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The Irony of ObamaCare: Making Inequality Worse
CDN ^ | March 2014

Posted on 03/10/2014 6:16:10 PM PDT by Lorianne

The promise of Obamacare was the right one and the hope for extending healthcare coverage to the un-and under-insured a step in the right direction. Yet the unintended consequences will hit the average, hard-working American where it hurts: in the wallet.

Currently a national dialogue is emerging by all political parties on the issue of income inequality. That is a debate worth having. The White House and Congressional Democrats are “resetting” the domestic agenda following the negative fallout from the rollout of the ACA. They plan to shift focus from health care to bread and butter issues of income inequality that have eroded the American paycheck for decades.

Ironically, the Administration’s own signature healthcare victory poses one of the most immediate challenges to redressing inequality. Yes, the Affordable Care Act will help many more

Americans gain some health insurance coverage, a significant step forward for equality. At the same time, without smart fixes,the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.

• Transferring A Trillion Dollars in Wealth: Most of the ACA’s $965 billion in subsidies will go directly to commercial insurance companies, one of the largest transfers of public wealth to private hands ever.

Since the ACA passed, the average stock price of the big for-profit health insurers doubled, their top executives were paid more than a half billion dollars in cash and stock options, and in the past 2 years, the top 10 insurers have spent $25 billion on mergers and acquisitions.

(Excerpt) Read more at cdn.ralstonreports.com ...


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1 posted on 03/10/2014 6:16:10 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Since when does “irony” mean: “exactly what was obviously intended”???


2 posted on 03/10/2014 6:26:59 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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