- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that the Affordable Care Act will have funded the construction of more than 300 new community health centers by 2014. Sixty-seven have been completed so far, it said.
- Nearly 200 local clinics have also undergone renovations because of the law, and that number will rise to roughly 675 in the next two years, the Department said.
- Overall, the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act have given 3 million additional patients access to clinics since they were enacted
- An additional 1.3 million patients will have access to community healthcare in the next two years
- Seniors have saved $3.4 billion on prescription drugs because of the healthcare law.
- In the first three months of 2012 alone, more than 220,000 people saved an average of $837 on the prescription drugs they purchased after they hit the prescription drug donut hole.
- from January through March 8.9 million people in traditional Medicare received at least one preventive service at no cost to them
Good luck with that Mitt.
Happy Birthday, from President Obama…
Am i the only one who’s head nearly exploded last night?
Millions are looking for work, have been for some time, and the spending binge going on in Washington is a big part of the reason why.
Spending/Investment by Washington serves to create jobs. Not destroy them. Saving the US Auto industry being a case in point.
The House passed “cut, cap and balance” with “bipartisan support.”
It had 5 Democratic votes vs 234 GOP Votes. This is hardly Bipartisan.
“Here’s what we got for that spending binge: a massive health care bill that most Americans never asked for.”
Actually, the Affordable Care Act saves taxpayers billions of dollars. That’s the opposite of a “spending binge.”
A ‘stimulus’ bill that was more effective in producing material for late-night comedians than it was in producing jobs.”
In reality, the stimulus helped stop the bleeding, while creating growth and millions of jobs.
“A national debt that has gotten so out of hand it has sparked a crisis without precedent in my lifetime or yours.”
The national debt is perfectly manageable at its current size. The unprecedented crisis is from Boehner and his caucus; not the debt itself.
“The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach — which in Washington means: we spend more, you pay more.”
Actually, Obama has called for trillions in spending cuts.
I want you to know I made a sincere effort to work with the president
Right, by walking out and cutting off negotiations on more than one occasion.
“The president is adamant that we cannot make fundamental changes to our entitlement programs.”
Boehner’s plan, unveiled yesterday, makes no fundamental changes to our entitlement programs. Obama, meanwhile, has presented several offers that make significant cuts to entitlement programs. That’s not opinion; it’s just reality — which Boehner is no doubt aware of.
“The sad truth is that the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today.”
Obama isn’t asking for a “blank check.” The nation needs a debt-ceiling increase to pay for the things we’ve already bought.
Noteworthy, is Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan and his criticism of the Republicans intransigence on debt.
A few hours after Boehner debunked his own lie, the Speaker’s big plan for avoiding a default crisis has been rejected by conservative groups from FreedomWorks to Americans for Prosperity to the Club for Growth, as well as Boehner’s supposed ally, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Boehner described Republican conditions for an increase in the debt limit in terms of what Americans demanded — namely reduced spending and reforms. Several White House proposals have now offered deeper cuts than the Republicans dared propose, which they then said no to.
A particular highlight of Boehner’s speech was his assertion that Obama “created” the “crisis atmosphere” that has the U.S. on the brink of default. The reality is that the president inherited a projected deficit of more than $1 trillion, and the recent surge in debt is mostly the result of the fruitless Bush tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This weekend, the New York Times published a chart comparing the costs of policies enacted by the last two administrations:
Boehner — along with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) — voted for the policies that caused the deficit to explode under the Bush administration. According to Bloomberg:
House Speaker John Boehner often attacks the spendthrift ways of Washington. [...]
Yet the speaker, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell all voted for major drivers of the nation’s debt during the past decade: Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and Medicare prescription drug benefits. They also voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, that rescued financial institutions and the auto industry.
Republicans voted for the big drivers in creating the massive debt in the first place. Just like they voted to increase the debt ceiling with nary a twinge nine times during George W. Bush’s presidency.
North Carolina Man Desperately Commits a Crime in attempt to get Prison Health Care
When I look at this man I don’t see a Criminal I see a Desperate Sick Man who is trying to Survive and possibly save his Life. His eyes are sad showing a life that has suffered and is struggling. Many news stations were telling his story, but they kept focusing on his alleged “Crime” , and making accusations or even joking questioning his Sanity. Not one station reported his situation for the Crisis it is. And Truthfully maybe it is a Crime that we don’t have Health care for All at this point, for if we did he would not have had to choose the Path he chose…..
Let’s Learn more about this man and what led to his “Crime”. Richard James Verome is 59 years old. He worked for Coca Cola for over 17 years as a Delivery Driver taking care of his customers. Three years ago he was laid off, and since then he has struggled to find work and keep a roof over his head. He finally found part time work at a convenience store. But the long hours standing and the lifting led to Health problems. His back was developing disc problems and he was experiencing arthritis and problems with his left foot. But when he noticed a protuberance growing on his chest, he realized that this growth may be severe, even life threatening. But for the past 3 years there had been no Health care for any of these issues, and this new issue made him realize that he needed Some Kind of Healthcare.
James Verome had never had complaints or problems at his work. He worked hard. He has no Criminal History or history of concern or even any stability issues. He was just a Middle aged man who was laid off after a Long History with one company and like Millions of Americans was not able to find New Employment. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs since 2007 and No One has mentioned that they need Health care, that when they are unemployed there is no money to purchase Expensive Cobra, so they go without. And Mr Verome’s life became one such life, he worked at the Convenience Store, the only job he could find and he lived at the Hampton Inn. There were small meals and much stress. He struggled with his back and Disc problems, and with a sore left foot, but he kept working trying to hold his life together. But then the Growth on his chest appeared.