All posts tagged: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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 …

Notes From Covering California with Obamacare October 2013 Meeting

Club President Susan Peinado called the meeting to order at 4pm and welcomed and introduced City Councilmember David Alvarez, candidate for Mayor of San Diego. Mr. Alvarez gave an overview of his candidacy and thanked the County Democratic Party for their endorsement and support, and he answered questions from the audience. Ms. Peinado welcomed and introduced Mike Aguirre, candidate for Mayor of San Diego. Mr. Aguirre gave an overview of his candidacy and platform and answered questions from the audience. Ms. Peinado also recognized Lori Saldana. Guest Speaker and Q&A Amid the controversial media coverage of the commencement of Obamacare this was the second club meeting focused on the the new California healthcare initiative and implementation of the Affordable Car Act (ACA).

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.

News from Congressman Scott Peters

October 24, 2013 Dear Friend, As you know, the Federal Government was partially shut down for 16 days earlier this month, and we came dangerously close to defaulting on our national debt. This irresponsible event took $24 billion out of the economy and hurt families across the country, including in San Diego. In the agreement that ended the shutdown and averted default – an agreement that I supported – the House and Senate will now reconcile their differences on the budget for our country. It is my hope that Congress will use these next few months productively to get our fiscal house in order, replace sequester cuts with more targeted, mission-drive ones, and reduce waste and abuse in the Federal Government, while also funding the necessary investments to keep America competitive into the next century. Scott speaking to San Diegans on a telephone town hall during the shutdown “Seeking Lessons from the Fiscal Crisis” I recently wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times about an opinion piece that had run calling for a …

Organizing For Action Policy Briefings

Join Organizing for Action staff, policy experts, and other supporters online at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month for a policy briefing. Email questions@barackobama.com with any questions you have during the lifestream. Email ofa@pointlomadem.org with any questions you have about OFA and getting involved locally. Link to Livestream Make a difference “Change comes about because people are activated, people are involved. When those voices are heard, you can’t stop it.” When Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, October 23, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 6, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 20, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, November 27, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, December 11, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Wednesday, December 18, 2013 5:00pm PT  – 1 hour Related articles Organizing for Action raises nearly $8 million …

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 …