All posts tagged: Obamacare

Obamacare in Trump Country

At Sunday’s meeting with Stephen J Natoli, talking about his journey from Conservatism to Liberalism, one clubmember asked the question – why do voters vote against their own self-interest? Why did poor white voters, who gained access to health insurance under a Democratic administration, vote for Trump who promised to repeal their healthcare? This short Vox video doesn’t provide an answer, but should give comfort to Las Vegas casino owners. Form Vox’s description: We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. Some thought that Trump would not actually repeal Obamacare. Others felt that Obamacare wasn’t affordable. See the full interview with President Obama at: https://youtu.be/V7eqoL18zwg Kathy’s full question and Obama’s answer start at 38:00

The Good Fight

Did you ever listen to Al Franken’s radio show on Air America? If you liked it—or if you like satire, progressive politics, and activism—then you’re going to love the new podcast I’m launching today in partnership withMoveOn.org. It’s called “The Good Fight,” and you can check it out now in iTunes or on our website. The first episode features Senator Franken himself, plus updates on progressive fights across the country and an interview about Obamacare, with legendary activist Heather Booth, that will leave you cheering. Just listen to the first two minutes—and if you like it, subscribe and post a review. Click here to listen to the podcast in iTunes! Or click here to check out the first episode on the website of “The Good Fight.” Some quick background: way before Senator Franken first ran for office, I was a writer and producer for his radio show and worked with him on books, including Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, a Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Before that, when I was in high …

Nov 16 – OFA San Diego’s Affordable Care Act Training

What is the status of the Affordable Care roll-out? When will the national website be fixed? Is it secure? Is California’s Exchange up and running? Who should enroll and why? Come learn the truth. Spread that truth to your circle of family and friends. And help Organizing for Action plan how we can work in our communities to spread the word about why health care matters and how San Diegans can benefit from “Obamacare.” You’re invited to participate in this informative training then brainstorm on how we’ll make ACA a reality for San Diegans. Come enjoy refreshments and a smart lively discussion with like-minded San Diegans. Get the Facts and help plan how we’ll promote enrollment in the new State Exchange. What: Organizing for Action’s Health Care for the Holidays Training When: Saturday November 16, 1:30pm Where: South Chula Vista Branch Library Get the details and RSVP here.

Healthcare – Right or Privilege?

Is healthcare a right or a privilege? The answer varies by country. In most of the world it is a right accorded to all residents as part of their social safety net. However, in the United States it is a privilege accorded to the more fortunate – those who have private health insurance, seniors over 65 who have Medicare and Medicaid for a small percentage of low income individuals. For those not falling into one of those categories they are “on their own.” This generally means neglecting medical conditions in the early stages when they are more easily treatable. It often leads to expensive trips to the emergency room when the condition becomes acute and where only the symptoms can be treated without a provision for follow-on care. Medical bills are the major reason for bankruptcy in the United States. Without health insurance many citizens are forced to pay out of pocket for expensive for-profit medical treatment. This has been exacerbated by the housing crisis. Unscrupulous lenders convinced people to borrow against the equity in …