Tuesday, November 19, 2013

President Obama's OFA Phone Call Asks Our Help to Make ACA Successful for a Generation of Americans

Last night's phone call reminded me of being at a football game at the University of Oklahoma with 85,000 of my closest friends pulling together for the Sooners.  There were over 200,000 on the call from the President all dedicated to making the Affordable Care Act work and supporting the President. 

We have his back not only against Republicans but many members of the media.

As I was sitting here, I kept thinking this is the President of the United States asking for our help in supporting his signature issue, Affordable Care Act, plus asking us to help him get his judicial nominees through the Senate.   My first thought was "WOW!"

While listening to President Obama, I am blown away at how down to earth he is on the phone like talking to a close friend.  Then it struck that this man truly cares about what happens to those Americans without healthcare and how much his own Mom's death to cancer affected his drive for affordable healthcare for all Americans.  This is not a whim but it is something he feels about deeply and what the Republican obstructionist have failed to take into consideration when dealing with the President using their underhanded tactics.  Have 'zero' respect left for the Republican Party and their elected officials.  If there could be less than zero, today's Republicans have earned that designation.

Many of us expected the Republicans were attacking Healthcare.gov which slowed it down which has turned out to be true -- 16 cyber attacks hit the Healthcare.gov site where people were supposed to sign up.  Like we don't know who was behind that.  I am not a betting person but I would bet whoever did it is aligned with the Koch Bros and their campaign wasting millions to stop the rollout and implementation of Affordable Care Act.  Are Republicans afraid ACA will work and eventually we will end up with single payer to cut insurance costs even more?  Today's hard right GOP are going to find themselves on the wrong side of history as they continue to try to stall, destroy, and turn back the clock on ACA.

Speaker Boehner and his leadership team that keep voting to repeal ACA I didn't think were stupid. Beginning to change my mind -- what other explanation is there for their obstruction against ACA and high fiving each other when the House votes to repeal ACA knowing it is DOA in the Senate except stupidity.  What a waste of our tax dollars.  Now we find out the conservatives/GOP have been launching cyber attacks on the Healthcare.gov site, GOP Governor's have refused to set up exchanges which put more workload on the Feds with the House refusing to grant more funding, and the Koch Bros with the help of the GOP elected officials launched a million dollar plus campaign for people not to sign up for ACA.  The GOP/MSM have told so many lies that you have to wonder if they know the truth any more.  

As a former federal employee who is part of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), I sit here in amazement at the members of Congress who fall under the same plan until they get booted out on 1 January and have to use ACA.  Over the years, it is not unusual to see different plans come and go who no longer meet the standards of FEHBP, and we have to choose a new plan.  The difference is that plans that were kicked out of or left FEHBP were not junk insurance but most people still waited until near the end of the time to actually switch their plan.  
Republicans have been touting people should be allowed to keep junk insurance plans that if they got sick, their plan would pay little and/or most likely their insurance would be cancelled.  Why do Republicans want junk insurance plans to even be available?  Are they that angry about ACA or is the real reason they are so deep in the pockets of insurance companies that they feel obligated to tout worthless insurance plans for Americans to keep instead of encouraging them to move to ACA?

Why does the MSM not ask Republicans why they want Americans to have junk insurance?  If the MSM had any integrity left that would be the first question asked?  Many of today's media have not only no integrity but no ethics as they report Republican narratives/talking points they receive instead of facts.  Looks like when the wealthy donors like the Koch Bros bought Republican elected officials, they also did a great job of buying portions of the media. There is no other explanation for people like the Fox 'readers' who lie continually on the air reporting the talking points/narrative of the GOP House and some Tea Party Senators.  Are their hosts that stupid or are they that entrenched in the Republican Party to refuse to acknowledge that ACA is the law which was upheld by the Supreme Court.  Maybe 
Fox News thinks only they should get to determine what is constitutional now?

Chuck Todd, NBC News White House Correspondent, might as well go to work for Fox News as he continues to report the GOP narrative not facts.  As he so aptly reminded us, it is not his job to check to see if something is factual.  That is what you get from a political science major who does not have a journalism degree which means he didn't have a course in ethics.  Must admit that it really shows.
How many of the MSM even belong to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) or know what the SPJ Code of Ethics excerpted below even says:
Preamble Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.
Seek Truth andReport ItJournalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.  
Minimize Harm Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect. 
Act Independently Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know. 
Be Accountable Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.
As members of the MSM report lies and inaccuracies about ACA, judicial nominations, immigration, jobs bills, sequestration, etc., you are left disgust and anger toward the media who have problems reporting the truth when it comes to President Obama.  It is beyond anything I have witnessed and find it reprehensible by allowing their own personal feelings to replace integrity and ethics in reporting.  I just want the facts not spin when I hear or read what a journalist has to say about a subject.  If I want their opinion, I will read it on the editorial page.

That live call with the President last night made me even more disgusted with the media, the Republicans, and the Koch Bros for trying to nullify the results of the 2012 election by their attacks on President Obama.  Who do these people think they are?  Over 5 million more people voted for President Obama then Romney but we still have to listen to the Romney's espouse how much better he would have done along with the hard right GOP.  Today I would like to tell the Romney's along with the GOP -- "You Lost -- Grow Up and Get Over it!"

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