The following chart from the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation makes clear who has to buy health coverage under Obamacare and how much it will cost. I feel it is better to know how this really works than to hear Republicans as they cry that the world will come to an end.
The Requirement to Buy Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
Along with changes to the health insurance system that guarantee access to coverage to everyone regardless of pre-existing health conditions, the Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that many people be insured or pay a penalty. This simple flowchart illustrates how that requirement (sometimes known as an “individual mandate“) works.
- Time for businesses to push ahead on Affordable Care Act, experts say (thegazette.com)
- My Little Golden Book of the ACA Supreme Court Decision (delong.typepad.com)
- Dan Siegel: Obamacare & Parental Peace of Mind (huffingtonpost.com)
- Readers’ Obamacare questions answered by lawyers in live chat (mlive.com)
- Upholding the Affordable Care Act is a Win for Small Businesses (whitehouse.gov)
Let me take you back to last January in Congress. Kaiser Health News ran a story on Republican doctors who were elected to the House during the teabag push who were all pledging the destruction of the Affordable Care act:
When Scott DesJarlais heard the American Medical Association was backing the Democratic health care overhaul, he cut up his membership card. Now the Tennessee doctor, who was elected to the House last fall, can express his disdain for the law more directly by voting this week to repeal it.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.
“People didn’t want this bill,” said DesJarlais, 46, who is a Republican.
He added a blunt warning to those who think the House repeal effort is an empty gesture: “I think the Senate needs to take it seriously and the White House needs to take it seriously or they’ll have to answer to the voters in two years.”
During a hard-fought campaign against four-term Democrat Lincoln Davis, DesJarlais denounced the law as a “smoke-and-mirrors ploy to implement socialized medicine.”
Socialized Medicine is a common complaint among Republicans… although few know what the phrase actually means. And this becomes clear with a news piece that came out yesterday:
DesJarlais’ office appears to be touting a successful health reform program. According to the Crossvile Chronicle, a representative from DesJarlais’ district office was on hand last week for a groundbreaking ceremony to hand over nearly $4.5 million in grant money — entirely funded by the Affordable Care Act — for the construction of a community health clinic in Cumberland County, Tennessee. (from Think Progress)
In addition to ending insurance company abuses, expanding coverage to 30 million people, and reining in individual health insurance market, the Affordable Care Act provides grants for community health clinics across the country. The $4,495,730 grant touted by DesJarlais’ staff is part of round of health reform funding that was announced last year.
And it’s not like this is the only case of Republicans taking advantage of the Affordable Care act which they swore up and down to repeal. Think Progress points out:
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV… as you know, now resigning to avoid being questioned on a sex scandal) asked for nearly $1 million in doctor training grants from the law. Meanwhile, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) sent a letter to the Obama administration asking for health reform money he called “critical” for his rural constituents.
So the dreaded Obamacare is actually something they are taking extreme financial advantage of for their state programs. Some see this as hypocritical – the disease of Republican hypocrisy over the Affordable Care act needs to be cured by their doctor/members. Oh wait… as DesJarlais proves, they are the ones who are most hypocritical.
- GOP Rep. DesJarlais celebrates millions from what he called socialized medicine (dailykos.com)
- Fleischmann, DesJarlais endorse nuclear facility (knoxnews.com)
This is a moment of extreme entertainment as the House of Representatives battle over amendments coming from the Republican Congressman King of Iowa trying to stop funding for the Affordable Care Act (which he insists on calling “Obamacare” even though that name has been protested by Democrats). Rosa De Lauro of Connecticut is organizing the Democratic opposition and seems to be doing a pretty good job at it.
Republicans seem to refuse to address the cost of ending the Affordable Health Care Act in lost jobs and extreme cost increases put on Americans by Insurance companies. They are carrying out an assault on the working poor, the elderly and the ill Americans. It is a travesty that we have to go through this.
King is putting out amendment after amendment, all going after the same end: ending what he calls “Obamacare”. Since there is no act with that name, why don’t they just tell him to shut up and sit down?
- Effort to ‘Defund’ the Affordable Care Act Would Hurt Millions of People (yubanet.com)
- Top 10 CR Amendments for Conservatives to Watch – HUMAN EVENTS | Emily Miller (jamespatrick1.wordpress.com)
- Gov. Martin O’Malley: Affordable Care Act (huffingtonpost.com)
- CBS: Majority oppose cutting funding for Affordable Care Act (dailykos.com)
“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
As I settled in this afternoon awaiting a coming ice storm (the first of these just missed us last night) and curious about what’s going on in Egypt where around 2 million people were demonstrating today for Hosni Mubarak‘s resignation (in a speech this afternoon he said he would not run for reelection and would be out of office by the Fall… as you might guess, this does not seem good enough for the demonstrators who want him out now) I wondered what was happening on C-Span 2.
I thought I’d watch the Senate debate the FAA Funding Bill and what do you think happened? Senate Republicans have attempted to repeal last year’s sweeping health care law via an amendment to a FAA funding, proposed by the beloved Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Not since the Earth’s creation some 6000+ years ago, when men and dinosaurs peaceably shared the world, have I heard such idiocy.
So, instead of solving the major problem of supporting and improving Airline regulations, we are listening to Republicans tell us that most Americans are opposed to the Health Care law (although recent polls indicate that an average of 80% of those Americans DON”T WANT IT REPEALED!) They are adamant that 50 million people who became covered due to parts of the Affordable Care Act should be dropped from coverage… and at the same time they will continue to waste our time and money with this kind of folderol. I thought Harry Reid was going to keep this crap off the floor.
I guess this is going to be Mitch’s strategy… no matter what bill is proposed, Mitch will see to it that an amendment to repeal Health Care will be included. And we will look on in disbelief. Maybe we need 2 million Americans to stand outside of Congress until Mitch and his pals decide to take an early vacation.
- On Aviation & Health Care: Senate Poised To Vote On Repeal (blogs.abcnews.com)
- GOP Plans To Force Vote On Health Care Repeal (huffingtonpost.com)
- US’s Reid: Sees ‘Serious Talks’ To Cut Deficit;But Not Soc Sec (forexlive.com)
- Republicans Look to Build Steam for Health Care Law Repeal After Florida … – Fox News (news.google.com)
- Senate’s 47 GOP members agree to back health care repeal bill – USA Today (news.google.com)
- Senate Republicans Seek State Opt-Out of Health-Care Overhaul (businessweek.com)
- Hosni Mubarak Addresses Egypt [Updated] (laist.com)
- In Congress, GOP backs Obama’s Egypt stance, Dems not so much – Christian Science Monitor (news.google.com)
- Democrats, GOP form chorus on Egypt (politico.com)
- How McConnell Could Force a Repeal Vote (politicalwire.com)
- How the GOP could force a repeal vote in the Senate (firstread.msnbc.msn.com)
- Senate fight looms after House healthcare repeal – Los Angeles Times (news.google.com)
… perhaps you could use some information comparing America’s annual costs and patient life expectations to some of the world’s other countries (most of whom have Universal Health Care). Go to http://blogs.ngm.com/.a/6a00e0098226918833012876a6070f970c-800wi and get some stats that will make you mad as hell (and I write this on a day that California’s Blue Cross group wants to raise their health insurance rates by 59%… other states are lining up with similar increases.)
And the next time some Republican Congressional Type says we have the “Best Health Care In The World” you can assume that the speaker is rich enough to afford it. When will we get single-payer Universal Health Care like the rest of the 21st Century nations in our world?
- Would Republicans Rush To Repeal Health Law If They Could Make It Stick? (politicsdaily.com)
- What Repealing the Affordable Care Act Will Cost Families, Seniors, Small Businesses, States… (whitehouse.gov)
- Hold Republicans accountable for their health care repeal vote. (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- White House dismisses health care repeal effort (sfgate.com)
- Health-care law’s repeal would hurt millions, advocates say (dispatch.com)