Monthly Archives: January 2012

“Obamacare” Proves A Success

The defining moment of Obama’s presidency thus far has been his passage of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act in 2010, also known as “Obamacare” or simply the health care law.

Many groups, funded by special interest groups and pharmaceutical companies, have aired commercials and ads claiming that it is “socialism” and will somehow cause America’s demise.

However, the numbers coming in simply do not support their claim. Click the image below to enlarge:

 

In addition, Forbes Magazine, a prestigious business publication, reported in January that more small businesses are offering health care to their employees thanks to the new law.

In fact, Forbes columnist Rick Ungar sums everything up very nicely with this closing comment:

If you’re all about beating up on President Obama, you can conveniently forget this bit of data as if it never really happened. However, if your interest is to make health care available to more Americans, this should be a happy day for you – no matter what your ideological beliefs.

-Rick Ungar

Mitt Romney, the Leading GOP Candidate

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has won the Iowa caucus. And he looks to have already won New Hampshire, enjoying a 20-point lead there ahead of the election next week.

What’s particularly alarming about Romney is that nobody really knows what he stands for… and it seems like neither does he.

This video explains the situation perfectly:

More Jobs and Less Crime in 2011

Last year was a great year for progress in Maryland. Nearly 27,000 new jobs were created. Crime dropped to its lowest levels since 1975. And our schools are still ranked first in the nation.

Last week, Governor O’Malley gave a briefing, which showed just how much progress was made.

Click any image to enlarge. Images are directly from the briefing.

Maryland has enjoyed better economic growth compared to Virginia, and it is part of a trend of national economic recovery. The US economy creates about 200,000 new jobs every month, suggesting that President Obama’s policies are beginning to see effect. The national unemployment rate has now dropped to 8.5%, the lowest in almost three years.

Maryland’s recovery rate is actually better than the national average.

According to the FBI uniform crime reports, the total amount of violent crimes has fallen every year since O’Malley was elected in 2006. The crime rate in Baltimore City has also decreased each year.

On top of these statistics, Maryland is also one of eight states to still have a triple-A bond rating from all three rating agencies. And as a result of the new health care law, 300,000 more Marylanders are insured than last year.

Click here to see the Governor’s presentation and even more information about the progress our state has made this past year.

We will be working together to make 2012 an even better year than 2011. Thanks for all your support!