March 30, 2014

SNL Mocks President’s Obamacare Promo Efforts

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:31 pm

One (among many) of the more stunning elements of Obamacare’s six-month run thus far has been the administration’s increasingly desperate ploys to get “millennials” to sign up as the sort-of enrollment deadline looms. One of the more appalling of those involved President Obama himself appearing on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” show and directing scripted insults at the host. Almost no one in the establishment press has commented on how stunts such as these diminish the dignity which used to be associated with the highest office in the land.

Building on that personal involvement, Saturday Night Live’s opening skit last night showed several other made-up (I hope) attempts to make “Get Covered” go viral, including presidential photo ops with Kim Kardashian and the Pope. The final effort possibly included spreading viruses, as it required Obama to kiss Justin Bieber … on the lips. Video of that skit (obvious warning to those who don’t would rather not see the final act: stop the tape) follows the jump (HT the Blaze):

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AP Ignores Why Vegas Culinary Workers Have Authorized Strike: Obamacare

The headline and first paragraph at an Associated Press item on a union strike authorization vote in Las Vegas are both far more vague than they could or should be.

Though the rest of Ken Ritter’s coverage at least identifies the union involved, it completely fails to get to the heart of the matter, which is that Obamacare is causing huge increases in their employers’ cost of providing health care coverage. Culinary Union Local 226 wants their casino company employers to, well, eat those costs, and the companies are resisting. Ritter’s coverage, which to those who understand the full background reads like an exercise in stall-ball, never even specifically says that health benefits are this potential strike’s key issue (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (033014)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Leukemia patient meets donor who saved her life, from 5,000 miles away

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Dallas (video at link):

3:52 pm on March 24, 2014

Three years after a critical bone marrow transplant, Katie Waggoner finally met the man who saved her life Monday.

At age 28, the Arlington native was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive cancer typically found in children. She was told she couldn’t leave the hospital and started chemotherapy that day, in October 2010.

“Pretty quickly you have to make the decision to live or die,” she said. “I made the decision to live.”

Her only option was a bone marrow transplant, and when her sister wasn’t a match, they turned to a transplant registry and found a match — 5,000 miles away in Germany. She received her transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in March 2011.

On Monday, Waggoner and her children, 7-year-old Ryan and 8-year-old Rachel, met her match at the Dallas hospital: German paramedic Thomas Wuenshe.

“I’m just overwhelmed with joy to have this opportunity to meet him,” said Waggoner, who now lives in Austin.

The meeting was arranged after Waggoner’s cousin Amy Smith submitted her story to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’s “I Have a Dream” special. The show flew him in from Germany. …

Go here for the rest of the story.