How has ObamaCare succeeded? Let us count the ways ….

Barack Obama, Marcelas Owens, John Dingell, Tom Harkin, Richard Durbin, Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, Sander Levin, Ryan Smith, Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Harry Reid, Patrick Kennedy, James Clyburn, Henry Waxman

Five years ago this month, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, a piece of legislation that his critics promptly labeled “ObamaCare” in hopes of draping it around his neck like an albatross.

Funny how time changes things.

For example, according to a report issued this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, ObamaCare’s projected cost to taxpayers over the next decade has dropped by 11 percent just since January, and has dropped by almost a third since the CBO issued its initial cost projections in 2010.

In addition, CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation report that by 2025, ObamaCare will have slashed “the number of people without health insurance by 24 million to 25 million in most years relative to what would have occurred under prior law.”

Some more highlights of the CBO report:

  • “In March 2010, CBO and JCT projected that the insurance-related provisions of the ACA would cost the federal government $710 billion from fiscal year 2015 through fiscal year 2019. The most recent projections indicate that the cost will be $506 billion for that same period, a reduction of 29 percent.
  • “For 2019, CBO and JCT originally projected that the net federal cost of the insurance coverage provisions would be $172 billion. The agencies currently project a cost of $116 billion, which is $56 billion, or 33 percent, below the original projection.”
  • “Spending by private health insurers on health care and administration rose less in 2013 (the most recent year for which data are available) than in preceding years and by much less than the agencies had expected for 2013.”
  • Projected deficits over the next decade have dropped by $431 billion just since January, and again, “The largest factor underlying that reduction is a downward revision in projected growth in premiums for private health insurance.”
  • In addition, lower insurance costs will be good for the economy and are projected to drive growth — more jobs, higher wages — producing a “$210 billion increase in projected (government) revenues that is attributable to the effects of lower health insurance premiums on wages and salaries.”

All of that information is important in its own right. It tells us that ObamaCare is working even better than expected, at a considerably lower cost than expected. But the data should be compared not merely to previous CBO projections, but also to the repeated, constant, highly operatic predictions by Republican politicians that ObamaCare would lead to the collapse of the American economy, the destruction of the health-care system, the dreaded “death spiral” that would leave the insurance industry a smoking ruin and pretty much the end of western civilization as we know it.

None of those predictions has come true, or even remotely true. But instead of easing GOP opposition to ObamaCare, the program’s success has made Republicans even more desperate to kill it, lest the American people start to take notice of the huge, gaping credibility chasm between what they claimed would happen and what has actually happened.

It’s pretty amazing, really.

 

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JamVet
JamVet

Jammie getting his daily racist crap in, I see....

That may be 47%er's most poignant post yet!

Though I'm not sure if it is a confession or not...

“The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.” ~Frederick Douglass

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

Did I hear hillay say "hands up, don't shoot"?


You people...

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

It would really be convenient if hillary don't even have to drag that tired old body out to campaign. 


Right?


You people..

ALibNotToBeMessedW/
ALibNotToBeMessedW/

@jaysbehind

Well, it would help the cons focus their attention on the people in the campaign who are likely to win the Presidency.


You cons...

Brosephus
Brosephus

@jaysbehind
Debunked??  LOL!!!  More like, someone's trying to write something to persuade suckers like you that nothing's going on in places like Ferguson.


http://crimepreventionresearchcenter.org/about-us/


Crime Prevention Research Center:

The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes. It has 501(C)(3) status, and does not accept donations from gun or ammunition makers or organizations such as the NRA...


CPRC was founded by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and a world recognized expert on guns and crime.  Lott has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988-1989. He is currently a Fox News columnist.  He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written eight books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” His most recent book is “Dumbing Down the Courts: How politics keeps the smartest judges off the bench.”


Wanna talk about someone dissiminating talking points..  Using the NY Post of all outlets as well.  LOL!!!!  Looks like there are still suckers born every minute.

Brosephus
Brosephus

Jay has been MIA this afternoon.  Obama's holed up at Manuel's Tavern. Coincidence, or is Jay getting the next group of talking points and posts?

LOL!!!

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

@Brosephus He's getting his talking points to run cover for hillary. Why would he waste his time though? No one! I repeat no one that reads this ridiculous blog would have their vote swayed with anything that he would write....

Brosephus
Brosephus

@jaysbehind 

"No one! I repeat no one that reads this ridiculous blog would have their vote swayed with anything that he would write...."

Yet, you're here with the same stupid and trollish behavior every day like a dog in heat wanting someone to hump the crap out of you.  LOL!!!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Remember that "my uncle's wife's sister's boyfriend's insurance went up, so that proves ACA was a disastrous idea"?  (The Aunty Em method of "proof.")

The Doom
The Doom

@Wascatlady


I don't have a client in my book of business whose insurance didn't go up. Is that proof enough for ya. And furthermore to use some misleading but true progressive stats some of them had their share of the premium they were paying go up thousands of percent. 

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

@Captain-Obvious Move along.... Nothing to see here... Red crayons taste like cherry...


Those ignorant ignorant people..

Paul42
Paul42

@Captain-Obvious

"here's a question or two that wasn't allowed to be asked today"

REALLY?!!?  

Who wouldn't 'allow' it?

Why did the press go along?

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

GEEZ! Why am I bombarded whenever I post? The whole process has become so boring....not to mention time consuming. 

Let's see if I can hit the high notes.

Brosephus:

Leahy should've left it at that. Lynch's credentials are all that should matter. Note the Salon article at the end of my post.

Debbie:

I can't recall the case by name, but there was a stock swindle wherein Lynch withheld information thereby denying victims restitution. The swindler suffered little, if any repercussions. If I have time to find the info, I'll deliver.

Now about Lynch's experience...

Loretta Lynch’s Wall Street friends: What you should know about AG nominee’s finance past

Looking for accountability for financial crimes that wrecked the economy? Here's why the status quo is more likely 

Now to be honest, I had no problem with Lynch's confirmation up until the moment I read that article at Salon. 

Brosephus
Brosephus

@FIGMO2
Wasn't bombarding you.  Merely pointing out Sen. Leahy's words from his own website.

gotalife
gotalife

“We’ve seen over the past number of years two Americas emerge. At the very top, top 1 percent today, with the largest federal government we’ve ever had, the top 1 percent earn a higher share of our income [than they have] since 1928,” said the Texas Republican.. cruz said that

This is the number issue for 16.

Bring it on.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

http://thefederalist.com/2015/03/05/hillarys-state-dept-forced-the-resignation-of-an-ambassador-for-using-private-e-mail/

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/08/clinton-double-standard-on-email-scott-gration

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/scott-gration-ex-ambassador-hillary-clinton-emails-115820.html

Clinton's double standard is as obvious as Jay's or any other leftist here.  It is this:  I'm going to do whatever is convenient for me, but you will have to work by these set of rules, restraints and difficulties in order to be fortunate enough to work for me. 

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

Why oh why do i have to inconvenienced by those pesky gubmint emails that regular people may get to see???


You people... 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Here is, probably, the crux of the matter, the email "scandal"--I guess this blows over, or doesn't, based on how this answer goes down.


QUESTION: How could the public be assured that when you deleted emails that were personal in nature, that you didn’t also delete emails that were professional, but possibly unflattering?

And what do you think about this Republican idea of having an independent third party come in an examine your emails?

CLINTON: Well first of all, you have to ask that question to every single federal employee, because the way the system works, the federal employee, the individual, whether they have one device, two devices, three devices, how many addresses, they make the decision.

So, even if you have a work-related device with a work-related .gov account, you choose what goes on that. That is the way our system works. And so we trust and count on the judgment of thousands, maybe millions of people to make those decisions.

And I feel that I did that and even more, that I went above and beyond what I was requested to do. And again, those will be out in the public domain, and people will be able to judge for themselves.

Paul42
Paul42

@Visual_Cortex

There's a difference between complying with the law and exercising prudent judgment in a political environment.

I, and many others, found it advisable and workable to simply never conduct personal or non-work-related business on the business email account.  Nothing, ever.  Greatly simplified things.

Paul42
Paul42

@jaysbehind

You do realize how much of that nonsense has been debunked on this and previous threads, right?

Or did you just read the headlines and think "oh goody, this sounds like it says what I want!!!"


and stopped reading?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Yes_Jesus_Can @Visual_Cortex @Paul42 @jaysbehind

The next time you "debunk something" will be the first time you debunk something.

By the way, a spectacularly awful job on your part down below, trying to prove that Jay was "far left." Never got around to telling you that.


jaysbehind
jaysbehind

@Paul42 @jaysbehind So premiums haven't continued to skyrocket? So we can keep our Doctor? I had no idea these obvious facts had been debunked... 


You ignorant naive people...

gotalife
gotalife

Saints are trading Graham to the Seahawks for Max Unger and draft picks.

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

@gotalife Maybe they'll pick up mike sam so "you people" will have someone to cheer for...


You loons....

gotalife
gotalife

First media fake scandal for Hillary is a loser.

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

@gotalife First? Obviously you don't keep up very well. Oh thats right. Using jays blog as a real news source is your first problem....

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@gotalife 

And I quote the goat:

....Hillary is a loser.

Even you say something right sometimes, goat. 

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

Well i wanna see hillarys emails about chelsea's wedding!! I also wanna see those emails about bill's escapades with underage girls on taboo island.. 


It's sad "you people" wholeheartedly support a pervert...

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@jaysbehind 

What the State department is going to find are several banal communications pertaining to radio frequency agreements and janitorial service approvals.  Hillary knew she was trying to avoid scrutiny illegally, and she was sure she could get away with it. 

Paul42
Paul42

"The State Department has said that Clinton was within the boundaries of the law as long as she maintained records of her emails." (Yahoo News)

So, cons, what laws were broken?

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Paul42 

She didn't maintain records of all of them.  If you thnk so, then I've got a bridge to sell you. 

No one in America believes she will turn over everything, and I really mean NO ONE. 

Her half-witted and creepy quick offer is ridiculous. 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@Paul42 -- The law of gravity!!  Clinton has blown herself up as a Contender and now she must be sent falling back to earth!!

jaysbehind
jaysbehind

@Paul42 obama also said you could keep your doctor which was lie of the year....


You people will believe anything....