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Affordable Care Act: Closing the Medicare Doughnut Hole

Mopeder 2011/12/21 00:35:27
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President Obama's Affordable Care Act has already saved 2.6 million seniors an average of $569 on their prescription drugs this year.

Health reform is shrinking the Medicare doughnut hole -- and it will keep getting smaller until 2020, when all prescriptions will be covered.

These are just some of the ways the Affordable Care Act is making health care more affordable and accessible for seniors.

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  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2011/12/21 02:48:42
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +15
    Thanks to the leadership of President Bush, there only exists this donut hole. Most laws aren't perfect, but I find it interesting all of sudden the progressives are not willing to give credit to Bush and the GOP.

    Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act provided the initial benefit - with leadership by the president and the GOP votes. Here is a link to the final vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/20...

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  • chgo 2011/12/26 01:21:37
    chgo
    We desperately need health insurance and health care similar to what the Canadians have.
  • ToMuchToDo 2011/12/22 00:38:47
    ToMuchToDo
    +1
    Is there really ever a party that truly wins?
  • Kirk Torsten 2011/12/21 19:41:36
    Kirk Torsten
    WOW!! I read these comments and some want to paint liberals in a good light and others want to paint conservatives in good light. Don't you guys realize that both parties just gutted the fourth amendment and can lock you up indefinitely without trial based upon suspicion alone. Then you guys wanna debate who's better. What's wrong with you people?!
  • mrdog 2011/12/21 15:59:10
    mrdog
    +2
    Tell this to my bubba in FL. that spent one hour on the telephone due to medicare changes that affect his ability to see a doctor in his area... this is funny stuff..bark
  • Resp 2011/12/21 05:59:42
    Resp
    +1
    They are always talking about Medicare and doughnut holes. Obesity is a problem.
  • Charles R. Anderson 2011/12/21 04:01:20
    Charles R. Anderson
    +2
    Sure, healthcare is free. No one needs to be paid for their services or products. Socialism ends the need to pay for what you get. He laughs.

    ObamaCare adds taxes to the cost of your drugs. Any reduction in a cost is more than offset by increased costs elsewhere. Note that Obama has made other cuts in Medicare. There is no such thing as a free lunch. It is amazing that anyone even tries such dumb propaganda. I suppose these people think We the People are all stupid.
  • Mopeder Charles... 2011/12/21 09:51:38
  • aneed2know Charles... 2011/12/21 10:52:56
    aneed2know
    +1
    so who is asking for free healthcare?
  • LarryFine 2011/12/21 03:43:45
    LarryFine
    +2
    Doughnut hole?? Dougnuts are illegal under Odictator's health bill. It's on page 115,432,875!
  • Eddie L~PWCM~JLA 2011/12/21 03:32:43
    Eddie L~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Watch what happens to the lists of medicines covered under part D. Oh what? It has already gotten smaller. You ain't seen nothing yet.

    "Yay! all my prescriptions were covered! But the two or three medicines I needed most, my doctor didn't prescribe, because they aren't on the list of covered medicines. They have been found to be too expensive, and I'm old already, so what is the point of preserving or improving my life when I am just going to die soon anyway? But I'm still better off, because I got the couple of meds that won't be as effective and they cost meless!"
  • Marcia ... Eddie L... 2011/12/23 19:42:25 (edited)
    Marcia McCance
    +4
    Hi Eddie L -- the problem you have run into is based on the particular Part D coverage you have chosen -- the insurance company has limited what your doctor can do -- next time open enrollment comes around, re-examine your Part D coverage and change to one that does not limit and monitor your drugs this way. You can check it out at Medicare.gov
  • Eddie L... Marcia ... 2011/12/24 03:05:26
    Eddie L~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I am a licensed health insurance producer, I know all that. My point is, with the increased regulations over health insurance coming because of Obamacare, the insurance companies will have less latitude in what drugs will be available in their formularies. There has already been several drugs that have either not been approved by the FDA or current drugs that have had their status changed since the law passed...and it just so happens to be a coincidence that the drugs in question happen to be extremely expensive. Many physicians have already questioned the government's changes to recommendations regarding prostate cancer tests, mammograms, and the status of several drugs and procedures. They share the concern that the increased government involvement is already bringing about a prioritization of cost over effectiveness or doctor discretion.
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2011/12/21 03:20:27
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +2
    The Bush Medicare Part D was a good program. Though dems would lie to make you think its an unpaid program, that is another of their lies. It is a paid for program, paid by the recipients through monthly premiums. The portion paid for by the government has been under budget since the plan's inception.

    Under Egobamacare, the plan only adds to the deficit and could eventually bankrupt Medicare.
  • Steve J... Allbiz ... 2011/12/21 03:24:02
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Medicare and SSI, is already BK.

    Just got to figure out how to fix them without bankrupting the kids.

    Fortunately, I know.
  • westernslope~PWCM~JLA 2011/12/21 02:48:42
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +15
    Thanks to the leadership of President Bush, there only exists this donut hole. Most laws aren't perfect, but I find it interesting all of sudden the progressives are not willing to give credit to Bush and the GOP.

    Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act provided the initial benefit - with leadership by the president and the GOP votes. Here is a link to the final vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/20...
  • Kirk To... western... 2011/12/21 19:34:06
    Kirk Torsten
    +1
    According to your profile, you are conservative. Why then are you flying his liberal flag?
  • western... Kirk To... 2011/12/22 18:23:43
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    let's see seems you beleive this isn't paid for since that is what is widely reported by many that provide mis-information on this subject. In fact, Medicare D is paid via premiums by actualy people, so does that answer your question?

    What liberal flag are you talking about if this doesn't address your comment?
  • chgo western... 2011/12/26 01:10:56 (edited)
    chgo
    Medicare Part D (MPD) wasn't paid for and the federal government was not even permitted to negotiate prices of drugs with the drug companies, as federal agencies do in other programs. basically, Medicare Part D was a money grab of tax money that was funneled into the pockets of corporate executives.


    Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act was a GOP bill that was repealed in the new healthcare law. It wasn't at all like the Affordable Care Act. Do you know anything? Affordable Care Act requires the federal government to negotiate prices of drugs with the drug companies,

    Medicare Part D patients pay more for drugs than veterans. Seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D plans pay 58 percent more for the most commonly prescribed drugs than Americans who buy their medications through health plans administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.For example, Medicare pays $785 for a year's supply of Lipitor (atorvastatin), while the VA pays $520.

    Plus, several Congressmen who voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 like Billy Tauzin, R-La.,who steered the bill through the House, retired soon after and took a $2 million a year job as president and executives of Big PHarma lobbying like Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of Am...



    Medicare Part D (MPD) wasn't paid for and the federal government was not even permitted to negotiate prices of drugs with the drug companies, as federal agencies do in other programs. basically, Medicare Part D was a money grab of tax money that was funneled into the pockets of corporate executives.


    Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act was a GOP bill that was repealed in the new healthcare law. It wasn't at all like the Affordable Care Act. Do you know anything? Affordable Care Act requires the federal government to negotiate prices of drugs with the drug companies,

    Medicare Part D patients pay more for drugs than veterans. Seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D plans pay 58 percent more for the most commonly prescribed drugs than Americans who buy their medications through health plans administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.For example, Medicare pays $785 for a year's supply of Lipitor (atorvastatin), while the VA pays $520.

    Plus, several Congressmen who voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 like Billy Tauzin, R-La.,who steered the bill through the House, retired soon after and took a $2 million a year job as president and executives of Big PHarma lobbying like Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the main industry lobbying group. Also, a total of 14 congressional aides quit their jobs to work for the drug and medical lobbies immediately after the bill's passage

    And evidently youre not aware of MPD's big coverage gap is known as the "Donut Hole" Rather than allowing the Medicare program to negotiate lower prices from drug manufacturers, the Part D program tries to hold down costs by giving private insurance companies the ability to deny or restrict coverage in the drug plans they offer. .MPD requires Medicare beneficiaries whose total drug costs reach $2,700 to pay 100% of prescription costs until $4,350 is spent out of pocket. Basically, Medicare enrollees pay the cost of their drugs after they've reached the plan's spending limit but before they hit the out-of-pocket-expenses limit. Some plans cover the gap, often with generic drugs, but those may charge higher premiums.nearly half of enrollees had chosen plans that do not cover the "donut hole

    If you actually know a little fact- checking next time, you'll actually learn something. you are wrong on everything you've typed.
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  • western... chgo 2011/12/26 15:00:29 (edited)
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    so you agree than the big government isn't the answer, yet your answer is more government. I do understand the donut hole, since I'm assisting my mother through this situation right now. You find it amazing that the federal government didn't know there were other activities going on in other deptartment ---- get a clue happens everyday.

    Your long answer isn't impressing anyone, but yourself.
  • chgo western... 2011/12/26 16:18:52
    chgo
    You must be slow. that's not what I;m saying. When I say it was unpaid for, it wasn't. The Medicare part D programs allowed Pharma to set the premiums and costs. what don't you get? it gave them bureaucracy. MPD was just like a private health insurance industry, even it was a undertaken by the fed gov't

    Medicare and Medicaid already pays 51 percent of of the total health care/medical bills anyway to this day. So, your "big government" talking points aint working here. Your persistence of fear-mongering over “socialized medicine” is odd and stupid even though we already have a system in which the government pays substantially more medical bills than the private insurance industry.

    the cons' persistent belief that the free market can cure healthcare, even though there are no places where it actually has; people also believe that government-provided insurance can’t work, even though there are many places where it does — and one of those places is the United States of America.

    the most cost-effective health care program is the one similar to Canada's. that's what America needs.
  • western... chgo 2011/12/27 06:25:30
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    if you desire Canada's health care system, it is easily optained by going there.
  • Pat 2011/12/21 02:26:06
    Pat
    +3
    Once again President Obama succeeds in making life a little easier for our seniors. Why isn't this being blasted all over the news stations. He has such a list of achievements and no one seems to want to give him credit.
  • western... Pat 2011/12/21 02:49:39
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +6
    Dems did not support this law --- see vote above
  • Allbiz ... Pat 2011/12/21 03:14:13 (edited)
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +2
    It's not necessary to give Egobama credit for anything. He does very well giving himself credit for everything.

    taking all the credit
  • gg~POTL... Allbiz ... 2011/12/21 03:20:00
    gg~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    LOL. The 2 purple pails complete the outfit.
  • Allbiz ... gg~POTL... 2011/12/21 03:21:38
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +2
    I think he borrowed the outfit from Barney Frank.
  • gg~POTL... Allbiz ... 2011/12/21 03:31:15
    gg~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Best buds....maybe. animated laughing dog
  • Allbiz ... gg~POTL... 2011/12/21 03:37:32
  • Pat Allbiz ... 2011/12/21 18:23:28
    Pat
    Clearly this picture says more about you than about our President. You should be ashamed of yourself for such a blatantly racist post.
  • Allbiz ... Pat 2011/12/21 19:22:12 (edited)
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    +1
    Am I supposed to give a shit what you think? I don't. Have a Merry Christmas.

    give a crap
  • LadyBGood Allbiz ... 2011/12/22 01:46:35
    LadyBGood
    +1
    It's always a "shame" when it comes to OblameO and the Wookie...but when the libs called Bush vile names and put his face on a monkey or Hitler...that was OK...it was funny....but if we do that to the wonder-boy...it's racist! Now the shoe is on the other foot....anit that a shame? LOL
  • LadyBGood Pat 2011/12/22 01:44:22
    LadyBGood
    did you stand up for Bush when he was OUR President and the libs called him vile names? I doubt it.
  • Pat LadyBGood 2011/12/23 03:51:43
    Pat
    +1
    Bush was an extremely bad President. I personally never called him names and I honestly don't remember any verbal attacks on him being so blatantly racist or ethnic or anything than criticizing his tactics, his methods and his intelligence. I would not stand up for any President as incompetent as Bush was.
  • LadyBGood Pat 2011/12/23 21:54:33
    LadyBGood
    +1
    BULL SH*T You have a short memory...he was attacked daily and viciously among the things they called him was Hitler and a monkey....and stupid. At least he wasn't a commie AND don't give me this b.s. of how smart Obam bam is when ALL his records are hidden. And he can't speak a full sentence without a teleprompter! And even then all you hear is I I I I MEMEMEMEMEMEMEME I I I I I
  • western... LadyBGood 2011/12/24 03:44:46
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Lady --- it's not like you can expect fair and balanced from the true beleivers. If someone didn't see all the attacks on Bush, they lie to themselves. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
  • Mopeder Pat 2011/12/21 08:59:47
    Mopeder
    +3
    President Obama's accomplishments so far

    Legislative Prowess

    Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY

    Fiscal Responsibility

    Within days after taking office, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5

    Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1

    On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx

    He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov

    He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd

    Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa

    Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression

    He pushed through...























































































































































































































































































































































    President Obama's accomplishments so far

    Legislative Prowess

    Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY

    Fiscal Responsibility

    Within days after taking office, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5

    Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1

    On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http://on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx

    He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov

    He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd

    Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa

    Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression

    He pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk

    In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE

    He completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6

    He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl

    He oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY

    He oversaw investment in updated and improved manufacturing processes. http://bit.ly/fJEyDI

    He also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf

    He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7

    He signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS

    He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw

    He signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn

    Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL

    He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

    http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b

    He created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov

    He played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5

    He took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7

    He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges. http://bit.ly/e1SSaQ

    He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5

    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30Dc

    Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR

    He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV

    Crafted an Executive order stablishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE

    Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection

    Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq

    He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD

    He made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers' interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

    He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

    He wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM

    He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/htfDgw

    He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/fnTayj

    Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination

    He advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7

    He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz

    He appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0

    Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8

    He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj

    He's appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D

    He issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT

    He established a White House Council on Women and Girls http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM

    He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg

    Wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk

    He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x

    Under his watch, National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees' rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ

    Fighting Poverty

    He provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM

    He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8

    Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad

    He visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda

    As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g

    He did much to restore America's reputation around the world as a global leader that does the "right thing" in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the world. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ho4TCr

    He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj

    Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/rpUc9l

    He improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe

    Offered $400 billion to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http://bit.ly/9axfWh

    He worked to make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY

    He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP

    Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U

    He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/emQBde

    He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF

    Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called "enhanced interrogation." He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC

    He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax

    He released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0

    On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys

    Better Approach to “Defense”

    Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE

    He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2

    He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i

    He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty. http://bit.ly/f3JVtw

    Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will lst until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4

    Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ

    He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs

    He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops from the country. http://bit.ly/lNXUna

    Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011. http://onforb.es/nTUk4Z

    He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6

    He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj

    Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect

    He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers. http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA

    He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo

    He provided the troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h

    Created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW

    He put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one.) http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q

    He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1

    He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x

    He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY

    He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX

    Education

    He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http://bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq

    Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt

    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/fYwNrV

    Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr

    He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/hI6tXz

    He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe

    Greater Transparency and Better Government

    He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN

    He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV

    He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX

    The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5

    He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov

    He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV

    He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them.

    http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb

    He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2

    National Safety and Security

    He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z

    Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/efBO7B

    Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i

    Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http://bit.ly/jChpgw

    Science, Technology and Health Care

    He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

    http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw

    Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U

    He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge

    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7

    He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb

    He expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc

    His EPA reveresed research ethics standards which allowed humands to be used as "guinea pigs" in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/bKgqdS

    Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC

    Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr

    He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/dNTRyP

    He ushered throough a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. http://on.msnbc.com/fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http://bit.ly/ecQSgA

    He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3

    He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9

    He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b

    Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv

    He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/e8Tj9C

    Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established http://www.healthcare.gov/

    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http://nyti.ms/ekMWpo

    Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V

    Provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Last year's increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh

    Strengthening the Middle Class and Families

    He worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS

    He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj

    Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America's working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F

    Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8

    He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP

    He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz

    Environment and Energy

    He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards. http://nyti.ms/e8e94x

    He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM

    He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y

    His EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL

    He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu

    He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.)

    He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R

    Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5

    His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN

    He doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http://bit.ly/iN0sCE

    He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y

    He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq

    He reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv

    He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/eJ6QOO

    He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P

    Following Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/fzQUFO

    Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/glCukV

    Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk

    He strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH

    His EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt

    Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2

    He increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY

    Other Stuff

    He has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/etznpY

    He oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv

    Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF

    He nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6 http://bit.ly/i02wgP

    He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB

    He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF

    He loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j

    His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production. http://bit.ly/jUjLzo

    Ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5
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  • western... Mopeder 2011/12/21 15:04:56
    westernslope~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    You lost me at "fiscal responsiblity" ---- what a joke
  • Pat Mopeder 2011/12/23 03:52:25
    Pat
    I'm with you 100%.
  • jeepster4 2011/12/21 02:17:41
    jeepster4
    +3
    I'm 72 and have been on medicare since I was 62. For seniors the Affordable Health Care Act is working as described and for the 2.6 million people under 26 that have insurance now, it is working. If you are a senior, I suggest that you look at your actual bills, and don't accept as true what you've heard.
  • DuncanONeil 2011/12/21 02:09:01
    DuncanONeil
    +2
    I could easily get behind health reform. Everybody keeps saying HealthCare but ObamaCare is not about either reform or health care. It is all about control. It is the Government saying that you are too STUPID to be ALLOWED to take care of yourself.

    The Government has no option but to be your Mommy & Daddy. But I guess that is what Liberals want, Mommy & Daddy in charge from birth to death, with each occurring more often & closer together!

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