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NRCC on moving on from "repeal #Obamacare" efforts: "No, we can't."

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The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) wants to take health insurance away from millions of people. They're not even trying to hide that nasty little fact. In fact, they made it very public. After President Obama's Affordable Care Act Signed up 8,000,000 People victory lap yesterday, the NRCC decided they would remain in their Bubble O' Obstruction for the foreseeable future. They said as much in this tweet:

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That should go over well with Americans who are now covered, who are now able to afford to treat their illnesses and injuries, whose children are covered, and who are no longer turned away when they have pre-existing conditions. Like being a woman, for example. Or having cancer.

See how "pro-life" they are?

Do they not realize that, in addition to Obamacare consumers, this also benefits their corporate Big Insurance buddies?

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

Here are a few of the replies they got on the Twitter Machine:

 

 

 

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Hank Aaron Flooded with Racist Hate Mail After Remarks on Racism in America

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Please note: This is a repost via repost.us of an article on FreakOutNation. Thanks, Anomaly!

Hank Aaron flooded with racist hate mail after remarks on racism in America (via FreakOutNation)

The Atlanta Braves have been inundated with racist hate mail after baseball legend Hank Aaron’s recent comments about racism in America and President Obama’s critics. USA Today reports on the hundreds of letters, emails and phone calls since Aaron…


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Video- President's Weekly Address: Equal Pay for Equal Work

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President Obama speaks to the nation in his weekly address. The topic is equal pay for equal work.

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Repeal time! More proof that #Obamacare is working.

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Please take a minute and eight seconds to watch a montage of the Repeal Party, er, GOP's predictions about what a gargantuan failure they were SURE Obamacare was going to be. Of course, something is sure to inspire them to attempt a 50somethingth House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which, by the way, is here to stay:

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There now, wasn't that fun? The entire Maddow Show segment is at the end of this post, along with another one that is sure to bring you much joy and pointing and laughing. So will this:

Via Roll Call:

Wall Street Journal: A new study released Tuesday by the Rand Corp. “shows 9.3 million Americans gained insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act took full effect, though most who bought policies through newly established exchanges weren’t uninsured and employers accounted for much of the rise in the newly covered.”

A total of 14.5 million people have gotten insurance since last fall. And as of mid-March, enrollment in Medicaid increased by 5.9 million.

Yeah, what a failure. Repeal that, GOP.

Did I mention that the Koch Brothers Received Millions In Obamacare Subsidies?

Below is the entire segment. And please watch the second video about how Obamacare isn't going anywhere, in which Rachel Maddow concentrates on Scott Brown's Awkward Adventures... because, hilarious:

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Number of Americans without health insurance hits new low; includes losses from canceled plans #Obamacare

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blame obamacare health insuranceanother talking point bites the dust

Republicans are turning themselves inside out to cope with the success of President Obama's health insurance enrollee numbers. They've tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act about 50 times, they tweet incessantly about how Americans are being hurt by Obamacare in one way or another, and they insist that the law is failing. But it is they they who are failing. To the GOP whiners, I say neener neener.

Oh, and there's this from the Los Angeles Times... yet another health insurance report that will make Republican heads explode.

The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.

Just 14.7% of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from 18% in the last quarter of 2013, the survey from Gallup found.

The survey results, which track with other recent polling data and enrollment reports, indicate that about 8 million people have gained health insurance since September. That figure takes into account any losses in coverage the law may have brought about by the cancellation of health plans that did not meet the new standards.

Gallup's survey highlights a historic expansion in coverage unparalleled since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

It also undermines critics' persistent claims that the law has done little to expand health insurance.

oh noesPlus, Gallup said that the late enrollees who will apply through April 15 "could further drive down the uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014."

but wait there's more smallerIt gets even better:

The drop in uninsured rates was most pronounced among African Americans, Latinos and households earning less than $36,000 a year, three demographic groups targeted by the Obama administration and others working to enroll people under the healthcare law.

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I'd prefer Medicare for All, but for now, this is an improvement over what we had. And it provides the added bonus of driving the GOP up a wall.

More here.

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How Pres. Obama could be forced to put tea party judge on federal bench

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If the notion of a tea party judge being nominated to a seat on the federal bench makes you sick to your stomach, raise your hand.

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The thought of yet another ultra-conservative judge-- a right wing extremist tea party judge at that-- making decisions that affect all of us, is disturbing. What's even more disturbing is that Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), can do something about it... and he may choose not to. Which means, President Obama may be forced to put such a tea party judge on the bench in Pennsylvania, in this case David J. Porter, Rick Santorum’s former lawyer.

I repeat: Rick Santorum's former lawyer. Worried yet?

I sure am. Think Progress has the story:

The reason why a Democratic president would even consider nominating Porter to a seat on the federal bench is a Senate tradition known as the “blue slip.” A relic of a patronage system largely dismantled during the Carter and Reagan Administrations, the blue slip tradition allows home-state senators to effectively veto any judicial nominee to a federal judgeship in their state. [...]

As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has the unilateral ability to eliminate the blue slip today if he chose to, though he has thus far refused to do so. Indeed, one of Leahy’s Republican predecessors, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), largely did just that when he was Judiciary Chair and George W. Bush was president.

Follow the link for more. It's up to you, Sen. Leahy. You alone have the power to do the right thing.

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Why Republicans hate #Obamacare, Pres. Obama aside. Hint: Their older, richer base.

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Republicans have never had a problem airing their grievances in the media, and the media have never had a problem giving them ample time to express their hatred of Obamacare. We've heard it all:

The Affordable Care Act is going to lead to a dictatorship and President Obama will take your guns!

Obamacare is a Muslim plot to allow us all to be ruled by Sharia law!

The ACA has legalized those Evil Death Panels and will require our doctors to kill us once we sprout a few gray hairs!

Obamacare is really a cover for BENGHAZI!!! With lots of !!!s!

Obamacare will drive our economy into the ground and we'll all die (thus eliminating the need for Evil Death Panels)!

Obama wants to be Prescription Writer in Chief and drug us all so he can exert his magic powers and cast a giant spell that will force us to do his Commie Marxist fascist gay French Kenyan bidding!

However, one Republican grievance has gotten very little play, if any, on the Tee Vee Machine. The Los Angeles Times clarified a few things, and they go a little something like this:

The beneficiaries are mostly low-income working families that qualify for subsidies designed to make insurance more affordable, and people farther down the income ladder who benefit from the law's expansion of Medicaid.

A smaller, but significant, number of people will pay higher insurance premiums than they used to and, in some cases, higher taxes. Those people are disproportionately Republicans. [...] Americans 65 and older... are the only age group in which Republican supporters outnumber Democrats, according to an analysis by Gallup of 18,000 polling interviews [...]

Republicans also outnumber Democrats among upper-income Americans, who earn too much to qualify for the law's subsidies but who may earn enough to be hit by its new taxes. And affluent small-business owners, among the most loyal Republican voters, are heavily represented among the people who bought insurance on the private market before Obamacare.

So right now, per the Times, the ACA's costs and benefits are distributed unevenly, which is one reason that Republican voters are so ticked off.

Additionally, the GOP's older, wealthier base opposing the law feels their hatred more intensely than Obamacare supporters (Democrats) do their approval. So if President Obama can stir up his base's passions about how the law is improving their lives, then Democrats can stand a chance to gain politically.

Own it, Dems. Get out there and sell it. Let voters know that repeal-happy Republicans would yank health insurance away from and risk the lives of millions. Inform Americans, stir up support, and make this a winning issue.

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