"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 - 7:10pm
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 - 2:07pm
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.
Submitted by Marshall Adame on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:34pm
Pigeon-holing is something we Americans love to do. It’s almost cultural for us and in our political realm it is pervasive to say the least. We seem to have this very strong need to categorize everyone into a group which we then give a name to. In political terms we are fond of using “Liberal and Conservative” as pigeonholes to separate many varied schools of thought into two categories. I guess it makes it simple.
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