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Thursday, October 27, 2016

For me, the fact that Republicans keep using the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – as a political football is a tragedy. Sure, the law has problems, but it is already saving lives and improving the health of millions of Americans.

Thankfully, it seems that Republicans who are counting on attacking the health reform system to get them into the end zone will be stopped short of the goal line based on numbers coming out of a March special election for a Florida House seat

For me, the Affordable Care Act comes down to people’s lives and health. Consider the story of a young man I met who told me that this new avenue to becoming insured had saved his life.

He had some symptoms that made him worry about his health. But he, like many Americans without insurance, ignored them, as he couldn’t afford to see the doctor. After the Affordable Care Act became law, he got coverage through his parents’ health insurance plan, and on visiting a doctor, found out he had stage 4 — that’s advanced — cancer. Fortunately, he got to the doctor in time to save his life.

That young man is far from alone. As of the end of February, some 11 million Americans have health coverage under the new law. Repealing it, as Republicans continue to insist, would take away coverage from each and every one of them.

In the Florida election, Republican David Jolly said “I’m fighting to repeal Obamacare, right away.” His opponent, Democrat Alex Sink, countered, “We can’t go back to insurance companies doing whatever they want. Instead of repealing the health care law, we need to keep what’s right and fix what’s wrong.”

The key part of Sink’s message was to remind voters why people wanted health care reform in the first place. As one of Sink’s TV ads said, “Jolly would go back to letting insurance companies deny coverage.”

That’s an effective reminder of the huge problems Americans have had for decades, when insurance companies could deny care because of a pre-existing condition, charge people higher rates because they were sick, and even charge women higher rates than men. The ACA ended all that.

The candidates in Florida pushed especially hard for the votes of seniors, which is not surprising given both Florida’s high senior population and the fact that seniors vote more frequently than other age groups.

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  • Mortalc01l

    There’s simply no excuse for the moral bankruptcy of the Republican position on this. To ACTIVELY try to prevent people whose lives depend on getting healthcare; who were previously denied access to care by insurance companies who excluded them due to a pre-existing condition and thereby handed them a death sentence.

    There may be problems with the way the ACA has been rolled out, there WILL be hurdles along the way, but at least people are now getting the care they so desperately needed.

    It’s one thing to oppose it for factual and demonstrably logical reasons, but to oppose it on purely political, dogmatic principle is shameful and quite frankly despicable, ESPECIALLY when the Republican party has NO VIABLE ALTERNATIVE!

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      The Republicans demanded that this be run by private insurers. Now those same private insurers are raking in a lot more money as a result of a law that was written to all Republican demands but that did not receive a single Republican vote. So, who are those insurance companies going to favor? The people who gave them lip service about increasing their business, or the people who actually voted to increase their business?

    • dpaano

      They don’t need an alternative…..this was their plan to begin with!!! Their only problem is that President Obama got it passed and they didn’t! Anything our President does, even when it’s correct, is wrong to them!!

      • ThomasBonsell

        I have a link to the Heritage Foundation’s proposal for the ACA; since removed from its web site. It seems that the main concern of Heritage at the time (October, 1989) was the expense of health care in the United States. It amounted to 11 percent of the gross national product ($2,000 per person annually) and that was way too much for the right (it’s well above 17% today).

        What Heritage said at the time:

        “…although the U.S. spends far more than any other country on health care, there are gaping holes in the system’s coverage, and health care services are gripped by runaway inflation. As many as 37 million Americans lack adequate insurance against health care cost, and many others who have insurance still dread the financial impact of a serious disease. How can America be spending so much on health, and yet have a system with so many shortcomings?”

        Those are the exact same sentiments proponents of “Obamacare” express today (except we have 50 million victims) and the political right rejects them all.

  • Dominick Vila

    The GOP is clearly trying to appeal to the most radical faction of their party, and they will continue to do so until November to ensure a high Republican turnout. The Affordable Care Act, the brainchild of The Heritage Foundation, is probably the most significant and worthy social initiative taken by the USA during the last half century. In addition to moral considerations, and the need to correct insurance company excesses, it also has the potential to reduce the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the USA, and has the potential of making our business community more competitive and profitable in the long run.
    Highlighting a poor deployment, simply ignores the benefits of the concept behind ACA, which is to make healthcare more affordable and give access to preventive medical care to millions of Americans who have not had it since they were born. In addition to the 5 million fellow Americans who have managed to get affordable health insurance through the ACA exchanges, there are many more who are no longer denied access to medical care because of pre-existing conditions, many no longer have to sell everything they owned to pay for medical expenses when they reach an artificial insurance company cap, and many college students and young people in general can now remain on their parents insurance policies until they are 26 years old.
    Instead of taking credit for a desperately needed program, conceived by the most conservative think tank in the country, the GOP chose to fight it to deny their perceived nemesis of a resounding victory, and by so doing they lost the opportunity to be participants in one of the greatest changes in paradigm we have accomplished in recent decades, and will pay a heavy price when historians review this matter in years to come.

    • Billie

      They will be taking credit for it when it’s working like a charm. That’s their deal.

    • exdemo55

      Public support for President Obama is tanking on multiple fronts, dragging down his party.

      Foreign policy was a relative strength for much of Mr. Obama’s first term. No more. According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Mr. Obama’s disapproval rating on handling foreign affairs is 53%, the highest of his presidency. That number is likely to have grown since the poll was conducted 11 days ago—before Vladimir Putin’s very public humiliation of Mr. Obama’s weak reaction to his takeover of Crimea.

      No modern American president has been exposed as this feckless and impotent, except for perhaps Jimmy Carter. Mr. Obama will discover that as his image as a strong leader crumbles, it’s nearly impossible to reconstruct. That will mean bad things for his party. Once a president is seen as weak in foreign affairs, it colors perceptions of his leadership at home.

      Not that the news at home is good. In a March 9 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Mr. Obama had a 41% approval rating, 56% disapproval rating for his handling of the economy. His approval number is lower than all but eight of the 47 soundings this poll has taken since Mr. Obama’s first inaugural—and his disapproval rating is worse than all but seven others since January 2009.

      For context, consider that when Ronald Reagan was president in March 1986, 44% of Americans rated the economy “excellent” or “good” while 16% called it “poor,” according to a Money Magazine survey conducted by ABC News. Just over seven months later, Republicans lost eight Senate seats and five House seats in the midterms.

      In March 2006, when George W. Bush was president, 41% rated the economy “excellent” or “good” while 24% called it “poor” in an ABC News/Washington Post poll. Yet in that year’s midterms, Republicans lost six Senate seats and 30 House seats.

      The situation facing Democrats is more ominous. The March 2 ABC News/Washington Post survey reported a mere 28% rated the economy “excellent” or “good” while 28% called it “poor.” Unless the Obama economy dramatically improves, it will be politically toxic for Democrats.

      Democrats no longer have health care as a strength. The dreadful rollout of ObamaCare left the president with a 36% approval rating and a 59% disapproval rating for his handling of health care in a March 6 Fox News poll.

      Congressional Democrats will continue to be vulnerable on ObamaCare. They are floundering, uncertain whether to (a) embrace the law with enthusiasm, as counseled by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ; or (b) advocate a “mend it, don’t end it” approach, as pushed by the White House and practiced by their candidate in the recent Florida special congressional election and by every red state Democratic incumbent senator.

      These appear to be a pick-your-poison choice. Neither approach really mitigates the damage caused by ObamaCare. The only thing that could rescue Democrats is for Republican candidates to appear as advocates for the pre-ObamaCare status quo. Hopefully, there’s not much of a chance of that.

      Republicans also rightly sense great opportunity on the economy, believing Mr. Obama has run out of ideas that move voters. Advocating a minimum-wage increase polls well but doesn’t have much traction. As for the president’s focus on income inequality, it has accelerated on his watch and shorn of substantive proposals sounds like class-warfare rhetoric.

      The Senate GOP, spurred in part by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, has wisely developed a seven-point “Jobs for America” plan that includes market-based health-care reforms, attacks on bureaucracy and regulations that hinder job creation, tax simplification to generate more jobs and growth, a balanced-budget amendment, an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, increased access to overseas markets, and modernized jobs training. The House Republican Conference has developed a similar “Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs” that also includes fostering innovation and reforming immigration.

      Both plans are preliminary sketches but can be turned into legislative proposals to provide a unifying message that candidates can dramatize and personalize. Good Republican candidates will tackle the economy with similar forward-looking agendas if they want to win.

      Americans will hire a party to run things when its ideas are fresh and new and fire it when they believe it’s run out of ideas and has an agenda they don’t like. The latter is where Democrats find themselves today.

      • Dominick Vila

        I take Wall Street opinions with a grain of salt. Have you forgotten Reagan’s Iran-Contra affair? The cut and run in Lebanon? The S&L debacle?
        As for Bush, have you forgotten 9/11, the 12 terrorist attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions, worldwide instability, and the near collapse of our economy in late 2007?

        • Independent1

          The clueless like exdemo totally ignore all the absolute damage almost every GOP president in office over at least the past 80 years has done to America and its way of life. Almost every GOP president has damaged America in some way – either by starting unnecessary wars that have resulted in thousands of American soldiers dying for no worthwhile cause (Bush), by governing in a way that has caused millions to struggle because of recessions (Eisenhower 3 of them), by turning a moderate recession they’ve caused by their cheapskate governance into a world-wide depression through their mismanagement of the economy (Hoover), or by destroying even America’s credibility with the world by lying while in office and being impeached (Nixon) or supporting the use of things such as Chemical Weapons against Iran by Saddam (Reagan) or by allowing torture of terrorists (Bush).

          • exdemo55

            new poll from the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. In a related question, only 42 percent of those surveyed said they believe Obama is a “good commander-in-chief of the military.” Forty eight percent said he is not.

            Veterans were asked a similar question about former President George W. Bush. Sixty-five percent said they felt he was a good commander-in-chief, while 28 percent responded he was not.

      • Independent1

        I won’t even bother to address the majority of you’re nonsense post. Obama’s approval ratings ARE NOT TANKING!! Except in the minds of right-wing biased polling organizations that choose to FUDGE THE NUMBERS!!! And even if they were, they’re light years better than the previous idiot whose approval at this point in his second term was closer to 30%.

        Here’s Obama’s latest polling from a REPUTABLE POLLING ORGANIZATION!! RASMUSSEN!! 49% APPROVE!!!

        Saturday, March 22, 2014

        The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) also disapprove (see trends).

        • exdemo55

          Barack Obama’s approval ratings for March 24:
          Strongly Approve: 24%
          Strongly Disapprove: 39%
          Total Approve: 48%
          Total Disapprove: 50%

          • Independent1

            And your cluelless point is?? (The strongly approve/disaprove is virtually nothing more than Dems vs Repubs voting who strongly approve or disapprove). And you’re aware I’m sure that the 49/49 I quoted and the 48/50 your quoting are both numbers within the probability margin of error 3-5%; so essentially they’re exactly the same results.

            What you’re failing to notice is that Obama’s approve/disapprove has remained almost constant from his 2nd year on; fluctuating very little. While in contrast, Bush’s approve was very high right after 9/11 and continually went downhill such that by the same point in his 2nd term as Obama is today, his approval was around 40% with far greater than 50% disapprove and went downhill even from there to a low of 28%.

            Here’s some graphs for you from Gallup – the top one is Bush; the bottom one is for Obama. Everything was downhill for Bush after 9/11.

          • exdemo55

            A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters believe everyone should be required to prove his or her citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. That’s up from 71% a year ago. Just 19% oppose that requirement.

          • Independent1

            That’s not surprising; but the Rasmussen Report says nothing about a plurality of Americans agreeing that states should be able to require that voters have to show state-produced photo IDs as the only proof of citizenship; IDs which millions of lower income people don’t possess because they don’t drive and don’t otherwise have the need for a photo ID; that is where the disagreement comes in.

            It’s having to prove you’re a citizen with only one form of state-dictated ID; the states that have enacted laws requiring a special ID for proving that citizenship which can be costly to many voters, or hard for them to get because they’re invalids and have difficulty personally showing up, often at very difficult to reach locations long distances from where many voters may live. Republicans have intentionally figured out where lower income, potentionally Democratic voters live and have deliberately set voting places, and places to get the IDs they need to vote as inconvenient for these people as they can make it.

            And if you don’t believe that, take 11 minutes and watch Rachel Maddow’s coverage on how NC Republicans have tried to totally disenfranchise Democratic voters and then come back and try to tell me there’s not a problem with the GOP subverting democracy:


          • exdemo55

            I don’t give Rachel Maddow any creditability. She’s a partisan political hack who is against anything that would insure election integrity, including lies and deceit. She knows it would prevent Demos from cheating. That’s one reason her ratings are so low.

          • Independent1

            You’re a lying sack of crap!! If Rachel Maddow was broadcasting lies, the Koch Bros would have had her in court in a heartbeat. You’re disgusting!!!

          • exdemo55

            Her rating are so low they probably don’t care. And to turn it around, if you think Fox News is all lies why doesn’t George Soros sue them?

          • Independent1

            One lie after another. From Politico:

            Fox News is hemorrhaging young viewers, but last week, things hit a new low for Fox. Rachel Maddow beat Fox News for the entire week with viewers age 25-54.

          • exdemo55

            Negative views of President Obama have hit a new high, according to a poll.

            The AP-GfK poll shows 59 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama — a point higher than the previous high set in December.

            Obama’s approval rating stands at 41 percent. That’s the second-lowest figure the poll has ever found.

            Part of Obama’s problems appear to be related to foreign policy: The poll shows Americans disapprove of his handling of the situation in Ukraine 57-40 and disapprove of how he handles relationships with other countries 58-40.

            In January, Americans were evenly split on Obama’s diplomacy skills.

            The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday.

          • Independent1

            Based on the fact that 90% of the American population is so clueless that that almost 50% of them would vote for an absolute snakeoil salesman that was lying to them right and left, it’s clear that 90% of the population is so ignorant of foreign relations facts that their oppinions are being dictated by the lies and distortions constantly being spewed by Faux News, Rush Limpbag, Glen Beek and numerous other right-wing wackos. Such that, what the American public thinks about how Obama is handling foreign relations is totally immaterial!! The vast majority of them are idiots just like yourself!!! I’ll guarantee you that the vast majority of foreign leaders don’t share their opinion on Obama – disregarding the PR mess than traitor Snowden created!!

          • exdemo55

            Their target is the GOP, but they are not angry liberals bent on destroying it. They are reform-minded Republican leaders intent on strengthening it.

            These Republicans are applying conservative principles to 21st-century challenges, focused on middle-class concerns like lowering costs and improving access to college, modernizing health care and reforming the tax code. They aim to broaden prosperity’s reach through markets and merit, not government and corporate cronyism. They’re also concentrating on helping the poor by changing Washington’s dizzying assortment of antipoverty programs to emphasize work and make the safety net more effective and sustainable.

            The reformers’ success in providing a rough outline of their vision will affect the midterm election. And their ability to craft detailed proposals and marshal a consensus could well determine the GOP’s long-term viability.

            Among these figures, Rep. Paul Ryan —who led the GOP in backing vital reforms of entitlements like Medicare—is devoting the most time to studying why successful grass-roots antipoverty programs work. He’s quietly visited dozens of effective efforts around the country on a tour noted for its deliberate avoidance of press coverage. At his direction, the House Budget Committee prepared “The War On Poverty: 50 Years Later,” a summary of the dizzying array of programs on which trillions of tax dollars have been lavished while millions remain stuck in poverty. Mr. Ryan is working on a book distilling what he’s learned and outlining a conservative agenda for upward mobility and greater opportunity.

            He and other reformers, like Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio, are also focused on spurring stronger economic growth. In remarks March 10 at Google’s D.C. office, Mr. Rubio sketched proposals to increase innovation by making more wireless spectrum available for businesses and consumers, step up coordination between government research and private companies to speed ideas to market, and promote trade by knocking down barriers to U.S. goods and services. He also talked about ways to encourage domestic energy production, simplify the tax code to encourage investment, and reduce the regulatory burden on job creation.

            Utah Sen. Mike Lee argued in an eloquent speech at the Heritage Foundation in November that the liberal War on Poverty has undermined the very institutions—family, community and the mediating structures of civil society that stand between the government and the individual—that are most effective in helping people rise. He has proposed a package of reforms to taxes, welfare, higher education, transportation and federal comp-time regulations that hamper worker flexibility.

            Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Republican Governor Association Chairman Chris Christie and dozens of other GOP governors are crafting answers to meet the needs of their state’s poor. Most would welcome Mr. Rubio’s suggestion in a Jan. 8 speech that antipoverty programs be combined into one fund and given to states to administer. Governors who have led on issues of poverty and growth include Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Ohio’s John Kasich, Michigan’s Rick Snyder and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker. Interestingly, all come from modest backgrounds—the sons, respectively, of immigrant parents, a mail carrier, a dry cleaner and a minister.

            A growing network of scribblers and thinkers supports their efforts. The Ethics and Public Policy Center is home to the entitlement expert James Capretta, senior fellow Peter Wehner and editor Yuval Levin, whose National Affairs publishes the who’s who of reform conservatives. The American Enterprise Institute, led by Arthur Brooks, houses a number of scholars, including Michael Strain and James Pethokoukis, who write on economics, labor markets and commerce. The Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas and Avik Roy roll out provocative ideas on finance, health care and entitlements. And there are the contributions of many writers to this paper’s editorial page.

            Conservative reformers seek to broaden opportunity, increase prosperity for every American, restore the value of work, and strengthen markets, competition and choice. If successful, their efforts would help the GOP among middle-class voters.

            It is hard to overstate how much the Republican Party is hurt by the persistent belief of many voters that its candidates are out of touch and do not care about people like them. But when standard bearers like Ronald Reagan and both Presidents Bush erode that negative perception, the GOP takes the White House. The importance of winning and governing well should focus more Republicans on this movement’s work.

          • Independent1

            Wow!! You sure talk a good game, too bad it’s all total BS!! No one in the GOP has a clue as to how to address the problems America faces!! The GOP doesn’t even know how to govern a state or federal government.
            More than 2/3s of the the states governed by the GOP are total disasters. States that measure miserably against Democrat run states in almost every measure except measures related to cheapskate governing with the misguided notions of balancing budgets at the expense of the poor and everyone besides the 1-5% of the wealthiest residents.
            GOP run states are the most violent, they lead the nation in homicides, in firearms related killings, in infant mortality rates, in politician corruption, in poverty of their residents (20 of the 23 states with the most people living in poverty are fun by the GOP).
            You’re either totally clueless or a blooming idiot!! Or both!!

          • exdemo55

            As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations.

            This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.

            The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas.

            Some of these methane emissions come from cow flatulence, exhaling and belching — other livestock animals release methane as well.

            “Cows emit a massive amount of methane through belching, with a lesser amount through flatulence,” according to How Stuff Works. “Statistics vary regarding how much methane the average dairy cow expels. Some experts say 100 liters to 200 liters a day… while others say it’s up to 500 liters… a day. In any case, that’s a lot of methane, an amount comparable to the pollution produced by a car in a day.”

            “Of all domestic animal types, beef and dairy cattle were by far the largest emitters of [methane],” according to an EPA analysis charting greenhouse gas emissions in 2012. Cows and other animals produce methane through digestion, which ferments the food of animals.

            “During digestion, microbes resident in an animal’s digestive system ferment food consumed by the animal,” the EPA notes. “This microbial fermentation process, referred to as enteric fermentation, produces [methane] as a byproduct, which can be exhaled or eructated by the animal.”

            It’s not just the dairy industry that the Obama administration is clamping down on. The White House is looking to regulate methane emissions across the economy from agriculture to oil and gas operations — all this despite methane emissions falling 11 percent since 1990.

          • Independent1

            One more thing – when you’re quoting me all these poll numbers, you do realize don’t you that the GOP, Faux News, Rush Limpbag and other right-wing wackos have so poisoned Republicans against Obama that whenever his disapproval rating is around 50% that you have to deduct around 36% (the percent of Republicans in that population) from the disapproval percent which is coming from nothing but virtually every Republian expressing their hate for him from all the lies and distortions they’ve heard from the 24/7 hate rhetoric spewed by all these right-wing extremists, meaning that it’s only about 15-20% of the remaining 65% of sane Americans that are expressing disapproval.

            So if you remove hate filled Republicans from the numbers, it’s really only 15-20% of the sane American population that doesn’t agree with how he’s managing the country.

          • Independent1

            And one more thing, the network ratings showing Faux News leading in the rating race for News is totally immaterial because Faux News is by far the biggest right-leaning network news which all low IQ right-wing idiots go to to get their news falsely thinking Faux News is ‘balanced news’ which is a blatant lie. Whereas, sane people get their news from a multitude of different sources – CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and on and on. I, for example, don’t have a TV or a radio and therefore get my news from a variety of online news sources, some of which, like Yahoo, actually carry Faux News stories as well as those from Bloomberg, the NY Times, CNN and on and on. I review them all and decide for myself what the truth really is. I also spend a lot of time researching issues that seem questionable from some news stories.

          • Independent1

            To bring emphasis to some of my comments, here’s the link to an article covering an encounter at the Hague between Obama and an obviously GOP loving White House reporter. Obama basically makes him look like a total ass, but I’m surethat like millions of other low IQ clueless Republicans you won’t see the truth and practicallity in what Obama says:

            Calm, Cool, and Collected, President Obama Schools ABC Reporter During Press Conference at The Hague


          • exdemo55

            Didn’t you hear, all of Obama’a news conferences are staged. He gets the questions before the conference. I wouldn’t trust him with a single dollar.

        • exdemo55

          RCP Average3/2 – 3/23–43.152.4 -9.3Gallup3/21 – 3/231500 A4451 -7Rasmussen Reports3/21 – 3/231500 LV4850 -2Reuters/Ipsos3/14 – 3/181165 RV4155 -14The Economist/YouGov3/15 – 3/17717 RV4256 -14Bloomberg3/7 – 3/101001 A4848TieCNN/Opinion Research3/7 – 3/9801 A4353 -10PPP (D)3/6 – 3/91152 RV4351 -8NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl3/5 – 3/91000 A4154 -13FOX News3/2 – 3/41002 RV3854 -16

        • exdemo55

          Bracing for a rough midterm-election outcome, Democrats aren’t waiting until Election Day to start blaming one another for the party’s problems. Anticipating the possibility that Republicans will flip the Senate, the finger-pointing game is already underway between the party’s warring factions.

          Earlier this month, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas argued liberals had successfully purged so-called squishy moderates from the Democratic Party’s ranks—even if those same lawmakers had helped the party retain conservative-leaning Senate and House seats. From the middle, the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way has become more outspoken in criticizing progressive leaders, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for advocating an agenda that will compromise the party’s ability to attract moderate voters.

          The public spats between outside groups are nothing compared with the private finger-pointing over who could be responsible if Republicans ride a political wave this year. The moderate wing is prepared to blame the party for avoiding centrist initiatives like free-trade deals and entitlement reform, while the Left will argue party leaders didn’t do enough to protect benefits.

      • Bodine666

        Man, you swallow the lies hook, line and sinker didn’t you? Sounds as though you been drinking the Kool-Aid for years.

        Have you ever checked a reputable news source for information?

        Right wing nut jobs love to criticize so tell me what would you do? I hear lots of hollow rhetoric coming from the wing nut side, but no solution. No plan. Nothing! What would you do?

        If there was Republican president, he would be steering us toward war with Russia. You conservatives and tea baggers have been spreading your propaganda for so long that you actually believe it. I remember Bush and Cheney telling us the war in Iraq would last less than six months. How did that work out for you?

        You right wing nut jobs have convinced yourself that a war with Russia would not last more than a couple of days. That’s sad. What’s worse is that you are so ignorant you actually believe going to war with Russia would be a good thing.

        The way you wing nuts were praising Putin a casual observer could easily conclude that you were all gay for him. Maybe the truth about you Right wing nuts is finally coming out. You’re all closet homosexuals filled with hate for yourselves. Your reaction? You blame the world and you want to destroy the world.

    • SeekingOut

      So I have a question: Why can’t these 11 million be turned into living advertisements for promoting ACA? Why aren’t they identified and encouraged to tell at least 5 others?

      Also, I have a suggestion: The Administration should announce one more amendment to ACA……establish another sign-up deadline for September 30, 2014. That would keep the drive going for longer, sign-up more insurees and by extension ACA supporters, make the job of repeal even harder or impossible and keep the merits of ACA hot and at the forefront of the debate going in to the mid-terms.

    • Independent1

      And not only is Obamacare helping thousands medically who previously weren’t covered by health insurance, it’s also allowing enough to spend more of their income on things other than healthcare, that it’s helping the economy.

      Here are some excerpts from a recent article:

      The Affordable Care Act, President Barack Barack Obama’s signature health law, is already boosting household income and spending.

      The Commerce Department reported Monday (3/3/14) that consumer spending rose a better-than-expected 0.4% and personal incomes climbed 0.3% in January. The new health-care law accounted for a big chunk of the increase on both fronts.

      On the incomes side, the law’s expanded coverage boosted Medicaid benefits by an estimated $19.2 billion, according to Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. The ACA also offered several refundable tax credits, including health insurance premium subsidies, which added up to $14.7 billion.

      • Dominick Vila

        That is probably one of the reasons the GOP is fighting it tooth and nail. More disposable income means more spending, which in an economy such as ours means economic prosperity and job growth. The last thing the GOP wants in an election year is economic growth and job growth. They know that with the exception of ignorant zealots issues such as Benghazi, the IRS “Scandal” (catching Tea Party organizations lying), and all the other “scandals” they have engineered are not enough to convince mainstream Americans at a national level. They need economic uncertainty to succeed and will do everything they can to make sure it persists until after 2016.

  • howa4x

    Democrats have to make republicans reveal their plans for health care, and challenge them at every opportunity. Women have the most to loose if republicans take over the senate since one of the 1st acts will be to ban contraception coverage so they need to get off their fanny’s and get out to vote. Remember if republicans win control of both houses the only people to blame are those that sat home on election day

  • idamag

    Yes, the ACA had problems. If we had a congress that was by the people, of the people and for the people, they might have worked out a better program. However, the ACA is better than nothing and with time may be fixed so that is is the program we want it to be.

  • dpaano

    The GOP is just busy bringing in “made up” people who talk against ACA; however, when checked further, it’s found out that they have made out better with ACA than before. It’s amazing!

    • Independent1

      Yes and it’s even helping Republicans as Scott Brown found out recently right after he was denigrating Obamacare at the home of a New Hampshire politician who was on the verge of bankruptcy until he got a healthcare policy through Obamacare.

      Scott Brown Awkwardly Finds Out That Obamacare Is Also Helping Republicans

  • SeekingOut

    So I have a question: Why can’t these 11 million be turned into living advertisements for promoting ACA? Why aren’t they identified and encouraged to tell at least 5 others?

    Also, I have a suggestion: The Administration should announce one more amendment to ACA……establish another sign-up deadline for September 30, 2014. That would keep the drive going for longer, sign-up more insurees and by extension ACA supporters, make the job of repeal even harder or impossible and keep the merits of ACA hot and at the forefront of the debate going in to the mid-terms.

  • charleo1

    As the House symbolically repeals ACA for the 50th time, and the debate
    continues into another election cycle. We need to keep in mind, that the
    old ways of doing business, linking health insurance with one’s job, is
    changing, and will continue out the door. It’s not the best thing to do anyway. Get sick, can’t work, can’t pay for the policy and lose the insurance. Why is that such a good idea? Many are lamenting that
    the reforms didn’t go far enough. That an opportunity should have been made available to buy into something like Medicare for all. Or, a universal program similar to those available in Europe, or Canada. Correctly pointing out, such a system would have avoided many, or all of the issues the Affordable Care Act is now struggling with, as it attempts to enroll enough people to make the numbers work. The only problem with that being, both sides of Congress are so bought out, that getting such a bill through Congress, even one with large Democratic majorities, and a Democratic President, was simply not a doable possibility. Which should give all of us pause. But, be that as it may. ACA, with all it’s flaws, weaknesses, and complexities, was, is, and for the time being, the only game in town, for millions of us. The fact it is based on a Republican template, to increase the total number of insured by using private for profit insurance companies, means nothing to today’s incredibly extreme GOP. That may as well have come from a different century, and a galaxy, far, far away. Compared to the GOP of 20 years ago. The fact is today, if it requires private businesses to do anything, that involves a government, mandate, or regulation, they are four square aganist it. And it really doesn’t matter to them, if it’s a good idea. If it’s healthcare, the minimum wage, caping carbon emissions, or helping the economy improve. By controlling the House, Republicans can effectively stop any new legislation from becoming law. And, their reason for doing so is not that important. It’s frustrating, but it’s who they are. And, as long as they are there, nothing moves but the hands of time.

  • old_blu

    Even though they went about the ACA the wrong way it is all the GOP has. They might not be able to win by attacking the ACA, but it is all they’ve got, the only thing they’ve worked on or had any passion about. Instead of doing what’s right for America they wasted time on the ACA.