That Horrible, Bad, No Good, Rotten Barack Obama, and Why We Should BUST OUR HUMPS to Get Him Reelected!
(The facts in this rant are based on a column on the website, "The People's View Net" called "So That Ignorance Won't Be The Reason Why 'Progressives' Are Throwing The President Under The Bus". Rather than link to each of them here, I invite the reader to check out the original article.)
I'm not sure what I'm gonna do in 2012. Vote for the Green Party? Maybe. Sit the whole thing out? Possibly. But I can't vote for Barack Obama. I just can't. Not after this weekend when I hear that he refused to push for stricter smog standards. Not after he's caved to the Republicans on practically EVERYTHING that's important to progressives.
Sure, in his first two years in office he was responsible for a $20 billion increase in the program formerly known as "food stamps", and $1 billion in funding for the Community Services Block Grant to help families become self-sufficient. And yeah, he did scratch up that $2 billion in new Neighborhood Stabilization Funds and $1.5 billion to help people stay in their homes. But he allowed a debt ceiling increase that cuts spending without raising taxes.
I mean, yeah, I know he came up with $5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program and signed into law the $4 billion "Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010". But there was no public option in the health care reform act he signed, and he CAMPAIGNED on a public option.
True, the health care reform bill provides subsidies to the uninsured and families between 133 and 400 percent of the official poverty level and expanded Medicaid to folks under 65 up to 133 percent of the poverty level. And he increased funding for Pell Grants, too, so the less wealthy can get more education. And there was that $10 million for Native American Housing assistance.
But let's get back to Health Care Reform for a minute. You know and I know that insurance companies get rich by declining coverage, and that's why we must have a single-payer option (Medicare for all) if reform is to mean anything. I mean, sure, if you want to count small victories, the reform makes it illegal to deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions and you can stay on your parents' plan until you're 26. Obamacare provides for free preventative care and eliminates lifetime coverage limits. Reform makes it illegal for OmniMegaCare of whoever your company is to pull your health insurance coverage when you get sick. Annual limits on coverage are restricted and we have more options than ever to appeal adverse insurance company decisions. But the insurance companies may as well have written this bill themselves, since there's no public option. Even though the bill provided $5 billion in immediate funding for Coverage for the Uninsured with Pre-existing Conditions and a $10 billion investment in Community Health Services. But he made DEALS with BIG PHARMA! True, one of those deals means $80 billion in cuts to drug costs for seniors to help cover the Medicare Part "D" so-called "donut hole."Continued on the next page