Democratic Underground banned someone for making the following post about Obamacare

A crazy person who lives in my apartment building recently made the following post at Democratic Underground:

Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges

http://news.yahoo.com/harry-reid-exempts-some-of-his-senate-staff-from-obamacare-exchanges-192925037.html

Harry Reid exempts some of his Senate staff from Obamacare exchanges

One of the biggest public supporters of the Affordable Care Act has reportedly decided that some of his staff should be exempted from the new law.

CNN reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

The offices of Ron Wyden, Tim Johnson and Barbara Boxer, all Democrats, said they were exempting some of their staff.

The text of the post has been deleted, and the person who posted it has been banned. The reason for the deletion and ban states:

A Jury voted 6-1 to hide this post on Wed Jul 2, 2014, 01:15 AM. Reason: This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. When the original post in a discussion thread is hidden by Jury decision, the entire discussion thread is automatically locked so new replies cannot be posted.

So, according to Democratic Underground, pointing out that Harry Reid and three other Democratic Senators who supported the passage of Obamacare have exempted some of their own staff is “disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.”

“Hurtful”?

“Rude”?

“Insensitive”?

Apparently, the people who run the most popular Democratic message board on the entire internet insist on being hurt and offended by… the truth!

 

July 2, 2014. Tags: , , , . Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

Obamacare forces cancer survivor to lose her doctor, and her new Obamacare plan covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius

Janet Grigg lives in Oklahoma and is a survivor of colon cancer. Obamacare caused her to lose coverage for her doctor. Her new Obamacare plan covers zero doctors within a 400 mile radius of her home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FoyREgDH_8

May 31, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics. 12 comments.

Emperor Obama just created a new Obamacare rule and penalty without approval from Congress

The New York Times just reported:

Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the Obama administration has squelched the idea in a new ruling. Such arrangements do not satisfy the health care law, the administration said, and employers may be subject to a tax penalty of $100 a day — or $36,500 a year — for each employee who goes into the individual marketplace.

Obama’s actions here are illegal. There is nothing in Obamacare that gives Obama or the IRS the power to prohibit employers from dumping employees onto Obamacare exchanges, or for fining them $100 a day per employee for doing so.

 

May 25, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics. 6 comments.

Obama gave taxpayers’ money to Obamacare contractor to hire employees to do nothing

It has just been reported that Obama gave taxpayers’ money to Serco, an Obamacare contractor, to hire employees to do nothing. The more employees that Serco hired to do nothing, the more taxpayer money it got from Obama. At the time of the report, Serco was still hiring new employees.
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May 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Government waste, Health care, Politics. 2 comments.

283 reasons why it’s OK to laugh at anyone who thought Obamacare was a good idea

I’ve updated my list of Obamacare criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/

May 2, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

Vermont plans to start single payer health care in 2017

Vermont is planning to start a single payer health care system in 2017.

I support states’ rights, and I don’t live in Vermont, so I don’t have anything against Vermont doing this.

I view this the way a scientist views an experiment. I’m curious to see how it turns out.

Will Vermont stick to its plan, or will they chicken out?

Will the federal government allow it to happen, or try to block it?

Will patients’ access to health care get better, worse, or stay the same?

Will the number of doctors per person in Vermont get bigger, smaller, or stay the same?

Will costs go up, down, or stay the same?

Will politicians, celebrities, and rich people participate in it, or will they find some way to get exemptions?

Only time will tell. And I am quite curious to find out.

 

 

April 27, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics. 4 comments.

Obamacare patient who got rejected by all 96 doctors that she contacted says she is “proud” of Obamacare

In Ebony magazine, Danielle Kimberly writes:

As a proud new beneficiary of the Affordable Health Care Act, I’d like to report that I am doctorless. Ninety-six. Ninety-six is the number of soul crushing rejections that greeted me as I attempted to find one. It’s the number of physicians whose secretaries feigned empathy while rehearsing the “I’m so sorry” line before curtly hanging up.

 

April 27, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. 7 comments.

Obamacare causes pregnant woman to lose coverage for her obstetrician

Susan Estrich writes:

As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.

The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have.

The bad news: Neither the obstetrician who has taken care of her for the past six months nor the hospital where she had planned to give birth are covered by the plan.

Ouch.

Now, this young woman is really good at dealing with insurance companies. It’s what she does all day long — getting prescriptions approved, figuring out why they aren’t being approved, going back and forth with doctors and insurance companies about what they will and will not cover. No neophyte, she.

And as I signaled her that I could wait, that she should finish her conversation, she never lost her cool. Me, I would have been a wreck if someone had told me six months into a pregnancy that the doctor with whom I had developed a close and trusting relationship or the hospital that I had always relied on were no longer on my list, and that my choices — within any reasonable geographic distance — basically came down to six doctors I’d never heard of and a hospital I’d never set foot in.

She was not a wreck. But she wasn’t happy. Who would be? Six months pregnant and interviewing doctors who are themselves overwhelmed because they are, in fact, on so many plans.

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

“Confused” Obamacare supporter doesn’t understand why her insurance has been cancelled

The Staten Island Advance reports:

Obamacare confusion abounds on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Alexandra Porto believes in the premise of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — to provide medical benefits for all Americans.

But when she, along with 13 of her colleagues at the Bloomfield-based Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), received letters stating that their Empire BlueCross/BlueShield health plan will be canceled, she started to have second thoughts about what is commonly referred to as Obamacare.

“The letter said Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be ending our current policy, and it will be replaced with a new policy. It said new premium rates will take effect April 1,” said Ms. Porto, vice president of membership and outreach at the SIEDC.

“The problem is we don’t know what the new policy is or what the new premium rates will be, and we are being told by Empire BlueCross/BlueShield that we won’t have that information until Jan. 1,” she added.

And the folks at the SIEDC aren’t alone.

Ms. Porto said at least 13 SIEDC members — all small business owners with less than 50 employees on Staten Island — were informed that the health plans for their employees have been canceled.

 

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. 1 comment.

Obamacare causes New York City brain surgery patient to lose all her doctors and anti-pain medications

The Staten Island Advance reports:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions.

Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied.

While she had signed up for new health coverage — because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan — the company’s internal paperwork apparently wasn’t filed.

She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn’t accept the new insurance plan.

For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers from a rare neurological disease called Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, this has led to three months of excruciating pain, withdrawal symptoms and immobility.

“It’s hard,” said Ms. Figueroa, through her tears Wednesday at a press conference at Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) New Dorp office.

“I have been in pain. I’ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable. My medication helps me function during the day,” added Ms. Figueroa, who has undergone four brain surgeries for her conditions, which require her to take numerous amounts of medication.

After intervention by Grimm’s office, Ms. Figueroa was able to obtain some of her prescriptions on April 1 for which she had refills.

She takes five different medications several times per day, like morphine for the chronic pain and other medications to help slow the affects of her nerve damage.

But some of her prescriptions had no refills, forcing her to go without them for three months.

And Ms. Figueroa can’t find a doctor who participates in her new plan to write new prescriptions, give her referrals for pain management care, or treat her for her illnesses.

“Even though the insurance company cashed your check, it doesn’t mean it (the policy) has been implemented,” said Grimm.

“That’s the problem — that the back end of Obamacare hasn’t been fully built. You can go on the front end of an application and look at a list of plans, but what they don’t tell you is that many of those plans don’t have doctors yet.”

Ms. Figueroa said only six doctors in the borough accept her new health plan, and she has yet to be able to get an appointment with one.

Grimm says he’s dealt with at least one dozen Staten Islanders who have had similar issues as Ms. Figueroa after signing up for healthcare via the NY State of Health Marketplace.

“We didn’t solve anything (with Obamacare), all we did was destroy a good thing,” said Grimm. “Obamacare wasn’t ready for prime time.”

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

Obamacare forces Los Angeles family to buy dental insurance that covers zero dentists within 100 mile radius

Scot Vorse lives in Los Angeles, California. He writes:

I noticed in my new Anthem monthly premium under Obamacare that I was required to pay a separate monthly charge for dental insurance for my two teenage children (I also have to pay the monthly charge even though I don’t receive the benefits, but that is a different issue). This dental plan was assigned to me and not my particular choice.

Today, it is time to take my kids in for their six-month cleaning, so I checked to see if their dentist is covered under my plan. They are not. OK – there are other dentists. Let’s see about within five miles of my house. Nope – not a single one. Within ten? Nope. Within 20? Nope. Within 50? Nope. Finally, what about within 100 miles? Nope. What is even worse is that the Anthem search feature doesn’t expand past 100 miles. I don’t know if there is any dentist in California that accepts my plan.

Perhaps if I fly to Sacramento or Modesto I can find a dentist that accepts my mandatory-policy kids. I wonder if, after the cost of airfare, a teeth cleaning will still be “affordable.”

Mr. Vorse also included the following screencap, which shows that when he searched for an Obamacare dentist within 100 miles, the results said that there were zero Obamacare dentists within that 100 mile radius:

no obamacare dentists within 100 miles

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

Obama voters in San Francsico area complain that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor

Mountain View, California, is part of the San Francisco area, where Obama won both elections by a huge percentage. Obama voters in this area are complaining that Obamacare does not actually give them access to a doctor. KPIX, the CBS affiliate of San Francsco, reports:

Some Covered California Patients Say They Can’t See A Doctor

MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.”

Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand.

Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic.

But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now and saying I can’t find a doctor, “said Nguyen.

Thinn Ong was thrilled to qualify for a subsidy on the health care exchange. She is paying $200 a month in premiums. But the single mother of two is asking, what for?

“Yeah, I sign it. I got it. But where’s my doctor? Who’s my doctor? I don’t know,” said a frustrated Ong.

Nguyen said the newly insured patients checked the physicians’ lists they were provided and were told they weren’t accepting new patients or they did not participate in the plan.

And Nguyen says – while the free clinic isn’t technically supposed to be treating former patents they signed up for insurance, they can’t in good faith turn them away.

Dr. Kevin Grumbach of UCSF called the phenomenon “medical homelessness,” where patients are caught adrift in a system woefully short of primary care doctors.

Those who can’t find a doctor are supposed to lodge a complaint with state regulators, who have been denying the existence of a doctor shortage for months.

Meanwhile, the sick and insured can’t get appointments.

“What good is coverage if you can’t use it?” Nguyen said.

 

April 20, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics. 2 comments.

Unite Here says Obamacare “threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.”

Unite Here is a union that represents 300,000 employees in the hotel and restaurant industries. It supported Obama in both elections.

In March 2014, Unite Here said:

“If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage.”

“… the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.”

“Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”

“… it will inevitably lead to the destruction of the health care plans we were promised we could keep.”

April 1, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics, Unions. 1 comment.

Doctor who survived breast cancer says “Under Obamacare, I’d be dead.”

Dr. Katherine Albrecht lives in Nashua, New Hampshire. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, doctors at her local hospital told her there was nothing they could do for her. So, she went to experts at the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusettes, who saved her life. She later received follow up care at Cornell Breast Cancer Center in New York City. Her insurance paid for her treatment at both of these out-of-state facilities.

Afterward, her insurance policy was canceled, because it did not meet Obamacare’s minimum requirements.

Her new, Obamacare-compliant policy does not cover treatment in Boston, New York, or any other out-of-state medical facility.

She said of this:

“Under Obamacare, I’d be dead.”

 

 

April 1, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

26% of Americans support Obamacare, don’t know earth goes around sun

Associated Press has just reported that the Obamacare approval rating is 26%.

Last month, Time magazine reported that 26% of Americans don’t know that the earth goes around the sun.

 

 

March 28, 2014. Tags: , , . Health care, Politics, Science. 13 comments.

Obamacare author says it will cause most employers to stop offering insurance

Before Obamacare was passed, Obama said:

“No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people… If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

A video of Obama making this promise more than 20 different times can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCUpJDzyRnY

However, just now – four years after Obama signed Obamacare, and more than a year after the 2012 election, the New York Times is reporting that one of the authors of Obamacare is saying that it will cause most employers to stop offering insurance. The New York Times reports:

Why Employers Will Stop Offering Health Insurance

March 26, 2014

Here’s a prediction: By 2025, “fewer than 20 percent of workers in the private sector will receive traditional employer-sponsored health insurance.” The source of this claim? Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, in his just-published book, “Reinventing American Health Care.”

Dr. Emanuel is an accomplished oncologist, medical ethicist and academic (and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times). And, of course, he’s no stranger to politics: He helped craft the Affordable Care Act as a health policy adviser to the Obama administration, when his brother, Rahm, now the mayor of Chicago, was chief of staff.

… he argues, the so-called Cadillac tax on especially generous health plans, set to take effect in 2018, will help pave the way by discouraging companies from offering those plans.

This is typical of the sneaky, underhanded, lying Obama and his entire administration. In order to get a law passed, and in order to get elected, Obama lies about what he will do in the future. Then in the future, only after the legislation has passed, and only after Obama has won the election, do we find out the truth.

It’s also typical of the biased, Obama supporting, mainstream media, which refused to analyze the Obamacare legislation to discover this information on their own.  If the New York Times had done its job properly, they would have had their legal experts read and analyze the Obamacare legislation four years ago, and would have reported at that time that it would cause most employers to stop offering insurance. But the New York Times did not do its job. Instead, they allowed Obama to go unchallenged in his repeated lies that people could keep their insurance. And now that the New York Times is finally reporting this information, it’s too late for anyone to do anything about it – Obamacare has already passed, and Obama has already run in as many elections as he is allowed.

 

March 26, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

SEIU, NAACP, and other left wing groups protest Koch brothers’ $100 million donation to hospital

In the past, donations from the Koch brothers were used to fund the invention of a cancer drug called Yervoy, which has saved the lives of cancer patients.

Now, the SEIU, the NAACP, the Working Families Party, and other left wing organizations are protesting against the Koch brothers’ recent $100 million donation to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. You can read about this absurd protest, and see pictures of it, here, here, and here.

March 17, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Health care, Politics, Unions. 3 comments.

Obama illegally gives unions an exemption from Obamacare’s “reinsurance” tax

Obamacare includes a so-called “reinsurance” tax.

In March 2014, Obama gave unions an exemption from this tax.

This was illegal for two reasons.

First, Obama made this change without approval from Congress.

And second, the Constitution requires that laws apply equally to everyone.

March 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics, Unions. Leave a comment.

Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build its defective Obamacare website that enrolled zero people

Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build its defective Obamacare website. As of February 28, 2014, exactly zero people had signed up at Oregon’s Obamacare website.

I am not at all, in any way, surprised by this.

Given all of the many, many, many other things that Obama has done, I actually expect things like this to happen.

What I don’t expect is for Obama to do anything about it. Sure, he may pay lip service, and pretend to get all angry and upset. But in the end, he won’t ask for the money back, he won’t fire anyone, and he won’t prosecute anyone for fraud.

March 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Government waste, Health care, Politics. Leave a comment.

A convicted terrorist who murdered two people was hired as an Obamacare “navigator” because Obama thinks background checks are “racist”

In Israel, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted of putting a bomb in a box of candy on a grocery store shelf, which killed two people. In 2013, she was hired as an Obamacare “navigator.”

Although Obamacare “navigators” have access to people’s personal, private, and financial information, they are not subject to federal background checks, because Obama considers background checks to be “racist.” Some Obamacare “navigators” had been previously convicted of forgery.

The Obama administration accused Pepsico of “race discrimination” because it used criminal background checks to screen out job applicants.

The Obama administration filed lawsuits against Dollar General and BMW for using criminal background checks to screen employees. The Obama administration claimed that such background checks were “racist.”

The Obama administration accused fire and police departments in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, and Dayton, Ohio of “racial discrimination” because they required potential firefighters and police officers to take a written test. Ten real examples of these “racist” questions from the New York test can be read here.

In order to do their job effectively, U.S. marines must be strong enough to carry their wounded comrades off the battlefield. But Commander-in-Chief Obama considers this requirement to be “sexist,” so he eliminated it.

March 12, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics, Racism. 3 comments.

We can add Seth Rogan to the list of famous Canadians who look to the U.S. instead of Canada when it comes to health care

When Robert Bourassa, the premier of Quebec, Canada, needed cancer treatment, he came to the United States and paid for his health care with his own money.

And when Canadian Liberal MP Belinda Stronach needed cancer treatment, she also came to the United States and paid for her health care with her own money.

And when Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams needed heart surgery, he, too, came to the United States and paid for his health care with his own money.

And now, we can add actor Seth Rogan to the list of famous Canadians who look to the U.S. instead of Canada when it comes to health care. The Wall St. Journal reports:

Mr. Rogen’s mother-in-law suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s, and he set up an Alzheimer’s disease charity. He was in town to testify in front of a Senate Appropriation subcommittee on the disease and and give an emotional appeal for more funding for research — while also featuring some lighter material.

March 1, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

New York Times: “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law”

Before I get to the new article from the New York Times, I’d like to point out a few other things from the past.

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare’s employer mandate is a tax.

This particular Obamacare tax only applies to “full time” jobs, which Obamacare defines as 30 or more hours per week.

So, Obamacare is a tax on full time employment.

Everyone knows that whatever you tax, you get less of. For example, after Obama increased the cigarette tax by 61 cents per pack in 2009, John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, said:

“Raising the price of tobacco products is one of the most effective approaches to encouraging people to quit and preventing kids from picking up the deadly habit in the first place.”

In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE, all of whom endorsed Obama in both elections, sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will

“destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”

Now, The New York Times, which also endorsed Obama in both elections, is reporting:

Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law

Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.

Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.

In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said.

Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.

In Virginia, part-time state employees are generally not allowed to work more than 29 hours a week on average over a 12-month period. Thousands of part-time state employees had been working more than that

To hold down the work hours of school bus drivers, Vigo County has reduced field trips for children and cut back transportation to athletic events. School employees who had two part-time jobs totaling more than 30 hours a week — for example, bus driver and basketball coach — were required to give up one of the jobs.

The Obama administration says “there is absolutely no evidence” of any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.

The American Federation of Teachers lists on its website three dozen public colleges and universities in 15 states that it says have restricted the work assignments of adjunct or part-time faculty members to avoid the cost of providing health insurance.

The University of Akron, in Ohio, has cut back the hours of 400 part-time faculty members who were teaching more than 29 hours a week, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for the school.

February 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics, Unions. Leave a comment.

Obama administration falsely says “there is absolutely no evidence” of any job loss related to Obamacare

The New York Times recently reported:

The Obama administration says “there is absolutely no evidence” of any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.

Obama is lying.

In November 2012, in response to the Obamacare’s medical device tax, some medical device manufacturers announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).

In December 2012, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, John Kerry, and 15 other Democratic hypocrites who supported the passage of Obamacare wrote a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts.

But now Obama is claiming that those layoffs never happened.

Note that Franken, Warren, Kerry, and those other hypocrite Democrats aren’t worried about job losses for the country in general. Instead, their only concern is the job losses in their own districts. Meanwhile, conservatives and libertarians are worried about Obamacare causing job losses in the entire country. This is why conservatives and libertarians want Obamacare to be repealed, whereas those Democrats support Obamacare, but want waivers for their own special interests. What hypocrites.

Among those who signed that letter, Elizabeth Warren especially deserves to be called out, because liberals have been saying that she is different than other politicians, that she doesn’t cater to corporations – and yet here she is, trying to get a special exemption for those very same corporations. In reality, it seems that Warren is just as much of a corporate stooge as any other politician.

Obama knows what whatever you tax, you get less of, which is precisely why he raised the cigarette tax in 2009. So surely, he knew that creating a medical device tax would destroy jobs in the medical device industry. And yet he falsely claims that no jobs were lost.

I’m not surprised that Obama made this false claim about there being no job losses due to Obamacare – the list of Obama’s lies keeps getting bigger and bigger.

February 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Health care, Politics. 1 comment.

240 reasons why it’s OK to laugh at anyone who thought Obamacare was a good idea

I’ve updated my list of Obamacare criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/

February 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , . Health care, Politics. 2 comments.

Obamacare may cause the government to seize homes from the estates of poor people

In the past 20 years, the state of California has seized $978.5 million worth of assets from the estates of medicaid recipients.

Obamacare requires everyone in the U.S. whose income is less than 138% of the poverty level to enroll in medicaid.

Based on those two pieces of information, it seems likely that Obamacare will result in the homes of quite a few poor people being seized by the government.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

One thing the ACA didn’t change was Medicaid’s estate recovery rule. Under a law enacted in 1993, states are required to seek recovery from the estates of deceased enrollees for the costs of long-term care, such as nursing-home care. The recovery rule applied to those who received that care when they were 55 and older, or who were permanently institutionalized at any age.

Medicaid eligibility for the expanded programs is based on income alone, which means there might be some new members with low incomes but sizable illiquid estates, such as homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The prospect of asset seizures raises people’s hackles, especially since under the Affordable Care Act, those earning less than 138% of the poverty level may be offered no choice for subsidized health insurance except Medicaid.

On the whole, the estate recovery program hasn’t been a big moneymaker for government at any level. Since 1993, California has collected $978.5 million

February 12, 2014. Tags: , , , . Health care, Police state, Politics. 3 comments.

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