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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Better Off than 4 Years Ago? You Bet! 10 Reasons Why

Republicans believe they can trap Americans into believing life has not improved over the past 4 years; but these history revisionists are experiencing an "Eastwood" delirium moment. 

In other words, they're delusional, because it was Republican policies that put us into the Great Recession.  

Here's the facts:

1.  HELLO? Avoided another Great Depression! Four years ago America and the world were on the brink of experiencing a Depression caused in great measure because of unbridled Wall Street deregulation.  It's Wall Street that should be forking up Koch Brothers wealthy style investments into President Obama's re-election, but those fat cats want their good ol'boys colleagues from the Bain Capital gene pool to regain power, so they can bring back the economic problems that caused the economic crash, in the first place.

2.  Health Care Reform - in spite of millions of beneficiary insurance dollars spent to defeat health care reform initiatives, provided in The Affordable Care Act (AFA), the US Supreme Court ruled the "mandate" to be Constitutional.  Americans must buy health insurance beginning in 2014.  It took a brave President with excellent leadership skills, indeed, President Obama, to withstand the political skulduggery put out by selfish Republicans to protect this consumer driven legislation. Meanwhile, many insurance company moguls and their Congressional surrogates acted like demons at an Armageddon Rally, claiming the AFA would doom us to a life of Socialism. There's nothing "Socialist" about the Affordable Care Act, it's a lie to claim so, and Republicans know they are spewing rhetoric when they label consumer health protections as anything other than good for the economy and good for the health of 48 million currently uninsured people.

3.  Young people up to the age of 26 can now be covered by their parents health insurance policies.

4.  Children are now protected from being dropped by their parents health insurance if they acquire an expensive chronic illness.  

5.  People with pre-existing conditions (like pregnancy!) cannot be denied health insurance coverage.

6..  America's world class automobile industry is alive because of the stimulus loan, all of which has been repaid by the companies with interest!;cbsCarousel

From a 60 Minutes Interview: 
"In 2009, Chrysler was sputtering toward collapse, with tens of thousands of jobs in jeopardy. But one man bet that he could save the company and make it profitable again. He's Sergio Marchionne. He'd already turned around Fiat and felt the two companies were a good fit -- and clearly he likes a good challenge. So Marchionne took a $6 billion, high-interest U.S. Treasury loan and promised to pay it all back by 2017. Chrysler beat the deadline by six years."

7.  Osama Bin Laden, the evil Al Qaeda terrorist who master minded the September 11, 2001 attacks on Americans and others around the world, is dead.

8. War in Iraq is history - Americans were certainly lied to when the case was made to invade Iraq, because no Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were ever located there and the Iraq dictator Saddam was not in cahoots with Osama Bin Laden, like we were told. Thankfully, US troops are not engaged in Iraq combat today. Republican revisionists must remember that four years ago, Americans were being killed in Iraq on a daily basis. 

9.   Wall Street is seeing healthy investment indicators, the Dow Jones is hovering at 13,000, the Standard and Poors (S&;P) over 1300 and Nasdaq over 3,000.  The history of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) shows this indicator is as high today as it has ever been, since 1900, when history tracking began.

10.  Medicare beneficiaries saw a remedy to the flaw created by the Republican Medicare Part D drug benefit.  In fact, the coverage gap, called "donut hole", is now gone, thanks to President Obama's response to this problem. This means less money is spent out of pocket by beneficiaries, so they can invest in their quality of life.
This is now fixed: "The Medicare Part D coverage gap — informally known as the Medicare donut hole — is the difference of the initial coverage limit and the catastrophic coverage threshold, as described in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug program administered by the United States federal government. After a Medicare Beneficiary surpasses the prescription drug coverage limit, they were financially responsible for the entire cost of prescription drugs until the expense reaches the catastrophic coverage threshold."

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised to close the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage called the "doughnut hole," meeting the top priority of the powerful senior lobbyist group AARP."

The drug coverage gap was fixed when the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.  Medicare beneficiaries are better off than they were 4 years ago, as a result.

President Obama must unite all Americans around the Forward momentum of his administration's policies.  

We cannot support Romney-Ryan's Regressive policies that benefit the Rich Republicans who want to pay for government on the backs of middle class taxpayers. 

Let's re-elect progressive leadership in President Barack Obama.

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