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NRCC on moving on from "repeal #Obamacare" efforts: "No, we can't."

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The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) wants to take health insurance away from millions of people. They're not even trying to hide that nasty little fact. In fact, they made it very public. After President Obama's Affordable Care Act Signed up 8,000,000 People victory lap yesterday, the NRCC decided they would remain in their Bubble O' Obstruction for the foreseeable future. They said as much in this tweet:

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That should go over well with Americans who are now covered, who are now able to afford to treat their illnesses and injuries, whose children are covered, and who are no longer turned away when they have pre-existing conditions. Like being a woman, for example. Or having cancer.

See how "pro-life" they are?

Do they not realize that, in addition to Obamacare consumers, this also benefits their corporate Big Insurance buddies?

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

Here are a few of the replies they got on the Twitter Machine:

 

 

 

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No one said affordable health care would be free

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Affordable health care means just that: health care we can afford, not health care that's provided to us at no cost. Unfortunately, the vehement anti-Obamacare opponents on the right are pushing lies, and the news dee jays need to diligently call them out. The letters below refer to one case that is being exploited.

Like Barbara Garnaus did, there are Americans out there who become ill and then complain that they have to pay for health services. But some of the most vocal critics fail to put their stories into context. Garnaus, a cancer patient, wasn't covered at all. Obviously (at least to most people), the Affordable Health Care Act says you still have to pay for services, but in most cases, you get more bang for your buck.

It also means that some people are struggling to make payments because they are unable to earn enough money to afford much of anything in the first place. Increasing the minimum wage would help rectify the problem.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "For working poor, new health premiums can be a burden," April 14

The headline on this article is very misleading. The impression given is that Obamacare places an undue burden on low-income citizens.

This story is about someone — 63-year-old Barbara Garnaus — who went for years without any insurance, relying on good health and free clinics. Now she has cancer and has bought insurance under Obamacare.

Before healthcare reform, she probably would not have been able to obtain insurance at all after the cancer was diagnosed.

So yes, her $13.50 monthly premium is more than she paid when she had no insurance and was in good health, but it's a lot less than it would cost for the same healthcare without insurance, which is where she would have been without Obamacare.

Sure, paying premiums costs more than not paying them, but healthcare with insurance costs a lot less than healthcare without insurance.

Perry Valantine

Costa Mesa

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A $13.50 monthly payment for health insurance is amazingly low. The Times should applaud the program that allows a person who could never afford healthcare to receive medical treatment for cancer.

The cost of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act isn't the source of Garnaus' troubles. Rather, she is struggling to pay for healthcare because of her extremely low salary.

Until hardworking Americans like Garnaus receive wages that allow them to pay for a place to live, housing, transportation and, yes, healthcare, they will struggle as she does.

But don't blame the Affordable Care Act — it has brought affordable healthcare to millions of previously uninsured Americans.

Jo Perry

Studio City

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Ted Cruz Will Use Confirmation Of New HHS Secretary To Try To Overturn Obamacare

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Please note: This post is a repost via repost.us from our friend Alan Colmes's Liberaland site. Please let us know if you have any troubles viewing it.

Ted Cruz Will Use Confirmation Of New HHS Secretary To Try To Overturn Obamacare (via Liberaland)

Texas Senator Ted Cruz will try to shoehorn is anti-Obamacare agenda into the nomination proceedings of Sylvia Matthews Burwell. “I think Burwell presents an ideal opportunity to examine the failures that are Obamacare. And four years ago, reasonable…


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Repeal time! More proof that #Obamacare is working.

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Please take a minute and eight seconds to watch a montage of the Repeal Party, er, GOP's predictions about what a gargantuan failure they were SURE Obamacare was going to be. Of course, something is sure to inspire them to attempt a 50somethingth House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which, by the way, is here to stay:

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There now, wasn't that fun? The entire Maddow Show segment is at the end of this post, along with another one that is sure to bring you much joy and pointing and laughing. So will this:

Via Roll Call:

Wall Street Journal: A new study released Tuesday by the Rand Corp. “shows 9.3 million Americans gained insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act took full effect, though most who bought policies through newly established exchanges weren’t uninsured and employers accounted for much of the rise in the newly covered.”

A total of 14.5 million people have gotten insurance since last fall. And as of mid-March, enrollment in Medicaid increased by 5.9 million.

Yeah, what a failure. Repeal that, GOP.

Did I mention that the Koch Brothers Received Millions In Obamacare Subsidies?

Below is the entire segment. And please watch the second video about how Obamacare isn't going anywhere, in which Rachel Maddow concentrates on Scott Brown's Awkward Adventures... because, hilarious:

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Number of Americans without health insurance hits new low; includes losses from canceled plans #Obamacare

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blame obamacare health insuranceanother talking point bites the dust

Republicans are turning themselves inside out to cope with the success of President Obama's health insurance enrollee numbers. They've tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act about 50 times, they tweet incessantly about how Americans are being hurt by Obamacare in one way or another, and they insist that the law is failing. But it is they they who are failing. To the GOP whiners, I say neener neener.

Oh, and there's this from the Los Angeles Times... yet another health insurance report that will make Republican heads explode.

The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the healthcare law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.

Just 14.7% of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from 18% in the last quarter of 2013, the survey from Gallup found.

The survey results, which track with other recent polling data and enrollment reports, indicate that about 8 million people have gained health insurance since September. That figure takes into account any losses in coverage the law may have brought about by the cancellation of health plans that did not meet the new standards.

Gallup's survey highlights a historic expansion in coverage unparalleled since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

It also undermines critics' persistent claims that the law has done little to expand health insurance.

oh noesPlus, Gallup said that the late enrollees who will apply through April 15 "could further drive down the uninsured rate in the second quarter of 2014."

but wait there's more smallerIt gets even better:

The drop in uninsured rates was most pronounced among African Americans, Latinos and households earning less than $36,000 a year, three demographic groups targeted by the Obama administration and others working to enroll people under the healthcare law.

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I'd prefer Medicare for All, but for now, this is an improvement over what we had. And it provides the added bonus of driving the GOP up a wall.

More here.

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Overnight: 'Sicko' (preview)

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Michael Moore's 'Sicko' was on the Internet (after its theater run) free for a while. Unfortunately, in the meantime, the Weinstein Company, who produced it, have insisted that it be removed. You can, however, still see the theatrical preview on YouTube (embedded below). It is available on Netflix via DVD only.

It's worth watching and thank you, Michael Moore!

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Why Republicans hate #Obamacare, Pres. Obama aside. Hint: Their older, richer base.

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Republicans have never had a problem airing their grievances in the media, and the media have never had a problem giving them ample time to express their hatred of Obamacare. We've heard it all:

The Affordable Care Act is going to lead to a dictatorship and President Obama will take your guns!

Obamacare is a Muslim plot to allow us all to be ruled by Sharia law!

The ACA has legalized those Evil Death Panels and will require our doctors to kill us once we sprout a few gray hairs!

Obamacare is really a cover for BENGHAZI!!! With lots of !!!s!

Obamacare will drive our economy into the ground and we'll all die (thus eliminating the need for Evil Death Panels)!

Obama wants to be Prescription Writer in Chief and drug us all so he can exert his magic powers and cast a giant spell that will force us to do his Commie Marxist fascist gay French Kenyan bidding!

However, one Republican grievance has gotten very little play, if any, on the Tee Vee Machine. The Los Angeles Times clarified a few things, and they go a little something like this:

The beneficiaries are mostly low-income working families that qualify for subsidies designed to make insurance more affordable, and people farther down the income ladder who benefit from the law's expansion of Medicaid.

A smaller, but significant, number of people will pay higher insurance premiums than they used to and, in some cases, higher taxes. Those people are disproportionately Republicans. [...] Americans 65 and older... are the only age group in which Republican supporters outnumber Democrats, according to an analysis by Gallup of 18,000 polling interviews [...]

Republicans also outnumber Democrats among upper-income Americans, who earn too much to qualify for the law's subsidies but who may earn enough to be hit by its new taxes. And affluent small-business owners, among the most loyal Republican voters, are heavily represented among the people who bought insurance on the private market before Obamacare.

So right now, per the Times, the ACA's costs and benefits are distributed unevenly, which is one reason that Republican voters are so ticked off.

Additionally, the GOP's older, wealthier base opposing the law feels their hatred more intensely than Obamacare supporters (Democrats) do their approval. So if President Obama can stir up his base's passions about how the law is improving their lives, then Democrats can stand a chance to gain politically.

Own it, Dems. Get out there and sell it. Let voters know that repeal-happy Republicans would yank health insurance away from and risk the lives of millions. Inform Americans, stir up support, and make this a winning issue.

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