Obamacare

Want To Know What Really Happened In Court About Obamacare and Enjoy It At The Same Time.

Here is the best interpretation and explanation of what happened in the DC and the Richmond Court of Appeals yesterday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/24/jon-stewart-obamacare-chaos_n_5...

It is actually pretty entertaining.

Obamacare in NC dealt a huge blow.

Update: Overruled!

A three judge panel with two Republicans and one Democrat hearing the suit just ruled that those states that did not establish a state exchange, 36 in all including NC, are not eligible for premium subsidies for their health insurance. The vote was 2-1 with both Republicans voting to ban the subsidies, those judges were appointed by Bush I and Bush II.

This means that those people who are covered under the Affordable Care Act and are receiving a discounted premium rate will see those subsidies disappear in the future.

The decision will be appealed to the full DC Court of Appeals. Should it be upheld, it would probably take the election of a Democratic governor in 2016 and the approval of a state health exchange in North Carolina for those presently covered and those covered in the future to get their subsidies back.

N&O publishes pseudo-scientific attack on Obamacare

Feeding the fear-mongering machine:

In May, I released a comprehensive study showing how the Affordable Care Act – otherwise known as Obamacare – will likely play out in North Carolina over the next few years. The diagnosis isn’t good.

First, the short version. In two years, the ACA’s structural problems will lead to substantial premium increases. Once that happens, North Carolinians will likely leave the insurance market in droves. They’ll have little choice – they won’t be able to afford health insurance because federal subsidies won’t keep up with the rapid price increases. Within a decade, this could swell the ranks of the state’s uninsured by 57 percent.

It was either an oversight related to poor vetting on the part of the N&O's editorial staff, or an outright attempt to deceive their readership, but they failed to note this "doctor" was a PhD, as opposed to an MD. I don't usually quibble over that, because I have a lot of respect for PhDs. But when an article is related to medicine, the difference between the two is night and oranges. You don't allow those particular wires to be crossed, even when you're discussing economics. And this cookie-cutter article is appearing in other battleground states as well, proving that politics is behind the propaganda:

Tillis's hypocrisy

OK, it's not news that Thom Tillis is a hypocrite. Here's one more example to add to the pile.

When Thom is talking about an issue that he thinks will get him votes with the wing nut crowd, he says we need to repeal a law right away (warning: link goes to Thom's propaganda page. Those with a low tolerance for lies should approach with caution).

ObamaCare is a cancer on our national economy and it threatens the quality of every American's health care. It is paralyzing business expansion, displacing families from the health coverage they have now, raising costs, and threatening the federal treasury for all future years. ObamaCare is ridden with policies that are bad for families, bad for seniors, bad for businesses, and bad for the economy. Thom will fight in the Senate for full repeal of ObamaCare, for defunding ObamaCare, and he will work to implement private sector solutions to reduce healthcare costs for North Carolinians.

When Thom is talking about an issue that he thinks could lose some votes from the right-wing extremists, he says you can't just repeal a law right away.

Efforts to repeal the [renewable energy mandate] measure – which environmentalists credit with fueling the state’s burgeoning solar power industry – have failed in recent years. Tillis said he expects that to change. He said he supports a repeal, even as he cautioned against moving too fast.

“The problem is, it’s the law, and you can’t just ... all of a sudden repeal it without having an orderly exit,” he said after the debate. “And we’ll be having an orderly exit, and I’m optimistic that the next speaker will probably oversee its repeal.”

Do-nothing Burr inadvertently exposes danger of not expanding Medicaid

Getting his rhetorical wires crossed:

"Today our biggest challenge is to keep delivery points in place," said Burr, noting that four community hospitals in Georgia had closed and rural N.C. hospitals in Pungo and Wilson were facing operating deficits. While lamenting the challenges hospitals face, he also re-emphasized his support for the state's decision to not expand eligibility for Medicaid, the government program designed to pay for care for the poor and disabled.

Several legislators challenged him on the seemingly discordant stances, given that North Carolina's hospitals had lobbied for the expansion as a vehicle for new revenue to offset the cuts in reimbursements under the Affordable Care Act.

The bottom line is, Republicans knew well ahead of time that not expanding Medicaid would cause huge problems for patients and providers, problems they counted on to derail the Affordable Care Act. And as far as Burr pointing to problems in Georgia:

CBO updates Obamacare price tag projections and it's a shocker

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have released updated projections on the cost of Obamacare over the next ten years and the savings start immediately.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates.1

Help a fellow blogger out

Via e-mail from Markos:

That media turnaround started from an unlikely source—a single blogger who meticulously recorded all Obamacare signup information. Then, after gaining the attention of reporters everywhere, that blogger used hard data to utterly dismantle every bogus Republican talking point.

Here at Daily Kos, we were fortunate to have Charles Gaba—who blogs under the name Brainwrap—tracking enrollments in one of the most comprehensive and informational series ever written for Daily Kos. But here’s the thing: Charles volunteered his time to do this.

Charles’s “ACA Signups” series was an incredible and hugely time-intensive undertaking that, as he explained in a recent diary, put a major strain on his life outside of Daily Kos: “I'm absolutely swamped right now. … [K]eeping the site up to date has literally taken over my life. My business is suffering; my clients are losing patience; my family is starting to get concerned.” - Brainwrap, March 24

Here's the link to the ActBlue page where you can show your appreciation for citizen journalism that is powerful enough to change the world.

Running Against Obamacare May Not Be So Easy

This is from the Huffington Post:
"WASHINGTON -- The former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party will save $1,000 a month in premiums for his family's health care package after signing up for a new policy through the Obamacare exchange.

But Fergus Cullen said the savings aren't enough to turn him into a supporter of the new health care law. He said he anticipates higher out-of-pocket costs with his new Anthem-administered plan, and he's frustrated by what he sees as a lack of information about coverage options. His old plan, which was pricey but covered what he needed, was cancelled by his insurer because it didn't meet Obamacare regulations.

"Fundamentally, the plan I wanted to buy is one that gives me catastrophic coverage for my family and lets me self-insure for everything else," Cullen said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post.

Burr gets owned by Canadian doctor

What happens when a lawn mower salesman debates an MD:

“On average, how many Canadian patients on a waiting list die each year? Do you know?” Republican Senator Richard Burr asked at the end of a prickly exchange with Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president of Medical Affairs at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital.

“I don’t, sir, but I know that there are 45,000 in America who die waiting because they don’t have insurance at all,” she said.

Ouch. Burr may need to see a trauma specialist after that one...

Rucho's Comments...Par for the Course

Bob Rucho’s recent comments concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are par for the course. While his GOP and their Ultra Conservative and Radical Right Wing faction, the Tea Party offer nothing but obstructionism and little substance on healthcare reform, they are content to punish North Carolinas with their Texas style politics. Gerrymandering and the systematic shredding of voter rights are tactics more in line with the comments he made about the Affordable Care Act. The politics practiced by Governor McCrory’s “band of brothers” steadily erode years of progress made in North Carolina. That progress has made North Carolina one of the most sought after locations to live in the nation. With pristine beaches, beautiful mountains and wonderful hospitality, North Carolina is a piece of heaven on earth. But for residents of North Carolina, those days are numbered if the current political policies continue.

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