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The ACA has been very destructive for me and my family.
I pray that the Republicans are able to end this awful government dictate.
Perhaps you could be a bit more specific about how the ACA has damaged you?
'The signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency, which brought health coverage to 20m Americans,'
How many of those would not have chosen to purchase it without being forced? A couple million from what I recall. Rather Orwellian to describe coercion as a gift.
I agree. Notice the Leftist bias in the above referenced article:
ARTICLE STATES: The Republican Party managed to hack off one of the ACA’s limbs last December when the law’s individual mandate (requiring most Americans to buy health insurance) was gutted in the tax overhaul
What?? "hack off"? so the Republicans will no longer put me and my family in jail if we choose not to purchase ACA type health insurance and these leftists at TE describe this as "hacking off"??
ARTICLE STATES: But unable to legislate away Obamacare’s more popular provisions—in particular, the rule against denying coverage
Another lie. Pre-existing conditions must be covered (since the 1994 law.)..as long as you maintain insurance coverage without a (greater than) 60 day lapse.
ARTICLE STATES: So much for the legal arguments. There seems to be little doubt that the DoJ’s are terrible; not a single career lawyer there would put his name to the brief.
What the Leftists at TE should have stated (if they were honest) is that not a single Democrat appointed lawyer would put his name on the brief.
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It is repellent that so many well-off politicians, who have no worries about their government-paid health care, are eager to hurt the most vulnerable people, those who are already sick.
This law punishes the poor (young) by forcing them to buy coverage they don't need at prices well above their risk profiles. Do you find that fact repellant?
I don't understand the legal distinction between Trump not wanting to enforce the ACA and Obama not wanting to enforce the DoMA. Both administrations believed that these were bad policies that hurt the American people, and so decided not to enforce it. There is no legal distinction.
Keep it up.
People will think you are the only rational and sane person here.
Get yourself ready for attacks from the extreme left and extreme right.
"The latest attempt to slay the Obamacare beast may, however, backfire... ... A recent poll found that 22% of voters rank health care over all other issues"
22% Voters rank health care over all other issues. Great. Do they think it's not good enough? Too expensive?
Maybe they are concerned about their doctors' hand writing. Or are they worried that their nurse isn't as pretty as they were promised?
*Maybe* they are worried that repealing Obamacare will harm them. It wouldn't surprise me if 22% of Americans would lose out if Obamacare is repealed - I'm quite sure that 78% of Americans would be better off.
However implying that 100% of those 22% who rank health care as the top issue are supporters of Obamacare is disingenuous in the extreme. One might even call such an assertation "Fake News".
Regardless of legality, the reality is that the ACA was a catastrophe, making an already dysfunctional system even worse. The compromises required to ensure that the major insurance companies wouldn’t block the Act meant economic folly was left unchecked.
Here’s what happened with the ACA: the few remaining healthy US residents who bother to make adequate lifestyle choices were penalized in order to pay for the great many who spend their days gazing at flickering screens while stuffing their pudgy faces with McSlop. My premiums trebled within two years while my deductibles doubled and my coverage halved. This was the direct result of Obamacare, as it came to be known. Talk about creating moral hazard – this was a classic example.
Meanwhile the Republican Party and the infantile orange halfwit in particular saw Obamacare as unacceptable not because of its economic folly but because it was Obama’s signature achievement. And so they set out to repeal it. Which, amusingly enough, would result in the early death of a great many of the people who vote Republican. Personally I was eager to witness the unbelievable stupidity of a political Party that set out to kill a significant number of its own supporters. Sadly, to date, this particular dark pleasure has been denied us.
All in all, no one comes out of the Obamacare wars with any credit whatsoever. And thus it is the most pithy symbol one can find of politics in the USA today.
"They set out to repeal it. Which, amusingly enough, would result in the early death of a great many of the people who vote Republican."
Members of Generation Greed, already qualified for Medicare or soon to be, are the generation more likely to vote Republicans. My generation, Generation Apathy, is more likely to not vote at all, and its life expectancy is already falling.
Which the Trumpsters should like. It has been reported that the rise in suicide has made more organs available for donation. Those older and receiving Medicare younger generations will never see stand to benefit from the organs harvested from the hosed young.
My generation, Generation Apathy, is more likely to not vote at all, and its life expectancy is already falling.
Why should a Congressman or Senator care about people who can't "invest" in democracy by voting?
WHY is life expectancy falling?
Suicide rates are up 30 percent since 1999, CDC says
"And only about half the people who died by suicide had a known mental health condition, even though depression had been thought to be the major cause of suicide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said."
Boy is your generation really messed up.
(But let's blame something else, okay?)
I emailed the CDC and pointed out that if one analyzes it by generation, the rise in suicide goes back much farther than 1999. My generation was committing suicide in larger numbers in its youth too. The data is in this post.
As long as they aren't married, or had certified offspring - and had a job and paid into the SS fund.
Less SS payouts to widows and children, more money for those who don't pull the plug on themselves.
I told a Republican party official at a farmer's market that, in particular given yet another deficit increasing tax cut, I am now in favor of the "small government" measure of limiting Medicare to just 15 years. After that, society has done right by you, and if you get ill and don't have money, you die. Effective for everyone immediately -- not just for those born after 1957, the Generation Greed/Republican policy for senior benefits. Palliative care only.
The Republicans want to put work requirements on Medicaid and Food Stamps? But I said that I was in favor of limiting Medicaid payments for custodial care benefits for seniors (nursing home, home health care, at-home personal care) to those for whom some other household (family member, friend, etc) was willing to pay an extra 2.0% of their income to help cover the cost. If a person reached the end of their lives and nobody else thought enough of what they had previously done to benefit others to make that sacrifice, well, what happened to them was not society's problem.
In addition to discouraging the use of services that people don't absolutely need, it might get some of those younger thinking about how their lives affect others. As in the Ghost of Christmas Future in "A Christmas Carol." And cause some people, thinking about their last days, to act differently than has been the average for Generation Greed.
The Republican was shocked. And I wasn't kidding or throwing up red herrings. How about giving Generation Greed the small government they were willing to pay for, and want those coming after to have? They've bankrupted the country, and they want all the consequences to fall on others.
I am now in favor of the "small government" measure of limiting Medicare to just 15 years. After that, society has done right by you, and if you get ill and don't have money, you die.
While we're at it, lets eliminate the gold-plated health care that Congress currently gets. Maybe require (not allow, require) them to only get VA health care. With no special priority. I predict that funding for VA hospitals would abruptly increase and their queue times drop drastically.
While at it, refer all drug rehab treatment of veterans to VA immediately, so they don't clutter up the non-veteran sector of public health, which currently they do, for the simple reason the queue times at VA is too long, and not everybody can afford Betty Ford, and folks are overdosing left and right and some just drop dead. Many opiate addicts in the beginning "picked up" opiate as an analgesic for severe physical pain resulting from severe physical injuries from this and that war (not making excuses for addicts, but that IN FACT was how some addicts first got started on heavy-duty opiates). Yup, they went die for their country and came home to virtually nothing for a decent livelihood or safety net, except once a year on Memorial Day a wreath and a picture of Arlington Cometary. Man cannot live on wreaths alone. This is really an outrage. Didn't use to be like this, e.g. the GI Bill after WWII.
And, let's tell my 5 year old daughter she should just die. After battling the horrors of cancer, a battle that would have left us bankrupt pre ACA, and a battle that left her with a permanent disability. she should have just made better choices.
I just don't get it. People who think bad things only happen to other people who must deserve it in some way have never spent a minute in a children's hospital.
Please. Congress? Shouldn't get anything but the Medicare everyone else gets (for now) and Obamacare.
But speaking of the military, I was shocked that the federal pension system, including military pensions, is underfunded, just like all the state and local government pensions. How the hell was that allowed to happen? And who made that decision, and made the decision not to stand up against it?
The big military pensions go to the brass. They should be capped at some reasonable lower amount to save money. And as for former Presidents and members of Congress, until federal pensions are fully funded based on reasonable assumptions, they shouldn't get anything. Cut 'em off now. I don't blame Jimmy Carter. Cut off everyone who served after him.