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  •  I always think more knowledge & info is better/ (3+ / 0-)
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    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 07:47:39 AM PDT

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    •  Everything needs to be considered in context. (5+ / 0-)

      By next year at this time lots of people who have had a policy under the ACA will have stories to tell. Right now most of the ACA is an unknown. And why would you listen to anything Howard Fineman has to say? He spent many years living and reporting in KY. Why isn't he touting how well things are going there? Because he's Dr. Doom.

      •  To Kossacks, my entire reputation rests on two (3+ / 0-)
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        things: 1) I correctly identified Pete Sessions as the House member who told President Obama that he couldn't stand to look at him, 2) My conversation with a staffer at Rep Matt Salmon's office got over 900 favs.

        I know I'm a nobody and I didn't get my info from Fineman.  I think the timestamps might show that. It was a tough call but I still think this topic is important and I get farther with some validation of it, even Fineman, than just my own word.

        This is difficult.

        It takes education for people to understand a little-known element of the ACA.  The law left room for the Individual Insurance market to continue operating as a de facto competitor to the exchanges. The public is unaware of its existence and/or doesn't understand it which makes it dangerous.

        A year from now, the ACA's satisfied customers won't be newsworthy.  The wave of letters sent by the Individual Insurance market will be because there are interests that will see to it.  

        Kaiser surveyed the individual market policyholders a few years ago. There is a very high degree of dissatisfaction with those policies for a variety of reasons. Did the media balance its reporting by featuring any of their grievances.
        No.  It only presented individuals who "loved" their policies and didn't want them cancelled.  The public doesn't know that Kaiser's report showed 70-80% dissatisfaction with key elements of individual policies.

        I understand your skepticism. I'm a little disappointed.
        If you decide you'd like to learn more about the Individual market, the topic is covered by and there are additional links at this page.

        Realize that this other market is going to be selling ACA-compliant plans with different pricing than the exchanges and the ability to raise premiums next year and blame it on the ACA creating another round of confusion and doubt.
        Even if Progressives are immune, it can still motivate angry Cons.

        There is no existence without doubt.

        by Mark Lippman on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 08:58:39 AM PDT

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        •  I'm sorry that you took my comment so (1+ / 0-)
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          personally. My point is that we don't know how this will all look in a year. The insurance companies are still kicking and screaming about their lack of ability to screw people over. Maybe when they look at their bottom line in a year, they'll shut up. If things go as planned, they'll have considerably more customers than they have now. And they won't have to lie to get them.

          And we absolutely need to keep educating people. That's Howard Fineman's job. Predicting doom isn't.

        •  Depending on whether enough young people sign (2+ / 0-)
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          up for 2013-14 coverage under ACA, there's a possibility that policies in the Exchanges may have there rates increased.

          Now that will really be a massive danger for the 2014 election.

          There are several dangerous scenarios for Dems.

          Since the Administration doesn't seem to have thought out the whole rollout and implementation plus Obama's " can keep your plan...", I wonder how much thought has been given to any other possible pitfalls.

          I guess they never heard of Plan B.

          It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

          by auapplemac on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 10:42:30 AM PDT

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      •  He is on H. Post, at least. He was ok on L. (0+ / 0-)

        O'Donnell, last night. I think Arianna H. likes to make venal digs at Pres. Obama and Fineman seems to oblige.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 11:32:41 AM PDT

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