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ObamaCare: 10 years of
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Posted By: Pluperfect, 3/7/2020 5:08:21 AM

March 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. In its first decade, ObamaCare has failed to solve many of the health care problems it was supposed to address. Even worse, it has compounded many of the issues it was meant to fix — the law of unintended consequences in action. First, then-candidate Barack Obama said his namesake act would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premiums by up to $2,500 a year.” In reality, the opposite has occurred. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “premiums have doubled for individual health insurance plans since 2013,

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Policom 3/7/2020 6:09:13 AM (No. 339152)
Health care that was intended for the masses was doomed without our Elected officials being subjected to the same crap they were shoving down our throats.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 3/7/2020 6:17:26 AM (No. 339153)
"the law of unintended consequences in action." Ummm, no, the consequences we have seen were entirely intended.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: judy 3/7/2020 6:56:49 AM (No. 339176)
Don't forget the real reason Obamacare is still here... the evil McCain! He caused the taxpayers to continue to pay millions in premium increases. They should have known how it would work by looking at the Va system.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq 3/7/2020 7:16:52 AM (No. 339200)
Quite possibly the biggest flop the government has ever created. At least with Social Security I'll get something in return. Go, Baraq!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Strike3 3/7/2020 7:21:21 AM (No. 339204)
McCain, Roberts, both Obamas, Mike's college pal who couldn't make a website work and a lot of under-the-table money. It was democrat corruption at its finest and very little healthcare.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 3/7/2020 7:26:50 AM (No. 339209)
In summation, ObamaCare, BO's signature legislation, something he declared he was proud to have his name on, has been a failure compared to where we had been before it was enacted. Compared to the goals BOCare set for itself, as described in the article and declared by BO himself, it was a train wreck. It was as big a failure compared to its hype as BO was personally. Its failure was also typical of dem legislation and plans in general, something of great importance as dems make election promises this year. Even if you accept their idiocy as something needing to be done, dems are incompetent to accomplish meaningful things. After Trump is reelected and with McPain well removed, maybe we can erase the stain of BOCare from law and make meaningful and effective changes to set us on a healthy path.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 3/7/2020 7:44:25 AM (No. 339233)
It also marks 10 years since I knew the supreme court could be either bought or blackmailed. It was my great awakening.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: udanja99 3/7/2020 8:02:54 AM (No. 339246)
Zerocare was supposed to usher in single payer healthcare - socialized medicine. Smidgen said so himself. It was meant to be a disaster so that the American people would beg for the government to fix it via taking over all of the health care industry. Were it not for Donald Trump, we might be there already. Thank you, God.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Wendybird 3/7/2020 8:16:03 AM (No. 339261)
Government designed and managed anything is never as effective, honest or efficient as “free enterprise”, Regardless of all it’s faults. People are corrupt, and government is composed of the most corrupt of people, other than a special few who keep us afloat.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 3/7/2020 8:37:36 AM (No. 339287)
Thanks for nothing, Roberts.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bpl40 3/7/2020 8:51:28 AM (No. 339306)
As soon as I saw that Congress had exempted itself from this abomination, I knew the game was up. At least have the satisfaction of (having) seen through this scheme ten long years ago.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: HotRod 3/7/2020 9:14:02 AM (No. 339327)
Obama and the other politicians were always going to have their Cadillac health care, in spite of Obamacare. Had they been subject to the limitations and expense of Obamacare, they would have rejected it outright!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Robert Jones 3/7/2020 9:42:01 AM (No. 339342)
The only reason “Obamacare” seems to work is that Medicaid was expanded dramatically which could have been done without all the associated rules. (It still would fail).
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Reply 14 - Posted by: lisa belanger 3/7/2020 9:57:03 AM (No. 339357)
in canada the politicians are the same as the general public for communist/care they ration every day folks......they dropped my sis from operating table and broke her arm while they did surgery for stage 4 cancer she had extra insurance with gm i do not know how it works folks i use to clean my dad room. change his diapers etc....its pure communist believe me...sis will be gone 1 year nxt mon
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Reply 15 - Posted by: lisa belanger 3/7/2020 9:58:15 AM (No. 339358)
mr mccain was an evil angry hateful person his daughter is eating her emotions at 250 pounds she is angry and revengeful
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Reply 16 - Posted by: lisa belanger 3/7/2020 9:59:31 AM (No. 339361)
obama had something on roberts i know what it is but will ot say.....
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Reply 17 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 3/7/2020 10:05:23 AM (No. 339369)
In the end of government will declare victory proclaiming healthcare for all. Never mind that it does not work nor is it sustainable. Went to the emergency room before Christmas. Cost was $3500. Ironically if I had been able to bear the discomfort another 30 minutes it would have cleared up. The emergency room actually did very little. It was not worth $3500. Healthcare insurance adjusted the bill by $388. Don't think they actually paid anything themselves. Practically worthless. Went to the hospital to see if I was eligible for financial assistance, and they told me to take a loan out against my 401k. At that point, I paid the bill and moved on. Went shopping again for healthcare insurance and discovered that I am eligible for Medicaid in New York. Surprised me. All they check is income. Since I live off my savings I was eligible. Go figure. So now I have one of those zero premium plans that are being advertised. Saved me over $5500. Downside is it only works in New York, and I'm in Florida for the winter. It will only cover prescriptions while I'm in Florida. All my follow up tests have been out of pocket. Strongly suspect I will need a second healthcare plan while I am in Florida. There is no way anyone can claim our healthcare is working. Want to know why healthcare is so expensive? Its because everybody wants it so badly. What happens when something is in high demand? Prices go up. When people start saying 'no' to healthcare in a big way, prices will go down. it won't happen. Between people clamoring for more, crooked politicians, and the healthcare and insurance industries seeing a gold mine, everything will stay the same.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: padiva 3/7/2020 10:44:41 AM (No. 339416)
And Biden wants to bring it back if (and a very doubtful 'if') he is elected POTUS.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 11:24:08 AM (No. 339463)
Those numbers on the "Grand Island couple" have about what our Zerocare costs would be by now, if I had been forced onto it (although now we have been forced onto Medicare, which I despise). At the time I nearing retirement, it was three years to go before Medicare, and the first year payment for the two of us on Zerocare would have been about $22K, and this left a $2,500 deductible for each of us before anything would be paid at all beyond three doc visits. There was a huge leap in cost each of the next two years, to the point that it would have been about $35K for the two of us, again, with the $2,500 deductible for each of us. This was clearly insane, and I was planning on having no insurance and putting 1/2 of the Zerocare payment money (~$10K/year) into an account set aside for medical bills. I figured that this would be cheaper than Zerocare and still get my medical needs paid for. Fortunately, after many months of discussions with BC-BS rep, when I told her I was going to go without insurance, she informed me that I could get a "non-compliant" plan, if I acted in the next two weeks before the official opening date of Zerocare made them illegal, but "we can't guarantee how long you will be permitted to keep this plan". The cost was $7K per year for both of us, less than 1/3 of the initial cost of Zerocare, and it stayed nearly flat in cost. I signed up, even though I was covered by my company plan for three more months, just to get it locked in. We stayed on that "non-compliant" plan for the three years until forced onto Medicare, thankfully avoiding the horrors of Zerocare entirely. The Dems could break an anvil, barehanded, they are such destroyers. One of the huge reasons that there are "so many" uninsured is that many CHOOSE to be uninsured.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 11:27:55 AM (No. 339467)
#14, 15, 16, would it be too much to politely request that you learn to use capital letters and punctuation? The intent of these things is to make it easier on the reader. Thank you.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 3/7/2020 11:47:02 AM (No. 339490)
After Trump wins reelection in November he should force all federal workers on Obamacare - including Congress and the SC. Let they and their families live with it. Maybe that would be an incentive to get rid of it.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 3/7/2020 1:19:33 PM (No. 339599)
The CEO types get Cadillac coverage You schmuck peons get obozocare. Next question?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Catfur27 3/7/2020 2:58:36 PM (No. 339701)
..let's correct a those parasites that now "got insurance coverage thanks to obama" - it's NOT insurance if you are not paying for's a taxpayer funded hand-out.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: udanja99 3/7/2020 7:10:48 PM (No. 339860)
#20, IIRC, those posts are by a woman who is a French Canadian. English is her second language. Cut her some slack.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 9:48:37 PM (No. 339972)
#24, I am certain that French also uses capitalisation and punctuation, just like English.
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