Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:25am
While you weren't noticing, many Americans have been opting out of the Affordable Care Act under the law's religious exemption provisions primarily through a Florida outfit called Medi-Share.
Let's be clear - Medi-Share is not insurance. It's a cost sharing plan where individuals apply for membership and agree to pay for each other's medical expenses through a shared pool of "donations". It doesn't cover routine checkups and many other common expenses and offers no guaranteed coverage if the members are hospitalized.
In October of last year, a Kentucky judge shut down the operation in Kentucky after objections by insurance companies who maintained that the plan was being offered as "insurance" and misleading members. The service is still legal in NC.
Phil named two Republican co-chairs to go with the mostly Republican (and highly extremist) members of the committee, who are supposedly going to investigate the effects of the ACA on North Carolina, but actually are going to exaggerate, cherry pick facts, showboat and smear President Obama and Senator Hagan.
And we thought that using public money on campaign purposes -- in this case, to elect Thom Tillis US senator -- was illegal.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 7:51am
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma published a press release yesterday, touting that something called the "Center for Health Economy" gave a glowing review to the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. It's been picked up by several Tea Bagger and conservative sites.
If you'll recall, Burr, Hatch and Coburn recently introduced this legislation as part of the party's "all Obamacare, all the time" campaign for the midterm elections.
I've done some Google searching and, for the life of me, I can't find anything at all about the "Center for Health Economy". It's only when you go to the website for the release, you find out the proper name of it is the "Center for Heath and Economy" and, Googling that, you discover it's a stinktank started by a Republican operative a few weeks ago and funded by the Republicans.
"But finally, early on the first Saturday morning following the launch of the exchange site — probably because the rest of the state (unlike my five-year-old) was still asleep -- I was able to log-in and complete my registration and check out all my options for insurance.
There were literally 50 plans that were better than my current insurance -- both with lower premiums, lower out-of-pocket costs and better coverage. And there were ten plans with a higher premium than my current insurance, but with lower deductibles."
Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes: House Republicans are holding America’s economic future hostage, and now they have written a ransom note with their demands. According to a wish list circulating around the capitol, House GOPers want a delay in implementing Obamacare, cuts to public health programs, approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, and a slew of other conservative reforms Democrats are unlikely to embrace, in exchange for a debt ceiling increase.
For example, a Triad family of four with a $50,000 household income would pay an average of $282 a month for mid-level coverage. That would represent a 66 percent premium discount once tax credits are applied, compared with the $826 that family would have paid on average before the health exchange, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, the discount would be 68 percent for that family of four.
Now that the truth is out, the RWNJ Twits will have to develop some other scare tactic to try to generate outrage over something people will soon welcome with open arms.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 8:10pm
The Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives sends out frequent press releases. Committee Member Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC2) often shares info from the Committee, as she did on the local evening news in Raleigh tonight.
Today the Committee issued a release that implied that the move by Walgreens to change how it provides health benefits to its employees was in response to "Obamacare" implementation. The hashtag #BrokenPromises was included in the release.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:07pm
House to vote on budget bill defunding health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says House Republicans will pass a budget bill this week that withholds funding for President Barack Obama's health care law.
The effort stands little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, setting up a showdown that could push the government toward a partial shutdown at the end of the month. Funding to operate the federal government runs out at the end of September.
most Americans say they don't have a good grasp of what the law entails. Thirty-four percent say they don’t understand the law very well, and another 35 percent say they understand it only “some.”
Rep. Renee Ellmers is still beating the drum of how "Obamacare" will hurt US' economy and health system. She said on Twitter: "Americans by 45-23% say #Obamacare will have negative rather than positive impact on healthcare system." This is true.
Ellmers has continued to bombard “Obamacare” with one ridiculous challenge after another. First she favored repeal, then “defunding,” and now it seems she and other House Republicans on that committee are hoping to hobble the law by keeping people from finding their way through its options and provisions.
The process is daunting to many, particularly because Republicans in North Carolina have blocked the state from educating the public about the program.
This has gone beyond the classical definition of Congressional obstruction, where legislation or Presidential appointments are held up via parliamentary procedures. The Affordable Care Act proceeded through Congress properly, was signed into law, and was even aggressively vetted by the Supreme Court. Continued opposition by Congressional Republicans and their state counterparts represents a callous disregard for the Democratic process and an abrogation of their responsibility to work on other needed policies. And it's having a detrimental effect on the Federal government's ability to even function, much less function well. Which might be the whole point of this immature behavior.
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