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Republicans throughout the country are running scared. What do they fear the most? The success of President Obama’s signature accomplishment in office, sometimes called “Obamacare.”
 Yes, it’s true.
We blogged about it in detail today at
GOP fears nothing more than Obamacare success
As so brilliantly captured by Prof. Paul Krugman in his column in The New York Times on Monday, the issue of health care reform is rending the GOP apart, and not a single thing they can do or say will prevent the Affordable Care Act from being implemented.
It is the law of the land.
 Furthermore, as Americans begin to feel the full benefits of it in the coming months, it is bound to become one of the most popular federal innovations in recent history.
The party is splitting apart over whether it should push defunding the program or, worse, shutting down the federal government by refusing to expand the debt ceiling.
It is their worst nightmare.
They had constantly assured GOP supporters, especially the radial Tea Party wing, that Obamacare would never happen, and that they would see to it.
Now it is becoming a huge political liability.
They are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The chickens are coming home to roost.

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  •  They'll co-opt it (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans all HATED SS and Medicare when they came in, now they pretend they invented them.
    "

    "[Medicare will usher in] federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have know it in this country."
    -
    From Ronald Reagan’s 1961 taped anti-Medicare message, “Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine” paid for by AMA and AMPAC.

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:30:15 AM PDT

  •  It couldn't be happening to nicer people. nt (4+ / 0-)

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:31:04 AM PDT

  •  Calling it Obamacare will backfire big-time (16+ / 0-)

    on the GOP, since most people know it by that name vs the ACA.  Once it's implemented and popular, that moniker will be better than having Obama's face carved on Mt. Rushmore.

  •  My wife works in healthcare (4+ / 0-)

    and even they are confused re the machinations of the law. The ideal is for me is for it to drive as many employers as possible to end their own programs for employees. The two major screwed up concepts central to American "healthcare" are:

    1. For some reason we created a culture where employers are somehow responsible for healthcare. That's idiotic.
    a) It forces huge admin burdens on employers and
    b) takes away money that might otherwise go to salary or hourly pay. Employers should ONLY be responsible for worker's comp payments.
    c) It makes employees dependent on their employers for fear of losing coverage, discouraging them from pursuing more satisfying endeavors like the arts or/and entrepreneurial activity.

    2. Our system insert a completely superfluous layer (barrier) to care: insurance companies.

    A dying child should not be a profit opportunity.

    The more employers kill their own programs, the more people will demand single payer: the ONLY humane, civilized AND fiscally responsible approach to healthcare.

    I'm just Double Tapped the hell out.

    by pajoly on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:46:26 AM PDT

    •  We Created It Because of WW2 Wage Freezes (4+ / 0-)
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      which caused employers to compete by offering better benefits, such as health care.

      Back in those days many workers regarded lifetime jobs as an ideal. If you watch old movies from the 40's through the 60's you'll occasionally catch references to that.

      You're right about the arts or really any self employment. I'm an artisan, and I can affirm that the only important factor when discussing potential self-employment among artists, artisans, performers and many other kinds of workers who moonlight for a little extra money, is how to obtain health care.

      There must be 10 who could do as good work as I or better who are limited to dabbling by inability to secure health care. My wife provided it when I lost my tech job, through her employers, and then being older when she retired she had family health insurance available thru her retirement.

      The problem is the medical establishment fought tooth and nail to prevent national health, for decades, so as the economy evolved, government became more rightwing, so there has never been political ability to adopt a sensible health system.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:10:34 AM PDT

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    •  It's not 'for some reason' (2+ / 0-)
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      At the time (World War II), it was a sensible reaction to wage controls; it gave companies a way to attract employees they couldn't find otherwise.  Unfortunately, when wage controls went away, having health insurance tied to employment didn't.

      And while single payer would obviously be a heckova lot more efficient/effective, getting your insurance through your employer is generally much better than trying to get it on the individual market, especially if your health isn't perfect. Fortunately, community rating and the exchanges are changing that, which should make decoupling healthcare from employment much easier.

      Rather than the employer mandate, what we should do is just require each employer to contribute at least $X towards each employee's healthcare (either by providing the policy directly or by paying into a HSA that can be used to buy into the exchange) for each hour that employee works. Then we remove the incentive to keep people under full time and make it easier to change jobs, while still keeping the employer contribution that many people rely on.

      •  Thanks both of you above (1+ / 0-)
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        for the history re post-WWII incentives. Over time, what was once considered an incentive has become some sort of cultural expectation, but there is no logical rationale and I hope society moves away from this expectation. If the ACA helps that, that's good in my view.

        wmspringer, I though do not see the logic either for having employers pay ANY contribution beyond their obligation to fund worker's compensation. I don't expect my employer to contribute to my car insurance so why health insurance? I would prefer to receive higher pay and a tax that went towards funding single payer.

        In the end, that's the only thing that makes sense, so that is the inevitable end game in a sane society. That's the big gotcha here, not much about our public policy is sensible. Because of that, part of me thinks it best for the entire structure to cave in around its ears as fast as possible to force resolution. All these lousy bandaids just delay real solutions.

        Maybe part of this is because I live in FL. The thought of paying the executive salaries of assholes like Scott is revolting.

        I'm just Double Tapped the hell out.

        by pajoly on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:05:57 AM PDT

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  •  The GOP is terrified because they KNOW (3+ / 0-)

    Obamacare will be a success unless they can stop its implementation.

    And every step of the way, they take away more from the people as they try to tear it down.

    Libertarianism is just Fascism with a facelift Dig to the core of Libertarianism and you will find the notion that corporations should rule supreme, just as it was with Fascism..

    by Walt starr on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:47:32 AM PDT

  •  Me worried too! (0+ / 0-)

    "Relentless Creation" of second class citizens.

    Now, I’m not saying that the situation I’ve described will happen to millions of people; and ObamaCare really will help some people, as any system of its size could not fail to do. What I am saying is that ObamaCare, by virtue of its system architecture, cannot treat people equally who deserve to be treated equally; in this case, people with no Equifax data are more likely to go to Pain City, even though their need to help is likely to be greater, while people with Equifax are more likely to go to Happyville, even though their need is likely to be less.

    NOTE * Rick Perry is looking pretty good right now: Not only did TX not spend a dime on an Exchange, TX won’t be facing competition from a private company, which is what will happen to states like CA and CT, as soon as ehealthinsurance.com greases enough palms lobbies hard enough. Making Rick Perry look good is a heavy lift, but Obama managed it. And why the Feds don’t just run the datahub, write the subsidy checks, turn the IRS into a collection agency, and privatize everything else, I can’t imagine; but heck, maybe that’s the plan, and that explains why we’ve never seen the Federal Exchange, not even a mockup [whistles theme from Twilight Zone].

    NOTE ** But don’t worry! If you estimate too high, the Feds will claw it back any excess on your next tax return!

    Grifters all in, what could possibly go wrong?
  •  For those people who are now able to get (1+ / 0-)
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    insurance, it already is a success.  There was an article on Huffington Post about a former McCain 2008 campaign aide who is now pro-Obamacare after he suffered from testicular cancer.  Of course, prior to being personally impacted, he was probably about as anti-Obamacare as any GOPer (typical GOP hypocrisy, I know).  But now you have other Republicans countering Republicans on this issue as they begin to use the new health care system. The game is almost over and the American people are going to win.

    Alternative rock with something to say. Check out Global Shakedown's latest album, "A Time to Recognize": Available on iTunes/Amazon, or stream it at http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown.

    by khyber900 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:32:56 AM PDT

  •  Medical Bankruptcy a constant value (1+ / 0-)
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    Why worry?

    Despite a marked declined in the uninsurance rate in Mas- sachusetts since the implementation of health reform, the proportion of bankruptcies that occurred in the wake of medical problems has not decreased significantly, and the absolute number of medical bankruptcies has actually in- creased by one third. The deep recession beginning in 2008 surely played an important role in increasing the bankruptcy rate and left many families more vulnerable to financial shocks from illness. However, our findings are incompatible with claims that health reform has cut medical bankruptcy filings significantly
    Single payer is what we need.  Not medical bankruptcy.
    •  Probably because Massachusetts does not (0+ / 0-)

      offer the types of subsidies that the Federal Government has.  I don't believe Mass had an expansion of their state Medicaid program the way that Obama has done in the ACA.  The ACA also has a massive expansion of low-cost clinics (Bernie Sanders' very valuable add-on to the ACA), which also helps.

      Also, as Montana is demonstrating and other states are beginning to think about, the ACA encourages states to find even more efficient ways to cover people and provide coverage. Public option plans and single payer are compatible with that.  

      The ACA is the best model for us to transition the system we had to one that is more efficient and produces better results for the people.

      Alternative rock with something to say. Check out Global Shakedown's latest album, "A Time to Recognize": Available on iTunes/Amazon, or stream it at http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown.

      by khyber900 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:46:41 AM PDT

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      •  "Subsidies" Only cover Insurance Premiums. (1+ / 0-)
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        They do not pay the hospital bills.  Most medical bankruptcies occur in insured households.  O'care standard "Silver" plans are 70/30.  That is still lose your house territory.

        •  But the Silver plans also have an out of pocket (0+ / 0-)

          maximum, which should take it back out of lose-your-house territory?

          We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

          by bmcphail on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 08:59:42 AM PDT

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          •  Waived by O. (0+ / 0-)

            "No time to implement."

            Well, let's be fair. They only hadthree fucking years to implement this! And here's the beauty part, or an even more beautiful part:

            The grace period has been outlined on the Labor Department’s Web site since February, but was obscured in a maze of legal and bureaucratic language that went largely unnoticed. When asked in recent days about the language — which appeared as an answer to one of 137 “frequently asked questions about Affordable Care Act implementation” — department officials confirmed the policy.

            No, not HHS. Not CMS. Not healthcare.gov. The Labor Department. Makes you wonder how many other Easter Eggs litter the landscape in other Federal Departments.

            Again to be fair, even though the Labor Department notice had been up since February 20, 2013, Obama wasn't exactly lying when he said this on May 10, 2013:

            if you still can't afford it, then you're going to get help reducing your out-of-pocket premiums with the largest health care tax cut for working families and small businesses in our history. (Applause.)

            After all, Obama didn't say when, and he didn't say everybody.

            Really, you can't hardly keep up with the constant pullback!
  •  I am not an intended beneficiary of the ACA (0+ / 0-)

    our health care premiums will now be about $4000 per year lower than our 2012-13 rates.  My wife, who works part time, got offered PPO insurance at a rate of $13 per month.  I was able to take her off my company insurance, which dropped the premium on my company subsidized plan by about $350 per month.

    That's real money.  

    Alternative rock with something to say. Check out Global Shakedown's latest album, "A Time to Recognize": Available on iTunes/Amazon, or stream it at http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown.

    by khyber900 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 07:41:01 AM PDT

  •  Why are lots of people that have Healthcare (0+ / 0-)

    Against healthcare for the poor,they are incompliance with the health mandate,Rush Limbaugh probably  pay healthcare for his employee ,why would he want others to deny it their employees ,they want people to pay penalty for not having health insurance,while he is compliance of Obamacare himself, if Rush limbaugh truly hated Obamacare ,he should cancel it for his employees and not be a hypocrite ,Limbaugh make 50 million a year ,meaning he will have to pay 100 thousand dollars in penalty too the IRS

  •  yep, for sure they are. I see where the (1+ / 0-)
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    3rd ranking Repug. in her party My Cathy McMorris Rogers is going to have ONE ( so far) town hall here and it is only going to be on economic and legislative issues. And you have to call a number to ask questions!!!!! What no Obamacare talk Cathy? Afraid of something are we?????

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