Oct 302013

President Obama was in Boston today. He spoke in the same hall where Mitt Romney signed Romneycare into law. His topic, of course, was the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He addressed the glitches in the website and other questions that have come up now that health care is actually becoming law in the United States.

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Oct 282013

A federal judge has ruled that key parts of the new Texas anti-abortion law are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled tomorrow.

Federal judge rules key provisions of controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional

In a stunning move, a federal judge Monday ruled that abortion restrictions authorized by Texas lawmakers in July are unconstitutional, and will not be implemented as scheduled on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel decided Monday that the regulations requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital impeded on the rights of physicians to do what they judge is best for their patients and would unreasonably limit a woman’s access to state abortion clinics.

“The admitting-privileges provision of House Bill 2 does not bear a rational relationship to the legitimate right of the state in preserving and promoting fetal life or a woman’s health and, in any event, places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her,” Yeakel wrote in his decision.

Although Yeakel ruled that Texas could regulate how a doctor prescribes an abortion-inducing pill, he said the law did not allow for a doctor to alter treatment taken in order to best safeguard the health of the woman taking it.

Therefore, he barred the provision of the law mandating that doctors abide the Food and Drug Administration’s procedure for drugs in all cases, according to the Associated Press.

He wrote: “The medication abortion provision may not be enforced against any physician who determines, in appropriate medical judgment, to perform the medication-abortion using off-label protocol for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.”

You may recall that this is the law that threw Texas State Senator Wendy Davis into the national spotlight when she staged a13-hour filibuster against it four months ago. Senator Davis is now running for governor on the Democratic ticket.

Also noteworthy (maybe): U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel was appointed to his position in 2003 by President George W. Bush.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (Republican, running for governor) has vowed to fight for the law all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary.

Weekly Address 10-26-13

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Oct 262013

“Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama discussed the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace for the Affordable Care Act, which gives millions of Americans the opportunity to have access to affordable and reliable healthcare—many for the first time.

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Picky Republicans

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Oct 242013

As the Republicans in Congress continue their witch hunt into what may have gone wrong the the healthcare.gov website, here is some food for thought…

They seem to be very picky about which monsters they choose to pursue, don’t they?

ACA – more than a website

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Oct 212013

President Obama addressed the problems with the healthcare.gov website folks are experiencing and assured everybody that all possible is being done to address those problems. He also explained that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is much more than a website and that there are other options available for people to sign up.

But that’s always our goal, to free families from the pervasive fear that one illness or one injury might cost you everything that you dedicated a lifetime to build. Our goal has always been to declare that in this country the security of health care is not a privilege for a fortunate few. It’s a right for all to enjoy. That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about. That’s its promise. And I intend to deliver on that promise.

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Oct 202013

My debit card went on a shopping spree at Walmart the other day. Since I do not shop at Walmart, I called the bank on Saturday morning to dispute the charges. Erica was there to answer the phone. She erased the charges, canceled my card and promised that I would have a new one within one to two business days.

Which begs the question, what is a business day? Since Erica was at work on a Saturday morning, obviously Saturday is a business day for her. My partner had to go to work today, so obviously Sunday is a business day for him. Isn’t every day a business day these days? The idea of working 9 to 5 Monday through Friday is kind of out the window, don’t you think? Isn’t everybody pretty much open for business 24/7 any more? So every day is a business day. So I should have my new debit card by Monday. We shall see.

I’ve been watching a bit of football this afternoon. I just witnessed a player run the ball in from the one yard line for a touchdown. The way he celebrated in the end zone, you would think he had run for 99 yards. Shouldn’t the celebration be reserved for the guys who got him to the one yard line in the first place? I mean, whoopee, you ran for one yard. Big deal. Now do your silly little celebration dance and make a fool of yourself.

Turning to politics, this cartoon by Adam Zyglis pretty much hits the nail on the head. The Republicans weren’t doing any celebration dances this past week, were they? I think it will likely be a while before they do.

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Weekly Address 10-19-13

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Oct 192013

“Working Together on Behalf of the American People”

From the White House weblog:

In this week’s address, President Obama said that now that the Federal government is reopened and the threat of default is lifted from the economy, there are three places Washington can take action to serve the American people. First, it’s time for a balanced, responsible approach to the budget that grows the economy and shrinks our long term deficits. Second, we must fix our broken immigration system. And finally, Congress should pass a farm bill to give rural communities the opportunity to grow. The President said it’s time to put aside politics and work on behalf of the American people and the country we love.

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Oct 182013

Here’s what happened this week. (Just click on the first thumbnail to start a slide show. Image will change every eight seconds.)












Oct 172013

President Obama issued the following statement upon the end of the Republican/Tea Party government shutdown. He tried his best to be civil, but it was easy to see that he was not too terribly happy with that particular bunch of people.

There was no economic rationale for all of this. Over the past four years, our economy has been growing, our businesses have been creating jobs, and our deficits have been cut in half. We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy — but nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises.

And you don’t have to take my word for it. The agency that put America’s credit rating on watch the other day explicitly cited all of this, saying that our economy “remains more dynamic and resilient” than other advanced economies, and that the only thing putting us at risk is — and I’m quoting here — “repeated brinksmanship.” That’s what the credit rating agency said. That wasn’t a political statement; that was an analysis of what’s hurting our economy by people whose job it is to analyze these things.

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