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calwdstk

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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 1:23:57 PM

Now that everyone is examining this law, they are finding out. Costs will rise for family's, some people will not be covered, namely children. Then the ultimate 9 Million less then predicted will be covered, and more. Read the full article on this from NY Times.

Wheels Coming Off - NYPOST
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jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 6:43:49 AM

Passer said: "As I've said before...The Wheels ARE coming off, THE TRAINING WHEELS!"

Training wheels are the ONLY wheels on the train wreck known as ObozoCare. This national nightmare is only going to get worse. Don't get too despondent when yet another Obozo initiative goes up in flames...the expectation should be consistent with the track record, and Obozo's is pretty dismal.
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borsht
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2015 3:33:12 AM

Nancy Pelosi , now infamous words--

"But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it....”

Does the end justify the means, to a liberal it does! Pelosi also later said, “You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.”


[Edited by: borsht at 2/15/2015 3:34:26 AM EST]
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 11:54:32 PM



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Liberal comedian Bill Maher, a longtime champion of Obamacare, began to change his tune on President Obama’s signature legislation Friday night.

“But The New York Times on Sunday did an article that basically said, you know, when Obama said if you like your plan nothing will change — well, everything has changed,” Maher said. “46 percent of people are having trouble paying health care costs now, up 10 percent from a year ago because the deductibles went the up, the co-pays went up. They can’t see the doctor they used to see because he’s in a different network. They go to get questions answered and they’re talking to somebody reading a script in the Philippines. It’s like your prostate cancer is being handled by Comcast now.”

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Bill Maher turns on Obamacare, says it's more expensive and too confusing

[Edited by: jdhelm at 2/14/2015 11:56:32 PM EST]
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Passer
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 7:02:25 PM

LD, there is much we do agree with and fewer items in which we disagree and even semantics may cover up some items in which we agree.


"I also find it funny that you don't understand why conservatives object to Obamacare, while you agree with the students objecting to the same problem based on the same principles."

To be honest, I am not 100% in favor of Obamacare. Though I refuse to submit to the dishonest scare tactics and fear mongering that many Conservatives have betrayed their cause by indulging in.

Some of the GOP had a great idea in not following State boundaries so there would be more competition in rates for national health insurance. That is one of the faults of Obamacare, the lack of serious competition (but if the drug companies and intrenched interests weren't courted, it would not have been passed).

"After all, Socialism is what Obamacare is all about..." No, I don't think so because a Single Payor System "would be what Socialism is all about". Obamacare is a hybrid and it didn't touch the existing companies or redefine them the way a true Socialist system would have. But I will admit it is a first fleeting step on that road.

"...and Cornell is just doing to the students exactly what the Feds are doing to everyone else."

I would say a difference and a key difference is that Cornell is a profit making company exploiting its "workers" and clients.

Obamacare is a government attempt to not necessarily have the profit motive be the single most overriding component of a Health Care System for its citizens.

I understand that to Conservatives, the Profit Motive is key to ALL endeavors. I (believe it or not) am a Capitalist but have exceptions for a few key endeavors: like I don't think Prisons should make money like many Conservatives do, and above all, I think Healthcare like the military, should not be primarily driven by the need to make a profit.



[Edited by: Passer at 2/14/2015 7:08:41 PM EST]
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 3:05:11 PM

Hey everyone - remember yo have to be signed up for obamacare by Sunday night or your gonna be in trouble.... Personally I plan to ignore it and go to bed early.
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ldheinz
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 3:03:04 PM

Passer - "As the Student Loan fiasco shows, College Administrators can be among the most greedy Capitalists preying on their captive "clients" with the "ethics" of the worst of the old monopolists."

I disagree. As the Student Loan fiasco shows, College Administrators can be among the most greedy SOCIALISTS preying on their captive "clients" with the "ethics" of the worst of the old monopolists. Otherwise, I agree with your statements.

After all, Socialism is what Obamacare is all about, and Cornell is just doing to the students exactly what the Feds are doing to everyone else.

I also find it funny that you don't understand why conservatives object to Obamacare, while you agree with the students objecting to the same problem based on the same principles.

[Edited by: ldheinz at 2/14/2015 3:06:51 PM EST]
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Passer
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 1:36:58 PM

"...students must have insurance, but making those already covered pay an extra fee to skip the school's plan is not sitting well."

Nor should it. If I were again a student I would also be furious. As the Student Loan fiasco shows, College Administrators can be among the most greedy Capitalists preying on their captive "clients" with the "ethics" of the worst of the old monopolists.

Colleges have a monopoly situation with their students -- even their athletes and can treat them like cattle. Those monopolies should be broken up. Perhaps, one SOLUTION which may not be liked here, is to give students the right of Collective Bargaining in healthcare, athletics you name it!

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mweyant
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 8:59:18 AM

sometimes you just need to hear it from the young

2-14-15

"Students at vaunted Cornell University are plenty smart enough to know they should not have to pay a penalty for not buying the school's health insurance if they already have coverage, but that's exactly what a new policy at the Ivy League school requires.

The $350 "health fee" for opting out of the school’s insurance plan was announced in a memo school President David Skorton posted on Cornell’s website last week, according to higher education blog The College Fix. But it is just setting in with the student body, and many attending the Ithaca, N.Y., school are not pleased. Under the Affordable Care Act, students must have insurance, but making those already covered pay an extra fee to skip the school's plan is not sitting well."
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 1:36:44 AM

175: <<<"Quoted in this column is Jonathan Turley:
"EMTALA forces those, who can afford to pay for health insurance, to cover the cost for those who cannot. If the government can mandate that you pay for someone else’s care, why can’t it mandate that they pay for their own care? If ACA [ObamaCare] is unconstitutional, then so is EMTALA."">>>

--EMTALA has been in effect for some time legally, and forever as a medical ethic. Nobody has ever, that I know of, been turned away from life saving emergency medical care. (Other than the VA for veterans as of late ironically enough). Even though EMTALA was passed as an unfunded mandate, it does put in writing and policy the ethic of doing no harm. Granted also that many would suffer through going through collections after the fact. But ObamaCare© didn't change any of that! There is still a group of people that can't afford it, and don't have any coverage, and will be treated with life saving measures if brought to a medical facility, and will have to deal with collection calls after the fact.

Only the group has changed, not the situation. A small step towards socialized medicine, a giant leap towards government takeover of another industry!
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Passer
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 12:26:05 AM

"If ACA [ObamaCare] is unconstitutional, then so is EMTALA."

I agree.

I75, your last post was a good one if one reads the full link.

There are winners and losers with Obamacare. There is cost shifting. The BIGGEST winner with Obamacare are those with pre-existing conditions who can now get a standard health policy now where they either couldn't get health insurance before or would be overcharged and rated up if they could but have the existing condition not covered for at least 5 years.

As I've said before about the New York Post Headline that is this topic "Wheels Coming Off Obamacare":

Yes, New York Post, they are, but as usual you leave something out:

The Wheels ARE coming off, THE TRAINING WHEELS!
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 12:43:35 PM

Read Universal Healthcare: Who Really Pays? - by Jon Hall

"Proponents of “universal healthcare” often assert that healthcare is a right. If so, then healthcare is a rather different kind of right than those of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. We get those unalienable rights from our Creator, or from Nature. But healthcare is a complex array of products and services that must be provided by other people, and they expect to be paid."

"Of course, 0bamaCare is not universal healthcare; it’s a hybrid of Medicaid for some, government subsidies for others, and a mandate for those who have the money to pay the entire cost of health insurance to do so. And the millions who are left out of 0bamaCare can get “free” healthcare at hospital emergency rooms."

Quoted in this column is Jonathan Turley:
"EMTALA forces those, who can afford to pay for health insurance, to cover the cost for those who cannot. If the government can mandate that you pay for someone else’s care, why can’t it mandate that they pay for their own care? If ACA [ObamaCare] is unconstitutional, then so is EMTALA."
in here

Who pays, indeed!
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jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 8:08:38 AM

Mia Love, like anyone who disagrees with Obozo, is a racist, right?

No one could possibly find fault with Obozo's policies, so it must be because he's a different skin color than he is.

I don't know which it is...is she a lighter or darker shade of brown?
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 5:51:59 AM

Newly Elected Rep. Mia Love Tears Into Obamacare: Imagine Healthcare Decisions Residing With Families…

2-6-15“Imagine a health care system that is centered in service. Imagine a health care system that is measured by outcomes, not by Washington dictates,” she said. “I know that it is hard for some of my colleagues to contemplate, but imagine… a health care system where dollars and decisions are left with patients, their families, and their doctor.”

“I see an American exceptionalism at work where families and innovation and compassion drive the highest quality of care,” she continued. “Members of Congress, representatives of the people, do not settle!”

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EZExit
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 11:36:34 PM

Mweyant: <<<"Now that healthcare is free, we can't afford it">>>

--When you do all the math, that's the same answer I get as well...
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 28, 2015 10:28:49 PM

Now that healthcare is free, we can't afford it
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 10:43:04 AM

0bamacare cost me my health insurance

"I have no health insurance today, due entirely to Obamacare.
Being self-employed I have had an individual health insurance policy through the same major, health insurance company for approximately twenty years."

"Enrolling in Obamacare was a major nightmare.
Escaping Obamacare is even worse."

The author purchased on the marketplace for 2014. He didn't like the 23.9% premium increase for 2015 so he purchase a policy, from the same company he had been with, on his own. He notified the Exchange that he was cancelling. (His policy would have lapsed due to non-renewal anyway, on Jan.1, but he notified them) The exchange did not process his cancellation and auto-renewed him. he notified them again. They auto-renewed him again. Meanwhile the date moved past January 1st. He checked and his newly-purchased policy was nowhere to be found, and he was still listed with his exchange-based policy, which had expired after he had cancelled it twice.

Why?

"Would I be too much of a cynic if I suggested that this is yet another way for the Obamacare folks to falsely inflate the number of people covered? Again, this is after January 1, a key date for marketplace enrollment numbers because all marketplace policies were, theoretically, set to expire/renew on that date. It will also, presumably, be the date on which the enrollment numbers they report will be based."

"Finally, on January 16, I logged onto the insurance company's website and discovered that my old policy had been cancelled. But the new policy has not been implemented.
A dog -- either the insurance company's or the marketplace's -- has apparently eaten my completed application, which was supposed to take effect January 1.
For the first time since I started my business in 1989, I now have no health insurance."

Nice, huh?

But everything is working well and people are getting covered, and it's a good thing that "we" passed this law. Right?
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 11:02:57 PM

Think what you will about DeWine, he won reelection with 61.5% of the vote in November, against Ohio's Mr.Democrat, David Pepper.

The lawsuit is about protecting Ohio's taxpayers from being ripped off by an unconstitutional law. Other states should likewise file suit.
As DeWine said, “To put this simply, governments don’t tax other governments.”
Governments ought not to have to sue other governments, but the situation is such that it was necessary.
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Passer
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:06:06 PM


"DeWine files lawsuit challenging health care law"

These are the days of DeWine and Roses for him and the Ohio GOP (who hated him for the fact that they think him too anti-2nd amendment and too anti-gun lobby).

This lawsuit is stained with politics. Honest Jeans would be more becoming this politician trying to make amends to his party than a suit pretending to represent the "law" stained with self interest.

This lawsuit, however, is in the best tradition of Ohio GOP politics best represented by Ohio's legendary "Mr. Republican", Bob Ney.
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johnnyg1200
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 9:13:30 PM

I was able to keep the insurance I get from my employer. The promos of a $2,500 reduction in cost is another story. He said the average family would see a $2,500 dollar reduction in the cost of medical insurance. I am right in the of the middle income for a family.

I just got my first full paycheck of the new year. My insurance went up by $20 dollars a month. While not as much as some others have seen it is not a reduction much less a $2,500 dollar savings. If this was a commercial enterprise Obama and his cronies would be in court for fraud, but because he is a politician he's safe.

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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 2:42:27 PM

News item:
DeWine files lawsuit challenging health care law
"A lawsuit was filed this morning by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in federal court in Cincinnati, challenging the section of the Affordable Care Act under which state and local governments are assessed fees to fund the health care law’s transitional reinsurance program."

"DeWine said the lawsuit was filed Monday after the Obama administration failed to respond to letters sent challenging the fees and calling for refund of the funds paid by state and local governments under the law."

“As a result, we had no choice but to file our lawsuit today to protect Ohio taxpayers from this unprecedented federal overreach,” DeWine said. “To put this simply, governments don’t tax other governments.”"
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PopcornPirate
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 8:51:47 AM

"I have to be honest though. I can't blame Obama. The complexity of Obamacare is way beyond the guy's pay grade. A convoluted mess like Obamacare required brains to conceive. Brains is something Obama lacks. He is simply not bright enough to have had anything to do with its conception."

WOW
LOL
HUUUUZZZAAAAA....!
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Passer
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 2:30:25 AM

"I am fully aware of the costs..."

Are you?

Did you ever have an employee in the beloved, cheap old plan who was refused coverage (either by you as the employer or the insurance company) OR ever have an employee with a expensive, dread disease like cancer (anything on your old insurance that was a $100,000+ hit)?

It seems that you only know the previous costs of the healthy.
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:09:58 PM

Flyboy: <<<"I wonder how many here - especially those who get all or some of their Health Insurance paid by their employer really know the cost of it.">>>

--I am the employer, I am fully aware of the costs, and so are my employees that have had to share in the costs, and deal with the loss of coverage as conforming to new laws becomes tedious and expensive. All of my employees wish the insurance was covered like it used to be, and I tell them that I truly miss it too. I tell them to let their opinions be known at the ballot box, the source of all of this uncertainty and unnecessary expenses.
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flyboyUT
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:05:38 PM

I wonder how many here - especially those who get all or some of their Health Insurance paid by their employer really know the cost of it.
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 7:35:29 PM

I have several of those letters myself, SE3.5. I even typed the content here into a thread a couple of years ago in Semi Steve's thread.

<<<"Obama "forgot" to add, "However, if I don't like your insurance, I will fine you.">>>

--He also missed by a mile the estimate of the change that the average person would see in their premiums, and the keeping your doctor bit, yet another lie.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 7:29:54 PM

QuOTE ::::a reasonable person can reasonably conclude that you used "Obama"care just as your medical whipping boy (You have private medical insurance) as Obama has been the "Conservative" whipping boy ::::


A reasonable conclusion since prior to Obamacare I had a smooth functioning, transparent, cheap and effortless health plan. Now I have a creaky, expensive, impossible to understand, labyrinthine plan. One which disallows even the most routine and basic preventive care. 100% due to Congressional democrats like Pelosi, Reid, and Boxer.

I have to be honest though. I can't blame Obama. The complexity of Obamacare is way beyond the guy's pay grade. A convoluted mess like Obamacare required brains to conceive. Brains is something Obama lacks. He is simply not bright enough to have had anything to do with its conception.

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SE3.5
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 3:12:14 PM

"No self-respecting Republican would be on Obamacare or take charity from the big bad government."

My son-in-law is a "self-respecting Republican" who has paid for private insurance for many years. It perfectly suits the needs of his family. He has been advised that his insurance is non-compliant, so he will have to pay a fine of 1% of his yearly household income on his 2014 tax return, and 2% of his yearly household income on his 2015 tax return.

"If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance"

--Barak Obama

Obama "forgot" to add, "However, if I don't like your insurance, I will fine you."
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Passer
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 2:37:47 PM

"My prescription plan saw an increase of 400% under the rules of Obamacare. I'm glad I don't take any routine medications - they would be a financial burden under Obamacare for me. "

"I was denied an innoculation under the rules of Obamacare. I tried to get a pneumonia vaccination at CVS. It got rejected. NO injectables allowed. (except flu shot). I have to pay $200 out of pocket if I want it."

Sorry, it sounded like a reasonable person would conclude that you were on Obamacare. But now that you made yourself clearer, a reasonable person can reasonably conclude that you used "Obama"care just as your medical whipping boy (You have private medical insurance) as Obama has been the "Conservative" whipping boy ever since he dared to fairly win an election, TWICE!

Though I'm not talking about you (or Reb4 especially), many W.A.S. P.s on the Right think he is a bit Uppity. Nothing new about that.














[Edited by: Passer at 1/17/2015 2:43:49 PM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 11:20:19 AM

"First of all, I'm a conservative, not a Republican. I belong to no political party. "




Hemond, most liberals, don't understand that concept ...









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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 11:07:13 AM

QUOTE ::::Why, for God's sakes are you on Obamacare? Are you what any good Republican would call a "moocher", unemployed and living off a government handout? No self-respecting Republican would be on Obamacare or take charity from the big bad government. ::::


First of all, I'm a conservative, not a Republican. I belong to no political party.

Second, I most certainly do not have Obamacare. Those are your words. I have privately funded health care, dental, and prescription.

What I did say is my health care plan has been negatively impacted by Obamacare. My plan, although private must abide by the insane rules of Obamacare. I lost my prescription plan for a year due to the rules of Obamacare. It got reinstated recently but with draconian cost increases and service cuts.

As for "moochers". A moocher is an Obama voter. Some examples. Welfare people, illegal border jumpers, electric car subsidy recipients, wind and solar subsidy recipients, and Obamaphone owners to name a few.

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Passer
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 2:22:20 AM

Hemond, Why, for God's sakes are you on Obamacare? Are you what any good Republican would call a "moocher", unemployed and living off a government handout? No self-respecting Republican would be on Obamacare or take charity from the big bad government.

[Edited by: Passer at 1/17/2015 2:23:04 AM EST]
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:35:47 AM

can't make this stuff up
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:16:48 AM

"I forgot where I saw this, so can't provide the link. oh oh, is that a form of looting?"

Only if you use a Brick 1st
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 8:57:33 AM

LOOTING... When free housing.. free food ..free welfare, free medical and free education JUST ISN'T ENOUGH - grab a brick and go shopping. Looting - Trained by the occupy wall street people, funded by Soros, encouraged by Holder and the guy in the WH.

I forgot where I saw this, so can't provide the link. oh oh, is that a form of looting?

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PopcornPirate
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 8:51:41 AM

"What we have here is what Sarah Palin predicted - rationing of health care. Only the well off can afford to be treated."

Some how....I Told You So.....Just does not hit home enough

Hemond
Sorry to hear about your sister...Hope she is better after the procedure.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 7:55:59 AM

My poor sister just got reamed out good by Obamacare. Instead of the $20 copay under her old plan, she wound up paying $5000 for a medical procedure. Obamacare paid nothing.


My prescription plan saw an increase of 400% under the rules of Obamacare. I'm glad I don't take any routine medications - they would be a financial burden under Obamacare for me.

I was denied an innoculation under the rules of Obamacare. I tried to get a pneumonia vaccination at CVS. It got rejected. NO injectables allowed. (except flu shot). I have to pay $200 out of pocket if I want it.

What we have here is what Sarah Palin predicted - rationing of health care. Only the well off can afford to be treated.

[Edited by: Hemond at 1/15/2015 7:57:38 AM EST]
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 10:35:12 PM

Need help filling out your tax return? Don't call the IRS!
"WASHINGTON (AP) — Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama's health law. But they shouldn't expect much help from the Internal Revenue Service."

I have read that calls to the IRS might be answered at about a 48% clip, and that each call answered will cost the government $42 (which is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything) and there is no guarantee whatsoever that any advice given by a phone-answerer at the IRS is correct.

So file away, file happily, file accurately, file with confidence, or just don't file at all......all thanks to the ACA!



[Edited by: I75at7AM at 1/14/2015 10:36:56 PM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 5:27:32 AM

I appreciate your post, Passer. That working-together thing, when it is in absentia, comes back to haunt both sides, or all sides, of the political spectrum.

I think the Affordable Care Act is way too unwieldy and needs an overhaul. Maryland's poor rollout was attributed to our recently-departed governor. All of his policies came under attack state-wide. Isn't it interesting to see the way that things develop and take on lives of their own?

Recently, I was dedicated to a potential candidate for president in 2016, to a great degree because he always talks about working together, and that he wants to hear from everyone. But, he has gotten so "big" that he doesn't realize what is being published under his name. That in itself is a "big" problem, that unfortunately, whether it is justified or not, speaks to his authenticity.

Have a great day, and thank you for not using terms like "manufactured outrage" just because my opinion differs from yours somewhat. You do not know how much I appreciate that.
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Passer
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 12:55:44 AM

Mweyant,

Your last post does point out some problems with the Affordable Care Act especially the first word, "Affordable". That is going to ultimately be the test as to whether it is successful or not. No bill this large has ever not had major, major problems in its beginnings. The fate of Obamacare is still up in the air. A major tactical problem was that the GOP was shut out originally. One of their ideas that I think is important is to get rid of State boundaries. Where I live, NJ, doesn't have as much competition (GOP Governor, no State Exchange) as New York, where there are many more Insurance companies competing (has its own State Exchange, Democratic Governor there didn't try to kill it). If there were no State boundaries most would be better off.

Its biggest problem though, will be its cost.


"Don't you think that things may have changed?"

YES! Mightily. But the Economics of Adverse Selection hasn't.





[Edited by: Passer at 1/14/2015 12:57:46 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 3:15:13 AM

I have cited many studies on this thread already. No politics, just a sad-but-true reflection of all the studies that are ready and available for the asking. Studies that indicate that doctors are leaving the field because they can't afford to be in business, or studies that indicate that doctors are retiring in great numbers, as well as those studies that show that many, many people who could afford their healthcare before now cannot afford it--off to the emergency room they go. Urgent care places that close very early--one run-in that I personally noted(because I am actively vying for "clumsiest person in the universe" it seems).

The article I posted clearly delineates the connotation of "single payer" and all its sorry baggage.

I have been in the workforce for at least as long as you -- In the 70's? Don't you think that things may have changed? Nevertheless, I appreciate your point of view. Thank you.
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 2:47:59 AM

"Several studies have shown that the cost of providing 100-percent care for all Americans with pre-existing conditions would have been $25 billion to $50 billion."

That is factually wrong!!

Please cite the studies as I actually sold Health Insurance for Mutual of Omaha in rural Ohio in the late '70's. The fact is, and even Romney understood this, in order to cover "pre-existing" conditions you must have a huge base where there is no possibility of

Adverse Selection

(ie where obviously those who have a pre-existing condition will disproportionally buy the insurance because they need it while the healthy avoid it because those with pre-existing conditions make it too expensive).

Please cite your "studies" as they are not based on reality,

ONLY POLITICS!

[Edited by: Passer at 1/13/2015 2:50:04 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 2:31:02 AM

The great Obamacare-Medicaid bait 'n' switch

commentary from 1-12-15

"And so, 2015 is already turning out to be the year when Americans are going to learn the hard way that single-payer systems can only function via rationing. And with Medicaid enrollees, that rationing will especially be cruel because we're talking about millions of poor people who won't even get in the door to see a doctor in the first place. And that also means breaking the promise that emergency rooms will get some kind of traffic relief thanks to Obamacare. Those rejected Medicaid patients are going to have to go somewhere, and the ER will remain the only places that can't turn them away."

"Instead of disrupting the entire private health-coverage system and requiring all employers to provide costly plans, several studies have shown that the cost of providing 100-percent care for all Americans with pre-existing conditions would have been $25 billion to $50 billion. And even if you throw in a whopping $200 billion to $250 billion more to help boost Medicaid reimbursements for decades to come, you still would be talking about a much cheaper financial and political cost than what we're seeing from the ACA.

The result is the U.S. government has actually found a way to be crueler to the poor, more unfair to doctors, and more costly for every taxpayer in America."
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 6:17:23 AM

nstrdnvstr said: "What good is an insurance policy if you can't afford to use it?"

It's VERY good...for the insurance companies. Who wouldn't like to take in more money while providing less service?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 5:17:20 AM

Passer, "An epidemic would be more expensive in terms of money (something the Right can understand) and human suffering (something they can't)."

If the left cared about "human suffering", they wouldn't have forced poor and middle class people to buy an insurance policy where they cannot afford the copays and high deductibles.

What good is an insurance policy if you can't afford to use it?
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:01:06 PM

What Obamacare Doesn't Do

1-11-15

"And with the debate just getting underway, author Steven Brill, who has spent the past two years immersing himself in the subject, has come out with a new book, "America's Bitter Pill," that takes a comprehensive look at what the new law does and doesn't do. Brill argues that Obamacare is the product of what he calls an "orgy of lobbying" and backroom deals in which just about everyone with a stake in the $3-trillion-a-year health industry came out ahead - except the taxpayers."

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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 10:14:14 PM

AC-302 said: "NObamaCare may be a problem without Obama's dictatorial edicts."

MAY be a problem???

It's been a disaster since Day One! It was expected to be a disaster and has exceeded all expectations!
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 2:43:34 AM

NObamaCare may be a problem without Obama's dictatorial edicts.
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 1:38:00 AM

Obamacare Problems? Now in Hands of IRS

1-11-15

very telling article from a member of the tax community

"While in class to learn about the implementation of all these new rules, we spent an entire morning going through the law and how it affects us (and thus you our clients). About two-thirds of the way through the morning I questioned the whole process. I stated that if someone walked into to my office who was receiving the PAC that I would not accept them as a client. The cost of preparing the paperwork to get them properly qualified to receive the benefit would exceed anything I could reasonably charge them. The instructor, a fine fellow from Iowa, stated he unfortunately had to agree with me. So now tax preparers will have to decide whether to accept clients based on our health care system -- just like doctors.

All of this mess was so that, to this time (prior to the 2014 enrollment period), 8.7 million people could be added to the Medicaid rolls and about three million Americans could lose their private insurance. 8.7 million people that are added to a system which already included 59 million people who could not find a doctor to serve them because of the meager reimbursement rates that exist.

Let me remind you of two things. Having health insurance does not equate to having health care despite the pleading of the Obamacare supporters. Also, Obamacare did zero, zilch, nada, bupkis, zippo to increase the supply of health care providers. Makes you wonder why doctors were involved in drafting this law.

I am sure you are really looking forward to preparing your income tax returns this coming year. But please don’t harm anyone after reading this column. There are simply not enough people to take care of them now."
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 1:08:45 PM

Universal health care is hardly "free," and its costs hit both employees and customers hard."

An epidemic would be more expensive in terms of money (something the Right can understand) and human suffering (something they can't).
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 10:16:40 AM

ObamaCare Hits Small Business Hard in Gloomy '15

12-29-14

"Starting Jan. 1, employers with 100 or more full-time workers face hefty increases in their health insurance costs as they comply for the first time with the mandate.

They must now offer the government's comprehensive coverage — including "free" preventive care — for all employees working 30 or more hours a week, or risk being fined $2,000 per employee per year.

But many of these small businesses are retailers that don't have the kind of margins where they can cover workers and still stay in business.

Many grocers and restaurants have opted to pay the fine rather than swallow the larger cost of buying coverage for all workers. Others are cutting back worker hours to duck the law altogether.

Universal health care is hardly "free," and its costs hit both employees and customers hard."
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2014 6:38:42 AM

Affordable Care Act’s Tax Effects Now Loom for Filers

12-26-14

"The Internal Revenue Service is gearing up to answer questions, but it warns that only half of the callers may get through — and those who succeed may have to wait a half-hour or more.

But be prepared to hit redial. John Koskinen, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, admitted in a recent speech that because of budget constraints, the agency may be equipped to answer just over half of the phone calls it receives. Many will get a "courtesy disconnect." '

Courtesty disconnects? Continually and seemingly unapologetically inexcusable . . . and so goes the "Affordable" Care Act as it meanders down its sorry road . . .
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