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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    Our insurance rates are still double the rest of the world and there are still millions without insurance. For me, my rates didn't go up that much, my deductible did and that is far, far worse. Now I am paying higher rates and basically paying for everything out of pocket anyway. The old way, while hardly good, is preferable
    Most definitely, if there were an option on the table to just lock things in exactly how they were before the ACA, with the prices and deductibles never going up, that would be, by far, everybody's first choice. But that option isn't on the table. What was happening before the ACA was the cost of health care doubling every 7 years even after adjusting for inflation. So, you can't compare what you have now to what you had before the ACA with what you would have today without the ACA. So, the ACA passed a little over 5 years ago. So, today, if the ACA had not passed, you'd be paying about 80% more (or getting 55% less benefits) than you were before the ACA passed. Would that be better or worse than what you have today?

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by tuhaybey View Post
    Most definitely, if there were an option on the table to just lock things in exactly how they were before the ACA, with the prices and deductibles never going up, that would be, by far, everybody's first choice. But that option isn't on the table. What was happening before the ACA was the cost of health care doubling every 7 years even after adjusting for inflation. So, you can't compare what you have now to what you had before the ACA with what you would have today without the ACA. So, the ACA passed a little over 5 years ago. So, today, if the ACA had not passed, you'd be paying about 80% more (or getting 55% less benefits) than you were before the ACA passed. Would that be better or worse than what you have today?
    I don't buy your numbers. Rates have risen more slowly, but deductible have grown. And deductibles are the real killer

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

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    I think that is the proper standard going forward. Anyone should be able to contribute whatever they want to whoever they want. But every penny should be disclosed. That way if some billionaire is funding my candidacy, everyone will know. Those who are bothered by it can vote for my opponent.
    The reason why the right leading organizations wanted 501c4 status was because they wanted donations to be anonymous. They could have tax-exempt status without certification, but that would not have attracted as many doners.


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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    The reason why the right leading organizations wanted 501c4 status was because they wanted donations to be anonymous. They could have tax-exempt status without certification, but that would not have attracted as many doners.
    How many votes do those evil billionaires and corporations have? What you are saying is that Gruber was right, that the American electorate is stupid for how else does the rich buy votes but of course the left is good at this as well. Railing against the rich gives the voter little credit for knowing the difference between right and wrong. Maybe it is just leftwing propaganda that should be displayed??

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    Our insurance rates are still double the rest of the world and there are still millions without insurance. For me, my rates didn't go up that much, my deductible did and that is far, far worse. Now I am paying higher rates and basically paying for everything out of pocket anyway. The old way, while hardly good, is preferable
    I can't address your situation. Assuming it's true, I have no way to tie the increase in the deducible to the ACA, especially if it's through an employer. What we do know is the increase in rates OVERALL has been slower pre and post ACA than the previous decade. Most of the folks with large increases in rates had low limit or very limited insurance, and that's a clear downside of the ACA that those policies are gone, but what we don't hear about are the folks whose insurance would have tapped out and quit paying but will now take care of them through and post a cancer diagnosis or a heart attack, bypass and the rehab. Not to mention the millions who can actually get treatment for their health problems that could only before wait till the problem was critical and get it addressed in ER. So whether the old way is preferable depends on your health, insured status, etc.

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by tuhaybey View Post
    Just re-read my post and see if you can tell where you got mixed up:

    In fact, more people having access to healthcare does cost less. That happens because it is far, far, far cheaper to treat things up front before they become catastrophic. We were not just letting those people with health problems die before. What we were doing is denying them care until they were on death's door, then dumping insane amounts of money trying to fix problems, many of which could have been fixed for 1% of less of the cost if they'd been to a doctor 2 years earlier.

    I repeat. The left's suggestion that anyone at all was denied healthcare is an "outright bald face lie". There was no question that everyone who needed treatment received treatment and also had options outside of the ER. And the "less cost" chant is also misleading. The one and only reason for less overall spending on healthcare is that millions of the insured now stuck with massively expensive premiums and massively high deductibles can no longer afford to take advantage of their health insurance. One of obamacare's biggest proponents Ezekial Emannuel was a guest on CSPAN this morning. And after getting beseiged with callers (even one democrat) complaining to him about the high premiums and average deductibles of $6000.00, he so much as admitted that obamacare at this time operates like a very expensive catastrophic health insurance policy and that needed to be fixed. He attempted to put lipstick on it, but few were buying it. Obamacare is an unmitigated failure and a serious albatross around the necks of the democrat party. The sooner you work that out, the better for your credibility.

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    I can't address your situation. Assuming it's true, I have no way to tie the increase in the deducible to the ACA, especially if it's through an employer. What we do know is the increase in rates OVERALL has been slower pre and post ACA than the previous decade. Most of the folks with large increases in rates had low limit or very limited insurance, and that's a clear downside of the ACA that those policies are gone, but what we don't hear about are the folks whose insurance would have tapped out and quit paying but will now take care of them through and post a cancer diagnosis or a heart attack, bypass and the rehab. Not to mention the millions who can actually get treatment for their health problems that could only before wait till the problem was critical and get it addressed in ER. So whether the old way is preferable depends on your health, insured status, etc.
    Rate increases are slower. What about deductible increases? Any figures on those in the last 6 years?

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by JasperL View Post
    Single payer doesn't take the "profit incentive" out of medical care. You're confusing single payer with socialized medicine. Most single payer systems rely on or are entirely served by private, for profit providers, same as exists in the U.S. and all the profit seeking providers who serve Medicare patients. Single payer just shifts who pays, and frankly I couldn't care less whether my insurers is BCBS or Medicare, and neither does my 85yo mother in law who's getting a total hip in a few weeks....
    When the government is the one writing the checks for all practical purposes, it is socialism and it does take the profit motive away. And under a single payer system, the government sets the prices. All the private providers can do is petition the government for increases in rates.

    And we have tons of rationing now and we had more of it pre-ACA. We rationed by what kind of job you had, how much it paid, and whether your employer provided healthcare benefits. Medical care is limited, and VERY expensive, so the only question is HOW we are going to ration it and by how much.
    I really have nothing against you and no desire to insult you. However your attempt to broaden the definition of rationing to all commerce is ludicrous. And in doing so, you shoot down your own argument. We are a capitalist nation. Socialized medicine will not work here. The rationing I speak of is rationing based on availability, not cost. When government bean counters make the decisions they limit the availability of high tech diagnostic equipment and doctors. Under single payer, the government would decide how much a doctor or hospital can be reimbursed for your care. The US government is already reimbursing doctors that treat medicare patients at a rate lower then the actual cost of treating them. That is resulting in more and more doctors refusing medicare patients. Tell me why you think they would not do the same in a single payer system.

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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative View Post
    How many votes do those evil billionaires and corporations have? What you are saying is that Gruber was right, that the American electorate is stupid for how else does the rich buy votes but of course the left is good at this as well. Railing against the rich gives the voter little credit for knowing the difference between right and wrong. Maybe it is just leftwing propaganda that should be displayed??
    Why is it that you didn't address one word of my post?


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    Re: Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Subsidies[W:700]

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Why is it that you didn't address one word of my post?
    You ought to be clearer then in your posts because that is exactly what I did, respond to your issue regarding Citizens United, buying votes, and the ignorance of the Democrat Electorate

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