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  •  So let me get this straight.... (10+ / 0-)

    we should repeal a program aimed at insuring million of uninsured Americans to reward the "dickishness" of the business owners who cut workers hours solely to avoid having to provide them with health care insurance, thus making more Americans uninsured.

    And corporate profits have never been higher...gotta reward those job creators!

    I get it.  McConnell is a dick.

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy ( inaugural address, January 20, 1961)

    by Outraged Mom on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:39:10 AM PDT

    •  A Kentucky thoroughbred Dick (2+ / 0-)
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      Kentuckians know their horses, it a shame they can't recognize a horse's ass when they see one.

      _"Love is the rosebud of an hour; Friendship the everlasting flower."_ Brook Boothby

      by Keith930 on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:44:57 PM PDT

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    •  70/30 subsidized Insurance is no bargain! (0+ / 0-)

      Thass what the touted exchanges will offer you.  You don't get 90/10 or 80/20.  70/30 is lose your house territory.  Also if you qualify for Medicaid you are automatically enrolled.  If you are 55+ your estate must reimburse medical costs when you die.  That's called "clawback."  The devil is in the details.  Most will not like what they get. Donna Smith PNHP: Congress is currently trying to get exemption from the exchanges.

      If Congressional members and their staffs are having difficulties comprehending and navigating the details of the ACA, imagine the millions and millions of “average” Americans who will face incredible confusion, expense, and delays of access to needed health care as we slog through the details of the ACA. Most of us will not have anyone to negotiate or advocate for us when we try to make decisions about health coverage. We will have “navigators” who will explain various plans available on the exchanges but that’s vastly different from having true advocates to make sure we aren’t overburdened with costs or enrolling in coverage that really isn’t coverage at all but simply compliance with the mandate to carry the financial product that is insurance. I am already worried, just as millions of others are. ...

      Some of us will face harsh realities more quickly than Congressional members of staffers on the Hill. In just four days, I must decide once and for all whether or not to spend more than $800 a month on my coverage for the next several months or just go bare until the exchange (more stealthily named the “marketplace”) is up and running here in Colorado in January 2014. ....

      When my time comes to decide about my health and my life, there will be no committee convened that worries about my costs or my coverage as is the case with the current effort on behalf of the Congressional members and staffs my tax dollars cover. I will decide alone, likely in front of my computer screen, making calculations about paying my bills and other living expenses. And I guarantee that my coverage will be bare bones as no one will want to cover me and though under the ACA they will not be able to deny me coverage, insurance companies will be able to age-rate my premiums and make sure they factor in my health history. My premiums will likely be so high that I will either have to opt to pay a penalty for not having coverage or I will be grossly under-insured.

      Keep your powder dry.  We will need it to fight for single payer!
      •  Single Payer vs. bogus Insurance Exchanges (0+ / 0-)

        Beyond Obamacare:

        At the root of these problems is the fact that we have a fragmented, highly inefficient system. Employed Americans younger than 65 years of age have job- based insurance, if their employer chose to provide it; the elderly and disabled are covered through Medicare; the poor by Medicaid; military veterans through the Veterans Administration; and American Indians through the Indian Health Service. Persons who do not fall into any of those categories must try to purchase individual coverage in the private market, where it is often prohibitively expensive or unobtainable if they have a pre-existing health condition.

        Owing largely to this fragmentation and inefficiency, a staggering 31 percent of U.S. health care spending goes toward administrative costs, rather than care itself.[7] Inefficiency exists at both the provider and payer level. To care for their patients and get paid for their work, physicians and hospitals must contend with the intricacies of numerous insurance plans—which tests and procedures they cover, which drugs are on their formularies, which providers are in their network. Meanwhile, private health insurance companies divert a considerable share of the premiums they collect toward advertising and marketing, sales teams, underwriters, lobbyists, executive salaries and shareholder profits. The top five private insurers in the United States paid out $12.2 billion in profits to investors in 2009, a year when nearly 3 million Americans lost their health coverage.[8,9]

        The ACA of 2010, known widely as Obamacare, is expected to extend coverage to 32 million more Americans.[10] But it accomplishes this goal primarily by expanding the current fragmented, inefficient system and maintaining the central role of the private insurance industry in providing coverage. As a result, the ACA is expected to do little to rein in health care spending.[11] Furthermore, it will fall far short of achieving universal coverage, as tens of millions of Americans (including 262,000 Minnesotans) will remain uninsured after its full implementation.[1,10]

        Those who get the 70/30 subsidized insurance will be in lose your house territory when they need help.

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