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Reposted from I Vote for Democrats by Mets102

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act Amendments of 1965 which established Medicare.

President Lyndon B. Johnson with Harry Truman and Hubert H. Humphrey, 1965

The Social Security Act Amendments provided:

In 1965, the passage of the Social Security Act Amendments, popularly known as Medicare, resulted in a basic program of hospital insurance for persons aged 65 and older, and a supplementary medical insurance program to aid the elderly in paying doctor bills and other health care bills. It was funded by a tax on the earnings of employees, matched by contributions by employers, and was well received. In the first three years of the program, nearly 20 million beneficiaries enrolled in it.

Debate over the program actually began two decades earlier when President Harry S. Truman sent a message to Congress asking for legislation establishing a national health insurance plan. At that time, vocal opponents warned of the dangers of “socialized medicine.” By the end of the Truman’s administration, he had backed off from a plan of universal coverage, but administrators in the Social Security system and others began to focus on the idea of a program aimed at insuring Social Security beneficiaries whose numbers and needs were growing.

Lyndon B. Johnson, Democratic president, following up on the work of Harry S Truman, Democratic president, and providing health care security to our senior citizens.
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Reposted from I Vote for Democrats by Mets102

Commissioned by TIME Magazine. Consists of 12,680 individual characters set in about 20 hours, or 10.5 characters per minute. Includes type from Obama's campaign and branding: Gotham, Knockout No. 48, Gill Sans, and Perpetua.

This was featured on the Table of Contents page of the February 1st, 2010 edition of TIME Magazine.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

We have heard that a gazilion times, but the truth is when you are trying to make a point or change someone's mind, using a picture or graphic can be an invaluable tool. Going into the election, I think having facts at our fingertips when discussing the issues with friends, family and acquaintances is crucial, so I have compiled some basic and some fancy schmancy info-graphics and charts for you to save and share. Many of the articles attached to these have valuable information, so be sure to click the links!!
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Reposted from marzook by Onomastic

Just got a letter from my insurer saying as of aug. 1 my birth control will be free.

Dear Member,
As part of Health Care Reform, effective August 1, 2012, there will be a number of contraceptives availab le to you  for $0 cost share. Please see the list on the bck of this letter to find a current listing of the contrceptives available to you for a $0 cost share.
It's an extensive list, six name brands, 15 generics (including mine) three emergency contraceptives (cue sound of evangelical gnashing of teeth) and three diaphragms..No doubt the rightwing noise machine and the catholic church that i "fell away from" like 30 years ago, will see this as a sure sign of the coming socialist armageddon, but i have a different take (over the squiggle,) and i wonder how many others will feel the same?

What will you do with your FREE birth controL?

50%11 votes
4%1 votes
45%10 votes

| 22 votes | Vote | Results

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Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM PDT

Wowie! Zowie! Time for Ka-Powie!

by Crashing Vor

Reposted from Crashing Vor by Onomastic

Thanks in large part to your efforts, the latest ad, "Wink," has gotten more than 11,000 views in a bit over three days, the first of any of my vids to break 10K.

The speed of its spread suggests it has the capacity to go much farther, something many here have cheered on.

So, I'm here with hat in hand, beggin' for yer clicks.

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Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM PDT

Obama Nightly News - Thursday's Edition

by askew

Reposted from askew by Mets102
Welcome !!! The purpose of this regular series is to promote enthusiasm and action among Daily Kos members. Willard will likely outraise President Obama. However, we believe that we can still win if (1) we can remain competitive financially and (2) we volunteer more (GOTV, canvassing, phonebanking, LTE, ...) .
I am excited to join this group to raise awareness of what DK posters can do to help get President Obama re-elected. Below is a round-up of today's news about the Obama re-elect/Obama administration and ways we can pitch in and help.
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Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 06:38 PM PDT

ObamaNightlyNews: Inaugural Edition

by TomP

Reposted from TomP by Mets102

This is the inaugural edition of a new series, the Obama Nightly News.   This afternoon, I wrote a diary about the fundraising disparity between Romney and Obama last month, about $35M for Romney: Romney Out Fundraising Obama: Time For All Of Us To Give.

In it, I talked about the need for creating enthusiasm here for the campaign, and suggested this series, which is modeled in part on a series from 2007:

In the 2007-08 election cycle, I particpated in a series called EENR.

The Edwards Evening News Roundup debuted on April 4, 2007 and ended the night that John Edwards suspended his campaign, January 30, 2008.

Icebergslim did a weekly Obama News Roundup.  I'd like to start an Obama Nightly News Roundup (some former members of EENR may faint).  I'll kosmail iceberg about it.  I'd really like her to be part of it.  If anyone is interested in helping, let me know in the comments or by kosmail.  Bluntly put, we need to create enthusiasm here for Obama. I really believe this is the most important election since 1932 or 1896.  And I think the community created by such a series can help.  

As it turned out, icebergslim is to busy to help, but I found several others who want to do it with me.  So I created this group:


(All the letters are run together because the KosSystem kept telling me I could not create a group with a space at the beginning or end.  It let me, however, and now there are two.  The one that is real is ObamaNightlyNews)

This series will be about the news of the day regarding the Obama campaign.  My hope is that a community will grow and we can help raise money, spirits, and volunteer hours in support of the Obama campaign.  Enthusiasm is as important as the other two things.  

We're still working out the group.  It is a community diary and I ask that folks not to start flame wars.  There are folks alienated who reject the President or won't help.  That's ok.  They have that right.  I ask that folks disagree civilly and move on.  No need to try to convince folks who don't want to be convinced.  Instead, let's create a community that is positive.  We can smash Romney and explain why we think the President should be re-elected.  

Like most communities, this one will grow and change.  I hope there is a vibrant community here when people start looking at political blogs in the fall and, hopefully, coming to support Obama.  If we build it, it will be here when they come.  :-)  

Here is the initial schedule.  If you want to write a diary, let the group or me know.  I (and others) can fill in for the blank spots until we get a full roster.  We also will have relief diarists when regulars can't do it.  The more diarists with their own point of view, the better.  This is about building support and enthusiasm for the President's re-election.

Sunday:  Open
Monday: TomP
Tuesday: Open
Wednesday: Blue Jersey Mom
Thursday: Askew
Friday: Webranding
Saturday: Open

Contact us if you want to do a day regularly or just once.  

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Reposted from Olympia by Mets102

Blackwaterdog and John Cole of Balloon Juice have both posted articles that deserve to be read/viewed and passed along.  

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Reposted from I Vote for Democrats by Mets102

What kind of Democrats are the most feared by Republicans? The ones that know the importance of getting out the vote, of course! What could be more dangerous to Republican candidates than liberals and progressives talking about what they are most passionate about, sharing the truth about taxes, civil rights, the environment, etc. and then encouraging people to vote? Even though November 6th is over four months away, now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to help GOTV.

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Reposted from TomP by Mets102

A good new ad running in battleground states:

I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message (shows Obama walking at White House)

Running for governor, Mitt Romney campaigned as a job creator.

["2002" on screen]

Romney: "I know how jobs are created."

But as a corporate raider, he shipped jobs to China and Mexico.

As governor, he did the same thing.

Outsourcing state jobs to India.

Now he's making the exact same pitch.

Romney: "I know why jobs come and why they go."

Outsourcing Jobs.  

Romneyeconomics.  It didn't work then; it won't work now.


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Reposted from Ian Reifowitz by Mets102

In Barack Obama: The Story, the new biography by David Maraniss, there appear some new details that even go further in corroborating President Obama's birth in Hawaii in 1961.

For some, the long form birth certificate wasn't enough. Neither was the birth announcement placed in both of Hawaii's newspapers, or any other amount of evidence.

Yes, I'm talking to you, Mr. Trump. And, for the record, you should be ashamed of yourself, Mitt Romney, for associating yourself with this man and his race-baiting birther hate.

What's the new evidence? Maraniss offers a letter (the link is to a CNN article that discusses it)--written by Honolulu journalist Barbara Czurles to her father in Buffalo, NY, in which she notes being told by obstetrician Dr. Rodney West that: "Stanley had a baby." Of course, Stanley refers to Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

But, alas, even this letter is all part of the grand conspiracy to place a foreign-born, Manchurian Candidate in the White House. The doctor was in on it, see? Yeah, that's right, all part of the scheme.

Sometimes we have to laugh at birtherism. But it's not a joke. It's reflective of a broad push to "other" the first African-American president, to define him as "not American." Birtherism both reflects and fuels not only racism but a dangerous nativism that rejects the pluralistic, inclusive, yet unified conception of American national identity that so many of us do embrace, a conception at the heart of Obama's life story and his public rhetoric.

One central theme of my book is the clash between Obama's vision of Americanness and the exclusionist vision on the right, one that defines Americanness as something that belongs only to "real" Americans.

Certainly, not all conservatives are birthers or even engage in exclusionary rhetoric. Nevertheless, exclusionism is without question one of the key strategies motivating contemporary conservatism.

That is no joke.

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Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM PDT

Why I Vote For Democrats: Nancy Pelosi

by JanF

Reposted from I Vote for Democrats by Mets102

June 9th was the anniversary of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's 25th year in Congress.

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) is the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives and served as the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. She was the first woman to hold the office and to date, has been the highest-ranking female politician in American history.

Once and Future Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
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Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM PDT

Better Than the Best Republicans

by kirbybruno

Reposted from kirbybruno! by Mets102

So yesterday the kerfuffle du jour was to vote or not to vote for Bob Kerrey which of course led to a bigger of discussion of whether or not to vote for "bad" Democrats. Which then of course leads into the discussion of what is the goal of this site, and how it relates to the Democratic Party and I read some very opposing views on that. Well, this morning I was listening to yeserday's The Majority Report with Sam Seder, and he happened to be running an interview that he did with Markos at Netroots Nation last week and I found it very helpful and interesting. I have directly quoted key points, but I don't have time to transcribe the whole conversation.  It is in the members only segment so you have to join to hear it, but it is a great show so there is no risk there. ;)

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