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It Works.

That's it.  Any rationale put forth can be traced back to those 2 words.  After Hurricane Katrina, Paul Krugman penned an Op-ed titled "Miserable by Design."  This should be required reading by all political television pundits.  In essence, Republican dogma is that government doesn't work.  Put incompetent people in responsible positions, and when government fails say, "I told you so."

More people have insurance than before the law.  More people are getting the care they needed.  Fewer people are showing up at emergency rooms with no coverage.  Insurance companies that did not participate last year are getting in this year.  Companies that did are expanding coverage.  Cost increases have slowed since implementation and in some cases are even decreasing.  In other words, It works.

This is the essential divide between Democrats and Republicans.  Republicans always say government is the problem and Democrats want you to be dependent on government.  Democrats say that government CAN be A solution.  If you, or your friends, have ever received Social Security, Food Stamps, Unemployment, and now you are off the program, you know that it helped you.  It also did not MAKE you dependent on the program.

S*#t hits the fan.  One party wants you to be free to s*#t near fans and wants companies to be free to place fans where you s*#t.  The other party says maybe government should help clean up when that happens.  Like Bill Murray said, "S*#t happens, somebody's gotta deal with it.  And Who Ya gonna call?"

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  •  I thought they were " He's black". n/t (13+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 06:56:23 PM PDT

  •  Because it works for people (6+ / 0-)

    and god know that the one thing the GOP hates is if something works for us.

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 06:58:26 PM PDT

    •  Government Has No Role. (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      They're opposed to interference in the economy and promotion of general welfare with government.

      That leaves security and defense, but private contractors are much more efficient at those jobs than government.

      Back to the 5th century, the American Dream.

      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 Jun 24, 2014 at 07:02:14 PM PDT

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  •  It works. For you. (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    But not for everybody. I live in a red state and the group insurance my company gets was with United last year. When they wanted to jack the price up 25%, we switched to Aetna and now they want to jack it up 20%. This despite the fact that nobody had any huge medial issues in 2013. (Well one guy did but he has that catastrophic care garbage and is hating his life just now) Yes, I know it's the insurance companies doing this and not Obamacare but the law and the gutting thereof by the SCOTUS have conspired to allow, even reward their behavior.

    Yes, it works. In the states that aren't run by teabagging ideologues. For the rest of us, the gaps in coverage are too great and the SCOTUS effectively gutted the law, allowing Obama haters who run some states to treat their citizens like shit. And yes, that means we need to elect Democrats and maybe a few will wake up and go vote but chances are most of them will vote Republican because the anti Obama message has been very effective among the less informed. In short, I'm not ready to cheer. This has left many of us in red states in a worse position than before, because I have never been gouged by such huge rate increases before and now I have been during both of the first two years after implementation of this law.  I agree with my Daily Kos brothers and sisters on virtually everything but this ongoing celebration is really very premature. Yes, it works. For some. Those of us for whom it doesn't work are people too. We vote, we pay taxes and we suffer from illness and injury. Something to think about while you're flaming me.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 07:29:20 PM PDT

    •  I don't think... (1+ / 0-)
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      Shawn87

      I don't think the price of group insurance at your company is really affected all that much by the ACA.  In other words, the increases probably would have happened anyway.  

      At least now, you know you have other options, even if you leave your job.  And that guy with crappy coverage - he can switch to a better plan at the next open enrollment period in the fall - that was never possible before.  Have you checked what is available to you on the exchanges?  

      Point:  there are a lot of benefits to the ACA that you may not be seeing now, but which will make a difference over the longer term.  

    •  Another thing to consider (1+ / 0-)
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      Shawn87

      Is that the coverage you are (or should be) getting will be better.  No lifetime caps, no charge for checkups, no copay for birth control and best of all(for me anyway), my unemployed kids can stay on my plan until they are 26.  

      I hurt my knee when I was 19 and thank ghod I was still in college, because I was covered under my Dad's plan.  When I broke my leg at 26, I had been covered through my employer for exactly 3 days.  Those bills totaled over $20,000.00, almost all covered.  I shudder to think how my life would have changed if I had had to pay all that.

      I know it's discouraging to be in a red state.  (I'm in MO)  But sooner or later the shift to the left will come.  Hang in there.  With their science denial, and strong opinions against the mainstream, we should be able to outlive them and the days to come will be better.

  •  "black president" (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, FiredUpInCA, Shawn87

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 07:58:17 PM PDT

  •  Oh, I thought it was ... "He's Black" (1+ / 0-)
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    Shawn87

    But yeah It Works is pretty damning too in their twisted minds.

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