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Sunday, January 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — Obamacare is working.

True, that sentence comes with a large asterisk. It is working in states that have followed the essential design of the Affordable Care Act, particularly in Kentucky, Connecticut, Washington and California. The law was written with states’ rights and state responsibilities in mind. States that created their own health care exchanges — and especially those that did this while also expanding Medicaid coverage — are providing health insurance to tens of thousands of happy customers, in so many cases for the first time.

Those seeking a model for how the law is supposed to operate should look to Kentucky. Governor Steve Beshear, a Democrat in a red state, has embraced with evangelical fervor the cause of covering 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians. Check out the website — yes, a website — for regular updates on how things are going there.

“We’re signing up people at the rate of a thousand a day,” Beshear said in a telephone interview. “It just shows the pent-up demand that’s out there.”

Beshear urges us to keep our eyes on the interests of those the law is intended to serve, our uninsured fellow citizens. “These 640,000 people are not some set of aliens,” he says. “They’re our friends and neighbors … some of them are members of our families.” As for the troubled national website, Beshear offered this: “If I could give unsolicited advice to the critics, and maybe to the media, it’s: Take a deep breath.”

Wise counsel. But there can be no denying the system failure that is a profound embarrassment to the Obama administration and threatens to undermine all the good the law could do, since its enemies will use any excuse to discredit it.

Much is inexplicable about how the administration blew the launch. Everyone involved knew that this is President Obama’s signature achievement. Everyone knew that the repeal crowd would pounce on any difficulty, let alone a massive set of tech problems so easy to mock in an age when everyone has views as to what an online experience should be like. Everyone knew going in that this was a complicated endeavor. It is very hard to understand how the officials in charge could risk ignoring the red flags they apparently saw before the site went live.

Some explanations, however, are obvious. The federal government was not supposed to be running this many insurance exchanges. You might have expected that Republican governors who cherish the prerogatives of the states would, like Beshear, welcome the chance to prove that this free-market approach to providing insurance coverage could thrive.

205 Responses to Don’t Give Up On The Uninsured

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  2. I don’t think its fair to fault the states for not leaping to setup and establish their own Healthcare exchanges. Why should they when the Federal Government will set one up? If a state initiates this project and it doesn’t work, they will have to deal with the consequences, not the Obama administration.

    It makes little sense to fault states for not leaping to establish exchanges, most have hard enough times with roads and education.

    There are a lot of good things in the ACA, and there are a lot of potential problems. But blaming its problems on the states not rallying around the Federal government seems like an unfair argument.

    • John, that isn’t why those states did not set up state-run exchanges.

      States like Virginia did not setup their own exchanges because their Tea Party leaderships wanted desperately to make the whole thing fail.

      • I am not denying that many members of the Tea Party want it to fail.

        What I am saying is there is no incentive for Governors in some of these states to blindly support a policy that is divisive and might not work. What would the voters think? How would it play out in a campaign?

        Blaming the success or failure of the ACA on state officials not getting behind it is unfair.

        • Well John Pigg, to answer you directly, I do blame my governor for not setting up the exchanges in my state. Gov. McDonnell (R-VA) is in direct cahoots with the GOTP, especially the Tea Party darling now running for governor who is also my tinfoil a$$hat AG Ken Cuccinelli (the ideologue of all demagogues), to make sure that people will continue to blame the failure of ACA on the President.

          Voting day is less than 2 weeks away (Nov. 5th), & you can bet I’m voting straight Dem or Independent all the way. Won’t be any GOP/TP I pick on my ballot, & also not from any of the people I know, which are plentiful.

          • Don’t blame yeah in that race. Although its not possible to vote straight independent at least in my state.

            But it seems silly to expect the states to leap towards establishing something when they already have enough problems with roads and education. I have heard that VA struggles a great deal with toll roads and highways.

            The problem with healthcare is that it is best managed by individual states. But at a state level it seems like the states already have enough problems balancing their responsibilities. It seems silly to expect the states to fall in line with a nationally divisive Federal healthcare strategy.

            Just from a realpolitik standpoint there isn’t a whole lot of incentive. If it works Obama gets the credit, if it doesn’t work then I get the blame.

            But I heartily expect Mr. Cuccinelli to lose quite handily. It will be funny to see how many conservatives back the Libertarian out of spite for the GOP nominee.

          • Sorry for the misunderstanding John Pigg. I have a few Independents that are running against Repubs on the local level, (commissioner, treasurer, delegate), so the Independents will receive my votes in those cases if they’re not Dems. Rest of the ballot is straight Dem.

            Independent1 below explained it better than I did. My governor not only refused to set up the exchanges, he also refused the federal monies to expand Medicaid which is hurting thousands of Virginians.

            As for Cooch, I so pray you are correct!! It’s hard to believe how many of my own neighbors, people I used to talk to all the time & have backyard B-B-Q’s & pool parties with, kids playing together, etc., all have Cooch signs in their yards, along with Obenshain, & the hateful false prophet E.W. Jackson.

            All around my neighborhood yesterday I counted 57 freaking signs in less than a mile. This time last week it was 23. And people wonder why I never want to leave my home or even go outside in my own yard anymore. They make me ill. It was the same last year with Romney. I’d move very far away if I could, but it is not feasible at present.

            I knew I had GOP lovers all around me, but I never knew how racist they were until recently. Must have killed them all those years interacting with my entire family at my mother’s home with her pool parties & putting on their fake smiles towards my sister & her husband. My family is white even though we’re part Native American, & my sister was married to the most wonderful man who would have done anything for anyone, & he was black.

            Can anyone say oxymoron here? Jackson is black but they’re voting for him since he’s running with Cooch. I’ve had to deal with racist bigots a lot in all my years, but this is just too much for me to bear anymore. They positively make me nauseous with their hatred, vile remarks, & attitudes.

            They say they want smaller government, but yet want Cooch who’s all about being in everyone’s bedroom, closing down clinics that help men & women just because he hates abortions & would outlaw them all no matter the case, & he was 1 of 4 AG’s that voted against renewing the VAWA [Violence Against Women Act]. And that’s not to mention the entire scandal with Star Scientific, as well as the energy company whose name escapes me at the moment.

            Cooch had the perfect opportunity to rewrite the old law ‘Crimes Against Nature’ back in 2003, but he refused. That law was struck down by our State Supreme Court as unconstitutional. He refused because he claims it stops pedophiles, which is an outright lie as we already have plenty of laws on the books to prosecute pedophiles & this law could actually set them free as reported yesterday (I need to go find that source again). He claims he would never use it against consenting adults who are of different genders in traditional marriage, but he wants the law left in place to stop all LGBT people from coming to our state to do business, or start a business, or practice their arts, whatever they have to contribute, because he says they’re all sick people in mind, body, & soul.

            I hate these Bible thumpers who know nothing about being a true Christian. They just want to pick the Bible apart & only use what tickles their ears & gives them the warm fuzzies, while they totally distort, twist, & lie about the rest of the Good Book, which is E.W. Jackson all the way.

            I’ve said for a very long time that we’re all the same underneath that 1/16 inch of skin. I’ve never believed in racism, bigotry, or any type of prejudices. I’ve always felt just as one of our past president’s who said it so succinctly. “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, & we are all mortal.” – John F. Kennedy.

            UGH, time to leave all this nasty insanity & go do something else with my day. You make it a wonderful weekend.

          • Don’t worry I think Cucinelli should be beaten quite handily. And to help restore your belief in humanity I think the reason will be primarily that conservatives and independents won’t be able to stomach his religious-social-republicanism.

            If I was a gambling man, I’d bet on a high Dem turnout. A strong Libertarian Party showing. And a poor Cucinelli finish. I see some similarities with this race and the Mourdoch-Donnelly race.

        • And it’s not just refusing to set up exchanges, it’s also all the governors that have refused to accept the federal monies to expand Medicaid. This has actually increased the problem by forcing hundreds of thousands maybe millions of Medicaid eligibles to have to search for coverage via the ACA website. Like for example here in Maine, where arguably America’s worst governor not only refused to have anything to do with setting up the websites, but also refused to do anything with regards to accepting the Fed monies for Medicaid which threw 70,000 Mainers into the uninsured rolls because he at the same time cut back state Medicaid funding just after he had passed legislaltion to reduce the income tax rate on his highend rich buddies.

          • Nope that is something that is inexcusable but as you mentioned unrelated. There is no excuse for not expanding the Medicaid coverage, and essentially it amounts in a tax increase by Republicans on conservative states to pay for Blue states.

            The stupidity in not expanding coverage is unbelievable.

            That being said… it’s unfair to expect the states to leap to setup their own state exchanges
            .

  3. Don’t let the efforts by those who would use anything to demonize ACA influence your opinion. The Federal website problems impair the effectiveness of one of the tools available to sign in for an exchange, and benefit from the availability of affordable healthcare insurance. ACA, in spite of all the efforts being made by the GOP since its inception, is working and will be successful. The GOP, especially the Tea Party faction, is well aware of the latter and that is the reason they are frenetically trying to derail the program. Unfortunately for them, as more and more Americans learn more about the program and how it benefits them, the success of the program will expose the deceitful tactics that have been used – and continue to be used – to demonize something that ends the most exclusive and expensive medical system in the world, and replaces it with a system that allows ALL Americans to get affordable healthcare.
    Instead of embracing the brainchild of the Heritage Foundation, the GOP chose to fight it, and they are likely to be perceived as an obtuse party by millions of Americans as a result of a strategy influenced by intolerance and hatred rather than pragmatism.

    • The GOP now operate like the weakest links on a high school debate team, who always end up taking up the cause of the “negative.” Each year, competition is based on one topic, and most competitors on a high school level work in pairs, either affirmative or negative. The best speakers and researchers usually argue in the affirmative, because you have to prove there is a need to change the status quo AND show that you have a plan that meets that need. Second string debaters excel on the negative teams, poking holes in whatever case an affirmative team has the audacity to float in front of them. The difference between today’s GOP and a high school debate team is that in high school you have to play by the rules.

      Having brought cheating in politics to the highest level in the last forty years, Republicans now think its well-honed negative debate style will be enough to bring down the ACA. Here’s how high school debates are won: the affirmative team builds a strong case for the need for change (piece of cake when it comes to the American health care system) and show point by point how their plan (ACA) meets that need. The negative side in this debate cannot argue very effectively for retaining the status quo or leaving millions to die without health insurance. They can only pick apart the plan itself and try to show whether it meets the need. In the case of the GOP, it’s their own plan, so their talking point arguments can be easily dismissed outside the Fox News bubble. The obstacles Republicans have thrown in the way of the ACA are a way of showing that the plan does not meet the needs it was designed to address.

      Here we defeat them using a tried and true debating technique. The negative brings out a flurry of objections, which the affirmative allows them to ratchet up, loud and clear, as they become more and more convinced of their own arguments. Everybody on earth thinks they are winning. This is where we stand now in the debate over Obamacare. Then the affirmative briefly reminds the judge of how its plan meets an established need. All the rest is picking off the negative’s rebuttals, like shooting fish in a barrel (see how easy it is to use their own ammunition against them?) And the affirmative gets the last word, as is often the case in life itself.

      • That’s a great analogy you’ve employed to show how juvenile so many of us have become in our problem-solving approach. From the dawn of humanity, it has always been more easy to rant about how bad something is without offering a well-reasoned alternative. Apparently, we still like the non-thinking method because to offer a viable solution requires mental effort—-something the fringe elements are unwilling to expend.

        • Some of the right wing fringe elements are not only unwilling to put forth mental effort, they are unable to because of inherent stupidity.

        • What is sheer baffoonery is the fact that the majority of the concepts came from the right, so it would be easy to castigate them since the idea originated with them. This hate for the President is going to castrate them.

      • Thank you for the timely reminder. The only benefit for the negativism and obstructionism that passes for political debate nowadays, without ever offering viable solutions for the socio-economic problems we have, is that those who depend on it to advance their agenda are likely to become irrelevant in the not too distant future.

      • You can theorize all you want, yet even LIBERALS are now complaining about the ACA…..to wit: Rabid liberal & Obama supporter Joan Hamburg of NYC radio talk fame complained earlier this week about being “lied to by Obama about ACA.” Her words: “he promised us we could keep our own doctors, but now we discover we cannot.” “He (Obama) told us prices would go down, but they’ve gone UP.” “The administration has LIED TO US.” Joan Hamburgs’s words There IS something good that will come from all these lies however. When the American people discover ON THEIR OWN how much we’ve all been deceived by the ACA lies, liberals & democrats will NOT stand a chance of reelection in 2014 or beyond. A fitting payback for all the lies & deception..

        • If your little tid-bit filled with lies and denial helps you sleep at night then, I say, go for it….because come 2016 you won’t be getting any sleep and your losing “candidate” will be hoping for an invitation to lunch at the White House with Hillary…

          • You can keep your blinders on & deny the obvious, but come January 2014, EVERY American will discover the sad facts and lies about our new “affordable” health care system…lose your current doctors, pay exorbitant rates, and see deductibles in the high 4 digit range..IE many thousands! Once this reality hits, liberals will be demonized nationwide, and will pay dearly in the 2014 elections. As for your new “hero” she is responsible for abandoning our four brave citizens to die in Benghazi, then made up lies to cover her boss’s reelection chances, and the public won’t soon forget her malfeasance. But as Hillary says, “Who cares, and what difference does it make?” Well, their children, wives & families care!!!

    • Dominick, I agree with you, almost 100%. My only issue with what you have to say is whether those on the right will understand what you mean by “obtuse”. As we know, it is difficult for us to see ourselves as others see us, without the use of a mirror, and, as we have seen, those on the right are averse to mirrors.

  4. Some are canceling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions. Obamacare forbids insurers from rejecting applicants with pre-existing conditions or charging them higher prices.

    Kaiser Health News said an estimated 14 million people purchase their own coverage because they don’t get it through their jobs.

    KHN offered several examples:

    Florida Blue is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state.

    Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people, about half of its individual business.

    Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers.

    Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.

    KHN said Blue Shield of California sent about 119,000 cancellation notices out in mid-September, about 60 percent of its individual business.

    Spokesman Steve Shivinsky said about two-thirds of those policyholders will see rate increases in their new policies.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/shock-hundreds-of-thousands-losing-health-plans/#8ApvfYlbPFjbHXPy.99

    • And read the rest of the original article from Kaiser Health care which says those plans are being replaced with new ones because certain coverage that ACA requires, like mammograms, aren’t covered in those plans. If you’re going to quote “facts” (1. Use a credible source, not World News Daily and (2. provide both sides of the story.

      • You
        don’t know what facts are. You only believe the trash you get from Barry, who
        couldn’t tell the truth if he had to, or all this left news, that’s twisted. Now
        it looks like Barry is going to extend the signup time. It’s a failure, just
        like he is. Did you notice that the debt went to over 17 trillion, right after
        Barry got his way. Oh that’s right, it’s only other people’s money. You don’t care.

        • You are a crank that ignores facts and just likes to post nonsense. And when someone points out your lack of substantiating evidence to support your claims you resort to talking about the debt and disrespecting the President of the United States.

          • Once
            again. You wouldn’t know a fact, if it hit you in the face. Finally, ever your
            news, ABC, and the like, have had to admit Barry care Is a failure. Oh, and outsourcing. Canadian co. Not even a good one. 600 million tax dollars gone. Those, are facts.
            I’m not sure why you demonrats want the government telling you what to do. Oh wait, you asswagons can get out of bed in the morning, if someone doesn’t tell you too. I hope Barry doesn’t tell you all to jump off a cliff.

          • I know one thing for sure. In a few years when the ACA is working great, the republican will be taking credit for it. That’s what they did with Medicare and Social Security. If it weren’t for the democrats we wouldn’t have those at all. All retirees middle class and lower class would be living in poverty. Homeless would be much worse than it is now.

          • You
            actually don’t get it, do you. It was designed to fail. Barry wants a single
            payer system. Then it will be completely government controlled.
            Republicans want no part of this piece of crap!

          • No, you are so brainwashed by Faux news that you can’t see beyond the end of your nose. You’ve been brainwashed!!!!!!

          • LOL..the fact of the matter is, i get news, not that twisted shit you get fed by the Barry network. You’ll smarten up, maybe, but I doubt it. This is to much for your pie brain, but did you ever wonder why Fox in number one?

          • Faux Snooze IS number one…on the bullshit meter! By their own admission, they are not a news organization, but an entertainment network. That is Rupert Murdoch’s defense in order not to be sued.

          • It’s not what I think, it’s what I know. Look it up; do some original research instead of being spoon-fed your daily dose of right-wing rat poison. Original research? What a novel idea! Unencumbered by factual analysis, Faux provides intellectuals like you with your daily fix, while Rupert is laughing (at you and yours) all the way to the bank.

          • Stop being a moron. Although it fits you. I know what they are listed as. The point you miss, is they offer news. don’t you feel bad, that the world is going by, and you’re left in the dust?

          • I guess that the part of the world where I live does not consider the drivel that comes from Faux Snooze to be news, but more like a disease for mental midgets. I most emphatically do not feel bad that your world is going by. I’m very glad to give that world a miss.

          • Nice change of subject! I’m impressed (not) by your subtlety. I could not find liberalism listed as a disease in the PRG. And no, I am not a liberal.

          • Here, try this

            One
            of the basic tenets of liberalism, whether they admit it or not, is taking from
            the productive and giving to the unproductive. The moochers who take from
            society understand that, which is why they keep voting for liberals who are
            driving our country into bankruptcy.

          • Cite your source, please. This is no definition of liberalism that anyone with any intelligence has ever promulgated.

          • Redistribution of wealth = Raygunomics. The rich have been stealing us blind since the dawn of time. Yet in this country, in the last forty years, it has reached unprecedented and ridiculous levels. There is redistribution, from the producers to the disgusting leeches that have their hand up your sock puppet a**, and make you twitch and yelp to their tune. I know . . . you do love it so.

          • Well you’re wrong there too. It was called trickle down, Barry is the one for redistribution. Oh that’s right. You people hate wealthy people. You belive wealth starts with government.

          • How’s that trickle-down theory worked for you? I imagine it’s trickled right down your leg there in your tin house on wheels in the trailer park in Upper Bumfuck in whichever red state you reside in.

          • Of course it was DUMB A**! What it did AND does, is redistribute the wealth create by the producers to the useless parasites that you worship so highly. As far as your “Redistribution” of wealth, that is propaganda perpetrated by the rich and their minions, to take in idiots like you.

            It just ain’t true, BOZO.

            As far as wealth starting with government, that is just your bigotry, arroance, and especially, ignorance talking. Wealth should belong to those that CREATE the wealth. NOT those that can manipulate that wealth into their already to well stuffed pockets. Of course, this is perfectly legal. Their bought minions wrote the laws.

          • That’s what i was trying to get acrossed to you. True wealth begins in the private sector. Unlike you, who prays to Obama every night, I only worship God, and I don’t mean the bottom feeder in the white house, like you do.

          • Well I do not worship Obama any more than you worship God. You can pretend, but you do not believe anything that Christ ever taught. You might as well save your breath and use your time doing something else, because your soul has already been spoken for.

            You got nothing across to me. You have never listened to anyone except the evil that controls your soul. I HAVE NEVER SAID TRUE WEALTH BEGINS WITH GOVERNMENT. NO ONE HERE HAS EVER SAID THAT. Lying sh*t sack. What government does is act as a leveler. That is what government is supposed to do.

            In your view, I should be under constraints, while of course, you should be allowed to do whatever damn hateful thing you want. Your problem is an unforgivable sin. You think you are more important than everyone else. Therefore, you can never be a REAL Christian.

            Think about it. Every post you make contains at least one fantastic, impossible lie. Every post you make has a slur against a sitting president, regardless of the topic of the article. You are just a cowardly, self-important, chicken-sh*t, that knows no one can knock your teeth down your throat with one of your own wrenches.

            Of course, I bet you do not even get your hands dirty on a busy day. You got some low paid jacklegs to do your work for you.

          • LMAO..the government is a leveler? Where the fuck did you dig that one up. Did they teach that to you in school?
            let’s see, sitting whatever you called him. He’s your leader, not mine. You’re too stupid to see what he’s doing, so you deserver what you get. You’re not going to like the end result.

          • He’s your leader unless you wish to be seen as treasonous. Oops, you are treasonous.

            No, dipsh*t, government and the law act as levelers. For what other reason do we have government? I realize that the law is for peons like me, not for wonder scum like you.

            I am smart enough to see the treason that scum like you commits. You want freedom, but only for yourself. F*ck everyone else.

          • There ya go again. assuming. You’d be the ass part. I, as others want to keep our freedom. You, however want to have a dictator in the office. He’s trashing our constitution, and you don’t care, or are to stupid to see it. I’m leaning to the latter. So, anyway, you just keep kissing muslim ass. He’ll be proud of you. Other dems are starting to wake up. Ok, back under the bed with your Barry doll!

          • I assume nothing. That is your method. You assume I want a dictator because in your evil, racist mind, you cannot tolerate our President.

            Have you even read the Constitution. I will bet you have not. Listened to Rush’s version on A(sshole) M(edia) is more likely.

            Everytime you call Obama a Muslim, you are destroying your own argument with a lie. Of course, even if he were Muslim, that would only prove you were a racist bigot.

          • Goodness, get a clue you moron.

            Liberal = lib·er·al

            ˈlib(ə)rəl/

            adjective

            1. open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.

            “they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people”

            2. (of education) concerned mainly with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.

            synonyms: wide-ranging, broad-based, general More

            noun

            1.a person of liberal views.

            ————————————————-

            Regressive = you…

            re·gres·sive

            riˈgresiv/

            adjective

            1. becoming less advanced; returning to a former or less developed state.

            “the regressive, infantile wish for the perfect parent of early childhood”

            2. (of a tax) taking a proportionally greater amount from those on lower incomes.

          • If you want to talk about moochers, why don’t you start with your favorite one – Romney the poster boy for Vulture Capitalism who hasn’t one iota of respect for his own country, and proves it each and every time he sends his billions to off-shore accounts and sells America and its workers out to China….

          • I didn’t realize GOP run states were liberals!! It’s GOP run states that are sucking the most welfare and food stamp dollars. 12 of the 15 states that suck the most federal aid from Washington, sucking yours, mine and everyone elses’ tax dollars are RED STATES – Liberals?? All 10 of the states that get back more than $1.50 in federal aid for each $1 of taxes they send to Washington are Liberal? Red States. Whereas all 10 of the states that get the least tax dollars back (less than 80cents/$1 of taxes paid) are Conservative? Blue States??? Boy!! You are really mixed up their kid – you need to get your head on straight.

            And as far as food stamps go (more sucking of taxpayer dollars), there are 456 counties in the US that get more than 90% of the food stamp distributions; and it’s interesting that of those 456, 421 of those counties voted for the liberal?? candidate for president last year – Mitt Romney???

            Sorry Nitwit, but you’ve got the definition reversed – IT’S PRETEND CONSERVATIVES THAT ARE TAKING PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE’S TAX DOLLARS AND SHUTTLING THEM TO THEIR UNPRODUCTIVE RICH MASTERS WHO ARE SPENDING EVERYTHING THEY GET ON THEMSELVES AS THEY BUY MORE HOUSES, MORE YACHTS, TAKE MORE TRIPS AROUND THE WORLD AND JUST HAVE A GREAT OLD TIME REVELING IN THEMSELVES!!!!!!!!!!

          • You know why Faux News garners the #1 News outlet award each year? Because only Republicans are clueless enough sheeple to keep coming back to that one news trough each day, while Democrats and Independents are smart enough to know they need to get their news from a variety of news outlets to ensure the news they hear isn’t biased. Therefore, they distribute their votes for the best news outlet across a variety of outlets, rather than like Republicans who get their brains washed from the same feeding trough every day and night.

          • You get news?? What a laugh!! Is that why a couple surveys have proven that people who listen to Faux News know less about the news than people who don’t listen to any news at all!!

            And why is that?? Because Faux News is nothing but entertainment that focuses on one lie and distortion after another to keep their sheeple entertained with nonsense!!

            Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University updated a study they had conducted in late 2011. That study only sampled respondents from New Jersey, where the university
            is located. This time, the researchers conducted a nationwide poll.

            The poll asked questions about international news (Iran, Egypt, Syria and Greece were included) and domestic affairs (Republican primaries, Congress, unemployment and the Keystone XL pipeline.)

            The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don’t watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy
            right.

            As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just
            1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. The study concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers.

          • At this point, anything you say, is invalid. You get your news from this
            rag. A George Soros’ funded

            site. I was wondering why the news was always a little screwed.

          • Nice try but no cigar. I don’t own a TV and only listen to radio news when I’m driving in my car (One of the best news outlets in America -WBZ in Boston – which is certainly not Soros owned).
            Aside from that, I get most of my news from research and internet news feeds from the Washington Post (owned by Bezzos), the Wall Street Journal (certainly not Soros owned); the New York Times news feeds, CNN updates, Bloomberg and Yahoo news (which by the way carries many Faux News article). And on top of that I do lots of research TO VERIFY THE NEWS I’M GETTING FROM THESE OUTLETS.
            Anyway, I get news from enough different outlets and do enough research to know when I’m hearing absolute lies and distortions from especially one news outlet FAUX NEWS – THE LYING NEWS OUTLET OF THE PLANET!!!!!!

            YOU KNOW A NEWS OUTLET IS REALLY DIRTY WHEN IT HAS TO RESORT TO CHANGING EMAILS IT INTERCEPTS IN ORDER TO CONFORM TO THE LIES AND DISTORTIONS THAT IT HAS BEEN BROADCASTING. JUST AS FAUX NEWS DID WITH SOME WHITE HOUSE EMAILS IT CAME ACROSS RELATED TO THE ATTACK ON OUR BENGHAZI CONSULATE. FAUX NEWS KNOWS ABSOLUTELY NO SHAME!!!!!!!

          • The washington Pest. Now there’s a liberal lft rag. I’m afraid you have no idea of what Soros owns. Oh, and yes, everything on the internet is true! You’ll drown in the dribble, eventually. I’m guessing you can’t put together a thought, of your own.

          • You’re the clueless one nitwit! Jeff Bezzos, owner of Amazon bought the Washington Post a couple months ago. And if you want to claim that a paper that includes articles from Krauthhammer, George Will and a number of other right-wing wackos is a liberal rag – you’re more demented than I even first thought you were. Your opinions aren’t worth reading.

          • Once again, you didn’t answer my question. Do you EVER have a thought of your own? I think everything that comes from you, is a reflection of what your little demonrat friends tell you. Talk about clueless. Look in the mirror!

          • Nice try again, but once again no cigar. You can’t dispell the truth by pretending the other person doesn’t have original thoughts. I’m going to put out some facts here for you, that no one else but me has – they have nothing to do with my “demonrat friends”.

            And if after going through these statistics, you don’t realize as I have, that the way the GOP wants to govern, is not only detrimental to everyone’s lifestyle except for those in the 1-2%, it’s also detrimental to even how long you may live – then you’re a complelte IDIOT!!!!

            GOP-RUN STATES ARE A DISASTER AMONGST THEMSELVES!!

            -11 of the 12 states with the highest firearms mortality rates are GOP-RUN STATES.

            Firearms Mortality per 100,000 – 2010

            AK-20.4;LA-19.2;AL-16.2;MS-16.1;WY-15.6;MT-15.4;NM-14.9;AZ-14.6;NV-14.5;TN-14.4;MO-14.0;SC-14.0

            23 of the 25 states with the highest auto fatality rates are Red States.

            Auto Fatalities per One Million Miles Driven – 2010 – 1st 10

            MT-2.45;LA-2.17;SC-2.09;MS-2.04;AR-1.96;AL-1.81;AZ-1.69;NV-1.68;AK-1.63;NC-1.62

            Based on 2009 statistics

            -11 of the 12 states that have the highest infant
            mortality rates in the nation are GOP-RUN STATES? With Mississippi having the highest infant mortality followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, S. Carolina, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana & Ohio.

            -20 of the 23 states that have more than 15% of their
            population struggling with incomes below the poverty level (the states that need the most welfare assistance) are GOP-RUN STATES. The only Blue States in the top 23 are California, New Mexico, and New York. While for 2013, the 8 states with the highest average incomes, including the 3 with the highest
            minimum wage standard, are all Blue States.

            – 15 of the 20 states with the highest average rates of homicide over the past 5 years are GOP-RUN STATES. With Louisiana being by far the murder capital of America followed by Mississippi, New Mexico, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama,
            Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, N. Carolina, Nevada and Florida.

            -23 of the 25 states in the nation with the highest highway fatality rates are GOP-RUN STATES; with Montana having the most fatalities followed by Louisiana, West Virginia, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, N. Carolina, S. Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Ohio, Florida…

            -19 of the 20 states with the highest firearms mortality rates are GOP-RUN STATES; with Louisiana leading the nation in firearms mortality followed by Wyoming, Alabama, Montana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nevada, Tennessee, Alaska,
            New Mexico, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, W. Virginia, Missouri, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, Idaho, Florida and N. Carolina

            -9 of the 12 states with 6 or more public servants per 10,000 public employees convicted of corruption are GOP-RUN STATES: led by Louisiana with 10.5, Kentucky – 8.5; S.
            Dakota – 7.5, Delaware – 7.2; Mississippi – 7.1; Alabama – 7.1; Pennsylvania – 7.1; N. Dakota – 6.9; New Jersey; 6.7; Montana – 6.5; Ohio – 6.3 and Tennessee – 6.0.

            -12 of the 15 states that get back the most federal aid for the tax dollars they send to Washington are GOP-RUN STATES; And all 10 that get more than $1.75 back for each $1 they send to Washington in tax revenues are red states. Of the 17
            states that get back less tax dollars in federal aid than they send to Washington in tax revenues, ONLY 3 OF THEM ARE GOP RUN STATES. All 10 of the states that get the least federal aid for the taxes they pay (less than .75/$1)
            are BLUE STATES.

            – More than 75% of food stamp recipients live in GOP-RUN STATES. Six of the top 10 food stamp-using states are GOP-RUN states and beyond that the greatest food stamp using states are the sparsely populated red states. And of the 456
            counties in America that use more than 90% of all food stamps, 421 of those counties (92%) voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

            – the GOP-RUN STATE most Republicans probably look to as
            a shining light for the GOP, Texas, which is the second largest economy in merica behind California, compares very poorly to other states in America. Texas ranks in the bottom 5 in more than 90% of 23 subjective measures when compared to other American states! Even though the GOP has had 20 plus years to turn it into something other than a job creation machine, Texas continues to shortchange its residents living standards and exposes them to many hazards; including living in the most polluted environment in America.

            – The five most violent states in the nation are all
            GOP-run states, led by Tennessee then S. Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Nevada.

            -Finally, all 15 of the states with the lowest life
            expectancy in the U.S. are GOP-RUN STATES?? Such that there is a large disparity in longevity between Red States and Blue States: on average, residents of blue states live 2 years longer than residents of red states. To the extreme, the Blue State residents of 9 states with longevity projected to
            80 and older, live as much as 5-6 years longer than the residents of the 4 shortest-lived GOP-RUN STATES of MS,WV,AL & LA. Follow this: starting with longevity
            projections for red states of 75 in: Miss., W. Va., Ala. & LA.; to 76 in: Arkansas, Kentucky & Tennessee to 77 in: S. Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio & N. Carolina; while no Blue State has a longevity projection of less than 78, and many Blue states have longevity projected to 80 and over:
            N.J., N.H., Vermont, N.Y., Mass., Calif., CT, Minn. & Hawaii; Only one redstate has longevity projected to 80 Utah (80.2), while 2 Blue States have longevity projections of over 81 –Minn. & Hawaii)

          • Absolute numbers are meaningless clueless. As you pointed out, the populations of Blue States far outnumber the populations of red states, so any nitwit would know that there are going to be more incidents recorded in blue states. But on a per 100,000 of population, red states are FAR MORE DANGEROUS despite the fact that they have small populations. All you have to do is take Montana as one case in point – it is a very sparsely populated state, yet its auto accident rate is more than double ANY BLUE STATES’ accident rate. Which means if you allowed the GOP take over a highly populated Blue State, the highway carnage would skyrocket!!!!! Wake up you nincompoop!!! If you want to live 2-5 years less in a red state, that’s you’re prerogative – GO FOR IT STUPID!!!!!!!
            s

          • Let me get this straight. Auto accidents are republicans fault. What in Gods name do you drink? Whatever it is, you’d better stop.

          • Oh! So now THE FACT that 23 of the 25 states in America WITH THE HIGHEST AUTO ACCIDENT RATES are GOP-RUN states, it is just a coincidene, IS IT?? What rubbish. Let’s dispell facts and say oH! The fact that virtually every GOP-RUN state leads the nation in auto accidents (there aren’t many more than 23 GOP run states), is just a coincidence – just like Global Warming huh??

            Of course it’s something the GOP is or isn’t doing that’s resulting in more highway deaths than in any of the Blue States. I’m certainly not an expert on it, but try: budget cutting has reduced the number of cops on the road so people in Red States tend to try and get away with speeding more! Or try, because you don’t have the staffing to really check who’s getting away with driving, people are driving who shouldn’t be. Or maybe, because of reduced budgets and staffing, Red States aren’t doing a good job of checking up on whether or not their drivers keep their cars maintained – actually do inspections, so more accidents result from cars that aren’t working correctly.

            Those are just some thoughts, but when around 90% of the red states ALL LEAD THE NATION IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, YOU CAN’T SAY – IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT GOP GOVERNANCE IS DOING WRONG!!!!!!!!

          • Good God, you are a whack job. You know what I find about people having wrecks? They can’t drive, asshole. One of the things i’ve done most of my life is, run a wrecker. I saw it in person. LOL…you need a hobby. While we’re on stupid. As I’m listening to the news, in Chicago, they want to pass a law, to have people towing a water skier, have a flag on their boat. Once again proving, demonrats can’t see.
            Oh, in case you didn’t get the memo, there isn’t any global warming. You’ll belive anything. I’ll bet sales people selling junk, find you an easy target!

          • And I’ll bet you’re a global warming denier too!! The denial just keeps going on and on and on. Just refuse to admit that anyway you look at it, the GOP is a disaster not only to everyone in the 98%’s financial well being but also their longterm longevity as well!!! Keep on with the denial – it’ll catch up with you sooner than you expect!!!

          • You missed the memo, that when the people that brought that out, admitted they weren’t correct. Then you aholes got on board with a fool named Gore. Does it hurt to be that gullible?
            You’ll swallow anything the left shells out.

          • 67%
            of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62
            cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice
            the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost
            three times the national average.

            Those
            are the crowded cities of Obamerica. Those are the places with the most
            restrictive gun control laws and the highest crime rates. And many of them have
            been run by Democrats and their political machines for almost as long as they
            have been broken.

            Obama
            won every major city in the election, except for Jacksonville and Salt Lake
            City. And the higher the death rate, the bigger his victory.

            He
            won New Orleans by 80 to 17 where the murder rate is ten times higher than the
            national average. He won Detroit, where the murder rate of 53 per 100,000 people
            is the second highest in the country and twice as high as any country in the
            world, including the Congo and South Africa. He won it 73 to 26. And then he
            celebrated his victory in Chicago where the murder rate is three times the
            statewide average.

            These
            places aren’t America. They’re Obamerica.

            In
            2006, the 54% of the population living in those 50 metro areas was responsible
            for 67% of armed killings nationwide. Those are disproportionate numbers
            especially when you consider that for the people living in most of those cities
            walking into a store and legally buying a gun is all but impossible.

            Mayors
            of Obamerican cities blame guns because it’s easier than blaming people and now
            the President of Obamerica has turned to the same shameless tactic. The NRA
            counters that people kill people, but that’s exactly why Obamerican leaders
            would rather talk about the guns.

            Chicago,
            the capital of Obamerica, is a city run by gangs and politicians. It has 68,000
            gang members, four times the number of police officers. Chicago politicians
            solicit the support of gang members in their campaigns, accepting laundered
            contributions from them, hiring their members and tipping them off about
            upcoming police raids. And their biggest favor to the gang bosses is doing
            nothing about the epidemic of gang violence.

            80%
            of Chicago’s murders are gang-related. But in 1999 when a bill came up in the
            Illinois State Senate to charge anyone carrying out a firearm attack on school
            property as an adult, a law that would have largely affected gang members, the
            future leader of Obamerica voted present. Had he not voted present, it is
            doubtful that he would have been reelected in an area where gang leaders wield a
            great deal of influence.

            The
            majority of murders in the cities with the worst homicide rates are
            gang-related. And while it isn’t always possible to be certain whether a killing
            was gang-related, the majority of homicide victims in city after city have been
            found to have criminal records.

            In
            2010, there were 11,078 firearm homicides in the United States and over 2,000
            known gang-related killings, over 90% of which are carried out with firearms.
            Since 1981, Los Angeles alone has had 16,000 gang related homicides. That’s more
            than twice the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

            This
            is what Obamerica looks like. It’s a place where life is cheap and illegal guns
            are as available as illegal drugs. It’s the war that we aren’t talking about,
            because it’s easier to talk about the inanimate objects being used to fight that
            war.

            There
            are, as John Edwards said, two Americas. America is a country that runs pretty
            well. And then there’s Obamerica. Not all of Obamerica is broken, but a lot of
            it is. America does not have a gun violence problem. Obamerica does. And
            Obamerica has a gun violence problem for the same reason that it has a drug
            problem and a broken family problem.

            Democratic
            leaders and machines, combined with social workers and justice crusaders have
            run Obamerica into the ground. Obamerican cities used to be the homes of
            industry and progress. Now they’re places where young Black and Hispanic men
            kill each other in growing number.

          • It’s immaterial idiot where in a state murders, firearms deaths, auto accidents, newborn deaths and on and on happen. Point is they all happen the most frequently IN RED STATES!!!!!!!

          • How stupid a liar can one be. Oh yeah, there’s gvette.

            The ACA was begun with the stated intention of improving it. We did not get the best system possible because of the repercussions of all the money, i.e. right-wing money, poured in to fight it.

          • Have you looked at the cost of Barry care? Just going by what you write, I don’t think so. You aholes wasted 600million dollars on just the program to sign up. Tell me how smart that is.

          • Have you looked at it, or do you just let Fux program your empty head with their playbook of lies. If you actually read any of the articles here, you would already be better informed of the truth.

            So, if you have no care for the information being passed along, then why are you here? No one wants to hear you, much less is dumb enough to believe your lies.

          • This site twists most of the news. You assume I get all my news from Fox. That’s why i come here to read how bad they lie to you. This is just another Barry approved site.

          • No, I beg to differ with you. Obama is systematically repairing the massive damage done by eight years of Georgieboy DubDub “Mission Accomplished” Bush; you know, the guy born with the silver foot in his mouth, and his puppet master, Dickie
            5 Deferments Cheney.

          • No, actually I think you get your news from people even nuttier and more lying than Fux. Fux is just a catch-all for all the filth and garbage. They set the original “gold, er a, sh*t standard by which your tutti-fruitti news sources are judged.

            Everything on this site I can verify elsewhere. Often from the original sources without having to watch a Fux re-worked edit to skew the meanings. Of course, if I were like you, and only wanted to listen to someone that feeds my arrogance and hate, then I would listen to right-wacky sources.

            Once again, I want information to make an opinion from. You want your hateful, bigoted opinions to be confirmed by your information. Therefore, you must have right-wing news. It tells you what you want to hear, and that your hate is normal and natural.

          • I like to listen to the people that are talking. Like Barry’s speaches. The lies that come out of his mouth. then again, there was the hoax fainting bimbo behind him, at his rose garden lie. I about fell out of my chair laughing when I saw that. That was a lie, just like everything else he is! You’ll never see it, you’re to stupid. You need to get off your knees, and come up for air!

          • What lies, d*ck head? Give a citation and quit making up nonsense. You’re an idiot. In your lying sack of sh*t, RACIST view, Obama is lying just because he exists. The location he is at is a lie. What creepy nonsense. That only reflects back on you, LIAR.

            Actually, the only one here on his knees is you. I guess Rush has got his hand stuck way up your sock puppet a** and making you lips lock on that “cigar” of his. You do love it so.

          • Chuckle. Racist? Did I once call him a nigger? No. I don’t like him, bacause he’s trying to destroy my country!

          • But you just did. . . . RACIST! You want to call him that all day long, but you know we won’t tolerate that.

            Your country, that is the problem. This is the country for millions of people that you do not give a damn about. You are not that special, oh waste of skin.

          • LOL..i stated it that way, just to see you fly off the handle. It IS my country, just as much as it is yours. The difference between you, and I is, I’m fighting to save it, and you’re fighting to destroy it.

          • You are only fighting to destroy it by centering everything on your select few. No nation can exist that way.

            I do tend to fly off the handle at treasonous liars. Anyway, I did get your attention. Such a tiny thing as it is.

          • Obviously, you have a total lack of understanding. Goes with the small cranial capacity, pinhead.

          • He’s stomping all over our constitution, and that’s ok with you. I guess
            you don’t care about his gun running to Mexico, or I guess you forgot about
            Benghazi. Then there’s changing Barry care, on his own. Well…

            as your lips are snug around his dick, all he does is ok! yup, typical
            demonrat!

          • Those points have been dealt with many times. The real problem here is you, gvette. Like all liars, you have no shame. I, and others, bust your lies again and again, but instead of finding something of value to say, you just repeat your favorite lies.

            As far as male appendages, I do realize your fascination with them. As a fearful, self-loathing, closet queen, you are scared sh*tless that your compatriots will find out about your tendencies and bend you over a barrel. Being T-tards, they will not even grease you up first. Just dry hump you.

            And, . . . (this cracks me up) you will just “squeal like a pig.” 🙂

          • Funny. Basrry hasn’t told the truth once. Then again, that’s the demonrat way. Tell lies, till they sound like truth. Take a close look at the French Revolution.

          • NOT funny, but you have never told the truth once.

            And FUNNY that you would mention the French Revolution as it does not prove your point at all. I guess reading comprehension and history are not your strengths.

            However, if we adopt the policies that you wish to put in place, we WILL have a revolution that will make the French one look pale by comparison.

          • I brought it up, to see if you had a clue. You just proved, you don’t. You just keep proving you’re dumb as stone.

          • By bringing it up, you proved your own ignorance. I am a Historian, by the way. You’re a half-wit wrench turner.

            So Your Grand Ignorance, what is your next trick?

          • Let’s see, you get your news, this site, funded by the guy who is behind the destruction of our country, and i’m foolish. I was wrong, you suck soro’s dick.

          • gvette, I guess business is pretty bad. Did you even open up today. Or did you spend all day trying to express just ONE coherent thought on this blog.

            If this blog is so bad, why are you here? Because you are too stupid to find a blog to your liking, or is it you are unwelcome even on the right-wacko sites.

            As for male appendages. I am sure you have one voracious appetite.

            Bon appetit, creep.

          • I did not say you were foolish. I said you were a half-wit wrench turner, HALF-WIT.

            Go hob a nob.

            Though, by the way, you are foolish.

          • Where were you during the Bush adminisration when there were 13, yes, that’s right 13 embassy breaches resulting in deaths….didn’t hear ya screaming then…you are so freakin predictable and such a loser I often wonder why I bother even responding to your hateful and completely un-informed rhetoric

          • YUP – in reply to your second question – you just did….you are a pathetic ignorant disrespectful know nothing…

          • LOL…I just looked to see who owns this site. None other then Barry, and Clintons puppeteer, george Sorors. No wonder you people are fucked up!!

          • Well, since it is a Republican plan, perhaps it was designed to fail, but against all odds, it seems to have worked pretty well in Massachusetts.

          • Logic is a stranger when gvette posts. Have you ever noticed as the posts go on, the stridency increases? Could it be the booze kicking in?

          • No, she’s as bad as this other troll, Lana (something or other). They’re both dumber than a box of rocks. They seem to think that they can play with the adults in the room. The problem is that they can’t — and never will be able to.

          • I flag everything I see from Anal Draw. 🙂 That includes some of the other dumb f%#ks as well, like infadelicious or whatever he calls himself, Obozomustgo, & foundingprinciples.

          • 17 trillion and you say someone ignores the facts. If talking about the facts of our debt is lacking evidence, then you are the crank.

          • As one of the most egregious and dishonest of those ignoring facts, perhaps you should look in the mirror for the crank. Just be careful not to look too long: you might shatter the mirror.

          • Aren’t you just the clever one. Again when faced with facts like a 17 trillion debt you just call people names. The obamacare tax is the train wreck the writers of it said it would be. Don’t you just love how the folks with existing conditions can now get insured with just copay’s of $5000 and more, and some premiums over $20000. I wonder how many have signed up? If we just made those folks eligible for Medicare, we wouldn’t need to spend millions and millions on IT programs. You just don’t get it. The purpose of obamacare is not to provide insurance for everyone, the purpose is to destroy the private insurance companies and have a single payer system, completely controlled by the federal government. This system and its exemptions for the chosen ones reminds me of Animal Farm. The pigs say all animals are created equal, some are more equal than others. Just look at who has been exempted.

          • 600 million dollars wasted on a site, that works about the same as every other thing he’s done. The money went to Canada. Those are facts. You would’t know that. Not many facts make it to you.

          • Here’s a fact and a prediction for you. First, the prediction: the ACA will succeed despite the right-wing’s best efforts to discredit it, and it will pave the way for the implementation of a single payer healthcare system. Now, the fact: you have proven, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that you are an utter and uninformed moron spewing wing nut propaganda.

          • God, you are stupid! They, being Barry, wants single payer. We, normal folks, don’t want it. Sooo they built this piece of shit, to fail. One, is not the same as the other. As there’s only one brain over there, it must of not been your day to use it.

          • This ACA, modelled on a republican think tank plan, and implemented by a republican governor, is succeeding admirably here in Massachusetts and has been for about 7 years now. Built to fail? Ask the 94% of citizens of all political persuasions here who are covered by healthcare, and who are healthier by any measurable standard than ANY red state residents.

          • As usual, you’re wrong. You are also comparing apples to oranges. No similarity between the two. Also in MA it’s not reqiired by law. One is 70 pages, and the other is over 2700.
            You are entertaining, if nothing else!!

          • There most certainly is a similarity between the two. Healthcare most certainly is required by law in MA. The number of pages is immaterial and logically imputes nothing relative to the merits of the two programs.

          • Let’s see, you’ve read them both. You’ve got to stop sucking Barry ass. you’re getting bad information from that orifice.
            i can’t belive you’re that stupid. Then again…

          • I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to say here. For someone to post what you’ve just posted proves that the ACA is coming along just in time to help you with your clearly obvious mental health issues. You are very fortunate that there are no restrictions on preexisting conditions. Good luck in signing up!

          • One
            of the basic tenets of liberalism, whether they admit it or not, is taking from
            the productive and giving to the unproductive. The moochers who take from
            society understand that, which is why they keep voting for liberals who are
            driving our country into bankruptcy.

          • Now you’re repeating yourself, a sure symptom of mental deficiency, especially when what you post is purely spurious.

          • Let’s just say that you are a breathtaking liar and be done with it. Your “producers” are not producing anything. They just “harvest” the bulk of what the rest of us CREATORS make, by using methods that are unjust, and borderline criminal.

          • You have just described a liberal! I make my own way, and always have. Demonrats rarely creat anything.

          • So I guess the Muslims got one thing right. We should just cut off both of your hands as the thieving a-hole that you are. You have never created anything. You are just a leech that sucks the life’s-blood out of the real creators.

            If you really were a producer and made your own way, you would not be so concerned.

          • I work for improving the world. You work, if you do at all, to withdraw as much from other people.

            I work assisting citizens with certain problems. I do charity work. I am even a regular blood donor that has given enough to fill your useless carcass probably half a dozen times, at least. Of course, with a blood sucker like you, that probably would not last long.

            I could go on, and I could be more specific, but as you are just a thieving SOB, the question was impertinent to begin with. To begin this conversation, why don’t you tell everyone about the important work that YOU do.

          • i’m guessing you get paid, for helping people. I own a small automotive repair shop. Unlike you, i own the building, I own the equipment I work with. Yes, i offer a service. You see, people have a choice. They come to me, because of the quality of work I do. The poor people you help, are stuck with your worthless ass.

          • So, in other words, you do not do anything for the world. Like many people of your ilk, you HAVE to have your own business. You are so disgusting that no one will put up with you. Even your own idols would hate your sick attitude.

            The amount of time you spend here harassing people seems to belie the worth you ascribe to yourself. You must just be mad at the world because you have such a lousy business. Of course, you are so unpleasant that you ran everyone off.

            And F*CK HEAD, I never said my clientele was poor. Far from it. Unlike yourself, I believe in freedom and equality for all, I believe in forgiveness, I believe in giving people a chance, I believe in not judging everyone not like me in the harshest possible way. That means I can have upscale clients, but still do not hate anyone. Unlike third rate scum like you. So why do I hate you? Simply because you do nothing but hate!

            I would lay odds that someone will come in to your squatty little dump and gaff your vicious a** someday soon.

          • So let’s see if I’ve got this right. gvette owns a small automotive repair shop, the building and the tools. That must not be a very busy shop if he or she can post nonsense almost all day long. My hunch is that the building is a run-down garage on the same lot with the trailer, the “automotive equipment” consists of some wrenches and a jack and (s)he barters whatever work that’s done for Bubba and Petunia for a case or two of bad beer.

          • LOL..what a nasty little boy you are. Oh as for my business, it’s been there for over 32 years, judging from the way you talk, that’s more years then are old.
            Ok, back under the bed, with your Barry doll!

          • What you just said is that older people are all stupid assholes like you. WRONG!

            And that business of yours sure must be booming, or do you just have a couple of flunkies doing all the real work for you.

            At least, you are consistent on your poor reading and lousy comprehension skills.

          • Ok Russell. I’ve been kind enough to not make light of your grammar. Now be
            very careful of what you type.

            the left, when all else fails, you pick on things that don’t really matter.
            you’ve made many.

          • Based on all of your previous posts, I do not think that you have any idea what a liberal is. Please try to honestly give your definition of a liberal. If you want to use your Funk ‘n Wagnalls, that’s OK.

          • Russ- I really don’t think she intentionally lies; I think that she is so abysmally misinformed by whatever “sources” she takes as news that she truly believes the manure that she spreads here. Either that, or she is so unbelievably stupid that she can’t see any semblance of reality.

          • Can I have both choices, . . . please?

            Really, there is just one thing that bothers me. Why would someone that hates every article on a site, and in fact, will not even read those articles, continue to put an effort in to harassing that site. Even an idiot knows that no one will be convinced. I think it goes beyond simple stupid to something much darker. Like being mentally deranged. I can see coming here by following a link, doing a little sniping, and then leaving. Yet, to hang out where their lies are not going to get any play. Geez, that has to be someone in fantasy land. Visions of grandeur and that sort of thing.

            I guess “it” thinks we are all losing sleep over its “magnificent” arguments and “it” enjoys that. I say “it” because I have found that about two-thirds of our trolls are gender-benders. Maybe, they have lost their way so much that they have been consumed with hate. For instance, “angelsinca” admitted to having a wife at one time, and “lana” admitted that “he” was unhappy about something. I forget what, but his admission stayed in my mind. I mean, “gvette” sounds like an arrogant, self-absorbed guy, not a female.

          • Stupid, normal folks DO want single payer. The biggest group of people that are “technically” against the ACA, do so because it did not go far enough and adopt single payer. Where do you get these lies?

          • funny. All that i read, no one except you dems want bigger government. See, you need it. Most dems can’t stand on their own two feet. you need someone to tell you what to buy, and when to buy it. Does Barry call you every morning, to get you up?

          • FACT, proven fact, repeatedly proven. Government is much smaller than under Bush. Repubs NEVER reduce government. All Repubs do is reallocate resources into their already bulging pockets and tell the real creators, “sorry about your rotten f*cking luck.”

          • Do you really believe that anyone, ANYONE!, buys into any of your totally absurd claims? If you do, then I must say you are one completely screwed up individual!

          • The day you can be considered one of the “normal folks” is the day this country is beyond hope as you most assuredly already are!

          • Aren’t you really a “lana ward” clone? Sounds exactly the same to me without all the “freaking” parts.

        • gvette is on the defensive, so previous commenter must have nailed it perfectly. The best defense is to go on the offense. Oh, but you have to have ‘real’ facts to argue with. But with gvette, it’s just ‘blame it all on Obama’, the standard response. Go troll somewhere else because it’s obvious you don’t have the ability to carry on an intelligent conversation. And you can’t stand the idea that the ACA is moving forward, irregardless of what you, or other trolls, do to derail people’s opinions. People are getting insured — and saving money. Drives you crazy, doesn’t it?

          • You’re a riot. You, and Barry blame everything on Bush, or anyone else. Barry’s screwed up everything he touches, and YOU blame it on someone else. Take your Barry doll, back under the bed, and keep dreaming!

          • Looks like you are admitting defeat on this one. Oh, that’s right, that is how you always post, with nonsense and out-right lies. When that does not work, defame Obama. The defame the other posters. Then start over, and do it all again.

            Actually, gvette, you’re the riot, and you ought to be put down with a flame thrower. NOW, whine. . . .

          • When it comes to blame, you, and your minions have blamed Bush, and everyone else. Funny how quick you forget.

          • Bush has been blamed because he is to blame. He mostly set-up this scenario with lax regulation, destruction of our tax base with cuts for those that already have too much, and wars of no purpose, fought off the books. Still going on with the help of your evil “minions” in Congress.

          • Oh ya, right. Barry wanted to go blast Syria. Thank God Putin got his ass out of that one. Beings you’re a demonrat, you like the idea of Barry pissing our money away supporting the very same people that took down our towers. Barry said he could fix things. All he’s done, is give us more debt!

          • All your greedy mob have done is to try to rob us of everything you can pack and leave our economy in shambles. If Obama has failed at all, it is entirely due to the treasonous, anti-American activities of the Repubs in Congress. Rather than work to build the economy, you lot has tried every way possible to destroy America so you can blame it on Obama. This has been proven by direct quotes out of the mouths of your idols. No Fux style spin was ever necessary.

            As far as Syria, that is a supreme blasphemy coming from a gang that started two unnecessary wars and didn’t even pay for them.

          • Our economy is in worse shape now. Let’s not forget Ben. Barry’s fed buddy. 85 billion a month, to prop up the stock market, and to buy our own bonds, because last I knew, no one else wants to buy our debt. I guess you forgot about that, or you didn’t know, because it wasn’t stamped on Barrys ass for you to read. Do you know anything about history? A country that buys it’s own debt, will fail. Oh, and don’t forget. We haven’t had a budget since this ass has been in the with house. Did you know that? Oh I know, like Nancy said, we don’t need one. We borrow 43 cents of every dollar spent. Try that at your house, asshole!

          • F*ck yourself and raise your own little b*st*rds, a-hole. We don’t have a budget because the Repub thieves want it all for themselves, but they will not talk compromise. Even after losing the election badly, you gang of thieves still think you should run things. You do not want a budget, you want surrender. Therefore, until you come around to making some sense, we will not have a budget.

            Know history? Your ignorant a** has to be kidding. You don’t know d*ck. As far as the size of government, it ALWAYS goes down under the Democrats. It has under Obama when compared to Bush. You desire is the anti-Christ position of robbing the poor to give to the rich. That is why you hate the Democrats. Those that have, DESERVE more, those that are starving, should just do so, in your warped philosophy.

            Restore the top tax tier to 90%, like it was in America’s greatest economic heyday. Cut off the subsidies and close the loopholes. In ten years we would be solvent, with a surplus.

          • I’ll address your last comment first. I’d like very much for you to pay 90 percent! One of the things you forget, or just don’t know, because you’re dumb, is the tax changed because we are taxed on so many things we wern’t taxed on before.
            As far as a budget. The house comes up with them, you’re sister Harry won’t let them on the floor, and when Barry himself comes up with them, not the house, or the senate will pass them. Let’s see, that would be because Barry doesn’t know anything but how to piss money away.
            Oh, the anti Christ thing. less we not forget Barry’s a Muslim! I guess you didn’t get the memo! Then again, there isn’t much going your way, playing with your Barry doll under the bed!

          • Your first comment makes no sense. Well, no change there.

            Aren’t you even smart enough to realize that every time we dropped the top tier tax rate, that we “working” taxpayers got a new tax? You (and me) are subsidizing the rich. We ALWAYS have. The difference is you are a bully that wants to take it out on those that have the least to start with.

            As far as the budget. You want it all or nothing. You mob had 16 invitations to talk about the ACA. Your gang refused. You voted 42 times for repeal. You would not propose anything that could reach a compromise. Therefore, you created a situation where the President and Senate could not compromise.

            Yes, we know that you all continue to lie about Obama being a Muslim. When you lie as you do, why should anyone believe anything you say?

          • Addressing the last first. those words came out of his mouth. Then again, if you don’t listen to his speaches, you miss that stuff. Nothing new here.

            As for the budget. Barry care is only part of it. All forms of government have to have a budget, every year, by law. Then again, the funny part of that is, there are no penalty in place.

            Off subject a bit. Taxes. I’ll bet you think you own your property.

          • I will guarantee that you do not listen to Obama’s speeches. You watch the edited encapsulated version on Fux or listen to Rush or Beck.

            I already explained the rest. . . . OFTEN!

  5. I love it. The Republican Governors do everything to make sure the ACA doesn’t work, then they talk about how bad it is working. This would be like a driver taking out the brake fluid in his car and then complaining the brakes do not work. The Republican governors who did not work to implement this law do not really care about the health care of their citizens. They are only interested in destroying anything the President has tried to do for health care. Like Mitch McConnell said, “We are focusing on making Barrack Obama a one term president.” These Republican Governors apparently did not get the word President Obama was re-elected.

  6. I expect better from E.J. Dionne, who is one of the best political writers today. It’s too early to call the ACA implementation “a failure” when it’s only been 2 weeks and the reason it “failed” was it was a bigger success than originally planned. What’s very disconcerting to me is how the national press gets this overall meme in mind and refuses to change it as new information becomes available. Like the implementation of Social Security and Medicare before it, the ACA’s start up has bad a few bumps in the road, which are being corrected. So let’s hold off with the analysis for 6 months, 1 year and 2 years to see what happens. This article is just too representative of the “Inside the Beltway” overly self-important closed-feedbck loop punditry which has no clue what it is talking about most of the time. And I’m a progressive/liberal saying that.

    • Your point was confirmed for me by watching the hearings today on C-Span. I’m pretty tired of the talking heads with their concerned looks hyping the latest fall-out from the ACA start-up, while you can see evidence of their own system goof-ups during news broadcasts every day–doesn’t matter which cable television news channel you watch.

      I think this faux anxiety would be alleviated if news professionals and the politicians they fill up hours interviewing had a better feel for how the young adults whom insurers seek to enroll via the ACA exchanges deal with computer glitches: They take them in stride with hardly a pause. Try this, try that. Turn off this app, turn on that. Return to this later, go onto a different site for awhile. Problems like these are as much a part of their Internet world as OPEN and CLOSED signs appearing in a downtown store window are to Main Street. The Republican Party harping on glitches in a digital start-up reveals the fact that as a whole they are anything but tech savvy. Their antipathy to new technology gives their whining an edge of sadistic pleasure in complaining, which makes it seem like they do not care if people suffer or die without health insurance. I’m surprised at how quickly this message is getting through.

    • Patience is difficult in an environment of instant gratification. As a resident of Massachusetts, I say give the ACA a little bit of time to work the bugs out. We’ve had essentially the same program in effect here for 7 years now. 94% of the state’s eligible residents are enrolled, and healthcare outcomes here are well above the national average.

    • And those systems did not have to interface with over 30 state agencies run by state governments that WANTED them to fail. You can cause a train wreck by pulling up the rails.

  7. No more noise from republicans of: “Repeal Obamacare”. They might be thinking now to start another new crusade of: “Repeal ACA Website”.

  8. The Medicare part D had the same glitches as this during it’s rollout and some of the same republicans back then asked for patience. I’m surprised that McConnell and Paul are against their own successful state run plan. The success there could hurt Dr. No if residents really like it and he is painted as the master villain wanting to take it away. I think Obama expected the states to be more responsive to their residents needs and set up market exchanges. Some negligent states haven’t even accepted expanded Medicaid eligibility and would rather leave their working poor without access to healthcare. The problem for republicans is that eventually all these glitches will be worked out and sign up will continue and their constant campaign to repeal the law will be met with public anger. Also in the media age residents of red states with see that their neighbors in Blue and purple states will be getting access that they are denied. Then in the words of Rickey Ricardo to republicans “you have some splanen to do” !!

    • The state agencies with which healthcare.gov must exchange data were, in most of the “red” states, obviously not interested in co-operating with the pre-rollout testing needed to ensure a smooth opening. Congress REALLY needs to investigate whether some of those states either REFUSED to run the tests before Day 1, forcing the web programmers to make the best guesses at the behavior of the state systems, or possibly FALSIFIED the interfaces so that Obamacare would be receiving invalid data during testing. Both of those would be easy to do, and at least the first (passive refusal) could be rationalized by state political leaders as “saving our taxpayers money, since it won’t be up for long anyway, because we are going to kill it.”

      In other words, a train wreck can be caused by pulling up some of the rails.

      • I agree. I’m not convinced that there hasn’t been some collusion between some of the programmers and GOP operatives either at the state or the federal level. I really think the Democrats should do like the Republicans and establish a committee to interview those involved in the ACA website creation to see if they can find where some collusion may have occurred.

        • As a former programmer myself, I wanted to give the “guys and gals in the trenches” the benefit of the doubt, since it would be very hard to get a new job after being fired for MALICIOUS errors. Someone would have to be promised a really golden parachute by a political operative, and it might be foolish to believe their promises (unless the programmer was a Tea Party true believer).

          I was thinking of just plain high level management sabotage, or at least reluctance to co-operate fully. If technical people themselves are involved, the implications for professional ethics, not to mention political ethics, are staggering.

          • I agree completely. I was a programmer also. I was thinking more of collusion among those that were developing the specifications needed for the ACA website to interact with the various state created exchanges; and even in the states where the Feds developed some of the exchange software, the GOP run governments there may not have been completely honest with the specifications they provided to the companies hired by the federal government to create the software for their exchanges.

  9. I know one person that has been able to get through and actually signed up. She and her husband live in Florida, and got through. The only problem is her insurance rates went up $267 a month for her and her husband for the very same coverage they had.

    • Everyone knows you made that up. Why did you bother? To give someone like me the satisfaction of saying so? Well, there we have it . . . thanks.

    • I got through, I am lucky, thank you. My cost for insurance in 2011, before I dropped it, was $1200.00 a month with co-pay of $5000.00 on ACA it’s $679.00 with ZERO deductible. And before you start calling me a liar, make sure you give me an email to send you proof.

    • What is your problem? These 2 people are friends of mine and are senior citizens living in Florida. Have you read anything about the cost of obamacare? Have you watched any news shows in the past month? There are many cases of people having higher rates than expected. Do you just deny everything you don’t like or call everyone a liar that doesn’t agree with you? This may come as a shock to you, but you are not a expert on everything in this country. You just rant and rave and call names. The sign of a real loser.

  10. Seems to me they are protecting the FUNERAL industry, which stands to suffer from the postponement of 45,000 funerals a year for up to 50 or 60 years into the future. They will go broke waiting that long!

  11. Yeah the repubs didn’t want the website to work so it doesn’t..the repubs wanted ACA to be more expensive and it is…you morons always demonize them for everything….500,000,000 and 3 years for a website that is a total failure and it’s somehow the repubs fault. The average person will pay almost 50% more for healthcare in the next year and you Obama sheep will somehow hate repubs for it! That’s amazing. So far over 2 million people have lost their healthcare since october 1st. ..Even though the president said that won’t happen…let’s blame the repubs for that…the CBO says the ACA WILL cost 3 time what the president said it would and you idiots hate the repubs for that! Do you blame the repubs for: the phony scandel that left 4 dead in bengazi l? Or the dozens dead from fast and furious? I bet you blame the repubs for the IRS targeting them…wake up sheep!

  12. This message is for this pathetic, compulsive liar, E.J. Dionne:
    1) “Obamacare is working”: ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaa!!!
    2) Obama (anybody here remember?): “You can keep your doctors and you can keep your health plan.” : ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaa!!
    3) Obama’s favorite (as of late) statement: “I didn’t know” – ha, ha, ha, haaaa!!
    4) Diane Feinstein and Wolf Blitzer, both Obama hacks in the very worse sense of the word “hack”: “He did not know.” – ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaa!!!

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