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 Obama White House In Free Fall As The Wheels Come Off Obamacare Nightmare


The White House scrambled Wednesday to find solutions for the glaring failures in Obamacare as rebellious congressional Democrats pressured the administration over their increasing political predicament.

In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, House Democrats blasted administration officials over their handling of the Obamacare rollout, and the White House’s failure to address Mr. Obama’s broken promise to Americans that they could keep their health insurance plans.


Top Senate Democrats, meanwhile, were giving more support to a legislative proposal that would allow people to keep their insurance plans. The White House said the proposal from Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, has more merit than a House Republican plan scheduled for a vote Friday.

Presidential aides wouldn’t commit to a specific fix.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president is trying to reassure congressional Democrats that he will decide on a solution “sooner rather than later.” “The frustration that Democrats who strongly support the Affordable Care Act and who strongly believe that it is the right thing to do … [feel] is similar to the frustration the president feels,” Mr. Carney said. “Nobody is satisfied.”

The reasons for the Democrats’ rising anger are clear. With website glitches and millions of constituents receiving insurance cancellation notices, lawmakers who supported the president’s health care reform plan are feeling more vulnerable about their re-election prospects next year, and many who fought for Obamacare are worried that its promise is being threatened by incompetence.

“There is no question that the dysfunction in Washington that the American people have seen is taking its toll on everyone,” Mr. Carney said. “And while the president’s ratings are low for him, they’re sky high in comparison with Congress, and in particular Republicans in Congress. That’s not satisfactory to us, only because it reflects a feeling among the American people that this place is not working for them.”

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed that congressional Republicans have erased a 9-point deficit in six weeks in a generic congressional ballot question, and are running even with Democrats. One of the main developments in the past six weeks was the rollout of Obamacare on Oct. 1. 


source – Washington Times

Occupy Wall Street Activists Buy $15m of Americans’ Personal Debt – and ‘Forgive’ It Tags: Debt Aboliton Occupy Wall Street Personal Debt Pruchasing

Occupy Wall Street’Our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market,’ said Andrew Ross. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

By Adam Gabbatt in New York, The Guardian -November 12, 2013

A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.

Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before “abolishing” it, freeing individuals from their bills.

By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.

“We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1,” said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt.

“In fact we’ve been able to buy debt a lot more cheaply than that.”

The group is able to buy debt so cheaply due to the nature of the “secondary debt market”. If individuals consistently fail to pay bills from credit cards, loans, or medical insurance the bank or lender that issued the funds will eventually cut its losses by selling that debt to a third party. These sales occur for a fraction of the debt’s true values – typically for five cents on the dollar – and debt-buying companies then attempt to recoup the debt from the individual debtor and thus make a profit.

The Rolling Jubilee project was mostly conceived as a “public education project”, Ross said.

“We’re under no illusions that $15m is just a tiny drop in the secondary debt market. It doesn’t make a dent in the amount of debt.

“Our purpose in doing this, aside from helping some people along the way – there’s certainly many, many people who are very thankful that their debts are abolished – our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market.”

The group has focussed on buying medical debt, and has acquired the $14.7m in three separate purchases, most recently spending $13.5m on medical debt owed by 2,693 people across 45 states and Puerto Rico, Rolling Jubilee said in a press release.

“No one should have to go into debt or bankruptcy because they get sick,” said Laura Hanna, an organiser with the group. Hanna said 62% of all personal bankruptcies have medical debt as a contributing factor.

Due to the nature of the debt market, the group is unable to specify whose debt it purchases, taking on the amounts before it discovers individuals’ identities. When Rolling Jubilee has bought the debt they send notes to their debtors “telling them they’re off the hook”, Ross said.

Ross, whose book, Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal, outlines the problems of the debt industry and calls for a “debtors’ movement” to resist credit, said the group had received letters from people whose debt they had lifted thanking them for the service. But the real victory was in spreading knowledge of the nature of the debt industry, he said.

“Very few people know how cheaply their debts have been bought by collectors. It changes the psychology of the debtor, knowing this.

“So when you get called up by the debt collector, and you’re being asked to pay the full amount of your debt, you now know that the debt collector has bought your debt very, very cheaply. As cheaply as we bought it. And that gives you moral ammunition to have a different conversation with the debt collector.”


Heroic: SOS Letter Writer From Chinese Forced Labor Camp Speaks Out Tags: Activism Big Brother Eugenics globalist agenda media and politics new world order Orwellian world

Joe Wright
Activist Post

The story of a letter embedded in a package of Kmart Halloween decorations received by Oregonian Julie Keith immediately went ultra-viral as it detailed an excruciating cry for help from a prisoner of a Chinese forced labor camp.

The letter brought to the forefront a part of the American economy that most of us would like to ignore, or simply hope is being dealt with appropriately behind the scenes: the fact that the low prices that are such a boon to the American consumer-driven economy have a terrible hidden price attached.

As a testament to the will of human freedom, the author of the letter has gone even further and has identified himself to the New York Times. For now, he’s simply “Mr. Zhang.” He is 47 years old and has more to tell about his time as a slave.

His story takes place within the infamous Masanjia prison camp. This is the same camp where a video exposé produced by the Lens magazine documented the women’s section of the prison and its abysmal conditions, as well as the lives that have been destroyed to support its function. It’s stomach churning viewing, but a must-see in order to face the reality of what is being tacitly supported by the wealthier nations that benefit from the “work” being done there. The origins of the Masanjia camp — a former graveyard — strangely echo the Halloween trinkets received by Americans like Julie Keith. It’s a place literally built upon death and where death and nightmares continue.

Mr. Zhang’s “crime” that resulted in his detention is a familiar tale: engaging in a non-approved religious practice. The risks that Zhang took, and the lengths he went to in order to voice his desire for freedom, demonstrate a strength of spirit that might offer insight into why the State would wish to suppress such tendencies:

Moving forward with his plan to expose the horror in the camp, he secretly tore off pages from exercise books meant for political indoctrination sessions as inmates were barred from having paper. He also befriended a minor criminal from his hometown — a monitor for the guards — who managed to get him another banned item: a ball pen refill.

“I hid it in a hollow space in the bed stand — and only got time to write late at night when everyone else had fallen asleep,” he recalled. “The lights were always on in the camp and there was a man on duty in every room to keep an eye on us.”

Demonstrating his awkward position in bed, he continued: “I lay on my side with my face toward the wall so he could only see my back. I placed the paper on my pillow and wrote on it slowly.”

A college graduate, he said it took him two or three days to finish a single letter through this risky and painstaking process. “I tried to fill as much space as possible on each sheet,” he said. “Every letter was slightly different because I had to improvise — I remember writing SOS in some but not in others.

“Writing in English was very hard for me. I had studied the language but had never practiced speaking or writing much. That’s why I included some Chinese words to make sure the message would not be misunderstood because of my English mistakes.”

He slipped 20 letters into Halloween decoration packaging in 2008 and at least one, against all odds, got out and made headlines four years later. (Source)

China is home to at least 1,000 forced labor camps, called Laogai, whose goods wind up on the shelves of retailers such as “Wal-Mart, Home Depot, K-Mart, Target, Lowes, and dozens of other U.S. corporations.” [1] The camps were originally set up in the 1950s by Mao and have endured despite increasing awareness by the outside world of what life is like for its untold number of inmates.

Here is just a snapshot of what one can expect upon entering the Chinese slave labor system, according to a report from the Asian Human Rights Commission:

  • Average age of a worker in a typical Chinese toy factory: between 12- and 15-years-old.
  • Typical wage of workers in Asian toy factories: from as little as 6 cents an hour up to 40 cents an hour (in U.S. dollar terms).
  • Typical number of hours worked in a day during busy periods: up to 19.
  • Typical number of days worked per week: 6.
  • Young workers work all day in 104-degree temperature, handling toxic glues, paints, and solvents.
  • Workers weakened by illness and pregnant workers, who are supposed to have legal protection, are forced to quit.
  • The typical profile of workers in these factories involves single young women migrants from rural areas to the cities in search of jobs.

The world also has heard about the suicide nets at mega camps like Foxconn where many of the big name computer products come from. With the standard conditions documented above, and worse, is it any wonder for their need? Some of you might rightly ask: Why do they put up with it? Why don’t they do something? Well, some have. Workers have rioted, even as mass organization is next to impossible with the level of control and surveillance in place.  In late September, 2013 2,000 workers revolted … only to be outnumbered by 5,000 police. Sure the plant was closed for a few days to mop up, but business was eventually resumed. And resumed with the extra knowledge of remaining workers that resistance is all but futile.



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