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The simplest-- and funniest-- explanation of Obamacare I've ever seen

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If you're like most people and your eyes glaze over the minute you see someone on the Tee Vee Machine trying to explain the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) for the umpteenth time, then this video is for you. It goes by quickly, it's simple, it's easy to understand, it's hilarious, and it's (ta-daaa!) informative. What more could an uninformed American without decent health care ask?

Why, it's so ABC-123 that even a stubbornly resistant, I-hate-all-things-Obama Republican could understand it! And actually be convinced to accept the fact that Obamacare is here to stay. And that Obamacare is indeed beneficial! And that Obamacare is not all those icky, putrid, Marxist, socialist, commie, evil plotty things that ClusterFox is saying it is. Imagine that.

Watch and learn, America:

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Tell me that this charismatic, new young Explainer in Chief, JoshSundquist (move over, Bill Clinton) shouldn't be everywhere talking about the Affordable Care Act to everyone.

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Coverage mandated under ACA: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-does-...

9/10 young adults qualify for subsidies:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/w...

Half of young adults can pay less than $50 per month:http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/20...

3 million young adults have already stayed on their parents' health insurance plan: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/f...

Emergency rooms are required to give treatment regardless of an invidividual ability to pay, but other types of doctors can refuse service if the patient cannot pay http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Gu...

50% of medical Bills are from bankruptcies:http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/06/05/...

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Cartoons of the Day: What Republicans hear when people say "Obamacare"

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One of our regular features here was a daily collection of political cartoons that Paddy used to post. We miss Paddy so much here at TPC, and we've neglected to post editorial cartoons regularly. However, in my hard copy of today's Los Angeles Times, there was a zinger that I couldn't pass up.

It's by Rob Rogers, and he nails it in two measly panels. He reveals what people are saying about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare vs the altered version that the GOP hear from the voices inside their tiny heads:

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For more on the realities, as opposed to the twisted fantasies that Republicans are spinning, see my previous post: New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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Once again, attacks on Obamacare-slash-The Affordable Care Act have been debunked. How many times must we go through this? We already know the answer to that: Until President Obama is out of office, and/or until the success of the ACA is well-publicized, and/or until the public finally tells the GOP to STFU. Or all of the above.

Meantime, Jonathan Gruber-- a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network-- is debunking their most recent and pathetic little efforts in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

He starts out by reminding us (read: informing Republicans) that there was a whole lot of good news in the report by the Congressional Budget Office: Premiums have dropped, the law will cost $9 billion less than they originally thought, and "the provision designed to buffer insurance companies from risk will actually raise revenue, not function as any sort of federal government bailout."

Got that, GOP? Read their lips: No bailout.

And about all those zillions of jobs that Obamacare will force people to leave. Wrong. Wrongier than wrong. Wrong ultra. Note to Republicans: There are times when Americans actually want or need to leave their jobs... voluntarily. And ironically, it's all about those "family values" that Republicans love to rub in America's face, the very same ones they often fail to adhere to:

[T]he CBO did not project lost jobs at all. Job leaving is not the same as job losing. Many Americans who may eventually leave jobs or reduce their work hours will do so by choice to make themselves and their families better off. Voluntary reductions are not a cost of the healthcare reform law, they are a benefit. [...]

The CBO projects that healthcare reform will reduce the federal budget deficit by $100 billion over the first decade and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade. Healthcare costs are also rising more slowly, in part because of provisions in the law. The economic gains from reducing the deficit and slowing healthcare spending likely outweigh any losses from slightly reduced labor compensation.

So much for those talking points.

With ways to ensure affordable health coverage no matter where they work, many Americans will be able to start small businesses or take new positions where they can be more productive.

Wait what? So this is not only better for small business start-ups (small businesses: another GOP talking point), but also for families (there go those pesky values intruding on them again) and *gasp!* the economy. Sucks to be so embarrassingly wrong, doesn't it anti-Obamacare blowhards?

If naysaying politicians really believe it is worth throwing 25 million Americans off the rolls of the insured to avoid a fraction of a percent of reduced labor market compensation, then they should stand up and say so. Otherwise, they are simply scare-mongering without presenting a constructive solution to our national health insurance crisis.

In other words, business as usual.
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Fact checking Raffy "Ted" Cruz's Meet the Press #Obamacare lies

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Earlier today, Paddy posted Video- Meet The Press: David Gregory Thumps Ted Cruz-'You Haven't Moved Anybody.'

In that video clip, Raffy Cruz did what he does best: lie. It was way too easy to fact check him, but for those who don't have time, allow me.

First, on his claim that Congress is exempt , CNN begs to differ (h/t: Reader Riccardo Cabeza). Congress isn't exempt:

What the Obama administration has done is ruled that the congressional workers will continue to receive the employer contribution to help them buy their insurance on the exchange.

VERDICT:

False. Congress is no more exempt than any other employer who drops coverage and then helps employees purchase insurance on the exchanges.

The second lie was that James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, thinks that Obamacare is "destroying healthcare."

Wrong. USA Today:

On the same day that Cruz concluded his floor speech, Hoffa issued a statement telling the senator to stop misrepresenting what he and the other union presidents had said.

Hoffa, Sept. 25: Though we may have concerns with specific provisions of the ACA, we share the president's goal of ensuring that every American has affordable access to top-quality health care. It is on this main point that we disagree wholeheartedly with the efforts of extreme right-wing Republicans to gut the ACA. Any suggestion otherwise is simply political posturing.

I call on Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. David Vitter and others to cease and desist from misusing our constructive comments in their destructive campaign to hobble the president and the nation.

Of course, Cruz didn't listen.

And finally, Raffy laughably said the Affordable Care Act "is not working." Actually, the parts that have been implemented are working:

  • Children can now stay on their parent's insurance until they are 26
  • Preventive health services are already being covered
  • Big Insurance must spend at least 80% of the money a person pays in to pay for their treatment, and if a company exceeds the limit, it must pay rebates, money that many of us have already received
  • Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing medical conditions
  • The Medicare “doughnut hole” has been closed

And then there's this reminder from CBS:

When open enrollment begins on the online, state-based marketplaces established under Obamacare, premiums nationwide are expected to be around 16 percent lower than originally predicted, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said in a new report released Wednesday.

Key words: "When open enrollment begins." It hasn't begun yet, but it will on Tuesday.

Note to Raffy: The earliest the policies of the new health care plan will take effect is January 1, 2014. As our regular contributor Will Durst put it:

Saying you tried it but didn’t like it is real similar to saying you didn’t enjoy Bruno Mars’ halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl. That you think Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman fell far short of the exacting standards previously set by George Clooney. That you found the church basement covered-dish spread following your funeral service to be underwhelming.

And finally, just for good measure, this from Think Progress:

Is it true that Obamacare will force me to switch doctors / force my company to cut my hours/ end employer-run health insurance as we know it?Many of these “downsides” to the law are being pushed by people who don’t like it for political reasons, but that doesn’t make them true. No, your doctor is not now going to be forced to ask you about your sex life. The new government-run plans aren’t going to put all your personal information at risk. And all the buzz you’re hearing about having to switch doctors because of the law is overblown. It is possible you might have to switch doctors in the coming years, but that has more to do with the state of the health insurance industry than with the specifics of Obamacare. As the LA times explains, forcing patients to switch doctors “has been happening anyway because insurers are under enormous pressure from big customers to cut costs.”

Obamacare is also becoming a scapegoat when it comes to the prospect of your employer potentially cutting your hours or moving people from full- to part-time. Any employer you hear about that is cutting people’s hours is just pretending Obamacare is the reason so they don’t look like the bad guy. Very few employers have cut hours citing Obamacare, and many actually say they’re planning to hire more workers just in time for the full Obamacare rollout.

And, in terms of Obamacare ending employer-based insurance, there’s no need to panic there, either. Yes, the law will provide more options than we used to have. It will probably gradually shift people away from employer-run plans, too. But even generous predictions estimate that the vast majority of people will still get insurance through their jobs over the next decade. One potential impact of the law is that more people will have the flexibility to look for a new job now that they know they won’t be tied to their employer-provided insurance for coverage.

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Debunking a few of Romney’s most persistent campaign lies about President Obama

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Via @ Msmaggiern

 

Greg Sargent wrote a lengthy post that included some of the most persistent lies about President Obama that Mitt Romney has told over the course of his campaign. We've addressed these before, but since the election is finally upon us, it never hurts to review them and refer you to the some of the official debunkitude. Especially since Romney's entire campaign is based on nothing but lies and evasion.

1. Romney: President Obama promised that the stimulus would keep unemployment under 8 percent.

Reality:

Far from being anything that Obama said, the Romney campaign acknowledges that this 8 percent figure comes from a staff-written projection issued Jan. 9, 2009 — before Obama had taken the oath of office. Of course, the campaign still spins it as a negative.

Here’s what happened. Two Obama aides, Christina Romer, the nominee to head the Council of Economic Advisers, and Jared Bernstein, an incoming economic adviser to Vice President-elect Biden, wrote a 14-page report that attempted to assess the impact of a possible $775 billion stimulus package and how much of a difference it would make compared to doing nothing.

Thus, it was not an official government assessment or even an analysis of an actual plan that had passed Congress.

2. Romney: President Obama went on around the world on an "apology tour."

Reality:

In a lengthy article on the Fact Checker blog, we tracked down every statement Obama uttered that partisans claim was an apology, and concluded that each one had been misquoted or taken out of context. [...]

Take it from us: The apology tour never happened.

3. Romney: President Obama added “nearly as much debt as all the previous presidents combined.”

Reality:

[T]he numbers don’t work. The national debt stood at $10.626 trillion on the day that President Obama took office. It now stands slightly above $15 trillion.

4. Romney: President Obama "is the only president to ever cut $500 billion from Medicare."

Reality:

Columbia Journalism Review,  May 21, 2012: The facts were and still are these: The health reform law, aka the Affordable Care Act, does call for cutting $500 billion from Medicare to help finance subsidies for the uninsured. The administration portrayed these as “savings”—in other words, money not spent for Medicare that could be used for another purpose. But the important take-away is this: the law does not cut a dime from the basic Medicare benefits seniors receive. All seniors will still get hospital benefits, coverage for physician services, lab tests, hospital outpatient care, prescription drugs, and so on, and will continue to receive them unless pols on both sides of the aisle succeed in changing the fundamental structure of Medicare.

For the record.

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Ronald Reagan’s budget director: Romney "job creator" claims "dead wrong."

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David Stockman was Ronald Reagan's budget director, and he is challenging, skewering, dissecting, and examining in great detail something that the "mainstream media" won't in his lengthy article in Newsweek: All that boasting by Mitt Romney about being a "job creator" who could successfully run this country as a business and create miraculous wealth for Americans.

Shorter Stockman: Oh come now:

Bain’s billions of profits were not rewards for capitalist creation; they were mainly windfalls collected from gambling in markets that were rigged to rise. Nevertheless, Mitt Romney claims that his essential qualification to be president is grounded in his 15 years as head of Bain Capital [...]

Except Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master financial speculator who bought, sold, flipped, and stripped businesses. He did not build enterprises the old-fashioned way—out of inspiration, perspiration, and a long slog in the free market fostering a new product, service, or process of production. Instead, he spent his 15 years raising debt in prodigious amounts on Wall Street so that Bain could purchase the pots and pans and castoffs of corporate America, leverage them to the hilt, gussy them up as reborn “roll-ups,” and then deliver them back to Wall Street for resale—the faster the better.

That is the modus operandi of the leveraged-buyout business, and in an honest free-market economy, there wouldn't be much scope for it because it creates little of economic value.  [...]

I know the pitfalls of private equity. The whole business was about maximizing debt, extracting cash, cutting head counts, skimping on capital spending, outsourcing production, and dressing up the deal for the earliest, highest-profit exit possible. [...]

The credentials that Romney proffers as evidence of his business acumen, in fact, mainly show that he hung around the basket during the greatest bull market in recorded history. [...] Bain’s acclaimed success with another retailer—Staples—is also not what it is touted to be. [...] The Romney campaign’s feckless narrative that private equity generates real economic efficiency and societal wealth is dead wrong.

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VIDEO: Team Obama debunks Romney's debate lies

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Team Obama's rapid response team has been right on top of things this election season, as they should be. What makes it so easy is Willard M. Romney. He lies with such ease, but there are consequences. The debunking of his overwhelming number of false statements ends up taking over the news cycle, which is exactly what happened after the GOP convention when the media fact-checked Paul Ryan.

Mitt Romney didn't tell the truth about his tax plan, his plan for Americans with pre-existing conditions, his Medicare plan, nor the President's Medicare plan.

Why would Romney not tell the truth about what he'd do as President? Because his real plans would hurt the middle class.

UPDATE: But wait! There's more!

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