The Story of the Affordable Care Act: From an Unmet Promise to the Law of the Land


This video shows the road to health reform and how the president delivered affordable health care for all Americans.

The new law is making health care work better for all of us, even if you already have insurance. It puts the health of your family first—ensuring access to free preventive care and protecting consumers from insurance company abuses.

#ACA is also a jobs jobs jobs creator

Bacon grease as birth control?


National Women's Law Center - My Health Is Not Up for Debate: Protect Reproductive Health
 
     
  Bacon Grease and Marriage Licenses?  
     
   
     
  Ask your mom, aunt, grandmother her story about the challenges of accessible birth control or share your own story with us.  
     
  Share Your Story  
     

Yes, that’s right – creative uses of bacon grease and having to show your marriage license to get a prescription for birth control is what many of our mothers, great aunts, and grandmothers endured.

Check out the stories we’ve received and share stories from your mom, grandmother, aunt, or yourself about the challenges of gaining access to birth control.

It’s been nearly fifty years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Connecticut v Griswold struck down state bans on birth control. Yet women in at least 24 states have reported that their pharmacists have denied them access to birth control. And politicians are not making it any easier by trying to limit access to affordable contraception and other women’s health care needs.

Help us collect stories to remind our daughters and granddaughters about the fights we have won — and help them fight the challenges that lie ahead. Ask your mom, aunt, or grandmother her story about the challenges of accessible birth control or share your own story with us.

Sincerely,

 
Judy Waxman   Judy Waxman
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center
 

P.S. Don’t think moms talk to daughters about birth control? Check out a video of my daughter and me discussing how difficult it used to be to access birth control.

a message from Alan Grayson … unemployment


I recently happened to be at an event where billionaire George Soros was being interviewed. The right wing hates Soros because he is: (a) liberal, (b) rich, and (c) fearless. [I could also make a case that they hate Soros because he is (d) Jewish, but I leave that up to you.]

Soros said a lot of things, but he said two sentences that I wish that everyone could hear. This is what he said:

You can’t cut your way out of a recession. You have to grow your way out of a recession.”

The simple truth in those nineteen words seems to have eluded our policymakers, both Democratic and Republican, for the past four years. Here is a chart that proves it:

The chart has been featured regularly at Daily Kos, but it comes from the Calculated Risk Blog. It graphs job losses during and following each post-WWII recession, month by month, as a percentage of total employment.

As you can see, the job losses in America since 2008 are not only the worst in postwar history, but also feature the weakest “recovery.” In every single other recession, employment returned to peak levels in less than four years. (In fact, leaving aside the Bush Recession of 2001, employment returned to peak levels in less than three years.) Yet here we are, four years after the Great Recession started, still almost four percentage points under peak employment.

Which is five million jobs. Five million people who can’t find work. Five million people with no income.

So, as Soros and I might ask on Passover, “why is this recession different from all other recessions?” There is a simple answer: the austerity fetish. The bizarre notion that cutting is healing.

The Wall Street Journal recently confessed that without local government layoffs – police officers, firefighters, teachers and others – unemployment would be a full percentage point lower. I think that that’s an underestimate. If those police officers and firefighters and teachers still had jobs, we would be safer, and our children smarter. But beyond that, as those public employees spent their earnings, a lot of carpenters and waiters and real estate agents and cashiers would be able to get back to work.

And we have no one to blame but the cut-cut-cut policymakers, in whichever party. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman put it three weeks ago:

Consider, if you will, the current state of our nation. Despite hints of economic progress, we’re still in the midst of an immense disaster, in which unemployment and underemployment are devastating millions of American lives. And none of this need be happening! There has been no plague of locusts; we have not lost our technological know-how. Americans should be richer, not poorer, than they were five years ago. Yet economic policy across the board has become almost passive, has essentially accepted this disaster instead of trying to end it.

Soros and Krugman are right. It’s time to end this man-made economic disaster. It’s time to stop slashing our own economic wrists. It’s time for jobs.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

Tool Time: Mourdock’s Idea of ‘Bipartisanship’ –


 

May 10, 2012 by

Richard Mourdock, Indiana‘s state treasurer, defeated 36 year incumbent Dick Lugar last night to win the GOP nomination for this November’s election. Mourdock was backed by the same financial sector lobbyists that have dominated Capitol Hill for decades. According to Lee Fang, Lugar upset Wall Street by opposing its bid to delay limits placed on fees that banks can charge for credit card swipe fees. But it’s also Richard Mourdoch’s bizarre take on cooperating with Democrats that earns him tonight’s Tool Time award.

Point4CounterPoint says: Is this guy a warning flag or what – The Democratic Party needs to jump on what this man is spewing

CONGRESS: the Republican led House – – the Senate considers HR2072 amendments


the Senate Convenes: 10:00amET May 15, 2012

  • Following the prayer and pledge, the Majority Leader will be recognized.
  • It is the Majority Leader’s intention to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2072, the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act with the first hour equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half.
  • At 11:15am, the motion to proceed to H.R.2072 will be adopted and the Senate will begin consideration of the bill. The only first degree amendments in order to the bill are the following:
  • Lee amendment #2100 (phase-out);
  • Paul amendment #2101 (limitation on Ex-Im support);
  • Corker amendment #2102 (export credit agencies);
  • Vitter amendment #2103 (energy development); and
  • Toomey amendment #2104 ($40 billion increase contingency).
  • There will be up to two hours of debate to run concurrently on the amendments and the bill, equally divided, between the two Leaders, or their designees, prior to votes in relation to the amendments in the order listed above. Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended. There will be two minutes equally divided prior to each vote; and all after the first vote be ten minute votes. The amendments and passage of the bill are subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold. Senators should expect up to 6 roll call votes as early as 2:15pm on Tuesday.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

The following amendments have been considered to H.R.2072, the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act:

Following Leader remarks on Wednesday, May 16, there will be up to 6 hours for debate prior to a series of roll call votes on motions to proceed to the Budget resolutions listed below.

– Calendar #357, S.Con.Res.41 (Sessions-his interpretation of the Obama budget);

– Calendar #354, H.Con.Res.112 (Ryan);

– Calendar #356, S.Con.Res.37 (Toomey);

– Calendar #384, S.Con.Res.42 (Paul); and

– Calendar #395, S.Con.Res.44 (Lee, Paul, DeMint).

If all time is used, senators should expect a series of up to 5 roll call votes to begin around 4pm tomorrow. There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the votes. All after the first vote will be ten minute votes.

Notwithstanding the adoption of any motion to proceed, the Senate would proceed to the remaining votes on motions to proceed. At the conclusion of these votes, the Senate would resume consideration of the budget resolution if a motion to proceed is adopted. If no motion to proceed has been adopted, the Majority Leader will be recognized.

 Prior to agreeing to the consent, Senator Heller asked consent to vote on S.1981 (No Budget, No Pay Act). Senator Conrad declined to modify his request.

At approximately 2:45pm today, the Senate will proceed to a series of up to 6 roll call votes in relation to the following items:

Lee #2100 (terminate Ex-Im Bank);

Paul #2101 (debt instruments)

Corker #2102 (private sector financing);

Vitter #2103 Energy products);

Toomey #2104 (lending authority); and

– Passage of H.R.2072, Export-Import Bank Reauthorization, as amended, if amended.

2:43pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Lee amendment #2100 (terminate Export-Import Bank); Not Agreed To: 12-87

3:13pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Paul amendment #2101 (U.S. debt instruments); Not Agreed To: 9-89

3:34pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Corker amendment #2102 (private sector financing); Not Agreed To: 36-62

3:54pm The Senate began a roll call vote on Vitter amendment #2103 (energy products); Not Agreed to: 37-61

4:14pm The Senate began a roll call vote on the Toomey amendment #2104 (lending authority); Not Agreed to: 35-63

4:38pm The Senate began a roll call vote on passage of H.R.2072, the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act; Passed: 78-20

 4:44pm There will be no further roll call votes during today’s session of the Senate.

5:13pm Following passage of Export-Import Bank Reauthorization (78-20), Senator Reid moved to proceed to S.2343 (Student Loans). The Senate then turned to Executive Session and Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #646, Jeremy C. Stein, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; and

Executive Calendar #647, Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be a Member of Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

5:16pm Senator Reid asked unanimous consent to take up and pass Legislative Calendar #366, S.2344, an extension of National Flood Insurance program through December 31, 2012. Senator Coburn objected.

WRAP UP

ROLL CALL VOTES

1) Lee amendment #2100 (terminate Ex-Im Bank) to H.R.2072, the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act; Not Agreed To: 12-87

2) Paul amendment #2101 (debt instruments); Not Agreed To: 9-89

3) Corker amendment #2102 (private sector financing); Not Agreed To: 36-62

4) Vitter amendment #2103 (energy products); Not Agreed To: 37-61

5) Toomey amendment #2104 (lending authority); Not Agreed To: 35-63

6) Passage of H.R.2072, Export-Import Bank Reauthorization; Passed: 78-20

LEGISLATIVE ITEMS

Adopted S.Res.460, designating the week of May 20 through May 26, 2012, as “National Public Works Week”.

Adopted S.Res.461, recognizing the teachers of the United States for their contributions to the development and progress of our Nation.

Completed the Rule 14 process of H.R.5652, Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012. (Republican request)

Began the Rule 14 process of S.3187, Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. (Harkin & Enzi)

No EXECUTIVE ITEMS

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Hearing:

Chen Guangcheng: His Case, Cause, Family, and Those Who are Helping Him Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights

CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 15, 2012

 112TH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION

-The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 16, 2012.9:31:36 P.M. -On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.9:31:26 P.M. -Ms. Edwards moved that the House do now adjourn.8:24:47 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House resumed Special Order speeches.8:23:29 P.M. -Ms. Foxx filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 656.7:36:36 P.M. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.7:33:20 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.7:32:54 P.M. -SPEAKER’S APPOINTMENT – Pursuant to section 201(b) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6431 note), as amended, and the order of the House of January 5, 2011, the Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following member on the part of the House to the Commission on International Religious Freedom for a term ending May 14, 2014: Mr. Elliot Abrams, Virginia.7:31:58 P.M. -H.R. 4045Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.7:31:56 P.M. -H.R. 4045On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.7:12:58 P.M. -H.R. 4045DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4045.7:12:56 P.M. -H.R. 4045Considered under suspension of the rules.7:12:30 P.M. -H.R. 4045Mr. Kline moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4045 — “To modify the Department of Defense Program Guidance relating to the award of Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence administrative absence days to members of the reserve components to exempt any member whose qualified mobilization commenced before October 1, 2011, and continued on or after that date, from the changes to the program guidance that took effect on that date.”7:10:54 P.M. -H.R. 205The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.7:10:52 P.M. -H.R. 205Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.7:10:51 P.M. -H.R. 205On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 – 0 (Roll no. 252).7:03:37 P.M. -H.R. 205Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 205 — “To amend the Act titled “An Act to authorize the leasing of restricted Indian lands for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, and other purposes requiring the grant of long-term leases”, approved August 9, 1955, to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases without prior express approval from the Secretary of the Interior.”7:03:17 P.M. -H.R. 3874The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.7:03:13 P.M. -H.R. 3874Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.7:03:13 P.M. -H.R. 3874On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 400 – 1 (Roll no. 251).6:56:34 P.M. -H.R. 3874Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 3874 — “To provide for the conveyance of eight cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota.”6:56:08 P.M. -H.R. 365Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:56:07 P.M. -H.R. 365On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 – 1 (Roll no. 250).6:31:02 P.M. -H.R. 365Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 365 — “To encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.”6:30:29 P.M. -H.R. 4310UNANIMOUS CONSENT – Mr. Bartlett asked unanimous consent that the Committee on Armed Services be authorized to file a supplemental report on H.R. 4310.6:30:28 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 15.6:21:51 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.6:20:35 P.M. -H. Res. 568At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.5:54:42 P.M. -The House resumed debate on H. Res. 568.5:53:51 P.M. -The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 2072, without amendment.5:43:26 P.M. -H. Res. 568DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 568.5:43:24 P.M. -H. Res. 568Considered under suspension of the rules.5:43:06 P.M. -H. Res. 568Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended. H. Res. 568 — “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.”5:42:59 P.M. -H.R. 4240Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:42:55 P.M. -H.R. 4240On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.5:38:55 P.M. -H.R. 4240DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4240.5:38:52 P.M. -H.R. 4240Considered under suspension of the rules.5:38:39 P.M. -H.R. 4240Ms. Ros-Lehtinen moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4240 — “To reauthorize the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, and for other purposes.”5:37:54 P.M. -H.R. 205At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.5:27:47 P.M. -H.R. 205DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 205.5:27:43 P.M. -H.R. 205Considered under suspension of the rules.5:27:28 P.M. -H.R. 205Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 205 — “To amend the Act titled “An Act to authorize the leasing of restricted Indian lands for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, and other purposes requiring the grant of long-term leases”, approved August 9, 1955, to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases without prior express approval from the Secretary of the Interior.”5:27:04 P.M. -H.R. 3874At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.5:21:54 P.M. -H.R. 3874DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3874.5:21:51 P.M. -H.R. 3874Considered under suspension of the rules.5:21:33 P.M. -H.R. 3874Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3874 — “To provide for the conveyance of eight cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota.”5:21:23 P.M. -H.R. 2745At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Heinrich objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.5:15:56 P.M. -H.R. 2745DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2745.5:15:55 P.M. -H.R. 2745Considered under suspension of the rules.5:15:50 P.M. -H.R. 2745Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2745 — “To amend the Mesquite Lands Act of 1986 to facilitate implementation of a multispecies habitat conservation plan for the Virgin River in Clark County, Nevada.”5:15:30 P.M. -H.R. 2621At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Heinrich objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.5:09:34 P.M. -H.R. 2621DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2621.5:09:33 P.M. -H.R. 2621Considered under suspension of the rules.5:09:00 P.M. -H.R. 2621Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 2621 — “To establish the Chimney Rock National Monument in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes.”5:07:47 P.M. -H.R. 3534Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.5:07:44 P.M. -H.R. 3534On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.4:55:57 P.M. -H.R. 3534DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3534.4:55:55 P.M. -H.R. 3534Considered under suspension of the rules.4:55:37 P.M. -H.R. 3534Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 3534 — “To amend title 31, United States Code, to revise requirements related to assets pledged by a surety, and for other purposes.”4:54:11 P.M. -H.R. 365At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.4:34:50 P.M. -H.R. 365DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 365.4:34:38 P.M. -H.R. 365Considered under suspension of the rules.4:34:20 P.M. -H.R. 365Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 365 — “To encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.”4:33:02 P.M. -H.R. 4119At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.4:18:55 P.M. -H.R. 4119DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4119.4:18:39 P.M. -H.R. 4119Considered under suspension of the rules.4:18:22 P.M. -H.R. 4119Mr. Smith (TX) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 4119 — “To reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the Southwest Border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels.”4:17:56 P.M. -H.R. 1864Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.4:17:53 P.M. -H.R. 1864On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.4:08:27 P.M. -H.R. 1864DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1864.4:08:24 P.M. -H.R. 1864Considered under suspension of the rules.4:08:00 P.M. -H.R. 1864Mr. Coble moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 1864 — “To limit the authority of States to tax certain income of employees for employment duties performed in other States.”4:07:59 P.M. -The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. today.4:06:50 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 15.2:14:08 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 4:00 P.M. today.2:12:29 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House continued one minute speeches.2:12:01 P.M. -The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she received a message from the Secretary of the Senate on May 14, 2012 at 1:34 p.m. stating that that body had passed H.R. 4967 without amendment and S. 418.2:11:29 P.M. -The House received a communication from The Honorable Darrell Issa, Chairman, Committee on Oversight and GovernmentReform. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Chairman Issa notified the House that the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had been served with a subpoena, issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, for documents, and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he would make the determinations required by Rule VIII.2:11:08 P.M. -The House received a communication from The Honorable Darrell Issa. Pursuant to Rule VIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, Representative Issa notified the House that he had been served with a subpoena, issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, for trial testimony, and that after consultation with the Office of General Counsel, he would make the determinations required by Rule VIII.2:05:23 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.2:04:17 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Womack to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.2:04:13 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.2:01:15 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:00:59 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 15.12:05:52 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. today.12:00:50 P.M. -MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 2:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.12:00:38 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Rob Bishop to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.12:00:27 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.