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Friday, December 29, 2017

Former President Barack Obama took some time on Friday to reflect on the past year and tweet out some stories that "remind us what's best about America." Despite President Donald Trump's promise to "make America great again," 2017 really wasn't a great year for everybody. From political upheaval to deadly mass shootings to natural disasters, many people faced difficult times. But Obama pointed out that's not all that happened.

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He then shared three stories from 2017 that highlight the resilience, generosity and resourcefulness of Americans.

The first story was about a Houston wedding planner named Kat Creech who transformed Sarah Samad and Mohsin Dhukka's postponed wedding plans into a Hurricane Harvey victim relief effort. The initial small group of wedding guests turned into hundreds of volunteers and a group called Recovery Houston, local station KPRC reported.

The second story was about NFL defensive end Chris Long, who gave his first six game checks to fund scholarships for students in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Then according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he gave his final 10 game checks to launch Pledge 10 for Tomorrow, a campaign to "promote educational equity and opportunity for underserved youth" in the three cities he's played for ― St. Louis, Boston and now Philadelphia.

Obama's final share was the story of Jahkil Jackson, a 10-year-old on an intrepid mission to help the homeless population in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune article details the boy's "stash of blessing bags -- packages filled with socks, toiletries and snacks," which he insists his parents keep "in the car at all times."

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What's great about America is that he's gone. No other bolder lie was ever told than "You can keep your plan, if you like. Period!" Except maybe that "Read my lips" thingy.

#1 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-12-29 10:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's great about America is that he's gone. No other bolder lie was ever told than "You can keep your plan, if you like. Period!" Except maybe that "Read my lips" thingy.
#1 | Posted by cookfish a

or anything passing the floppy orange turds on trump's face

#2 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-12-29 11:26 PM | Reply

#1 Really? THAT'S why you elected orange molester liar?

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-29 11:31 PM | Reply

Wow , a positive message, what an -------.

Thanks Obama
And I really mean thanks and I miss you.

#4 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-12-29 11:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I hope the next Democratic President nominates him for a seat on the Supreme Court.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-29 11:48 PM | Reply

#1

No bolder lie was "I'm going to be hurt by this tax bill, believe me".

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-30 08:36 AM | Reply

#1

I also like, "I won't have time for golf".

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-30 08:45 AM | Reply

#1

Not to mention: "I can't be drafted, I have bone spurs".

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-30 08:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

No other bolder lie was ever told than "You can keep your plan, if you like..."

#1 | POSTED BY COOKFISH

How hard is it to understand that before the ACA, doctors were not accountable for sloppy patient care?

And those doctors who didn't meet the new quality and safety standards were dropped by the ACA ...

www.drudge.com

So why would anyone want to keep going to a doctor that was practising sloppy medicine?

#9 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-30 03:32 PM | Reply

#1

Trumps entire candidacy and election is a far bolder lie than anything Obama said.

You're just either too big an idiot or are paid to ignore that.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-30 03:52 PM | Reply

#9 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

And what was the unintended consequence of Obamacare and government interference .....

This is where things get interesting. Last year, Time magazine reported that ObamaCare was at least partly to blame. Under ObamaCare, Medicare payments to hospitals are conditioned in part on a patient satisfaction survey, which included questions on pain management. That, in turn, health officials said, created an incentive for hospitals to overprescribe opioids.

If that misguided policy wasn't a driving force, there is clearly a correlation between ObamaCare and the opioid crisis. Overdose data from the CDC show a sharp spike in the trend in non-heroin opioid overdoses starting precisely in 2014 -- the very year ObamaCare went into effect.

What's more, there's evidence to suggest that opioid deaths increased faster in states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare than those states that didn't.
www.investors.com

ObamaCare literally lowering our life expectancy ....

#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 05:04 PM | Reply

Trumps entire candidacy and election is a far bolder lie than anything Obama said.

Not exactly hard to do, Obama was pretty meek ....

Iranian protests is a perfect example....

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 05:05 PM | Reply

"opioid deaths increased faster in states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare than those states that didn't."

By how much?

Because opioid deaths are 25% lower in states that legalized marijuana.

Not that you care about opioid deaths, other than said deaths serving as part of some anti-Obamacare mythology you adhere to.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 05:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's more, there's evidence to suggest that opioid deaths increased faster in states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare than those states that didn't.

www.investors.com

ObamaCare literally lowering our life expectancy ....

#11 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Pure BS.

Doctors started over prescribing opoiods 1990s after pain started being used as a fifth vital sign.

Then it really got going after they were enouraged to do so by a slick 1998 Perdue Pharma marketing video ...

www.cnn.com

In the early '90s, the number of painkiller prescriptions filled at U.S. pharmacies increased by 2 million to 3 million each year, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse study.

From 1995 to 1996, the number of prescriptions jumped by 8 million.

In 1998, Purdue Pharma created a video promotion called "I Got My Life Back."

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It followed six people who suffered from chronic pain and were treated with OxyContin.

The company distributed (PDF) 15,000 copies of the video to be used in in "physician waiting rooms as a 'check out' item for an office's patient education library."

"They don't wear out; they go on working; they do not have serious medical side effects," a doctor featured in the video said.

"So, these drugs, which I repeat, are our best, strongest pain medications, should be used much more than they are for patients in pain."

A year after the video came out, the overall number of opioid painkiller prescriptions filled jumped by 11 million.


So as pretty much anything else, if there's a nation wide problem in America, the root cause is always greed -- or in this case, Perdue Pharma's greed.

The editorial board at Investors need to stick to econ-101.

#14 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-12-30 06:03 PM | Reply

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