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  •  I guess optics are everything. But I'm still (4+ / 0-)

    concerned about the gap between Medicare coverage and coverage by the exchanges that might mean millions remain without health insurance (and thus without care)--that is, the consequences resulting from SCOTUS ruling part of the ACA  unconstitutional. IIRC, there are also too many Repub governors who will spurn the fed. subsidies to ensure coverage for their states' residents who would fall into this gap. I cannot fathom why, unless it's because the govs. really believe in Alan Grayson's description of Republican health care.

    I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

    by peregrine kate on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 10:39:31 AM PST

    •  I hear ya (1+ / 0-)
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      but the difference is, the people that will remain uninsured are people who make more than poverty (15k) and less than 4x poverty (60k).  They are exempt from the mandate to get coverage IF that state so chooses not to accept the medicare coverage.

      With that being said, they WILL have the option to purchase the insurance from the non-profit entity within the exchanges, they just won't be required.

      In otherwords, while they may not be able to afford coverage now, it will at least bring the price closer to what they can afford in the future.

      95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

      by PRRedlin on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:05:20 PM PST

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      •  I'm not sure about that. (0+ / 0-)

        Some states' Medicaid limits are way below the poverty line, IIRC. As I remember, the idea was to have Medicaid cover people who were at or below about 133% of poverty, and then the exchanges--with subsidies--would kick in above that.
        But now that will not be the case for as many people as was expected, thus several million more people will still be SOL wrt health insurance--because, as I understand it, they will not be eligible for the federal subsidy. And frankly, when someone is making around $15K/year, even as a single person, a miss is as good as a mile in terms of affordability.
        Probably we both need to check our sources, or at least one of us needs to add a link. ;) I hope that you are correct. I fear that I am.

        I'm seeking to organize DKos members in SE Michigan--roughly, from the Ohio line at Lake Erie NE to Port Huron, W to Flint and back S from there. If you'd like to join our new group, Motor City Kossacks (working title), please Kosmail me.

        by peregrine kate on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:44:35 PM PST

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