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While President Obama was in Austin this week, he and First Lady Michelle Obama met with six families who had written to him to tell him how the Affordable Care Act has helped them. Watch their meeting:

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:59 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (45+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:59:38 AM PDT

  •  I Wake Up Every Day... (5+ / 0-)

    grateful to have Barack Obama be our President.

    Thanks for sharing!

    "The Hand That Feeds" Documentary chronicles efforts of undocumented immigrant workers to form a union. Like!

    by TriangleNC on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 09:32:21 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for posting this (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, Goingallout, Sylv

    Great to see the ACA really helping everyday people.

  •  You can count my family (13+ / 0-)

    An unrelated pre-existing condition meant Hobbs couldn't get insurance. Until the PCIP started in 2009, run by the feds. He got both hips replaced, plus cataract surgery. Literally a case of:

    Hallelujah, I can walk!
    Hallelujah, I can see!
    Thank you, ObamaCare!

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Fri Apr 18, 2014 at 08:17:26 PM PDT

  •  very nice (8+ / 0-)

    not only is it great to see some of the people who have been helped, it is wonderful to see Obama get some appreciation

    by chloris creator on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:19:22 PM PDT

  •  I don't understand how.......... (3+ / 0-)
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    drmah, ichibon, NedSparks

    true Christians of the faith can deny their fellow citizens life preserving health care. But now that I think about it maybe it's because they're all " Hypo-Christians".

  •  So nice to watch this video (1+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji

    After reading about the ignorant tools in Bundy's militia who's selfishness and short-sightedness are such a contrast to the empathy we need.

  •  Saw the opthamologist on Thursday (10+ / 0-)

    So count me among the grateful too!

    I tell everyone how great Obamacare is. Especially those who don't want to hear it!

  •  Eat that, Rick Perry (3+ / 0-)
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    Uncle Moji, ichibon, seasidesally

    "And, once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

    by emobile on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:30:58 PM PDT

  •  The Media Will Jump All Over This (1+ / 0-)
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    Not. Broadcast and CNN news producers will ignore these stories  because they have to maintain their incredibly high ratings. Maybe we can get a sympathetic pro wrestler to challenge and taunt ACA detractors to go match the success stories with their horror stories in a ring. That might get some coverage.

    •  A tipping point (1+ / 0-)
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      Leo Flinnwood

      You are right, the media is into ratings.  Sad stories are great for ratings, there are whole shows built around them (see Dr. Phil and almost 1/2 of daytime TV, etc.).  The stories that will come out of the failure of states to expand Medicaid will be hard to resist, but something needs to push them towards these stories.  I know that is what the conservative machine would do and has done on the other side of the issues.  Where are the progressive organizations and why aren't they doing this?  Once it gets started it will be unstoppable.  It is too easy (the media love an easy story), it is emotional (again media loves that) it will jack up ratings.  

      The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

      by Do Something on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:26:25 PM PDT

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      •  When The Facts Have A Liberal Bias... (0+ / 0-)

        Journalists have tough time. How can you be balanced when the facts so favor one side? Their right wing sources will give them grief. Journalism is hard. I was being flip in suggesting wrestling taunts,  but making the point that we share in that something has to be done to have these stories get carried prominently.

  •  Is it so wrong that I get (10+ / 0-)

    teary when I watch this?  

    This is why I argued (with many that I respect here but differed with) to defend what became Obamacare.  It was never perfect, it was never my first choice (not simply single-payer but nationalized health care) but I knew that that 'perfect was the enemy of good', and I was unwilling to let my desire for something even better deprive folks like these from life.  I am not so important, my views are not so precious, especially in the face of these, they matter, not me.

    Amen to President Obama.  Amen, brother, amen.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 12:57:30 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Joan (1+ / 0-)
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    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:09:13 PM PDT

  •  Need to add the stories of those not covered (2+ / 0-)
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    annan, barkingcat

    At the end of last year the Atlanta Journal,  my useless local paper, ran several full page boohoo stories of white upper middle class people who were having trouble getting on the exchange.   Full of unchecked anecdotal tales, none of which were followed-up on (all should have eventually gotten coverage) and most of which showed a total lack of understanding of health insurance.  My favorite was the woman who was upset because the insurance company had cancelled her policy and offered a more expensive replacement , again with no fact checking, no comparison of  coverage, no checking of what other options were available.  She was upset because she was happy with the coverage she received under the old policy during a recent "cardiac event".  That should have lead to a discussion of pre-existing conditions, what happened to people's policies who had "cardiac events" (massive increases in premiums,  cancellation, etc.) before the ACA, but no, just a sad story of someone who was benefiting from the ACA but didn't realize it and neither did the reporter.

    So now we need the stories of the working class people who cannot get coverage because they fall into the hole between Medicaid and subsidies. Stories of real pain and suffering and worse, not simple frustration because a website needs repair.  Stories laid at the feet of the GOP governors and legislatures that refuse to do anything about it.  To the AJC's credit, they actually did a pretty good job of this last  Sunday (after failing miserable the previous Sunday).  Unlike the whining about the website, these stories will happen over and over as the unnecessarily uninsured face the consequences of the GOP's inaction.  Rural hospitals will close, premiums and taxes in  these states will rise because of cost-shifting, tens of thousands of jobs in healthcare will not be created.   All because of a willingness to let these things happen in order to defeat the ACA and the President.  Morally wrong, fiscally wrong, factually wrong and something that needs to be accounted for.

    The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

    by Do Something on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:20:45 PM PDT

  •  Proud moment! (16+ / 0-)

    My wife and I are the ones thanking him for the opportunity to simply keep our son on our policy through age 26.  The President and First Lady were wonderfully gracious and personable.  It was an honor to thank them personally for their efforts and leadership!
          What isn't mentioned in the video is that we've been able to open our own business, knowing we would have coverage through the ACA, and are paying sales tax like crazy - and are proud to be paying our fair share!

  •  I defy anybody to tell me that (5+ / 0-)

    "Both parties are the same."  Thank you Joan, for posting this, and thank you, President Obama for keeping on keeping on in the face of relentless opposition every single day.  The sadistic nature of the GOP is deeply shocking.  What's even more appalling is the votes they get.  I have to believe that people line up to vote against their neighbors, families and even themselves only because the President has brown skin.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sat Apr 19, 2014 at 01:23:43 PM PDT

  •  Ever since my first trip abroad, in 1978, (1+ / 0-)
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    i have wondered why the "greatest country in the world," did not glean the best, workable policies other countries had employed for coverage of their citizens, and bring it here to our people.  The Western Industrialized countries have for many decades taken care of most of their citizens health needs as something a country "just did,"

    Sure, there were taxes to pay, and yes, methods were not always the greatest, but the thought of taking away, denying care to anyone, from cradle to the grave  was out of the question.

    The notion that here we find ourselves having to defend President Obama's monumental achievement is unbelievable to most of the world.  How is it possible that America, a nation who used to be thought of as a benevolent country, s caring about injustice throughout the world had  lawmakers, people running for office, who actually ran on, and will run on, taking away the strides we have made?

    Thank you, President Obama, and all the lawmakers who have supported this milestone in our history.

    Shame on all you right wing nutjobs who will continue to campaign against such a far-out, radical premise; no citizen of the United States should find the doctor's door shut in their face because they don't have health insurance.

    How strange, isn't it?  People actually running on wanting their fellow Americans NOT to have sufficient health coverage.  

  •  This is simply wonderful.... Thanks for the post. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Earlier Today (1+ / 0-)
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    Their was a diary that linked to a NY Times article.  This article stated any health care reform had to generate funds to pay off the people making money because our system was so flawed.  The ACA did that.  It gave the insurance companies mores customers, so gross profits are probably higher, but profits per policy are lower.  They are forced tp be more efficient, but will likely not lay people off because there are more customers.  Doctors will have more patients, but technology is supported so they can be more efficient.  Routine test are covered so physicians will have more information to due proper diagnosis.  Policies are standardize so less time will be spent by insurance companies underwriting.  Single payer could not have accomplished this.   Drug companies got more customers because prescriptions are covered for a larger customer base.  President Obama understood this.  He explained it that way as a candidate for the nomination.  All interested in improving health care for America won. If the GOP had not been so anti Obama it would be even better.

    •  Don't agree with all your points (1+ / 0-)
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      but, I'll not quibble with you today because this has been a long slog to get this thing up and running. I'm just thankful it's here and it's working.

      I wanted single payer, but I AM a big supporter of the ACA.  I've spent the better part of two years talking, posting, presenting, and pushing this law forward. It's not perfect. But it's a heck of a lot better than what we had before.  

      Now, Onward to Single Payer.

      We are all in this together.

      by htowngenie on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 05:25:16 AM PDT

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