Obamacare is law and it is working. Americans are signing up for insurance. In some cases, they will have insurance for the first time in their lives. Others will pay less, and still have better insurance. Moreover, people have started using their new insurance.
You wouldn’t know if you listened to some Republicans and lobbyists because ACA success stories obliterate their talking points. The latest talking point is that Obamacare has problems at the “back end“. Of course, people who actually work with Obamacare have a different story, as Sarah Jones reported.
Aaron Lehman, a financial adviser who works with health insurance, told Politicus in an exclusive interview that the clients he’s signed up for health insurance on the ObamaCare website have already gotten their premium bills, so he’s shocked to hear that there’s a problem with the “back end” of the website.
Relatively moderate Republicans recognize that they have lost the battle, even if the extremist Tea Party wing hasn’t. It doesn’t mean that the relatively moderate Republicans love or even like it, but they do recognize that now a “repeal” means taking away insurance and with it secure access to healthcare. It means outing themselves as advocates of corporate death panels or class based health care rationing.
“We’ve done it for years,” said Dr. Arthur Kellermann, professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for health policy at Emory University School of Medicine. “In this country, we mainly ration on the ability to pay.”
Let’s not forget that aside from kicking newly insured people off their plans, Republicans also want to kill Medicaid and Medicare, resulting in even more class based rationing.
Republicans would have to admit that they believe rape and pregnancy should be “pre-existing conditions”
It means admitting that they believe people should be punished with bankruptcy or death if they dare to get sick.
Some Republicans get that they have nothing to gain from pursuing this fight. In fact, what little support they had collapsed when they want along with Heritage Action’s plan to shut down the government even though they knew it would not result in a repeal of the ACA. But hey, it’s good theater. So what if this stunt cost our economy 24 billion dollars.
The extremist wing, continues the battle. John Boehner, aka as Ted Cruz’s surrogate in the House of Represenatives plans to hold more “hearings” this week.
This week, there will be at least four more ObamaCare oversight hearings in the House:
On Wednesday, the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the implementation of the president’s health care law.
Also on Wednesday, the House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing to “examine the process of determining whether businesses are considered single or multiple entities under the health care law.”
The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing Wednesday to examine what Medicare Advantage beneficiaries should expect under ObamaCare. On Friday, the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee will hold a field hearing in Apache Junction, AZ to get a closer look at the consequences of ObamaCare’s broken promises. -
They’ll continue to play bait and switch rhetorical games that were carefully crafted with phrases that polled especially badly when tested in focus groups.
Meanwhile, more Americans will sign up and there will be more success stories, like that of Fox’s Sally Kohn, who wrote this on Fox’s website, the one place that Fox allowed her to tell her positive experience.
Counter to wild stories about the government taking over health care, the exchange was simply a public portal to a range of all-private insurance options. I went with a “gold” plan for lower deductible and out-of-pocket costs. And I chose Blue Cross Blue Shield because my current primary doctor is in-network.
In other words, Kohn saw for herself, that the “government run healthcare” talking point is a myth. She found out, contrary to Republican scaring points, she had a wide range of options that cost less than her old plan. She did get to keep her doctor and guess what? The ACA is not the “government run” healthcare that Republicans claim it is.
Since “fair and balanced” Fox wasn’t interested in airing her positive experience, she had to tell it to MSNBC.
You also won’t hear Bob Rose‘s story. You won’t hear that thanks to Obamacare, Doug and Kim will no longer have to choose between a home and healthcare. Beth Fletcher tweeted a similar story.
You won’t hear the ACA success stories in the Republican Party’s hearings because none of the people benefitting from Obamacare have paid lobbyists. They aren’t actors paid to perform in a commerical. They’re just real people with real problems that Obamacare fixed.
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