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Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM PDT

Can we fight back?

by Obamagrandma

A Republican group has started a website "I can't enroll" (www.icantenroll.com) and is collecting names of people who are having problems with enrolling in the ACA.  I have a simple question for all of you who care about getting the uninsured some coverage -- why can't WE start a website that is called "I did enroll" or "I can enroll"? Techies, get to it!

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Have you enrolled in a state or federal exchange?

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Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 07:17 PM PDT

Now, should football be banned?

by Obamagrandma

October 8, 2013:
Watching Frontline PBS tonight "League of Denial" about the impact of concussion in football players, I decided to repost this update on a diary I wrote in 2009. I fear the problem is the same and the solutions may not be what we need.  See what you think.

Oct 20, 2009:
I posted this update today to a post I wrote nearly 3 years ago about the impact of football on depression and brain injury. ( http://www.dailykos.com/.... ) In the past three years, there has been more consciousness about what happens to young athletes when they get concussions and bang their heads on the ground over and over.  The results are not encouraging.  While we can't prove that the recent suicides were "caused" by their participation in the sport, there is beginning to be enough evidence to prove that there is a link between concussions, depression, suicide and diseases like Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease. So read the post and see what you think? Banning football is not at all realistic. But what are the options?

Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:30 PM PT: With the suicide of two more former NFL players in the past few weeks, this article becomes even more relevant -- and poignant. Will we continue to play football as we do? Are we ready to deal with the consequences of our willingness to send young men out to bash each other's brains out?

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What should we do to fix concussion issue in football?

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October 8, 2013:
Watching Frontline PBS tonight "League of Denial", I decided to repost this repost of a diary I wrote in 2009. I fear the problem is the same and the solutions may not be what we need.  See what you think.
Oct 20, 2009:
I posted this update today to a post I wrote nearly 3 years ago about the impact of football on depression and brain injury. ( http://www.dailykos.com/... ) In the past three years, there has been more consciousness about what happens to young athletes when they get concussions and bang their heads on the ground over and over.  The results are not encouraging.  While we can't prove that the recent suicides were "caused" by their participation in the sport, there is beginning to be enough evidence to prove that there is a link between concussions, depression, suicide and diseases like Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease. So read the post and see what you think? Banning football is not at all realistic. But what are the options?

Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:30 PM PT: With the suicide of two more former NFL players in the past few weeks, this article becomes even more relevant -- and poignant. Will we continue to play football as we do? Are we ready to deal with the consequences of our willingness to send young men out to bash each other's brains out?
Originally posted to Obamagrandma on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 01:49 PM PDT.

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Last week in the Coons-O'Donnell debate in Delaware, we heard the Republican candidate, Christine O'Donnell, lay out her answer to health reform -- or "Obamacare" as she and the Republicans so sarcastically call it. She cranked out two of the three talking points that Republicans have been spouting for over two decades:   1) Malpractice reform 2) Selling insurance across state lines and 3) Personal responsibility for care (translated means more of the "consumer driven" plans that have high deductibles up front.)

It's time to call them out.  Since the Clinton health reform effort failed in the early 1990s, Republicans have been making these same points. They had eight years during the Bush Administration to show that these three talking points or "solutions" could make a difference.  They did nothing about it. Why? Because these three talking points would make little to no impact on the real problems health reform is trying to solve. Here's why.

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Betsy Burton owns a small independent bookstore in Salt Lake City called The King's English Bookshop. Her business will literally be saved by the tax credit for small businesses offered through health reform. But she is frustrated.  No one seems to know about the tax credit that has helped her, and the media doesn't seem to be covering it much.

This is Betsy's story and I tell it so that if you own a small business or know someone who does, you can help her spread the story.

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How much did you know about the small business tax credit and health reform?

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Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 08:35 AM PDT

In defense of Don Berwick

by Obamagrandma

President Obama's nominee to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is a Harvard physician named Dr. Donald Berwick.

You will hear about him more and more in the coming days, because the Republicans have stated they intend to use his nomination to "relitigate" health reform.  Who is this man whom the Republicans are calling a radical  but almost everyhealth professional seems to love?  (And don't we need a radical at CMS anyway!!) One of the major accusations is that he "loves" the NHS, Britain's National Health Service.  Ergo, he loves socialism, ergo he is a Marxist. Oh no, not that again!

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In his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, President Obama strongly reaffirmed his campaign and presidential promise to support "comprehensive" health reform.  "I will not walk away from these Americans.  And neither should the people in this chamber."  And he continued, "Here's what I ask of Congress, though:  Do not walk away from reform.  Not now.  Not when we are so close.  Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."

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Does Obama support comprehensive health reform?

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Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 06:23 PM PST

Public Option Redux

by Obamagrandma

In the last few days, there has been strong rumors of yet another attempt to frame a"public option" for health care that could pass the Senate.  It's not really a public option.  It's not really new. But it just might do the job. It's essentially an expansion of an established program, the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program(FEHBP), run by the government's Office of Personnel Management.  It would open this program to some part of the population nationally. A government agency (OPM) would administer it but the plans competing for your business would be private nonprofits.

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Can the new Medicare at 55 and FEHBP proposals pass the Senate?

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Many bloggers have explained what the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the House health reform bill could mean for abortion rights in this country. Women in Congress are assuring us that this amendment will not survive the Senate bill, and we trust that they are correct.  But as a mother and grandmother of a daughter, daughter in law and a granddaughter, this means more to me than just statistics. This takes me back to the days when abortion was not legal and the shame of an abortion was very much like wearing a big red letter A on your forehead.

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Saturday in the Wall Street Journal, Betsy McCaughey, well known for her distortion of health reform in 1993 as well as recently, made the following points about the health reform bill, HR 3962, which is being debated and voted on as I write this.  As usual, she sprinkles some truth in among her assertions, which give them the patina of authenticity.

As I have done before, I am analyzing her points, one by one, so that you can better understand some of what is REALLY in this bill and what is misleading.

My rebuttal comments are in block format below.

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Will the House Pass HR 3962?

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BREAKING!  SURGEON GENERAL NOMINEE REGINA BENJAMIN CONFIRMED BY SENATE TONIGHT BY VOICE VOTE!

We have been asking for weeks now, why don't we have a Surgeon General? Rachel Maddowstarted up the quest again on her show on Monday night, October 26, and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of MSNBC continued it on her show Thursday October 29th.  

The answers to the delay have been varied, contradictory, and byzantine. Apparently it's not because of Dr. Regina Benjamin herself, say the Republicans.  They think she's qualified (more or less -- not all will state their position).  And she is, indeed, anamazingly qualified family physician who practices in rural Alabama.  And apparently there is NO secret hold on her nomination.

So what are the reasons?  If I had a lifetime, I probably could not explain that exactly, but I"ll give it a try.

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Should the Republicans delay the confirmation of the Surgeon General?

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Tue Oct 27, 2009 at 07:46 AM PDT

Still No Surgeon General

by Obamagrandma

We don't have a Surgeon General, but we have a potential flu pandemic facing us. The President nominated Dr. Regina Benjamin in early July to be the Surgeon General. The Senate HELP committee unanimously approved her earlier this month.  Her nomination is being held up by Republicans over actions taken by the Adminstration to hold Humanaaccountable for sending messages to seniors scaring them about health reform.

UPDATE: Nancy Snyderman of MSNBC is doing an interview with me tomorrow (Wed) about why we don't have a Surgeon General.  Hopefully, this will help get the message out.

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