Chad’s Morning Brief: President Obama Wants You to Discuss Obamacare for Thanksgiving, Immigration in the Spotlight, and More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of November 26, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am. Remember, you can listen online at KFYO.com or on your iPhone/Android with the radioPup App.
Thanksgiving Goes Political
Nothing says family time and Thanksgiving like the Affordable Care Act. During your Thanksgiving meal this year President Obama wants you to discuss Obamacare and the benefits of signing up. According to the USA Today, Obama's Organizing for Action has setup a website ( good luck!) with tips and everything!
Wary about the effect bringing up the most polarizing political topic among your relatives and friends who likely span the blue-purple-red spectrum will have? Don't be, because President Barack Obama's Organizing for Action has launched a website with helpful tips about how to have "the talk." (Here's my first tip: If any adolescents or preteens are present, you might want to use a different phrase than "the talk" when broaching the subject if you don't want an instant exodus.)
The tips including asking your family and guests coming over for the holiday to bring the information they'd need to sign up for Obamacare, because it's absolutely not awkward at all to tell someone you'd like him to bring wine and oh, his social security number and annual salary, too. You're advised to bring up Obamacare during "family time … downtime after meals or between holiday activities." Perfect: When your family is curled up in chairs in a turkey/stuffing/pumpkin pie-induced stupor, you can cut off the idle reminisces about bygone days and football and kids saying the cutest things, and launch that super festive health-care conversation that's sure to have everyone bursting into a rollicking round of kumbaya, despite that pesky little fact that poll after poll shows the country is sharply divided on this issue.
I can't imagine many people doing this. One thing is for sure though, I don't want to be at anyone's house where this is brought up. Give me family, food, drinks, and football and I will be just fine.
The White House is desperate to get Obamacare off the front page. In order to do that, they have brought immigration back as a talking point. According to the Daily Mail, Obama spent yesterday giving speeches about it.
During a token policy appearance Monday in San Francisco, President Obama railed against Republicans for standing in the way of his 'comprehensive' immigration reform plans that would extend an amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
'We've got to finish the job,' Obama said, referring to bipartisan legislation that passed the U.S. Senate in June but has long stalled in the House.
'It is long past time to reform an immigration system that doesn't serve America as well as it should,' he told a crowd estimated at 600. 'We could be doing so much more to unleash America's potential.'
Protesters interrupted him at one point, shouting 'Stop deportations!' and begging him to use an executive order to fix the nation's immigration failings.
'You have the power,' one yelled.
'Actually, I don't,' Obama replied.
'If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so,' he insisted. 'But we are a nation of laws.'
As business leaders – including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg – have begun to issue public demands for looser immigration policies, both parties are feeling pressure.
Funny to see the President say that he doesn't have the power to bypass Congress. That is EXACTLY what he has done with the Obamacare fix, and immigration in the past.
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