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    In Booing Mitt Romney, Black Voters Ignore the Reality that ObamaCare is Too Costly. California is Already in Debt, and Tackling ObamaCare Will Add to California's Woes!

     

    NAACP audience boos Mitt Romney's comments on Obama, healthcare, The civil rights group's reception of the Republican turns from warm to chilly when he criticizes the president and promises to repeal the healthcare law.

    by Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times, 6:08 PM PDT, July 11, 2012

    HOUSTON — Mitt Romney's speech before the nation's oldest civil rights organization Wednesday was meant as an olive branch to the black community, but his sharp criticisms of President Obama and a vow to repeal the Democrat's healthcare plan drew sustained boos and a chilly reception from the audience of black voters.

     

    by Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times, 6:08 PM PDT, July 11, 2012

    HOUSTON — Mitt Romney's speech before the nation's oldest civil rights organization Wednesday was meant as an olive branch to the black community, but his sharp criticisms of President Obama and a vow to repeal the Democrat's healthcare plan drew sustained boos and a chilly reception from the audience of black voters.

    Romney's message was aimed at a larger audience beyond the Houston convention hall — independent and moderate voters particularly. But the tone of his speech still surprised many attendees at the annual convention of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, many of whom had praised him beforehand for making an appearance. As they left the hall, a number of voters said the former Massachusetts governor's statements energized them to work for Obama's reelection campaign this year.

    Though Romney's late father, George, was a forceful advocate for civil rights as governor of Michigan, Romney has campaigned in front of predominantly white audiences, with the exceptions of a visit to a West Philadelphia charter school and the occasional address to a Latino audience. The candidate and his campaign have acknowledged they have an uphill challenge in wooing black voters, who overwhelmingly supported Obama's candidacy in 2008.

    The audience initially welcomed the unofficial Republican nominee with a standing ovation and applauded when he promised to represent "all Americans of every race, creed and sexual orientation," and noted that "old inequities persist" even half a century after the civil rights movement.

    But murmurs of disagreement rippled through the crowd early on when he argued that his policies would help "families of any color more than the policies and leadership of President Obama." When he added that he would reduce spending, in part, by eliminating "nonessential, expensive programs" like the president's healthcare plan, the audience booed for 15 seconds. And when Romney harshly criticized the president for failing to create jobs and "better educate tomorrow's workers," he appeared to have punctured much of the goodwill that was initially directed his way.

    Romney stood quietly behind the lectern, smiling at the audience as it voiced disapproval. "I do not have a hidden agenda," he continued. "If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him." To a scattering of boos and catcalls, the candidate paused and nodded firmly before carrying on with his speech. "You take a look," he said.

    While a few audience members credited Romney for his bluntness, a number of them suggested that he intended to be provocative.

    "He wasn't speaking to us," NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond said after Romney's speech. "He was speaking to that slice of white America that hasn't made up its mind about him, and he's saying, 'Look at me; I'm OK. I can get along with the Negroes. I can say things to them that they don't like, so I'm not afraid to stand up to them.' … I think that's what this is all about, and that's the reason he came."

    Though Romney's speech included many themes he touches on regularly, he tailored his message to the group by emphasizing, for example, that the unemployment rate among African Americans is 14.4%, well above the national rate of 8.2% in June.

    He also focused on what he called "institutionalized inequality" in the U.S. education system and his plans to expand school choice — noting that while black children make up 17% of students, "they are 42% of the students in our worst-performing schools." Romney pledged to tie federal school funding more directly to each student.

    Alfred Poucette Jr., a retired bus mechanic from Lake Charles, La., said although he appreciated Romney's focus on education, he was concerned that his plans would divert money from the nation's public schools. He described Romney's tone as "condescending," saying, "I think he came here more to appease us."

    Debra Hutchinson, a state employee from Columbus, Ohio, said she was baffled that Romney did not seem to be there to win votes. "I think he should have stayed home," she said.

    "Instead of coming to tell me what he could do for me, he came to put my president down," Hutchinson said. "I really wanted him to come and sell himself — maybe there is something that I don't realize about him — but he didn't improve anything. He made things worse."

    But Johnnie Crockett of Fort Worth, a youth advisor to the NAACP, said that although some of the things Romney said "were not in good taste," she thought "he was really trying to reach everybody."

    "He shouldn't pretend just for our organization," she said. "He should be who he is."

    Tara Wall, a Romney advisor, said the speech was the beginning of "a conversation" and that there was "a lot more applause than there were boos."

    "They appreciate us for showing up," she told reporters after the speech. "We understand that folks aren't going to agree with us 100%.... But at the end of the day, I think that Gov. Romney's message was bold. He said what needed to be said, and what he has always said."

    The president chose not to attend this year's NAACP convention because of scheduling issues, White House aides said Wednesday. They noted that Obama spoke to the convention in 2009, and that his wife, Michelle, addressed the group in 2010. Vice President Joe Biden will address the association Thursday.

    "His commitment to the organization and the broader community is easy to see," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said of the president. Carney also argued that Obama's economic plans, including the push to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for income under $250,000 a year, are designed to help middle-class families and thus many African American households.

    Despite the cool reception, Romney's aides said he planned to continue pressing his case that his economic policies would do more to spur job growth in the black community. During an afternoon appearance with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network, Romney said he had expected the crowd's response to his plan to repeal Obama's healthcare plan. "I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs," he said.

    Romney closed his speech in Houston by citing the example of his father — whom he called "a man of the fairest instincts, and a man of faith who knew that every person was a child of God" — and promised, "We will know one another, and we will work to common purposes."

    "I will seek your counsel," the former Massachusetts governor said. And if asked to return to next year's convention, he added: "My answer will be yes."

    maeve.reston@latimes.com

    Christi Parsons in the Washington bureau contributed to this report.

    Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

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    'Affordable' Care Act? Not so much for Sacramento, Obama's healthcare overhaul is one more costly program for a red-ink state.

    George Skelton, Capitol Journal, July 9, 2012

    In Washington, it's called the Affordable Care Act. In Sacramento, it could be become known as another budget buster.

    Obamacare — as it's pugnaciously tagged by the political right —
    may not be affordable at all for California state government.

    Soon after the federal healthcare act was passed by Congress in 2010, the Schwarzenegger administration in Sacramento calculated a state price tag of up to $2.65 billion annually.

    The Brown administration has torn up that price tag, but doesn't have a new one. They're working on it, "trying to be much more precise," says Len Finocchio, associate director of the Department of Health Care Services.

    Good luck on that. As Sacramento consistently demonstrates, being precise on government spending projections is virtually impossible.

    But Finocchio acknowledges that the federal act will result in a heavier state financial load. "We almost certainly will be adding Medi-Cal enrollees, and that will be a cost," he notes.

    The additional burden on the states is a negative aspect of the healthcare overhaul that seldom gets discussed, especially in Obama-rooting, liberal-dominated Sacramento.

    It's as if somehow it would be contradictory — even Democratic heresy — to support a laudable expansion of healthcare coverage and to also acknowledge that it was going to require more California tax dollars. To ignore the cost is to be intellectually dishonest.

    There's a lot of emphasis on the additional federal funds — up to $15 billion annually — expected to be spent in California because of the healthcare law.

    But there will be an added state cost for the expansion of Medi-Cal, the California version of the federal Medicaid program for the poor. Finocchio estimates that up to 1.6 million more Californians will enroll in Medi-Cal. But it's really anybody's guess.
    Each person will cost the state more money.

    Some of those enrollees will be people currently eligible for Medi-Cal but for whatever reason — perhaps stigma — haven't signed up. Under the new law, it will be easier and more beneficial to enroll.

    The other newcomers to Medi-Cal will be people who became eligible only because of the new law's looser eligibility rules.

    The cost of coverage for the currently eligible will be shared 50-50 by the feds and the state. Washington will pay 100% of the tab for newly eligible enrollees for two years, then reduce it to 95% and permanently kick in 90% starting in 2020.

    In all, 7 million Californians now are uninsured. Starting in 2014, more than 2 million are expected to buy policies with federal subsidies for families earning $92,000 or less.

    "We want to make it as easy as buying a book on Amazon," says Peter Lee, executive director of the California Health Benefit Exchange, an online market where consumers and small businesses will be able to comparison shop for medical insurance.

    "This is by far the biggest change in health coverage since Medicare" was enacted in 1965, he says.

    But the big cost to the state will be for the generous expansion of Medi-Cal, a Medicare offshoot.

    And it's ironic because California can't even afford its current Medi-Cal program. It has been cutting back on poor people's care in recent years to staunch budget bleeding.

    The state budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last month included more than $1 billion in cuts to Medi-Cal and other health programs.

    Two years ago, after passage of the federal act, Kim Belshe, then secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, told me:
    "Medicaid is crumbling. It makes no sense to be building on a house that's falling apart."

    And then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed: "I have always supported the need for comprehensive health reform. However, for healthcare reform to succeed, states must either have the flexibility to live within the revenues that are available to them or the federal resources to fully fund its mandates."

    In upholding the constitutionality of Obama's prized act, the U.S. Supreme Court gave the states an opportunity to bow out of the Medicaid expansion without penalty.
    But there's virtually no chance that California will take the court up on its offer.

    First, California always has had one of the most generous Medicaid programs for patients — although for physicians it's one of the worst because of low fees.

    Second, as Finocchio notes: "It's hard for politicians to take something away" once it has been given.

    The Brown administration has been moving at full speed to position California for the act's implementation.
    In fact, it already has begun covering 280,000 people — mostly childless adults — as part of a demonstration program.

    "This is a very great day," state Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley declared after the court gave the act the green light. "We are in the full-go mode here."

    Brown asserted that the court's decision "removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama's historic plan to bring healthcare to millions of uninsured citizens."

    But it's another state cost that no one is considering how to pay for — not nearly as extravagant as the mostly unfunded bullet train, but the same basic idea: meritorious, but moneyless.

    Hey, what's the hurry? Maybe Mitt Romney will boot Obama, Republicans will capture the Senate and they'll repeal Obamacare.

    Maybe the California economy will be roaring back by 2014 and pumping barrels of tax dollars into Sacramento. Maybe the governor and Legislature will reform the state's outdated tax system so it generates a reliable revenue stream.

    One thing is certain: Something better happen or California will be stuck with yet another government program it can't afford.

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    ...and as usual President Barack Obama, the Obama Administration, the Congressional Black Caucus, and liberal advocates enjoy wasting "taxpayer's money"......

     

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-806435

     

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-771345

     

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637

     

    ....and "Chicago Cut Throat" President Barack Obama could care less because Obama's only concern is to be re-elected, even if this means lying, or using deceit to use the black community or any other segment of voters to be re-elected.

     

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    "What is going to happen to all the city and public employees health care that get laid off in all the Cities going bankrupt in California? They are going to need the Health Care mandate more than ever otherwise many will die or go bankrupt because of the lack of health care. You will be writing a different story in 2 -5 years when there is 20% unemployment and the only thing saving these people is the Health Care act." by ThinkWinWin

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-san-bernardino-bankruptcy-20120712,0,2433019.story

    "Rising costs push California cities to fiscal brink" By Phil Willon, Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2012

    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-california-cities-in-bankruptcy-20120702,0,2178927.photogallery

    "California cities in bankruptcy"

    http://documents.latimes.com/san-bernardino-bankruptcy-report/

    San Bernardino bankruptcy report

    Several Cities and some County jurisdictions are already going bankrupt, or facing bankruptcy in California.

    The reasons are:

     

    1. Insufficient tax revenue.

    2. Expensive government employee retirement packages that many city, county jurisdictions and the State of California can no longer afford to provide for retirees or future retirees.

    3. Small business and other businesses who are leaving or have already left the State of California, for other states to where the "tax burden" is not as extreme.....which is a substantial loss of tax revenue.

    4.  The payoff of megga bucks in "taxpayer's dollars" to pay for numerous civil claims for damages that result from government wrongdoing on the part of rogue police officers, lying over zealous City prosecutors, unethical or criminal elected officials, other public employees, government agencies, etc., etc.

    5. The costs associated with housing prison inmates, maintaining county jail facilities, etc., etc.

    6.  Last but not least the costs associated with the sanctuary city/county/state environment of millions of illegal/undocumented aliens here in California......

    .......ObamaCrat Healthcare being an additional financial burden that the people of the State of California, namely taxpaying citizens can ill afford!

     

    Taxing and spending to finance the Affordable Health Care Act or any other costly government program will not happen here, because the revenue does not exist to finance this.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-803741

    ….and there are many taxpayer's such as yours truly, although my reasons are different…..the result is the same in that many individuals are against any further increase in City, County, State, and/or Federal taxes to be misused, misappropriated, and/or wasted by government bureaucrats.

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    "See you are back with another edition of facts, Truth. Good job." k3vsDad

     

    Although you have a good grasp of truth, fact, and what is best for all Americans.....

    ......the key individuals to whom I have been trying to reach or convince, namely other black voters, choose to "Boo" Mitt Romney instead of facing reality, listening to truth, fact, and/or denounce reckless government spending as it concerns the "Affordable Health Care Act", that will financially burden future generations of taxpaying U.S. citizens, legal immigrants, business entities, etc., etc., for years to come.....

    ........at the expense of private business expansion, economic growth, job creation, etc., etc.

    One way or another these individuals will get the message......because ObamaCare....AKA...."the Affordable Health Care Act" is doomed for failure.

     

    The fact that so many US citizens and legal immigrants from all walks of life, are unemployed or underemployed, the black community being worse off than ever under President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration is causing many blacks to turn against President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

     

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-says-he-expected-to-be-booed-at-naacp/story?id=16753886

    YouTube: "Mitt Romney Booed At NAACP Speech For Saying

    He'd Repeal Obamacare" Published on Jul 11, 2012 by NewsPoliticsInfo

    "I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country, which is that Obamacare is killing jobs" by Mitt Romney

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZSEUYgnUww&feature=relmfu

    You Tube: "Mitt Romney NAACP Speech 'We Expected' Booing Over Obamacare Line" ding...

    published on Jul 12, 2012 by nopoliticalspin

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    ...Mitt Romney tried to reach the black voters…………

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-814262

    ……..It is imperative that telling the truth and stating facts, become essential to win votes in the black community. To vote intelligently the black electorate must discern between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, as to whom is actually telling the truth, truth that is supported by facts.

     

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    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-815574

    "State of the Union: Did Romney make money from Bain’s Outsourcing in 1999 – 2002?" by verichards8

    Barack Obama and company will stoop to the level of a "gutter rat or rats" to win, because the only concern BO has is to win, no matter who is "kicked" to the curb and beyond by BO and the Obama Administration uses, to get there.

    Barack Obama and his administation, should be using this platform to shed light on what he can do better than any other candidate as President to improve the economy...but instead BO and company choose to use unwarranted character assassination to promote his re-election.

    CNN i-report sources:

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-814427

    1. Mitt Romney it's the Obama Path to Success, Chicagoans are Well Aware of Obama's Cutthroat Demeanor

     

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-806435

    2. President Barack Obama…the Statute of Liberty, the U.S. Constitution, the 14th Amendment is for the Benefit of U.S. Citizens and Legal Immigrants and not Illegal Immigrants and Anchor Babies.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-265276

     

    http://theobamafile.com/indexArchive.html

     

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-278743

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-kjEMcBol4

    YouTube: "Valerie Jarrett Was Slum Lord in Obama's State Senate District" published on May 19, 2012 by ObamaBC

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-HqHSkYG-Y&feature=related

    YouTube: "Obama Banned This Video-Gee, I Wonder Why" Uploaded by Lea11011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNv-vOa5poo

    YouTube: "The Obama's don't want this video to be seen in 2012" published on May 20, 2012 by by jraiffie


    ....but that is the nature of the "Chicago Cut Throat and liar/hypocrite" President Barack Obama who has been using this tactic of unwarranted character assassination, dirty games, etc., etc, when he beat out ethical and qualified candidates to become a US Senator.

    ....and all black people are not duped by President Barack Obama, past or present dysfunctional black leaders, and/or the Democratic Party....the premier political Party of Slavery/Jim Crow/Black Code Law Enforcement

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1OhUQC-BIE&feature=BFa&list=UU1g1imYIlcjt47kuHjlBzZA

    YouTube: "Demon-crats, & their Negro slaves" published on Jul 4, 2012 by 5723michael

     

     

     

     

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