Here’s what infuriates Republicans about ObamaCare

I think it’s important to remind ourselves that this is what has gotten Republicans so upset about ObamaCare, also known as the Affordable Care Act:

uninsured

See that sharp reduction in the uninsured rate at far right of the chart? We just can’t have that — it’s simply intolerable. Our Republican co-citizens insist that the program that drove that stark reduction in the uninsured rate must be repealed by Congress; if it can’t be repealed by Congress, it must be reversed in the courts; if it can’t be repealed by Congress or reversed in the courts, it must be sabotaged and undermined in the states.

As the chart documents, the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in the early ’60s provided an important route to health care for millions of Americans. Republicans fought those programs viciously and even hysterically at the time, with people like Ronald Reagan warning that Medicare would result in the total loss of individual freedom, with the federal government dictating what jobs Americans could take and even where they would be allowed to live. (Yes, he was serious.) In some ways, that fight continues, with calls for the elimination of Medicaid continuing to sound from the right (see here and here and here and here, among others.)

A few other important points:

— As the chart documents, the percentage of Americans without health insurance had risen gradually and inexorably from 1980 to 2011, and throughout that time frame, Republicans continued to fight efforts to reverse that trend.

— According to data compiled by Gallup, the sharp downward movement in the uninsured rate has continued, with the uninsured rate falling by an additional full percentage point since the second quarter of 2014, the latest data available in the chart above.

— The uninsured rate would have fallen even more sharply if 22 states, including Georgia, had not refused to participate in Medicaid expansion.

UninsuredGa— Because of the recalcitrance and outright animosity of state officials in Georgia, the uninsured rate in Georgia fell by only 2.3 percentage points in 2014, Gallup reports, compared to a decline of 10.6 percentage points in Kentucky and 11.1 points in Arkansas. In 2013, Georgia tied Oklahoma with the seventh highest uninsured rate in the country. By 2014, we had the second highest uninsured rate, behind only Texas. That’s progress, Georgia-style. Aren’t you proud?

— According to the latest projections by the Congressional Budget Office, an additional 5 million Americans will gain insurance coverage in 2015 thanks to the Affordable Care Act, driving that line further downward. That doesn’t account for the fact that at least six states that had previously rejected Medicaid expansion are now seriously considering it. Georgia is of course not among them.

— Most important, the data driving the charts above are not just numbers. They represent millions of our fellow Americans who now have regular access to health care needed to allow them to live longer, happier, healthier and more productive lives.  It represents freedom to those people, freedom of a most basic sort. Most of those who have acquired insurance would not have been able to afford it otherwise. Many had pre-existing conditions — cancer, asthma, diabetes, etc. — that precluded coverage at almost any price. Many work full-time, but at jobs that simply do not offer such benefits or pay enough to allow insurance to be bought individually.

But according to Republicans, all of that must end, to be replaced by … what again?

 

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RuthBronstein
RuthBronstein

Jay, Republicans would be delighted that the uninsured rate went down if it were not just another government handout.  87% of the people who got insurance via Obamacare received subsidies...which means that the good old American taxpayer had to shell out yet again.  (Another wealth redistribution scheme...)
Conservatives don't believe that the government should be helping people pay for health insurance anymore than it should be helping people pay for a new car. 

Starik
Starik

@RuthBronstein Bad analogy. If people don't have insurance they just go to a public hospital, like Grady, where their care is paid for by taxpayers. A national single-payer insurance plan will fix the problem.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

Amen Jay!!! Keep telling it like it is!!! You ROCK!

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

How many ways is Jay wrong here?  A bunch.


First - who is stupid enough to believe government numbers?  Only democrats.  Second - what are the future ramifications of this, even if true?  Everybody else's premiums have gone through the roof.  Folks are paying a quarter to a third of their income on health insurance these days.  Add federal withholding, social security, medicare, etc. to this.  What word describes the situation - "untenable".  Can not last.  Third - what percentage of the newly insured are on the premium tax credit?  Got to be a high number, or else they would have skipped it (these are your base democrat constituencies that are used to getting things for free).  What will they do with unlimited access to the health care system?  Overuse it.  What happens after that?  Rationing.


I have found a way out - Christian health sharing ministry.  My health care is $180 per month plus the first $300 of actual bills.  Covered to $250,000 per month.  I am now a private pay patient - straight to the front of the line, because they can actually make some money on me.  So Jay, (and I guess you are used to reading this by now) you are so wrong it is frightening.  That's what they pay you for, though.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

@BigTimeJacketFan  How do you feel about Georgia paying for other states' healthcare? Georgia is not participating, but Georgia is paying in to federal taxes and those monies are being used in other states to pay for Obamacare. Congrats on losing out!

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

You would think that Deal and cohorts would look at the ACA as a tax cut

for Georgia.

idigalot
idigalot

David Vitter might be a naughty pervert -- but at least he's a republican so it's OK.

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

Murica should impeach president clinton for only one reason - 

if we found out she used an AOL account

td1234
td1234

Wisconsin has become another right to work state thanks to the efforts of Scott Walker

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@td1234

Wisconsin has become another right to work state thanks to the efforts of Scott Walker

"INRI" was a lot easier to fit on the little sign, but we'll find a way.

josef
josef

Back later...errands to run

LeninTime
LeninTime

For those who believe in negating these things, or who believe in replacing all of history with some version of capitalism, there is nothing to challenge because no amount of capitalist failures and human failure will make them believe their ideas are ever flawed, which they are. The capitalist model makes the untenable leap of logic that a good society can come from completely managing people and by ruling them--not by changing them individually, as socialism would do. It is from the richness of Marxism that you have both freedom and socialism actually. John 15:15-17 and ACTS 2:45



dbm1
dbm1

@LeninTime

True capitalism eliminates managing people by restricting government to its proper function of defending people.  It is capitalism, not socialism, that upholds individualism and freedom.

dbm1
dbm1

@LeninTime

So-called capitalist failures are actually caused by government interference.  For example, the excessive power of American transcontinental railroads early on resulted from government artificially stimulating their building with heavy subsidies before they were economically justified.

dbm1
dbm1

@LeninTime

Most people don't realize it, but religion and capitalism are fundamentally incompatible.  But it is capitalism that is good and religion that is bad.  Religion is bad because it is based on arbitrary faith, rather than on using one's faculty of reason to identify and integrate the material provided by the senses.  Most if not all religion is also bad because it upholds a destructive morality of self-sacrifice.   

dbm1
dbm1

@LeninTime

I see one of those Bible passages mentions servants.  We must distinguish between servants and slaves.  True servants are in that status voluntarily, which is OK.  Slaves are forced into that status, which is very wrong. 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

Dude, we don't need you to post EVERYTHING from Newsmax here, okay?



OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Tuna Meowt 

They aren't even on-topic!!


Of course, when you can't think of anything to say that IS on-topic.......

td1234
td1234

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's brother was on the board of one of only two companies that received a "gold exploitation permit" in 2012 from the Haitian government — a first in over 50 years.


Tony Rodham served on the board of VCS Mining, a tiny North Carolina company, along with Bill Clinton's co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, former Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Hillary-Clinton-Tony-Rodham-Haiti-gold-mining/2015/03/06/id/628687/#ixzz3TdObyxYT 
Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!

td1234
td1234

Mr. Bookman, 


Is this what you call success? 


"The cost of improper payments by the federal government soared to an estimated $124.7 billion last year, The Washington Post reported.


A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report said there was an 18 percent increase in incorrect disbursements compared to 2013 from such government programs as Medicare, Medicaid and tax credits for the working poor.

It was the first jump in four years, while the largest amount of losses by the Obama administration was an estimated $125.6 billion in 2010, according to the newspaper.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/US/GAO-Medicare-Medicaid-improper-payments/2015/03/06/id/628718/#ixzz3TdNcYbAJ 
Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@td1234 IF they know that $124.7 B was misappropriated, surely, they know WHO received the improper payments, no?

td1234
td1234

"Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to President Obama, said today that the administration's policy on e-mail was much different than the one used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state.

"The president has a very firm policy that emails should be kept on government systems,” Jarrett said in an interview with Bloomberg’s Stephanie Ruhle & Erik Schatzker. “He believes in transparency and I know that the State Department is currently working with the national archives to make sure that all of Sec. Clinton's emails are captured.”


Appearing on Bloomberg Television's “Market Makers” from snowy Washington as part of an International Women’s Day special, she elaborated on the e-mail policies of the Obama administration.

"We have training here at the White House on a continuous basis to make sure that our staff understand the importance of keeping it on the system so that it’s there. We believe in transparency and we believe public records, that they need to be captured and so we constantly are having trainings for our team to make sure they know what's going on and we encourage all the other agencies to do the same."



Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-policy-emails-personal/2015/03/06/id/628675/#ixzz3TdN0eVSn 
Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@td1234 In other words, the ignorance of the rules excuse is off the table.

straker
straker

Down


BENGHAZI!!!


CLINTON!!!!


IMPEACH!!!!


Feel better now?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@straker I didn't know that I was feeling bad!

(except for the slight hangover from my birthday!)

:)

Bruno2
Bruno2

Hey josef--We talked about a good theme song for the blog the other night.  After thinking it over, I think we Cons need our own song.  I couldn't find any songs about clubbing baby seals, but thought this one might be appropriate for a health care thread:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLmSRt1MMrw

td1234
td1234

Look like Owl Gore smells the blood in the water and is heading to Iowa to do some campaigning. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Here's what infuriates the dems (this WILL NOT go away!)

The State Department’s decision to press former Secretary Hillary Clinton for emails from her private account was set in motion because of a special House investigation into the Benghazi attack, The New York Times reports.

If true, that undermines claims made in recent days by Clinton’s handlers and State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf that the agency asked Clinton for her emails for the much more mundane reason of improving its record-keeping.

Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in December. Of those, 300 were given to the Benghazi committee.

It was while searching last summer through emails to provide to the Benghazi committee that State Department lawyers noticed Clinton’s emails were sent exclusively from her private account.

As one official briefed on the matter told The Times: “This all raised the question to us: What else are we missing, and what do we need to comply.”

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@DownInAlbany

Anyone asked any of the -Ghazi investigators if they noticed the "clintonemail.com" domain attached to the SoS email address, all those years?

Still wonderin'...