Sunday July 7, 2013, 12:02 pm
Noted, in UK we have NHS paid through taxes. We all want to know we'll be treated if we are ill. I have been to emergency and my experience in the UK was terrific. Health care for All :)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 12:37 pm
Simple, sensible, NOT part of some Communist, or Socialist , plot.
Arielle, you are right, but I'm afraid that we are the choir, and those who really need to understand this are paying no attention, or "Can not compute," because they are so afraid of change.
I particularly love the part the 80% of benefits not going to bonuses, and the like: But, therein is a source of right wing, greedy, resistance! You know, those poor starving insurance company execs.
My wife, many years ago, worked for a company that took care of indoor plantings for big companies, and told me about a Blue Cross/Blue Shield exec. whose office would get a full decorating makeover every 3 weeks!
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:08 pm
All i know, is this is a boon for the insurance industry when 40,000,000 people who can't afford it will be forced to pay for insurance. Plus, since Obama took office, the out of pocket health care that my 96 year old mother has to pay has more than doubled!
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:21 pm
It sounds good but what I don't understand is why the mandate and funding for the existing programs couldn't have been expanded. What am I missing? Was there such abuse under Medicaid and Medicare by insurance companies and bonuses? What about the 3% increase in costs for those who can't afford it already? I think Robert O makes some valid points. How about taking a time out; a step back to reconnoiter and think about this carefully before trumpeting King Barky for the savior he isn't? No I don't support the GOP either or the Democrats if that's what you're thinking.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:28 pm
Thanks, Kit, we need to keep this info front and center so people can get the truth over all the lies that have been spread nationwide in order to deny us health care. We have a right to health care, all of us have that right.
Robert O - what does Obama have to do with actual costs of health care? It continues to go up and that lies with the providers.Obviously, Medicare is not keeping up with health insurance costs but again, that doesn't really have anything to with Obama. If I blamed anyone besides the providers, I would blame Congress for not doing their jobs.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:37 pm
Personally, I think the insurance companies will use any and every reason to jack up prices. Just my opinion.
We keep hearing that all these people with diseases and no coverage will be added to the roles. And that is what will cause prices to go up.
What about all those healthy people without any disease, many of them young and with no need for much healthcare. Shouldn't the enrollment of those people cause the price to drop? never hear about that, do we?
And of course, you never know what might happen to tomorrow......
Sunday July 7, 2013, 1:50 pm
Janet- there is a point in there. My mother recently had her insurance discontinued by the company. They recontracted the retiree insurance plans and she was no longer covered, at least as I understand it. She is now on Medicare. Why would a company recontract like that? Because these people are old? In her state, everyone pays the same rate regardless of age. So it isn't like the company has been paying high rates. How could this be because of Obamacare? It makes no sense. If theya re suppsoed to be covering more people, then why would they drop people? Greed.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:00 pm
While more is now supposed to be covered, and less excluded, it's still a windfall for the insurance companies. Congress had those insurance companies in mind when writing the bill....much more than the health care of their constituents. While we were happy, at first, at some of the new coverage, we saw our payment portion rise quite a bit. If the insurance companies are indeed "taking a hit," some of these prices should be lowering. I'm still on the "Medicare For All" bandwagon and am staying there.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:52 pm
My friend with 4th stage breast cancer applied for Obama care but was denied because she didn't make less than 14,000 a year. Once again the lower middle and middle are still falling through the cracks. Supposedly according to Obamacare, she will be eligible for competitive rates in 2014 if she can survive that long. And supposedly she will fall in the $200 dollar a month category which is the lowest premium. Uggghhh. Just feeding the pockets again. Until there is universal health care like in many many other stable countries, I will never be satisfied. I will send her this link ~ thank you for posting it.
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:52 pm
Lois, I absolutely agree with Medicare for all, but for now, this is what we have. We need to look at what is is, not at what it isn't, before deciding if we gain anything from it. These anecdotal stories - we've heard them before, about Social Security recipients, about "Welfare Queens," you name it. They don't invalidate the program. No state is mentioned in these anecdotal stories, whereas we know there are states which are TURNING DOWN FREE BENEFITS from Obamacare just because it has Obama's name on it. How can you blame Obamacare for that?
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:56 pm
I would prefer universal health care that puts the needs of the people first and foremost over the profits of the insurance corporations that participated in writing this particular program.
Monday July 8, 2013, 6:46 am
Noted. Make viewing mandatory.
I was shocked to learn what health insurance actually means in the US and what the insurance companies can do and refrain from doing. That's not insurance, that's exploitation.
And I thought we had it bad.
Monday July 8, 2013, 10:04 am
Thanks for posting Kit--there is so much myth being spewed by those trying to repeal this act and their insurance company donors that every effort to reach people with accurate and factual information is welcome.
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:57 am
I am in hopes that this Affordable Health Care will eventually lead to Universal Health Care. This is NOT what I have been fighting for. This is based off of what Romney Care did in Massachusetts and people are still finding themselves in medical bankruptcy.
This is still a complicated program that few understand, be it with or without the Republican propaganda which certainly didn't help matters any. But this is still working with a For Profit system and as someone said, those in the Health Insurance Industry had their hand in this while people like Dr. Margaret Flowers was not allowed.
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 9:03 am
Well, now we just need to send that video to the House republicans so they can get behind the law and stop trying to repeal it, better yet, get behind the idea, as all other advanced nations have, that single payer is more effective, has better outcomes and would cost about a third of what we now pay per capita with NO one uncovered while under our current system 50 million of us have no coverage at all. Win-win except for a handful of ceo's and insurance companies. And why should those few dictate what kind of coverage the rest of us have? They shouldn't and neither should the Teapublicans.
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:17 pm
You need to know this. As Obamacare goes into effect, some states are getting creative with ads telling residents about the healthcare law's benefits. However, those ads will be running alongside a multi-million dollar misinformation campaign orchestrated by the Koch brothers. According to the Think Progress Blog, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity is spending a fortune on television ads aimed at turning Americans against the new healthcare law. The group's first ad is called "Questions," and it features a mother of two who tells viewers that she "has some questions about Obamacare." Her so-called questions imply that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, she will be paying higher premiums and won't be able to select her family's doctor. The ad perpetuates myths that have been clearly debunked. As Think Progress points out, there is nothing in Obamacare that stops patients from choosing their own doctors, and people who get their insurance through their employer likely won't see any changes at all. And, while the Americans For Prosperity ad refers to higher healthcare premiums, we've seen insurance rates go down in states implementing the law – like California – and millions of Americans will qualify for subsidies to purchase healthcare through insurance exchanges. In fact, it's Republican policies – like refusing to implement the law's Medicaid expansion – not Obamacare – that will leave some people uninsured. The constant misinformation from the Right is exactly why states like Oregon and New Jersey are working so hard to inform the public about the law's new benefits with their new television ads. However, thanks to the Koch brothers, Americans will have a difficult time sorting through the lies, and figuring out the real ways Obamacare will improve their lives.
Thursday July 11, 2013, 5:23 pm
Congress is not doing their job. This was suppose to be the Affordable Care Act. Far from it.
Yes insurance companies cannot turn you down for having illnesses, but they can charge $$$ you more. Which they will do. For having medical history we cannot afford to pay more. The lower middle class & the middle class are still being slammed w/high premiums, copays, co- insurance. This is not helping us.