham Lincoln is in the foreground (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama talks with Vice President Biden in the Oval Office, March 5, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, March 5, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

05
Mar
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day – Pete Souza: “The President was walking back to the Oval Office when he encountered his daughters, Malia and Sasha, after they had returned home from school.” March 5, 2009

(A blurry pic, only a teeny version of it appeared because Malia and Sasha were so young, but it’s so lovely I had to post it).

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MoooOOOooorning!




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