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Chart: Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever


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Kit
- 616 days ago - motherjones.com
Fake birth certificates, ghostwriters, teleprompters, a teenage trip to Mars, and more of the most paranoid and bizarro Obama conspiracy theories out there.



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Kit B. (277)
Friday November 2, 2012, 3:28 pm
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Disclaimer: It should go without saying that none of these are true. Follow links at your own risk.


Obama is a secret Muslim: This one began right after he took the stage at the 2004 Democratic convention, with chain emails alleging his "true" religious affiliation. The rumor soon found its way onto the popular conservative online forum Free Republic, and took on a whole new life in the years to come. Related: Obama secretly speaks Arabic, attended a madrassa as a kid in Indonesia, referred to "my Muslim faith" in an interview, and was sworn in on a Koran.

Obama's bringing 100 million Muslims to America: Avi Lipkin and his PR outfit Special Guests claimed to have evidence of a scheme to bring roughly 100 million Muslims from the Middle East into the United States, converting the country into an Islamic nation by the end of Obama's second term and making it easier to obliterate Israel.

Obama once aided the mujahideen: Harlem pastor and professional race-baiter James David Manning contended that in his younger days, Obama went undercover as a CIA agent to facilitate the transfer of cash and weapons to the Afghan mujahideen in the '80s, thereby aiding what would become the Taliban.

Obama is in the pocket of the Muslim Brotherhood: Billy Graham's son Franklin wants you to know that Obama is allowing the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the federal government.

Obama redecorated the Oval Office in Middle Eastern style: Driven by his fierce sense of anti-American interior design, Obama got rid of the red, white, and blue decoration scheme in his White House office.

Obama married a Pakistani guy: World Net Daily correspondent and conspiracymonger extraordinaire Jerome Corsi posted a video in which he claimed to have "strong" evidence that Obama was once married to his college roommate from Pakistan. The smoking gun: Photos of the chums in which the future president is "sitting about on the [Pakistani roommate's] lap." Related: For years Obama wore a gold ring on his left hand. Was it his gay-wedding ring?

Obama's ring has a Koranic verse on it: The very same ring is allegedly emblazoned with a key phrase in the Islamic declaration of faith: "There is no god except Allah." (It's not.)

Obama was funded by a Saudi prince: Another fairy tale courtesy of Corsi: In late-'70s Chicago, Obama secured political and academic funding from a variety of sketchy Arab sponsors, including a Saudi prince. Which may explain why President Obama bowed to the Saudi king.

Obama was born in Kenya: In early 2008, fringe theorists began a push to prove Obama was born on foreign soil and was therefore ineligible to live in the White House. The theory gained national attention thanks to the efforts of perennial GOP candidate Alan Keyes, "birther queen" Orly Taitz, and Corsi. Related: Obama's birth certificate is a fake, he killed his grandmother in Hawaii because she knew the truth, sealed access to his birth certificate and other damning documents, and did pretty much everything horrible you could possibly do for the sake of a phony birth certificate.

Obama lost his US citizenship: According to Corsi, Obama became an citizen of Indonesia while he lived there as a child.

Michelle's "whitey" tape: During the 2008 campaign, rumors surfaced that a video of Michelle Obama using the word "whitey" would be released to sink her husband's campaign. It's never materialized. Related: The time Glenn Beck called Barack Obama a racist.

Obama was a Black Panther: Well, only if you're not very good at spotting photoshopped images.

Obama is the son of Malcolm X: Because, you know, black people. This charmer popped up on Atlas Shrugged, Pamela Geller's anti-Muslim website. (Geller is also known for obsessing over Shariah turkeys she believes are destroying Thanksgiving.)

Obama is the son of Frank Marshall Davis: The conspiracy film Dreams From My Real Father espouses the theory that Davis, a leftist activist, was not only Obama's ideological mentor but his biological father. Related: Obama got a nose job to make his nose look less like Davis'.

Obama's mom and dad were communists: And you know that communism is an inherited condition.

Obama's ghostwriter was Bill Ayers: Conservative commentators claimed they uncovered evidence that ex-Weatherman Bill Ayers was the true author of Obama's 1995 memoir Dreams from my Father. Former Republican congressman Chris Cannon of Utah went as far as to try to commission an Oxford professor to confirm Ayers' authorship through computer analysis.

Obama trained to overthrow the government: In 2008, leading Obama conspiracy theorist Andy Martin declared on Fox News' Hannity's America that the then-presidential candidate had trained for "a radical overthrow of the government" during his time as a community organizer in Chicago.

Obama wouldn't say the Pledge of Allegiance: During the '08 campaign, Obama was rumored to have refused to say the pledge during a town hall meeting. A photo of the incident was actually taken while the national anthem was being sung.

Obama removed the flag from Air Force One: …and replaced it with his campaign logo.

Obama ordered soldiers to swear allegiance to him: In April 2009, a clearly satirical report detailing how secretary of defense Robert Gates was growing "extremely frustrated" with the White House's plans to scrub the Constitution from the military oath of loyalty made the rounds on the right-wing blogosphere.

Obama secretly gave away American islands to Russia: Texas House candidate Wes Riddle endorsed this theory and noted the relinquishment as grounds for impeachment. However, the seven Arctic islands were actually given away in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.

Obama caused the recession—in 1995: According to a recent Daily Caller story, Obama's efforts to force banks to lend to African Americans in the mid-'90s led to the subprime mortgage crisis that killed the economy in 2008.

Obama's youth reeducation camps: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) warned that "young people will be put into mandatory service" at politically correct, billion-dollar camps run by the Democrats.

Obama's coming for your guns: Extreme gun-rights outfits, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), alleged that the Obama administration is supporting the (nonexistent) United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which would lead to nationwide gun confiscation.

Obama's coming for your gold: This theory was floated by Glenn Beck—and the gold company he shilled for.

Obama is planning FEMA concentration camps: Again with the camps. This theory got a big boost from Glenn Beck (who claims he didn't mean anything by it). Related: An executive order titled, "National Defense Resources Preparedness," was issued in the middle of March 2012. Conservative commentators saw it as a martial law power-grab that allowed the president to commandeer farmland, steal everyone's food, and draft any American into slave labor for a war of aggression against Iran. Also, he has a "secret vault" at Interpol's headquarters for imprisoning Americans. (Chuck Norris is on the case.)

Obama wants to confiscate your IRA: Townhall.com sent out an message ad claiming that Obama wants to seize your retirement account by force.

Obama caused the BP oil spill: Conspiracy-minded radio host Alex Jones promoted the theory that the Deepwater Horizon spill was all part of the administration's plans of oil nationalization and global government.

Obama was behind the Aurora massacre: In July, Gun Owners of America blasted out a press release claiming that the mass murder at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, was suspiciously timed. "Someone in Washington" was probably behind it, paving the way for Obama-led firearm confiscation and "government genocide."

Obama personally caused Hurricane Sandy: It wasn’t global warming that made Sandy so intense; it was Barack. Alex Jones' site reported the president engineered the storm using a Pentagon weather modification project. The mayhem caused by the hurricane would afford Obama the opportunity to score points by briskly managing disaster relief a week before the election.

Obama had Andrew Breitbart killed: In March 2012, conservative media impresario Andrew Breitbart died of heart failure. Less than a month prior to his death, he had announced that he had uncovered footage of Obama's formative years as a radical. So obviously, Obama had him offed. (The tapes were later revealed to contain things like a young Obama hugging a black college professor.) Related: People—like a Rod Blagojevich fundraiser and an Obama impersonator—died between 2008 and 2012. Obama was in office between 2008 and 2012…coincidence?!?!

Obama spiked the jobs report: "Jobs truthers" (like former GE CEO Jack Welch and Florida tea party congressman Allen West) accused the Obama administration of cooking the September unemployment numbers to manufacture a rosier picture of the economy and boost the president's chances of reelection.

Obama faked bin Laden's death: Since no photographs of Osama bin Laden's corpse were produced, the Al Qaeda leader must still be out there. Fox News' Steve Doocy and Andrew Napolitano entertained the idea that Operation Neptune Spear was merely a ploy to revive Obama's sagging approval ratings. Related: Obama was photoshopped into the iconic killing-OBL White House photo.

Obama's plan to fake an assassination attempt: A false-flag operation would create urban tumult and give Obama the pretext to declare martial law, thus suspending democracy, postponing the 2012 election, and prolonging his stay in office. The theory was flagged by Tenn. State Rep. Kelly Keisling, among others, after circulating online.


Obama the brainwashing hypnotist: As a master of neurolinguistic programming, Obama convinced Americans to vote for him via subliminal messages. Related: Rush Limbaugh pondered if hypnosis was the reason that so many Jewish voters were in the bag for Obama.

Obama's teleprompter: Obama's eloquence is a myth! The 44th president is incapable of speaking in public with his teleprompter.

Obama had a ghostwriter for everything: Jack Cashill over at WND had a hot scoop on how Obama's love letters to his college girlfriend were ghostwritten.

Obama's anti-Semitic poetry: However, according to the American Thinker, Obama's ghostwriters did not write his youthful poem "Underground," which compares Jews to fig-eating underwater apes and echoes Koranic verse.

Obama's exiled lover: Obama was supposedly fooling around with an attractive young staffer from his 2004 Senate campaign. Michelle Obama had the temptress packed off to the Caribbean before the '08 campaign.

Obama is gay: Which explains why he joined Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church. No, really. (Via Corsi, of course.)

Obama's crack cocaine/gay sex/murder orgy cover-up: In 2008, a small-time conman named Larry Sinclair and his kilt-wearing lawyer held a press conference to tell the world of the future president's murderous, drug-and-sodomy-fueled crimes.

Obama's campaigns were funded by drug money: During an October conference call organized to oppose pot legalization, a writer from Lyndon LaRouche's magazine asked about "reports [that both Obama's] 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns have been financed in part by laundered drug money."


Obama is the Antichrist: Obviously. Related: If you play his 2008 Democratic nomination acceptance speech backwards, you can hear him instruct listeners to do Satan's bidding.

Obama is a lizard overlord: According to codes hidden in Biblical verse, Obama is a reptilian humanoid. This idea has found its way on to some right-wing radio shows, and two Daily Caller reporters recently published a (satirical?) e-book on the topic titled, The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer.

Obama's adventures on Mars: As a teen, Obama participated in a CIA initiative to teleport to Mars using a top-secret "jump room." Self-described time travelers William Stillings and Andrew Basiago claim to have met the future POTUS at American space bases on the Red Planet. In early 2012, a spokesman for the National Security Council actually acknowledged these claims, and issued a fairly convincing denial.
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Joanne Dixon (35)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:10 pm
Thank you, Kit. Glad you posted this hours before I could have;gives more people a chance to see it. I loved this line: "Barack Obama's presidency has been an inspiration to many Americans—especially nutjobs."
 

Yvonne White (231)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:30 pm
LOL! I thought Obama was Jewish, because everyone expected him to be the Second Coming!;) ..And they call us 9/11 Truthers conspiracy theorists..*heavy sigh*
 

Dee C. (214)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:33 pm
It's both sad and laughable..

Thanks Kit..
 

Michela m. (3801)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:37 pm
Is there someone that HONESTLY

trusts Romney?

EXCEPT - probably - for his wife??
 

Michela m. (3801)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:38 pm
OBAMA: Asking to wait more time to SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS the US HAVE
& HAD when HE was ELECTED
is REALISTIC

EXPECTING to HAVE ALL THE PROBLEM the US HAD before HIS ELECTION
IS NOT REALISTIC!!!!!!! He is only a Politician, and a good Politician, NOT A SAINT THAT CAN MAKE MIRACLES!!!!!!! To SOLVE ALL PREVIOUS American problems that he was facing when just elected This NEEDED SOMEONE CAPABLE TO DO MIRACLES, not Politics!!!!! ABOVE ALL BECAUSE HE GOT TOO MANY INTERFERENCES BY THE RIGHT representatives (CORPORATIONS POWER!!!!!!).
 

pam w. (191)
Friday November 2, 2012, 4:54 pm
Putting them all together is powerful, isn;t it?

What's truly disgusting is how many people want these to be true.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday November 2, 2012, 5:00 pm

Well....Yvonne, I don't think I've been accused of saying you were sane, funny - but sane?

"Don't Worry Be Happy" Right now the numbers look good for Obama, not as good for R&R.

I have voted - have you? Get out there and Vote - your voice only counts if you use it with a VOTE!

Obama/Biden - 2012 --->FORWARD------> Let's get this done!
 

Robert B. (57)
Friday November 2, 2012, 5:19 pm
It's incredible how having a black president has just sent the bigots running in circles and frothing at the mouth. Let's hope after the Obama victory they will all go back to their cesspools and leave us alone.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday November 2, 2012, 6:05 pm
Exactly, Robert---and what's even MORE odd is that......his mother was white! His loving grandparents were white!

150 years ago, in the south....there were people who kept track of these things...you were a mulatto or a quadroon or an octaroon....etc, etc, etc.

Utterly ridiculous! Unfortunately, it seems some people still care about this garbage. Instead of celebrating his mixed heritage, knowing that living outside the US will give him increased perspective and wisdom.....these bigots claim he MUST be a Muslim or he MUST be this or that....blah, blah, blah.

How can anyone with a BRAIN believe this crap?
 

Cynthia Davis (339)
Friday November 2, 2012, 6:35 pm
That's just it Pam.....They don't have a brain. The Church and Fox news does their thinking for them.

They forgot he's ruining Christmas......and renamed the Christmas tree to the holiday tree.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday November 2, 2012, 7:02 pm
Hilarious! Thx Kit, Frankly, I am undecided which one is my favorite... Isn't it just great what an incredible genius the US have as president! But I do fully realise the sad truth and shame behind all this. Nevertheless had a good laugh!
 

Michael Carney (206)
Friday November 2, 2012, 8:15 pm
lol I thought I had heard most of this craziness, but somehow, I missed his trip to Mars...lol Mars for Gods sake? lol What disturbs me, is that there are Millions of people in this Country, that actually believe this nonsense... And even sadder, is that in this year of 2012, there are Millions of people who won't vote for the President, and the only reason they won't vote for him, is the color of his skin...How can people be so sick? Yet, these same people, will vote for a guy who's religion includes "Magic Underwear", and the Planet Kolob...Man, to quote Don King, "Only In America" lol
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday November 2, 2012, 9:33 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

JL A. (274)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:05 pm
Should've guessed you were who had posted it first!! Thanks.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:29 pm
Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 2, 2012, 10:37 pm
Go Obama
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday November 2, 2012, 11:28 pm
If only the creators of these conspiracy theories would use their fertile minds to do something positive...
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:21 am
Barack Obama is the only president in the history of our country with something to hide. How do we know this? He began scrubbing the internet of his past and not only his but Michelle's past. Only a person with something to hide spends millions of dollars to wipe the internet of personal information.

The liberals can say that people who question why Obama did this are conspiracy seekers but what we know is that Obama is responsible for his own actions.

Our country made a huge mistake when they elected Obama in 2008. Americans knew nothing about Obama except what he wanted us to know about him in his two books. He force fed the liberals and they swallowed what he served them.

Obama stood before you as a man who never held a meaningful job in his life. Yet you voted for him. You voted for him knowing that as a senator he voted over 100 times "present." Why did he do that? Do you think he didn't want to leave behind who he really is?

The republicans are doing something positive. We have been dedicated to bringing the truth to Americans and the truth is that Obama wasn't qualified to run a small company much less a country. And it shows...
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:30 am
If only the spreaders of these conspiracy theories would use their fertile minds to do something positive...
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:02 am
No conspiracy theories here, Susanne. Obama sealed all of his records. He can't blame that on George Bush.

 

TomCat S. (287)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:59 am
I can describe the person who made that chart in one word.... tired.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 8:26 am


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” –Oscar Wilde

The sad thing about this article is that it is true. No one, not even the President of the United States can "scrub" the Internet". I'm embarrassed for you, Diane. Silly and foolish.

Q: Are Obama’s early records “sealed”?

A: No. Many records that presidential candidates don’t ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not “sealed” by a court. The 16 claims in a widely distributed graphic are mostly false or distorted.

Nothing ‘Sealed’


The idea that any Obama record is “sealed” is a falsehood, to start. The word “sealed” when applied to documents ordinarily refers to records that would normally be public, but that a judge has ruled cannot be released without the court’s permission. Common examples of truly “sealed” documents include records of crimes committed as a juvenile or records of adoptions. None of the claims in this message refers to records actually “sealed” in that usual sense.

In some cases, the records this screed claims are “sealed” are actually public, and open for anyone to see. Other supposedly “sealed” records are normally private documents that Obama hasn't released — and that other presidential candidates haven’t released either.

So as with earlier versions, this is little more than an attempt to raise suspicions by asking for records that aren't ordinarily made public, without any evidence that those records contain anything derogatory. We’ll take the claims and questions in the order they appear.

■ Claims #1, 2 and 4, college records. Obama’s college records are not “sealed” by a court order, as this graphic would have you believe. It would be illegal under federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) for Occidental, Columbia or Harvard Law School to give any former student’s records to reporters or members of the public without that person’s specific, written permission. Obama hasn't released them, but neither have other presidential candidates released their college records. George W. Bush’s grades at Yale eventually became public, but only because somebody leaked them to the New Yorker magazine. Bush himself refused to release them, according to a 1999 profile in the Washington Post.

■Claim #3, thesis paper. Obama did write a paper on nuclear disarmament for an honors course in American foreign policy during his senior year, but it wasn't the sort of “thesis” that some colleges require for graduation and keep on file in their libraries, like those that Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama released. During the 2008 campaign, reporters were told that Columbia had not retained a copy of Obama’s 1983 paper, and that Obama didn't have a copy, either. NBC News contacted his former professor, Michael Baron, who said he looked for his copy but couldn't find it, and thought he probably tossed it out eight years earlier in a move.

NBC quoted Baron as saying the paper likely would have disappointed Obama’s critics. “The course was not a polemical course, it was a course in decision making and how decisions got made,” Baron told NBC. “None of the papers in the class were controversial.”

■Claim #5, Selective Service registration. Obama’s Selective Service registration is public. A copy has been posted publicly, and the Selective Service confirmed that Obama registered for the draft on Sept. 4, 1980, and was given registration number 61-1125539-1.

Worth noting is that nobody in the U.S. has been drafted for military service since 1972, the year Obama turned 11. Obama, like other young men turning age 18 since then, was required to register on a standby basis, in case Congress ever resumes an active military draft. Failure to register is technically a crime, and disqualifies a man for federal student aid or from holding certain federal jobs.

■Claim #6, medical records. During the 2008 campaign, Obama released summary medical information from his personal physician, who pronounced him to be in “excellent health” with routine test results for such things as cholesterol all within normal levels. (McCain, who is a cancer survivor and was 71 at the time, let reporters see his records for three hours to show he was cancer-free.)

Since taking office, Obama has followed the practice of earlier presidents. He released results of his first “periodic” physical exam on Feb. 28, 2010. Results of his second “periodic” exam were released Oct. 31, 2011. His physician described him as being “in excellent health and ‘fit for duty.’”

■Claims #7 and 8, Illinois state Senate records. Obama’s voting record in the Illinois state Senate is a matter of public record, and about as far from being “sealed” as one can imagine. Reporters extensively went over his votes in 2008. Transcripts of Senate debates in which Obama took part while in office (1997 – 2004) can even be found online, at the website of the Illinois General Assembly.

Obama’s personal appointment calendar as a state senator may still be private — if it still exists — but we've seen nothing to suggest that would add much to what is already public. As president, Obama has released records of visitors to the White House (2.4 million so far). There are some exceptions. Personal information about visitors, such as Social Security numbers are not released. And there’s an exemption for “particularly sensitive” information, which might include a visit by a potential Supreme Court nominee, for example. But that’s still more disclosure than any previous president has made, by far.
■Claim #9, law firm clients. It’s true that Obama has not released a list of the 30 or so clients for whom he worked personally while he was a lawyer with the firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Gallard in Illinois. He did routinely disclose the law firm’s entire client list while he was in the state Senate, however. And his campaign confirmed in 2008 several specific clients that Obama represented personally, when reporters asked about them. For example, he once represented the liberal group ACORN in a 1995 lawsuit against the state of Illinois, to make voter registration easier.

■Claims #10 and 11, birth certificates. The claim that Obama’s birth certificate is “sealed” is pure nonsense. Copies of both the so-called “short” and “long” certificates have been released, and state officials in Hawaii have said repeatedly that Obama was born there in 1961 and is a “natural born American citizen.”
****Fact Check.org/ a non-partisan fact checking group under the auspicious of the Annenberg Foundation.

Of course, this goes on with all the crazy claims - not one is true, but those who wish to believe nonsense will and no amount of actual fact will ever change their thinking.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:25 am
Thank you for this post Kit. I think you have said it all above with the claims and questions.
I have never really realized how many nutjobs were out there!!!!!
 

Dave C. (209)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:52 am
when you live with greed and fear you will make up any excuse to justify your opinion........
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:59 am
I've been having a disagreement with a friend who thinks that, since Obama isn't PERFECT....he'll vote for a third-party candidate!

I wish I could help him see that a vote for that third-party candidate is really a vote for Romney.

It's not a perfect world and there are no perfect candidates. But swallowing this BULLCRAP above to justify throwing away a vote is very, VERY sad.
 

Arielle S. (315)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 10:04 am
Not many could or would stand the scrutiny Obama has been under for the past four years - and yet he has managed to handle it all with grace and dignity. And Kit, there are many things I love about you but a really important one is that you can back up your statements with facts - yes, facts, those strange, mysterious things that the GOP seem to know nothing about. A shower of stars for you, Kit (and most everyone else here, too)
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:17 am
Pam W.-I was thinking exactly that way myself and have been trying to convince others here. But lately I was assured that so many rethugliCon voters-to be have also WITHDRAWN from that insane turn the party has taken and will NOT vote right wing. There are suggestions that these votes deducted will outnumber those missing for Dems by voting 3rd party. I sure hope this is true as after all the wide disagreement with war and drone politics of the Dems cannot be denied either.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:23 am
Arielle's statement above is worth emphasizing, Kit is indeed an excellent researcher and NEVER posts anything not double checked and factual.
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:53 am
The scrutiny Obama has been under? Spare me, please. Obama is being judged for his own decisions and for "leading from behind." We only need to look at the Benghazi situation to know that Obama isn't capable, narcissists have issues, of stepping out and making a decision for fear he'll be wrong. So, what has he been doing for four years? He let Pelosi and Reid carry the entire burden of ObamaCare. When asked by them to make a hard decision he got up and walked out of the room. Obama isn't a decision maker....he plays defense...and not a good job at doing that.

I call Obama the "bandaid president." The bandaid is directly related to the taxpayer's money. When he doesn't know what to do he throws money at it and not just a little bit of money....he throws trillions. Only problem with that is that the problem keeps coming back to haunt him.

Barack Obama should've never been elected POTUS. The liberals elected him and he was a colossal dud. Watch him perform for re-election. He won't talk about the economy. The best he has to offer is a blame campaign, whining and complaining and running the nastiest campaign effort against his opponent that has not been seen before in the United States. Add to that his lackluster foreign affairs record and the blatant snubbing of Israel and you have before you.....a simple community organizer. Obama was never going to be more than that. The proof is before us.
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 11:55 am
Not only is Obama not perfect but he is incompetent. I would tell your friend who wants to vote the third party to go ahead and cast his/her vote. Your friend is among millions of Americans who are "done" with Obama's lack of leadership.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 12:03 pm

“The problem with common sense is that most people are morons.”
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 12:08 pm


Money can't buy happiness; it can, however, buy Romney and Ryan.

 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 12:11 pm
Obama has out raised every single presidential candidate TO DATE. Obama is the ultimate fund raiser, Kit, but then you know that. It bought Obama the presidency in 2008....think George Soros. So, please, before you give Romney a hit understand and acknowledge that you are supporting the largest fundraiser of all times.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 12:19 pm

I BELIEVE IN Obama? Here's a news flash for ya - Obama is a man, not a god. A man.

Unlike you who takes weird and strange quotes from his book (from numerous wacky web sites) I have read the book. You are so far out of your element.

Foresight is knowing when to shut your mouth before someone suggests it.
 

Stella Gamboni (17)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 12:41 pm
OMG!!! If only I'd known all this *before* I voted for him last week!

[Note to some posters: As they say, "You're entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts." He scrubbed the internet of his past??? Fund raising? Check out http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/index.php#out for the detail and the facts. The "Republicans are doing something positive"(?) when for four years they voted against every jobs bill or economic program that could benefit the economy (including those that they had originally initiated) just to impede Obama and try to prevent his re-election? These are people who for four years have put politics ahead of the welfare of the country and expect to be rewarded by having us vote for them? Not in my lifetime.]
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:28 pm
Yes Kit, some expect other women to treat men as gods--never sure whether it is because they themselves do or not. There are hints at that expectation in the GOP's war on women statements at times. However, I keep remembering cases where husbands set their wives up prior to surprise divorces. One politically connected husband set his wife up to be perceived as delusional by publicly claiming to believe things that had been proven to be untrue or were provably untrue. Documentation of such delusions were used by an attorney friend for an involuntary commitment for a mental evaluation. During that hold, he filed for divorce. That hold became the grounds to fight for sole custody (unfit mother grounds) since the new wife he's picked out couldn't have children.

I always hate it when people are suckered into believing falsehoods and because they trusted someone so much they cannot bring themselves to accept the facts that renders them false and become increasingly defensive and dysfunctional in relating to others the more they are confronted with the facts (this scenario can lead to at least unwarranted disrespect if not far worse).
 

jan b. (3)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:28 pm
The strangest ones are the die-hard republicans that do or die will hold their nose and vote for Romney. He's about the WORST candidate since Palin.
The strangest accusation yet still isn't the "birth certficate".....It's calling Obama a muslim. Drinking alcohol and smoking are sins in Islam that's a known fact. So Obama smoked pot in college, he smoked cigarettes up until a short while ago, he drinks beer, and he let's his wife wear shorts and sleeveless dresses. Now if he was a muslim.... they would throw him out with the dishwater.
 

jan b. (3)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:31 pm
Thank God for Buffet and Geo Soros or I would lose complete respect for billionaires. The Kochs who fund the teabaggers i.e Koch Industries' units have stolen oil from federal lands, rigged prices with competitors, paid bribes to win contracts in six countries, sold oil equipment to Iran despite a U.S. ban, brothers Charles and David Koch have relentlessly pushed for less government regulation cause they have been charged with releasing tons of cancer-causing benzene into the atmosphere and have had five criminal convictions in the U.S. and Canada
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:34 pm
janice, that would be your own personal opinion about Romney. The fact that he has tremendously more experience than Obama such as being a governor and an astute businessman separates him from Obama....who never had a meaningful job in his entire life. There's a huge difference in the experience area.

I believe Mitt Romney will rescue our country. I don't believe he'll be a perfect President. We haven't had a perfect president in the history of our country. What I do know is that having experience in governing as Mitt has will give our country far more than what Obama delivered. Mitt is a good man. He has a strong faith in God unlike Obama who sat in Rev Wright's racist church for 20 years.

 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 3:36 pm

I fear something far worse than being tossed out with dishwater would be in the future of a Muslim who was openly drinking. Smoking is not directly forbidden by the Qur'an, but is considered to be against the will of Allah.

It's interesting how many women will vote in direct contrast to their own well being.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:08 pm
You cannot currently send a star to janice because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:14 pm

I know that feeling J L - I think I gave out most this week on the petition site.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:19 pm
Sorry but I felt the need to repeat this right now,
Kit B. (296)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 8:26 am

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” –Oscar Wilde
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:26 pm

Yep, one can always depend on Oscar Wilde for a good sarcastic, witty comment.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:27 pm
You are right Angelika--Kit contributes a huge amount to the Care2 community and enhances the value of the site experience for the majority of members who participate, most of whom display appropriate respect and appreciation for Kit's exceptional research and factual accuracy skills.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:32 pm
Diane, I have a nice little article here for you I'm encouraging you to read:" Non-Kenyan White Men for Romney"
(http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/non-kenyan_white_men_for_romney_20121102/)
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:35 pm

That's from many professors with rigorous demands for fully researched articles or papers. With the advent of the Internet anyone can do what I do, I think back to all those hours in libraries, life is much faster now.

Thank you, Angelika and J L, she said blushing!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:37 pm
Kit, Robert Scheer isn't doing bad either :-) not on that one..
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:48 pm

I'm laughing out loud - think I scared the kitties - Angelika that is just great! Thanks Robert Scheer for a fantastic article. Not a surprise that was on Truth dig. I expect if I check Truthout it might be there as well.


If Romney would just commit to granting all of us the same deal that he gets from his hedge fund and capital gains tax breaks and offshore accounts, I might be tempted to join the ranks of terminally shortsighted white males who seemed poised to vote him into office. Of course, he has to make good on his promise in Florida that none of us senior citizens will ever lose a penny of what the GOP denigrates as our retirement “entitlements,” and that all of his anti-socialist budget balancing cuts will be exclusively at the expense of younger folks. It’s only socialism when government benefits are extended to people other than us.

I am down with the tea party types who demand that the government keep its clammy hands off our Social Security and Medicare programs. Yes, as long as Medicare remains a for-profit, free-market program, we seniors won’t have to contend with death panels like under Obamacare. What we need instead of that socialist claptrap with which Obama has enslaved us is the insurance coverage that Romney required people in Massachusetts to purchase.

Oh yes, true Obamacare is exactly modeled on Romneycare, but just consider the source. When Romney mandated that citizens in his state be required to buy health insurance, it was an extension of the free market. But when Obama gets the same requirement passed for the rest of us, you just know how dark his motives are. At least we non-Kenyan white males do.
*****
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:50 pm
Thanks for the Scheer article link Angelika--reading it was (forgive the pun) sheer pleasure!
 

Diane O. (149)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 4:56 pm
Angelica, I'm not a racist and I'm not a race baiter. It doesn't matter to me if a person is black, white, yellow, red or green. I judge a person by their character. So, I'll leave the link you provided for any racists among us.

RomneyCare worked in Massachusetts until the liberal governor came in and opened it up to the illegals in their state. Now they are nearly bankrupt. Because you see, healthcare is never "free." The taxpayers pay for it and it has now drained the state. It wasn't meant to cover illegals.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:04 pm

".....opened it up to the illegals in their state..." Not a race baiter! Because it so much cheaper to have the taxpayers pay for a visit to the Emergency Room.

That just might be a liberal article...so I must save my precious eyes.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:05 pm
The actual facts on Massachusettes health care (not a budget breaker):

Addressing Health Care Costs
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Governor Patrick FY 2013 Budget Recommendation:
Issues in Brief
Deval L. Patrick, Governor
Timothy P. Murray, Lt. Governor


The Commonwealth is a national leader in ensuring access to health insurance. More than 98% of residents have coverage, the highest rate in the nation with nearly all children (99.8%) and seniors (99.6%) insured. This state has been a model for the nation in expanding access to health care services, and now it is taking the lead in controlling costs and improving quality through payment and delivery system reform initiatives.

Title: Insurance Coverage in Massachusetts - Description: This chart shows the percent of insurance coverage for children and total population from 2008 to 2010.
Source: Division of Health Care Finance and Policy

The Patrick-Murray Administration has carefully managed the financing of health care reform. Independent, non-partisan analysis underscores that the incremental state costs of health care reform have been moderate and in line with original expectations. Despite this achievement, the total costs of state-subsidized and employee coverage create a difficult challenge for the Commonwealth. These costs are occupying an ever-increasing share of the state budget as state revenues have declined and the recession has increased demand for subsidized insurance.

From FY 2011 to FY 2012 average enrollment growth in state subsidized health care programs is estimated to increase over 4%, most notably due to the planned integration of the Aliens With Special Status (AWSS) population into the Commonwealth Care program (see section on Commonwealth Care). Health spending growth for the same period is estimated to be approximately 3.5%. Holding the average annual growth in state subsidized health care costs to 3.5% is a significant achievement. The historic rate of growth in state subsidized health care costs from FY 2008 to FY 2011 grew over 8%. As a result of this growth and declining state revenue, health care spending for subsidized and employee coverage programs now account for close to 41% of the state budget. Based on long term forecasts conducted by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, were health care costs to continue to grow at these historic rates, they would consume approximately 50% of state spending by 2020. Health care spending has crowded out key public investments that, among other things, likewise significantly impact the health and welfare of the people in the Commonwealth. The historic trends are also unsustainable for local governments, businesses and families, forcing all of these groups to make difficult choices between paying for health care and other areas of potential investment.

Description: Title: Health Care as % of State Budget - Description: This is a pie chart that breaks down health care spending relative to the overall operating budget. Health care spending, as it pertains to MassHealth (34.7%), Commonwealth Care (2.3%), and the Group Insurance Commission (4%) represents a total of 41% of the state budget.

Notes:

Spending for Medicaid and Commonwealth Care is not offset by Federal Matching Funds. In addition, Medicaid spending includes payments to Delivery System Transformation Initiative Payments to safety net hospitals.
Commonwealth Care spending includes the reintegration of the Aliens with Special Status into the Commonwealth Care program
GIC excludes municipalities which are included in the state’s appropriation but are reimbursed by cities and towns for their costs

Health Care Cost Containment Efforts and Progress to Date

The Patrick-Murray Administration has taken a number of steps to successfully control health care costs to date and it is working. The Administration is moving aggressively to reform the entire health care payment and delivery system to ensure that health care costs are sustainable for government, businesses and families over time. The successful cost containment initiatives implemented to date and planned for FY 2013 with respect to the Commonwealth’s subsidized and employee health insurance programs are described below.

In FY 2012, the Administration mitigated dramatic increases in health care costs, but also launched major reform initiatives. Government health care programs faced unprecedented challenges brought on by the impact from the economic recession that drove caseload to historic peaks and increases in health care program costs. Despite these cost pressures, Massachusetts achieved ground-breaking progress in health care cost containment. For many of the state’s health care programs – Massachusetts Medicaid program (MassHealth), Commonwealth Care, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC), Municipal Health, and the Medical Security Program (MSP) – the current FY 2012 budget reflects bold changes to achieve significant cost savings while providing continued access to coverage and high-quality care. These programs are on track to reach nearly over $900 M in savings in FY2012 and going forward. Below are just a few examples of our major achievements in FY 2012:

MassHealth – MassHealth is on track to achieve almost $588 M in savings through a variety of initiatives, including but not limited to rate restructuring, program integrity efforts, capitation cost control and payment strategies;
Municipal Health – Municipal health care reform, signed into law by Governor Patrick in July 2011, is already helping municipalities achieve significant savings. The nine communities that have completed the new reform process as of January 15, 2012, have collectively saved more than $30 M – putting this reform on track to far exceed the initial estimate of $100 M for FY 2012 and going forward in savings for local governments statewide;
Medical Security Plan – The competitive procurement for a new managed care insurance plan for unemployed individuals resulted in a 30% reduction in costs leading to a savings of $16 M in FY 2012 and an annual savings of $32 M;
Commonwealth Care – A competitive procurement that provided incentives for all MCOs to improve their cost structures by rewarding aggressive, lower bids with membership allowed the Connector to accommodate projected enrollment increase with a flat budget (saving the program from growing by $80-$100 M); and
Group Insurance Commission (GIC) – A new policy requiring employees to actively re-enroll in health insurance and incenting employees to switch to more cost effective limited network plans with three months premium holidays, led to $20-30 M in savings. In addition, GIC has seen utilization decline and has realized some savings related to that phenomenon in FY 2012.

Bending the Health Care Cost Curve

The Commonwealth will continue to face health care cost pressures in FY 2013. In the FY 2013 budget the Patrick-Murray Administration proposes a range of reforms that continue to reduce costs but maintain coverage and access to quality health care. From FY 2012 to FY 2013, the administration is limiting increases in health care spending growth for MassHealth, Commonwealth Care and GIC to an aggregate of 5.1%, even after taking into account significant enrollment growth. The budget summaries for major government health care entities are described below.

Title: Bending the Health Care Cost Curve - Description: This chart shows the trended rate of growth of health care using actuals from FY08 to FY11, and the offsets in savings for FY12 and FY13 projected. The chart shows a trendline that projects growth without savings and a trendline that projects growth savings. You see a reduction in growth trend after savings in FY12 and FY13.

Costs and savings pertain to MassHealth, Commonwealth Care and Bridge, and the Group Insurance Commission

MassHealth

MassHealth provides comprehensive health insurance to approximately 1.3 million low-income Massachusetts children, adults, seniors and people with disabilities. The Administration’s FY 2013 budget includes $10.951 B for MassHealth, allowing for approximately 5% spending growth from FY 2012 estimated spending to FY 2013. The Administration also plans to fund $186 M in incentive payments to hospitals under the Delivery System Transformation Initiative, with the federal government providing half of the revenue to support the initiative. (See section on “Build the Foundation for Payment and Delivery System Reform” for more information.)

Enrollment and utilization account for most of the projected spending in MassHealth and are sensitive to changes in the economic climate. The FY 2013 budget is primarily driven by program wide projected enrollment increase of 2.8% or 38,000 member months.

Title: MassHealth Expenditure and Enrollment Growth FY2008 - FY2013 - Description: This chart compares growth in spending from FY08 to FY13 to growth in enrollment in MassHealth.

In FY 2013, MassHealth plans to once again contain the growth in costs by using a variety of reforms and innovative management and contracting strategies and will also move aggressively on several initiatives aimed at transforming the delivery system and payment methods. MassHealth is also implementing a number of organizational and policy changes required for timely and effective implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act and to implement the delivery and payment system changes in the 1115 Medicaid Waiver.
Commonwealth Care

The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Health Connector) administers the Commonwealth Care program. In addition, for FY 2012 the Health Connector, along with the Executive Office of Administration and Finance and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, oversees the Commonwealth Care Bridge program. Commonwealth Care provides subsidized health insurance coverage for nearly 160,000 adults under 300% FPL that are not eligible for MassHealth and do not have access to adequately subsidized employer sponsored insurance. The Commonwealth Care Bridge program, which will end in FY 2012, covers approximately 13,400 legal immigrants that have not met their five year immigration status. Funding for these programs is made available through the Commonwealth Care Trust Fund (CCTF), which is supported by the general fund and other dedicated revenue sources such as the cigarette tax and fair share and individual mandate penalties.

On January 5, 2012, the Supreme Judicial Court held that the Massachusetts statute limiting the eligibility of many legal immigrants for Commonwealth Care violates the equal protection provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution. The Health Connector is now faced with the challenge of re-integrating the Aliens With Special Status (AWSS) population into the Commonwealth Care program. The Health Connector estimates that over 24,000 new members, in addition to the 13,400 currently enrolled in Commonwealth Care Bridge, will become eligible for the Commonwealth Care program as a result. This may add as much as an additional $150 M to the annual cost of covering the AWSS population above the current spending on Bridge. Cost increase will likely begin to take effect in FY 2012 as AWSS members are reintegrated into the program.

Despite the cost pressure, the Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to fully funding the re-integration of AWSS. In an effort to close the budget gap for both FY 2012 and FY 2013, the Health Connector is developing an aggressive cost containment plan for Commonwealth Care focused on procurement savings and other reforms. The Health Connector’s goal is to achieve this once again without relying on benefit cuts, member co-pay increases, or any other strategies that would severely damage the value of Commonwealth Care.
Group Insurance Commission (GIC)

The Group Insurance Commission (GIC) provides high value health insurance and other benefits to employees, retirees, and their survivors/ dependents of the Commonwealth and of certain of its public authorities. The GIC also provides health-only benefits to participating municipalities' employees, retirees, and their survivors/ dependents.

Looking ahead, the GIC will continue its focus on providing high quality health insurance coverage to its members while containing costs for the Commonwealth. Next year the GIC will embark on a major procurement of its health plans. It will solicit innovative strategies through this procurement to maintain coverage and quality of care while containing costs. This includes implementing the principles of payment reform and incorporating any changes required by national health care reform.

Total GIC spending in FY 2013 is $1.665 B, inclusive of the $435 M transfer from the State Retiree Benefit Trust Fund (SRBTF) which covers the cost of retiree health insurance. Spending specific to health insurance premiums and plan costs for active state employees, retirees, and employees of participating municipalities and authorities is $1.582 B, a decrease of .3% from FY 2012 estimated spending. This includes an anticipated rate increase, and the addition of approximately 7,700 enrollees via municipal health reform. GIC has reduced spending for state only active employees premiums by 9% or $66 M from FY 2012. The GIC was able to successfully reduce spending in FY 2013 compared to its original projection using several strategies, including leveraging the use of federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) funds, and working closely with its health plans to negotiate a lower premium increase.
Department of Corrections Health Care (DOC)

The Department of Correction provides medical and mental health care to inmates and civil commitment populations in its care and custody. The Commonwealth has successfully contained the growth in inmate health care costs since FY 2008. Without cost containment measures, the cost of inmate healthcare would have increased by 31% since FY 2008, but DOC held that growth to 1% total over those six years. In FY 2013, inmate healthcare is proposed at $98 M, essentially level funded from FY 2012 estimated spending, despite a projected growth of $7.6 M over FY 2012. DOC plans to achieve savings through re-negotiation efforts with the inmate health care contractors and maximizing federal reimbursement opportunities for allowable costs.
FY 2013 Health Care Policy Initiatives

In FY 2013, Massachusetts is poised to once again provide a model for the nation by leveraging opportunities to control health care costs that: 1) promote care delivery in lower-cost, high-quality settings; 2) improve the coordination and management of care; 3) expand support for primary care; 4) place a greater emphasis on prevention and 5) promote innovative payment models that reward high-value care instead of high-volume care. With the scale of the health insurance coverage it purchases, the state is well-positioned to capitalize on this opportunity to foster innovation in the health care insurance and delivery systems and contain costs while maintaining coverage and improving quality of care. The state also has opportunities to achieve greater efficiencies and continuity of coverage within state-subsidized programs by aligning coverage standards and coordinating procurements. The Administration’s major FY 2013 policy initiatives are described below.
Leverage Purchasing Power and Maximize Competition In State Health Care Contracts

Fully implement an integrated care model for both medical and behavioral health services for MassHealth members: The FY 2012 behavioral health procurement was a competitive process that challenged bidders to manage costs but also provide innovative care management programs for MassHealth primary care clinician (PCC) members. The procurement provided a framework for medical and behavioral health integration and a targeted care management program for patients with highly complex medical and/or behavioral health conditions. It utilizes core performance management principles to create balanced incentives for the vendor based on improved health outcome for MassHealth members. In FY 2013 MassHealth will oversee the ongoing implementation to assure that the vendor demonstrates not only improved member outcomes, but also greater compliance with evidence-based guidelines for a number of chronic conditions.
Promote market competition among Commonwealth Care Managed Care Organizations: The Health Connector is preparing to launch another aggressive procurement for FY 2013 that builds upon the successes achieved in FY 2012. By harnessing the power of competition, its procurement strategy will again provide strong incentives for health plans to develop innovative coverage models that hold down costs while maintaining comprehensive, affordable benefits for Commonwealth Care members.
Re-negotiating State Office of Pharmacy Services Service Contract: The State Office for Pharmacy Services (SOPS) provides comprehensive pharmacy services to public sector healthcare organizations in a cost-effective, clinically responsible manner. SOPS currently provides clinical and pharmacy services to the following agencies: Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Correction, Department of Youth Services, the sheriff's departments of Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Norfolk, Barnstable, Dukes, Middlesex, Berkshire and Plymouth, and the Soldiers Homes in Holyoke and Chelsea. This encompasses 24,000 patients at 46 sites. The Administration plans to re-align the cost structure and service level of the current pharmacy services contract to achieve the goals of cost savings, maintenance of current clinical initiatives and retaining revenue streams through realigning the cost structure and service level. The current vendor has developed a savings estimate achieved through internal changes at the vendor and increased standardization and reduced service levels for each participating agency.
Re-negotiate current medical and behavioral health contracts under the Department of Corrections: After commissioning a study that analyzed the current delivery of Department of Correction (DOC) inmate healthcare services and cost contributors to identify options for cost containment in FY 2012, DOC will use recommendations from the study to cut costs for inmate healthcare in FY 2013. The Administration proposes to renegotiate current contracts and seek greater transparency in the pricing and cost of inmate health care services and staffing.

Build the Foundation for Payment and Delivery System Reform

The Patrick-Murray Administration made significant strides in FY 2012 that strengthen the foundation for payment delivery system reform for the next fiscal year. On February 11, 2011 Governor Patrick filed “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Controlling Costs by Reforming Health Systems and Payments”. This bold, comprehensive payment and delivery system reform legislation will promote the transformation of the Massachusetts delivery system into an innovative care delivery and health care financing model. In December 2011, the Commonwealth successfully renewed the 1115 Medicaid waiver. Over three years, the waiver authorizes more than $26.7 B in federally supported expenditures, allowing the Commonwealth to fully fund its landmark health care reform law and to implement integrated delivery system and payment reform initiatives.

In FY 2013, to fully support the goals of payment reform and to promote the transition to integrated care systems, the Administration proposes a number of reform initiatives that support a transition towards value based purchasing, including global capitation and bundled payments, and that promote evidence-based, high quality medical and support services. These initiatives are significant steps forward that replace traditional fee for service arrangements and build the foundation for the next stage of payment and delivery system reform.

Supporting Integrated Systems of Care for Hospitals: The Delivery System Transformation Initiative (DSTI) will offer incentive payments to Medicaid safety net hospitals throughout the Commonwealth to fundamentally change the delivery of care to Medicaid members. Payments will be tied to measurable outcomes of transformation and quality. The ultimate goal is to develop alternatives to fee-for-service payment arrangements to reward care that is delivered in integrated systems of care unique to safety net populations and that achieve high quality care for these populations. Hospitals will be required to promote patient-centered medical homes among their affiliated primary care practices. The Administration plans to fund $186 M in incentive payments to hospitals, with the federal government providing half of the revenue to support the initiative. Additionally, the Administration proposes $20 M in Infrastructure Capacity Building grants to support delivery system transformation for non-safety net hospitals.
Invest in the infrastructure to transition government health care programs to alternative payment methods: The Administration proposes to invest $2 M in the MassHealth infrastructure to support implementation of payments to Accountable Care Organizations that demonstrate increased care coordination and integration across care settings and to support the development of innovative payment strategies that reward providers for high value, patient-centered care.
Integrate care and long term care and support services for dual eligible MassHealth members: In 2012 the Administration will submit an innovative proposal to the federal government to provide integrated, coordinated medical care and to expand independent living and long-term services and supports for Medicaid members ages 21-64 that are also eligible for Medicare. The Duals Demonstration will provide a strong foundation for payment and delivery system reform in the Commonwealth by providing dually eligible MassHealth members with access to an integrated, accountable model of care and support services financed jointly with Medicare through global payments.
Launch a payment reform pilot program for managed care organizations (MCO): A key initiative that MassHealth and the Health Connector are working together to explore for FY 2013 is the opportunity for a payment reform pilot. Specifically, the focus of MassHealth and the Health Connector’s planning is on a “shared savings” model that will provide incentives for MCOs and providers to migrate towards alternative payment models that encourage better care coordination and accountability.
Build on the Success of the Primary Care Medical Homes Initiative (PCMHI): Launched in FY 2010, the Administration has committed to assist 46 primary care practices, including community health centers, hospital-affiliated primary care offices, and group and solo practices, to transition into certified medical homes focused on integrated and patient-centered care. The Administration proposes to fully fund the initiative at $10 M. There will also be $3 M dollars in additional funding made available from the 1115 Medicaid waiver Infrastructure and Capacity Building funds to support the establishment of new Patient-Centered Medical Homes at community health centers. $9 M will also be invested in higher rates for primary care providers and $4 M will be invested in higher rates for outpatient behavioral health providers, recognizing the critical role of these providers as the foundation of a transformed delivery system. Finally, qualified “Health Home” expenditures are allowed under the Affordable Care Act for a 90% federal matching rate. Health Homes are designed to be person-centered systems of care that promote access and coordination of health services, behavioral health services, and long-term community services and supports. The Health Home model will expand on MassHealth’s patient-centered medical home model by building additional linkages and enhancing coordination and integration of medical and behavioral health care. This initiative will generate $10 M in new revenue for MassHealth due to the enhanced matching rate.
All Payers Claims Database: Since 2010, the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy has been undertaking the development of an All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) to facilitate cost containment and quality improvements in the Massachusetts health care system. The Division anticipates significant use of the APCD in FY 2013 to achieve administrative simplification at other state agencies, as well as to help inform policy development and implementation for both public and private health care payers and providers. Over the long term, such policies are anticipated to reduce costs while improving quality. In addition to the health system benefits of the APCD, the Division anticipates additional FY 2013 revenue from APCD activities. This revenue will come from two sources: fees for sharing APCD data for public purposes, and federal financial participation (FFP) for APCD activities that directly benefit the Medicaid program. With respect to FFP, the Division anticipates seeking an agreement (Advance Planning Document or APD) with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to receive up to 90% match for specific eligible activities.

Leverage National Health Care Reform

The Patrick-Murray Administration is moving aggressively to prepare the Commonwealth to take full advantage of the federal health reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the major components of ACA as of January 1, 2014. To date, Massachusetts has received over $186 M in funding as a result of the Affordable Care Act including $36 M for an “Early Innovators” grant to develop the health information technology necessary to develop a real time, integrated eligibility system, and enhance existing Massachusetts systems in order to meet federal guidelines for an ACA-compliant Exchange. Massachusetts hopes to develop reusable technology components that may subsequently be leveraged by one or more of the six New England states participating in this collaboration. Some of the major national health care initiatives underway include:

Developing strategies to leverage federal support to maintain expanded health care coverage and further decrease the rate of uninsurance through subsidized health insurance;
Establishment grant applications to support the transition of the Health Connector to an ACA-compliant health benefits Exchange;
Early Innovators work to develop technological solutions supporting real-time eligibility and determinations for Exchange and Medicaid expansion populations;
In depth analytical work assessing opportunities for Massachusetts to leverage optional programs under the ACA to provide subsidized health insurance to residents;
Investigating the implications of reinsurance, risk adjustment and risk corridors programs to the Massachusetts small and non-group insurance markets;
Building a common eligibility system for Medicaid and other federal entitlement programs to simplify and streamline the Medicaid and all government subsidized health care program eligibility and enrollment; and
Analyzing the impact of federal reform policies on the Massachusetts reform policies related to the individual mandate, the employer fair share contribution and other state policies.

Strengthen Community Long Term Care Services for Elders and Disabled

Long term care is the fastest growing spending category in Medicaid and provides critical services for elderly and disabled populations. Building on its commitment to the principles of Community First, the Patrick-Murray Administration is transforming the long term care services and supports (LTSS) system through the following core initiatives:

Duals Initiative: The Duals Demonstration described above will enhance members’ access to community providers of independent living and long term supports and services and provide a seamless, person-centered care experience that reflects the members’ goals and supports independent living.
Money Follows the Person: This $110 M demonstration grant, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, will support Massachusetts’s efforts to transition over 2,000 individuals from long-term care facilities to community settings by 2016 through the provision of resources for home and community based services, housing supports, and infrastructure development.
Additionally, MassHealth will implement internal policies to ensure that members are being served in cost-efficient community settings that promote independence, consistent with the administration’s commitment to Community First, and to increase utilization management and auditing activities in fee for service long term care programs. Innovative, performance-based payment methodologies will also be implemented in some community based long-term care programs.

Continue Program Integrity Efforts and Expand Audit Activities To Tackle Fraud, Waste And Abuse

MassHealth is undertaking a number of initiatives focused on ensuring that only eligible members receive services and that providers are only paid for appropriate services provided to eligible members. These efforts leverage enhanced data and field-based audit activities with a focus on program areas that have experienced rapid growth.
Reduce the Health Care Cost Burden for Small Businesses

Expand eligibility for the Small Business Wellness Subsidy offered through the Health Connector’s Business Express program: Currently, certain small businesses that purchase health insurance through Business Express and enroll their employees in a wellness program created by the Health Connector may be able to obtain a 15% rebate for the cost of their share of health insurance premiums for their employees. Eligibility for the wellness rebate is tied to eligibility for federal tax credits offered to small businesses under national health care reform. The Administration is proposing to maintain the rebate at 15% (a temporary increase in FY 2012 over the originally authorized level of 5%) and expand eligibility for the wellness rebate to include sole proprietors and small business employees that are family members of the business owners, so that more small businesses are able to take advantage of the wellness program while saving money on their health insurance.
Control health insurance costs through Division of Insurance’s rate review process: The Division of Insurance (DOI) will continue its efforts to examine the underlying factors driving health care costs when examining small group rate filings. To date, DOI has actively set appropriate limits to premium rate increases and prevented rates from increasing at an unaffordable pace for small group insurance purchasers. In the rate filing for the 2nd quarter of 2010, carriers filed for average weighted rate increases of 16.3%, but DOI disapproved the rates as unreasonable, settled with carriers for much lower rates and saved small group purchasers approximately $106 M in insurance premium costs. In DOI’s second year of rate review, the average weighted rate increases fell to 9%. DOI has also taken steps over the past year to foster the development of more affordable health insurance products that will be more widely available in FY 2013. The majority of small group carriers will be required to offer select or tiered provider network products that have rates at least 12% less than the carriers’ full network products. Certain carriers will also be offering health insurance through certified group purchasing cooperatives, which will offer wellness programs and negotiated small group rates that previously have not been available to small employers.
Medical Security Plan Procurement: The success of the competitive medical security plan procurement completed in FY 2012, will annualize into FY 2013 at $32 M in savings for the Medical Security Trust Fund (MSTF), and in turn, savings for small business employer who are the main contributors to the trust fund and program.

Improve the Health Technology Infrastructure

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), Information Technology Division (ITD), the Health Connector and the Massachusetts e-Health Institute are developing a strategic implementation plan to align IT resources for national health care reform readiness and transition to payment reform. IT systems are evolving from segmented to integrated based payment methodologies. The Administration proposes three major components in the health care IT strategic plan:

Coordinate and facilitate the dissemination of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems throughout the Commonwealth: The Administration plans to continue the distribution of provider incentive payments through the Health Information Technology Trust Fund, which is funded at 100% federal reimbursement to encourage Medicaid health care providers to adopt, implement, upgrade or meaningfully use certified EHR technology. EOHHS plans to distribute $125 M in funding in FY 2013;
Develop a secure and interoperable health information infrastructure that will allow providers, consumers and others involved in supporting health and healthcare to share clinical information securely and reliably (network of networks approach): Leveraging both state and federal funds the Administration is building technology infrastructure and services with the active participation of a multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee to enable secure end-to-end transmission of clinical and public health data. The goal is to better support patient care coordination as well as public health and quality reporting in order to improve outcomes and contain costs; and
Develop a Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) and Integrated Common Eligibility System (IES): The creation of an integrated Health Insurance Exchange is a major undertaking in the Administration’s national health care reform efforts. The Health Insurance Exchange will help individuals and small businesses identify and purchase affordable coverage and provide the IT infrastructure to insure individuals with means based needs by providing Medicaid coverage or tax credits. The Exchange will also integrate eligibility and enrollment with Medicaid and other state health subsidy programs.

Promote Wellness

Investment in wellness programs for Commonwealth employees: Promoting wellness is a further opportunity for the Commonwealth to manage health care spending by encouraging healthy choices among its employees and retirees. In the FY 2012 budget, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) was tasked with developing a wellness program for its members. After a competitive procurement, the GIC has selected a wellness vendor and has developed a plan to implement this initiative in FY 2012 and FY 2013. The GIC will leverage federal Early Retirement Reinsurance Program (ERRP) funds to expand the reach of this initiative beyond the initial FY2012 investment.
Expand Smoking Cessation programs: The Administration proposes to invest a total of $5 M toward smoking cessation programs in government health care programs. The GIC plans to invest $2 M of its federal Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) funds toward smoking cessation programs. Commonwealth Care will receive an additional $2 M and the Department of Public Health will receive $1 M. A recent study published by the George Washington University School of Public Health shows that for every $1 invested in the Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth) smoking cessation benefit led to an average savings of $3.12 in cardiovascular-related hospitalization expenditures, so there was a net return of $2.12 for every dollar invested. [1]
The Governor’s FY 2013 budget also proposes to increase the cigarette tax by 50 cents and to tax other tobacco products at the same rate as cigarettes.
Commonwealth Health and Prevention Fund: The Governor’s FY 2013 budget proposes eliminating the sales tax exemption for soda and candy. In addition to generating $51.25 M for public health programs, the repeal of the sales tax exemption is an important step in discouraging overconsumption of these unhealthy products. The revenue will be directed to the new Commonwealth Health and Prevention Fund. Please see the Issue in Brief, “Health Promotion and Wellness Investments” for further information on the details on this proposal.


[1] Richard P, West K, Ku L (2012) The Return on Investment of a Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Program in Massachusetts. PLoS ONE 7(1): e29665. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.002966

Prepared by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance ·
www.mass.gov/budget/governor
For more information email: contactanf@massmail.state.ma.us (617) 727-2040

Paragraph two doesn't hold up to the facts.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:09 pm
Note that it was legal resident aliens and the courts ordered coverage resumed since it was unconstitutional to exclude in Massachusettes.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:21 pm
Diane, too bad-but I guessed you would not read it. Then just take this last paragraph in:
"Have you been to post-Mitt Massachusetts lately? I wouldn’t say that it’s rounding up witches yet, but there’s only so much that a Republican governor in a solidly blue state can accomplish. Rest assured that the voters of Massachusetts share Mitt’s high opinion of his record as governor, or polls wouldn’t show Obama with about a 20 percent lead in Romney’s home state. "
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:42 pm
Gee JL-what a lot to read there, not all of which I understood to be honest. Pls tell me what exactly is meant by "the commonwealth"? Is MA somehow partitioned or what?
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 5:51 pm
This was the CURRENT Governor of Massachusettes (that has remained a commonwealth back to the revolution) official presentation/report on his proposed health care budget for next year...that GOP Governor's facts and the assertions in the comment conflicted.

Just ran into this quote that feels fitting somehow (but you aren't among those I was thinking of):
"Idiot wind - blowing every time you move your mouth,
Blowing down the backroads, heading south,
Idiot wind - blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe;
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe."

- Bob Dylan, "Idiot Wind" (1974)
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:08 pm
lol-good to know I wasn't addressed there ;-). and I did understand it was the present state incl. outlook for 2013, so in other words it is just as saying "Massachusetts, right? That was new to me, that commonwealth stuff.Th
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:10 pm
Incompetent Obama says it all ......

What I do not understand is how you Americans can 'talk' about each other the way some of you do here - using put downs and character assassination against people simply because they do not beleive as you do. Why? Do you really hate those who have opposing opinions as much as you seem to and again - why?
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:19 pm

Common Wealth states are Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, I think those are the only one's that use the term. It has no real meaning, it says that all the internal money collected by taxes etc....are for the common wealth of the people of the state. That's true for all states.

Get over yourself, Cam. No one hates any one, except maybe Diane hates the president.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:21 pm

And...she seems to strongly object to facts.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:23 pm
Cam, no one was assassinated here-if they were they surely have resurrected. I also do not believe anyone here has hate, but I do believe that some, myself included, wish others would keep their beliefs to themselves when knowingly in company of people who don't share their belief. When they still come to "educate" it is regarded as intented propaganda and/or interference.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:27 pm
Yes, and Kit said the rest of that (comments appear very retarded )
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:27 pm

I second that, Angelika!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:28 pm
thx for that explanation Kit, needed that, thx also to JL's. :)
 

Kamila A. (141)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:33 pm
I find Diane's posts hilarious and she tries so hard to be so "researched". I wish she could see what we can see. Its like a patient in a mental ward talking to you about some crazy thing with complete conviction while their gown is exposing their behinds quite completely. Diane, Obama's book was beautifully done, I read it a long while back and grew in admiration for him after reading it; and there is nothing in it that has any negative connotations, so I don't understand why you keep bringing it up. But perhaps your harping on him, your president, and twisting facts and truths suggests you are a closet racist. He is an incredible president, has accomplished amazing good works on behalf of all of us, and would have done even more if the GOP didn't obstruct everything he tried to do because their agenda was to make him fail. That is heinous, and I think all who think its fine are heinous as well (fit yourself in there, if you are a Tbag and Mitt's supporter)
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:37 pm

Got to love Bob Dylan!

I think those in the states that still refer to themselves as Common Wealth's are just a wee bit quixotic. There is not a thing that is unique about their governance.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:40 pm
Yes Cam, Angelika and Kit have advised you accurately. Kit uses reliable sources, many of which have had solid reputations for factual accuracy for at least half a century. Perhaps you misunderstood that some falsehoods died when you thought there was an assassination?
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:41 pm

Sorry Camila - can't sent you a Green Star. I agree with you.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 6:55 pm
Actually Kit I have known Diane for over four years now and though she disagrees strongly with his policies she does not hate Obama. She is a good gal and has a difference in political views is all. Just as I know for a fact there are many YOU disagree with but none you hate. You are not that kind of person.

People who use ugly words against each other instead of reasoned arguments are the ones I was talking about. I happen to agree with and could also substantiate the arguments that Diane gives but I also know that Kit is a Democrat and it would be a waste of words to think that anything I said would change her mind. So I don't bother.

Political ideology is something we come to terms with as life moves on and we do move from one circle to the other at times. I know I did. Went from being a looney liberal in the sixties and seventies to a Monetary Conservative after I saw that putting our money in the hands of an irresponsible government with any thought they would spend it properly was insanity. Putting any programs in the hands of that same government to run is just as insane as we can now see government inaction via Fema ......

I am referring only to nonsense where people have to try and put others down simply because they do not agree with your view on things. Big deal. Are you not all Americans? Is that not what your country is about? BTW we all post ridiculous articles at times. Inflamatory and ridiculous. I do it just to demonstrate how ridiculous things get. The right becomes the left and the left becomes the right.

The right cries VOTER FRAUD ..... the left cries VOTER FRAUD .... something I thought I would only hear in third world nations! Yet there it is in America of all places.

Obama? An 'incredible president?" Oh you who wear such rose coloured glasses yet will never see the light. He is not a God and there is little which he has done that could be even remotely classed as 'incredible'.

Should he lose and it comes as no surprise I am hoping he does - I do sincerely hope that you will be all right with that just as those on the right will have to be all right with the fact they must tolerate him for another four years. What should have been the most historical Presidency of all time in your nation no matter how long it lasts will go down as being the most disappointing of all.

Obama is not a leader. Forward, backwards or side to side - he has never been a leader. His inexperience being his biggest handicapp.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:03 pm

Thanks Cam, I'm sure we all feel inspired now.

Strange that it was you complaining just a few days ago that someone dared to post on one of YOUR articles (we submit them we don't own the copyright) yet, you don't bother to do the same. Neither does your buddy, Diane.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:05 pm

Need I remind you that Diane has only been at Care2 since 2011?
 

Kamila A. (141)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:10 pm
yes, he is an incredible leader, but all of the Republicans can't discern what a great leader really is because in their views, a great leader must be a liar, a tax cheat, a bully and a scumbag sociopath who would lie to send our children to die for unjustifiable wars started on lies. A true leader, as Jesus was, is a whole different sort of man/woman, but I guess you Mitt supporters just don't get that. All you see is the cross with the blood dripping.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:18 pm
Ahh but she was a friend of my wife Linda's and they met in another site then came here just after the 08 election. Diane came with her. Left for a bit but came back.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:21 pm
Camila, I am an atheist and still hold a lot of liberal views. I am pro choice and very non religious. For the most part anti war but since 911 would rather our countries fight the terrorist overseas and we keep our guard up here. and no - I do think most terrorists are Muslim but not all Muslims are terrorists. Just the loud minority who even the majority of life loving Muslims fear.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:24 pm

Well Cam, as you know that would completely exclude you from the American Republican/T party.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:25 pm
I am always bitching about something Kit. Even said at one time I thought Chris Christie would make a good President and as soon as I pushed send I though what the hail did I just say? He would be about as diplomatic as a bull in a china shop. I have to blame my age ..... we all do things at times in the moment we can regret methinks. I know I am guilty of that.

I hate to see the angst between Americans. I absolutely hate it and it is for the most part something that is stirred up among you by your politicians on both sides of the aisle.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:27 pm
Started a group here that has now split in two it has grown so big. It helped get a majority conservative government elected here in Canada so the games would stop for a few years. Our system is different. We go to the polls only every four years as a rule IF a majority rule government gets elected. Hard to explain but I think that is why we do not fight here. We are not in constant election cycles as you are there.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:29 pm
Actually I am a member of several American Tea Party Groups and our platform is the same on both sides of the border with fiscal responsibility being at the fore front of our platform. Social issues are followed by some I suppose but as social issues are what cause the most disagreements we focus on what we can agree on rather than on what will divide us.
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:33 pm

That and people do see things very differently. If we had no FEMA people in the North east would be in deep trouble. If we had no Social Security or Medicare, many seniors would be in serious poverty, particularly after the games by Wall Street that gave us the crash. Many lost all of their savings. I prefer to be on side of those in need. And...Cam, I do understand the real economics and the details of how the national budget and debt work.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:36 pm
Cam, may I ask how you define "fiscal responsibility" if you attribute that to the teaparty? It means giving to the rich by taking from the poor, do I get that right?
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:40 pm

You have that correct, Angelika! Though there are ways to manipulate words to make it sound or seem differently it's still the same end result.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:50 pm
It is amazing how this Care to site even attracts "monetary conservatives"... perhaps they want to learn a bit more about social issues to reduce the disagreements among them? In that case we welcome you with open arms and minds!
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 7:58 pm
Angelika, I am guessing or at least hoping he isn't meaning like the lack of fiscal responsibility like that of past Republicans like Dubya Bush/Cheney and Reagan ....who Spent and Borrowed us into our highest nations debts ever...causing more debts to compile after they left office for years to come..........all due to their Republican lack of fiscal responsibility mindsets.

I am still amazed at the reminders of things that the rightwinger and teabagger klan, so often post... that are ones that they shouldn't want people to be reminded of...but... oh well...what goes on in the minds of dizzy/confused and all too often racist/teabaggers and other rightwing extremist ...Those thoughts really should stay inside their minds...not for public use against themselves me thinketh...for their own sakes if for no other reason..
 

Jae A. (323)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 8:08 pm
Diane O..Dubya Bush did his more than fair share of ''scrubbing the internet' of facts about him..his family..their Muslim Abrab oil connects...even petty things like that of Dubya being a cheerleader in college. So... I ... find your opinion on this to be more than just a bit tainted...teabagger klan...or possibly even a racist leaning one ; so to say ...and without facts as to that 'the only president ' B.S..
I suggest you save that kind of lie for the Teabagger klan private groups. They are the only ones who have nothing to lose by supporting such B.S...being that they can't be any less dislike than they already are in the U.S. They are number one on the disliked list after all...even less than Muslims are in this country...and it's unjustified pretentious comments like those that are pulled out of thin air [being polite as to where they get them] that keeps them at the top of that least like group in American....in my opinion.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:06 pm
When I say fiscal responsibility I do not want my government spending more than it takes in. Because of our failing social programs here in Canada that is what happened. We lost our triple AAA rating, our national debt was out of control and interest rates started to soar. Our dollar was worthless against yours.

It took ten years but the Conservative party got our rating back and our debt under control. Huge cuts have been made to our social programs which are continuing to fail. Took fifty years but they are falling apart because they are unsustainable. Huge national debt for any reason is never good for a nation.

In fact the Dems were doing just that Jae. Scrubbing information from the internet about Obama. Some of it was sent here to servers through Canada so that it could not be erased by them. I am sure the Republicans will do the same if they win on Tuesday and need to hide stuff. Seems to be the new thing to do in America.

BTW I resent you even suggesting that I would be a racist or be friends with people who are if that is what you are trying to say Jae. I have been here and conversing with you long enough that I would hope you would know that I am not a racist nor do I associate with any.
 

Cam V. (417)
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:08 pm
There was only one gal who followed my wife here that tried to send her group an offensive cartoon. They kicked her out and she is gone from Care 2. It is not what ANY of them were ever about.
 

Diane O. (149)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 2:48 am
Cam, it's called "debt to income ratio." When you have more debt than you have revenue coming in then you have a credit downgrade. It's the sample formula used when people apply for a home mortgage. Only in our case this has to do with America borrowing money from China just to pay the interest on the money we owe. We are in a very bad place fiscally and this is precisely why we need Paul Ryan, a man who understands the dangers involved, to move forth with a serious plan to once again have a balanced budget.

Republicans aren't against helping Americans who need help. Republicans know that we cannot continue to increase our entitlements when there's no money to pay for it.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 5:10 am

Another false statement, we do borrow from China and they borrow from us. The US owns the debt of almost every nation on the planet. The US debt is owned by the US government or the people, not China. That's a good sound bite, but just not factual.

Governments do not, have not and will not operate as your own private personal income-debt ratio, none ever have and none ever will. You need to learn about governmental economics, do some research beyond the blog sites.
 

Jae A. (323)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 12:34 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 9:35 am

The list is still growing. Let me know if I missed anything.

1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry

2. Shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and putting the emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been all along

3. Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world

4. Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay

5. Has made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation

6. Has made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools, but speaking directly to school children in telling them they have to do their part.

7. Won the Nobel Peace Prize

8. $789 billion economic stimulus plan

9. Appointment of first Latina to the Supreme Court

10. Attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles

11. Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

12. Renewed dialogue with NATO and other allies and partners on strategic issues.

13. Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force… this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.

14. Better body armor is now being provided to our troops

15. “Cash for clunkers” program offers vouchers to trade in fuel inefficient, polluting old cars for new cars; stimulates auto sales

16. Changed the failing/status quo military command in Afghanistan

17. Closed offshore tax safe havens

18. Deployed additional troops to Afghanistan

19. Ended media “blackout” on war casualties; reporting full information

20. Ended previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts

21. . Ended media blackout on war casualties and the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB.

22. Ended previous policy of cutting the FDA and circumventing FDA rules

23. Ended previous practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug manufacturers for cheaper drugs; the federal government is now realizing hundreds of millions in savings

24. Ended previous practice of having White House aides rewrite scientific and environmental rules, regulations, and reports

25. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created 2.1 million jobs (as of 12/31/09).

26. Ended previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions

27. Ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs; the new policy is to promote in-sourcing to bring jobs back

28. Ended previous policy on torture; the US now has a no torture policy and is in compliance with the Geneva Convention standards

29. . Launched Recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, an unprecedented step to provide transparency and accountability through technology.

30. Ended previous practice of protecting credit card companies; in place of it are new consumer protections from credit card industry’s predatory practices

31. Ended previous “stop-loss” policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date

32. Energy producing plants must begin preparing to produce 15% of their energy from renewable sources

33. Established a National Performance Officer charged with saving the federal government money and making federal operations more efficient

34. Established a new cyber security office

35. Expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 million more children

36. Expanding vaccination programs

37. Families of fallen soldiers have expenses

38. . Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America’s Veterans.

39. Federal support for stem-cell and new biomedical research

40. Funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access to K-12 schools

41. Responded with compassion and leadership to the earthquake in Haiti

42. Immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters

43. . Launched Business.gov – enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business. Great for the economy.

44. Improved housing for military personnel

45. Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals

46. Changed failing war strategy in Afghanistan.

47. Improving benefits for veterans

48. Increased infrastructure spending (roads, bridges, power plants…) after years of neglect

49. Donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize to nonprofits.

50. Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program

51. Provided tax credits to first-time home buyers through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 to revitalize the U.S. housing market.

52. Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel

53. Increasing student loans

54. Instituted a new policy on Cuba, allowing Cuban families to return “home” to visit loved ones

55. Cracked down on companies that deny sick pay, vacation and health insurance to workers by abusing the employee classification of independent contractor. Such companies also avoid paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance taxes for those workers.

56. Limited salaries of senior White House aides; cut to $100,000

57. Limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House

58. Protected 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors through the Recovery Act that would have otherwise been lost.

59. Limits on White House aides working for lobbyists after their tenure in the administration

60. Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act on February 4, 2009, provides quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million who were previously uninsured.

61. Lower drug costs for seniors

62. Making more loans available to small businesses

63. Many more press conferences and town halls and much more media access than previous administration

64. . Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis

65. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals

66. New Afghan War policy that limits aerial bombing and prioritizes aid, development of infrastructure, diplomacy, and good government practices by Afghans

67. Announced creation of a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record for members of the U.S. Armed Forces to improve quality of medical care.

68. New federal funding for science and research labs

69. New funds for school construction

70. Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending

71. Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices

72. . Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals.

73. Phasing out the expensive F-22 war plane and other outdated weapons systems, which weren’t even used or needed in Iraq/Afghanistan

74. Reengaged in the agreements/talks on global warming and greenhouse gas emissions

75. Provided tax credit to workers thus cutting taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

76. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic

77. Removed restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research

78. . Helped reverse a downward spiral of the stock market. On January 19, 2009, the last day of President Bush’s presidency, the Dow closed at 8,218.22. In February 2010, the Dow closed at 10,309.24

79. Renewed loan guarantees for Israel

80. Restarted the nuclear non-proliferation talks and building back up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols

81. Provided attractive tax write-offs for those who buy hybrid automobiles.

82. Returned money authorized for refurbishment of White House offices and private living quarters

83. Sent envoys to Middle East and other parts of the world that had been neglected for years; reengaging in multilateral and bilateral talks and diplomacy

84. Unveiled a program on Earth Day 2009 to develop the renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. These regulations will enable, for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean’s vast sustainable resources to generate clean energy in an environmentally sound and safe manner.

85. Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program

86. States are permitted to enact federal fuel efficiency standards above federal standards

87. Students struggling to make college loan payments can have their loans refinanced

88. Successful release of US captain held by Somali pirates; authorized the SEALS to do their job

89. The FDA is now regulating tobacco

90. Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date.

91. The missile defense program is being cut by $1.4 billion in 2010

92. The public can meet with federal housing insurers to refinance (the new plan can be completed in one day) a mortgage if they are having trouble paying

93. The “secret detention” facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere are being closed

94. US financial and banking rescue plan

95. US Navy increasing patrols off Somali coast

96. . Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.

97. Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any president in his first six months in office

98. Improved relations with Iran

99. Improved U.S. policy on climate change

100. Set timetable for exiting Iraq (already started removing troops)

101. Improved relations with Russia

102. Improved relations with the Islamic World

103. Made progress towards greater cooperation on limiting nuclear proliferation

104. Economic stimulus plan has created jobs. (Unemployment rate decreasing)

105. Drastically slowed down the recession

106. Saved Wall Street

107. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act (equal work for equal pay) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilly_Ledbetter_Fair_Pay_Act_of_2009

108. HEALTH CARE REFORM

Once again, this is a lot to accomplish in such a short amount of time. He was elected President, he wasn’t elected Jesus.
 

Jae A. (323)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 10:54 pm
Well Romney lost so once again the extremist failed in their efforts to take us back in time .......

My Congrats to ....PRESIDENT OBAMA.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday November 7, 2012, 5:53 am

It looks like many comments have been removed, I wonder why? It is a great day, Jae. The people have spoken and, now maybe the Congress will listen.
 

Kamila A. (141)
Friday November 9, 2012, 10:12 am
Obama won, Romney lost, and the world is beautiful!!!!!!! I TOLD YOU SO ! :o)
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday November 9, 2012, 10:59 am

No Cam, not just "conservative" comments were removed, and it could that those removed were overtly nasty and not expressing any thing but personal comments.

Care2 does have a set of rules and conduct, each of us must live with it or expect a comment or two to be removed. Or....Maybe it's another Obama conspiracy?
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday November 9, 2012, 11:55 am

I'm supposed to automatically get a copy of all comments and I don't find those among the comments on my side of things. Maybe the comments did not make it onto the thread, it does happen sometimes. You know well yourself, that everything that is submitted on the comments section is sent to those tracking and the person that submitted the article. I just did a double check on all comments submitted on 11/8/2012 and not one was from you, Cam. As they say, "stuff happens". Yep, I know about the hacking, and it has been reported to Care2.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday November 9, 2012, 12:06 pm

I'm just saying that I still have all comments from 11/8 - yesterday and there are none from you. I don't know why Care2 made that decision. I hope you get an explanation that is satisfactory. I flag SPAM - I do not flag comments whether I agree with or not...I like freedom of speech.

Occasionally, people can cross the lines and items will be removed, though without using a lot of adult expressive language or intent to cause verbal harm, I didn't know that Care2 would remove comments about public figures. You are correct on that Cam - most comments made in the last few weeks would have to removed.
 

Arielle S. (315)
Friday November 9, 2012, 12:15 pm
I would not take it personally, Cam - sometimes when threads are too long, they simply get cut - and I had trouble with Care2 yesterday (kept telling me I could not send a star to myself which I was not trying to do!)
In reality, I suspect that you were good for us, Cam - you certainly inspired me to work harder and better.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday November 9, 2012, 1:19 pm

I do agree Arielle. Cam does not have a history of personal attacks or any sort of foul language. There is nothing he said that should be removed. The vast majority of people here follow the rules every day. We may not agree, and often just agree to disagree, that is what these forums are about...expressing your own ideas.
 

Helle H. (21)
Friday November 9, 2012, 5:40 pm
That's very funny USA got a president I really like. Sofar there's no spots on him. It feels like a smalll town I once lived in. If you don't have anything to tell about a person, just make something up. Somebody might believe it. Read H:C: Andersens story about how a feather got into 5 hens, that's good.
 

Tom Sullivan (99)
Friday November 9, 2012, 8:21 pm
x repub here that voted for Obama, sorry to inform some, but I got tired of the lies from the Repugs,
 

Angelica C. (84)
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:42 am
"Barack Obama is the only president in the history of our country with something to hide."

The right wing wishes fervently that this was true. It, sadly for them, is not.
 

Deborah F. (2)
Monday November 12, 2012, 9:50 am
craziness.
 

Loesje vB (15)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 2:50 am
Thank you for sharing Kit.
 
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