Former President Clinton morphed into the Explainer in Chief of Obamacare in this video. Plus a major new study by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation put together data from the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces in the 17 states where it is fully available. Guess what? They reported "lower than expected" premiums for new insurance exchanges.
Today's Melissa Harris-Perry Show explained further the Affordable Care Act, its benefits, and how it will be implemented. Here's a short, and effective, clip. The other segments, including the rest of this one, are below:
Insurance marketplaces are websites where consumers who don't already receive health benefits from their employers and also don't qualify for Medicaid can shop for a health insurance plan. But many Republican-run states are preventing access to these plans.
In fact, in Kansas, Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said, "If state regulators are not going to do anything, then consumers will be the ones who suffer." Indeed.
A report in today's Los Angeles Times went into some detail about how the GOP is sabotaging efforts to help state residents get health care, which of course endangers the very lives of the voters the party is wooing. See how "pro-life" they are?
...Americans who live in states backing the Affordable Care Act will receive substantial protections and assistance unavailable to residents in states still fighting the 2010 law. That could mean confusion and higher insurance premiums for millions of consumers in states resisting the law.
Leaders in these resistant states have not set up consumer hot lines. Several state insurance regulators are refusing to make sure health plans offer new protections required by the law, such as guaranteed coverage for people who are ill.
So instead of implementing a plan that will not reject those who are sick, that will not put limits on coverage, that will allow low- and moderate-income Americans to qualify for government subsidies, Republicans in leadership positions are rejecting the law (and yes, it is the law) that also includes federal aid to expand Medicaid programs:
That means as many as 5 million of the poorest residents in these states will still not be able to get coverage next year.
To those whose hatred of President Obama trumps the health and welfare of their own fellow Americans, sabotaging the president and catering to an extremist base-- not protecting lives-- are the priorities:
[I]n Florida, the Legislature and governor stripped the insurance commissioner's authority to block rate hikes for two years. Since the new health law does not give the federal government this power, that effectively allows insurance companies to raise some premiums as much as they choose in 2014 and 2015, the first two years that Obama's healthcare law will be fully in effect.
So people will be paying more, and "consumers in states resisting the law will also get less help shopping for insurance."
Hey Republicans, how's that reinvention thing workin' for ya?
Here are the MHP segments in full. They are well worth watching: