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  •  Well I don't disagree on the issue (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark27, pollbuster

    I just fail to see how any response from insurance companies can hurt Dems.  It'll either be "big business with huge profits is gouging Americans", which isn't a new story, or "young people need more ducation on benefits of insurance."

    I am actually surprised the insurance companies have remained relatively unscathed so far.  A lot of the law was written to fix their scruples (no pre-existing conditions, etc.) and yet they seem like heroes in the media.  I'm hoping that's the shoe that drops, or rather, that Dems run on in 2014.

    But then again, with 12 months to go it could go in numerous directions.  Like you, I was always a little uncertain about the youth population buying insurance, but who knows how it will pan out.

    "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

    by rdw72777 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:07:59 AM PST

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    •  Obamacare Will Be The GOP Catchall For All That... (0+ / 0-)

      ....is wrong with health care, and among certain voters, they'll probably get away with that cynicism if the program does not appear to be successfully working by next year at this time.  In retrospect, and at least for the short-term, it seems politically shrewd that the Republicans voted unilaterally against it in 2009 (even though it's their damn plan...don't even get me started on that!) because they can make the Democrats own everything that is going wrong with health care and blame it on Obamacare.  If the program turns out to be successful, they won't be able to use Obamacare as a weapon against Democrats anymore but probably won't pay the consequences for getting it wrong either since they never paid the consequences for predicting "the end of freedom" with Medicare, as one of many examples.  

      The fact that Massachusetts made the template for Obamacare work gives me some encouragement, but that had a rocky start too, and it seems likely to me that even if Obamacare has only one rocky year as Romneycare did, there will still be some political casualties next year before the issue becomes neutral or a net positive for Dems.

      •  The triangulation possibilities (5+ / 0-)
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        Mark27, wadingo, pollbuster, askew, JBraden

        Make my head hurt.  I guess my "sun is always shining" view is twofold.  

        1.  The media wll have moved on, as there's always a Kardashian about to get married.

        2.  I'm not sure a huge increase in premiums, even in a doomsday scenario, would be in place by next November 2014.  

        I know my company's rates aren't announced until January, and it's always been around Q1 in any company I've ever worked for.  I doubt the rates could be raised in Q1-2014 using any reality of Obamacare not getting enough healthy youngin's to sign up.  

        "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

        by rdw72777 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:47:57 AM PST

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    •  Millennials have, (5+ / 0-)

      for the most part, not experienced anything remotely resembling financial security.  And Kaiser Health polling shows that a huge majority of that age group (more than seven out of ten) considers health insurance important to have.

      I consider the "young invincible" crap to be mainly GOP propaganda.  I'm one myself (age 28), and I'm sure as hell not planning on going uninsured anytime soon.

      Proud progressive stuck in George J. "Mike" Kelly's PA-3 (where birth control is tantamount to Pearl Harbor).

      by JBraden on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 10:56:04 AM PST

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      •  I guess I just don't know (0+ / 0-)

        If it will be affordable to the quantity who don't have it.  At least some of that group needs to pay for insurance for it all to work.

        I guess we'll know next year...so much of how all the numbers work has eluded me all along.

        "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

        by rdw72777 on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 11:08:46 AM PST

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