obama's reforms

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Trump Acts To Sabotage Obamacare Enrollment, Days Before Deadline
He ordered the government to halt ads and emails, which could mean fewer signups and higher premiums.

He may stop the ads, but nothing beats old fashioned word of mouth. Make sure everyone you know (and those you don’t know) they can still sign up for obamacare/ACA until January 31st! 

the more people sign up, the less eager republicans will repeal it, especially those in swing states and districts, and we only need three GOP senators to vote no on repeal. 

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anonymous asked:

Something that it seems like the right understands better than the left: if you want to come out of a negotiation on top, you have to start from a more extreme position than what you really want. If your starting offer is already a compromise, then you're going to end up in an even more compromised position. It would be really nice if that wasn't how it worked, but it would also be really nice if Republicans actually cared for their constituents. I'm not holding my breath for either.

Absolutely, I think the thing that most people don’t think about is the fact that many members of the Democratic Party are paid to be weak.  

Think about it, if you are a corporate donor looking for the best bang for the buck you want the “left-leaning” party to be weak. You want them to make a compromise before they ever reach the bargaining table. That way, even when they are in power, they only get minor wins, while further strengthening the corporatist agenda. 

Obamacare is a perfect example. We were promised a Public Option, a progressive policy, although not as progressive as single payer. By October 2009 we were told that the public option would likely be scrapped so that the bill could attract Republican Support

Republican Support never came with Obamacare passing with Democratic Support only.

So why did the most progressive part of the law, a part of healthcare reform that Obama Campaigned on, get tossed aside?

Could it be because over $2 million was given to Obama by the Healthcare industry for his inauguration?

Or that 26 of his appointees to Health and Human Services were a part of the “revolving door” from the Healthcare industry? 

The Democrats are paid to be weak, they are paid to bow down to corporate interest. This means allowing the Republicans to rake them over the coals when it comes to almost any negotiations. 

- @theliberaltony

Shame on President Obama for not letting Jennicet Gutiérrez’s voice be heard.

Shame on the President for helping to further the abuse and sexual assault that trans and queer prisoners in detention camps face every day. 

Shame on the lgbtq “activists” and “allies” in attendance for booing Jennicet Gutierrez and cheering when she was escorted out.

Shame on the mainstream gay media for trying to silence these immigration activists by reducing their act of bravery into merely “heckling” and “rude behaviour.”

Shame on the mainstream gay movement for praising Obama for his behaviour.

Shame on the people commenting on these terrible articles misgendering, demeaning, and further insulting Jennicet Gutierrez and her valuable work.

The time to act was ages ago. 

We are past the point of being silent and"playing nice" while politicians have elitist celebrations of faux LGBTQ equality for privileged people in power.

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The Obama administration is going to award 12,000 prison inmates with Pell Grants to use on college tuition

The Obama Administration’s Second Chance Pell Pilot program, worth a total of $30 million, will be distributed in installments of $5,815 per person to inmates at various correctional facilities. Once eligible, approved inmates five years or less away from release will be able to use them to work towards associate or bachelor’s degrees at a pre-approved list of 67 colleges and universities while incarcerated. The Pell grant pilot program reverses a mandate set in place by a former president.

Please fire me. Our student population is about 50% Hispanic and our ESL teacher does not speak a word of Spanish, so she calls me daily for help translating letters to parents and communicating with students. I teach Calculus.

Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is taken from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.
—  President Obama
We should not be tolerating overcrowding in prison, we should not be tolerating gang activity in prison, we should not be tolerating rape in prison—and we shouldn’t be making jokes about it in our popular culture. That’s no joke. These things are unacceptable.

What’s the story behind this photo of President Obama presenting the Medal of Valor to a 6-foot-7 public safety officer? While off duty, Los Angeles Police Department’s Officer Donald Thompson traversed two freeway dividers and endured first- and second-degree burns while pulling an unconscious man to safety from a car moments before it became engulfed in flames. Find out more about the 13 recipients of the Medal of Valor who went beyond the call of duty to save the lives of strangers.

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Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons
Sweeping new rules also curb isolation for adult inmates, limit time for first offense to 60 days, rather than 365.
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President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system, saying the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences.

Read the Letter the President Wrote to a Non-Violent Drug Offender

These commutations come as the president and his administration have highlighted the need to address outdated drug laws that are contributing to overcrowded prisons. The White House announced last year that it would begin commuting the sentences of non-violent drug offenders. Thousands of inmates have applied, and the government has turned towards non-profit organizations to help them sort through the cases. Two of the inmates granted clemency yesterday were aided by the Clemency Project 2014, reported Politico.