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    President Barack Obama reads a letter he received from Natoma Canfield of Medina, Ohio, during a meeting with insurance company executives hosted by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
    This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

    Tom Kaszuba, Been Buddy Longway, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. THROUGH_HAWAIIAN_EYES 62 months ago

      Wonderful capture again Pete, take care. :)

      For the People of Chile:
      ~Look Beyond the Rainbow for We Stand in
      Solidarity with You~
      ~For the People of Chile: Look Beyond the Rainbow for We Stand in Solidarity with You~

      Aloha from Hawaii,
      Moanalani Ke`alohilani Roquette :)
      Taken at Face Value...


    2. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 62 months ago

      The perfect solution!!! For all of you Kool aid drinking zombies

      Dear Employees:

      As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that

      Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees

      will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, our prices

      would have to increase by about 10%. But, since we cannot increase our

      prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to

      lay off sixty of our employees instead.

      This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and

      I didn't know how to choose who would have to go.

      So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lots and found sixty

      'Obama' bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these

      folks will be the ones to let go.

      I can't think of a more fair way to approach this problem.

      They voted for change...... I gave it to them.

      I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.

      THE BOSS

    3. ksutherland91 62 months ago

      Not surprisingly, everyone was discussing how great the photo Pete captured was, and then Unalienable Rights hacked up a bunch of drivel against health care reform. You need to GET A LIFE!

    4. Been Buddy Longway 62 months ago

      I somehow connect very well to this young president that has my age.

      Look how everybody present in the room is looking and listening attentively. Looks like a rivetting read.

      This man has so much charisma.


      The fact that the president let himself be inspired by letters with testimonies from people of flesh and blood, so called "cases", is an important credit to me.

      The president stays close to the hearts and minds of his citizens.
      Especially to those who suffer more than most others.

      Do you remember how the former president, in the first years of his presidency, spent 50 % plus of his time on his ranch, on holiday...?!

      God bless America.

    5. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 62 months ago

      Omama has to bribe and buy votes for his SEIU takeover of Obamacare:
      Just the truth, I know progressive liberals hate the truth...They prefer to fantasize in their little La La Land.


    6. Sarita Linda 62 months ago

      Alien is in need of serious help. You are OCD about posting here.

      I have to ask you or Karlen just one question, which for once I wish you would answer with out your usual hate.

      What do YOU hope to accomplish by posting day after day after day. There has to be a point right? A real, valid point? Are you thinking your going to change someones mind?

      If there is not a real, valid point, then please seek professional help, this is not healty. Your OCD is controlling your life.

    7. mindlessmissy 62 months ago

      Money Grabbing Greedy Execs !

    8. ReginaParis 62 months ago

      This is the letter from this Medina woman. Judge for yourselves and t be thankful you are not in her shoes.

      ABC News spoke with Canfield this afternoon.

      Born and raised in Medina, she told us she’s a cleaning woman and her insurance company was Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Ohio – the company that just announced sizable premium hikes all over the country despite its parent company having made almost $5 billion in profits in 2009.

      “I just could not afford it,” Canfield told us. “I went into debt trying to keep coverage when it was $500 a month, and I couldn’t do it anymore at $700 a month.”

      Messages for Kim Ashley, the communications director of Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Ohio, were not immediately returned.*

      "Dear President Obama:

      “I am 50 years old. I was diagnosed with carcinoma 16 years ago. And following my divorce 12 years ago, I became self-employed.

      “After my COBRA benefits ran out, I was able to find costly but affordable health insurance. As a responsible individual, I have struggled to maintain my individual coverage and have increased my deductible and out-of-pocket limits in an attempt to control my cost and keep my health insurance.

      “Last year, 2009, my insurance premium was increased over 25 percent, even though I increased my deductible and out-of-pocket to the highest limits available. I paid out over $6,075.24 in premiums, $2,415.26 for medical care, $225 in co-pays, and $1,500 for prescriptions. I never reached my deductible of $2,500, so the insurance company only paid out a total of $935.32 to my providers.

      “I must repeat, in 2009 my insurance company received $6,075.24 in premiums, and paid out only $935.32.

      “Incredibly, I have been notified that my premium for the next year -- for next year, 2010, has been increased over 40 percent, to $8,496.24. This is the same insurance company I've been with for 11 cancer-free years. I need your health reform bill to help me. I simply can no longer afford to pay for my health-care costs.

      Thanks to this incredible premium increase demanded by my insurance company, January will be my last month of insurance. I live in the house my mother and father built in 1958, and I am so afraid of the possibility I might lose this family heirloom as a result of being forced to drop my health-care insurance."

    9. ReginaParis 62 months ago

      This is one of the fiercest health care reform activists. Please write him and give him a piece of your mind, Congressman Anthony Weiner:


    10. vsync60 62 months ago

      This picture is work produced by the US government and is not subject to copyright. Therefore I'll post as many copies wherever I please.

    11. Enigmaa 62 months ago

      vsync60, LEARN TO READ! Go up and read again. It says:

      This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

      So, you can print this photo if you want. Put it on the wall. The White House is happy to let you do that. But you are not allowed to manipulate the photo in any way. Or use for ...see above.

      Make our president popular! Good job! LOL LOL

    12. baddoggie_x 62 months ago

      Enigmaa, you need to get your money back from that discount law school you went to. vsync60 is correct. That someone in the White House wrote all that crap in no way makes it the law. I can take that picture and make T-shirts which claim it's the president discussing plans for the first national concentration camp for gays and there's nothing the White House can do about it other than issue a denial and explanation of what the photo really is.

    13. Enigmaa 62 months ago

      baddogie_x, if you have your smart idea, you can do whatever you want with the White House photos and you are free to do any idiotic things you wish. The White House will not bother to protest. But, anybody who see your T-shirts, will say that you are an idiot.
      The same way I can take one of your photos ( if you have any ) and do the same....LOL

      Update: I checked, you have only photos of your place where you live, in Europe.

    14. ch5224 62 months ago

      Have President read this blog Obama doesn't realize the power of the Presidency 1realityinwords.blogspot.com/

    15. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 62 months ago

      George Soros is the most Evil man walking the Earth today:
      His Greed is astonishing....Soros is manipulation the naive to do his will, to cash in on the anarchy and chaos it creates.


    16. Blue387 62 months ago

      I hope he tries to insult Lawrence Lessig next. The Future of Ideas was so full of crap.

    17. Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 62 months ago

      Old Max has an obsession with me and Karlen....I keep him busy spewing out fire and brimstone and desecrating the Omama photostream...Old Max falls right in where I want it to be.

    18. jAmisht [deleted] 62 months ago

      I'm from Ohio!!!

      If some people cared about what normal people really don't want to see as comments about a picture, they would make their own message board or some such thing and take their venom elsewhere. That goes for both sides.

    19. ReginaParis 62 months ago


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      Mon Mar 8, 2010 10:34pm EST

      President Barack Obama intensifies his attacks on health
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      premium increases as the battle to reform America's expensive
      healthcare system enters its final stage.

      Hitting the road to rally support for the reforms, Obama
      shrugs off warnings of dire consequences in congressional
      elections in November for Democrats who support his plan and says
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    20. zincink 62 months ago

      I haven't had health insurance in ? i forget how many years because the price of living in the tri-state area is so high. I am probably dying as I type this lol! Hopefully not!

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