Skip to main content

The botched healthcare.gov rollout was a blemish on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It got slammed by all, and it was deserved. The goals of Obamacare were never altruistic, they were never liberal dreams of free health care and services or punitive attacks on the wealthy.

The goals were simple: Every American deserved health care insurance they could afford. And every American deserved a minimum level of health care. One would believe that every politician would agree with this basic concept. If one looks at society in the aggregate, a society has some rate at which people get sick. Absent some big change in externalities, one would expect that rate to be relatively constant.

The unfettered capitalist business model expects neverending growth. Notice that even when a company is profitable, if its growth rate is zero, its stock tumbles.

The reason many in business hate Obamacare is simple. Given that America's illness rate is basically constant, and given that companies always want to show growth, this can only occur by incessantly raising health care prices.

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

Obamacare attempts to control price increases effected simply for the sake of growth and profits of businesses at the expense of the working middle class (e.g, duplicate testing, etc.). Many more areas in Obamacare will need to be revisited; drug manufacturers and hospitals will need to be reined in. Insurance companies will need to be eventually abolished in favor of a more efficient Medicare for all system.

Health care does not fall into the same model as other capitalist ventures. One has the choice to buy a flatscreen or not. One cannot decide if they will get sick or want a broken leg fixed.

Society must always protect against uncontrolled vulnerabilities. Obamacare is a start. It is working as designed. According to Gallup, the uninsured rate is falling at a very steep clip.

The uninsured rate has been declining since the fourth quarter of 2013, after hitting an all-time high of 18.0% in the third quarter. The uninsured rate for the first quarter of 2014 so far includes a 16.2% reading for January and 15.6% for February. …

The uninsured rate continues to decline after the requirement to have health insurance went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. This drop could be a result of the ACA, which aims to provide healthcare coverage to more Americans through multiple provisions, including federal and state healthcare marketplaces where Americans can purchase health insurance coverage at competitive rates.

The curve of health cost has bent. This is not solely as a result of the recession, as many who oppose Obamacare would attempt to make this part of the narrative. This comprehensive report debunks that fallacy once and for all.

None of this is simple conjecture. My own health insurance situation was dramatically improved with Obamacare. View other real success stories here.

Americans must not allow moneyed interests to be successful in its attack against middle class-centric policies. The only concern of moneyed interests is to pilfer the working middle class to maintain an unearned way of life.



LIKE My Facebook PageVisit My Blog: EgbertoWillies.com

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Yeah ! (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Calamity Jean, TopCat, sulthernao

    My situation improved 100% ~ had no insurance since my late 20's, when I worked for a hospital. Self employment/small shop retail ever since. Insurance was a distant dream and I had nightmares about losing my home if anything happened.

     Now have under 50 $ per month silver coverage w/ 500. $ deductible, with the new * non-profit *Health Care Co-op created by ACA in my great State O' Maine .

     Thanks Obama !

    Only the cool die young

    by Dvalkure on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:18:34 AM PDT

  •  mine's improved also.. /nt (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    TopCat

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 10:40:03 AM PDT

  •  Word of the day is Affordable (0+ / 0-)

    A friend retired from a local government job some years ago because of health issues. She was paying a significant chunk of her pension to pay for retiree health insurance until she gets to Medicare age. I encouraged her to find out if she could get a subsidy for a plan under the ACA. She said that she had applied for another plan in the past but was denied because of preexisting conditions, so she didn't think she could get a less expensive plan. A couple of us explained that since Jan 1, that could no longer be done.
    I gave her some local phone numbers where she could get help in applying, and when I saw her a week later, she had found a comparable plan that will save her a couple of thousand dollars a year. This will let her pay off some old medical debt and live on a less constrained budget.
    While we have some numbers on the declining percentage of uninsured people in this country, I would love to see some info on how much ex-health insurance money is going to be injected into the economy.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site