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Sunday, October 23, 2016

If health insurance isn’t important, why would receiving a letter telling you that you need to change your plan be a tragedy that can get you on Fox News nearly immediately?

Republicans have seized on the millions cancelations of current plans happening as a result of the Affordable Care Act remaking the individual insurance market, which currently offers the worst customer satisfaction of any type of health coverage.

By glorifying these “horror” stories, which have often turned out to be overinflated at worst and actual Affordable Care Act (ACA) success stories at best, Republicans are sending a clear message to Americans: We must defend the sanctity of health insurance.

This powerful theme is extremely opportune, as long as cancelation notices are contradicting a promise the president made, is flagging and the ACA’s paid enrollment numbers are low. However, it becomes much more complicated as the site starts working and 2014 begins with millions of people enjoying health care coverage and subsidies that the GOP would be voting to take away.

This would effectively doom the “repeal” strategy Republicans have fixated on for years, argues Salon’s Brian Beutler:

Obamacare is driving policy cancelations right now, but it at least creates a coverage guarantee for those affected. Repeal without replace would impose a greater burden without providing any counterweight.

If they pass the Keep Your Health Plan Act this week, House Republicans will see their stylized sympathy for people whose policies have been canceled come into tension with their explicit desire to take Obamacare benefits away from many of the same people, and millions more.

Becoming the party that opposes all cancelations of insurance policies also completely undermines any Republican “plan” that might be an alternative to the ACA. “Such a starting position would make true market-oriented reform impossible,” explains The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

John McCain’s health care plan, one part of his platform conservatives love, would have ended health care tax exemptions for employers and employees. This would have likely resulted in millions and millions of Americans ending up in new plans. The Republican Study Committee has offered a “serious” Obamacare alternative that would try to end the system of employer-based health care, disrupting the current health care system far more than the ACA does.

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  • elw

    In other words, the Republicans are charlatans using lies to sell untrue scary stories about a new program they do not want anyone to buy and too stupid to know that people are catching on to their scam.

    • sigrid28


      • elw

        From a Public Health perspective bankruptcy is just one of the more severe results of our current broken health care system. There are subtle more frequent results of not ensuring that everyone has access to affordable health care. Early and affordable access to health care helps to prevent and slow down the spread of contagious diseases, reduces the affects of chronic conditions by slowing physical damage and the costs of treatment while at the same time keeping the person productive. A society full of people with infections, untreated illness is what you find in 3rd world countries. That what this Country will turn into if we continue on the path we were headed before the passage of the ACA. Health care is the difference between losing your leg from an infected cut or just having had an infection. It is the difference between having the flue or ending up in the hospital for a month with pneumonia because you did not get treatment soon enough. Over 50 million people without affordable access to health care is not the political game the Republicans have made of it, it is a serious National problems that needs to be solved. The Republicans have contributed nothing towards solving that problem with their silly game of get the President. In fact they are making it worse by their efforts to undermine ACA implementation and the confidence of the public in it.

  • TZToronto

    “Tea Partiers demanded that we get our gubmint hands off their Medicare.” LOL! Where do they think it comes from?

    • silence dogood

      ACA is in a death spiral. No death panel needed here.

      • Lynda Groom

        Only time will tell and we are the beginning of a years long process. Just a tad too soon to be calling for the hearse.

        • silence dogood

          We defeated Germany and Japan in less time than it took the boob in the White House to put together a failed web site. Hall of fame level of stupidity with every thing they do.

          • ObozoMustGo


          • CrankyToo

            One dumbass lies and the other one swears to it! You two are a couple of genuine morons…

          • ObozoMustGo

            Once again. moron, you have no idea what you are talking about. Read it and weep loser! Here are the FACTS:

            Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.

            What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage.

            Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions
            upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!!

            And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.

  • bcarreiro

    we need the republicans to go after the health insurance carriers who make incredible profits even in a recession and let OBAMA do his job!!! appeal…aca, repeal…mandate!!!

    • Lynda Groom

      Do you believe in personal responsibility? It was a good idea when the republicans pushed in the 90’s, at least until the Democrats used to for create the ACA.

      • ProudACLU

        Do you believe in social responsibility?

        • ObozoMustGo

          depends on who’s responsibility you speak of. If you think you should outsource your social responsibility to charlatans in government, then no. There is only evidence that reflects such a notion is a failed idea and has never been successful.

          If you think YOU need to be socially responsible as an individual and help out neighbors and friends when they are in need, then yes.

          Have a nice day!

          “The march of tyranny is so subtle that it goes unnoticed by those poor and timid souls who gladly trade their liberties for the false promises of security from the political class seeking to control them. It certainly is one of the great paradoxes of our time how a formerly great, free, and independent people are
          being transformed into a bunch of cowering wimps clamoring to be led, and provided for, by charlatans.” – ObozoMustGo

    • sigrid28

      I see your point. Republicans and unhappy customers should put the blame where it belongs: on insurers that are dropping policies and trying to sell more expensive ones, rather than blaming the president and provisions of the ACA. The health exchanges offer better policies for the same amount of money or less, and give people who need them subsidies to help afford the premiums. Until the U.S. goes to a single-payer system, the ACA will be saddled with the mandate, which allows insurance companies to sell and pay out on policies purchased through the exchanges. The insurance industry should be an honest and willing partner in the ACA, because it stands to profit. But that has not stopped bad actors in the insurance industry from causing problems during the rollout.

  • John Pigg

    The GOP continues to box itself into corners on policy issues.

    If Obama is 100% wrong all the time, then whatever makes him look silly we will support. Romney fell victim to this by saying that the ACA was a tax increase, well in this case he raised taxes on Mass.

    It’s bad strategically to oppose anything the President says or does all the time.

  • poohster48

    who owns the HEALTH CARE PROVIDER SYSTEM….we all know John Boehner has a few million in BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD….time to googgle…I would dare to say the majority of stock holders and owners are REPUBLICANS & CONSERVATIVES…cha-ching…cash cows for eternity…

  • ObozoMustGo

    The best argument against Obozodon’tcare is what Obozodon’tcare is doing to Americans.

    This pic about sums it up…

    Have a nice day!

    “I don’t think your boss should get to control the health care you get. I don’t think insurance companies should control the care that you get. I don’t think politicians should control the care that you get. I think there’s one person to make these decisions on health care and that is you.” – Guess who said it

    • Lovefacts

      This is vile and beyond disgusting. It’s also a perfect example of why the majority of Americans are beginning to tune conservatives and the T-party out.

      • ObozoMustGo

        LoveLies…. Obozodon’tcare is vile and disgusting for what it is doing to 10’s of millions of Americans. It is, in essence, a steaming pile of donkey dung. And that picture is an absolutely accurate depiction of that FACT.

        Have a nice day! Consider yourself shunned.

        “He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool — shun him.” – Old Middle Eastern Proverb

        • infadelicious

          That is vile and beyond disgusting! I am talking about the ACA of course!! It is a perfect example of why the democrats Bill Clinton FrankenFeinstein and other dems are bailing out of the Obama fail boat

          • ObozoMustGo

            It’s so funny… Where ever Obozo goes to keep LYING to the American people about ACA, he’s like DemonRAT kryptonite to any other reps or sens…. Obozo was in New Orleans the other day and Senator Mary Landrieu coincidentally had a colonoscopy scheduled waaaaaayyyy in advance that conflicted. Odd thing was that she had to China for that colonoscopy and just did not have the time to show up on stage with the LIAR-in-Chief…. odd how that happens, eh?

      • nirodha

        They’ve never gotten beyond the juvenile bathroom humor stage. The intelligence level is pretty typical of the TPotty in general. These folks are all doomed to the cesspools of history. Just give it a few more years. The more desperate they become, the louder and more nonsensical the ranting, until one day, deafening silence! The erstwhile audience woke up and went on to something productive. Yawn.

  • infadelicious

    CLOWARD AND PIVEN TRAVEL bring you their “overwhelm the system” tour. Departures daily……..All aboard……..

    • ObozoMustGo

      Obozo is the Conductor on that express train… clearly!

  • Lovefacts

    The Republican Party and its moneyed supporters have done a great job of smearing Obama anything he support. But it never ceases to amaze me how many Republican voters, especially those in the T-party, support the Affordable Care Act and not Obama Care, never realizing they are one in the same. The dumbing down of American is almost complete.

    • ObozoMustGo

      More from you again, huh LoveLies. The people interviewed on the street on the Jimmy Kimmel show were NOT Tea Party people by any stretch of the imagination. They were the typical low information DemonRAT voter. Want to see how stupid Obozo supporters are?
      You can also go on YouTube and listen to Howard Stern’s man-on-the-street interviews of Obozo morons. Great stuff there, too.
      Now, quit spreading lies and get over yourself. Enjoy the laugh!

      • infadelicious

        Why bother? If you want to hear from a real moron listen to obozo without a TelePrompter. Oy vey!

        • ObozoMustGo

          That’s sort of the same thing as watching that donkey make a dung pile… just sayin

          Here’s a sample

          “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It’s the Post Office that’s always having problems.” –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009 — Baroke WhoIsInsane Obozo showing the world yet again what an idiot he is.

  • howa4x

    I think that the republicans in congress could show some leadership by kicking their families off of government sponsored healthcare and have them go into the individual market. Why should the families of the congressmen enjoy socialized medicine. It all starts at home. Lead by example. If it wasn’t true it would be hard to make up. Here we have the party of big business trying to get young people to not BUY insurance from big business, thereby lessening the profits of that industry. MMMM! Republicans always test my limits with them in terms of reality. They remind me of the character in the exorcist whose head keeps turning around. This was their plan!!! Unbelievable!