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Feb 09th

Obama for America: In the News

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Los Angeles Times: The court saved my lifeline
“Not to be overly dramatic, but for me the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act was a matter of life and death. Because the law was largely upheld, I will be able to continue receiving treatment for breast cancer. I was one of the early beneficiaries of the law. When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer late last year, I had no health insurance, which meant my options were extremely limited. No insurer would pick up someone in my circumstances. But luckily, the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan had already kicked in, and it made it possible for me to purchase insurance under a government program. I was uninsured not because I'm a lazy, freeloading deadbeat but because my husband and I are self-employed. We had been purchasing health insurance on the individual market along with 6% of the rest of the population. But after exhausting all of our resources trying to keep up with premiums of $1,500 a month, we had no choice but to cancel it.”
The Grio: Supreme Court health care ruling a huge victory for uninsured, minorities, people with chronic illnesses
“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the health care law is a major victory for millions of Americans who either can’t purchase health insurance or have chronic illnesses. About 50 million Americans are estimated not to have health insurance, about a sixth of whom are black. More than 30 million are estimated to get health insurance under this law, a disproportionate number of whom are black or Hispanic. Having insurance is generally associated with going to the doctor more and seeking preventive care, which can lead to fewer illnesses. Also, currently when people change jobs or are laid off and seek health insurance, they often are told certain conditions won’t be covered by their health care plan. Or if they are unemployed, it is hard to buy insurance, because insurance companies charge much higher rates to people who are over 60 or have chronic illnesses like diabetes. Under the new law, insurance companies can’t charge higher rates to people based on age or health history. They can’t refuse to cover certain conditions of a person’s health. In addition, the new law will eventually give tax credits based on income levels to people who want to purchase insurance. The subsidies vary in size, depending on their income level, but stop at about $44,000 per individual or about $88,000 for a family of four. More than 15 million people will get the tax credits, which go into effect in 2014.”

Talking Points Memo: After Health Care Ruling, GOP Hits Rewind As Democrats Look To The Future
“The fallout from the Supreme Court’s historic ruling Thursday upholding the health care reform law clarified a key distinction between the two parties. Republicans reaffirmed their commitment to turning back the clock and Democrats insisted on letting go of past battles and moving on. “The Supreme Court has spoken. The matter is settled,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “With millions of Americans still struggling in this tough economy, we can’t look back. We need to look forward.” “Now that all three branches of government have ratified the law, the time for quarreling is over. The time for disputing its validity is over,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Congress should now return to its full time focus: the issue of jobs and the economy.” “Politics be damned, this is about what we came to do,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Republican sang a different tune, reaffirming their commitment to repealing ‘Obamacare’ and announcing they will hold yet another vote to do so.”

What You Shouldn’t Miss…

PRESS CALL TODAY at 10:30 AM EDT/9:30 AM CDT:  Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will hold a press conference call to discuss health care and the economy.  To RSVP for the call and receive dial information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New York Times: The Real Winners
“So the Supreme Court — defying many expectations — upheld the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. There will, no doubt, be many headlines declaring this a big victory for President Obama, which it is. But the real winners are ordinary Americans — people like you. How many people are we talking about? You might say 30 million, the number of additional people the Congressional Budget Office says will have health insurance thanks to Obamacare. But that vastly understates the true number of winners because millions of other Americans — including many who oppose the act — would have been at risk of being one of those 30 million. So add in every American who currently works for a company that offers good health insurance but is at risk of losing that job (and who isn’t in this world of outsourcing and private equity buyouts?); every American who would have found health insurance unaffordable but will now receive crucial financial help; every American with a pre-existing condition who would have been flatly denied coverage in many states. In short, unless you belong to that tiny class of wealthy Americans who are insulated and isolated from the realities of most people’s lives, the winners from that Supreme Court decision are your friends, your relatives, the people you work with — and, very likely, you. For almost all of us stand to benefit from making America a kinder and more decent society.”

Wall Street Journal: AFL-CIO Joins Obama Attack on Romney’s Record
“In its bid to paint Mitt Romney as a corporate raider who moved jobs overseas, the Obama campaign is getting help from allies in organized labor. The AFL-CIO says that in the week leading up to the Fourth of July, “activists” will take part in events that “target” Mr. Romney’s “record on offshoring jobs.” The union is planning other events urging passage of a legislation that encourage investment in the U.S., as part of what it calls a “Bring Jobs Home’’ campaign. Labor’s move comes as the president tries to undermine Mr. Romney’s argument that his business credentials make him uniquely suited to revive the economy. The Obama campaign has released ads describing Mr. Romney as “outsourcer in chief,’’ while the president has described his opponent in similar terms on the campaign trail. The Romney campaign has pushed back hard, with spokeswoman Andrea Saul saying: “If President Obama had even half of Mitt Romney’s record on jobs, he’d be running on it. But President Obama has the worst record on jobs and the economy of any president in modern history, which is why he is running a campaign based on distractions, not solutions.””


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