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April 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm
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President Obama stepped out at the White House daily briefing today to again berate Republicans for challenging Obamacare — in what appeared to be an attempt to get politicians to stop talking about the law’s negative effects before midterm elections.

Obama announced “as more data comes in, we now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people.”

“Before this law added new transparency and competition to the individual market, folks who’ve bought insurance on their own regularly saw double-digit increases in their premiums. That was the norm. And while we suspect that premiums will keep rising, as they have for decades, we also know that, since the law took effect, health care spending has risen more slowly than at any time in the past 50 years,” he said.

“…And this thing is working. I’ve said before, this law won’t solve all the problems in our healthcare system. We know we’ve got more work to do. But we now know for a fact that repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit, raise premiums for millions of Americans, and take insurance away from millions more, which is why, as I’ve said before, I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been.”

Republicans, he charged, “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working. They said nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that. They were wrong to keep trying to repeal a law that is working when they have no alternative answer for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions who’d be denied coverage again or every woman who’d be charged more for just being a woman again.”

“I know every American isn’t going to agree with this law, but I think we can agree that it’s well past time to move on as a country and refocus our energy on the issues that the American people are most concerned about, and that continues to be the economy, because these endless, fruitless repeal efforts come at a cost.”

Instead of taking dozens of votes to repeal, replace or otherwise fix Obamacare, Obama said, lawmakers could have taken votes “to create jobs by investing in things like infrastructure or innovation, or 50 votes to make it easier for middle-class families to send their kids to college, or 50 votes to raise the minimum wage or restore unemployment insurance that they let expire for folks working hard to find a new job.”

“The point is, the repeal debate is and should be over,” he added. “The Affordable Care Act is working. And I know the American people don’t want us spending the next two-and-a-half years re-fighting the settled political battles of the last five years. They sent us here to repair our economy, to rebuild our middle class, and to restore our founding promise of opportunity, not just for a few, but for all. And as president, that’s exactly what I intend to keep doing as long as I’m in this office.”

On House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) charge that Obama is without cause attacking the GOP on immigration reform, the president slightly smirked and said he “actually had a very pleasant conversation with Mr. Cantor yesterday.”

“I wished him happy Passover. And what I said to him privately is something that I would share with him — that I’ve said publicly, which is, there is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform,” Obama added. “…I know there are Republicans in the House, as there are Republicans in the Senate, who know this is the right thing to do. I also know it’s hard politics for Republicans, because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this.”

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How imbecilic. People aren't getting quality healthcare because their policies were cancelled, their doctors and their hospitals aren't covered and people didn't sign up for this crap until a month ago.

What moron uses that fact basis to make a claim about costs?
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" I think we can agree that it’s well past time to move on as a country and refocus our energy on the issues that the American people are most concerned about"

Yes, lets make sure the Republicans take control of both houses of Congress, and repeal the pile of crap that is Obamacare.
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8 million people signed up?

How many were robo-signed against their will?

How many lost insurance, for which this is a crap sandwich replacement?

How many are subsidized and not contributing to the payment for this giant elephant dung heap?

It's NOT working, it will NEVER work...because it is a monumental fustercluck. And no amount of MORE lies about it will cover up the stench.
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You may be an Obama supporter, but are you really willing to support others who will be given your tax money to pay for their health insurance? Those Obamacare subsidies are your tax money. Your rates go up to support them and your annual deductible amount goes up, too. Obama is trying to delay this, but from then on FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE you will pay those higher rates and deductible costs. Since the Democrats all voted for it, they can’t be depended on to join the effort. It’s up to us to vote for Republicans to get enough people in office who want to repeal the law. This is for all government levels. Remember, it’s YOUR money, so vote your pocketbook. This situation is hardly different from your taxes being assigned to support an illegal alien, and that will happen when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx Also, medical taxes go up in 2014. See http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-taxes.php Join with us to our mutual benefit in the Primary elections and in November 2014.
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Whatever congress does, even with a supermajority veto override in the senate, Obama can countermand with an execuitive order. I say make him do just that. The next republican president can undo those executive orders without having to go through congress which will be a much simpler process.
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kids have already begun using the term 'barack' as something vile.

as in 'teacher, billy just did a big barack in his pants'! (everybody laughs)

funny how real life eventually catches up to fantasy.

gotta go, time for my daily barack. just when did you decide to buy this barackin' car that won't run. we have a barackin' asteroid headed right for earth! take the dog for a walk dear, I'm afraid he has to go barack.

who thought these barackin' higher insurance premiums and deductibles were a good idea?

I like it. what goes around ...
14 weeks ago
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Well, now we will have triple digit increases. Nice work, feds. For example, the penalty alone will got from $95.00 to $695.00. For all you Obuttboys out there that probably can't do math in your head, that is $600.00 increase, aka triple digit increase. Man, talk about punishing your enemies. Who knew Obama would be targeting and taxing your disposable income so heavily. It's not like he's a socialist or communist.
14 weeks ago
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Buck Farack.
Medical insurance wasn't perfect before he started dinking around with it, but it's only gotten worse since he did. AND twice as expensive, and inefficient.
Buck Farack.
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Has anyone asked the president where the money is going to come from to pay for expanded Medicaid and all the subsidized policies? The financing mechanisms built into the law are already in shambles:

There are no individual or employer mandate penalties (penalties, Mr. Chief Justice, not "taxes") being paid and there is much talk that those penalties will eventually go away altogether.

The Medicare Advantage cuts haven't materialized and there's no sign that they will. In fact, to the contrary, Medicare Advantage has even gotten a modest raise.

One entire source of revenue, premiums paid for long-term care, is gone since that part of the law was repealed early on.

It is axiomatic that the actual cost of government programs far exceeds their estimates. In this regard, Obamacare may well turn out to be the most expensive program to date and when you consider we're talking about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, that's saying something.

So, let's review: Obamacare has not solved the problem of the uninsured, it's whole raison d'etre and won't. The cost of premiums has gone up, not down, and people are actually getting even less bang for their buck. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their providers. Employers are adjusting their workforce so as to avoid onerous mandates. The vast majority of the people affected (consumers, providers and insurers of health care) are unhappy with the results of the law. And, there is no way to pay for any of it.

Anybody who at this juncture would take victory laps and declare the debate over is seriously deluded. Or demented. Or both.
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I meant to add that I liked Dr. Barrasso's remarks very much.
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sho 'nuff m-a-s-s-ah
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Here are the facts re: Rand survey at http://www.rand.org/blog/2014/04/survey-estimates-net-gain-of-9-3-million-american-adults.html

Most of the people who gained coverage did so through employer sponsored plans or went on Medicaid. For those on Medicaid the taxpayers will pick up the bill which means that many of us will not only being paying for our coverage but someone else's as well.

Only 1.4 million were previously uninsured as of March. Rand estimated that 9.3 million became newly insured; however, the survey sample was relatively small and the margin of error is 3.5 million people. I cherry picked the data but provided the link. The point is that stats are only as good as the data used to create them and the sample size has to be large enough to reflect a reasonable margin of error. 3.5 million people doesn't seem to me to be very reasonable.

I checked out the Gallup poll results as well. The margin of error seems to be less but what was interesting was that the newly insured totaled 4% with 2.1% getting their coverage through the exchanges. Apparently, political orientation and the tax cost were factors in some people getting coverage.

Our healthcare system did need fixing but the government did not need to destroy the old system. A better way would have been to create a plan for those who were uninsured.
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I am sure at some point in my adult life I have heard bigger crocks of shiite, but for the life of me I can't remember a single time that I did.
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I had one of my docs tell me that he won't take Obamacare-covered patients. My CPA told me of another client who is ACA covered & has to drive to a town 50 miles away to be seen due to their plan not being accepted here in town. Stories like this need to go viral.
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Hopefully, people in similar situations will get out and vote. The only reason we are still having this discussion is because people didn't think Romney was 'good enough' and they settled for the worst possible choice.
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My CPA, a type-1 diabetic, got his insurance cancelled by obamacare. Took a couple months to get reinsured, at a much higher price. And his insulin isn't covered now! AND the walk-in pharmacies can't tell him how much insulin costs! For some reason, the online-pharmacies can, but not the brick and mortar ones. obamacare rules are insane!
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