To remind Romney and Republicans of what’s at stake, here are 33 reasons why repealing Obamacare would be bad news for the middle class:
- Seniors in the Medicare “doughnut hole” are saving an average of $600 each on prescription drugs.
- Many small businesses that provide health insurance are eligible for tax credits that can currently reduce their health care costs by as much as 35 percent, and will increase to 50 percent in 2014.
- Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to the up to 17 million kids with pre-existing conditions like Jackson Coffman.
- Stacey Lihn and 105 million Americans—including almost 60 percent of people with insurance from their employer—saw a lifetime cap on their coverage lifted.
- More than 5 million people with Medicare have saved money on their prescription drugs.
- Starting in 2014, being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing condition.
- HR 12 – Paycheck Fairness Act
- H.R. 320 — CJ’sHome Protection Act
- H.R. 448 — Elder Abuse Victims Act
- H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
- H.R. 515 – Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
- H.R. 577 – Vision Care for Kids Act
- H.R. 985 — Free Flow of Information Act
- H.R. 1110 – PHONE Act
- H.R. 1258 – The Truth in Caller ID Act
- H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act
- H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
- H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing
Scholarships for Veterans
- H.R. 1262, Water Quality Investment Act
- H.R. 1469 – Child Protection Improvements Act
- H.R. 1514 – Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Reauthorization Act
- H.R. 1580 – Electronic Waste Research and Development Act
- H.R. 1585 — FIT Kids Act
- H.R. 1617 – Department of Homeland Security Component Privacy Officer
Act. To install an office to guarantee privacy of citizens
- H.R. 1622 – Research and Development Programs for Natural Gas Vehicles
- H.R. 1727 — Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act
- H.R. 1796 – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
- H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act
- H.R. 1875 — End the Trade Deficit Act
- H.R. 1933 – A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act
- H.R. 2093 – Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act
- H.R. 2142 – Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance
- H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
- H.R. 2454 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
- H.R. 2554 – National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act
- H.R. 2664 – Promoting Transparency in Financial Reporting Act
- H.R. 2693 – Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization Act
- H.R. 2749 — Food Safety Enhancement
Here’s an article that looks at how the GOP is abusing the filibuster process to hurt people. Harry Reid has actually called for a complete overhaul of the filibuster because it’s gotten so bad.
Mr. Obama can make a convincing case that his policies — especially the stimulus and auto industry rescue — helped cushioned the effects of the recession he inherited, which pushed the jobless rate from an already elevated 7.8 percent in January 2009 to 10 percent by October 2009. It has come down, more or less, steadily since then. But it is still higher than when he took office — a point that Mitt Romney and Congressional Republicans have seized upon as evidence of failed policies.
Actually, it was the Republicans’ relentless opposition to constructive policies that has kept unemployment high, from their resistance to the 2009 stimulus to their blockage of Mr. Obama’s proposed $450 billion jobs bill in late 2011. Federal aid to states was a mainstay of both of those efforts. As the stimulus ended and further aid was delayed and denied, the effect on state budgets — and on jobs — has been catastrophic.
A recent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute shows that the loss of public-sector jobs, largely because of state budget cuts, has been the biggest hit to job growth over the past three years.
Conservative voters/supporters will deny this all day, but it’s obvious all of this was a well orchestrated effort to make the president look like a failure.