Republican Sabotage of ObamaCare

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Re: Republican Sabotage of ObamaCare

Postby David Flick » Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:06 pm

Jim wrote:K: No use arguing with someone who doesn't show any attention to the links and other points I make. Just declaring "moot" and changing the subject is not worthy of a response.

This is the perfect example of the inflexibility and elitism indicative of the liberal/socialistic mindset. If no reasonable response is available, just turn ad hominem for a bit of spleen-venting. On a lighter note, attached is a short-short from my book Regulator & Other Stories. Since you're retired you may have a few minutes to waste. It sort of describes Obamacare as it appeared when introduced. If no interest, no harm done.



    Hilarious, Jim! That piece is definitely Golden Spur worthy. If the Golden Spur were still on the BL.Com shelf and I were in charge, I'd give it you.
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Re: Republican Sabotage of ObamaCare

Postby KeithE » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:05 pm

Jim wrote:K: No use arguing with someone who doesn't show any attention to the links and other points I make. Just declaring "moot" and changing the subject is not worthy of a response.

This is the perfect example of the inflexibility and elitism indicative of the liberal/socialistic mindset. If no reasonable response is available, just turn ad hominem for a bit of spleen-venting. On a lighter note, attached is a short-short from my book Regulator & Other Stories. Since you're retired you may have a few minutes to waste. It sort of describes Obamacare as it appeared when introduced. If no interest, no harm done.

Sarcasm is in poor form when applied to serious policy issues. But to write a fictional, anecdotal account (John Brown) full of untrue regulations and dreamt up’d agencies (FLOP, DEMISE, FOOT-DRAG, FASCISM, DIRGE) all with much sarcasm is lower than poor. It proves you must invent stuff against the ACA instead of dealing with facts.

I’m not enthralled with the ACA either (Medicare-For-All is my favorite), but it has lowered the rate of health care cost increases:

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Source: https://www.towerswatson.com/en/Press/2015/10/rate-of-increase-in-health-care-costs-in-2015

That is fact not fiction.
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Re: Republican Sabotage of ObamaCare

Postby Jim » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:30 pm

KeithE wrote:
Jim wrote:K: No use arguing with someone who doesn't show any attention to the links and other points I make. Just declaring "moot" and changing the subject is not worthy of a response.

This is the perfect example of the inflexibility and elitism indicative of the liberal/socialistic mindset. If no reasonable response is available, just turn ad hominem for a bit of spleen-venting. On a lighter note, attached is a short-short from my book Regulator & Other Stories. Since you're retired you may have a few minutes to waste. It sort of describes Obamacare as it appeared when introduced. If no interest, no harm done.

Sarcasm is in poor form when applied to serious policy issues. But to write a fictional, anecdotal account (John Brown) full of untrue regulations and dreamt up’d agencies (FLOP, DEMISE, FOOT-DRAG, FASCISM, DIRGE) all with much sarcasm is lower than poor. It proves you must invent stuff against the ACA instead of dealing with facts.

I’m not enthralled with the ACA either (Medicare-For-All is my favorite), but it has lowered the rate of health care cost increases:

Image
Source: https://www.towerswatson.com/en/Press/2015/10/rate-of-increase-in-health-care-costs-in-2015

That is fact not fiction.


Another example of liberal elitism - no sense of humor - too busy saving the world. Satire can be written about Trump, plenty of opportunity there for anyone to take (or waste) the time. I don't take myself (or most other folks) too seriously. Anyway, attached is another short-short from December in May & Other Stories. You probably don't have the time to waste on this, but no harm.
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Re: Republican Sabotage of ObamaCare

Postby KeithE » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:54 am

Unable to repeal (let alone replace) ObamaCare, Trump has joined Republicans in trying to sabotage it quietly.

Trump wanted to hurt the Obamacare markets. The CBO says he's a success.

The Congressional Budget Office released a report Thursday that predicts Trump administration policies on Obamacare could help it on its way by leading to rising premiums and decreased enrollment in individual insurance markets over the next year.

Uncertainty about cost-sharing subsidies the government pays to insurance companies -- which Trump has repeatedly said he may withhold -- are mentioned by the CBO's report as a significant driver of higher costs for the insured. The failure to promise these payments, along with reductions in advertising to inform people about the markets and employees who sign-up enrollees, can only "push enrollment down," the report says.

Trump ramped up threats to end the subsidies after Republicans in the Senate failed to pass a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.


This is on top of telling the IRS to stop enforcing the mandate tax penalties as he did in Feb 2017.
On Trump's order, IRS stops enforcing Obamacare fines

Not to be oudone, Congressional Repugs are now trying undo many ObamaCare Taxes that keep the program afloat like:

The ACA's tax on medical devices
Its tax on health insurance plans
The individual mandate, which is administered as a tax penalty


That way they can in unison say “ObamaCare is Disaster”. ‘Cause they made it one.

Underhanded, behind-the-scenes politics to put it mildly.

Whatever you think about Bernie’s universal, single-payer approach, it is at least above board.
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