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Ebola for Dummeez, att: Donald Trump

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The following is Donald Trump's needlessly-fear-mongering tweet about the Ebola patients coming back home to the United States for treatment to, you know, save their lives:

This confirms for the umpteenth time what an utter ignoramus and needy attention-seeker Trump is.

I have been critical of Alex Witt in the past, but she outdid herself today. She conducted a thorough, crystal clear, and ultra-informative interview with infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine about the Ebola virus and how it spreads. Unfortunately, MSNBC only provided part of the excellent segment that extended into a second interview with their medical correspondent, Nancy Snyderman. I'm including an earlier conversation that she and Snyderman had instead.

Donald Trump could learn a thing or two about a thing or two. Whipping up fear inside the U.S. is reckless and stupid, two things at which Trump excels. One thing at which he miserably fails: Telling the truth.

Dr. Schaffner's obvious sub-specialty is spreading the truth and dispelling rumors about this "terribly serious infection, but one that's not readily transmissible." Presenting Ebola for Dummeez:

The fears are unfounded, Alex. I'm going to tell you honestly that we in public health and infectious diseases are a little surprised at how much anxiety there is about this, because we know about this infection, we know it's very serious, we know how it's transmitted, and we're very confident that we can take care of such patients safely...

They're going to take very good care of this patient absolutely safely, no hazard to folks in the street...

You can imagine that the resources [in Africa] are not as elaborate as those that we have here. .. It's the supportive care [that we have here] that's going to help these people surmount this infection...

Being able to send specimens immediately off to the laboratory and get the results back quickly, and then assessing organ function... we can monitor the heart very carefully, and then if something goes wrong, we can call in the specialists to attend to it, we have the drugs available, and we can monitor their impact very, very carefully...

We have [resources] available in this country and virtually in every large community hospital. It's very reassuring...

In Africa [Ebola] strikes most people who are adults, because they exchange body fluids... One of the ways it's spread in Africa has to do with funeral practices and cultural activities that are deeply embedded. When someone dies, out of respect to the person who's passed, the body is washed very, very carefully, including all the body orifices, and that's done by family and dear friends. And it's in that actual activity that they're exposed to the virus and transmission can occur to those family and friends... That's part of the reason it's spreading...

Airborne transmission has not been demonstrated... is very unlikely. So there's no good evidence of that at present [In a later part of the segment that wasn't included in the clip, this is confirmed and expanded upon by Snyderman]. And in any event, these patients that are being brought here are being protected from airborne transmission. Our healthcare workers are taking the appropriate precautions...

[Re: The protective gear]: They know how to put it on and in what sequence to take it off so that they don't contaminate themselves. They're very rigorously trained, and when you do it, you're observed doing it correctly...

It's not the amount of oxygen [in the room, levels, ventilation], it's that the room is balanced so that air goes into the room, it doesn't leak out. It is then filtered and exhausted after it's cleansed, so it's very rigorously controlled.

There was so much more information that we could all appreciate. MSNBC did us a disservice by editing down the segment.

Here is the clip of Alex Witt with Nancy Snyderman:

Alex Witt:

What are the chances that the virus could spread here in the U.S.?

Snyderman:

Zero to none.

Got that, Trump?

stfu plz

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Obama: "Enough people are signing up that the Affordable Care Act is going to work."

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WebMD conducted an interview with President Obama about the progress that the Affordable Care Act is making on enrollment, and whether enough people will have signed up by the March 31st deadline.

The president doesn't sound too concerned. In fact, he's pretty reassuring:

President Obama:

“The pool is already large enough, the number of people who have signed up is large enough; I’m confident the program will be stable."

Had the first month and a half of the Affordable Act roll out not been such a mess, the goal would have likely been reached by now. But between the GOP sabotaging and obstructing the president's efforts every step of the way, and the website itself preventing so many from being able to enroll, it's pretty remarkable that the numbers are what they are.

My personal preference would have been Medicare for All, but Obamacare is better than what we've had up 'til now. Big Insurance is still way too big, but with any luck, we'll gradually become a single payer country state by state. Vermont has already passed legislation, and Maine, New York, Hawaii, Oregon, California, and Pennsylvania are showing interest.

Via The Hill:

President Obama said Friday enough people have already signed up for ObamaCare that he is “confident” his signature legislative accomplishment will function properly.

At this point, enough people are signing up that the Affordable Care Act is going to work,” Obama said in a WebMD interview. “The insurance companies will continue to offer these plans. We already have 4 million people, over 4 million people, signed up."

The president said he expects “a larger number” still to be enrolled by March 31.

He also said, "We know that it's working because we have 4.2 million people who have already signed up. On a daily basis we're getting tens of thousands of people who are signing up."

Gee, what a miserable failure.

another talking point bites the dust

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Young people sign up for Obamacare, premiums drop, per report GOP will likely dismiss

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Ooo, another Obamacare good news story. Ruh roh! Get ready for Republicans to:

1. Dismiss the report entirely...

2. Make up their own numbers...

3. Lie about the report's content on Fox, then continue to distort the distortions until they...

4... morph into their own "news story" because the Foxers will repeat it so often that their other shows will use the hosts' commentary as headlines...

5. Wish The Affordable Care Act into the corn field while writing up more destined-to-fail bills to repeal Obamacare.

Read it and weep, GOP. Via the Los Angeles Times:

The average premium paid for Obamacare coverage on a leading insurance website has dropped by nearly $100 a month since October as more young people sign up, a new industry report shows. [...]

The average premium for 2014 health plans sold through EHealth tumbled from $370 a month to $273 over that period, which the company said reflects a higher proportion of younger applicants.

See, the whole point is to get enough younger, healthier people to sign up in order to "help offset the higher medical costs of older, sicker policyholders in the overall insurance pool." And, oops, GOP! They're doing just that!

Oh, and about some of those rising rates we've been hearing so much about?

While rates are up, annual deductibles went down on average.

Many consumers are eligible for federal premium subsidies based on their income, shielding them from the full cost.

So there's that. Bummer, huh naysayers?

Fun fact: Minnesota had the lowest average premium for individual plans, and Oklahoma had the cheapest family plans. Alaska had the highest for individuals, New Jersey had the highest for family plans.

Did I mention that four million Americans have now enrolled on healthcare.gov and through state exchanges? What a commie Marxist French gay Kenyan failure.

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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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"Suspending #Obamacare penalties is tantamount to delaying the mandate"

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All day, I've been watching, hearing, and reading news reports like this one: More Senate Dems call for Obamacare enrollment extension and lifting the penalty for those who are uninsured.

Well, others, including me, are saying enough already. Seriously, I've had it with all the 24/7 sky-is-falling yakety-yak. I'm talking to you, Senator Feinstein-- who happens to be my senator-- as well as Jeanne Shaheen, Kay Hagan, and Mark Udall, and a few others mentioned at that CNN  link. Calm down and breathe. Or drink. Or smoke. Anything to chill you out and start using your head instead of your emotions, or your donors' money or your own self-interests.

First of all, the Affordable Care Act website at Healthcare.gov, should be running smoothly by the end of November, according to the official now in charge of fixing it. So how about waiting and seeing instead of panicking? We all know things have started off badly, but it's only been three weeks. Chill.

An editorial in today's Los Angeles Times explains why the requirement that adult Americans get covered next year should not be scrapped, and they make a lot of sense. They start out by reminding us that there is still time to make the necessary corrections before the first of the year and to focus on that, as well as on signing up more people for insurance:

Some have responded by suggesting that the administration suspend the penalties for those unable to sign up for subsidized policies, which are available only through the exchanges.

Suspending the penalties is tantamount to delaying the mandate. And if there's no enforceable requirement to buy insurance, many Americans who don't need healthcare immediately won't do so.

The Times goes on to explain that by succumbing to a mandate delay, as the GOP has demanded, an "ever-sicker, costlier pool of customers, ... would cause premiums to spiral upward. Suspending those penalties would only make that result more likely."

The variations being floated by Democrats are just as bad. If HealthCare.gov can't be whipped into shape within the next month or so, the federal government may have to pour resources into other enrollment efforts, such as the phone banks and in-person "navigators" who guide people through the sign-up process. But we're not at that point yet, and won't be for several weeks.

Okay?

relax a little

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