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How Obamacare Accomplishes The Unthinkable
Washington Post and The Federalist ^
| November 13, 2013
| Benjamin Domenech, publisher of The Federalist
Posted on 11/17/2013 12:12:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Edited on 11/17/2013 10:08:45 PM PST by Admin Moderator.
President Obama’s signature domestic policy may have accomplished something previously unthinkable: taking an issue where one party had a dominant hold on public opinion, and reversing it in favor of the opposing party.
Only 19 percent of American voters say the quality of care they and their families receive will improve in the next year because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 43 percent say it will get worse and 33 percent say ACA won’t affect their health care. Voters oppose the ACA 55 – 39 percent, with men opposed 59 – 37 percent and women opposed 51 – 41 percent. American voters are divided 46 – 47 percent on whether Obama “knowingly deceived” the public when he said people could keep their existing health insurance plans if they wished. Voters also support 73 – 20 percent extending the March 31, 2014 deadline for signing up for coverage without facing a penalty.
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KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; congress; democrats; election2014; election2016; obama; obamacare
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Dianne Feinstein is a moderate?!
President Obamas signature domestic policy may have accomplished something previously unthinkable: taking an issue where one party had a dominant hold on public opinion, and reversing it in favor of the opposing party.
That's not unthinkable. The GOP does it all the time.
posted on 11/17/2013 12:14:12 PM PST
The writer must be comparing her to Barbara Boxer.
Obama Braves The Big Glitch!
posted on 11/17/2013 12:16:01 PM PST
( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
posted on 11/17/2013 12:16:42 PM PST
("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
posted on 11/17/2013 12:18:17 PM PST
(Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
The RINOs will seek to “compromise” and bail Obama out by giving him a delay, pushing the problem to after the November 2014 elections. By then the low information voters and the media will be convinced that all is well and the Democrats keep hold of the Senate.
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"Dianne Feinstein is a moderate?!"
Dianne Feinstein is a MONSTER !
Only idiots and the evil voted for Obama, or ANY of the Democrats.
They've lied to us, constantly, and really are "Collapsing the System".
And now, these "Useful IDIOTS" who voted for them, are buying the lies that "Obamacare was designed to work." ?
It was designed to fail from the start.
THEN ... THEY GO TO THE "SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM"
They've been sucking our wallets dry for over four years now on the "Obamacare" LIE.
AND NOW THEY WANT MORE TAXES ?
Our Founding Fathers would have hung them already!
Who was it that cut future funding for Medicare by $575 billion?
...the president and the Democratic Party successfully bamboozle voters... The 2012 election could turn on this falsehood.
The truth is that the Obama health law reduces future funding for Medicare by $575 billion over the next 10 years ...
Mr. Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius frequently make that false claim.
Indeed, even Medicare's mailings to seniors repeat the claim that reducing spending on Medicare will make it more financially secure for future years.
The fact is that Mr. Obama's law raids Medicare.
Who was it that moved Medicare Trust Funds out of the "trust box" and into the General Revenue, replacing them with Government I.O.U.s?
Who was it that expanded Medicare and Medicaid to cover many, many more people than it was originally designed to cover?
The History of Medicare
In 1965, the Social Security Act established both Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare was a responsibility of the Social Security Administration (SSA), while Federal assistance to the State Medicaid programs was administered by the Social and Rehabilitation Service (SRS). SSA and SRS were agencies in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). In 1977, the Health Care Financing Administration was created under HEW to effectively coordinate Medicare and Medicaid. In 1980 HEW was divided into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The first U.S. President to propose a prepaid health insurance plan was Harry S. Truman [DEMOCRAT]. On November 19, 1945, in a special message to Congress, President Truman outlined a comprehensive, prepaid medical insurance plan for all people through the Social Security system. The plan included doctors and hospitals, and nursing, laboratory, and dental services; it was dubbed "National Health Insurance." Furthermore, medical insurance benefits for needy people were to be financed from Federal revenues.
Over the years, lawmakers narrowed the field of health insurance recipients largely to social security beneficiaries. A national survey found that only 56 percent of those 65 years of age or older had health insurance. President John F. Kennedy [DEMOCRAT] pressed legislators for health insurance for the aged. However, it wasn't until 1965 that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed H.R. 6675 (The Social Security Act of 1965; PL 89-97) to provide health insurance for the elderly and the poor.
On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed the Medicare and Medicaid Bill (Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act) in Independence, Missouri in the presence of former President Truman, who received the first Medicare card at the ceremony; Lady Bird Johnson, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, and Mrs. Truman also were present. President Johnson remarked: "We marvel not simply at the passage of this Bill but that it took so many years to pass it."
Medicare extended health coverage to almost all Americans aged 65 or older. About 19 million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare in the first year of the program. Medicaid provided access to health care services for certain low-income persons and expanded the existing Federal-State welfare structure that assisted the poor.
The 1972 Social Security Amendments expanded Medicare to provide coverage to two additional high risk groups disabled persons receiving cash benefits for 24 months under the social security program and persons suffering from end-stage renal disease.
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Sen Mark Kirk's statement
Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 ...
"There are 55 million Social Security beneficiaries that will see little or no extra cash from this 2012 tax holiday; instead, the dedicated payroll contributions meant to pay for future benefits are being diverted from the Trust Fund
and replaced with Treasury debt that does not even have a AAA credit rating.
Social Security was designed to be independent and free from the danger of Congressional manipulation,
and maintaining the firewall between the Social Security Trust Fund and general government funding is the best way to maintain the solvency of this important program.
Neither bill protects the Social Security Trust Fund
so I voted no. "
It's not our fault that DEMOCRATS raided the Social Security Trust Fund.
Let's remember ...
Not ALL are to blame for the empty lock box.
Let's take a deeper look.
Okay, then the DEMOCRATS need to shut up!!!
posted on 11/17/2013 12:21:36 PM PST
(It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
Can anyone explain how Obama's acolytes could mangle the entire Socialized Medicine (Universal Healthcare) plan so egregiously without a plan to do so intentionally. I do believe Obamacare was meant to fail causing an avalanche towards Medicade aka Single-payer or Universal Healthcare....Obama's mission is almost complete.....
posted on 11/17/2013 12:29:36 PM PST
( Defund Obamacare now Â— or risk voter backlash in 2014)
Republicans should not lift one single pinkie to save this. Keep it tied completely to the Dims’ necks like an anchor.
posted on 11/17/2013 12:31:27 PM PST
by La Lydia
It's beginning to look like we might swing control of Congress and the Presidency over this.
Which you'd think would be the perfect time to introduce some health-care reforms that would actually work:
- End the employer-plan preference, allow individuals to buy their own plans, tax free.
- Allow employers the option of contributing towards an individuals own plan, rather than providing one.
- Allow businesses to join group plans, rather than forming a group of their own.
- Allow individuals to join group plans, of any group that will have them.
- Encourage high-deductible, catastrophic-only, plus health savings accounts.
- Allow individuals to buy insurance across state lines.
- End government-mandated coverage.
Of course, this is the GOP we're talking about. They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
posted on 11/17/2013 12:35:45 PM PST
I’d be roaring with laughter at your remark, if only it were brutally honest and true.
The best thing that could have happened to Democrats is the start up clusteryuck. It gives them an opportunity to keep lying to people about affordable healthcare. The best thing Democrats could do would be to abandon the whole thing. Delaying it only raises the national anxiety level.
posted on 11/17/2013 12:36:51 PM PST
They probably think Trotsky is a “conservative”.
Just to mention one: nominating Romney and thereby losing the Obamacare issue.
posted on 11/17/2013 12:42:04 PM PST
To: ProtectOurFreedom; MUDDOG
Whoops, forgot a key word in my reply. Should have read: "Id be roaring with laughter at your remark, if only it were NOT brutally honest and true.
I knew what you meant. Just thought I’d give a favorite example.
posted on 11/17/2013 12:47:50 PM PST
And still the Republicans aren't getting credit for trying to delay all this during the shutdown.
Why the disconnect? Poor and biased journalism explains that.
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