We must rid our government of obstructionists, who are in the pocket of the 1 percent, and we must increase the numbers of true Progressives who will fight to pass an amendment to overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United decision and go to public funding of campaigns at every level of government.
Republicans thought they were going to hang the Affordable Care Act around Democrats' necks like a millstone come November. Not gonna happen.
Their ammunition is dwindling. Most of the horror stories they've been able to present have proven false. There is, however, one tiny issue they can cling to, and it came from the president's own lips.
As human beings, we have to be careful not to deny reality when it hurts our happiness, health and success. We must accept things are they are, not as we wish them to be.
We are in the midst of a political battle over the Obamacare numbers right now, so it seemed like a good time to examine what they all mean, in an attempt to interject some clarity into a very confusing debate.
The March jobs report provided some evidence that we are beginning to see the sort of labor market shifts from the ACA that would be expected. First, voluntary part-time employment in March increased by 230,000 to 18.9 million. The key word here is "voluntary."
After a long period in the political winter, it appears that the GOP finally has something to be excited about -- the Obama administration's health care debacle.
Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.
America has never been as close to the dream of universal healthcare for all -- and a shift away from war as a national vocation -- than we are today. It is a fact to be celebrated and more importantly, fought for in ways that make sense for each of us in our own way.
Millions of people enrolled. So why are these politicians not smiling? ...
Democrats, from this point on, should adopt a very simple technique to disarm Republican squabbles about Obamacare numbers. To every figure quoted for people gaining health insurance, Democrats should end with "... and counting."
The most disturbing trend has been the tendency of employers not only to cut and cap hours or eliminate part time workers' health benefits, but to hide behind the ACA in eliminating a host of statutory benefits.
Obama's popularity numbers are down for the moment. But for most of his first and second term he has been popular and an enormously appealing president and campaigner.
How can creatives who freelance, wait tables, and piece together stressful hodgepodge livings achieve security?
Our work certainly is not done, but with over 7 million people enrolling in Obamacare, we ought to be very proud of what we have accomplished. The legacy of this great president is growing by the day, as one who leads with compassion, tolerance and generosity with always a focus on equality.
All human beings have value, regardless of their country of origin or socioeconomic status. We are confident the administration will fix the technological problems and hope it will make the sound decision to allow DACA recipients into Obamacare. We can only hope Congress can correct the immorality and shortsighted public policy of denying immigrants access to affordable health care.