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Happy With ObamaCare? Millions Respond With A ‘Yes!’

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Sara Kliff: The Best Study Done So Far Shows People With Obamacare Plans Like Their Plans

1) Most Obamacare enrollees like their coverage: The survey of Obamacare enrollees shows that about three-quarters (74 percent) rate their coverage as “excellent” or “good.” And 59 percent say that given what they’re paying, their plan is of “excellent” or “good” value. Here are five things we learned about Obamacare enrollees’ experience.

2) Obamacare enrollees are happy with doctor choice: When KFF drilled down further into what Obamacare enrollees do and don’t like about their plans, it found that most people were pretty happy with the choice of doctors — a somewhat surprising finding, given the fact that marketplace plans have relatively narrow networks.

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Kaiser Family Foundation: Survey Of Non-Group Health Insurance Enrollees, Wave 2

A large majority of those who renewed an ACA-compliant plan this year say it was very or somewhat easy to renew, including three-quarters of those with Marketplace plans (77 percent). About half (52 percent) say they were automatically re-enrolled, while 46 percent say they took action to renew their plan. About seven in ten (69 percent) of those who renewed an ACA-compliant plan say they did not shop around before renewing. The most common reason for not shopping was that they were satisfied with their current plan (35 percent). Most (59 percent) of those who did shop for a plan this year (including those who purchased a new plan and those who shopped around but decided to renew a previous plan) say they had about the right number of plans to choose from.

A large majority of those in ACA-compliant plans, including three quarters (74 percent) of those with Marketplace coverage, rate their overall health insurance coverage as excellent or good. More than half also say their plan is an excellent or good value for what they pay for it. Similar to findings from the 2014 survey, most people with ACA-compliant plans say they are satisfied with various elements of their plans, including their choice of providers, copays, premiums, and deductibles. Among those with Marketplace coverage, at least seven in ten say they are “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with their plan’s choice of primary care providers (75 percent) and hospitals (75 percent), as well as their copays for doctor’s visits (73 percent) and prescriptions (70 percent). About two-thirds (64 percent) say they are satisfied with their choice of specialists

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124 Responses to “Happy With ObamaCare? Millions Respond With A ‘Yes!’”


  1. 1 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Hello TOD.
    I hope NW and TX are handling the TX Flood with much ease today.
    I have not read a thing today. It will take a while to get all caught up.
    In the meantime, at the WH LIVE, already in progress;
    Josh “The Voice” Earnest is at the Podium.
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-103

    • May 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Congrats on your gold, Nena!!!

      Once again, NW, can’t thank you enough for keeping the ever expanding positive consequences of #OBAMACARE front and center at TOD.

      Hope you and all your loved ones and friends in Austin are safe.

  2. May 26, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks a trazillion, oh Queen of Fantabulous Obamacare News!

    I was out all day so haven’t caught up yet with how things are in Texas, I hope everything’s okay with you and you’re safe and sound.

  3. 7 Judith Fardig
    May 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks, NW! Hope you will give us an Austin update later today. Congratulations, Nena!

  4. 14 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    WOW–Thank you so much Nerdy for these fantastic O’care updates. 🙂 The ACA is WORKING out for us just fine, Ms. Palin/GOP/Kill-the-bill-Emoprogs….

  5. 15 MadameSoph
    May 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Just peeked in and saw all the flood news!

    Nerdy Wonka I’m so glad you are o.k. !

    I went through a big flood back in the mid 90’s and had to leave my car in it! I know how scary it can be. Your comment about the power of water is so true. I grew up body surfing in the Pacific without fear and then as an adult, got caught in an undertow; I was 5 feet from the shore but couldn’t escape! The lifeguards had to come get me. That day I realized the ocean (and nature) are much more powerful than I. We humans tend to let our egos make us feel invincible, but as the effects of climate change (or climate chaos, as Bob so aptly put it) are trying to show us, what we need is humility.

    Stay safe Nerdy and all the Texan TODers!

    • 16 MadameSoph
      May 26, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      P.S., so poetic to see Ezra Klein tweeting out the positive ACA news!

      • 17 hopefruit2
        May 26, 2015 at 1:20 pm

        He must’ve gotten tired of waiting for hold music – and being mercilessly ridiculed for it. What he intended to be a snarky joke about ACA backfired and the joke was on him. So now he’s trying to turn around…

      • 18 jacquelineoboomer
        May 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        I thought the same thing, MadameSoph! Ha.

    • 19 Nerdy Wonka
      May 26, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks, MadameSoph. So glad you survived both experiences.

      The damage and horror the water caused still leaves people breathless and astounded.

  6. 20 Nerdy Wonka
    May 26, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Wow. Everywhere is a mess.

  7. 21 Nerdy Wonka
    May 26, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    So grateful and thankful for President Barack Obama.

    Houston and Austin.

  8. May 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Good afternoon, TOD! Nerdy, glad to hear you are okay. Blessed that most of my fam & friends in the Austin area are all okay; still waiting for one friend to check-in…

  9. 27 Nerdy Wonka
    May 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Austin, Houston,…

  10. 28 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Will Jake Tapper be tweeting about our President’s impressive response to the disaster situation in TX, or is he still seething about a pic of our President eating ice cream?

  11. 29 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    May 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PRESIDENT…AKA…COMFORTER-IN-CHIEF!

  12. 30 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Always pleased to read Great Newsy about ACA. Thanks NW.
    So Gov Abbott(sp) of TX has asked and POTUS has directed FEMA and the Fed Gov’t to help TX recover from the Climatic floods. Hmm? So TX GOPers are now happy for FEMA and The Feds under the directive of Pres Obama to invade the Lone Star?
    Stay safe….TX. I have a number of friends and family members in TX.

  13. 31 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 2:05 pm

  14. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    May 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  15. 33 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    There is a camera showing how and when young 12 yrs old boy was murdered. Yet, no resolution.
    Politicians, Prosecutors and the Public in general have got to be strong and in unity…..demanding JUSTICE for All.

  16. 34 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    For years, Perry was praying for Rain.
    Now Rain, but too much of it at once in TX and OK.
    My heart goes out to them.

    • 35 GGail
      May 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      NW, see? A rowboat (kayak) for traversing the city.
      My idea has merit.

      • 36 vcprezofan2
        May 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

        It may have merit GxG but aren’t they expensive, and if you lived in an apartment where would you store one? Plus, don’t you need to know how to steer one? I sat in one once with a couple other people, took a few strokes and asked to be taken back to shore before we got too far out. Yea, I lack courage but coward or no, I can’t imagine learning how to use one in an emergency situation.

        • 37 GGail
          May 26, 2015 at 5:28 pm

          VC, the visual of you in a rowboat is more than I can take at work! 😀

          The logistics of where to store, how to steer are minor when you are trying to stay on top of the rising water and perhaps get to dry ground. I’ve seen people in crowded apartments keep their bike and kayak on suspended ceiling thingies. People out here are very creative with storing surfboards, bikes, kayak’s. Necessity and imagination.

    • 47 carolyn
      May 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      These two states, Tex and OK, pretty much live in a drought/flood cycle. We in Ok, also live in a boom/bust economy. Two months ago, we could walk across the lake we live next to, and now, we’d drown if we ventured in a foot from the shore. Fortunately, most of our lakes are reservoirs, so we save the water for rain-less periods. The “awful” federal government built these reservoirs years ago, and they are the salvation for us. ‘

  17. 48 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  18. 49 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Landrieu Takes a Lobbying Job

    // ………………..

    But I am getting disgusted by how one senator after another gets lucrative lobbying jobs virtually as soon as they leave office. You can sometimes discern that outgoing senators are angling for these jobs by how they vote. There’s a reason that there is a two-year ban on former senators lobbying the Senate, and the intent is to prevent this kind of corrupting influence. I’d like to see a minimum six-year ban (since a single Senate term is six years) if not a lifetime ban. This is bullshit:

    “Landrieu said she will join Van Ness Feldman as a senior policy advisor, working closely with another recent hire, former Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., the former top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.

    Former senators are barred from lobbying their former colleagues for two years after the end of their congressional careers. For Landrieu, that means she can’t lobby colleagues until January, 2017. But she can lobby members of the executive branch, and is free to provide Van Ness Feldman clients with strategic advice.”

    ……………………………… //

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2015/5/26/133042/870

  19. 50 57andfemale
    May 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    The knuckledraggers in the New Orleans district Court of Appeals upheld the injunction in the immigration lawsuit. Of course, that’s why that district was chosen for the suit. Doesn’t mean PBO won’t win in the long run.

    LOVED the reasoning: The administration did not demonstrate that it would be “harmed” if the injunction stayed in place while the suit continues. Just the people living and working in these United States are harmed. God.

  20. May 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    • 52 Nerdy Wonka
      May 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks for this, LL.

      Some people who don’t live here, don’t realize that there are really progressive cities in the red state that is Texas.

  21. 53 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    • 54 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Immigration Act of 1924 Prohibits Immigration from Asia

      On May 26, 1924, the United States Congress passed the eugenics-inspired Immigration Act of 1924, which completely prohibited immigration from Asia. Designed to limit all immigration to the United States, the act was particularly restrictive for Eastern and Southern Europeans and Asians. Upon signing the act into law, President Calvin Coolidge remarked, “America must remain American.”

      ………………… snip ……………………….

      The act was supported by federally-funded eugenicists who argued that “social inadequates” were polluting the American gene pool and draining taxpayer resources. Its quotas remained in place until 1965.

  22. 55 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    A Note on Genome Editing
    (Posted by John P. Holdren on May 26, 2015 at 10:40 AM EDT)

    Last week, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and its National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced that they will convene an international meeting this fall at which researchers, ethicists, and other experts will discuss the implications of human germline gene-editing technologies in both research and clinical applications.

    The White House applauds NAS and NAM for convening this dialogue and fully supports a robust review of the ethical issues associated with using gene-editing technology to alter the human germline. The Administration believes that altering the human germline for clinical purposes is a line that should not be crossed at this time.

    The scientific community has a good record of establishing and adhering to ethical principles in genetic technology. In the 1970s, scientists called for a temporary moratorium on gene-splicing technology until the implications and policies could be sorted out. Similarly, this year scientists called for a moratorium on germline-editing research until the safety and ethical issues could be explored by the community.

    The advances in health technology over the past century — vaccines, antibiotics, early disease diagnostics, and treatment for countless health conditions — have reduced infant mortality, extended life expectancy, and alleviated suffering for millions. But new technology also brings risks and ethical challenges that require careful consideration. For example, researchers in China recently conducted genome-editing experiments in human embryos of a kind not able to develop into a fetus or a person.

    ……………………….. //

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/26/note-genome-editing

  23. 56 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Okay, this surprised me. (That’s why I have taken the liberty to cheat a bit in the amount shared.) For one, I never thought Boehner knew how to speak truth, and two, he seems to have more info than Warren on this secret agreement. 😉 Notice though how he has to assure his readers that ‘TPA doesn’t give more power to the president’.***

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    BOEHNER COLUMN: TPA Ensures Strong Trade Agreements for Ohio Farmers and Businesses
    Tags: Agriculture, Economy, Stories from Ohio, Supporting Small Business

    WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today released the following column on the importance of Trade Promotion Authority for Ohio workers and farmers:

    “Every corner of Ohio, from our farms to our factories, benefits from trade, and the reason is simple. Trade pacts allow us to expand exports with other nations and reach new customers for Ohio small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers.

    “That is why TPA, short for Trade Promotion Authority, is so important.

    “TPA is the framework in which we can negotiate trade pacts, and it ensures we secure the best trade agreements possible for Ohio workers and farmers. In our state, one in five jobs depends on trade. In agriculture, Ohio is the 10th largest exporter in the country and the pork industry alone supports more than 8,700 jobs.

    ………………………..

    “TPA puts lawmakers in the driver’s seat to set clear objectives, ensure transparency, and hold the administration accountable in trade negotiations with other countries, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Phillip mentioned.

    “Here are just three of the ways how: First, TPA requires the administration to allow Congress to read trade agreements at any time during the negotiating process. Along the way, TPA requires the administration to post up-to-date summaries on their progress to the public. And at least 60 days before the president enters into an agreement, the president must make it publicly available for everyone to read.

    “With TPA, we will ensure trade agreements are in line with the people’s priorities. If the president negotiates an agreement that doesn’t meet our objectives, we can stop the trade agreement with an up or down vote and shut off the ‘fast-tracked’ trade authority if it is a bad deal.

    ***“To be clear, TPA doesn’t give more power to the president. In fact, we’ve given previous administrations, including President Reagan, this authority for the past 40 years. TPA sets the rules and even strengthens the House and Senate’s role in trade negotiations, while also giving the American people a say in the process.

    “Whether on a farm like Phillip’s or in a factory in Ohio, strong trade agreements are good for jobs. That is why conservatives, focused on robust economic growth, are lining up behind it. Americans for Tax Reform, for example, is one of TPA’s supporters and “urges all free market conservatives on and off Capitol Hill to be as well.”***

    “I couldn’t agree more. With 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States and jobs tied to trade paying more than the average wage, more trade means more jobs, better business, and higher wages here at home. To unlock this potential in Ohio, TPA is critically important.”

    Boehner represents Ohio’s 8th District, which includes all of Butler, Clark, Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, and the southernmost part of Mercer County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.

    http://boehner.house.gov/boehner-column-tpa-ensures-strong-trade-agreements-for-ohio-farmers-and-businesses/

  24. 57 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Have you guys seen this interactive 2016 PBO budget?

    • 58 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Interactive Budget
      Use the interactive graphic below [in the tweet above] to explore where your tax dollars would go and to see what portion of the Federal budget is dedicated to different program areas under President Obama’s proposed budget for 2016.

  25. May 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    • 60 Nena20409
      May 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      3 Judges decided…..not the whole Court.
      Those who took the Immigration directives, pretty much picked the Judge and that the case would have to appear before this Rightie Leaning Dominated Circuit Court.

    • 62 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      I visited iAmerica and saw this ‘Ready to Vote’ video…..

      ‘Published on May 19, 2015
      On the day DAPA would have gone to effect, our community is not sad nor disappointed. Instead, it is ready to act!’

  26. May 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Will be interesting to watch ….

    Am no fan of either, as all of you know, but Sen Sanders is definitely going to bring some heat to former Sen Clinton.

    For anyone interested, he’ll launch his campaign at 6p EDT, today, in Burlington, VT.

    bbl …

    • 64 vcprezofan2
      May 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      😉 But, isn’t Hillary a proud member of the American oligarchy? [Just saying – I haven’t read the article. ]

  27. May 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    What a tangled web.

    • 70 Nena20409
      May 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      McCain always filed his Income Tax papers separately in order to avoid scrutiny of his wife’s Business and Money/Earnings.
      Some use Trust type of Format. Other combined.
      HRC was a Senator, then a SoS……likely this was done during her time as a Senator or before she became a SoS. AP News is ONLY looking for a particular angle and not necessarily for the Truth.

      • 71 globalcitizenlinda
        May 26, 2015 at 4:51 pm

        Do we really want our defense of our ONLY candidate to be : ‘ this republican, so and so, ….., also did the same thing’?

        • 72 Nena20409
          May 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

          It is Not a defense.
          I believe in the whole story, in content and with context.
          No Politician in these days is perfect.
          If it is purity some seek, HRC, O’Malley, Sanders, etc are not the answer.
          However, any Dem…….is to me, 1001% better than any GOPer.
          I would honestly hate to see a 2000 repeated……where SCOTUS appoints a POTUS or where a Dem wins the Popular vote, but the Electoral College Votes would go to a GOPer.
          Come 2016, I prefer a Democrat, no matter how Good, Bad or Ugly.

          • May 26, 2015 at 5:50 pm

            If it is purity some seek, HRC, O’Malley, Sanders, etc are not the answer.
            However, any Dem…….is to me, 1001% better than any GOPer.

            ********************

            AMENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN….

            i read this on smartypants website

            Important read…

            These are not merely the ravings of a lunatic right-winger. I was immediately reminded of the fact that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has advised states to disregard the recent EPA rulings on coal plant emissions while various entities challenge them in court.

            For a while now I have been suggesting that this form of Republicanism is best described as a beast in it’s final death throes. That beast is now a minority in this country and as it lashes out, one of the only remaining possibilities for survival is to subvert our democratic process.

            Just want to say….

            we do not have the luxury of sitting out the vote or not being engaged…

            If VP Biden does not enter the race…i will work to elect Hillary Clinton…just a vote is not enough…as we have learned we have to inspire folks to vote….

            • 74 globalcitizenlinda
              May 26, 2015 at 6:26 pm

              the people who would need to convinced of the integrity of our candidate is the independents – not us yellow dog dems;

              trying to sweep unpleasant stuff under the rug can only hold for a brief while before political operators find a way to use what was there all along

              • 75 Nena20409
                May 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm

                I prefer that all Politicians be judge by one Barometer.
                FDR, JFK, LBJ, GHW Bush……all had mistresses. Only GHW Bush’s was Never truly discussed by the Media…..during nor after his term in office. All had or made money. All became or were millionaires. All, but GHW Bush cared for regular folks.
                In my life time, President Obama is the best. I will respect, honor him and praise him all my life.
                However, there is 2016………anew begins, the Journey of USA and her Democratic Republic must endure and soldier on. No Condition is permanent……..other than death……so New election awaits to be filled. #FORWARD, we collectively must.

              • May 26, 2015 at 7:09 pm

                The Clintons are who they are…we know them …O’Malley has been his “Baltimore” to overcome….the VP has not said anything…and then there is Bernie Sanders i have not taken him seriously…when the dust clears …i will work for that candidate…

          • 77 globalcitizenlinda
            May 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm

            I am sorry but this is NOT about purity. It is about the stories that keep coming up with a similar theme and which in my mind could easily have been avoided.

            we all know how long this run for the presidency has been planned and why in heaven’s name do you not take time to remove any appearance of conflicts of interest?

            • 78 vcprezofan2
              May 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

              I see what the others are saying about Dems having to vote even if our final candidate is not ideal. I also see your point, GCLinda. For now, and because we are so far out, I’m inclined to side with you – there is no reason HRC could not have used her time ‘off’ to tidy house as much as she was able. Heck, she could have started doing so from during her SoS stint when she must have known she was planning to try again. The Republicans and their media haven’t changed, and knowing them as well as she ought to, a good leader would have done something constructive to sweep out the cobwebs. Truthfully I sometimes feel HRC is running more because she feels ‘entitled’ than because she has any real vision or committed need to make a difference!

            • 79 jacquelineoboomer
              May 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm

              * … and why in heaven’s name do you not take time to remove any appearance of conflicts of interest?*

              When a candidate thinks he or she is “entitled” to the presidency?

          • May 26, 2015 at 6:36 pm

            Having experienced this amazing presidency of PBO, I’m not really in the mood to say anything goes. And to realize that she and Bill may be doing what Romney and McCain have done does nothing for me except undermine her so-called populist platform. The Clintons sit on a vast empire of wealth and I don’t for one moment think there isn’t any influence peddling involved. HRC is in the position she is now because of all they have done and all that they owe to those in their donor upper echelon.

            We are not yet at the general election. Until then, I don’t intend to overlook the weaknesses of HRC. I do realize that the DNC has done their very best to shove her down our throats but I’m not impressed.

      • May 26, 2015 at 6:39 pm

        Did you read the article? Because the timeframes and details are explained there.

    • 82 GGail
      May 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      I’m not a bit surprised. A wife who would stay with “that” man has to have ulterior motives of their own.

  28. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    May 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I have commented here before and i repeat this now : Dems are kidding themselves if they think the gop isn’t going to use the Clintons’ murky finances as a bludgeon

    • May 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      who are the GOP seeking to gather into their net with that info?…perhaps they are not seeking to gather anyone but to suppress the enthusiasm of Dems…they only win when we stay home….

      • 85 globalcitizenlinda
        May 26, 2015 at 6:22 pm

        I am sorry, but some of these stories of financial impropriety have been admitted to by members of Team Clinton and this has resulted in them refiling some of their records. we can’t wish them away or attribute them just to republicans.

        many of us took every opportunity to point out mitt’s shortcoming just last POTUS election and now we are stating how this will not matter? remember how easy it was to use these shortcomings to make others believe us?

        in the long run, it does not matter what I think (I am just one vote) but months from now, we will see how this will be twisted.

        by the way, during the 2008 primary, I recall hearing stories about Edwards that I thought couldn’t be true otherwise the media would have pushed them further – we all know how that turned out

        • May 26, 2015 at 7:06 pm

          I understand all that you have said…but if the electorate is not careful…we could end up with a a GOPer…by suppressing our vote…that is my greatest fear

    • 87 laraofzhivago
      May 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      1. GOP will use anything. When there is none, they fabricate. (Birther; socialism; You didn’t build that; biggest spender, to name a few)

      2. I will vote for any Democrat. And if HRC is the nominee will work to elect her. I want a president, not a priest or a saint.

      • 88 globalcitizenlinda
        May 26, 2015 at 7:21 pm

        yes, but this is the primary season and ALL candidates must be challenged in a democracy;

        likewise ALL candidates must be given a chance to defend their records and actions – so I wait for a viable reason (not that excuse of republicans also do it);

        when people are told to just ignore obvious shortcomings, they may not agree with those suggestions;

        no one is looking for a priest (who are not always straight themselves) or a saint (even PBO has his shortcomings).

        you can’t fight a republican financial crook when people hear stories about you that gives them pause;

        there is so much at stake and I for one can’t just hide my head in the sand and pretend that there is nothing wrong or that this behavior is the norm;

        there are enough crooks in elected office to already to carry that mantle with their constituents pushing them forward without questions asked.

  29. 89 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  30. 90 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

  31. 91 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    This is how TCL will finally “kill” the show……when paid advertisement companies bail.

    Also, with the report of what the CEO of this Media Group gets paid annually……over $150M……most folks will roll these eyes on this over-paid bloke.

  32. 92 JER
    May 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    LIVE NOW: Texas Governor Gives Flooding Update – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  33. 93 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    It looks like Senator Sanders will get Zero Love from the Cablers……who Loved, Marco, Forina, HRC, etc.

  34. 94 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Crossing my fingers and hoping that this is Finite.

  35. 95 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Unfortunately, this will be politicized……instead of dealing with underfunding and working with fewer auditors for the IRS.

  36. 96 Nena20409
    May 26, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I am Not sure I want the SCOTUS ruling on this…….especially with the built in 5/4 Conservative bent.

    • May 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      Every time i see these challenges i am reminded who is bringing these challenges to court and for what purpose…this reinforces smartypants words…

      **************************

      That beast is now a minority in this country and as it lashes out, one of the only remaining possibilities for survival is to subvert our democratic process.

  37. 98 Linda
    May 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    CNN is not covering Bernie Sanders announcement. Only msnbc.

    I guess CNN ‘s feeling are hurt because Bernie told them they suck at reporting the news live on Sunday.

  38. 103 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    US Fish and Wildlife is already talking about summer! Optimistic

  39. 106 JER
    May 26, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    LIVE NOW: Senator Bernie Sanders Kicks Off Presidential Campaign – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  40. 107 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    “…Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn’t the only Democratic presidential candidate with digitally savvy friends. It seems Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his digital team of *FORMER OBAMA CAMPAIGN VETERANS* are using every opportunity they can to make a personal connection online with potential voters…”

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/bernie-sanders-shares-personal-message-those-his-website?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    Hmmm….I just had to highlight the “former Obama campaign veterans” part…

  41. 110 vcprezofan2
    May 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Refueling time…bbl

  42. May 26, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Gwen Ifill sometimes just let’s it fly on twitter:

    • May 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Embedded tweet:

      • 113 Nena20409
        May 26, 2015 at 6:53 pm

        Hmm?
        Byron Allen what has be done for people of Color?
        He married a Caucasian Lady…….there is nothing wrong with that…..however, when he publicly questions President Obama’s Blackness/Whiteness, then an eyebrow or two should be raised on how Allen has conducted himself…….personally. Them This Mythical Pigmentation Barometer must apply to Byron too 😉

        • May 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

          He’s furious because PBO used the term, “thug”, and he believes AAs are no better off because of PBO. Sounds like he has a very angry agenda.

          • 115 Nena20409
            May 26, 2015 at 7:06 pm

            Obviously, Byron Allen is truly unfamiliar with the Real Stats of AAs during PBO’s terms in office. The whole state…..including the near-depression.
            He is also upset with Rev Al. He attacks him for hr believes that Rev Al is stifling his ability in his business……advertisement Dollars and all.

          • 116 globalcitizenlinda
            May 26, 2015 at 7:07 pm

            he is looking for ratings for his tv gig – ignoring him is the best course of action

          • 117 idon
            May 26, 2015 at 9:35 pm

            Yes. As an AA #darkgirl who was born in 1950, I call it color resentment. They resent President Obama’s skin color. This type of resentment is deep seated. As for the use of the word “thug”, I thought it was a great idea because we do have “thugs” in the AA community. I know this because I used to work in southcentral LA from the seventies through the nineties. So many families who were just poor, not delinquent, just poor who wanted to be able to raise their children to success were hampered by community thugs, turning nice neighborhoods into war zones with drugs and criminality. President Obama has changed that landscape in very powerful and enduring ways. More AA students are graduating from high school and parents are more engaged in public ways in their children’s academic and social success. We are seeing more well-educated AAs like the Asomughas use their celebrity in socially responsible ways to make a difference. So yes, we have thugs in the AA community but they are being crowded out by the success of many many AAs and I love it. I suggest folks read Slevin’s MIchelle Obama: An Inspiring Story.

  43. 118 hopefruit2
    May 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I was actually pleasantly surprised by Sanders’ speech accompanying his announcement. His policies at outlined sounded quite sensible – and not as far-fetched, and unrealistic as I was expecting. I was expecting to hear a lot of puritanical, lofty-but-impractical, emoproggish crap, and outside of the single-payer stuff (which I still think is unrealistic), I didn’t hear too much extreme left-wing rhetoric.

    It remains to be seen what the DEM debates will bring. O’Malley will be announcing this Saturday, and Perhaps VP Biden will throw his hat in the ring. The eventual Dem nominee will benefit from a rigorous primary – as was the case in 2008.

    • 119 jacquelineoboomer
      May 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      I don’t spend much time listening to Bernie Sanders, as a rule (although I did listen to that part of his announcement MSNBC covered today), but I don’t think many of us would be against much of what he says.

      He seems to be the only one who feels he’s just singlehandedly thought of all of it!

      Anyway, that’s my take. 🙂

      • May 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

        I’m not at all happy or impressed with his NO vote on Gitmo nor his idea of clemency for Snowflake. I can barely listen to his harangues on the Senate floor. But I guess we’ll have to see how this unfolds. If he stirs things up for the Dems, then I guess it’s a good thing.

        • 121 jacquelineoboomer
          May 26, 2015 at 7:12 pm

          Yes, my reference to not listening to him is pretty much for the same reasons … I was thinking more of agreeing with the single payer, end Citizens United, make the top 1% pay their fair share parts, that we all agree with in principle. Not the others you mention. I basically couldn’t tell you 100% what he stands for, because I keep nodding off. He and EW yell their way through politics, so I don’t really catch their drift.

    • 122 donna dem 4 obama
      May 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Bernie had quite a crowd today and sounded pretty convincing. Hillary has real competition in Barry Sanders.

  44. May 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    OMG……But there’s no such thing as climate change…..


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