“I stand with President Obama because he cares about women.
“I don’t think a group of men should be in charge of making decisions on a woman's access to health care. President Obama has said he feels the same way, and I was proud to hear him say so.
“Specifically, what President Obama understands—and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan don’t seem to get—is that preventive care is good for women’s health and for our economy. If Planned Parenthood were defunded, it would take away preventive care and birth control from many underprivileged women. Prevention is much less expensive than paying for what happens when you don’t prevent an illness or unwanted pregnancy.
“President Obama takes a balanced approach. He understands both the economic and human impact of policies like these. He cares equally about every single man, woman, and child in this country—and that's why I'm standing with him on November 6th.”
Dear Mr. President,
For years, my husband and I earned a decent living through our profession and our small business. We paid our share of taxes and made contributions to Social Security and other programs. Later in life, we are faced with financial losses, an economic recession, and a loss of revenue except for Social Security benefits. We are not victims. But I do not believe the wealthy understand the plight of the American majority. Perhaps my experience will help others understand why Medicare and programs like it are critical to a healthy America: We are a community.
I had not had a mammogram for five years because it was unaffordable with both my husband and I out of work. Our small management consulting business has struggled during this recession, and the only health coverage that we could afford for me was major medical. When I turned 65 this year, I was eligible for Medicare, and I was able to have a mammogram as part of the health prevention program. It was discovered that I had breast cancer, and I was advised to get a full bilateral mastectomy. Without Medicare benefits, I would not have been diagnosed and I would not have been able to pay for any major surgery. Medicare saved my life.
“The Affordable Care Act is really personal for me because I have a spinal cord injury. I broke my neck six years ago, and I’m paralyzed from my shoulders down. I want to go to law school, and without the Affordable Care Act, getting health insurance with my pre-existing condition and without a consistent, paying job would have been a nightmare. Now I can stay on my parents’ health insurance until I’m 26.
“By volunteering, people have a chance to really make an impact on the future of not only our country, but on people like me who have a lot at stake in the President being re-elected and having the ability to continue carrying out the policies that are best for this country and all of the people in it.”
Landyn is a student and a Pharmacy Tech at Kroger in Ohio. He’s also a big supporter of President Obama.
“I think the President has done a phenomenal job. A lot of people forget where we came from in 2008 and President Obama has led the national comeback. I really respect his handling of the presidency. The health care initiative has meant a lot to me and many of my friends. I fall in that cohort of 20-year-olds who now don’t have to worry about gaps in our health insurance because we can stay on our parents’ plan until we’re 26.
“We as the people need to help though. The President can only do so much. So to anyone thinking of contributing to the campaign, I would say that extra money translates to extra feet on the ground, extra offices, and more ways to get out the vote. Donations give us the wherewithal and ability to move forward.”
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“My dad was a real blue-collar guy—World War II veteran, didn’t go to college, worked for the telephone company all his life—but he and my mother were able to achieve financial success and stability. These days, kids are in debt at 22 years old, and it makes their lives incredibly hard financially. That’s why these Pell Grants and student loans are so important, and that’s one of the reasons I’m supporting President Obama—because he’s supporting our children’s futures.
“I’m a former high school social studies teacher, so these issues are really important to me. I taught for 35 years and I had a lot of kids who could have been the brightest students in the class, but they didn’t get the opportunity to succeed because of economic reasons. I had inner-city kids who had a hard time getting to school, kids who had to work after school to help pay the bills. These kids have it tough enough—we need to do everything we can to help them. President Obama is doing such great work by helping them get the funding they need for their education. And he understands the importance of teachers.Read More…
President Obama responds to a Republican Senate candidate's comments about victims of "legitimate rape":
Let me first of all say, the views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me.
So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.
And so, although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions—or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape—I think those are broader issues, and that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.
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“I’ve been happy with the job that President Obama has done. I don’t agree with everything he does, but then again, I don’t agree with everything my wife does! He’s done a great job with national security, and the economy is steadily improving. He saved entire industries the Republicans would have let die, and forced the banks and Wall Street to stop risky and hurtful policies.
“The Republican Party, on the other hand, has gone to scare tactics and have not actually put together a reasonable program to move the country forward. They continue to want to fund the people who need it least at the expense of building the infrastructure and improving the education that we need to build a better future for America.Read More…