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  •  Link to NYT on the latest ACA cost-shifting (0+ / 0-)

    Federal Rule Limits Aid to Families Who Can’t Afford Employers’ Health Coverage

    I must admit it was pretty damn clever of the WH to issue this as an IRS rule to allow them to take the blame.  

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:24:04 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for the info (0+ / 0-)

      I agree that ACA is less than it should have been.... by a long shot. Unfortunately, it was the best that could be achieved at the time with the obvious opposition.

      It's quite possible that ACA may fail due to its weaknesses, or due to other factors like the doctor shortage.

      But hey, it's all we've got!

      As for the tax credit limit, that's a bummer, and I hate to see people in need shunted aside, but I don't think these people - who don't have health insurance right now, and won't have to pay the Roberts 'tax' - are any worse off than they are right now, are they? (Please let me know if my analysis is wrong)

      So maybe the way to look at it is the 'lifeboat' view: if the ship's not sinking immediately, but we can't get everyone to shore on the lifeboat on one trip, then some folks will have to stay behind until we can get the rest to shore and come back.

      If unpleasant exclusions like this are what it takes to (hopefully) make ACA work, then these people can be added later. I don't like it any more than you do, but we can't 'save' everybody in one trip.

      Cheers.

      Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

      by databob on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:38:34 PM PST

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      •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

        The Medicaid expansion alone was worth the effort, provided it becomes a reality as promised.    We'll have to wait and see, I fear there will be more tinkering with the eligibility for that one before it's rolled out in 2014.  They may add age and other restrictions.  

        I have a hard time predicting what changes they'll make, I don't have the criminally sociopathic creativity necessary to devise those kinds of changes.

        Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

        by Betty Pinson on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 03:43:08 PM PST

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      •  Except that this issue won't be revisited again (0+ / 0-)

        for another generation.  Perhaps your grandkids may live to see it fixed.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 11:36:10 PM PST

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