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  •  I view ACA's subsidization scheme as little (3+ / 0-)

    more than a bit of corporate welfare for insurance companies.

    It's going to work out pretty well for families in a "sweet spot" where the subsidy actually picks up a good chunk of the tab. But it's going to hurt everybody in the long run without significant improvements to cost controls measures.

    For what it's worth, I've had nothing but uniformly positive feedback regarding Medicare coverage. Most of the people on Medicare I know complained more about attitudes of health care professionals and the relatively impersonal care that is increasingly common. Medicaid, on the other hand, is another matter--and probably closer to what the subsidized insurance plans will actually look like than anything an employer offers.

    •  The Medicare drug benefit is likewise (2+ / 0-)
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      providing corporate welfare for drug companies.  The government should be negotiating prices with drug companies, as they do for veterans and Medicaid.

    •  That's exactly what it is. (0+ / 0-)

      When did it become ok to say that on this site?

      Didn't you know that ACA is the administration's crowning achievement?

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 05:52:31 AM PST

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      •  Yes, well, the important thing is that he did (0+ / 0-)

        something.

        Wait, where have I heard that before? Oh yeah--it's the same line Bush's defenders trotted out every time he did something that fucked 90% of the country. But at least those 10% were helped! Haw haw haw!

        •  Common ground? Obama = Bush, but on different (0+ / 0-)

          issues?

          Well, neither one of them were/are very good on foreign affairs and both had/have a seeming fondness for warfare, but...no comparison is ever perfect.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:04:56 AM PST

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