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I know that you've seen here on Daily Kos (and elsewhere on social media, like Twitter) the many and various ObamaCare (PPACA) success stories.

For example, how a 50ish woman with a pre-existing condition made her un-insurable before ObamaCare.

But I think the biggest news about the ACA is still waiting in the wings of 2014 to arrive on lede's from the NYTimes to TalkingPointsMemo.com.

What is that news? Follow me below the Fleur-de-kos for the rest of the story...

So, in the early months of the original enrollment period for the PPACA (ObamaCare) healthcare insurance exchanges the stories which started to filter out via social media (DailyKos & Twitter & Facebook, among others) were about the success of the new healthcare insurance regulation - people who had previously not been able to purchase insurance (perhaps they had a pre-existing condition which legally allowed the insurance company to turn them down for a policy and coverage) or whose fiscal situation was "broke and unemployed" and unable to pay for such a policy (even if one were available to them); in every State in the Union which accepted the Medicaid Expansion of the PPACA (because the SCOTUS said they could accept or reject it, but not the rest of the Act's regulations) and the Federal funding dollars which came with it, in those states something really crazy started happening...

People signed up for insurance policies, either for the newly expanded Medicaid or from a private insurance company which offered plans on the new State Insurance Exchange. People who hadn't been insured for years, or even decades - or even never before.

Millions of people.

And the Liberals and Progressives in America cheered, for what they knew was going to be a better America. One where a sudden, physical illness no longer was a specter of doom hanging over the heads of millions of American families living paycheck-to-paycheck, most of them without any healthcare insurance of any kind. The working poor, who would now find themselves pretty well immune to bankruptcy and financial disaster (like losing the family home), just because someone in their family got sick; seriously, expensively sick.

Millions of Americans.

But what about the next phase of PPACA stories, which are sure to start popping up around March, April, May of 2014? Are you ready for them?

I am. Because I'm pretty sure those tales are going to help turn the US House of Representative a bold new shade of blue, come November 2014.

The beauty of the PPACA is that it is imbued with some pretty terrific side effects. One of which is going to be a shot in the arm to the US economy, a big shift in the unemployment rate and a return to more local businesses (vs the big-box American Retail market of the 21st century).

How, you ask, is the PPACA going to do all of that?

Here's how.

Remember hearing for years now about someone (who may possibly be you) who is chained to a job, because of the healthcare insurance that comes with it, and a medical condition of someone in their family? Who has a hobby which they'd love to turn into a small business to do from home, and whose sales history from this 'hobby' shows that it could be possible - except for the issue of healthcare insurance.

So all of those prospective entrepreneurs remained merely that, prospective.

Until the PPACA opened a new door for them to use to rescue themselves from that dead-end, lower-paying job with no future.

So watch for those stories to start coming in the spring, my friends.

The story about the young woman who wants to be a potter and glass-blower, and live a more organic, agrarian lifestyle, working from home? Now possible, because she can get the insurance her 3 yr old, born with a genetic birth defect in her heart and requiring continuing surgeries for the foreseeable future, needs to stay alive.

Imagine that story, amplified and in the thousands...

Imagine the resurgence of the hometown store model of retail business in America, diverted since the Reagan era into big-box retailers, like Walmart. A resurgence of small towns and cities no longer held hostage to tax-averse monolithic corporations for the retail supplies their citizens require, with new tax revenues to upgrade their infrastructure over the next 10 years coming from these new, small businesses.

All of these things are quite possible, and not some pie-in-the-sky daydream. And they are not only possible, they are coming soon to a hometown near you.

So we all need to be ready for those good news stories, and to start sharing them via Twitter and Facebook and everywhere kossacks congregate online.

Because those stories are the final nail in the coffin of the modern Republican Party, and I for one am looking forward with glee to helping nail in more than a few of them!

You know how the history books will record these days?

2014
The year insurance regulation (ObamaCare) not only changed American society, by ending poverty due to illness; but whose perhaps unintended consequences included the beginning of the end of the modern era Republican Party, which lost over 70% of it's House races in that midterm election cycle, giving the Democratic Party a 'super majority' in the US Federal Government which stretched out for over 26 years; and issuing in the 21st Century Progressive Movement.

Hard to imagine for Americans from 2085, but during it's initiation and early years ObamaCare was a highly-contested piece of legislation, and opposed by nearly every single Republican Party member in the US Congress. After it's attendant effects helped turn around the worst fiscal crisis in US history since the Great Depression of the 20th century, ObamaCare came to be one of the most popular federal programs of all time. It remains today as the landmark legislation of President Barack H. Obama, and a shining example of how by working together instead of against each other, Americans can do anything they set their minds on.

#GetCovered
Look here for Coverage: https://www.healthcare.gov/

If you are going to be one of the ObamaCare Entrepreneurs, look here for the Individual Market: https://www.healthcare.gov/...

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  •  Tipping Jar (24+ / 0-)

    Because we are at one of those tipping points in History friends.

    You cannot imagine how happy I am to be on the winning side in one of these things, growing up in the Nixon era and spending all my adult life under increasingly conservative government and social strictures.

    #GetCovered


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 04:49:35 PM PST

  •  I really like this perspective! (8+ / 0-)

    May it be so!

    There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

    by srkp23 on Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 05:17:41 PM PST

  •  I hope you're correct (0+ / 0-)

    though I hope you'll forgive me if I find your projected history excessively optimistic.  There is a chance the GOP may lose the House if all goes just so, but at this moment still a small one (though their plans to use the debt ceiling as leverage next year helps).

  •  As an Artisan I'm Keenly Aware of How Many People (5+ / 0-)

    are competitive with me or better, but are not in the field because unavailability of health care is the deal breaker.

    This is why I proposed Medicare For Microbusiness to the Obama campaign and again to the transition team in 2008. I felt that the ideal way to expand Medicare with such a conservative Congress would be to tie it to business, specifically self employers.

    The link to business I felt would have made it a little harder for some Republicans to vote against, as would its enabling of individuals to take Personal Responsibility and become entrepreneurs.

    They didn't take it seriously, but you're right this aspect of the ACA should have some of that effect.

    I'm going to be working hard at my business from now on because I expect to have new competition, and I'm in a tiny market. This is a very mixed bag for me personally but I'm a liberal and I have already suggested doing it an even better way.

    We'll see.

    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 Sun Dec 15, 2013 at 06:39:36 PM PST

  •  I remember, but not nearly enough was said.. (3+ / 0-)

    ..on this point - imo:

    Remember hearing for years now about someone (who may possibly be you) who is chained to a job, because of the healthcare insurance that comes with it, and a medical condition of someone in their family? Who has a hobby which they'd love to turn into a small business to do from home, and whose sales history from this 'hobby' shows that it could be possible - except for the issue of healthcare insurance.
    During all those republican stories (many of them later proven false) about PPACA cancelling policies that people supposedly loved but were actually Junk policies that if ever tested would find some loop hole to deny paying out as Wendell Potter (long time expert and high ranking insurance man) confirmed on numerous interviews

    That point that wasn't stressed enough. PPACA is a consumer protection against insurance companies milking people for years only to cut them off when they need it most.

    By raising the level of insurance to a quality that meant something, people really are covered when they need it. This will become evident as PPACA kicks in

    Another
    point that  Fox "News" was trash talking is that if a person lose their employer based Health care they will be losing something that was added on top of their salary; implying (against the "conservatives" own freeloader non-sense) that people will be losing free health care that the employer supplied.

    That wasn't stressed enough (or was overridden by the trash talk from the right) concerning the new unchaining from employer based health care was that people who get insurance through work and believed that without employer based insurance they'll have to now pay for it themselves so by unchaining healthcare from ones employer they are losing salary.

    The truth is employers health care is calculated into their compensation package or their rate of pay.

    Yes, I'll bet there will be many stories of people who are happy starting a new business doing what they enjoy and loving the freedom to "finally quit" that job they had  long since grown tired of.

    Thx Angie in WA State - tipping point indeed :)

  •  Totally and absolutely, Angie. (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    Another huge plus for the economy is the hundreds of dollars left in people's pockets each month from reduced premiums.

    Those are going to be spent on Main Street. It's about damn time we got some bottom-up stimulus.

    I think this is going to become a big story as the year moves forward.

  •  Ohio State Econ Major here (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    Back in the day (as in Woody Hayes for my fellow Buckeyes) we learned in macro-economics that tinkering with interest rates (monetary policy, the Fed) had a lag time about 18 months after a change to have a visible effect (either way) on the overall economy.

    OTOH, tinkering with fiscal policy (Congress, expanding or cutting various spending bills), once enacted, had a quick impact, 6 months or less, since it was cash, either spent or cut back, immediately.

    The PPACA, while not direct government spending (eg. buying Senate paper clips by the General Services Administration), is closer to fiscal policy. The impact will be immediate (starting in January) and continuing (the remaining months of 2014).
    As millions of American consumers (70% of the economy) spend less, in many cases sharply less, money each month for health care/ health insurance, that money is freed up to be spent on other goods and services. Most of these will be far more stimulative to the Main Street economy (the one the 99% live in) than health care spending.

    (I say this will go on for the rest of 2014 since after that the spending on "stuff other than health insurance" will have become the new normal.)

    I also agree with the comments and diarist pointing out that the PPACA is the key to unlocking a great deal of "job lock" (staying in a crappy job, or one that has changed under you, or one that has stayed the same while you have changed over it). This will take a little longer but I think should be in full swing by the summer months.

    Meaning: I think the general economy will perform rather better than many are expecting. I also think by many measures the economy will beat forecasts (to the upside) particularly in the second and third quarters.
    Services, goods, retailing, manufacturing will all be pleasant surprises. I think the unemployment rate (in particular the U6 that measures under-employed and tries to measure discouraged workers; currently stands at 13.2%) will tick down noticeably (into the 11s?) by fall.

    This stimulative effect of  PPACA will move the economy, the real, 99%, Main Street economy, into second gear for sure. And just in time for a set of elections in November....I wonder if there might be an impact?

    FWIW.

    Shalom.

    "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

    by WineRev on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 04:14:50 AM PST

    •  Thank you for such a detailed comment on the (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      ways in which "unintended consequences" of the PPACA are likely to show in our economy over the coming year.

      I don't know why I haven't been reading or hearing anything about these "unintended consequences" on the economy from the PPACA, so I thought I'd open the discussion here on DailyKos, hoping that it would start a bigger conversation about the coming year vis a vis Democratic prospects in the mid-terms.

      Thanks for participating!


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 03:43:52 PM PST

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    •  I agree, and I suspect that this is part of (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Angie in WA State

      the reason the Republicans are so histerically opposed to Obamacare.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 04:19:49 PM PST

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