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Gay Wedding Cake

Gay Wedding Cake

You can't help but feel a tingle of satisfaction when ignorance gets its comeuppance. So get ready for a tingle from, of all places,  a bakery called Sweet Cakes, in Oregon. If you don't remember them, they refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. This was found to be in violation of the law and instead of following the law, they decided to turn off the oven and shutter their shop. Nearly a year later, here's the report on them from Raw Story:

Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed its doors in September of 2013, but continues to exist as an online delivery business. One of its current clients is the ex-gay ministry known as The Restored Hope Network, whose purpose is “restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin especially those impacted by homosexuality.”

So where's the irony in all that?

The Restored Hope Network is run by “ex-lesbian” Anne Paulk, whose marriage to another ex-gay advocate, John Paulk, ended in divorce last year after he determined that he was no longer a “formerly gay” man.

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It seems making gay conversion cakes might have its market, but it has to make one wonder if they're also advertising those baked goodies next to the welcome back to the "boy's club" or "lady pond" cakes.

When will bigoted zealots realize being LGBTX is not a sickness that can or even should be cured? It's who some people are -- just as some people are tall, some are short, some have blue eyes, others brown. We can't change what is...

Oh, and in case Sweet Cakes by Melissa on the Internet wasn't aware, they still can't discriminate if a gay couple wants to order a same-sex wedding cake from them. Internet sales too are covered by the same discrimination laws that forced her to close her doors back in 2013.

A personal tip to Melissa and her Sweet Cakes: You'll sell more same sex wedding cakes than conversion cakes. Baking for what is -- as opposed to what never will be -- is a money maker. Though divorce cakes could be a blossoming business for you if you keep clients like the Restored Hope Network.

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Obamacare covers 8-11 million mostly "satisfied" Americans. #BlameObama

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obamacare is winning, anti-obamacare fight

As our own Sherry Hardy pointed out, Regressives Handed Out Emergency Care Death Sentences in North Carolina. GOP-run states have done everything they can to obstruct access to Obamacare from the get-go, including refusing to expand Medicaid coverage. As a result, those self-proclaimed "pro-lifers" are hypocritically and intentionally putting lives at risk. People will die without care.

Fortunately, millions are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. In fact (hide your ears, Republicans), they even like it!

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More and more Americans are signing up, and the numbers of insured will only grow. Some of our previous posts include reports like these:

In today's Los Angeles Times, there's a piece that reveals customer satisfaction that will drive conservatives to (more) drink:

President Obama's healthcare law has reduced the number of uninsured adults by 8 million to 11 million in its first year, according to three new studies, and the vast majority report satisfaction with their new health plans. [...]

Nationwide, roughly 1 in 4 people who were uninsured last fall now have received coverage, representing a significant first step toward Obamacare's goal of near-universal coverage. [...]

... [M]ore than three-quarters of those who had either enrolled in Medicaid or bought a private insurance plan in the new marketplaces reported that they were either "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with their new coverage.

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Why, that's positively unAmerican!

Here in my home state of California, the number of uninsured has been cut in half. In half!

And nationally, it's the young 'uns who have been signing up more than anyone else. Remember back when? Remember when there was a big question mark about under-35s signing up? Put that one in a Tupperware, burp it, and seal it.

By the by, 54% said that some or all of their preferred doctors were covered. And 58% said they were better off with Obamacare:

[R]oughly 3 out of 4 Republicans said they were also satisfied.

What

Clearly, with all that positive feedback, the GOP must be seeing the error of their blocky ways, right? I mean, who would deny the very people who trusted you enough to elect you, a longer and healthier life? What self-serving politician would prioritize his own ambitions and petty political games over the health and well-being of families and individuals? What kind of amoral, obsessive, insensitive, merciless sphincter of a person would deny their fellow Americans a lifeline?

[T]he remaining uninsured Americans increasingly are concentrated in states that have declined to expand Medicaid — primarily Southern and Midwestern states with Republican-controlled governments that have been hostile to the new law and, in many cases, have tried to impede its implementation. That political resistance could be a major factor in holding down enrollments in the next couple of years.

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Repeal time! More proof that #Obamacare is working.

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obamacare new yorker cover repeal that gop

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."

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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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