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April 19, 2014

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Texans thanking President Obama helped by Obamacare during visit to Austin

Obamacare Texas

These are the stories that never make it on the 5:00 o’clock or 6:00 o’clock news. President Obama visited Texas last week. He had a chance to visit with Texas families personally impacted by the health care law, Obamacare. Texas is one of the Republican states that is denying thousands of its citizens the right to healthcare through the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. As reported in DailyKOS, The federal government will pay for 100 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion until 2017 and 90 percent after that. Each state is then on the hook for the other 10 percent. The loss to rejectionist red state coffers, the Commonwealth Fund found, is staggering. As USA Today summed it up: By 2022, Texas could lose $9.2 billion by not expanding Medicaid as allowed under the Affordable Care Act, while Florida could lose $5 billion over that period, the study conducted by The Commonwealth Fund shows...Also during that period, the study showed, Georgia could lose $2.9 billion, while Virginia could lose $2.8 bil … [Read more...]

Charlene Dill’s story: ‘If you get sick DIE quickly’ in these states

Charlene Dill Medicaid expansion obamacare

  It is time for those supporting Obamacare to get on the offensive. The lives of Americans depend on it. How many more Charlene Dill stories of people dying because of politicians playing politics with their lives and healthcare is necessary? At this point, acquiescing to the status quo is no less morally reprehensible than the actions of those blocking the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. The Charlene Dill story along with countless others must be told. She did not have to die. President Obama provided a proactive narrative for those supporting Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion at his news conference yesterday. He provided a civil and characteristically presidential narrative that should form the base of a dialogue with constituents. It is however necessary to point out stories like the  Charlene Dill story in all its graphicness. Americans will understand that anyone of them under the right circumstances could be her. No characteristically presidential message is enough. Charlene was … [Read more...]

President Obama’s news conference – 8 million enrolled in Obamacare – It’s working (VIDEO)

President Obama Obamacare

President Obama gave a solid and strong performance at his news conference today. Above is a representative snippet from the news conference. Watch it in its entirety and share it. Highlights of the news conference on Obamacare. 8 Million+ citizens are now enrolled in Obamacare. 35% of citizens enrolled in Obamacare are under 35 years old. Obamacare has brought economic security to all consumers of health insurance. Over 14 million have received insurance over the exchanges and via the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. Medical cost is now growing at less than 1/2 previous rates. Obamacare is shrinking the deficits. It is fact that repealing Obamacare would increase the budget deficit, raise premiums, and take away insurance from millions of Americans. The president then said triumphantly that it is fact that the Affordable Care Act is working. President Obama chided Republicans for their continued intransigence. I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in … [Read more...]

Hard Working Citizen Challenges Congressman Over Minimum Wage (VIDEO)

Dennis Ross Minimum Wage

Rep. Dennis Ross got on his high horse to scold constituents who support a higher minimum wage, a living wage. Once again a politician puts his tunnel vision ideology over the reality of pain and suffering of the working poor and the working middle class. Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) is confronted by constituent Shaneeka Rainer who works a full time job at Arby’s for minimum wage. Think Progress reports it as follows. People like Shaneeka Rainer are often told that they shouldn’t try to get the minimum wage increased because it only really applies to teenagers working entry-level jobs. That indeed may have described Rainer 10 years ago, when he first entered the workforce. But a decade after he got his first job in fast food, Rainer still finds himself working at Arby’s for minimum wage. In other words, Rainer has worked an entire decade receiving only one raise: when Congress increased the minimum wage in 2007. And so he showed up at his congressman’s public forum on Tuesday to ask Rep. Dennis Ross … [Read more...]

Krystal Ball calls out Rancher Cliven Bundy And His Gang Of Thugs – They Are Not Patriots

Krystal ball patriot

Krystal Ball came out swinging on Krystal Clear today on the Cyclist. She is rightfully mad that the Right Wing has appropriated the word patriot. Cliven Bundy is a rancher who has been grazing his cattle on public lands without paying the required fees. He was also grazing on protected land. Cliven Bundy has lost his case against the federal government several times. The federal government finally came in and impounded Cliven Bundy’s livestock. Ultimately an armed gang of thugs came from many parts of the country to support Cliven Bundy. Fox News and other conservatives referred to Cliven Bundy and his thugs as patriots. Imagine if these were armed land owners in North Dakota and South Dakota attempting to protect their land against corporations evoking eminent domain on their land. Does anyone believe conservatives would call them patriots? Does anyone doubt the government would go in for the kill? Yet the government backed down from Cliven Bundy and his thugs. The government gave him back his l … [Read more...]

New CBO report on Obamacare will give Republicans heartburn. (VIDEO)

CBO Report Obamacare

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an updated CBO report on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It is much better than expected. It makes the lies that are continuously spewed about Obamacare even more incredulous and morally reprehensible. The CBO report on Obamacare said the following. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates. Relative to their previous projections, CBO and JCT now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government: The agencies now project a net cost of $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection for the year; and $1,383 billion for the 2015–2024 period, $104 billion less than the previous projection Why does the CBO Report conclud … [Read more...]

Bill Maher – The GOP has become Talk Radio

Bill Maher

There is not much that needs to be added to this Bill Maher snippet. It stands on its own. Bill Maher Transcript of Saturday’s New Rule snippet Last week brought the news that powerful Republican Congressman Mike Rogers was leaving the House to join an already long list of conservative radio hosts that includes Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Monica Crowley, Dennis Prager, Herman Cain, I could go on. But who could blame you for thinking, "Geez, aren't there enough right-wing radio hosts as it is?"  No.  Never.  There are never enough!  Why?  Because the Tea Party always has room for one more voice in their heads. Now politicians have left elected office for TV and radio before, but it says a lot about Congress that someone as powerful as Mike Rogers is doing it.  He's the head of the House Intelligence Committee.  And he said about leaving his post, "Yes, it is an important position, but I think I'd like to try and move the needle on the debate. … [Read more...]

Matthew Dowd believe Rand Paul could be the Republican nominee

Rand Paul

A few weeks ago I wrote the piece titled “Don’t laugh but Rand Paul could be our next president” in which I said the following. If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, as a Democrat it would be better than any Republican getting elected. Given Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street baggage however, the triangulation used by the Clintons against the Republicans in the past may just be used against them in 2016. A populist Republican with limited Wall Street ties, with a fairly liberal social stance on marijuana, marriage equality, immigration reform, incarceration (mandatory minimums), and women’s rights is out there waiting. Anyone following the news can see that Republican in the making. I got slaughtered, with words of course, at every site it was posted at. It is a good thing I have pretty thick skin. Anyhow, it seems like some pundits are in agreement. Matthew Dowd had an interesting take on ThisWeek. George Stephanopoulos: Rand Paul is at the top and he does seem to be striking a chord with his  call for … [Read more...]

James Carville gives 3 reasons why Rick Perry is his dark horse GOP nominee

James Carville Rick Perry

James Carville was on a roll on This Week. He played various contrarian positions. James Carville actually believes Rick Perry stands a chance to be the GOP nominee. He said the following. My dark horse candidate believe it or not is Rick Perry. And I say that and I give you my reasons. First of all the Kentucky Derby is coming up. He’s been around the course once. He knows what the track is like. Secondly, he can raise a bucket load of money. He is governor of Texas. Third, unlike Scott Walker he’s got a compelling economic story to tell. Somebody from the Bush Scott Walker, I think Rick Perry would be my dark horse. And I think he’s more electable. James Carville was challenged by Mathew Dowd. Dowd said he advocated back in 2012 that Rick Perry was the leading candidate. He implied he was burned by unfulfilled potential. James Carville shot back stating that he did not say leading candidate but dark horse. The dark horse can win when you least expect of course. Rick Perry has been doing some trian … [Read more...]

Bloggers must make traditional news media irrelevant if America is to succeed

Traditional News Media

America has more traditional news media sources than ever in its history. Yet, Americans seem more uninformed than ever. This can only be blamed on the sources America deems trustworthy. A classic example of the ineptitude of the Traditional news media is evident with the governor’s race in Texas. It is not only fascinating, it is substantive. Specifically, education, availability of water, and equal pay are major issues in the state. Informed Texans must vet the two candidates, state senator Wendy Davis and attorney general Greg Abbott, to determine which of them would best fulfill the needs of Texas. Unfortunately, the news media shows up at their rallies in the attempt to find gotchas and seldom report the substantive portion of the events. Wendy Davis visited Houston, Texas to lay out how her education plan contrasted Greg Abbott’s plan. Questions of funding were asked and addressed. Greg Abbott’s use of an anti-woman white nationalist as an education advisor was addressed. Many of Houston’s major tr … [Read more...]