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Obamacare at crux of problem

October 20, 2013

To the editor: President Barack Obama expects to profit from continued government shutdowns of various agencies and facilities....

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BushCrimeFamily

Nov-02-13 1:42 PM

(cont.) The Act allows insurers to continue offering their old plans, but many insurers are choosing not to. In other words, the Act isn’t the culprit; the insurers are. Obama is being skewered for failing to warn Americans what they should already have known: that the market for private insurance is totally unreliable. Which is why we needed the Affordable Care Act in the first place (and why it would have been even better as a single-payer add-on to Medicare and Social Security). - Robert Reich

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BushCrimeFamily

Nov-02-13 1:42 PM

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, writes in a new email that “Barack Obama knowingly and repeatedly lied to Americans.” Priebus and other Republicans are piling on the President for saying about the Affordable Care Act that “if you like your insurance plan you can keep it,” in light of millions of Americans in the private-insurance market (covering about 5 percent of us) now seeing their rates soar or policies cancelled. What Priebus and other Republicans don’t say is that even before the Act went into effect, individual insurance plans typically had to be renewed annually, many were cancelled without warning, and year-to-year rates were already soaring. (cont.)

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Hagrid

Oct-28-13 10:47 AM

""You know the funniest thing about the Obamacare site glitches? How they didn't cost the American taxpayers 24 billion dollars." - John Fugelsang"

True. Only $650 million.

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Echobravo

Oct-26-13 10:33 AM

Vman- I can't believe you could even go there calling me anit-American. I would be will compare all my military awards (Navy Commendation Medal, 5 Navy Achievement Medals, and more) to your service of this country. You only benefit off the backs of those who serve. Continue to be that rocking chair patriot. You and other are too far gone to realize this country has changed, and you have been left behind in your backward thinking. Maybe if you served your country, you could appreciate and the people in even more. Until then COWARD, carry on...

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-26-13 2:22 AM

"You know the funniest thing about the Obamacare site glitches? How they didn't cost the American taxpayers 24 billion dollars." - John Fugelsang

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Hagrid

Oct-25-13 1:44 PM

Georgekaplan, quite an accusation.

Got proof?

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Echobravo

Oct-25-13 12:44 PM

Vman-(YOU) EB believes Corruption is here to stay.

You are absolutely right. Too bad you are to blind to see it for yourself. The entire political system is corrupt. According to your news source your party are upstanding righteous Christians..You will follow them to a warm place as well.

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Hagrid

Oct-25-13 10:57 AM

BushCrimeFamily, why don't you start your own business, hire lots of poor folks, give them top wages and benefits?

That will show those nasty rich folks.

(Why do liberals demand so much more form others than they are willing to do themselves?)

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Hagrid

Oct-25-13 10:54 AM

BushCrimeFamily, are you aware that conservatives give more to the poor than do liberals?

You also might compare G.W Bush's charitable donations to Obama's.

Just sayin'.

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-24-13 8:41 PM

Meanwhile, the GOP continues its war on the poor.

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-24-13 8:40 PM

Businesses expand and hire only if they have more customers. Yet American consumers, who account for 70 percent of all economic activity, can’t spend more. The median household is poorer now than it was in 2009. Over 95 percent of all the gains since then have gone to the top 1 percent. And, of course, most Americans can no longer borrow as they did before the Great Recession, to make up for flat or declining wages. Get it? The underlying economic problem is America’s surging inequality. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page won’t point this out. The interesting question is why the mainstream media won’t, either. Nor will any prominent politician, from the President on down.

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-24-13 8:39 PM

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, the best gauge of establishment right-wing thinking in the nation, blames the anemic recovery on “regulation and ObamaCare.” They got one thing right: The recovery is anemic. In fact, it’s the worst recovery on record. When you consider how far the economy fell in 2008 and 2009, the slow pace of growth is even more startling. But it has nothing to do with regulation or Obamacare. (cont.)

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Hagrid

Oct-24-13 2:23 PM

Dem slams hearing as 'monkey court'...

politico(dot)com/story/2013/10/frank-pallone-slams-hearing-monkey-court-98806(dot)html?hp=lh_b1

Nope. No problem here.

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

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Hagrid

Oct-24-13 11:55 AM

Excellent post, lindalea. We need a far better plan for health care.

What we had was certainly better than the one they are forcing on us.

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lindalea

Oct-24-13 6:13 AM

people have lost their coverage because of obamacare and they can't sign of for obamacare because of the massive screwup. and if they are able to sign up the premiums and deductibles are higher. Whats wrong with that picture? Don't tell me premiums aren't going to be higher because it happened to me. My Blue Cross doubled under this fiasco. PLEASE let someone be elected next time with a brain! God knows, there's no brains in Washington at this time from the top down. They want to penalize you for not signing up. If this wasn't so sad it would be laughable. What a joke the obama administration is!! It's killing this country.

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Hagrid

Oct-23-13 10:36 PM

(Say, isn't that what the Republicans were asking for? The Democrats finally come around AFTER they shut down the government? Kind of late to the party, aren't they? I wonder what changed their mind? Oh! YOU did. American voters!)

Senate Dems Up For Re-Election To Back Mandate Delay...

breitbart(dot)com/Big-Government/2013/10/23/Report-All-Senate-Democrats-up-for-re-election-in-2014-will-back-delaying-Obamacare-s-enrollment-deadline

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Hagrid

Oct-23-13 9:23 PM

(Liar, liar, pants on fire!)

Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare

weeklystandard(dot)com/blogs/millions-americans-are-losing-their-health-plans-because-obamacare_764602(dot)html

While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.

“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you,” Obama said at one rally in July 2009. “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

But the president's promise is turning out to be false for millions of Americans who have had their health insurance policies canceled because they don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

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Hagrid

Oct-23-13 9:19 PM

Oh, dear!

Feds ask Blue Cross Blue Shield not to release exchange numbers

inforum(dot)com/event/article/id/416090/

FARGO – The Obama administration asked North Dakota’s largest health insurer not to publicize how many people have signed up for health insurance through a new online exchange, a company official says.

During a Monday forum in Fargo for people interested in signing up for coverage via the exchange, James Nichol of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota told the crowd his company received the request from the federal government earlier Monday. Nichol is a consumer sales manager for the company.

Still, a spokeswoman from Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 14 North Dakotans have signed up for coverage since the federal exchange went live Oct. 1. That brings total statewide enrollment to 20 – less than one a day.

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-23-13 3:25 PM

(cont.) Had Democrats stuck to the original Democratic vision and built it on Social Security and Medicare, it would have been cheaper, simpler, and more widely accepted by the public. Maybe, someday, we'll get there. - Robert Reich

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-23-13 3:24 PM

For those of us who have been arguing for years that the best way to provide comprehensive health insurance to Americans would be to graft it onto Social Security and Medicare, and pay for it through the payroll tax, Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act has been deeply ironic. Republicans were the ones who initially demanded it be based instead on private insurance, and be paid for with a combination of subsidies for low-income purchasers and a requirement that the younger and healthier sign up. A Republican President (Richard Nixon) came close to enacting such a plan. A Republican think tank provided the details. A Republican governor (Mitt Romney) did a trial run (in Massachusetts). Yet now that the essential Republican plan for comprehensive health insurance is being implemented nationally, Republicans are apoplectic. (cont.)

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Hagrid

Oct-23-13 1:33 PM

Major Parts of Obamacare Website Out of Order Until Further Notice

newsmax(dot)com/Newsfront/obamacare-website-further-notice/2013/10/23/id/532664

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Hagrid

Oct-23-13 1:32 PM

Obamacare and America's Journey Into the Third World

moneynews(dot)com/Peter-Morici/Obama-healthcare-exchanges-civil/2013/10/23/id/532638

One need only compare the sense of dispatch at Federal Express with time endured to send a package via the U.S. Postal Service to recognize the federal government doesn't do things quite as well as the private sector does. It doesn't even function as well as state bureaucracies.

Now Obamacare, which socializes an industry larger than the economies of France or Britain, is proving the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can be more incompetent than many Third World governments are. These past few weeks, poor in Mexico could sign up for healthcare with less mess than Washington did for folks needing insurance in San Antonio.

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Hagrid

Oct-23-13 10:20 AM

Great and comprehensive list, Valleyman.

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Hagrid

Oct-22-13 9:07 PM

Wait until Obamacare death panels are set up like they have in the lefty-praised Canadian health care system:

theglobaldispatch(dot)com/canada-reveals-it-has-death-panels-slate-says-its-a-good-thing-to-play-god-50115/

“Last week Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that doctors could not unilaterally ignore a Toronto family’s decision to keep their near-dead husband and father on life support. In the same breath, however, the court also confirmed that, under the laws of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, a group of government-appointed adjudicators could yet overrule the family’s choice. That tribunal, not the family or the doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug.”

Looks like a lot of folks owe Sarah Palin an apology.

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BushCrimeFamily

Oct-22-13 4:12 PM

One of the oddest realities of American politics is that right-wing Republicans who have fought hardest against the Affordable Care Act represent states that stand to benefit the most from it. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has compared his fight to defund the Affordable Care Act to the fight against Nazi Germany, is from a state with the highest percentage of uninsured citizens in America. One in four of 25 million Texans lacks health insurance; the Affordable Care Act will cover 3.5 million of them. A million more would have been covered if Texas Gov. Rick Perry hadn’t nixed the law's expansion of Medicaid. More than 10 million Texans, including 1.6 million children, have a pre-existing health condition, such as asthma or diabetes, which insurers will also have to cover because of the Act. So here’s today’s question: Once the Act is fully implemented, will the citizens who benefit from it in Texas and similar states turn against their Tea Party representatives? - R. Reich

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