Every step of the way, Republicans have sabotaged President Obama's efforts: the Affordable Care Act, judicial and cabinet nominees, jobs bills, immigration reform, you name it. And once the sabotage, smears, and obstruction take their toll, they have the balls to scatter all over the airwaves and blame the president for the failure to effectively implement his programs. The programs that they, the GOP, impeded or thwarted.
Last night I took part in a "call" (it was actually a broadcast online) during which the president spoke to 200,000 listeners. He seemed different (in a good way) than he does when we see him on TV. He was more soft-spoken, personal, heartfelt, approachable, and somehow reached me, despite my bad mood after a long day of covering dirty politics. I've been a critic as well as a supporter, and after this call, I was easily switched to supportive mode.
I livetweeted a few things he said. He began with a general overview of the benefits of "Obamacare" along with the following (some are paraphrased, most are direct quotes):
- We need to pull together and inform Americans that enrollment opportunities are available on the website, through U.S. mail, on the phone, and in person.
- This isn't a one-day sale... Everyone who wants to enroll can get enrolled.
- We’re not backing off one bit.
- For three years, people said this wasn't gonna work. Now people can get signed up.
This one really resonated on Twitter:
- My main message: I'm gonna need your help, your energy, reaching out to neighbors. You're gonna save somebody's life.
As did this one:
- I've never lost faith, and that's because of all of you. You've lifted me up, lifted each other up.
He then pivoted and had a couple of things to say about Republican lawmakers:
We've had problems with Senate Republicans blocking judicial nominees. It's not the way the Constitution was designed, but that's what happened. Today, Republicans filibustered my fourth judicial nominee. All four of my nominees got the highest ratings from the Bar Association, but Republicans filibustered every one. This is unprecdented obstructionism.
He ended with this:
I'm proud of you. Let's go out there and get this done.
After hearing him speak, I tweeted:
How can someone succeed if there is an organized effort to block, sabotage, smear? How about covering THAT, news shows?
Many Americans have been feeling awfully discouraged lately, me included. But then *birds chirping, sun ray music* I woke up to this headline in my morning Los Angeles Times: Healthcare enrollment rises sharply.
You sure wouldn't know that by watching or listening to news reports. So here is a dose of some long overdue good news:
[E]nrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama's health law.
A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials. [...]
Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. [...]
In addition to better-functioning websites, many states that are running their own marketplaces also have significantly more resources to help consumers sign up for coverage. Many of the states that have declined to run their own websites have also refused to expand the joint federal-state Medicaid program, as the new law allows. [...]
State officials believe enrollment through Covered California has been depressed by media reports of problems with the federal site [...] But while politicians in Washington, D.C., have been fixated on the website problems, many state officials are feeling considerably more optimistic about the law's long-term prospects. [...]
Enrollment has been even stronger in many Medicaid programs.
What?! Come on! That's crazy!
You can enroll up through March 31, so as President Obama said, "This isn't a one-day sale."
Of course, we'll just continue to hear about what a disaster this is because the website had such a rocky start. And of course, President Obama is a lying crook who did everything he could to fool you into buying...
... a more affordable plan with more comprehensive coverage with far fewer restrictions.
Yeah, what a villain he is. Meanwhile, it's the GOP that has lied, cheated, obstructed, and failed on every level, but we don't hear much about that, now do we? Well, we do now: A video anthology of #GOPcruelty and obstruction.
The president said he fumbled the rollout. But the GOP continues to fumble democracy and equal rights.