- Posted September 25, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
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Millions Don't Want Obamacare Because of What They've Been Told By Republicans
"What’s most telling about the far-right running today’s Republican party is the lies. Whether it’s Sarah Palin claiming that health care form created “death panels” (it didn’t), or now GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) claiming that Obamacare includes a $1 abortion surcharge that every American has to pay (it doesn’t), Republicans learned long ago, sadly, that their best argument on any issue is a lie.
And you’d think that, in a normal person, a normal political party, the fact that your most effective way of winning over public opinion isn’t the truth of your convictions, and of your positions, but rather a lie, would give them pause. But you’d be wrong."
So is there something wrong with Obamacare as Republicans claim? Sure.
What's wrong is that it didn't go far enough to allow for true competition from a public option- a buy in to Medicare.
Had that been a part of the law, insurance companies wouldn't have been able to raise rates because there would have been true competition.
Insurance companies don't compete with one another over customers. They just keep their prices the same and divide up the pie according to the size of their company and their ability to service customers.
You'd believe that this will be accomplished by the exchanges that we're being told that will be available where you can 'shop' for insurance.
For three and a half years, insurance companies have raised premiums, raised co-pays- and raised deductibles. Why? Because Obamacare wasn't implemented immediately. That was agreed to while this bill was being 'negotiated' to allow insurance companies time to 'make adjustments' to the new law.
It's the same thing that our, and I say that sarcastically, Congress did for the big banks when they were 'regulated'.
Americans end up paying for everything in the long and short run for everything our government does to rein in the big corporations.
It's a tacit agreement between government and corporations to get more for both from us.
So when Republicans claim that Obamacare is bad for Americans, they are right and they are wrong.
Right, because for a brief moment, the GOP is telling us the truth. Insurance companies are screwing us with higher prices for now. But do Republicans care about that?
Who gives them money to run their campaigns?
The GOP and Democrats know that their contributors will have 30 million more customers that will have to buy insurance or be fined.
Giving subsidies to poor Americans to be able to afford this insurance they now don't have is good for insurance companies. It's good welfare for corporate America.
Yes, the uninsured will get insurance but insurance companies will get a huge check from our government.
So why are the GOP complaining? That's for our benefit. They want to be seen as railing against the very thing they want for who they really are there for- big insurance companies.
But this deflects the blame for giving more to the rich so that they can be seen as 'fighting for Americans'.
Obamacare is a good law for the reasons that it doesn't allow insurance companies to do what they shouldn't been allowed to do all along- like dropping people that had had policies for years and when they became sick, insurance companies could drop them,
And I'm not talking about the regular expenses of an office call but the catastrophic illnesses that would cost the insurance companies a bunch of money.
This is sort of the same thing we see insurance companies exploit when there's a big hurricane like Katrina or Sandy or a 500 year flood like what we see in Colorado.
The deal was that people bought insurance, paid their premiums and thought they were covered. Oops! There's the 'fine print'.
That's the deal we have with Obamacare.
Did Democrats want more included in the ACA? Sure. But Republicans wouldn't allow a public option. They believe in the private sectors ability to do it better. No they don't. But they do believe they'll get a cut from someone in the private sector that gets a big contract from the government for providing health care to those millions that will now have to buy it without true competition.
Pretty simple stuff. the concept of greed and corruption never gets old..at least to those in the 1% and Congress is part of that class yet they represent us, right?
What these guys really fear is that somehow Democrats will manage to turn this fledgling law into true competition by adding single payer coverage. That wouldn't be good for the folks at Cigna or the campaigns that rely on these types of deals to fund their next election. Overall, Obamacare takes us in the correct direction if it isn't scuttled by the misinformation spewed by the GOP and their lobbyist, propaganda news channel at FOX and the Excellence in Broadcasting network, better known as Rush Limbaugh.
It's interesting to watch, folks. The elite, vying for ways to get more of our money all the while they claim, as Ted Cruz did for 22 hours on the floor of the Senate, to be looking out for American's health care interests.