Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1523030 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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Laney F

Jamaica, NY

#1013207 Oct 28, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
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You are really not very bright. It was your beloved Ronald Reagan that closed mental health hospitals in California and across the United States. Governor Reagan closed mental hospitals in California then ended federal mental health programs as president In order to reduce corporate taxes.
On August 13, 1981, Reagan rescinded the law signed by Jimmy Carter which increased funding for Community Mental Health Centers and continued federal government support for such programs. You own it, embrace it.
I suggest, in the future, you might want to check your facts before posting garbage. You won't look so stupid.
A lot of BS so no need for me to feel stupid. Libs in NYS are the ones who dumped patients from institutions into the community in the 70s and have fought every effort to get them off the street if they don't take medication.

And here is another example of the same lib mentality, recently (from Dec 15, 2012), and in Connecticut:

Shocking: Earlier this year, liberals defeated proposed Connecticut law to protect citizens from untreated mentally ill

The exact mental state of the Connecticut schools shooter is unknown at this time, but anyone who kills their mother, 20 school children and themselves is crazy in my opinion. Political correctness and liberal thinking have caused us to deinstitutionalize and mainstream people who clearly should be locked away somewhere. Instead of having asylums, we have turned our entire society into an asylum.

Here’s a fact you might not know – Connecticut is one of only SIX states in the U.S. that doesn’t have a type of “assisted outpatient treatment”(AOT) law (sometimes referred to as “involuntary outpatient treatment”). There’s no one standard for these types of laws, but (roughly speaking) these are laws that allow for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit
a serious crime.

Whereas previous legal standards held that the mentally ill cannot be institutionalized or medicated until they harm someone or themselves, or until they express an immediate intent to do so, AOT laws (again, roughly speaking) allow for preventative nstitutionalization or forced medication (I highly recommend reading the data cited in the link I provided in this paragraph, especially regarding what is known as “first episode psychosis”).

AOT laws vary state-by-state, and often bear the name of a person
murdered by an untreated mentally ill person (“Kendra’s Law” in New
York,“Laura’s Law” in California, etc.).

Earlier this year, Connecticut considered passing an AOT law (and a weak one, at that), and it failed, due to protests from “civil liberties” groups.

http://beforeitsnews.com/opinion-conservative...

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1013208 Oct 28, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
PDUPONT is clueless by choice.
Leon Pannetta says the President is well informed...hee, hee....guffaw!...and then the Magic Negro comes out repeatedly saying that he didn't know this and he didn't know that.
This is political comedy but black comedy.
He didn't know that Merkel's phone was bugged!!!!
Leon and susan and hillary and holder and the whole lying crowd in the cesspool are part of the comedy team.
does O'bama know he is President--did he read it in the paper somewhere? Let's look at the facts: if O'bama is reading the liberal papers, he must think GW Bush is still president. I may be onto something. O'bama doesn't know he is president.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1013209 Oct 28, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>so how long are tax payers going to be forced to pay for these 'subsidies'? when do they end?
Never or until the check book bounces. whichever comes first.
Stoneman

United States

#1013210 Oct 28, 2013
Let's see.

A website that Kayak.com could have put together for a couple million cost the taxpayers over $600 MILLION. And it doesn't even work.

Turns out one of the big wigs at CGI Inc.(a CANADIAN company) that's raking in the big bucks is a former roommate of Moochelle Obama.

What a coincidence.

Turns out a bunch of the people that manage to get thru to the pi$$-poor website are finding out their insurance is going to double. And they can't keep their doctor.

Turns out Lord Obama was either pathetically ignorant or a pathological liar.

I think the latter is true.

When are you lefties going to face facts?

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Santa Barbara, CA

#1013211 Oct 28, 2013
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Keep telling yourself that son!
The hackles are standing up on the back of her neck again. Lies, lies and more lies are her modus operandi when she feels she is cornered with no way out. Deja vu.
Laney F

Jamaica, NY

#1013212 Oct 28, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Costs have always gone up. Now, they will go up slower. My husband and I will see an increase of $18 a month starting in January...bfd.
Wow, good for you and your husband, because many middle class people are finding out otherwise.
Some health insurance gets pricier as Obamacare rolls out
Many middle-class Californians with individual health plans are surprised they need policies that cover more — and cost more.
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see.
These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.
Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.
"This is when the actual sticker shock comes into play for people," said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "There are winners and losers under the Affordable Care Act."
Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.
Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don't qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.
"It doesn't seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else," said Harris, who is three months pregnant. "This increase is simply not affordable."
On balance, many Americans will benefit from the healthcare expansion. They are guaranteed coverage regardless of their medical history. And lower-income families will gain access to comprehensive coverage at little or no cost.
The federal government picks up much of the tab through an expansion of Medicaid and subsidies to people earning up to four times the federal poverty level. That's up to $46,000 for an individual or $94,000 for a family of four.
But middle-income consumers face an estimated 30% rate increase, on average, in California due to several factors tied to the healthcare law.
Some may elect to go without coverage if they feel prices are too high. Penalties for opting out are very small initially. Defections could cause rates to skyrocket if a diverse mix of people don't sign up for health insurance.
Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross in California, said she received a recent letter from a young woman complaining about a 50% rate hike related to the healthcare law.
"She said,'I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it,'" Kehaly said.
Nearly 2 million Californians have individual insurance, and several hundred thousand of them are losing their health plans in a matter of weeks.
Blue Shield of California sent termination letters to 119,000 customers last month whose plans don't meet the new federal requirements. About two-thirds of those people will experience a rate increase from switching to a new health plan, according to the company.
HMO giant Kaiser Permanente is canceling coverage for about half of its individual customers, or 160,000 people, and offering to automatically enroll them in the most comparable health plan available.

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1013213 Oct 28, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
You can fix a f*cked up website but you can't fix Stupid.
The Oval Office is a Daycare Center for the Boy Messiah.
Plot Thickens: Mystery ObamaCare Covergirl Erased from Website

The mystery of the ObamaCare covergirl took yet another strange turn over the weekend, when her smiling face was replaced by a far less intriguing quartet of icons.

The smiling brunette touched off a frenzied hunt, especially after White House officials refused to divulge her name. As frustration with the beleaguered Healthcare.gov website mounted, she became known on the Internet as “Glitch Girl.”

First O'bama ruined O'prah and now this poor girl. O'bama ruined another person's career. But he doesn't care. O'bamacare.

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

Gauley Bridge WV

#1013214 Oct 28, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
Your desire to see the Affordable Care Act fail has blinded you to the truth....young people understand the importance of health insurance, even if you don't.
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”
&#8213; James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion
Oh they understand. They'd rather buy some beer or weed. Don't you know, the young think they are invincible. They will snub this turkey like we all said they would.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#1013215 Oct 28, 2013
Yeah wrote:
A fine example of corporate consciousness that republicans support....
"Calif. Elderly Care Home Closes; 14 Patients Left
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. October 28, 2013 (AP)
Associated Press
Detectives are investigating an assisted living facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that closed last week and left behind 14 sick and elderly patients, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said.
Paramedics called to the Valley Manor Residential Care center in Castro Valley found a notice on the door from the state Department of Social Services ordering the site to be closed.
The San Francisco Chronicle and other media outlets reported ( http://bit.ly/1dyvplR ) that paramedics also found bedridden patients attended by a handful of staff members who stayed to help them, despite not being paid. The facility closed Thursday.
Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the staff members who stayed included a cook, janitor and a single caretaker who felt bad for the patients.
Nelson said an investigation could potentially result in elder abuse charges.
The patients were transported to other homes Saturday for temporary care while new places are found for them.
The facility came to the attention of law enforcement that day after paramedics responding to an emergency call found a small staff struggling to care for the residents, Nelson said.
Michael Weston, a spokesman for the California Department of Social Services, told KPIX-TV that social service officials had checked on the facility and were told the patients would be cared for over the weekend.
"I can tell you that the department has been engaged with this facility for quite a while and there is a history of concerns," Weston said. "Apparently, what happened is that the facility staff felt that they were starting to lose the capability to care for these individuals, so they called for help."..."
dipsht

"Michael Weston, the spokesman for the Department of Social Services, acknowledged that the state was responsible for overseeing operations and monitoring the shutdown after the home's license was suspended indefinitely"
Laney F

Jamaica, NY

#1013216 Oct 28, 2013
Thousands of Californians have affordable healthcare plans cancelled--thanks to Obammycare.

"ALL WE'VE BEEN HEARING THE LAST THREE YEARS IS IF YOU LIKE YOUR POLICY YOU CAN KEEP IT," SAID DEBORAH CAVALLARO, A REAL ESTATE AGENT IN WESTCHESTER. "I'M INFURIATED BECAUSE I WAS LIED TO."

All these cancellations were prompted by a requirement from Covered California, the state's new insurance exchange. The state didn't want to give insurance companies the opportunity to hold on to the healthiest patients for up to a year, keeping them out of the larger risk pool that will influence future rates.

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said the state and insurers agreed that clearing the decks by Jan. 1 was best for consumers in the long run despite the initial disruption. Lee has heard the complaints — even from his sister-in-law, who recently groused about her 50% rate increase.

"People could have kept their cheaper, bad coverage, and those people wouldn't have been part of the common risk pool," Lee said. "We are better off all being in this together. We are transforming the individual market and making it better."

Lee said consumers need to consider all their options. They don't have to stick with their current company, and higher premiums are only part of the cost equation. Lee said some of these rate hikes will be partially offset by smaller deductibles and lower limits on out-of-pocket medical expenses in the new plans.

Still, many are frustrated at being forced to give up the plans they have now. They frequently cite assurances given by Obama that Americans could hold on to their health insurance despite the massive overhaul.

"All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it," said Deborah Cavallaro, a real estate agent in Westchester. "I'm infuriated because I was lied to."

Supporters of the healthcare law say Obama was referring to people who are insured through their employers or through government programs such as Medicare. Still, they acknowledge the confusion and anger from individual policyholders who are being forced to change.

Cavallaro received her cancellation notice from Anthem Blue Cross this month. The company said a comparable Bronze plan would cost her 65% more, or $484 a month. She doubts she'll qualify for much in premium subsidies, if any. Regardless, she resents losing the ability to pick and choose the benefits she wants to pay for.

"I just won't have health insurance because I can't pay this increase," she said.

Most Americans are required to have health coverage starting next year or pay a fine of $95 per adult or 1% of their income, whichever is greater. The fines increase over time.
Laney F

Jamaica, NY

#1013217 Oct 28, 2013
A number of factors are driving up rates. In a report this year, consultants hired by the state said the influx of sicker patients as a result of guaranteed coverage was the biggest single reason for higher premiums. Bob Cosway, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman Inc. in San Diego, estimated that the average individual premium in 2014 will rise 27% because of that difference alone.

Individual policies must also cover a higher percentage of overall medical costs and include 10 "essential health benefits," such as prescription drugs and mental health services. The aim is to fill gaps in coverage and provide consumers more peace of mind. But those expanded benefits have to be paid for with higher premiums.

The federal law also adjusts how rates are set by age, a change that gives older consumers a break and shifts more costs to younger people. Rates by age can vary by only 3 to 1 starting next year as opposed to 6 to 1 in some cases now in California. People in their 20s just starting their careers may earn so little they qualify for subsidies. But that might not be the case for consumers who are slightly older and earning more.

"It has the effect of benefiting people in their 50s and 60s and shifting costs to people in their 20s and 30s," said Patrick Johnston, president of the California Assn. of Health Plans. "Benefits are being increased for all, but it's not government subsidies for all. Some will pay more."

Rates would be going up regardless of changes from the healthcare expansion. The average individual premium will climb 9% next year because of rising healthcare costs and increases in medical provider reimbursement, according to Milliman's estimates.

Some consumer groups have questioned whether insurers are inflating their rates under the guise of the healthcare law changes.

"We believe the prices are higher than they should be," said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica advocacy group. "This is giving a bad name to the Affordable Care Act."

State regulators checked the insurance companies' math and underlying cost projections for next year, but they don't have the authority to deny increases. Under federal rules, insurers can be ordered to issue rebates if they don't spend a minimum amount of every premium dollar on customers' medical care.

"The rates aren't going up because insurance companies are pocketing more money," Lee said. "That is what it takes to pay the claims and deliver the healthcare."

Javier Lopez, 38 and a self-employed aerospace engineer in Huntington Beach, pays about $750 a month for an Anthem Blue Cross plan for his family of four. His premiums may rise nearly 20% next year for a new policy because his current plan is being phased out.

Lopez says he's willing to absorb that one-year jump if it means the government can rein in future rate hikes.

"I'm hoping with this reform," Lopez said, "we won't see big increases year after year."

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-health-...

Poor Javier...LOL...yes, as soon as they get rid of the website glitches, the GOVERNMENT will keep the costs down. Right...

“Peace on Earth”

Since: Sep 08

Santa Barbara, CA

#1013218 Oct 28, 2013
fetch almighty wrote:
<quoted text>if you think calling me a 'petite Hymie' bothers me--it doesn't--- I expect you do understand that is what Jesse Jackson the Reverend and mentor to Michelle O'bama, called all Jews-it is no wonder that we have learned in the last day that Moocchie O'bama sponsered Palestinian terrorist to speak at her college. The full circle of blacks hate Jews. I agree with the statement that you are black. What a shame to be you. A stain on the black society as a whole.
Now, why in the world would I think that calling you a "petite Hymie" would bother you? The only reason I use that term is because you said it a term you have used to refer to yourself.(It's the very reason I put it in caps...it's YOUR quote).

It would certainly be inappropriate for me to use such a term if you hadn't already embraced it as some kind of badge of honor. By using it, I am merely letting others get a glimpse of how you see yourself.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1013219 Oct 28, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
The government doesn't "develop" new drugs, they fund the research to do so. And there are too many new drugs to mention so here is just a couple examples:
Last year, the Department of Housing & Human Services's National Institute on Aging (N.I.H.) awarded $16 million for the testing of a new anti-amyloid drug called Crenezumab which treats Alzheimers.
Crenezumab is manufactured by Genentech, which is financing the largest portion of that $100 million trial.
Last monthy, "The N.I.H. also awarded $1.5 million to a trial of three anti-amyloid drugs on people with rare gene mutations that lead to early-onset Alzheimer’s. The trial, run by the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network led by Dr. Randall Bateman of Washington University in St. Louis, may receive a total of $6 million over four years."
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/19/health/33-m...
(There have been five new drugs approved by the FDA just since October 14th.)
http://www.fda.gov/drugs/newsevents/ucm130961...
Why does a company like Genentech need a government subsidy to test their products?
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1013220 Oct 28, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't disagree with that statement but that isn't what the issue was all about. It was about lenders arbitrarily redlining an area regardless of whether or not homeowners were a credit risk.
properties in crime-ridden, decaying neighborhoods are poor credit risks....

“Bill Clinton could have ”

Since: May 10

Prevented this

#1013221 Oct 28, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Oh they understand. They'd rather buy some beer or weed. Don't you know, the young think they are invincible. They will snub this turkey like we all said they would.
no one was worried about insurance growing up. We never said we could hardly wait until we could buy insurance. Young adults haven't changed in the respect that they want items such as cars, shoes, new clothes, furniture and money in their pockets. They want to travel, go for a drive-go to dinner-- Pay for their date--they don't care about insurance and they certainly are not going to take away from items they want, to purchase insurance.

Since: Jun 13

Orlando, FL

#1013222 Oct 28, 2013
LCNlin wrote:
<quoted text>
Fox IN
then
Fox Out
Fox this...

The difference between past Republican's version of ACA and Obamacare is the latter creates a powerful regulatory mechanism (the exchanges) that mandates comprehensive coverage - among other changes.

Wrote one Republican, "Conservatives do not (or should not) oppose Obamacare because they want fewer Americans to receive health care, but making this clear requires an alternative that covers more people at a lower cost, without all the regulations, taxes and mandates of the current system."

Prior GOP pushes at health care reform show an overlap in ideas between the parties and some now say that parts of ObamaCare would most likely show up in a Republican-penned plan.

"If you take a step back, you see that there is a history of Republicans supporting ideologies parallel to what you see in the Affordable Care Act," David Kendall, a senior fellow for health and fiscal policy at Third Way, told FoxNews.com .

According to a May 2012 Kaiser Health poll, popular provisions of ObamaCare favored by both parties include letting children stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26 and providing subsidies on a sliding scale to those who can't afford insurance.

One of the biggest selling points in ObamaCare -- as well as in the GOP proposal -- is the coverage of adults with pre-existing conditions.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/26/ob...

Like I've been trying to tell you...fair and balanced.

It's just the way Democrats went about hogging the whole thing and passing a massive piece of legislation without getting even one Republican on board and not reading it first that pissed a lot of people off.

And, of course, the incompetent website debacle.
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1013223 Oct 28, 2013
SUCK IT UP DEM VOTERS wrote:
By Chad Terhune
October 26, 2013, 7:42 p.m.
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don't like what they see.
These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years.
Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.
PHOTOS: The battle over Obamacare
"This is when the actual sticker shock comes into play for people," said Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. "There are winners and losers under the Affordable Care Act."
Fullerton resident Jennifer Harris thought she had a great deal, paying $98 a month for an individual plan through Health Net Inc. She got a rude surprise this month when the company said it would cancel her policy at the end of this year. Her current plan does not conform with the new federal rules, which require more generous levels of coverage.
Now Harris, a self-employed lawyer, must shop for replacement insurance. The cheapest plan she has found will cost her $238 a month. She and her husband don't qualify for federal premium subsidies because they earn too much money, about $80,000 a year combined.
the sole purpose of ObamaKKKare is wealth redistribution...hence lawyers like Jennifer Harris must be forced at the point of a gun to subsidize the coverage of others...no more, no less...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1013224 Oct 28, 2013
PDUPONT wrote:
<quoted text>
What planet are you living on Carol?
Washington (CNN)-- In a sign of the political hangover congressional Republicans are suffering in the wake of the government shutdown, three-quarters of Americans in a new national poll say that most GOP members of Congress don't deserve to be re-elected.
I highly doubt that the GOP is going to take the needed steps to improve their image which will involve throwing the extreme right under the bus.
The Affordable Care Act is already working: Intense price competition among health plans in the marketplaces for individuals has lowered premiums below projected levels. As a result of these lower premiums, the federal government will save about $190 billion over the next 10 years.
opinion of Republicans over the shutdown matters little....

the DemoKKKrats are now permanently linked to ObamaKKKare and their electoral fate rests almost entirely on that boondoggle...

something that Romney grossly failed to exploit...
WOW

New York, NY

#1013225 Oct 28, 2013
OBAMA and JAY Z got alot in common best friendslolololhahahahaha they are for SELF they dont care about things that affect the BLACK COMMUNITY lololohahahahahahaha
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#1013226 Oct 28, 2013
Emeem wrote:
Just watched CBS do a piece on a woman complaining that her rates were going up. Then at the end as almost an afterthought the CBS commentator mentioned that government credits hadn't been figured in because the lady was having trouble logging on.
taxpayer subsidies, not government credits...

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