Happy Birthday, Affordable Care Act and THANK YOU, Democrats!

Breaking: sky still up, world still here

Two years ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Despite much huffery and puffery from the GOP and every tea partier in the land, the sky has not fallen and, miraculously, the world has not come to an end.

My Congressman, Tim Walberg, “The Original Tea Partier”, sent out a nastygram to his constituents this morning titled “President`s Health Care Law Fails On Promises”.

Today marks the second anniversary of the President’s health care law. However, very few people are celebrating because it has failed to live up to its promises and slowed the economic progress of our country.…
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Why the Fight for the Affordable Care Act is a Fight for Women

A vagina is not a preexisting condition

Long before the GOP decided that the way to create jobs was to deregulate polluters and regulate uteri, I saw the fight against Obamacare as part of what I reluctantly* call the War on Women.

Any American woman who has ever looked for health insurance knows that despite the fact that women historically earn less than men, they pay significantly more for health care.

The right argues that of course this is true because women have different physiologies (as if males play no role in pregnancy). Basically they feel women have the right to pay more for health care but not the right to make their own health care choices.…

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The White House responds to the new Paul Ryan Plan

Today’s GOP: redefining the meaning of ‘shared sacrifice’ daily

The White House lost no time responding the the GOP’s new budget proposal. David Plouffe sent out an email titled “We did the math” and presented this infographic:



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The White House, Washington

Good morning –

Every day, you and your family make choices about how you spend your money and what investments you make. Leaders in Congress do the same thing when they draw up their budgets for the country. And if you spend some time with their plans, you learn what they value, you see the type of country they want America to be.

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Pat Robertson thinks Peyton Manning deserves to be injured. Seriously.

Christian my ass

What sort of “Christian” would say something as hideous as this? Answer: Pat Robertson.

Following Wednesday’s news that Tebow’s been traded to the New York Jets, Robertson said, despite Tebow’s great performance, the Broncos did not treat him well: “I think the Denver Broncos treated him shabbily. He won seven games, he brought them into the playoffs, for heaven sakes. I mean, they were a nothing team. He rallied them together with spectacular last-minute passes and, you know, when they beat Buffalo — I mean, Pittsburgh, excuse me — it was a tremendous victory.”

Robertson cited bad karma: “And you just ask yourself, okay, so Peyton Manning was a tremendous MVP quarterback, but he’s been injured.

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Congressmen Conyers, Clarke, and Peters request answers from Governor Snyder regarding their proposed Detroit Consent Agreement

In a comprehensive and sternly-worded letter to Governor Rick Snyder (pdf), Congressmen John Conyers, Jr., Hansen Clarke, and Gary Peters are asking for some answers regarding his administration’s proposed Detroit Consent Agreement.

The letter focuses on seven key areas:

  1. Failure of State to Provide Any Financial Assistance
    Governor Snyder is asked to explain why, unlike in other struggling cities across the country, they “will not consider the same types of financial partnership approaches utilized for cities such as New York, Cleveland, and Philadelphia”.
  2. Unconstitutional Limitation on Collective Bargaining
    During a legal forum held by Rep. Conyers last month, Kenneth Klee, a renowned expert on constitutional issues relating to bankruptcy testified:
    “[A]s currently drafted, the [Michigan EM Law] is violative of the Contracts Clause ..
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Think more domestic drilling will lower gas prices? It won’t. Here is proof.

Let’s get something straight…

As President Obama continues on his trek across the country promoting his “All of the above” strategy to our nation’s energy needs, the Associated Press just put out a piece soundly debunking the absurd lie that more domestic drilling is the answer to lower gas prices, something heard 24-7 from the GOP primary candidates.

It’s the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now. But more U.S. drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, math and history show.

A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S.

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Snyder administration denied appeal on prohibition against signing Consent Agreement with Detroit

Ouch. That’ll leave a mark.

My favorite Michigan judge at the moment, Ingham County Judge William Collette, today issued yet another spanking to the administration of Governor Rick Snyder. The Snyder administration appealed a ruling made an earlier this week barring them from signing a Consent Agreement with Detroit until after a March 29th hearing. That hearing has been postponed twice at the request of the Snyder administration.

Today, Judge Collette denied their appeal. He said he felt “bushwacked” by the state’s request.

An Ingham County Judge this morning denied a request by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Detroit financial review team to lift his order that bars them from entering into a consent agreement with Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit City Council to address the city’s financial emergency until late next week.…
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Sarah Palin more popular than ANY GOP primary candidate

This oughta be inneresting…

Newt Gingrich said this week that a brokered GOP convention this year is a real possibility and that “a series of brand new players” could emerge. Rick Santorum thinks so, too.

Who might be a lead contender for the nomination if that happens? According to a PPP poll out this week, it’s Sarah Palin.

The talk of a brokered convention never seems to die down and one interesting finding on this poll was that Sarah Palin is far more popular than any of the actual Republican candidates in the race. Her net favorability is +48, with 68% of voters rating her favorably to only 20% with a negative opinion.
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