Hi, everybody. This Tuesday is an important day for families, businesses and our economy. It’s the day a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in, and tens of millions of Americans will finally have the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care as everyone else. It’s also the day that a group of far-right Republicans in Congress might choose to shut down the government and potentially damage the economy just because they don’t like this law.
As best I can determine, the coverage that people can buy for $100 or less comes with a 5K or higher deductible. For years, my husband and I have been on a plan where 5K is not our deductible but rather our catastrophic limit--the point where our insurance pays 100% of charges. We never reached it until our retirement years. This suggests to me that few people who take a 5K deductible plan will reach the point where the insurance pays anything toward their yearly expenses.
I can´t imagine the typical young person seeing any value to a plan with a 5K deductible, no matter how cheap it is.
currently my company plan(me retired and 2 kids) gives me $2K at the start of the year towards expenses. When i have burned through that(many years i only use $1K or so and the remaining balance rolls over to the next year) i then have to spend $1600 out of pocket. At that point it goes to a 90/10 insurance plan. I am so glad i will be able to keep that plan under obamacare.
PS. I am planning to spend whatever balance i have left in the plan on KY jelly, just in case...
A little common sense...You cannot add millions of people to get free medical coverage--even illegal aliens--and you cannot add medical coverage for abortion, birth control, pre-existing conditions unless the cost of health plans go up (for those who do pay) and/or the level of care decreases. The basic law of economics says you can´t get something for nothing. OF COURSE this will be train wreck. It was never intended to improve health care. Obamacare was designed to be a wealth redistribution plan that allowed government to control 17% of the economy, while buying votes for Dems with taxpayer money.
People want Good things. The do not want Bad things. Good things function, Bad things do not. This is so fundamental a thought, it is difficult to circumvent. But one effective if amoral approach is to convince one group a Bad thing is Good, then pretend that the only thing keeping the Bad thing from being a great boon for all is the reticence on the part of the remaining people who know better. They must be painted as either uninformed or foolish, or most effective of all, selfish.
Obama can make things work with a wave of the hand, ask any of His true believers. On Thanksgiving He´s going to feed the whole country with a loaf of bread and a basket of turkey wings. That is if the Republicans don´t shut down the government in which case there won´t be anyone left alive to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The article, and Obama (as usual), is incorrect. Obamacare does NOT "finally give everyone the same chance...". They ALWAYS had that ability. That´s a lie.
"...to buy quality, affordable health care" is also a lie. They are now mandated to buy insurance and the government will dictate to them what constitutes "quality" and "affordable" (that will be very little).
Our health care system is irreparably damaged and about to get a whole lot sicker.
The current CBO estimate of the cost to the Government( our taxes ) is now approx $400 Billion more than Obama stated it was when the law was passed, with lies about almost every piece of the legislation. This is over a 10 year period starting 2014 and is based on current data. Obama purposely sent data to the CBO before passage to make it appear as if the law would cost under $1T ( with a T ) over 10 years, when they were fully aware the figures they provided included false estimates. The estimated cost ( excluding inflationary data, ) is escalating monthly with every change, exemption, delay, etc that the Administration ( Obama unilaterally ) makes and with every new aspect of the law that comes to light. The new estimate is a 40% increase.
There is no known "repair" for this atrocity known as "Obamacare".
Not possible to stop with only trying to repair. Once it goes back to Congress to try to work out its flaws, it stands to be entirely gutted and rewritten, becoming something quite different once some input from the more conservative voices is allowed.
But it cannot work without some draconian enforcement effort, akin to the era of the speakeasies and bathtub gin so widespread in the days of Prohibition.
There is no fix for "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010", but repeal and replace with a market-driven model, supplemented with a Medicare system set up for sustainability, not as a slush fund for every other cockamamie scheme to buy dependency and support from persons undeserving of the benefits to be conferred by the program as originally conceived.
The "Obamacare" scheme is of the same order as the man who concealed a viper beneath his shirt, then writhed in agony as the effects of the inevitable bite took place.
Shake that accursed viper out of your shirt NOW!
After all, Prohibition was the law of the land (under the 18th Amendment), and the politics of its widespread loss of respect for the law resulted in its repeal (21st Amendment).
The 21st Amendment did not totally end Prohibition. The individual states could then vote in local option for either being "wet" or "dry". But the power was stripped from the Federal government to enforce prohibition anywhere.
You may remember earlier this year that President Obama, in a fit of pique over Congress actually allowing his sequester cuts idea to take effect, had White House public tours canceled to save lunch money. During the later partial government shutdown, he ordered national monuments "closed," even though most are open-air. Now, comes holiday season in the Obama White House. Although the family travels at Christmas, they go all out for decorations.
Most days here we´re talking about relatively serious stuff -- politics, political maneuvering, political tactics, political speeches, political gaffes, political scandals. Oh, and politicians. Like the Chicagoan currently inhabiting the White House with his mother-in-law while teaching America about his adopted hometown´s chronic style of political ops. We´re all sorry about that. Anyway, today we´re doing something completely different. It's Sunday, which means the National Football League. And it's December, which means the playoffs are shaping up. We're not writing about the games though. We're writing about the show biz side
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You may have noticed over these past 2,501 days that Barack Obama likes to give speeches, sometimes two or more a day. It´s better than Oval Office work. And yesterday the poor guy gave a particularly revealing one. He´s so desperate now that he modestly likened ObamaCare to the suffrage struggle and civil rights. [Snip] But here´s the largest challenge for Obama´s ObamaCare: He must ensure 40% of all enrollees are under 35 and willing to pay huge premiums for coverage they really don´t need. In the scaled eyes of our nation´s community organizer, that´s a kind of civic patriotism.
As everyone knows, California is the la-de-dah, laid-back land of liberalism that´s been Barack Obama´s political ATM for six years. Hollywood stars have loved him, fronted multi-multi-million-dollar fundraisers for him. The most populous state (home to 12 of every 100 Americans) has a Democrat governor again, two female Democrat senators and a Democrat super-majority in the state legislature that has yet to find a problem it didn´t want government making worse at great cost. In presidential politics California has been trending Democratic since 1992. [Snip] Now comes a stunning new poll revealing Obama’s California base has fallen out of love.
Never let a crisis -- or tragedy -- go to waste. So, here we are now with a weakened ObamaNation building an organizing event around the awfulness in Newtown, where a 22-year-old nut-job killed 20 innocent youngsters and six adult caretakers. No horrified parent or adult watching Connecticut a year ago needs reminding of what a national gut-kick that was. President Obama, of course, went to Newtown to utter another empty vow.
So, Barack Hussein Obama can tell where Americans are from just by looking at their faces. Imagine if he also knew their funny foreign names or detected defective English. How would Obama react if someone determined his birthplace by looking at that face of his? And what evil or good dreams lurk within that obviously wily Chicagoan´s mind. You didn´t see much about this Obama statement in the mainstream media last week. With the ObamaCare disaster all cleaned up, its website humming perfectly and the U.S. economy now roaring strongly, Obama lit out for West Coast fundraising.
According to the Obama White House, the first family consumed a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, greens, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and macaroni and cheese. Then, the family washed all that down with nine kinds of pies: huckleberry, pecan, sweet potato, peach, apple, pumpkin, banana cream, coconut cream and chocolate cream. For years now First Lady Michelle Obama has been pushing her program called "Let´s Move!" for more exercise and better foods. But Gallup reports Americans prefer “Let’s Eat!”
Hello, I’m Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important for us all to reflect on our many blessings. Family and friends immediately come to mind. But there are many Americans who will not be able to celebrate this holiday season at their home. Some are serving our nation overseas, thousands of miles away. And in their world, the creature comforts you and I take for granted -- things like running water and electricity -- are considered luxuries.
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
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