Tom Campbell: Three words you seldom hear from politicians – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper response: I totally agree. They don’t want to hear them trues. They just lie, lie, lie just like that other guy on the national level!

Three words you almost never hear from politicians is “I was wrong.” I’m not one, but can admit that on the subject of Medicaid expansion I was wrong. Now our legislature should do the same.

When The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 there were many questions about whether it would stand court tests, how it would be implemented and how well it would work. One of the provisions of ACA or Obamacare was that those with income levels of less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be included in the expansion of Medicaid.

Three words you almost never hear from politicians is “I was wrong.” I’m not one, but can admit that on the subject of Medicaid expansion I was wrong. Now our legislature should do the same.

When The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 there were many questions about whether it would stand court tests, how it would be implemented and how well it would work. One of the provisions of ACA or Obamacare was that those with income levels of less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be included in the expansion of Medicaid. (Read more)

Obamacare decision turns Roberts from conservative dream to nightmare – MSNBC

John Roberts has officially fallen from grace.

For ten years, the 60-year-old chief justice of the nation’s highest court was considered a conservative darling, consistently advancing the right’s agenda with major rulings on issues such as campaign finance, religious freedom, reproductive rights, guns, and race.

But this term has seen a remarkable shift to the left for the Roberts court. And for many conservatives, the chief justice’s decision on Thursday to side with the liberal wing in upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – for the second time – marked the ultimate act of betrayal. (Source: Read more)

Another Obamacare Win: Red State Montana House Passes Medicaid Expansion – Politicususa

Montana’s Republican-controlled House voted Thursday, 54-46, to approve federal subsidies for Medicaid expansion. Although Democrats are outnumbered 59-41 in the Montana House, a unified Democratic caucus joined forces with 13 Republicans who defected from their party’s leadership, to push Senate Bill 405 through the House chamber. The bill would expand Medicaid coverage to between 27,000 and 46,000 low-income Montanans who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

All 41 House Democrats approved the Medicaid expansion. Republicans opposed it 46-13, but the 13 defectors were enough to tip the balance to pass the measure. House Republican leaders tried to kill the bill, but they were unable to keep their party unified in opposition. One defector, Rep. Geraldine Custer (R-Forsyth) argued in defense of the bill, noting that its main beneficiaries would be the working poor. Custer stated: (Source: Read more)

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)

See related: Why so many Americans still deny racism exists when the evidence is everywhere – VOX

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)

Exclusive: U.S. CEOs threaten to pull tacit Obamacare support over ‘wellness’ spat – Yahoo News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration’s challenge to certain “workplace wellness” programs, are threatening to side with anti-Obamacare forces unless the government backs off, according to people familiar with the matter.

Major U.S. corporations have broadly supported President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform despite concerns over several of its elements, largely because it included provisions encouraging the wellness programs.

The programs aim to control healthcare costs by reducing smoking, obesity, hypertension and other risk factors that can lead to expensive illnesses. A bipartisan provision in the 2010 healthcare reform law allows employers to reward workers who participate and penalize those who don’t. (Source: Read more)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case – Huffington Post

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Click on photo to read what Ruth Bader Ginsburg had to say reported on the Huffington Post.

A depressing but unsurprising decision by the majority, and a rational dissent by Justice Ginsburg. I think that Justice Ginsburg is correct that the Court has stepped into a minefield. I also think that it’s going to explode at some point and inflict a lot of damage. The religious beliefs of corporations, closely held or not, should play no role in the coverage offered in health plans for employees. What if the business is a closely-held corporation in which the employers’ faith prohibits blood transfusions, does this decision mean that the corporation can refuse to cover blood transfusions in their health plans for religious reasons? Far-fetched? Not in the least. There are religions that oppose blood transfusions and this decision certainly could be used to argue the closely-held corporation’s right to act according to its owners religious beliefs.

"The Supreme Court delivered a blow to universal birth control coverage on Monday, ruling that closely-held corporations can refuse to cover contraception in their health plans for religious reasons. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sharply disagreed with the five conservatives on the court, delivering a scathing, 35-page dissent and defense of mandatory contraception coverage."

"In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs," Ginsburg wrote. She said she feared that with its decision, the court had "ventured into a minefield." by Sheria Reid 

Note: I am not only friends with Attorney Sheria Reid on Facebook but I know her on a personal note. She is originally from Wilson NC. I met her when she worked for the NC Justice & Policy Center whereby I went through training with her and I received Certificates from the Education & Law Project in the late 90’s. Sheria is a strong intelligent black female.

 

How North Carolina (surprisingly) became a leader in ACA – NC Spin

Response: And some folks just don’t get it, don’t understand and/or in denial. I think they are more in denial than the other.

While North Carolina has refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and many politicians continue to complain about the federal health exchange, the roll-out of Obamacare in N.C. tells a far more positive story.

North Carolina is enrolling uninsured people at a rate at least twice that of any other state that has refused to set up its own health exchange and refused to expand Medicaid. In short, among states that are dragging their feet on the Affordable Care Act – no advertising campaigns, no speeches by the governor on how important it is for everyone to have access to health care, no Medicaid expansion that guarantees the lowest income workers coverage – North Carolina is by far leading the pack in private plan enrollment. (Source: NC Spin)

When will the lies ever end? Oh when this black President is out of office. However it will not end there.

When will the lies ever end? Oh when this black President is out of office. However it will not end there. Not only will he be blamed for the world’s problem while only serving 8 years but he will be blamed forever. Damn!

The Julia Mannings’ of the world the President Obama haters never mentions how the Republicans met after he was elected President before his inauguration to commit to not working with him because they wanted to make sure he was a one term President. And damn they have not gotten over it although he won not 1 time but 2 times. Damn too bad he can’t show them by winning a 3rd time. LMBAO!

In response to letter to editor Fear-mongering over debt ceiling is a crisis manufactured by Obama in the Rocky Mount Telegram.

Affordable Care Act opposition springs from hatred of Obama by Gardenia Hobbs via Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: Awesome! Letter. Thank you Mrs. Hobbs for a well written letter as always. Please continue to educate. Yes it is all about hatred of Ignant Racist White Folks and Ignant Safe Negroes. They have not got over a Black Man being in charge. Dang even after being elected not 1 time but 2 times these folks still can’t get over it. Again thanks Mrs. Hobbs for your well written and timely letters. I also am blessed to know such a beautiful, educated and caring person since the early 90’s. I also want to thank "Our" Black President for standing! I am Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator A Proud And Blessed Black Man Because That Is Who I Am And I Wouldn’t Give Nothing For My Journey

Congratulations. Best wishes to the Affordable Health Care Act for its future success in making positive improvements to the health and well-being of the uninsured.

In spite of Republican roadblocks, scare tactics and outright lies, the Affordable Health Care Act left the starting gate on Oct. 1 and joined 32 other industrialized countries providing health care for their citizens. Granted, this program has gotten off to a rocky start, but when all is said and done, the good that will come forth will outweigh the bad. (More)

Butterfield’s Statement on Republicans’ Attempt to Disparage the Affordable Care Act during Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing

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For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  October 24, 2013

 

Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

Office:    (202) 225.3101               


Butterfield’s Statement on Republicans’ Attempt to Disparage the Affordable Care Act during Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC — Earlier today, during the Republican-led House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing criticizing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) offered the following statement:

“Today’s hearing would be appropriate if my Republican colleagues would have approached it in a constructive way so as to learn about the rollout challenges of Healthcare.gov.  It would be appropriate to work in a bipartisan way to support the administration’s efforts to fix the problems with the website. 

“But the title of today’s hearing – PPACA Implementation Failures: Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose – very clearly illustrates my colleagues’ motives and intentions.  I assure my Republican colleagues that their vehement opposition to Obamacare is very well known…It was just 24 days ago that Republicans forced the shutdown of the federal government over their fervent opposition to the law.

“For 16 days, Republicans held the American people, our country’s financial stability, and the world economy hostage in an effort to delay, dismantle, and defund Obamacare.  Their efforts cost the U.S. economy $3.1 billion and cost 120,000 new jobs.

“The administration, members of Congress, and the public all agree there are problems with Healthcare.gov.  Those problems are being addressed right now.  But I must remind my colleagues that Obamacare is not just a website.  It’s a law that has already helped tens of millions of Americans. 

“Young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance until their 26th birthday.  Insurance companies can no longer deny people because of a pre-existing condition and they can’t drop someone from coverage if they get sick.  The law ends caps on yearly and lifetime benefits and requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on patient care and quality improvements.

“But my colleagues don’t talk about the dividends Obamacare is already paying to millions of Americans, instead choosing to focus on the technical glitches with Healthcare.gov. 

“Complaining about a website with design problems that can and are being fixed as we speak is nothing more than a thinly veiled excuse to disparage President Obama and the law that he and many in Congress have championed.

“Obamacare is a good law that benefits the American people.  It will empower Americans to live healthier lives while ultimately saving taxpayers money.  We should not throw the baby out with the bath water.  Let’s work together in a bipartisan way to address aspects of the law that could be improved instead of grandstanding in an effort to score political points.

“I yield back.”

http://Butterfield.House.Gov

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Fact Check: Employers are not cutting back workers hours because of Obamacare

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Obamacare is not causing an increase in part time employment.
“There were many people who speculated that when this law came into place that it would add to the cost and there would be a lot more part-time workers instead of full-time workers… so far, that’s not true. There has not been an increase in the percentage of our employment in part-time work.” Former President Bill Clinton.

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Photos/Video: Pinetops NC – Around 100 plus citizens from Pinetops and surrounding areas came out to learn about Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act On Thursday October 17, 2013 18:00–20:00

Around 100 plus citizens from Pinetops and surrounding areas came out to learn about Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield’s office Reginald Speight Economic Field Director and Ray Rogers District Manager for the Congressman came to the little old town of Pinetops to inform the people of Pinetops and surrounding areas about what to expect with the Obamacare.

imageA short video of the Congressman was shown. Another short video showing information about healthcare. Talked about the workplace there will be a difference according to the size of the workplace.

Not much will change for people on Welfare. Medicaid is expanding. Each state get to decide about the Medicaid expansion. However NC our Governor Pat McCrory chose not to participate in the Medicaid Expansion. The Federal Government will open up places in states that do not participate.

There will be healthcare market places. They will make sure they operate fairly. They will not be able to charge more for pre-existing conditions.

To keep cost down children will be able to stay on the parents plan until 26 however some will be able to stay until the age of 30.

Why wait to enroll? You can only enroll at certain times so you can’t just wait until you get sick. However the government may waive it if you are really, really sick.

Enrollment October 1, 2013 begins – March 31, 2014 end.

Enroll now but Healthcare Plan begin on January 1, 2014.

If not in the plan by March 31, 2014 you will be penalized.

imagePenalty $95.00 or 1% of taxable income for the first year.

2016 – Annual amount $695 or 2.5% of taxable income so if you do not enroll and you will be taxed this after the end of a tax year.

So when you file your taxes and you see either $95.00 or $695.00 deducted from your check then this is what it is.

I want to thank George Barnes and the Pines Chapel family for allowing me to help them set up this meeting. I made the contact and then I attended the meeting while I suppose to had been in Washington NC at the JV Football game.

Oh by the way where was the local media? Something of this magnitude can’t believe the media was not present but . . .

Click on (Top) Photo to view more photos.

Click on (Bottom) Photo to watch video.

Pinetops NC – Obamacare: Are You Covered? Join Us to Learn More about the Affordable Care Act Thursday October 17, 2013

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Note: If you have a question about the meeting and/or need directions you may contact me at 252.314.5484, thedcn@embarqmail.com or you can post your question here at Comments.

Limbaugh lashes out at GOP: Most ‘irrelevant’ political party in my memory – Raw Story

Conservative media behemoth Rush Limbaugh lashed out at the Republican Party on Wednesday, roundly castigating the GOP for failing to up-end the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. According to Talking Points Memo, the talk radio titan blasted Republicans as powerless and “irrelevant.”

“I was trying to think earlier today if ever in my life I could remember any major political party being so irrelevant,” Limbaugh said Wednesday. “I have never seen it. I have never seen a major political party simply occupy placeholders, as the Republican party is doing.” (More)