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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Obamacare Questions

On October 1, the Affordable Care Act begins its six-month-long open enrollment period, with coverage officially beginning on January 1. Republicans in Congress are doing everything possible to defund the president’s health care reform law, but it is still the law of the land, and in just a few months it will, in large part, go into effect.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance providers can no longer refuse coverage because of pre-existing conditions, and can’t cancel or take away your coverage without notice. In addition, preventive care will be at no cost to you, young adults can remain covered under their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26, and you can also have your choice of doctors.

There are still many questions about the law and how it will affect us, but luckily resources abound to help you better understand it all, including

Here are the answers to some common questions about Obamacare, without the Republican mendacity.

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  • Dominick Vila

    The benefits associated with the Affordable Care Act, and there are many, will only be available if the mandate forces ALL adult Americans to get insurance coverage. Without it, the entire plan will collapse. Healthy young people will simply opt to forego insurance coverage and spend their money on something else, and since the only ones that will join the exchanges would be people afflicted by serious illnesses, the insurance industry would have no choice but to raise premiums to cover cost.
    The GOP is well aware of that, and that is the reason Speaker Boehner highlighted the fact that they are ONLY asking for the mandate to be delayed one year. Hopefully, enough Americans are smart enough to see a Trojan Horse when the GOP offers us one free of charge.

    • jnsgraphic

      A ‘Trojan Horse’ is a great metaphor for our Group Of Political Terrorists in Congress, they say one thing when in fact they are going to do the exact opposite. In March Congress voted 267-151 to fully fund ‘Obamacare’ and then foolished used it as a pawn and shutdown the government. Republicans don’t like Obamacare because they can’t stand anything the President proposes that may be a success and prove them wrong. If they thought it was going to fail they wouldn’t be trying so hard to stop it.

      The government shutdown might be what it takes to get through to middle-class Americans who actually work for a living, but continue to vote Republican despite the fact that the policies being pursued by their party, will be just as damaging and detrimental to them as much as it is to the Democratic working class. Until the GOPT is voted OUT in 2014 they will continue to support the rich and their pro-corporate agenda over the publics best interest.

      • Elisabeth Gordon

        The ingrained stupidity of those who continually vote against their best interests cannot be fixed…just as that comic says…”Ya can’t fix stupid”

        • jnsgraphic

          Theyre called ‘Republignorants’ associated with the republican party who blatantly reveal their ignorance with no regard to how stupid they are. The only true beneficiary’s of the GOPs agenda are the upper-most income levels of society; once the Republicans middle-class starts to feel it in their pocket or lack of programs they’ll WAKE UP… the rest of them are too ignorant to see the big picture and don’t realize all they want is their vote.

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            As bad as this whole scenario (that is now playing out to the detrement of 99% of Americans) is I remain grateful that Romney was not elected….

          • jnsgraphic

            …and its just common sense that if Hillary runs she will win against ANY republican candidate in 2016, 2020… conservatism, racism, lack of diversity and protection of the rich will be the destruction of the GOPT!

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            Thankfully, they are not just our worst enemy…they are their own worst enemy…reminds me of that “dish washing at the local soup kitchen” stunt that Paul Ryan tried to pull off was…now, ya gotta admit THAT was funny.

          • idamag

            especially, when someone who had washed dishes in an institution would know it was a phony photo op.

      • idamag

        It is mostly to make the President fail. Look where we might be today if the Congress actually did something besides fight the President. I don’t care what they say about race card, they can’t accept a Black man in the highest office in the land.

        • jnsgraphic

          The GOPT and their followers are intimidated by an educated man of color in control, making better decisions than they are capable of, offering something ‘positive’ to the country and making them look bad with their constant obstruction. What a sad day if you ‘racists’ got your way… the rich would have gotten richer and the poor that much poorer, backstreet abortions, immigrants looked down upon, gays persecuted, social security living adjustments eliminated, inadequate health care and Wall St free to gamble and corrupt the marketplace again. They would rather see the President and our country fail, than offer a compromise or get involved in democracy, and are attempting to bring us all to our knees so that they can control America by blackmail and extortion of the President and the American people. Our leadership in Congress is a disgrace!

          • idamag

            Our leadership in Congress is a disgrace. I watched C-span most of the day yesterday.and the Senate leader called for a conference on the budget several times. They were ignored by the t potty house. 18 times since the Senate passed a budget has the Sen ate called for a conference. 18 times they have been ignored.The saddest thing about this whole fiasco is that people actually sent those bullies to Washington .

    • sheckyb

      Total BULLSHIT! 74% of Americans know the Republican Congress shutdown is total bullshit straight from BULLSHIT MOUNTAIN!

  • Allan Richardson

    Ironically, Obamacare is now the ONLY part of the federal government (except essential services) that is operating!

    There will be SOME jobs lost due to Obamacare:
    — 45,000 FUNERALS per year will be deferred, many of them for many decades, for people who could not get life saving treatments because they did not have insurance, could not get insurance, or their insurers refused coverage of the treatments, and they were not rich enough to pay out of pocket.
    — Insurance companies will have to lay off their “death squads” who decided which policyholders could get coverage and which would not.
    — Although charity hospitals such as Shriner’s and St Jude’s will still be needed, there will be less need to beg for charity donations to help treat patients mentioned in the first example. Therefore, fewer fund raising ad will have to be made and aired.

    — Bankruptcy lawyers and courts will have fewer cases because fewer people will have to file bankruptcy BECAUSE OF MEDICAL BILLS. Ditto for foreclosures.
    — Fewer terminally ill scientists will need to go into the meth business to leave cash for their families after their deaths.
    (Someone wrote the opening scene of the first episode of Breaking Bad if the
    story took place in Canada:
    Patient: What is it, Doc?

    Doctor: You have cancer. The treatments start next week.
    The end.)

    Eventually, Americans will see that single payer would be EVEN BETTER than this system, but we need to make a start on that and save some lives and life savings NOW!

    • idamag

      That is what the subverts are afraid of. Eventually people will see a single payer would be better.

  • quasm

    Mr. Brito; Pres. Obama took and oath (The Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section. 1.) which states, in part, that he would “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” In the same article Section. 3. is written (referring to the President) “he shall take care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Since the Affordable Care Act is such a law, is the President unable to fully execute it or is he just acting unconstitutionally? He has, in contravention of this law, arbitrarily refused to enforce some portions of it, which act the Constitution grants him no power to do. How can it be the “law of the land” if he will not execute it?

  • Dimitri Alexander

    no one should listen to the cowardly republicans who opt to go to war in an effort to drive hussien from power and resulting in economic tormoil in america.the republicans need to find away to payback tax payers for the 1.5 trillion dollars wasted money they spent on killing more than 100,000 iraquis

  • Jonathan Hughes

    Real UCS practitioners on a list on upcspine the specific chiropractic or upper cervical health centers. They concentrate on preventing problems. Obama has been duped by diversified type or full spine or mixers. They have to be dropped like a hot lava rock. Diversified slowly twists the neck right and then left with a sharp pop at the end of the movement. You do not want that. The head does not move when the atlas is adjusted. UCS does not do spinal manipulation. Cavitation techniques are dangerous doing the
    equivalent of popping your knuckles.