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Who You Choose To Become President, Matters

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Jeffrey Young: New Rules Bar Transgender Discrimination In Health Care

The Obama administration is making a major push for transgender rights by prohibiting health insurance companies and medical providers from discriminating against patients because of their gender identities. Under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, transgender people would be entitled to equal treatment in health care and would gain the legal right to make civil rights claims against insurers, doctors, hospitals and others who deny them coverage or necessary care because they are transgender. That includes forbidding health insurers from categorically excluding treatments related to gender transitions.

Transgender people can face significant barriers to getting medical care, as insurers often won’t cover treatments such as hormone therapy and mental health counseling, especially when this care is related to transitioning, and health care providers sometimes refuse care. The health care regulation is the latest in a series of actions President Barack Obama has taken to advance transgender rights, including tangible steps like making it easier for people to get new passports that reflect their gender identity and symbolic gestures like mentioning transgender people during his State of the Union address.

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142 Responses to “Who You Choose To Become President, Matters”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    September 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    FURST.

  2. 5 Don
    September 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Fuck you, Corey Booker.

  3. 7 Don
    September 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    My sense is that right about now shit just got real for Kim Davis, in her mind it was cute to her that she was able to stop someone from getting married. But now that she sits in federal lockup, it is slowing dawning on her that this isn’t cute anymore.

  4. September 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    • 15 Don
      September 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Once again, Fuck You, Cory Booker.

    • 19 Jeff
      September 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      the flaw according to Booker is that AiPAC didn’t get him what he wanted. That or he was worried about not getting re-elected. Sorry, I’m glad he decided to do the right thing but I don’t trust Booker.

    • 22 Gazelle
      September 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Too late, Cory, we see who you are.

      • September 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm

        And if people vote these creeps out next election the will say it’s because they supported POTUS on the deal; not because people can’t stand their creepiness.

    • September 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      I’m surprised. I was prepared for him to knuckle under to AIPAC and Bibi. He was on many lists to vote against.

    • September 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      These Senators are sounding like a pain in the ass, with that deeply flawed Iran Deal. Have any deal every been perfect, shot even war isn’t perfect.

    • 26 Dudette
      September 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Deeply flawed. Hahahaha! Looks like dude calculated that short term $$ wasn’t as crucial as his long-term political aspirations. ;-/

    • 27 CEB
      September 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      He is trying to ride both sides of the fence; he needs to stand up a be man (he has had a perfect model for this in PBO for all this time). Corey got too much attention too soon before he really had sustainable success in public office. He was everywhere from Oprah to an episode of “Finding your Roots” with Skip Gates. He got in congress and became a yes man, and an Uncle Tom (yes, i said it). In what manner is the Iran deal “deeply flawed”? What would he change and how would he do it (if it was his responsibility which it never will )? He is like the usual politician who wanted public office to be something rather than to do something. I am sure that he is a big disappointment to the people who were singing his praises years ago.

      • 28 purpleshoesla
        September 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

        THIS a gajillion times! I said on the last thread, thought this guy had some substance. But nope, nope and all the nopes in nopeland. After seeing the “real deal” in action, our illustrious Prez by his words and deeds alone has shown what a bunch of hucksters, fraudsters and selfish ass mofos our “representatives” are.

    • September 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    • 30 jackiegrumbacher
      September 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      Wow, meta, what a dweeb Booker is. I’m sure the ‘deep flaw’ in his mind is that it didn’t come with AIPAC approval and thus threatens his
      future financial support.

  5. September 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    OOOPPPSSIEEE!!!!

    • 32 No Child Left Behind
      September 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      But, but, what is Kim Davis to do???

      She was going to cash in from the lunatics that were ready to stand with her and donate to Gofundme.

      What’s happening now?

      • 33 Dudette
        September 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

        Wrote this on the previous thread: “Oh she’ll be fine. She’ll sit tight in the lockup for a while – let that martyrdom marinate for a bit – then come out, resign and hire a booking agent.”

        Besides GoFundMe isn’t the only means her supporters would have to get money to her. She’ll have a lawyer shortly, who will see to that.

    • 34 Jeff
      September 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      hahahaha! Take that Davis!

      Of course they will probably use another outlet though..

  6. 36 57andfemale
    September 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Yippee for Cory Booker. The deal is not “flawed”. There is a BIG difference between “flawed” and “not perfect” (which I loathe as well). A deal means both parties gave up something to resolve an issue. In this case, we keep ALL of our options on the table if Iran does not comply, and an Iranian nuke is off the table entirely. Exactly, how “flawed” is that?

    Don’t anybody call me a racist when I rail against Booker as his ambitions for national office grow. He’s a sleazy opportunist and nothing more. He, and the others like Schumer, could have led. They had the ear of the RWNJ rabbis and the RW Israelis. But instead they sat with their hands folded, taking orders. Or at the very least, listening to what they were being told to do, instead of changing hearts and minds that are too blind to see the huge advantages of this deal.

    So I’m with Don. Eff you, Cory Booker, and thank you for your vote.

    • 37 Don
      September 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      A day late and a dollar short, this guy could have been a contender!

      • 38 57andfemale
        September 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm

        A moral compass that only points in the direction of his ambition. I won’t diss him on Twitter until the damned vote is over and done with, but I will say what I think of him here at TOD, that’s for sure.

    • 41 99ts
      September 3, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Seems to me – the politicians against the deal think EVERY treaty should be 100% US – 0% everyone else – that only works when you then spend billions rebuilding the countries you bombed into oblivion and the people in those countries are willing to go along with the options.

  7. 43 No Child Left Behind
    September 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

  8. 47 amk for obama
    September 3, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    fuck you booker.

    We have now passed a point of no return that we should have never reached, leaving our nation to choose between two imperfect, dangerous and uncertain options,” Booker’s statement said. “Left with these two choices, I nonetheless believe it is better to support a deeply flawed deal, for the alternative is worse.”

    typical weasalism from a fucking noob.

  9. 59 FoxfireTX
    September 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    The hypocrisy of these Ds is mind boggling. Let’s not forget it is due to the traitorous Dems that Congress is going through this drama to begin with. But for them, PBO would have signed it with no fanfare like any other executive agreement. But Congress wanted to weigh in. Now they act like it is some big act of courage to support the best arms agreement ever negotiated by the President of their party. I am rapidly getting to the point of thinking they are all utterly despicable. I also am growing increasingly concerned that a number of them will vote for cloture even if the Ds have the votes to prevent it. That would be the final insult to PBO and if it happens I will not forget it.

    • 60 57andfemale
      September 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      From what I’ve read, Foxfire, it was Schumer who whipped the vote for Congress having a say with numbers that would have overriden PBO’s veto. In true PBO fashion, he got a better bill than originally thought. I don’t even think Dems would have gone that direction if Schumer hadn’t cared more about pleasing Bibi and using GOP traitors as his instrument.

      • 61 FoxfireTX
        September 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm

        But a couple of them may still vote for cloture to have the “debate”. Casey alluded to it and Manchin has been explicit. Coons may be another. I am sick to death of all of them at this point.

        • 62 57andfemale
          September 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

          I think it’s more important now to get to sustaining the veto in the House as well. We are not going to get to a filibuster. Although the more that commit to the vote, the stronger we are.

  10. September 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Well, well, well

  11. 67 Nerdy Wonka
    September 3, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  12. 68 Don
    September 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    I’m sorry to say but there is no there there to Cory Booker, at best he can lead around by the nose. And at worst he has no political courage. Courage makes up stand up to the fight, cowardice makes you run from the fight.

  13. 72 No Child Left Behind
    September 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    41 now within reach. Still hard. https://t.co/jaEPkOfmA7— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 3, 2015

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  14. September 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  15. 79 No Child Left Behind
    September 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  16. 81 donna dem 4 obama
    September 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I was reading a comment online earlier today that said that even though we have all these Senators saying they will support the Iran Deal a few of them who support it will not filibuster the vote on this deal. Dems in Congress drive me crazy!!! Republicans support their leaders no matter what!

    • 82 Don
      September 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Donna, Dems do support their leaders, its just that you have to get caught with an intern for them to support you.

    • September 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      i think that Dem representatives do not fear any repercussions from the electorate…..our voting record is poor…. so whats to fear…not us…..

      • 85 donna dem 4 obama
        September 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        Very True PF58. All the pressure comes from the lobbyist. I have been listening to Progessive talk radio on Sirrus radio a lot of late and there is virtually no call to actions to their listeners to petition their reps on this deal. Unlike the TPP when they were hammering their listeners day and night. I’m so frustrated that it is beyond words!

  17. 86 57andfemale
    September 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Hilarious. And what’s with the Max Factor pancake make-up from 1971 under his eyes?

  18. 90 Linda
    September 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    CNN…. Where is takes 5 press-titutes to analysis what ” I have signed the Pledge ” really means.! All talking at the same time.

    lol..

  19. 91 Linda
    September 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Cory Booker really thought he was going to be a ” Star ” in the Senate.

    When he got there, he was told to Shut Up and Sit Down.

  20. 97 Linda
    September 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Breaking :

    Fox Lake officer’s gun was found at scene….it had been fired.

      • 101 Dudette
        September 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

        Another good one, bella! Thank you!

        I’m not sure why, but when I clicked the link I got a 404 page error. So I just went to their website and found the article. Don’t know if this link will be any different, but here ya go:

        http://www.salon.com/2015/09/03/the_right_wings_hideous_crusade_against_michelle_obama_has_completely_fallen_apart/

        I like these passages from the article especially:

        “… the Republicans haven’t stopped either and they plan once again to try to reverse the new nutritional guidelines. But this time they are getting pushback from some very big players: the food industry, which is making a lot of money selling the ever-so-slightly-more-healthy products under the new regulations, things like whole wheat cinnamon rolls and cereals without artificial colors. And they see no reason to turn back. They are furiously lobbying Congress to leave the guidelines in place.

        Sadly, Michelle Obama is forced to take a back seat in this fight because apparently her mere presence makes Republicans lose their faculties, but her feelings probably aren’t hurt. These huge conglomerates are still serving junk, it’s just slightly better junk than it was before. But that’s better than nothing. If the Republicans had their way, kids would be gorging on Cheetos and Coke and sitting in front of the TV all day watching “Duck Dynasty” marathons. Instead, the USDA reported this week that The Healthy, Hungry-free Kids Act is helping to lower childhood obesity rates. Because of this act, the USDA says kids are eating roughly 20 percent more fruits and vegetables in their lunches each day, up substantially from five years ago….

        Michelle Obama has endured an orgy of insults from the likes of Limbaugh and Palin. But her legacy will exceed anything those two have ever done. If, in spite of tremendous gridlock and partisan obstructionism, her efforts have helped to stall the epidemic of childhood obesity and educate the government and the public about the necessity of eating healthier and getting some exercise, then she’s done more than 90 percent of the U.S. Congress to better the lives of the American people.”

    • 102 Dudette
      September 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks for the link bella! Tweeted it!

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  23. 106 Linda
    September 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Donald Trump has an Anchor Baby.

    On April 7, 1977, she married Donald John Trump in a lavish society wedding. The Trumps became leading figures in New York high society and business during the 1980s. Ivana’s legal status between 1976-1977 is questionable because she overstayed her Visa. Even though she married Donald Trump, a US citizen, her questionable status did not change until the birth of her oldest son, Donald Jr.

  24. 112 Don
    September 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    South Carolina will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof.

  25. 113 Don
    September 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: Kim Davis says she has no problem with gay marriage and that the probable cause of this unfortunate situation was caused by a mixture of medication and alcohol.

  26. 115 Linda
    September 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Investigation underway after ‘mass baptism’ at Georgia high school

    Administrators are investigating what went down at the Villa Rica high school in Georgia after a video was shared on YouTube:

    The video, posted by First Baptist Villa Rica, was shot on school grounds just before football practice. “We had the privilege of baptizing a bunch of football players and a coach on the field of Villa Rica High School! We did this right before practice! Take a look and see how God is STILL in our schools!” the caption with the video reads.

    Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked for an immediate investigation (which the school district says is now underway), and she notes that many students involved in the football program are unlikely to have a choice in the baptism:

    “Starting this video out, they call it a step of obedience, and then the camera pans to the students,” said Gaylor. “It’s forcing them to undergo a religious ritual to be accepted on a team. How are they going to cross their coach? They have no choice. It’s proselytizing, it’s coercive, and it’s not legal in our schools.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/09/03/1418010/-Investigation-underway-after-mass-baptism-at-Georgia-high-school

  27. September 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Whoa

  28. September 3, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    We might be able to do this is they all hold.

  29. September 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    This guy is an expert at making enemies.

  30. September 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  31. September 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I am speculating that all the R candidates are furiously pouring money into “opposition research” on Trump, private detectives fanning out across the USA to dig up the dirt. And I’m sure there is plenty of it, based on what we already know.

  32. 140 Vicki
    September 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Wow!
    I go to the eye doctors and come back to see—-Cory Booker, Heidi Heitdkamp, and Mark Warner join the Yes votes. 37 on the way to 41!!

    Thank you to all who wished me well.
    The meds are working which takes me out of immediate danger. The sight that is gone cannot be restored, but one eye is perfect and the other blurry, I am grateful. Regular visits to check and the miracles of modern meds should keep me going for many years.

    I don’t understand what Meta and Donna are discussing. If we have 41 votes then we vote down a disapproval resolution. No????


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