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The Day in a Quote

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Debunking The Republican Lies – The Obamacare and Medicare Part D Extensions – ‘ The Remarkable Parallels Between Obamacare And George W. Bush’s Medicare Part D’

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And to REALLY understand the difference between a Republican and a Democrat, read at the bottom.

THe Bush Administration on Medicare Part D :

‘The administration ultimately decided to use executive authority to waive some of the penalties’

‘Via McClatchy’:

‘With pressure mounting to extend next Monday’s enrollment deadline for the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the Bush administration took another small step in that direction Tuesday, waiving penalty fees for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities who sign up late’.

‘The program was smaller in scope than the Affordable Care Act, of course. But a Congressional Research Service report on the implementation of Medicare Part D dated Feb. 6, 2006, shows remarkable similarities’.

‘The rollout was rocky’

‘Despite considerable efforts by CMS to establish a smooth implementation to the new Part D benefit, the program experienced a number of problems during the initial days of operation’.

‘The administration took executive action to extend deadlines’

‘Generally, a 30-day minimum period was established. Following the implementation of the drug benefit, in February 2006, the Secretary of HHS extended the transition period for an additional 60 days, establishing a 90-day transition period’.

‘There was concern and criticism, primarily from the opposing party, about the rate of sign-ups’

‘DAN MENDELSON, President, Avalere Health’:

“Well, there are about 43 million Medicare beneficiaries. And according to our research, about 16 million actually needed to go out and do as Secretary Leavitt suggested, figure out which plan to go into and sign up. And it appears that about 10 million have and about 6 million haven’t”.

‘RON POLLACK, Executive Director, Families USA’ :

“Millions of Medicare beneficiaries must sign up for the Part D program by midnight tonight or face significant, lifelong premium penalties should they decide at a later date they would like to purchase prescription drug coverage. As of late April, however, only 8.1 million people had chosen to enroll in a stand-alone prescription drug plan”.

“It’s obvious why so few individuals have managed to meet the deadline. The new prescription drug program has been beset by implementation problems. Low-income people who previously had Medicaid coverage for prescription drugs are paying more for skimpier coverage and often getting lost in the system”.

‘There were horrific poll numbers’

‘Part D was even less liked: 21 percent of the public had a favorable opinion of the program in April 2005 compared to 35 percent in April 2013 for the Affordable Care Act’.

‘Senators urged the Secretary of Health and Human Services to extend a deadline

‘Today, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt to support an extension without penalty of the enrollment period for those seniors signing up for the Medicare Drug Benefit through December 31st of this year’.

Democratic-leaning states helped cover the costs of prescription drugs’

‘Via the CRS Report’:

‘In addition, as of January 24, 2006, 25 states and the District of Columbia had decided to step in temporarily and pay for drugs for dual eligibles who would otherwise have a gap in coverage due to transition policy problems. The federal government will reimburse states for these costs’.

‘And Democratic lawmakers who voted against the bill went on to help with its implementation’

‘From then-Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.)’:

“I voted against it, but once it passed I certainly determined that I would try to do everything I could to make sure that New Yorkers understood it, could access it, and make the best of it.”

‘And from then-Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Select Committee on Aging, at a hearing on Feb. 2, 2006′:

“We need to put aside any partisan thoughts to work together to get this program running so that seniors are better off than they were before we passed the drug benefit. I do not believe we are there at this time.”

  • Show me just 1 Republican that has said anything like that. 

From : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/14/obamacare-medicare_n_4788731.html

The Republican War On Women – ‘Sen. Barbara Boxer Wonders Why Hobby Lobby Defenders Aren’t Complaining About Viagra’

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I’ve written oin this very subject and on several different forums.

The answer is the Republicans change the subject to the ‘abortion isn’t health care’ mantra.

‘During an interview with Chris Jansing of MSNBC on Tuesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) slammed the people running Hobby Lobby for having no moral qualms covering Viagra on their insurance plan’.

“I have never heard Hobby Lobby or any other corporation, I could be wrong, or any other boss complain that Viagra is covered in many insurance plans, practically all of them, or other kinds of things, you know, for men, which I won’t go into.”

“I have never heard them put any type of moral objection, remember, this is a moral objection, to men getting Viagra, but they have a moral objection to women getting certain types of birth control”.

“What’s their next moral objection, do they then object to vaccinations? Where do you take it from here”?

“There has been a well-documented study by a university that gave women free birth control for several years. Abortions went down by 50 percent, Chris”.

“So if you are for life and want to attack this issue for abortion, this is a place we could work together and reduce the number of abortions”.

“I view this as very much an anti-woman position to take”.

“And it’s important to note that women take birth control, more than half of them, as a medication for other conditions, so it is an attack on women”.

“I think it’s an attack on the religious freedom of the women who work there”.

“Remember, no one is forced to take birth control. It’s an individual right, and this is America, and this is the 21st century, and this is shocking.”
From : http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/25/sen-barbara-boxer-wonders-hobby-lobby-defenders-complaining-viagra.html

Stories From The Republican Religious Fringe – ‘Christian School Tells Eight-Year-Old Girl She Looks Too Much Like A Boy’

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Hate. Worse in that they wrap it around the teachings of Jesus.

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I’m not one but I don’t think this is what Jesus would do.

‘Christian school is taking a stand against tomboys’.

‘Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle attended Timberlake Christian School in Virginia until the school complained about her appearance’.

‘Doris and Carroll Thompson, Kahle’s grandparents who adopted and raised the youngster, told television station WSET that they pulled the child from school after receiving a letter from the school principal’.

 “You’re probably aware that Timberlake Christian School is a religious, Bible believing institution providing education in a distinctly Christian environment,    ” the letter read’.

‘According to WSET, the letter “goes on to say that students have been confused about whether Sunnie is a boy or girl and specifies that administrators can refuse enrollment for condoning sexual immorality, practicing a homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity.”
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/eight-year-old-girl-christian-school-looks-like-a-boy

A Republican World – The ‘Less Educated And Poor Haven’t Kept Up So We Need To Leave Them Behind’ Edition – ‘GOP Senate Candidate On Uninsured: “Less Sophisticated…Less Educated”

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Now THAT’S American Exceptionalism – Republican Style!!

‘Cassidy is challenging Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in the 2014 election’.

‘Speaking about his health care plan, Cassidy, who is also a physician, said it “actually reflects the reality of who the uninsured are: relatively less sophisticated, less comfortable with forms, less educated.”

‘Cassidy also said of President Obama, “you wonder if he ever worked with a poor person” and called some uninsured “illiterate,” which he said he was saying “in compassion.”

“We were fortunate growing up in the south. The president is a community organizer. You wonder if he ever worked with a poor person…Insurance people they will tell you that they will go to a company and an employer will pay for everything, and there are some people who will not sign up. Turns out, those are my patients. They’re illiterate. I’m not saying that to be mean. I say that in compassion. They cannot read. The idea they’re going to go on the internet and work through a 16-page document to put in their data and sign up does not reflect on understanding of who is having the hardest time in our economy.”
‘Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy

From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/gop-senate-candidate-on-uninsured-less-sophisticatedless-edu

teabagger Alert!! – ‘Idaho Republicans Unconstitutionally Vote to Nullify Future Federal Laws’

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Idaho is a welfare State meaning that they get back more money from the Federal Government then they send to the Federal Government.

If you want to stop this nullifying teabagger crap, just stop all Federal money to Idaho.

‘Last Friday, Idaho Republicans overwhelmingly passed legislation proclaiming Idaho does not have to tolerate federal gun laws going forward, and to prove the NRA makes and adjudicates federal law they criminalized enforcing federal gun statutes’.

‘The law nullifying federal firearm laws passed unanimously in both the House and Senate and takes effect immediately upon the Republican governor’s signature’.

‘The legislation does not just criminalize enforcement of federal gun laws by federal officials’,

‘it criminalizes enforcement of federal laws by Idaho state law enforcement officials for adhering to their sworn oath to defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution’.
From :http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/26/idaho-republicans-unconstitutionally-vote-nullify-future-federal-laws.html

A Republican World – Starve the Poor….Feed the War – ‘Citing Ukraine, Hawks Push for New Spending on Nukes’

 

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MAD – Mutuallu Assured Destruction – doesn’t mean you have to have more weapons then anyone else…..it just means you have to be crazy enough to use them.

“It will certainly be much more difficult to reduce spending on nuclear weapons in the current environment,” concedes Tom Collina, the research director for the Arms Control Association’.
From : http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/ukraine-crimea-crisis-america-nuclear-weapons-budget-spending

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