Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Some Local Proof the Affordable Healthcare Act is Working

I am sick of hearing about Obama's website and how he failed as a President because his website did not magically fix the entire healthcare system over night. His use of technological tools are better than almost every other politician out there, but for some reason we demand he be a tech god and the US government the best tech support outfit in the world, better than Silicon Valley and Bangalore combined. This is why all this anti-Obamacare/ website coverage is embarrassing, "journalists," because you gave so much air time to the loser Republicans.

"Wah, wah, the website is broken! Someone is trying to hack into it! Look how incompetent the President is at building a very important website," they whine like children.  

Meanwhile, inside Illinois,

"Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems has achieved its goal of 115,000 applications initiated for CountyCare, an early rollout of the Affordable Care Act for Cook County, Illinois, more than two months ahead of schedule."

115,000 people for the early version! That's a fifth of the number currently being cited everywhere (500,000) by the media! 115,000 people ALONE in Cook County, this size of an area!

Given that, more than 500,000 people have to have signed up for healthcare under the ACA. It's statistically impossible for it to be just "500,000." But anyway, it's not the numbers that are important, it is all these people who are now able to get affordable insurance.

So cool it on the anti-ACA website coverage please.

Here's the rest of the press release, sent to me on November 13th, for those that are curious:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Free Pizza & Blog Technology Workshop for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

I recently teamed up with Mazie Soto and Phillip Pompa as a volunteer for their TLCC Chicago Autobiography/Photography Blogging pilot workshop. I had been meaning to volunteer in some capacity for a while -- I enjoyed the short stint tutoring at Roosevelt High School when the Albany Park Post was on the Windy Citizen, but felt I wasn't really wanted by the program as I was younger and not a math or science "expert."

Blogging, editing, helping young ones better articulate themselves however, is right up my alley (as is helping the Ecuadorean Center acquire computers, hah) as it is my line of work. Come next week, I will be at the Sulzer Library helping edit and type -- if any kids show up, that is.   

Both Mazie and Phillip are very passionate about the project, and about helping under served children, but it's been incredibly disappointing to see pushback from the Chicago Public School system. We can't even leave flyers on the premise for some reason -- which is really freaking rich considering 9 out of 10 schools in the United States still don't offer a computer science class. There is a real need for this type of education, but the CPS apparently doesn't want any help.

Anyway, here is the flyer! Send your young ones, I promise I won't tell them about 4chan's /b/.

Free Blog Technology Workshop for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
Pizza will be provided for participants

When: November 6, 2013

Where: Sulzer regional Library in the Community Conference room at
4455 N. Lincoln Ave  Chicago, IL 60625

Time: 4-6:30pm
A little about us, Technocratic Learning and Collaboration Center of Chicago is a 501c(3) nonprofit whose mission is to help middle school aged students from underserved communities improve their academic performance through positive motivation, collaboration, and holistic learning by utilizing technology as a way to bridge the digital divide
Please sign up at or call/text us at (773) 840-8522

Space is limited

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