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The ACA aka Obamacare was upheld to my personal delight - my husband and I have filed for bankruptcy this week and a huge percentage of the reason is medical expenses we haven't been able to pay. The ACA means fewer Americans will have to face financial ruin because they have to go to a hospital.  

I am now hopeful that come 2014 I will have insurance again, if I can't get it before that.  

I am not surprised that the Republican Party is trying to spin this as a huge tax increase, it is after all the only song they know.  But the easiest way to kill that spin is to call the tax what it is:  The Freeloader's Tax. The only people who will pay that penalty are people who refuse to buy health insurance.  People who want to freeload on the system, who think that just because they're healthy now they don't need health insurance.

I don't have insurance right now but God know I want it. I was on Washington State's Basic Health until I got booted from the roles through a 'clerical oversight' (which happened just about the time the economy tanked, go figure).  But the ACA means Washington State will be able to cover 500,000 more people!  A half-million people who won't have to go through bankruptcy, who will be able to make sure their kids get their asthma medication, or who will detect colon cancer or breast cancer when its treatable.  

In Massachusetts where the ACA has been proven effective, less than 1% of the population pays the penalty.  That penalty means that when those people get hit by a car or catch pneumonia the cost of their care is at least partially covered by the penalty, which drives down the cost of health care for everyone.

That's a half-million happy endings at the cost of a few freeloaders who want to skate.  

I'll take that deal any day of the week.  

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  •  Good idea.. (7+ / 0-)

    ..the spiritual bulwark of the Republican party is constructed around a seething hatred of "freeloaders."

    So if you call it a freeloader tax, right wingers will pretend they don't agree, but they will nonetheless have a reflexive reaction.

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:02:53 AM PDT

    •  Thing Is What They Oppose is Government (3+ / 0-)
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      promotion of the general welfare. They don't really care whether it does so efficiently or cost effectively, they don't want it doing that at all.

      The diarist's frame is a good one to use for persuadable moderates, but I doubt it will connect with any rightwingers.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:09:57 AM PDT

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  •  I like it. Fact is that the tax doesn't have to (1+ / 0-)
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    be paid by people who don't access medical care.

    Willard's forte = "catch 'n' cage" People to Wall Street, "let our money go."

    by hannah on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:03:43 AM PDT

  •  Amen (3+ / 0-)

    That is exactly what it is.  For those who choose not to take personal responsibility for their care the government will collect a fee to ofset the cost of paying for your care.   Otherwise feel free to die at home with no trips to the ER or other healthcare  services.

    My Brothers Keeper

    by Reetz on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:03:59 AM PDT

  •  I like slacker tax. Fewer syllables. Catchy. (4+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:08:10 AM PDT

  •  I like "RobertsCare" (0+ / 0-)

    Why not?
    The narrative has changed.

    "You're a dedicated swallower of fascism." Billy Bragg

    by Heianshoka on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 11:14:25 AM PDT

  •  I feel the same about those who want to retire! (4+ / 0-)
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    The freeloaders, or slackers if you prefer that term, who want to retire at 65 really mess it up for the rest of us! They just want to sit around and collect free money that I pay to the government for their recreation!

    These healthy people could easily work until they're 67, 70 or 75. Some could even keep working beyond that! What gives them the right to take my money when they could be working?

    •  And those little slackers in schools that (2+ / 0-)
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      we have to pay for.

      They should get off their little duffs and get a job.

      And, besides they look so cute in their little overalls and their little lunch buckets dragging on the ground!

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:22:46 PM PDT

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      •  Kids... (3+ / 0-)
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        are the biggest freeloaders of them all.  Take my kids for example, those little moochers haven't paid for anything their whole lives!!!  Not one dime towards their medical care, dental care, food, clothing... it's about time they pony up.

        •  Yep, this whole culture of Freeloading (2+ / 0-)
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          starts early.

          I strongly suggest that you get those little loafers a job, and soon!

          Call Newt, I'm sure he can help you.

          Or maybe some of the "progressives" here at DK who have newly jumped on the anti-freeloading bandwagon, maybe they have some odd jobs available for your little slackers!

          Train them up right, I say, so that they are ready to show their proper deference to Big Insurance when they come of age.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

          by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 03:19:47 PM PDT

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  •  I live in Massachusetts. The plan has it's (4+ / 0-)
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    negative that include no stop to escalating costs.

    http://www.dentonrc.com/...

    ""When Massachusetts enacted its version of universal health care six years ago — the first state in the country to do so — state officials and hospital administrators expected emergency room visits to drop. They assumed the newly insured would seek treatment for flu, sprains and other non-life-threatening situations from primary care doctors. Instead, emergency rooms across Massachusetts are still packed with people seeking treatment for non-emergencies. Between fiscal years 2004 and 2008, ER visits swelled 9 percent to about 3 million per year, according to a state Division of Health Care Finance and Policy report from 2010. In 2008, the bulk of those patients — 82 percent — were treated and sent home. The report classified nearly half of those outpatient visits, which cost more than $500 million, as avoidable or preventable — meaning those patients should have sought treatment from a family doctor or clinic.

    Another troubling fact for the health care reform law — sometimes called Chapter 58 for its place in the legislative statutes — was cost. Legislators raised taxes on cigarettes and dropped some legal immigrants’ health benefits to close a budget gap, which some blamed on the health care law and others on the economy’s collapse. (Massachusetts’ highest court last month ordered the state to restore the immigrants’ benefits.) Boston Medical Center, which treats a high percentage of patients covered by state programs, sued the state for cutting its reimbursement rates and, according to hospital administrators, threatening its livelihood. A judge later dismissed the case. After the plan’s implementation, prices for treatment and insurance premiums continued to rise. Today, Massachusetts has the highest health care expenditures in the U.S. If costs aren’t contained, the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services expects health care costs to nearly double to $17,872 for every person in the state by 2020, up from $9,278 in 2009.

    What worries many Massachusetts health officials is that despite the ever-escalating costs of providing universal health care, the number of people who can’t afford insurance or care has increased, according to the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research group. And mirroring the nation, the state has a shortage of primary care physicians. Among non-elderly adults, one in five reported having trouble finding a doctor who will see them, the Urban Institute found.

    New patients waited an average 36 days see family physicians in 2011, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society, which called doctors’ offices to determine appointment availability. The same study found that only 47 percent of primary care doctors were accepting new patients."

  •  why not call it... (4+ / 0-)
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    the "Fu©k Poor People" tax.  I mean, screw these deadbeats who don't buy insurance because they're too busy spending money on themselves. And these poor MF'ers expect us to pay when they break an arm?!  Get a job, losers!

    •  how dare you not bow down to Big Insurance (0+ / 0-)

      like the rest of us do.

      Kissing the ground that Big Insurance walks on is the patriotic thing to do!!

      Only Slackers Resist.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:25:01 PM PDT

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  •  So, we've now completely abandoned the idea (2+ / 0-)
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    that anyone could ever pay for any kind of healthcare without involving a health insurance company?

    You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

    by kenlac on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 01:28:32 PM PDT

    •  yep! Big Insurance owns American Healtcare now. (1+ / 0-)
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      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:25:48 PM PDT

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      •  Well, it occurs to me that somehow... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...Big Insurance somehow owns progressive mindshare, at the least.

        Two years ago the zeitgeist here is that we shouldn't be embracing a system that forces people into private insurance. Now all of a sudden we've got a zeitgeist that embraces the private insurance framework of "freeloaders".

        Seems to me we've got a zeitgeist of convenience, no?

        You can call it "class warfare" -- we call it "common sense"

        by kenlac on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:41:24 PM PDT

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        •  Bottom line: (3+ / 0-)

          "freeloader" is right wing terminology and progressives should not be using it, convient or not.

          Progressive should be on the side of the unity of all working people. And not on the side of Big Insurance.

          The Mandate was wrong then and it's wrong now. It was a right wing idea in the first place and, when they whine about it, we should laugh at them and remind them that they got what they asked for and they should be happy, so STFU already.

          But instead, we start calling our fellow workers "freeloaders."

          Exactly who is it that wins in that scenerio?

          Oh, that's right, Big Insurance.

          The very same bunch of fuckers that have been screwing us over for years. Only, now, progressives are going to help big insurance screw their fellow workers.

          Go figure.

          We can sell the good points of the ACA without ever using the term "freeloaders."

          The real Fat Freeloader is still Big Insurance.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

          by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 03:06:50 PM PDT

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  •  Makes sense, (2+ / 0-)
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    I guess.

    The Mandate idea came from the right wing,
    so let's use right wing terminology to defend it!
    Sure, why not?

    Right wing terminology which turns us against each other and binds us ever closer to the real freeloaders, Big Insurance.

    Hmm.. I wonder who the big winner is in that arrangement?

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 02:19:28 PM PDT

  •  Adding this diary to my collection of arguments (1+ / 0-)
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    to lodge into the brains of everyone who play critic on this major advance for Americans.

    Thanks for posting.

  •  But, aren't all taxes "freeloader penalties"? (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, in arguing with my the wingnuts in my family, I'm going to insist that the IRS exists for one and only one purpose: "to penalize would-be freeloaders."

    And corporations that have paid-for loopholes written into the tax code are greedy freeloaders who are not paying their fair share of our national defense and homeland security and our war on terror.

    This is going to be fun.

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