“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
The formula for determining eligibility for a subsidy didn't take into account an individual or families monthly income minus expenses; such as, mortgage payment or rent, loan payments(car, credit card, school)electric, gas, food, medical and so on. Therefore, regardless of ones income, one may not be able to afford premiums offered through the exchange and not be eligible for Medicaid. What about these ind/fams?
So, it has never meant much to me whether X number of people sign up, but whether those that need insurance can afford it. And, whether premiums "for all" whether subsidized or not were reduced as promised. Thus far nothing has been done to actually lower the cost of providing health care. The costs of providing care that doctors, hospitals and other types of providers pay monthly have continued to increase(especially given the new regulations PPACA created); yet reimbursements by Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance have not increased but have remained stagnant for the last 15 years or more.
What really screwed things up was the PPAC giving HHS the authority to determine the "minimal essential coverage". HHS pulled a fast one, mandating all plans provide maternity and newborn benefits regardless whether the insured person would ever need these benefits. Knowing full well that including coverage of these benefits would significantly increase premiums unnecessarily. What a crock!
Ahhh, watching the right-wingers in tears, flailing about blurting out random Obama attacks in a fit of rage is wonderful.
You all said it wouldn't work, couldn't work, the whole thing needed to be scrapped, you were wrong.
the only reason this dumpster fire of a bill has stayed afloat is because the president keeps pushing back ALL parts of the law that PUNISH citizens with insurance terminations and monetary penalties. When Obama starts reaching into the average joe's wallet then we'll see how many liberals are still doing the happy dance.
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The numbers game went out the window the minute it was learned that the president lied about people keeping their own insurance plans. Shocking isnt it that the fed killed 6 million already responsible peoples insurance and that those people then bought more insurance. Hell...kill another 40 million insurance plans and you should get another good 30-35 million enrollees...from people that were already previously insured. Imagine how good that number would look.
Want to see the real fun...wait til after the November elections and they stop delaying full enforcement of the law. There is a reason why they keep putting it off and its NOT because they expect things to get better.
Those other people also vote. And every year they'll have to go through the healthcare selection in October, just weeks before November elections. So every year ObamaCare and the Democrats are going to have to do a high wire act, as the people who actually pay into the system see their money evaporate into higher preimums and higher deductibles. Just a few weeks before the November elections.
And since the Democrats own 100% of ObamaCare, including the the bills that are going to be charged, well, the November elections are only a few weeks after healthcare selections start.
The only thing that ObamaCare might try to do is to shift the start of healthcare selection until after the November elections, but how much luck are they going to have trying to shift long standing timelines of an entire industry, just for political advantage? Guess we'll see.