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We've heard many reasons why Republicans hate Obamacare. It's the Gateway to European Socialism, or it will force people to violate their religious beliefs. It will cost too much money or it will erode societal norms by handing out birth control like a Pez-Dispenser.  But now, finally the answer comes out - Obamacare emancipates the middle class from the plutocrats by removing the carrot of health insurance and the stick of bankruptcy from the corporation's hands, and shifts power back towards the people and away from the corporations.

Prior to the recession and globalization, the carrot was upward mobility - work hard, plan right, and you too could have a house in the suburbs, send your 2.5 kids to college and retire to enjoy life. After the recession, the one thing that many corporations found was a successful carrot was health insurance, particularly when increasingly stringent requirements by the insurance companies meant if you went without continuous coverage your premiums could be raised or you could be denied coverage.

The stick evolved as well, from a social stigma of being fired to the threat of bankruptcy and financial ruin. You can't afford to get sick without medical coverage, so you do whatever you have to in order to keep your job and the benefits that come along with it.

So lead by the health insurance carrot and threatened by the bankruptcy stick, you begin to cede more of your time in order to keep your benefits. You agree to work more than 40 hours a week with no increase of your salary. You never use vacation days, you check your phone and email in case something comes up over the weekend, during your kid's ball game or dance recital, or date night with your spouse.  All because they could fire you and hire someone else who needs the job, not only for the money but also for the benefits.

Your added productivity results in higher profits for the corporation, which is distributed via bonuses and raises for the CEOs and upper management in recognition for their ability to increase productivity while keeping costs low. The income disparity grows, in part due to the hard work of those who will never be rewarded for their labor and are powerless for fear they may lose their insurance.

The ACA takes away this carrot and stick by allowing you to purchase health insurance on your own and with a subsidy to help you pay for it. Republicans claim that the subsidy provides a disincentive to work. In reality, the ACA provides the middle class with a choice. In a recent Washington Post article, it is estimated that 2.5 million Americans will quit their jobs or stop looking for work based upon the benefits of the ACA.

One such American is Polly Lower, who quit her job when her boss reassigned her from the job she enjoyed (book keeping) to a position she did not (managing her bosses schedule). Pre-ACA she would have just kept working for at least another decade until she could retire on Medicare. Now, with $500 premiums for her and her husband, she can become the full-time sitter for her 5 year old granddaughter, a much more fulfilling position. With 2.5 million other people able to make the same choices, the people that will be hired to replace them will have more say in what they will and will not do, which means companies and corporations will have to provide new incentives and better pay to retain employees.

And that is the real reason the Republicans hate the ACA. The ACA provides options for the middle class, the option to refuse to take on more responsibilities with no increase in pay, or a position that was not agreed upon when they were hired. By opting in to the ACA exchanges, people are able to opt out of the system where the middle class effort and time is sacrificed to provide inordinate bonuses and perks for CEOs and other plutocrats. And that terrifies Republicans and their plutocratic donors, because it threatens their very way of life.

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  •  you'd think someone here (0+ / 0-)

    would get this right...

    "In a recent Washington Post article, it is estimated that 2.5 million Americans will quit their jobs or stop looking for work based upon the benefits of the ACA."

    but apparently not everyone here...

  •  I think the answer is far simpler. (4+ / 0-)
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    ahumbleopinion, Sylv, a2nite, myboo

    The really rich hate Obamacare because they have to pay an extra 3.8% surtax on all their income.  Because tax increases to them is like the Holocaust or some fucked up shit like that.

    But the employer losing some control to the employees is an added reason for them to hate it

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 11:40:52 AM PST

    •  There are many reasons but together they all (0+ / 0-)

      add up -

      The carrot and stick of the diary
      The ability of choice for individuals to choose not to have health care tied to a job
      The ability to change providers rather than be locked into your employer's choice
      The ability to shop for price rather than take-it or leave-it
      The various benefits like being able to have kids on policies till 26, no denial for pre-existing conditions, no lifetime cap, free screenings for multiple issues - these all might lead to people actually getting healthcare whereas before they might be denied.
      The 80% or 85% rule that limits amounts usable for non-medical care - the very idea they can't make as much money as they can, or that they can't pocket the money they would otherwise spend on care once denied.

      Virtually all of the people who are against health care it seems are either people who've got health care (and aren't going to lose it) or they're people who are just so spiteful of others that they're willing to hurt themselves just to be able to hurt others.

      •  I take the Occams Razor approach (4+ / 0-)
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        the simplest answer is usually the right one.  Rich people just don't want to be paying more in taxes so 'dirty', 'poor', 'lazy', 'colored', 'takers' could get free healthcare paid for by the money they 'made'.  Everything else is just cover for their greed and hate.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 12:48:06 PM PST

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        •  It's greed and hate, but it's much more. Only a (2+ / 0-)
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          small fraction of people (granted it's the richest, but it's still only a small number) actually will be paying more in taxes.  Yes, they hate taxes, but if you look at others who are fighting this you'll see they're poor and full of hate of the others, they're misinformed, they're ideological rather than fact-based.  

          •  The poor who are against it (3+ / 0-)
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            are being driven in large part by the propaganda paid for by the rich.  Socialism is code for them for 'my taxes going to pay for free health care for those people'.  I won't disagree with you on your point because you're spot on.  But without the rich pushing the death panels, and all the other crap, I doubt that opposition would be as high since many of those hateful assholes would themselves be on Medicaid if they weren't so fucking stupid to vote against their self interests.

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 01:06:58 PM PST

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            •  Anyone who can think critically is NOT against it! (0+ / 0-)

              I agree with Bill Maher that there really are a lot of stupid Americans who I see continually voting and making other decisions completely foreign to their best interests.  This is just the most notable.
              While the debate was going on, I spoke with a family in the upper midwest (bright red state) that was making $25K/yr and paying nearly half of that in medical insurance.
              "Wouldn't you like to have most of YOUR money and still be covered," I asked, pointing out how they could save at least half of what they were paying.
              "It's wrong," I was told, but just exactly how she couldn't say; why she wanted to be further screwed was beyond me other than "he is all for it." (You know-who - that wily dark fellow in the white house.)
              Stupid. Ignorant. Racist. Ignorant. Stupid.

              "Takes more than guns to kill a man" Joe Hill

              by sajiocity on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:48:57 PM PST

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      •  here's another reason the big money hates it- it (1+ / 0-)
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        ColoTim

        prioritizes prevention- not as much as single payer would - that threatens the drug industry and every polluter that needs to worry about regulation.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:31:13 PM PST

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  •  Funny how GOPers accuse Dems of buying votes... (0+ / 0-)

    …by giving food stamps and the like, while they GOPers are the ones being bought for cheap by corporations and are acting as their henchmen like fucking morons!

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