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One of my two major complaints about President Obama during his first term was his administration's failure to engage in a sustained, ongoing public relations campaign to fight all the lies about Obamacare AFTER it was enacted. It's what enabled the Republicans and their Tea Party jihadists to completely misrepresent Obamacare and enabled them to lie their way into the majority in the House of Mis-representatives and untold governors' mansions in 2010.

Even while Obamacare was being debated, many people, myself included, kept trying to tell the Obama administration that such a contentious and controversial program would require a sustained, ongoing public relations campaign to prevent the other side from getting away with lying and engaging in demagoguery over it. The Obama administration did little in terms of defending Obamacare after its enactment, allowing Republicans and their shamelessly dishonest minions in the Tea Party to lie to the American public about virtually every aspect of it.

And now, we have a report that shows that Obamacare's already saved consumers $1.5 billion in medical costs:

http://www.rawstory.com/...

The Obama administration needs to ensure that every single American is aware of this fact, with a continued, ongoing public relations campaign to refute the ongoing lies, distortions and blatant demagoguery that continues until this very day.

The administration and all of their allies need to be taking this type of information and "singing it from the mountaintops," so to speak.

And this is BEFORE all of the major provisions of Obamacare have even been implemented.

Take that, you lying thugs in the Republican Party.

(P.S. For anyone who's interested, the second major complaint about the Obama administration's first term: all-too-willingly watering down the stimulus program (after announcing a $1.7 trillion stimulus program, the administration immediately signaled its willingness to “compromise” which resulted in Republicans taking advantage of an already weakened  negotiating position, resulting in a stimulus program which was about half of what it should have been, which resulted in a sluggish economic recovery that allowed one of the weakest Republican party nominees in history to actually con their way into contention in the 2012 Presidential election.)

Originally posted to wdrath on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM PST.

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  •  two points of interest (to me): (5+ / 0-)

    1. Most insureds in this country are insured through a group plan and are not going to see a direct benefit from the MLR rebates. So telling them that consumers saved 1.5B is going to leave them asking, "where's my money?"

    2. From the linked article:

    "...consumers in Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, West Virginia and South Carolina saw the biggest benefits, where MLRs improved 10 percentage points or more."

    Red states, mostly. IOW - these red states are places where pre-Obamacare regs were weak and allowed insurers to get away with very lopsided MLR's for way too long. I wonder how many of these recipients sent their Obamacare-checks back to their insurers, what with it being socialist and all...

  •  Doesn't matter. Since the money didn't (1+ / 0-)
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    go into Republican pockets as specific payments (money saved doesn't seem like money grifted) this is just smoke and mirrors money and it was money wasted.

  •  The Insurers Are Leaving A Couple Items Out (1+ / 0-)
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    The study cited includes insurers
    saying 80% MLR (medical loss ratio/)
    20% operational profit.

    Actually, for low coverage and "bronze tier"
    plans, it's as low/high as 60% loss ratio,
    40% operational profit.

    ObamaCare replaces this
    http://evernewecon.weebly.com/...

    and frankly, most my colleagues think ObamaCare
    is much better.   And, strictly compared with that
    shell game it is.

    But I think the reason why
    this happened:
    Insurers Nervous Over
    Prospect Of Romney Victory
    Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP,
     10/28/2012

    (the story/link has disappeared--the insurers,
    whether or not there's a connection, in fact
    almost desparately actually WANT ObamaCare.)

    Medicare is national health insurance for
    patients (customers if prepared to see the
    standard parallel to the standard equivalent
    situation) the carriers don't want.

    They get paid, then, to take some (now many)
    back.  

    They also get paid to manage head-counts of
    patients, in which case they actually then become
    for the moment "accountable care organizations"
    and where they actually HAVE done some real good.
    I know people in their part of the sector and virtually
    all are good people simply living in a wanting structure.

    The high risk exchanges are thus to be understood as
    "outskirts of Medicare."   It's essentially cost-plus with
    high profits up to that point, but at which point
    patients are simply less profitable and halfway passed
    off to the taxpayer.

    High risk being high cost is like second base to
    Maury Wills.

    So oligopoly/monopoly is defined by the ability to
    charge different prices to different abilities to pay,
    at will, and to control risk, including shafting the
    general population.

    ObamaCare is static as defined by Nassim Taleb
    (he happens to have been recorded by CNBC:)
    http://video.cnbc.com/...

    and also the exquisite, precise institutionalization
    of oligopoly.
    http://www.andrews.edu/...

    I've a lot of ideas addressing this and similar
    items in other sectors at my own site.

    I care being a really good DailyKos camper, so the
    link to myself in the third paragraph suffices.

    ENEN
    Have a nice day.

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