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Derailing ObamaCare is a Money Making Scheme

Derailing ObamaCare is a Money Making Scheme

On Tuesday, September 21, 2013, the junior senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, stood on the Senate floor in an effort to stop a spending bill that would keep the government running until mid-December. He would stand there for the next 21 hours, discussing everything from the horrors of ObamaCare to reading Dr. Seuss. The purpose of this faux-filibuster was to delay the inevitable passage of the continuing resolution – which would also fund the Affordable Care Act.

The desire of the Republican party to prevent ObamaCare has been a major goal since before its passage. Whether trying to defund, delay or repeal, they have made every effort to stop it from taking effect. They’ve even shutdown the government. Still, they failed and signups began October 1 as planned. The question is, why the continued effort to try and stop the inevitable?

As they say, follow the money.

The fervor of trying to denigrate the ACA has been a lucrative effort for conservative organizations. Defunding ObamaCare has made donors open their wallets for several political action committees (PACs), which have seen less than enthusiastic fundraising efforts.  Consulting firms that cater to conservative causes are benefiting from ad buys and commissions.

They aren’t the only ones.

Knowing the train has left the station, these same politicians and organizations have been trying to make it more difficult for those eligible for coverage to get it. One of the ways they do this is to increase confusion and disseminate misinformation.

One non-profit funded by the Koch brothers has encouraged young people to not sign up, because they don’t need coverage and it’s cheaper to pay the fine.  Another effort is to stop the outreach by navigators – community groups trained and funded by the federal government to disseminate information and help people sign up – from achieving their goals.  Florida tried to be more subtle. The Department of Health issued a memo that navigators would not be allowed to use their offices to do their outreach work, which was retracted after pushback from organizations and the media.

Signing up for the ACA is free. People can go to the Health and Human Services website, or directly to the website of their state’s exchange if the state has one. The navigators are there to help those individuals who may not be aware of the ACA as well as help them sign up if they are unable to access the Internet. This is all done without anyone receiving a commission.

Due to lobbying efforts, the ACA allows agents and brokers to work as navigators. However, they work on commission, which gets higher the more expensive the policy. Still, with federal navigators working on salary and saving insurance companies money on commissions, there is a lot of competition.

So they looked to the states to stop them.

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) is an organization founded in 1969 by a group of lawmakers who wished to “re-affirm the traditional primacy of the States in the regulation of insurance.” Since 2011, they have been holding conferences, attended by legislators, to discuss the “dangers” of having federally funded navigators share information about insurance policies. Therefore, they created a resolution which encouraged stringent training, licensing and other requirements for navigators.

To date, 16 states have enacted legislation that requires navigators to go through additional hurdles in order to do their jobs. These laws all mirror the NCOIL resolution.

It’s too early to tell whether or not their diversionary tactics will be successful. Signups have been occurring and levels surpassing expectations and will continue through March 31, 2014. Nevertheless, efforts to discredit and stop it continue.

Next year is an election year, after all.

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9:01PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

The Train Wreck is the Repubs and Teaers!
They are looking worse every day and they will never be in office again. Never!!
Thank You

8:28PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

The truth is republicans want you to get sick and die. Republicans want the money our criminal big pharmaceutical , and heath insurance industries pay them. Universal Healthcare is not possible, as long as republicans have power. It undermines the lucrative association republicans have with big pharma, and our criminal health insurance industry that makes millions ripping us off, and paying their republican puppets. The ACA, is not even universal healthcare, but republicans know it's a first step, and an important push back to the criminal insurance industry scam, we have today. Republicans, and the tea party are Machiavellian, crooks, who only serve their corporate masters.

7:37PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Seems like it would be brain-washed republicans who would refuse to sign up for Obamacare and then they would have to buy their insurance from insurance companies and pay more for it. Kind of serves them right. Or is that not how the law works.

12:39PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

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8:44PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Thanks for this article. KOCH Bors.------- Repubs.------- YUP----bottom line is always money !

6:56PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Now the heartless Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security for seniors. Never mind, the fact that seniors paid into the system, and have to pay Medicare premiums and pay for drug coverage. Seniors are not getting a free ride. But, polititians are. They feed at the public trough for the rest of their lives, while they are in office, and after they leave. They feel they have it coming to them, but that seniors can go without food, shelter, health care, medication, etc. Perhaps, the Rethuglicans will think it's a good idea to march the worthless seniors into ovens and then turn them into Soylent green, or something. Nothing surprises me about the souless GOP, anymore.

7:55AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

There's always money in it for creeps like Cruz. They function like vampires, casting a thrall over their victims while sucking them dry, then abandoning them when they have nothing left.

I wish Canada would take Cruz back, but they say they don't want him. *sigh*

1:06AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Sigh.

She can't take much more of this Cap'n! She's about to blow!

6:15PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

The GOP has got to go !!! The GOP has got to go !!! The GOP has got to go !!!
The GOP is SICK !!! The GOP is CRAZY !!! The GOP Works Against America !!!
The GOP is EVIL !!!

3:55PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Several hours later and no response from David...as if we expected one.

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