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The botched 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.

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  •  Yeah ! (3+ / 0-)
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    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-)
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    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.

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