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Obamacare isnt failing. Its being destroyed by Republicans

If and when the ACA fails we need to remember where to place blame - Republicans.

Obamacare isn’t failing. It’s being destroyed by Republicans

The Affordable Care Act may or may not be in the death spiral Republicans have long craved, but it has definitely deteriorated since the Trump administration and the new GOP Congress assumed power. And no wonder: They sabotaged it.

They withdrew TV and online advertising encouraging people to sign up for coverage during the crucial period before the deadline. The White House issued an executive order and took other actions that strongly implied it would no longer enforce the "individual mandate" requiring people to sign up for coverage. And the constant promises of imminent repeal have spooked both insurers and individuals from participating.


And before tRump there was Marco Rubio:

Marco Rubio Quietly Undermines Affordable Care Act
DEC. 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — A little-noticed health care provision slipped into a giant spending law last year has tangled up the Obama administration, sent tremors through health insurance markets and rattled confidence in the durability of President Obama’s signature health law.

The attack stems from two years of effort by Senator Marco Rubio and others in Congress to undermine a key financing mechanism in the law. So for all the Republican talk about dismantling the Affordable Care Act, one Republican presidential hopeful has actually done something toward achieving that goal.


And last but not least the Scalia SCOTUS:

Court holds that states have choice whether to join medicaid expansion

The Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Medicaid expansion is divided and complicated. The bottom line is that: (1) Congress acted constitutionally in offering states funds to expand coverage to millions of new individuals; (2) So states can agree to expand coverage in exchange for those new funds; (3) If the state accepts the expansion funds, it must obey by the new rules and expand coverage; (4) but a state can refuse to participate in the expansion without losing all of its Medicaid funds; instead the state will have the option of continue the its current, unexpanded plan as is.


Single Payer has been brought forward in California

The ACHA is going nowhere and the GOP backup plan is to keep killing the ACA
They've already started by making Medicaid expansion optional for states and underfunding risk corridors.

So where does that leave us?

How about a single payer system in California to start and it sweeps the nation?

Californians for a Healthy California Act Seeks One Plan, More Choice for Residents

Healthy California Highlights:

Every California resident has one plan and more choice.

No more plan-switching or guesswork when insurance rates or plans change.

You pick your doctor, not health insurers.

Clinicians make decisions about care, not computers.

By pooling health care funds in a publicly-run fund we get the bargaining power of the seventh largest economy.

We cut out insurance company waste and duplication.

No more out of control co-pays and high deductibles.

Public oversight on costs and care, not decisions made in secret.

Managing prescription drug costs


When Republicans call Obamacare a 'disaster'

They are projecting what they are going to do, and have done to the ACA already.

They are the party responsible for weakening it and they continue to kill it.

I just wish one mainstream news media person would point this out.

Make Love not War

Price Says 'Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially'

So let's recap shall we...

EPA's Pruitt says, " I don't 'believe' CO2 causes global warming".

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price said on Sunday that he believes "nobody will be worse off financially" under the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

So there you have it.
We just have to believe my friends. Hallelujah!

Price Says 'Nobody Will Be Worse Off Financially' Under GOP Health Care Bill

"I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through," Price told Chuck Todd on NBC News' "Meet the Press."


We need an INDEPENDENT investigation!

The Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman is Richard Burr, R-North Carolina. He was an active backer of Trump during the campaign. He even boasted about getting the FBI involved in investigating Hillary Clinton.

Congressman Devin Nunes, R-California is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a former member of Donald Trump’s transition team who, prior to seeing any evidence brought forward, declared..."there's no evidence".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was part of Trump's campaign with repeated contacts with Russia during the campaign. Although he has recused himself from participating he did appoint the current Deputy Attorney General.

With these players in charge it's difficult to imagine a fair and impartial investigation can take place.
We need an independent committee outside of the political realms.

Dems threaten to pull support if Russia probe not 'legitimate


Supposedly Paul Ryan is the Republican Party's "policy wonk".
He is the one they turn to for details and the media fawns over as "intelligent".
The fact that he said this yesterday shows he doesn't have a grip on on even the basics of how insurance works.
Or, he really does know how insurance works and was preying on the ignorance of those who don't understand how insurance pools operate.
Either way it's a very troubling thing to say.

Paul Ryan: “The conceit of Obamacare,” he said at his press conference on Trumpcare, is that “young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for the older, sicker people.” That’s why Obamacare is in a “death spiral,” he noted.

The insurance corporations support this Republican bill. One of the many reasons is that the ACA requires at least 80% of our premiums we pay into the insurance pools goes towards actual health care. If that does not happen we receive a reimbursement check.
This goes away with GOPcare.
Interesting that the AMA, AARP, Hospital groups, Doctors, care givers, consumer groups, etc are unanimously opposed to this and on the support side are insurance corporations and the wealthy who will receive a heafty tax cut. Especially those making over $700K per year.

This bill will cause death and bankruptcy.

Who will investigate tRump/Russia?

The Senate and House investigation wings are headed by former tRump campaigners.
We can't trust the DOJ and Comey's FBI is questionable based on this last election (Hillary emails).

Will we ever get a fair hearing?
Is it possible that so much will be uncovered in initial Congressional investigation that it will force Congress to refer to an independent prosecutorial committee?

Thanks to Trump and the GOP, a California single-payer healthcare system is now possible

Call your California state legislature and encourage this.

No more premiums.
No more copays.
No more deductibles.
No more fighting with insurance companies.

Thanks to Trump and the GOP, a California single-payer healthcare system is now possible

A 2005 study by the Lewin Group found that a single-payer insurance plan would save California nearly $344 billion over 10 years, primarily by streamlining bureaucratic overhead and relying more on bulk purchases of prescription drugs and medical equipment.

The study also predicted a significant economic boost for businesses because they’d no longer be responsible for employees’ health coverage. This, in turn, would probably spur job creation.


Here is a cool dot gov site where with a simple registration and you can track bills.

This one is SB-562.



Now I see where Anderson Cooper gets his fashion style

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