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OP-ED: Obamacare Will Save Lives: Trying to Kill It Is Cruel, Stupid, and Deadly

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: obamacare, healthcare, healthcare, democrats, obama, politics, usa )

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Why Ted Cruz and the Republicans' anti-Obamacare crusade means life and death for millions of Americans--like me.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:29 am
Many of us question the logic used, you had insurance and almost didn't go. The question is will the increase in numbers of insured patients slow down the process, will a "postcode lottery" develop in the US, will the current system be able to transition smoothly into a new system, and how will that impact the finances of the government (will we end up with a system that is as dysfunction of the job markets in southern Europe).

Marija M (29)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:54 am
noted, tks Cal

pam w (139)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:02 am
No question....all this resistence is just politcal bulldroppings.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:08 am
It's working and saving lives in California. I live in a city with a large number of retirees many of whom can now afford to see a doctor because of Obamacare and couldn't before because they simply could not afford it. Everyone should have the simple basics in life: A roof over their head, clothing on their back, food and medical care.

David C (131)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:24 am
yes, but those 3 words could be used to describe the GOP, too, although I prefer....selfish, greedy, unpatriotic, mean, unchristian, warlike, scared and name a few.


Arielle S (313)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:42 am
"Cruel, stupid and deadly" is much more appropriate for Cruz and his ilk....

lee e (114)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 9:25 am
the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, but it works better in states whose governors are supportive - ultimately it should be "single payer" - which if Tea drinkers are still around it'll never be - since that's more socialist.
I think these Cruz people should be brought to justice for sedition - members of Congress had to swear that they would uphold the Constitution - we've just witnessed the second attempt to destroy the nation by a faction off seditionists!

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 9:59 am
The gov't shutdown and threat of debt default were either ignorant ploys that ignored the reality that the Affordable Care Act was already law -OR- they were cynical ploys that, despite all the noise about the Affordable Care Act, were actually targeting what's left of the social safety net. The teabaggers were hoping to push through even more austerity than they've already managed to shove down the American people's throats.

P A (117)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:26 am
Green stars all over the place - I do so agree!

Robert B (60)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:44 am
I just simply can't understand why any one with even half a brain would want to fight against health care insurance availability for everyone. And the real kicker is that these immoral cretins DO NOT HAVE A BETTER PLAN. It just boggles the mind. I can't wait until the "Cruz Ship of Fools" sinks.

Robert O (12)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:27 pm
Thanks Cal.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 1:07 pm
Those politicians there probably have enough money to have top health care so they are not worried about anyone else Typical selfish person

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:08 pm
Thank you! (n, p, t)

Jason S (50)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:29 pm
Good posting, thanks

TomCat S (129)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:26 am
Cruel, stupid and deadly is just another way to say Republican.

Past Member (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:13 am
Why on earth would anyone of sane mind want to condemn millions of his fellow human's to live in a world of pain and suffering and early death just because they are poor.This is not a Christian attitude these Republicans and the Tea Baggers should be ashamed of themselves.On second thoughts they probably don't have the brains to understand what that means.

Jean Anne Lewis (2)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:53 am
Vote Smart. Vote Blue In 2014. :-)

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:26 pm

And there is MUCH more information out there on this disaster if anyone truly wants to be informed!! If not...we will ALL pay the price of those uninformed!! except for the favorites who have been exempted from this atrocity! They will laugh at the rest! No such fool as a fool who refuses to be educated and informed!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:27 pm
Sorry Cal! I can't support articles like this! :-(

Jason R (67)
Monday November 4, 2013, 8:40 pm
Carol in denial. Believing all lies...

So, about those cancellation letters...

Surprise, surprise... Insurance companies are trying to cheat customers out of more money. Since the start of Obamacare, we've heard various reports of companies canceling insurance policies, and charging customers hundreds of dollars more each month to continue coverage. Well, it turns out that many of those cancellation letters were misleading, and failed to mention that customers could find better policies at lower prices on a healthcare exchange.

A special report by Talking Points Memo found specific examples of insurance companies contacting people before the October 1st start date, and trying to lock them in to higher priced plans than they could find on an exchange. The companies warned customers that their plans were being canceled and offered them new, higher-priced plans, but made no mention of healthcare exchanges, or subsidies that people could qualify for under Obamacare. One of the women interviewed by TPM would have had to pay more than $1,000 a month for the new plan offered by her insurance company, and it offered bare minimum coverage with a $6,300 deductible. After logging on to her state's insurance exchange, the Seattle resident found a plan for $80 dollars a month with a $250 dollar deductible.

When TPM asked her insurance company why they were using such deceptive methods, a spokesman just said that customers know they have other options. Although it's not clear how many of the cancellation letters being received throughout our country are a result of the same dishonest tactics, it's likely that many other companies are pulling the same scam. These cancellations aren't because of Obamacare, they are simply insurance companies trying to rip off more people while they still have a chance.

This is the exact reason why we needed the healthcare law to begin with. Insurance companies will always put corporate greed over people's health and wallets. And, that's the reason why we should continue to push for single payer, Medicare for all, and get the profit out of our healthcare.

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