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  •  I'm a purist who thinks the law didn't go far (8+ / 0-)

    enough, but i would never repeal it unless replacing it with something better.

    The PEC clause for adults doesn't kick in until 2014. Plenty of adults are being denied insurance as we speak. There are MORE uninsured now than when the law passed, that's just a fact.

    There are high risk pools which are a blessing for many, but many more cannot afford them.

    If the Obama administration has IMPLEMENTED the law immediately, as Medicare was immediately implemented upon passage, instead of delaying all the most major benefits like no more PEC exclusions for adults and rolling out the subsidies and starting the exchanges, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. Americans would be experiencing the benefits and they would KNOW that some healthcare is better than no healthcare.

    The delay was in order to create a better budgetary illusion. In the meantime, 40-50 thousand Americans die each year due to lack of coverage. Creating the budgetary illusion was more important than saving lives.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Thu Feb 23, 2012 at 07:08:10 PM PST

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    •  you have no clue what is going on behind scenes (5+ / 0-)

      You think it is all about insurance. You repeat republican propaganda "The delay was in order to create a better budgetary illusion. " That is just SHIT. The cost is not just in the direct subsidies; it is for fixing the SYSTEM of CARE.

      They had to train enough nurses to be professors of nursing to be able to train enough nurse practitioners to SEE PATIENTS and PROVIDE CARE.

      They had to start deflecting med students into primary care — who can steer people like this diarist — to the right specialists. $, FOUR new medical schools opened their doors in 2009, three with a focus  on primary care. They set up loan repay for those practicing in under served areas in primary care.

      Idiots think we can start taking 30 to 40 million new patients and have more docs to take Medicare and Medicaid in a few weeks. We already now have a shortage of primary care docs.

      The loss in insured is because we lost 8 million jobs in a few years. There are 1.5 million kids on their parents policies; the temporary immediate coverage for uninsured is cheaper in some states than others — and it is only signed up for when people get really sick. The hospitals know to refer people to it and help them get coverage.

      Meanwhile you throw out the flawed statistic about 40,000 dying with out "coverage" (though care IS available) and don't give a fuck about the FACT that over 200,000 Americans die every year from preventable medical errors.

      It is this arrogant ignorance that is keeping people from having a favorable view of it.

      Obama had a monumental achievement in passing this very good health care bill.

      But is isn't good enough for purists who don't have a clue.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 06:13:31 AM PST

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    •  They would also be experiencing the mandate (0+ / 0-)

      which is not popular.

      You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

      by tomjones on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 06:55:25 AM PST

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      •  There is no mandate on individuals yet (0+ / 0-)

        that they could be experiencing.

        Even on some very Republican blogs there are comments supporting the mandate — because they can see the that they don't want to pay for free loaders. And when someone cones along saying they won't pay 'cause they don't want to support others, he gets a response asking if he isn't preparing to be a free loader.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 05:18:57 AM PST

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    •  You show why the poll is a bad one: (0+ / 0-)

      You aren't given a choice of "repeal it if there's a public option".   There's actually three choices facing voters: repeal and return to the status quo ante,  leave it alone, or repeal and replace.   Note, even the republicans adopted the last one as their slogan, proving the the number of people really wanting to go backwards is zero.

      Romney is campaigning to be President SuperBain; his cure is to cut wages, end pensions, let companies go bankrupt, and let the assets of production go dark or be sold to China. He really thinks thats the best of all possible Americas.

      by Inland on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 07:43:03 AM PST

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      •  inland, the Repubs really do (0+ / 0-)

        want to go back to 0 except for the stupid buy across state lines bullshit, and the tort reform crap which is really about give doctors a license to kill without fear of punishment or high cost.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Sat Feb 25, 2012 at 05:28:12 AM PST

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    •  Phoebe, were you paying attention AT ALL (0+ / 0-)

      as the ACA was getting passed?

      The delay was in order to create a better budgetary illusion. In the meantime, 40-50 thousand Americans die each year due to lack of coverage. Creating the budgetary illusion was more important than saving lives.
      Without the 'better budgetary illusion' it would not have passed. From what you are saying, it seems like the ACA sailed through Congress unanimously. That is not reality.

      Yes, 40-50 thousand wil die. And without Obamacare (I actually like the name now) they would continue to die into perpetuity.

      Accept a win with some grace. And then work to improve it.

      If you do not believe that there is an ongoing war on women, then you aren't paying attention. h/t The Pootie Potentate

      by glorificus on Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 08:50:20 AM PST

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