It’s time to sing the praises of Obamacare – Charlotte Observer

The Political Agitator response: Just because our President is black. When will they ever get over it? Never! I can’t wait to see what they are going to do when his term is over. This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time. This is an awesome report!

Let’s sing the praises of Obamacare for a minute.

Get back here! I said just for a minute. OK, it’s not the tidiest law in history. You’re probably still sulking because you wanted something simple and rational, like a single-payer plan. But it’s here, and about 10 million people have health coverage who didn’t have it before.

Plus, it’s apparently working better than any of us imagined. Here is how great the Affordable Care Act is doing: The Supreme Court is about to hear a challenge to the law, filed on behalf of four Virginia plaintiffs, who claim to have suffered grievous harm by being forced to either buy health coverage or pay a penalty. Lately, reporters have been trying to track down this quartet of pain, and discovered they are: (Source: Read more)

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25 years ago today, the New York Times ran its first profile of Barack Obama – VOX

The Political Agitator response: Now for all of the haters who act as if “Our” President just came on the scene 2 terms ago well here you have. He was elected President in another capacity also. The following was relevant then and damn sure is relevant today, ”The fact that I’ve been elected shows a lot of progress,” he told the Times.  ”It’s encouraging.”  But, he added, “it’s important that stories like mine aren’t used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don’t get a chance.”

Twenty-five years ago today, the New York Times ran its first profile of Barack Obama.

On February 6, 1990, it announced (in a headline that’s now pretty dated), “First Black Elected to Head Harvard’s Law Review,” and explained that the 28-year-old’s new role was considered the “highest student position” at the school.

Of course, no one was using the term back them, but Obama went out of his way to make clear that his election shouldn’t be interpreted as ushering in a post-racial era on the law review staff or in the country. (Source: Read more)

Obama: “Slavery And Jim Crow” Was Justified By US “In The Name Of Christ” – NewsOne

Free from fear of political backlash from the Republican Party, President Barack Obama appears to be opening up more and more on what were once considered to be political taboo for him. On Thursday during a wide-ranging talk at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., he pointed out how the U.S. justified slavery and Jim Crow in the name of Christ.

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The remark came during a talk about religious freedom juxtaposed against the backdrop of violence in cities around the globe, including attacks by Muslim extremist group ISIS in Paris and the murder of Muslims and Christians by Boko Haram in the religious war in the  Central African Republic, according to a White House statement: (Source: Read more)

Obama Weighs In On Deflate-Gate Ahead Of Superbowl – TPM

The Political Agitator response: I agree with the President a great observation.

President Obama on Sunday would not say whether the New England Patriots cheated by playing with under-inflated footballs during their Jan. 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Well, I think that if you break the rules then you break the rules,” Obama said when asked about the controversy by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie during an interview ahead of the Superbowl.

The president did have a suggestion for the National Football League going forward, however.

“The one thing I did not realize — and I’ll bet most fans didn’t — is that each team . . . (Source: Read more)

This Map Reveals Just How Unequal The So-Called Recovery Is – The HuffPost

In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama cheered rising wages. What he didn’t mention is that much of the income gained since the recession has gone into the pockets of the richest Americans.

In 39 U.S. states, the top 1 percent of earners gobbled up at least half of all of the income gains between 2009 and 2012. And in 17 of those states, the top earners got every bit of the income growth in those years. That’s according to a new paper released Monday by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank focused on labor issues.

In all states, the rebound in income in the three years after the recession pretty much all went to the richest of the rich, the EPI found.

“Over this period, the average income of the bottom 99 percent in the United States actually fell (by 0.4 percent),” the paper states. “In contrast, the average income of the top 1 percent climbed 36.8 percent.” (Source: Read more)

House Democrats Break With Obama By Calling For Wall Street Tax

WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Monday unveiled a plan to cut taxes for middle-class families that would be paid for in part by a new tax on Wall Street trading.

The proposal, laid out by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the top-ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, represents a significant shift in economic policy and political messaging. In a speech at the Center for American Progress on Monday, Van Hollen not only sharply criticized competing Republican budget plans, but also broke with the Obama administration by pressing for a tax on financial transactions that both Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have rejected. (Source: Read more)

Supreme Court rejects new challenge to Obamacare law – RawStory

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up another broad challenge to President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The court rejected an appeal filed by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Alliance for Natural Health USA. The groups had challenged various aspects of the law known as Obamacare including the so-called individual mandate that requires people to obtain health insurance or pay a tax.

In March 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of the Obama administration. In 2012, a district court judge also ruled against the challengers.

The 2010 healthcare law has been subjected to numerous legal challenges, including a key 2012 case in which the Supreme Court upheld the bulk of the law on a 5-4 vote. (Source: Read more)