ObamaCare: 8 Years Ago

115 Responses to “ObamaCare: 8 Years Ago”

  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    July 23, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Our President Obama always cared.

    • 2 CEB
      July 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      The name “Obamacare” for the ACA that the GOP meant as a pejorative, is a name that has worn well in its most positive connotation. PBO embraced it by saying it was a good name because “I do care.” Millions, even those who derided it in the past, have seen how his care for us has saved lives and increased the quality of our lives. It is so ironic that people of all stripes are using time, energy, and treasure to defend the law that many now see as a cherished right and that anything from the GOP is a death sentence.

  2. 5 Judith Fardig
    July 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

  3. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    July 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    • July 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      OMG, This is a verbal and intellectual ‘David and Goliath’ situation between our PBO and #whatshisname.
      Just listening to PBO’s voice, his clarity and ease in explaining just about any topic, floods me with memories
      of the good old days circa 2008 through Jan. 2017. I truly miss this level of intellect in a President. Will we ever
      see this again?

  4. 9 JER
    July 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    • 10 pkayden
      July 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Sadly, too many idiots voted for the party which does not believe that healthcare is a right. So here we are at the verge of the Senate repealing the ACA and passing “wealthcare” so that billionaires can get tax cuts.

  5. 12 whenpamelawandered
    July 23, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I am walking testimony to how vital the ACA was to me, allowing me to access very fine medical care, which led to a determination of my varied palate of disabilities, too many for one 98lb old lady to manage without support! Thank you, President Obama, essentially you saved my life! (And answered my letters too!) 🙏🏻❤️👊🏼🖖🏼✨

    • 13 jacquelineoboomer
      July 23, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      My son’s in that line-up with you, too, MightyP! ❤

    • 15 pkayden
      July 23, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Millions of Americans share your story. Millions are going to be hurt beyond repair if the ACA is repealed. Republicans don’t care but your story is still important and needs to be told.

    • 16 whenpamelawandered
      July 23, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      A glimpse:
      Middle aged female, self-employed, pre-existing conditions list arms length! Was impossible to get any health insurance, state options were waitlisted years out – so when I fell on the concrete that morning and fractured my right knee, I’d been uninsured for nearly 8 years. No medical, dental 100% out of pocket. So, I said to myself: “hmmm, bone on concrete, maybe it’s not broken”, hmmmm, and me with an NAR! 27 hours later, a caregiver colleague came and carried me to her car to go to ER. Well, I’d spent the day in the ER with a client about 2 weeks earlier, until her family could get there, and when the ER staff saw ME being wheeled in, they all said OMG! YOU are in the wheelchair!!! I’ll tell you all, I had the best care, they all knew me by name anyway (Legend), and thankfully, the doctor said all treatment related to this injury would be covered by the hospital (UW), and would I PLEASE never wait 27 hours ever again before asking for help with a serious injury/illness.

  6. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    This reminds me of some movie quote, possibly from Kathryn Hepburn about the Barbarians: “They hate us because they think we think they’re stupid. And we hate them, because they’re stupid.” Of course, we’re liberals, so we try not to hate.

  7. 25 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I’ll give her full credit for this, for having to work with him (ghastly!).

  8. 26 Nena20409
    July 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Hello TODbots on a Sunday Hot Afternoon
    Congrats Judith Fardig on your Furst Au ⭐
    Thanks for this Post, NW.
    ❤ ❤ ❤ TOD Village.

  9. 28 Nena20409
    July 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Good for them.
    So very Happy for them!

    • 29 pkayden
      July 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Have you seen it as yet? Is it good? I loved Bridesmaids and it kind of looks like a similar movie.

      • 30 Nena20409
        July 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        No Pkayden, I have not seen it.
        These days, I wait until these Movies come on HBO or other Cable Movie outlets.

  10. 31 Nena20409
    July 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm

  11. 32 Nena20409
    July 23, 2017 at 5:11 pm

  12. 33 Nena20409
    July 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

  13. 34 ydavis00
    July 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Child Prodigy

  14. 35 ydavis00
    July 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm

  15. 36 ydavis00
    July 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm

  16. 37 ydavis00
    July 23, 2017 at 5:47 pm

  17. 40 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    You’ve gotta love millennials!

  18. July 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton 7/23/17
    Voter Fraud: Myth vs. Reality
    Join Rev. Al Sharpton as he sits down with David Dunn and Todd Cox to discuss Trump’s voter fraud committee and get the facts straight on the issue.

    http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/voter-fraud-myth-vs-reality-1006864963896 via @msnbc

  19. July 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The media perpetuated a Hillary lie for 9 months.
    What it means for the Russian narrative:
    AND “Yes, 17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking. Clinton is correct.”
    AND slightly off-topic: IMO Bernie better not run again. If he cares about anything at all he will STAY AWAY.

  20. July 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    The resolution reads in part:

    Section 1. The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.

    Section 2. Senators shall be elected exclusively by the State legislature, upon a majority vote of legislators present and voting in a joint session. If a vacancy shall exist for more than one hundred-eighty days, then the Governor shall appoint the Senator to serve the remainder of the vacant term. This procedure may not be modified by state initiative or referendum.

    One only needs to examine the electoral map to understand why ALEC is pushing for a repeal of the 17th Amendment now.

    With the majority of states under GOP control, Republicans could snatch some 17 U.S. Senate seats from Democrats if the state legislatures are given the right to pick Senators.

    • July 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      From the article:
      “This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will welcome Republican state legislators
      and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil…”
      They left out Putin Oil. Big Oil has its fingers in your breakfast, lunch and dinner here and all over the world.

  21. July 23, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  22. July 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    This is so true it hurts. This article hits the nail on the head from beginning to end. BWD and all TODers already
    knew this.

    • 47 globalcitizenlinda
      July 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      … and all these often repeated polls and articles about what the homegrown demagogue’s voters think now or if they have changed their minds or opinions of him are a total waste of energy, space and resources by the media.

      …. from these people knew what they would be voting for and if they still chose to do so after ALL the saw and heard, then they are very unlikely to change;

      …. so good luck to those wasting their resources, time and energy searching for their remorseful vote … these would be better spent looking for those who were prevented from voting by voter supression or took their rights for granted ad did not vote

    • 48 Sandy1110
      July 23, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      It bears repeating: Another aspect of the media’s attempt to normalize Trump was to completely ignore the enthusiasm of David Duke over his victory.

      MAGA = “Take our country back” in white nationalist/supremacist-speak.

  23. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2017 at 10:01 pm

  24. 50 arapaho415
    July 23, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    GE TODville, hope everyone’s weekend was a good one.

    Do you think @MarkKnoller made a funny (doubtful, probably spell-check) — this one could’ve been sent by @SnarkKnoller…

    Knoller used to make a point of grilling Josh Earnest whenever the slightest gap in PBO’s schedule occurred.

    FUBAR will have plenty of time for Fox News tomorrow morning, since his official schedule starts with a grueling lunch with Mike “Koch-owned” Pence.

    Hopefully the photo of FUBAR won’t appear here in this tweet:

    • 51 arapaho415
      July 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Dang, the photo of FUBAR does appear here — can’t stand the sight of him. 😦

    • July 23, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Who want Trump talking to boy’s scouts? I sure would not.

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      July 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      So funny you noticed the “Trumpet” in Knoller’s tweet. My guess would be that it was an oops moment – but maybe not, since he hasn’t deleted it!

      I wouldn’t let trump within a mile of Boy Scouts, myself.

    • 54 99ts
      July 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Dear Heavens – the “health care” part of that schedule is atrocious – and the press is barred. He will be lying his head off in his health care statement.

  25. 55 jacquelineoboomer
    July 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm

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  29. 61 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 3:06 am

  30. 63 99ts
    July 24, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Josh Ernest looking good, sounding good on Morning Joe

  31. 65 JER
    July 24, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Good Morning TOD.

  32. 66 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2017 at 7:27 am

    good morning everyone.

    have a great day.

  33. 67 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I did not want to post this because the title talks about the new WH hire.

    besides, I am already tired of him and the media hype that he has generated – but with little criticism of his already demonstrated lack of morality and pathological lying;

    however, this article makes a broad point which needs to be made;

    • 68 globalcitizenlinda
      July 24, 2017 at 7:39 am

      in addition to the main hype, sorry about the photo too ….. this is not the first face I wanted to see or share with you …. but the I could not tell from the tweet.

  34. July 24, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Kushner says he didn’t read the emails. Did he ignore the subject line when he accepted the meeting?

  35. July 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

  36. July 24, 2017 at 7:56 am

    But it is unclear what exactly the Senate will be voting on. The chamber will be voting to begin debate, known as a “motion to proceed,” but leaders have not yet said which bill the Senate will then be proceeding to.

    The two leading options are a repeal-only measure or an updated version of the Senate’s repeal and replace bill. Both currently lack the votes to pass, but leaders are pressuring senators to revive the replacement bill, and at least vote to start debate.

    The uncertainty about what bill is being voted on has frustrated some GOP senators.

  37. July 24, 2017 at 7:58 am

  38. July 24, 2017 at 8:06 am

    “Repeal-and-replace is probably doomed. Congress rarely works along party lines.”


    In trying to pass healthcare legislation over strong objections by Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is working against recent history.

    In the seven years after the Affordable Care Act became law, Republicans voted more than 60 times to repeal it. Each time, the legislation passed the House easily, only for Democrats to block it in the Senate; in 2015, though, a repeal bill passed the Senate, too, forcing President Barack Obama to veto it. So when the GOP began this year in control of Congress and with President Trump in the White House, the law’s fate might have seemed sealed.

    Instead, efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed Tuesday, although the Senate will still try to push ahead this coming week. But if the effort fails, a promise that has been at the heart of Republican campaigns since 2010 — abolishing the ACA — could go unfulfilled at the peak of the party’s recent power.

    It’s extremely rare for a majority party on Capitol Hill to deliver on its agenda if the minority holds strong against it. And passing a partisan messaging bill that everyone knows will have no real-world consequences, such as the past repeal votes, is nothing like actually legislating — a distinction well understood by congressional party leaders and rank-and-file members.

    Most of the time, when parties pass something they promised voters, they do so by co-opting the minority party in at least one chamber of Congress, usually with the support of at least one top opposing leader. This pattern holds regardless of unified or divided party control of government. What Republicans have been attempting to do with health care this Congress is something parties rarely succeed at doing.

    • July 24, 2017 at 8:13 am

      • July 24, 2017 at 8:25 am

        This week, the Senate once again is set to vote on a health care bill that will radically change how people get coverage and who can afford their care. But unlike normal times, Senators, you are being asked to approve a Motion to Proceed to a vote:

        Without knowing what will be in the bill you would vote on.

      • July 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

        Without knowing what the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office will say about the impact of major amendments and the final bill on coverage and premiums.

        • July 24, 2017 at 8:38 am

          With full knowledge that the Senate parliamentarian, who rules on what can and can’t be allowed in a budget bill, has said that the Senate must remove certain provisions.

      • July 24, 2017 at 8:32 am

        Without knowing the details of the secret state Medicaid waivers the Trump administration insists will make the bill work.

      • July 24, 2017 at 8:32 am

        Without knowing how your own state budget will be impacted.

      • July 24, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Without knowing how you will defend the provisions you will only learn about later, including the payoffs and other things that will be sneaked into the bill at the last minute.

      • July 24, 2017 at 8:33 am

        Without even knowing which bill you are being asked to vote on, what the defining amendments will be and how much time you will have when being pressed for a final vote you’ll be stuck with. Forever.

  39. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    July 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

    following the updates generated by kushner’s team, it seems he thinks that at the end of the day he is dealing with regular people rather than the ultimate arbiter, Special Counsel Mueller.

    there are a number of other people involved in kushner’s dealings and meetings and at the end of the day, each will be trying to save themselves from committing a felony and imprisonment;

    …anyone who has heard about or studies the Prisoner’ Dilemma, has a view of how this will end up ….. every man or woman for himself

    • 85 Don
      July 24, 2017 at 8:40 am

      It doesn’t matter at all if Kushner’s testifies under oath or not. Whatever he says is on the record and will be given to Mueller. One question that I’m most curious about is how did he manage to forget about 80 plus meeting with foreign agents and forget about one billion dollars in loans.

      • 86 globalcitizenlinda
        July 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

        Who among us has not “forgotten” over 80 meetings with representatives not just from any country but rather from the most hostile ones which are dominating the national headlines by the time we “forgot”. Who among us has never “forgotten” to list 1 billion dollars?

    • July 24, 2017 at 9:37 am

      “…at the end of the day, each will be trying to save themselves…”

      Exactly GCL. The eleven pages of Kusher telling his side of the story is all about trying to keep himself out of jail. He’ll be doing the same in the testimony tomorrow and in the process may contradict some of what he said in writing. We’ll also see others being blamed for some of his transgressions, and he may unwittingly incriminate others as he trips over himself in the hearings.

  40. July 24, 2017 at 8:40 am

    PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton 7/23/17
    Voter Fraud: Myth vs. Reality
    Join Rev. Al Sharpton as he sits down with David Dunn and Todd Cox to discuss Trump’s voter fraud committee and get the facts straight on the issue.


  41. July 24, 2017 at 8:46 am

    More Than 380,000 Georgia Voters Receive ‘Purge Notice’
    Jul 21, 2017, 3:35pm Regina Willis
    “Being an inactive voter does not mean I am off the voter rolls, but it is the first step to taking me off. And I’ve had enough of that.”

    More than 380,000 Georgia voters received a “purge notice” from their local board of elections under the direction of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Rewire has learned through an open records request.

    The ACLU sent a letter earlier this month to Secretary of State Brian Kemp and to the chairperson of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections alleging that these notices, when sent to voters who moved within the same county, violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The letter requested more information about the notices that were sent out and officially informed the named officials of their intent to sue if corrective actions are not taken.

    Fulton County resident Stacey Hopkins received an official piece of mail on July 3 informing her that, “If you do not return the attached card within 30 days, you will be moved to an inactive [voter] status.”

    “I opened the notice, it was on July 3 right before Independence Day,” Hopkins told Rewire in a July 14 phone interview. “And I opened it and I read the first line and to be honest the first thing my mind said was, ‘This is bull.’ Because of the work that I’ve done doing voter registration in the state and being a part of a coalition of voter empowerment and civic engagement groups, I immediately recognized it for what it was.”

  42. 90 Allison
    July 24, 2017 at 8:52 am

    • 91 whenpamelawandered
      July 24, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Eff the tweeter, he’ll get his, but this is a fine photo of our ONLY President! ❤️🎶🎶

  43. 92 Allison
    July 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

  44. July 24, 2017 at 8:59 am

    The buck doesn’t stop here either…

    • 94 Don
      July 24, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Oh hell to the no! As a government employee that recently completed my third background investigation in my seventeen year career. It is absolutely bullshit that Kushner would blame it on his assistant. Just to show you how I’m amazed that Kushner still has a security clearance. One of the questions on the form asked about my parents and if they were still alive. I mistakenly checked the box that said my mother was alive, my mom passed away over ten years ago. This one simply mistake delayed my clearance for a couple of months. They wanted to know how and why did I check the wrong box. I’m amazed this guy can step foot inside the White House on a daily basis.

      • July 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

        That’s one of my daily questions, Don. Why does Kushner still have a security clearance. Everyone I’ve heard who’s been through the process tells of suspensions/revocation of clearances for much less.

        My second daily question is there a Republican with ANY sense of morals and any sense of patriotism who takes their oath of office seriously? If so, at what point will they take the steps to remove this child playing president???

        • 96 Don
          July 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

          I can’t explain why he still has a security clearance, at the least he should be suspended until everything is cleared up or have his clearance terminated for repeatedly lying oh his SF86. Just to work in a federal instillation you have to go through more than one background check, this is beyond unusual.

  45. July 24, 2017 at 9:17 am

    And, the KKKeebler Elf still hasn’t resigned.
    Uh huh
    Uh huh.

    WaPo: Intel intercepts show Sessions, Kislyak talked Trump Russia
    Rachel Maddow reports on another batch of breaking news stories, including a Washington Post report that intelligence indicates that when Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak they talked about the Trump campaign and Russia-related matters

  46. July 24, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Can Trump sabotage the Trump Russia probe?
    Bob Bauer, former White House counsel under President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about what happens to the Trump Russia investigation if Donald Trump tries to go after Robert Mueller or the investigation itself.

  47. July 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

    How far can Trump take his pardon power?
    Bob Bauer, former White House counsel under President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether Donald Trump would have to announce if he has pardoned someone and whether a pardon could be seen as an obstruction of justice.

  48. July 24, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Trump team grasping for ways to undercut Mueller Russia probe
    Walter Dellinger, former assistant attorney general and acting solicitor general, talks with Rachel Maddow about some of the excuses the Donald Trump team is trying out in search of a pretext for firing Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Trump Russia probe.

  49. July 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Trump makes ethics office more accommodating
    Rachel Maddow reports on Donald Trump’s selection of a more permissive leader of the Office of Government Ethics and notes not only did the new leader approve Jared Kushner’s amended disclosure forms, but he released them at 7pm on a Friday instead of when they were signed.

    July 24, 2017 at 9:47 am


  51. 103 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Goooooood Monday Morning!

  52. 104 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

  53. July 24, 2017 at 10:16 am

    FROM BJ’s Mayhew:

    50% of income is a wonderful choice

    by David Anderson
    at 9:35 am on July 24, 2017

    I was laid off from a program evaluation job in September 2009. I had been working at a grant funded pediatric behavioral and mental health care coordination demonstration project. It was a service that was more expensive up front but usually saved Medicaid money in a few years and social services/criminal justice costs very quickly. We had good results that had been backed up by an external program evaluation.


    Half of our income for a policy with a deductible equal to our entire monthly income is not an actual choice for insurance. We were trying to stay current on the mortgage, keep diapers on our daughter, and not fall too far behind. And we mostly were able to manage. Once we were both working full time, it took us two years to dig out of the hole that my lay-off placed us in. And that was only because we got lucky. We got lucky that we stayed healthy. We got lucky that we both could find decent enough jobs with decent pay and better advancement opportunities. We got lucky in that we were going to be okay if nothing else happened and nothing else actually happened.

    Your money or your life is not a choice.

  54. 106 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 10:46 am

  55. 107 Allison
    July 24, 2017 at 11:04 am

  56. 109 desertflower
    July 24, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Morning everyone. Important thread.

  57. 110 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

    • 111 0388jojothecat
      July 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

      I think the last time I remember a solar eclipse where we could see it in California during the day i was in middle school so it had to be 1967/68. Does anyone remember an eclipse that could be seen from the west coast around this time?

  58. 112 ydavis00
    July 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

  59. 113 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

  60. 114 Dudette
    July 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

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