… woke up this morning expecting to find the White House celebrating Healthcare.gov’s first birthday. When I saw no mention on the website, I checked California Representative Nancy Pelosi’s website and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s—again, no mentions. Where is the fanfare? Where are the photo ops?
… just 35% of voters support the Affordable Care Act.
Given that, as Meyer writes:
Despite the Affordable Care Act, 31 million people will remain without insurance in 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and this number is expected to remain steady until 2024 (the last year of CBO projections).
With more unpopular and destructive aspects of the law beginning next year, it is unlikely that Healthcare.gov’s second birthday will be any happier.
The pool report from an event at the White House suggests that a reporter brought into the Oval Office for a photo-op of Barack Obama and the president of Yemen wished the president a "happy birthday." Or, at least, someone offered the president good wishes today in the Oval Office ahead of Obama's August 4 birthday.
In his latest fundraising pitch, President Barack Obama writes, "My upcoming birthday next week could be the last one I celebrate as President of the United States, but that's not up to me -- it's up to you."
An email with the subject line "SO COOL" was sent this morning to Obama's supporters by the president's reelection team. The email, from Obama for America national finance director Rufus Gifford, encourages supporters to send in cash for a chance to celebrate Obama's birthday--with the president himself at his Chicago home.
In the latest Barack Obama campaign fundraising pitch, First Lady Michelle Obama asks supporters to donate money to help celebrate the president's 51 birthday. Those who donate, the first lady writes, will be entered into a drawing to celebrate Obama's birthday at his Chicago home next month.
While regular calendars note February 2 as Groundhog Day, it’s worth recalling that, on the literary calendar, today is the birthday of Dublin-born novelist James Joyce. On on this day in 1922, age at 40, he published Ulysses (which he pronounced “Oolissays”). February 2 was a lucky date in his mind. (He also thought blue and white most auspicious hues.)