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Blackwaterdog and John Cole of Balloon Juice have both posted articles that deserve to be read/viewed and passed along.  

From Blackwaterdog:

This is one of the less-watched and most-brilliant web ads that OFA produced until now. A long time Republican firefighter turned into a real, proud Obot. It is just too good to stay small. I’m sure that there are many many more Republicans like this guy out there, they just need to see the light. Let’s help them.

The following is part of an article written by John Cole of Balloon Juice.  The whole article is well worth a read:

For once in your god damned lives, put aside your fucking stupid beliefs about purity and how the public option was the bestest thing since sliced bread, accept the massive, game-changing victory you got today, and use it as a god damned bludgeon against the troglodytes whose health care plans are modeled after Ebeneezer Scrooge. For once, focus your bloodlust on Republicans instead of the DLC/Firebaggers/ANYONE WITHOUT AN (R) AFTER THEIR NAME. I’m begging you.

For once in your lives turn a win into a win, just like the Republicans were able to do when I was a wingnut (and half the time they were able to turn a loss into a win). Don’t argue amongst yourselves about what would have been better- smash the Republicans around the head and neck with the cudgel you have been given. We’re not debating which Democratic plan would have been better, we’re debating the reality of what we have now versus the 18th century version of what Republicans would replace it with.

Again, as a former wingnut and lifelong Republican until 2006 or 2007, I am fucking begging- treat a win like a win and use it to your advantage. The most depressing thing about becoming a Democrat after being a Republican for so many years is just watching Democrats shit the bed whenever they win. Press the fucking advantage.



Another Repub turned Dem.  There were 2081 comments when they posted at

I am Republican, prepared to vote for Obama (self.politics)
submitted 3 days ago* by PHPGator
I am a registered Republican, and never voted for a Democratic president. I am prepared to vote for President Obama for his reelection and here's why. I'll try to make it fast.
I was with Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the last two years, with insurance coverage for myself and my entire family. I was a good customer, never late on my premiums, relatively small health problems throughout my family. They made more than they lost with us, I guarantee that.
I have switched jobs, just before I switched jobs my wife went in for a checkup to have her thyroid looked at because she had a sensation she always had something stuck in her throat. They found cysts on her thyroid that may need to be removed.
We were told by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) that since we were with them for so long before that if we just got a new policy with them that we would still be covered and no "pre-existing conditions" would apply. Today, we receive a letter stating that they would cover no expenses relating to the thyroid, even though all we are really doing is just changing policies. It is ridiculous!
I support Obama in his efforts to change this about our healthcare system. I have had insurance, I have not had a period of time over the last 10 years where I have not had insurance. I have been with BCBS for at least two years, and now they are writing down that they will not cover "any disease or disorder relating to a thyroid gland".
Healthcare providers should not be allowed to do this. Thanks for letting me vent!
UPDATE: Front page! Thanks for the support! Well, we have decided that while it will be considerably more expensive, I will place her on the group plan with me at my new employer. We were going with individual insurance because it was actually a lot cheaper and we didn't figure there would be an issue. We will now pay something like $300.00 more per month in order for her and my kids to be placed on there with me. The good news is that there will no longer be a risk of being denied coverage for "pre-existing conditions". I still will hold my same stance that this shouldn't be allowed and that there should be more strict circumstances where they don't have to provide coverage (namely, when someone has a lapse of time without insurance). I think that so long as someone didn't go without insurance, that they have been covered for a signficant period of time (6 months maybe) that the insurance company is required to provide coverage regardless of what condition the person may have. I should be able to switch who I work for it and it not cause my health insurance to go down the tubes, as it has.
UPDATE: some people stating that I am lying, here's the proof of the letter I was supposed to sign in order to receive coverage:

Originally posted to Olympia on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 08:13 AM PDT.

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