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President Obama Breaks Silence To Slam GOP Health Repeal And Rally The Resistance

Posted in United States with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2017 by sheriffali

“Donald Trump And The Republicans Are Only Using Words Such As “Repeal And Replace,” When In Truth And In Fact; They Don’t Intend To Replace Anything.

 

The Gimmick Republicans and Trump Sold to Their Ignorant Voters was just a farce. It is self evident that most of the Republican Voters are uninformed, ignorant, uneducated and brainwashed, clinging to their Guns in the Red States that soak up most of the Social Benefits and at the same time, criticizing the same programs that inure to their benefits. Now that reality has hit and “Rubber has met the Road,” the backlash to Republicans from their Constituents is the only reason why Trump and the Republicans have hit their most devastating Health Care impasse.” Sheriff Ali

 

[Shareblue] “President Obama broke his silence on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and spoke out against the Republican plan to repeal the landmark achievement.

 

 President Obama released a statement marking the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. The former president also used his statement to sharply rebuke the ongoing Republican activity designed to repeal the law, engineered by Donald Trump and Paul Ryan.

 

Obama makes clear that “any changes” should “make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans,” a clear allusion to the Congressional Budget Office’s conclusion that the Republican-backed America Health Care Act would kick 24 million people off of the insurance they gained on Obamacare, with millions more remaining uninsured.

 

There has been a grassroots uprising against the Republican’s anti-health care agenda, with town hall meetings packed with angry and fearful constituents who want to hold on to the coverage they have.

 

Pointing out that the law has made clear that “health care is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody,” Obama highlights the benefits of the legislation: “Twenty million Americans have gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance” while “more than ninety percent of Americans are insured – the highest rate in our history.”

 

Obama also reminded Republicans of their absurd rhetoric in the days and years after he signed the ACA into law, as they issued dire warnings about skyrocketing unemployment and job losses that it would purportedly cause. Obama noted, “This law is no ‘job-killer,’ because America’s businesses went on a record-breaking streak of job growth in the seven years since I signed it.” And he is right: When Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law the unemployment rate was 9.9 percent; it is currently at 4.7 percent.

 

 The statement from Obama concludes with a rallying cry that echoes much of what the resistance has been fighting on behalf of in the months since he left the White House:

 

The Affordable Care Act is law only because millions of Americans mobilized, and organized, and decided that this fight was about more than health care – it was about the character of our country. It was about whether the wealthiest nation on Earth would make sure that neither illness nor twist of fate would rob us of everything we’ve worked so hard to build.  It was about whether we look out for one another, as neighbors, and fellow citizens, who care about each other’s success. This fight is still about all that today. And Americans who love their country still have the power to change it.”

 

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President Obama – Man On Fire – Not Having To Carry Whining Democrats On His Back; Republicans And Benjamin Netanyahu Have Met Their Match!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2015 by sheriffali

Meet Drama Obama Because Mr. Cool Has Left The Building!

 

Obama is gambling that he won’t hurt his party and that in 10 years Iran will be a better member of the international community. But he can’t do worse as an oracle of the Middle East than the conservative warmongers who ravaged the region.

 

 

[Maureen Dowd NYT] Washington — IN the midst of Iran mania, the president got tossed a question about Bill Cosby.

 

Would he revoke the Medal of Freedom given to a comedian who has been accused of subverting the free will of dozens of women, and counting?

 

It was a riveting moment.

 

It has been said that Cliff Huxtable was instrumental in paving the way for Barack Obama.

 

Until the nation began watching the sterling Obamas, the sterling Huxtables were the most celebrated positive image of a wholesome, engaging, upper-middle-class black family.

 

The president may have flashed back to another White House news conference in 2009 when he forthrightly — and correctly — accused the police of acting “stupidly” in arresting his friend Skip Gates on a suspicion of breaking into his own Cambridge, Mass., home. The backlash from the police led to Obama suffering through the inane “beer summit.”

 

So when April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks asked about Cosby, President Obama’s lawyerly side kicked in at first. He punted, saying he did not comment on cases that could be litigated.

 

Then he looked down, pressed his lips together and unleashed a well deserved hell on Cosby. Because in the sunset of his presidency, Obama’s bolder side is rising. He’s a lame duck who doesn’t give a damn.

 

“If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape,” he said.

 

The father of two daughters reflected genuine disgust.

 

With Cosby, the Charleston, S.C., eulogy with the rendition of “Amazing Grace” and the visit with felons in federal prison in Oklahoma to speak up for that unloved constituency, and say “There but for the grace of God,” the president who once tread gingerly on race has discovered a more gingery voice.

 

And the chorus in the land finally proclaims: “That’s the man I voted for.”

 

Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to tell colleagues that one is only president from the inauguration to the first midterm. But President Obama is rewriting the book on Oval Office juice.

 

He has talked wistfully in private for years about “going Bulworth” and emulating Warren Beatty’s hilariously blunt senator in that movie. Now he’s doing it.

 

“This is the guy I know,” David Axelrod told me. “He’s focused on big things, speaking hard truths and damning small politics, and that is why so many of us were attracted to him from the start.”

 

When CBS’s Major Garrett grandstanded in the White House press conference, asking the president why he was content “to leave the conscience of this nation, the strength of this nation, unaccounted for in relation” to the Americans stuck in prison in Iran, Obama gave Garrett the back of his hand.

 

“Major,” he shot back, “that’s nonsense, and you should know better.”

 

Time to dismiss the Anger Translator.

 

The president is far more energized than a couple years ago, when — thwarted by intransigent Republicans and the intractable Middle East — he acted as though he would like to quit, if it was a job you could stride away from.

 

He clearly enjoys settling into his favorite role — the man alone in the arena, disdaining the flattering rituals and back-scratching of politics, the dread drinks with Senator McConnell and stupid golf with Speaker Boehner.

 “Eight months ago, he was left for dead after the midterm elections,” Axelrod said. “But he saw it as a liberating moment, the starting buzzer on the final quarter. And he is working down his list of things undone and knocking them out one after another. For those of us who were there from the start, it’s thrilling to see.”

 

Aside from Mitch McConnell, the happiest person last November when McConnell won was Obama because he was freed from having to humor Harry Reid and Hill Democrats.

 

He passed the trade bill with help from Republicans who spent years trying to hurt him and he is now teaming with the Koch brothers, who have spent a fortune trying to kill his agenda, for a criminal justice overhaul.

 

He brushed away the contentious politics on Cuba, the Confederate flag and Iran and said it was long past time to move on.

 

A few years ago, he privately fretted that he was no longer lucky. But he got lucky with the Supreme Court on health care and gay marriage.

 

He wrote in his memoir that from the time he was young, he learned the trick of not seeming angry so he wouldn’t alarm white folks.

 

But now he seems eager to mix it up as he goes through his rhymes-with-bucket list. As Glenn Thrush put it in his “Meet ‘Drama’ Obama” piece in Politico, “Mr. Cool has left the building.”

 

Obama has always radiated the smug air that he was right and any other positions were illogical. But it is gratifying when aimed at the obnoxious Republicans and more obnoxious Bibi.

 

Republicans were never going to go for the Iran deal. Their apocalyptic statements were written well in advance and they just had to hit “Send” followed by a fund-raising appeal to Jewish donors.

 

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A Tartar would be more at home on Cheapside than President Obama in the haunts of Republican Christian Hypocrites.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2014 by sheriffali

President Obama’s speech seems to the Babylonian Republicans and their Followers among whom he dwells, an outlandish tongue, his manners are singular and his actions are strange.

 

Obama walks through the hypocritical, extremist Republican world as a pilgrim in a foreign land. He is a stranger in his own country. The Babylonian Republicans, have forgotten all he has done rescuing America from the derangement of; Bush, Cheney and the Republican Congress. They dishonor him, set up new laws and alien customs, suing him for reforming a broken Health Care System and know him not. Never was a Non-Foreigner so speckled a bird among the denizens of any land as Obama among his mother’s brethren. It is no marvel, then, he is unknown and a stranger here in his own land.

 

But here is the sweetness of his lot: He is a stranger with Thee. Thou art his fellow-sufferer, his fellow-pilgrim. Oh, what joy he feels to wander in such blessed society! His heart burns within him by the way when Thou dost speak to him, and though he be a sojourner, he is far more blest than those who sit in the Republican House,  Senate and the Governor’s Mansions, and far more at home than Republican Followers who dwell in their ceiled houses, like the Koch Brothers.  [Modification of Charles Spurgeon’s writing to express my vision of President Obama’s Predicament]

 

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The Twelve States with the worst Health Care System are “all” Republican Run States!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by sheriffali

Healthcare in Mississippi and in other Southern states is unlikely to become more equitable anytime soon, however. As the study authors note, 16 of the states in the bottom half of the ranking have opted not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

 

In Mississippi, for example, “Medicaid eligibility for non-disabled adults is limited to parents with incomes below 29 percent of poverty, or about $6,800 a year for a family of four, and adults without dependent children remain ineligible regardless of their income,” as the Kaiser Family Foundation points out.

 

Those Mississippians making between 100 percent of the federal poverty level, or $23,850 for a family of four, and 400 percent, can qualify for subsidies to buy health insurance on the exchanges. But 30 percent of uninsured Mississippians fall into the “coverage gap” between the state’s current income cutoff for Medicaid and the federal cutoff for health insurance subsidies. They don’t qualify for any kind of financial help to buy health insurance and are likely to remain uninsured.

 

Source: The Atlantic – Open the link for full details!

 

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Obamacare: The Rest of the Story… New York Times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2013 by sheriffali

Unless you’ve been bamboozled by the frantic fictions of the right wing, you know that the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare, has begun to accomplish its first goal: enrolling millions of uninsured Americans, many of whom have been living one medical emergency away from the poorhouse. You realize those computer failures that have hampered sign-ups in the early days — to the smug delight of the critics — confirm that there is enormous popular demand. You have probably figured out that the real mission of the Republican extortionists and their big-money backers  was to scuttle the law before most Americans recognized it as a godsend and rendered it politically untouchable.

What you may not know is that the Affordable Care Act is also beginning, with little fanfare, to accomplish its second great goal: to promote reforms to our overpriced, underperforming health care system. Irony of ironies, the people who ought to be most vigorously applauding this success story are Republicans, because it is being done not by government decree but almost entirely with market incentives.

Using mainly the marketplace clout of Medicare and some seed money, the new law has spurred innovation and efficiency. And while those new insurance exchanges that are now lurching into business will touch roughly 1 in 10 Americans (the rest of us are already covered by private employer plans or by government programs like Medicare), these systemic reforms potentially touch every patient, every taxpayer.

“This is the 90 percent of the story that doesn’t make the headlines,” said Sam Glick, who follows health care reform for the Oliver Wyman consulting firm.

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed three years ago, more than 370 innovative medical practices, called accountable care organizations, have sprung up across the country,  with 150 more in the works. At these centers, Medicare or private insurers reward doctors financially when their patients require fewer hospital stays, emergency room visits and surgeries — exactly the opposite of what doctors have traditionally been paid to do. The more money the organization saves, the more money its participating providers share. And the best way to save costs (which is, happily, also the best way to keep patients alive) is to catch problems before they explode into emergencies.

Thus the accountable care organizations have become the Silicon Valley of preventive care, laboratories of invention driven by the entrepreneurial energy of start-ups.

These organizations have invested heavily in information technology so they can crunch patient records to identify those most at risk, those who are overdue for checkups, those who have not been filling their prescriptions and presumably have not been taking their meds. They then deploy new medical SWAT teams — including not just doctors but health coaches, care coordinators, nurse practitioners — to intervene and encourage patients to live healthier lives.

Advocates of these reforms like to say that they are transforming medicine from the treatment of disease to the treatment of patients — and ultimately the treatment of populations.

At Cornerstone Health Care, a 250-doctor organization in North Carolina, patients with a history of congestive heart failure get a daily phone call from a nurse asking them to step on a scale and report their weight, the best early indicator of an impending emergency. The next stage, Grace Terrell, the president of Cornerstone, told me, will be to give these patients scales that automatically transmit their weight directly to the nurse. (“If the N.S.A. is Big Brother, we’re Big Mother,” Terrell says of the weight surveillance program.) Diabetes patients are invited in for low-cost pedicures. Why? Because diabetics are notoriously vulnerable to infections that lead to amputation, and a common cause of those infections is ingrown toenails. (Both of these practices were pioneered by CareMore, a California-based company that runs clinics for Medicare patients and that has become a major role model since Obamacare.)

The Heritage Provider Network, a huge accountable care organization in California, offers Medicare patients free dance lessons, healthy cooking classes and casino excursions that feature “brain power” activities on the bus. The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, a new, seven-doctor practice in upstate New York, is building a gym and a teaching kitchen for its patients, who are mostly inner-city minorities.

“Most doctors were on treadmills,” plodding through their routines, said Raul Vazquez, the chief executive of the Buffalo venture. Now they’re reinventing health care for the inner city with an invigorated sense of mission.

This is not the heroic medicine that turns surgeons into gods and emergency rooms into Hollywood material. Don’t expect to see a toenail-clipping episode on “Grey’s Anatomy.” But these services address the embarrassing fact, reiterated in study after study after study, that Americans pay much more for medical care than other developed countries, with no better results. Obamacare addresses this problem by going, as Willie Sutton famously advised, where the money is. It concentrates resources on the unhealthiest. According to Kaiser Health News, the sickest 1 percent of patients account for 21 percent of health care costs; 5 percent account for half of the total costs.

“There are organizations that are bringing emergency room visits down by 15 to 20 percent,” Glick said. “Hospital admissions, you see numbers like 20 and 30 percent. That can make a huge difference not only in the cost of care but also in the quality of care.”

The best sign that these innovations are beginning to go viral is that they have caught the attention of some giant businesses. Drugstore chains like Walgreens and CVS are now partnering with hospitals or accountable care organizations to give patients convenient points of access and to coordinate treatment. Companies that spend heavily on employee health care plans are learning the best lessons of the Obamacare laboratory. Walmart, the country’s biggest private employer, will fly workers who need transplants or heart or spinal surgery to premier facilities like the Mayo or Cleveland Clinics to assure that their problems get fixed right the first time, avoiding costly readmissions.

Obamacare has also had some important indirect consequences. According to Catherine Dower of the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco, since the Affordable Care Act states have become more aggressive about challenging some of the protectionist laws that prevent well-qualified medical professionals — pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians — from offering some kinds of primary care. California just passed a law that will allow pharmacists to check your blood pressure and cholesterol level and to dispense prescription birth control and antismoking drugs. Letting pharmacists perform services that don’t require seven years of medical training makes those services cheaper and more convenient, increasing the chances consumers will take better care of themselves.

Dower said that while the formal doctor lobby continues to resist this as a threat to the M.D. cartel, many physicians have embraced it, recognizing that outsourcing some of these services leaves them more time to do what only doctors can do. And with an estimated 29 million new clients expected to join the ranks of the insured, there is a lot of work to share.

The emerging system is far from perfect. As Elisabeth Rosenthal reported in The Times on Sunday, Congress buckled to drug company lobbying and refused to let Medicare use its purchasing power to bring down obscenely inflated drug prices. And like any upheaval, the reform of health care will produce some losers. Not all of the new organizations will make a go of it. Since hospitals account for about a third of our health care bill, they are a particular target of cost-cutters; some will fail to adapt and will go out of business. Taking costs out of the system means taking money out of somebody’s pockets. This is what the business world calls “creative destruction.”

Grace Terrell of Cornerstone said that of its 250 doctors, “20 percent are still, ‘Down with Obamacare,’ though even they like the private-enterprise approach; 30 percent really get it; and the others are moving faster than the market. We may ultimately fail, but we’re pretty far ahead of the curve.”

One reason you may not have heard much about this part of the Obamacare story is that it is numbingly complicated. (Stephen M. Davidson of Boston University has written a concise and accessible guide to the law and its consequences.) But I suspect another reason is partisan spite. The Democrats were passionately in favor of enrolling the uninsured, but many would have preferred a government-run program, or at least a public option. What Obamacare has wrought is the kind of market-driven reformation that Republicans pretend to believe in. Which makes you wonder how much of their opposition rests on the merits, and how much is just a loathing for anything associated with Barack Obama. [Bill Keller – New York Times]

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Republicans want to kill Obamacare for Political gain, and, the Media’s egregious participation is to inure more “Mammon!”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2013 by sheriffali

I wonder if any of the perniciousness that is perpetuated by the Republicans and the Media against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, ever takes into consideration that the ACA is about people, your fellow citizens, rather than for Political and Financial Gains!

 

The miserable, shameless, Republicans, do not want to fix the Affordable Care Act, they want to “kill” it and return to the status quo, so that the consumers can be scammed again as they have for the past 75 years, and that the GOP can continue to protect the WHORE HOUSES OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES!

 

I survived Lymphoma Cancer that was logged in my Spinal Cord; woke up from a diabetic coma against all medical odds; have had hypertension and diabetes for more than two decades and was born with Maniere’s Ear Syndrome [Disease], for which there isn’t any cure. Had I not had the financial means to pay for all of the medical services that ran into millions of dollars, I wouldn’t be typing this comment tonight.

 

To President Obama’s credit he has and continues to risk his Presidency to insure that Health Care in America is reformed, especially to assist the forty million plus that have had no other means of medical coverage; those with preexisting conditions and the people who has had Insurance only to have it canceled as soon as they fall ill. To me, this is what is called integrity, courage and goodwill to your fellow human being!

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Republicans Obamacare Coup d’état shut down the Government; Now, they have resorted to Russian Roulette with the Debt Ceiling!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by sheriffali

Speaker of the House John Boehner, allowing the Tea Party Extremists to place him in the most precarious of predicaments, of using this unorthodox method of tying the defunding of the Affordable Care Act in order to keep the Government operating, is not only bad because they don’t like Obamacare or President Obama or both, but, if the President allows this type of extortion to take place, it would set a precedence that would be detrimental to America, irrespective of whether or not a Republican or Democrat is in the White House in the future.

 

Obama’s haters may think that the Government being shut down and the debt ceiling on the line may be a good thing because of their disdain for this President, however, if these same people would stop and think for a moment and ask the question; “what if the next President is a Republican and the House of Representatives are controlled by Democrats, wouldn’t they possibly use the same unethical means to obtain their way or the high-way?

 

Setting aside the entire present dilemma at the moment, if such methods to dismantle a legal bill or any other legal bill for that matter are successful, it would be the same as “opening a can of worms.” Now it is Obamacare, but should Boehner and his Out-of-Control Extremists prevail with their black mail, next it could be Medicare, Medicaid, A Woman’s Right to Choose or even Social Security. As recent as 2007, former President George W. Bush included in his Budget a request to privatize Social Security. Just imagine, since 1935 when Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced Social Security, no Republican Voted for it and since then to the present time, most Republicans have continued to do everything possible, to either privatize or dismantle Social Security and many of the Social Programs that provide assistance to almost 98 percent of the American People.

 

The same loud-mouths, uninformed, brainwashed irrationals that permeate internecine nonsense, most of them “do collect Social Security; Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps!” I am yet to see in the comments, some sensible, well written opinion for why they are against programs such as the Affordable Care Act, rather than the continued phantasmagoric rationales.

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