October 23, 2013 at 8:36 am #98754
President Obama recorded a personal message for OFA supporters about Obamacare, the new online health insurance marketplace, and why he needs your support even more over the next five months.
As you make it through Hump Day, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.October 23, 2013 at 8:36 am #98755
Good Morning, EveryoneOctober 23, 2013 at 8:38 am #98756
“In a ‘negotiation’ meeting w/the president, one GOP House Leader told Obama: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’” http://politi.co/Hh991qOctober 23, 2013 at 9:11 am #98760October 23, 2013 at 9:13 am #98761
Obama Appoints 1st Black Chief Judge of US Court of Federal Claims
By: Jozen Cummings | Posted: October 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Just a month after Patricia E. Campbell-Smith was appointed a judge for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and two days after being confirmed, President Barack Obama has promoted her to the position of chief judge of the court. With the appointment, Judge Campbell-Smith is the first African American to hold that position in the history of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
In a statement from the White House, President Obama said he was proud of Campbell-Smith’s designation. “She has a long and distinguished record of service,” the president said. “I am confident she will serve with distinction.”
Though her appointment as a judge to the court is recent, Campbell-Smith has a long history of working with the court. As the special master to the court from 2005 to 2011 and chief special master from 2011 to 2013, Campbell-Smith was responsible for overseeing court orders on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. She was also a law clerk for former U.S. Federal Claims Court Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt.
All judges appointed to the U.S. Federal Claims Court are designated to 15-year-terms. The court was formed in 1982.October 23, 2013 at 9:14 am #98762
Noam Scheiber @noamscheiber56m
So Obama never coddled donors, unlike Clintons, & still raised a record amnt of $$. I’m failing to see the problem http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10… …October 23, 2013 at 9:16 am #98763
In Clinton Fund-Raising, Expect a Full Embrace
By AMY CHOZICK
Published: October 21, 2013
When a recent Manhattan fund-raiser for the Virginia candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe wound down and most of the donors had left the host’s swanky meatpacking district loft, President Bill Clinton stuck around.
Only a handful of guests (“And none of the really important ones,” according to one attendee) remained, but Mr. Clinton continued to shake hands and pose for photos. He greeted the waiters and joked with stragglers that he would meet them at a nearby bar.
This spring, as guests gathered around a big table inside a grand Washington home at a fund-raising dinner for Mr. McAuliffe, Mr. Clinton noticed the hosts’ bored young son on a sofa. The former president plopped down and the two played on an iPad together.
The behavior wasn’t anything unusual for Mr. Clinton, who has always been known as a gregarious party guest. But for some Democratic donors — accustomed to what some see as the aloof indifference of President Obama — experiencing the full embrace of the Clintons in fund-raising mode comes as something of a revelation.
Mr. Obama has rewarded his top backers with coveted diplomatic posts like London and Tokyo, but he does not expend much personal energy when it comes to stroking donors: More than a dozen Obama supporters interviewed for this article described the president as an introvert who views big-dollar fund-raising as an unappealing, if necessary, chore. If the situation were a movie, one donor said, it would be titled: “He’s Just Not That Into You.”October 23, 2013 at 9:17 am #98764
House Republicans’ unique appreciation for ‘expertise’
10/23/13 08:01 AM
By Steve Benen
From time to time, Republican officials will seek out advice from those who are a little … what’s the word … unusual.
For example, earlier this year, the Republican National Committee invited far-right provocateur David Horowitz, author of books such as “Killing Whitey,” to help the party “broaden the GOP’s appeal with voters.” His lack of credibility on the subject didn’t seem to bother party leaders. Similarly, around the same time, House Republicans sought out Dick Cheney for guidance on foreign policy, untroubled by his track record, too.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with seeking out experts for advice – indeed, it’s generally a good idea – but the key is identifying reliable, trustworthy authorities who can help others better understand complex issues and add value to a serious conversation.
It you missed Rachel’s opening segment last night – and my oh my do I hope you saw this one – there’s fresh evidence that Republicans’ appreciation for expertise is a little, shall we saw, skewed.
The House committee responsible for Obamacare oversight asked for expert guidance last week about the troubled launch of the federal Healthcare.gov site from John McAfee, the tech legend once suspected in the murder of his neighbor in Central America, CNBC has learned.
That Republican-controlled committee wanted the McAfee Associates founder to “guide our oversight and review of” the implementation of the federal marketplace selling Obamacare insurance, according to an email obtained by CNBC.com.
The committee suggested that McAfee might discuss the technologically botched rollout with members of Congress.October 23, 2013 at 9:19 am #98765
Time To Get Bullish on the U.S. Senate
Tue Oct 22nd, 2013 at 09:55:17 PM EST
Since even some Republican senators admit that their party is not ready to lead the Senate, maybe we need to figure out how to rout these bastards in next year’s midterm elections. Sure, the odds are stacked against us, but take a look at Shenna Bellows who is announcing her bid to take out Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) tomorrow. How do we make that happen? Don’t tell me that you don’t want to give money and lend support to Ms. Bellows’ campaign.
It might be hard to find realistic challengers in Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Alabama, but we ought to at least try. We need to find an Al Franken-type for South Carolina, since we have no elected bench. Someone ought to run against Lamar Alexander in Tennessee. None of these fools deserve to be reelected and their constituents seem to know it. Let’s expand the map and make these Republicans defend their turf.October 23, 2013 at 9:21 am #98766
Greenwald whines about Cory Booker having contact w/Silicon Valley execs then announces start up with billionaire Silicon Valley exec.October 23, 2013 at 9:22 am #98767
Predictions are hard, especially about the future
10/22/13 02:30 PM
By Steve Benen
Yogi Berra is believed to have once said, “Predictions are hard, especially about the future.” When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Republicans can no doubt relate to the sentiment.
Clearly, recent website problems have become a big story, and understandably so, but Republicans can’t exactly claim this as an I-told-you-so moment. For one thing, they never predicted website glitches. For another, the glitches will be fixed and aren’t related to the underlying system.
But it’s when we look at the GOP’s actual predictions that conservative critics run into trouble.
For example, Jonathan Chait recently noted that “Obamacare” critics spent three years insisting that premiums in the state health exchanges would cost consumers more money, and that optimistic projections were folly. The opposite turned out to be true. Republicans have responded to questions about their erroneous predictions by changing the subject.
Similarly, the right was certain that the Affordable Care Act would hurt the economy, in part by undermining full-time employment and forcing more workers into part-time jobs. Oops.October 23, 2013 at 9:24 am #98768
I was an ObamaCare guinea pig
By Sally Kohn/
Published October 21, 2013/
I signed up. I saved. And so will millions of Americans.
Honestly, I couldn’t wait to sign up for ObamaCare — not because I talk about it on television, but because I’m tired of being ripped off by my insurance company.
I live in New York State — which for several decades has had the highest individual insurance premiums in the nation.
For the past three years, since leaving a job at a non-profit organization and then exhausting my COBRA, I have relied on the individual insurance market to get coverage for myself, my partner and our daughter.
Three years ago when I was shopping for insurance, there weren’t that many options to choose from. And the plan I ended up with is expensive and, to put it bluntly, crappy.
Currently, I pay $965 per month for family coverage that includes:
• a whopping $7,000 deductible;
• $36,000 out-of-pocket max per year;
• an annual coverage limit of $2,000,000;
• a $35 co-pay for doctor’s visits ($55 for specialists); and
• a $15 co-pay for generic prescriptions.
While the exchange site was user-friendly and explained my options in a clear and simple way, picking an insurance plan isn’t exactly like ordering a hamburger. It took a minute to find my calculator and think about the options.
Within a week, I had settled on a “gold” plan offered by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. The plan includes:
• a $2,000 total deductible;
• an out-of-pocket max of $12,500 for the year;
• a $30 co-pay for visits to our primary care doctor;
• a $15 co-pay for generic prescriptions;
• NO annual coverage limit — because that’s now prohibited thanks to the Affordable Care Act; plus
• an added bonus: the plan I selected includes child dental.
This option will cost my family $931 per month — $408 per year less than my previous crappy plan and a $5,000 savings in deductibles. A big win for me and my family financially and in terms of what’s covered.October 23, 2013 at 9:25 am #98769
Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment http://wp.me/p4HKM-1dtXOctober 23, 2013 at 9:26 am #98770
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Poll: ObamaCare approval ticking up
By Mario Trujillo - 10/23/13 07:11 AM ET
Public support for the healthcare law ticked up slightly in a Gallup poll released Wednesday, the second survey in a week to record the trend.
Gallup found 45 percent of the public approve of the law, a 4-percentage-point gain since it last recorded the number in August. A majority, 50 percent, continues to disapprove of the law.
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/330047-poll-shows-obamacare-approval-ticking-up-#ixzz2iYFZmAaR
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