Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54061 Nov 18, 2013
Orlando Sentinel:

My Word: No Apologies – Obamacare Works

Detractors ridicule President Obama’s apology to people who are “losing” their health-insurance plans. He had no need to apologize to my family. We are grateful for the Affordable Care Act. As for ridicule, consider the source: Most harsh critics are the same politicians who have fought every aspect of affordable health insurance for all.

My husband and I buy our own health insurance. We’re among those who don’t enjoy employer-paid health or other coverage, and we represent only about 5 percent of the population. That’s a small number, but you wouldn’t guess that from opponents’ vitriol or the headlines and TV they command.

You see, we’ve been forced to purchase our own health insurance for several years. The deductible was enormous; the premium was often more expensive than our monthly take-home pay, particularly during a bout of joblessness. We were forced to dip into our savings. The risk of going without insurance was a gamble we could not afford to take.

So, thanks to what detractors call Obamacare, we had no choice but to go with a better plan that costs less money.

Thank you, Mr. President. God bless.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54062 Nov 18, 2013
Bob Cesca:

Fact: The GOP Wants to Cancel Tens of Millions of Health Insurance Policies (That People Like)

Since 2009, the opponents of healthcare reform have successfully circulated a lengthy roster of narratives and agitprop against the policy and, eventually, the Affordable Care Act itself. You know the list.“Death panels,”“government takeover,”“failed law,”“socialized medicine,” and so forth.

The latest is that the ACA is “Obama’s Katrina,” followed by the inevitable “Obama’s Watergate” on Fox News Sunday over the weekend. Regarding the latter, I thought Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Fast and Furious and, I don’t know, Solyndra were supposed to be Obama’s Watergate(s). Sorry, folks. Repeatedly comparing every presidential scandal to Watergate will never change the reality of Nixon’s dreadful, malevolent legacy.
Barack ist der ausfall

Los Angeles, CA

#54063 Nov 18, 2013
The unaccountable president:

It’s never Obama’s fault

http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/14/the-unaccou...
Barack ist der ausfall

Los Angeles, CA

#54066 Nov 18, 2013
Obama admin. not prosecuting wind farms for bird deaths

Each year 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed by wind turbines in the U.S., according to an independent study published earlier this year.

The study, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, found that the federal government had underestimated the number of bird and bat deaths by 30 percent.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/18/obama-admin...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54068 Nov 18, 2013
Jason Sattler:

SHOCKER: Obamacare Is Working Best In States That Aren’t Trying To Sabotage It

Of the 106,185 people who have completed an application for health insurance, nearly 75 percent came from 14 states and the District of Columbia that both set up their own exchanges and expanded Medicaid. Unsurprisingly, California and New York combined for the bulk of the enrollments, 51,769. But the most promising news from the Golden State wasn’t even included in this report.

Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, reported Wednesday that as of Tuesday, 60,000 Californians had signed up for insurance. Signups have increased to a rate of almost 2,500 enrollees per day in November. At that pace, the state could be expected to enroll 402,500 people by March 31 but Lee says that he expects to hit a goal of 500,000 to 700,000 people by then, which means he expects the pace to pick up by at least 640 people a day to over 3,000 enrollees.

Red Kentucky is the only state in the union that voted for Mitt Romney and set up its own exchange, thanks in large part to Democratic governor Steve Beshear. The state’s site signed up a total of 32,485 Kentuckians, with 5,586 enrolling in private plans, in its first month of operation. This reduces the state’s uninsured population —estimated at 640,000 — by just over 5 percent.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54069 Nov 18, 2013
No, Obama Didn’t Lie To You About Your Health Care Plan

President Obama has been getting a lot of grief in the last few weeks over his pledge that with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place, people would be able to keep their insurance if they like it. First, it is important to note that the ACA grand-fathered all the individual policies that were in place at the time the law was enacted. This means that the plans in effect at the time that President Obama was pushing the bill could still be offered even if they did not meet all the standards laid out in the ACA.

The plans being terminated because they don’t meet the minimal standards were all plans that insurers introduced after the passage of the ACA. Insurers introduced these plans knowing that they would not meet the standards that would come into effect in 2014. Insurers may not have informed their clients at the time they sold these plans that they would not be available after 2014 because they had designed a plan that did not comply with the ACA.

http://www.salon.com/2013/11/15/no_obama_didn...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54070 Nov 18, 2013
Queen Of Spain Blog:

We Just Enrolled In Obamacare

Yup. The entire family just ditched my husband’s employer provided health insurance* and as of January 1, 2014 we’ll be on a plan with a different insurance company. One that, unlike Aetna, decided to go after our business and compete in the marketplace.

Our old plan had deductibles, and the out-of-pocket costs were 6k for individuals and 12k per family.

This new plan from Blue Shield of California? No deductibles. Lower out-of-pocket maximums. Lower copays. Lower drug costs.

All of our doctors are in-network minus one. But that’s why I got the PPO. It’s also a 90/10 which means we pay 10% of things normally not totally covered like hospital stays and MRIs and what not.

Our old plan? 80/20 in network and 60/40 out of network. Keeping in mind just about EVERYTHING for me was out of network. After doing all the math, just to start, we’ll be saving $18,900 per year. That is without knowing if I will be hospitalized in 2014, or need surgery or any of those things. In 2013 I was hospitalized once in July and the bill is still sitting on my desk. I’ve been making payments.

If the judge from my Social Security Disability case rules in my favor, that means I’ll be eligible for Medicare as well. IF that happens, that will mean we may not have much out of pocket at all.

This makes me shake and cry. We are one of those families who have been buried in medical debt since I got sick. We’re one of those families the President talks about…the ones who are so close to losing everything because Mom got sick. We’ve re-financed our mortgage using the HARP/HAMP plans with JP Morgan Chase. It wasn’t easy or pretty, but we managed to save some money per month to keep our home.

Now we are utilizing Obamacare. And yeah, go ahead and call it Obamacare, because without the President we wouldn’t have this opportunity.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54071 Nov 18, 2013
Obamacare To Save Family $18,900

In a country discouraged by last month’s health care rollout and corresponding widespread problems, Erin Kotecki Vest and her family are rejoicing. Obamacare will save them almost $19,000 each year.“When the president says no family should lose their home because someone got sick, no family should go bankrupt because somebody got sick, that is us. That is absolutely us,” she told msnbc.

In 2010 doctors diagnosed Kotecki Vest with Lupus, an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks healthy tissue. Three days every other week she undergoes intravenous therapy, which lasts three to five hours each visit. And that, she said, is when “everything is going well.”

Additionally, she takes Rituxin, which is also administered to her intravenously every four months in two different six-hour sessions. Doctors have prescribed her Prednisone for the past three years. Complications from her diagnosis caused her to suffer from a stroke, lose her gall bladder and the majority of her colon, and undergo a hysterectomy.

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/believe-it-o...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54072 Nov 18, 2013
Steve Benen:

Right Still Pushing ‘Don’t Enroll’ Crusade

Of all the things conservatives have done to sabotage and derail the Affordable Care Act – and good lord, is this a long list – nothing seems quite as offensive as the right’s campaign to encourage those without coverage to stay uninsured, on purpose, to advance an ideological cause.

Regular readers may recall that we covered this quite a bit over the summer. Conservatives launched organized efforts to convince the uninsured to voluntarily “refuse to enroll”– because if fewer people participate in the system, costs would soar, and in theory the system could become unsustainable.

Struggling families will of course be completely screwed in this scenario, but for the right, that’s a small price to pay – and a sacrifice they’re willing to see others make.

Eric Lach, referencing a report from the Alaska Dispatch, noted yesterday that the campaign is still very much underway. Indeed, it appears far-right Floridians are now lobbying Alaskans to stay uninsured on purpose.
Chambersburg liar

Los Angeles, CA

#54073 Nov 18, 2013
Obamacare forces black college to cancel healthcare

Bowie University, a historically black college in Maryland, is being forced to cancel its student healthcare policy because of Obamacare.

Bowie administrators determined that the cost of complying with President Obama’s signature healthcare law would raise per semester costs from $50 for each student to $900.

Instead, the university made the decision to simply end its healthcare coverage for students.

“Bowie State University has suspended offering health insurance for domestic students for the 2013-2014 academic year,” said the university in a statement.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/16/obamacare-f...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54076 Nov 18, 2013
Obama Pushes To Save The Holiday Season For A Million Unemployed People

The Obama administration on Friday came out strongly in support of extending long-term unemployment insurance past its current expiration date. Top economic adviser Gene Sperling said in a statement to The Huffington Post there is “no question” that Congress should extend emergency unemployment insurance for the more than 1 million workers who could be affected when benefits expire between Christmas and the New Year.

“We have always done so when unemployment is this high and would make little sense to fail to do so now when we are still facing the burdens of the worst downturn since the Great Recession,” Sperling said.“It is high bang for the buck for the economy, reduces poverty and helps workers who lost jobs due to no fault of their own get back on their feet.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/15/obam...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54077 Nov 18, 2013
America Produced More Oil Than It Imported For The First Time Since 1995

The United States produced more crude oil than it imported in October for the first time in almost 20 years, the federal Energy Information Administration announced Wednesday. U.S. crude oil production averaged 7.7 million barrels per day in October while 7.6 million barrels per day were imported. Total petroleum net imports were the lowest since February 1991.

The U.S. also produced more oil in September than it has in any one-month period over the last 24 years. The U.S. remains the world’s largest consumer of oil and the largest importer of crude oil.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/14/2...
Pharisaical Liar

Los Angeles, CA

#54079 Nov 18, 2013
Small Business and ObamaCare

A new survey shows that employers will drop coverage and cut hours.

One of President Obama's proudest boasts about the Affordable Care Act is that it helps small business.

The White House website says the health law "makes it easier for businesses to find better coverage options" and

"stops insurance companies from taking advantage of you, giving the consumer and business owner more control and making health-care coverage more affordable."

Small businesses aren't buying it.

obummer is a liar

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1000142...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54080 Nov 18, 2013
Interesting....

Evidently a Topix "ban" lasts 6 months.

It was the middle of May when the nitwit troll from Chambersburg posting under multiple names suddenly disappeared.

Now, exactly 6 months later, he's back.
Dan the Man Chambersburg

Los Angeles, CA

#54081 Nov 18, 2013
I think Dan the Man Chambersburg is a girl.
Dan the Man Chambersburg

Los Angeles, CA

#54082 Nov 18, 2013
Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
America Produced More Oil Than It Imported For The First Time Since 1995
The United States produced more crude oil than it imported in October for the first time in almost 20 years, the federal Energy Information Administration announced Wednesday. U.S. crude oil production averaged 7.7 million barrels per day in October while 7.6 million barrels per day were imported. Total petroleum net imports were the lowest since February 1991.
The U.S. also produced more oil in September than it has in any one-month period over the last 24 years. The U.S. remains the world’s largest consumer of oil and the largest importer of crude oil.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/14/2...
..........

Obama admin. not prosecuting wind farms for bird deaths

Each year 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed by wind turbines in the U.S., according to an independent study published earlier this year.

The study, published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, found that the federal government had underestimated the number of bird and bat deaths by 30 percent.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/18/obama-admin ...

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54083 Nov 18, 2013
Spandan:

34 Million Americans Eligible for Free or Subsidized Insurance Under Obamacare

according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, 17 million Americans will be eligible to receive subsidies in the Affordable Care Act marketplaces (exchanges).

This is in addition to those who will become newly eligible for Medicaid in states that accept the massive, fully-federally funded expansion of the program under the Affordable Care. If all states accepted the Medicaid expansion, that would mean yet another 17 million Americans with free health coverage.

If all states expanded Medicaid (at no cost to them - and likely less than no cost, since their cost of uncompensated care would be reduced dramatically), 34 million Americans in total would stand to gain either free or subsidized health insurance coverage. Thanks, Obama.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54085 Nov 18, 2013
Why Losing Your Junk Insurance is a Good Thing

Insurance companies of course aren't telling their subscribers about why the law no longer allows the junk insurance they were selling you - if they did, they'd have to admit to not providing things like emergency services, hospitalization, lab tests, or rehabilitation from injuries.

After all, you may not take out all your anger at the black man in the White House if your insurance company came right out and told you that your insurance plan will no longer be available because as it stands now, if you get hit by a bus and lose a leg, they don't have to pay for either your prosthetic or the therapy you need to learn to walk with that prosthetic.

See, makes insurance companies sound like heartless bastards who are now being stopped by the law from abandoning their members at the moment they'd need them the most.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54086 Nov 18, 2013
House GOP 2014 agenda starts with blank slate

Last Thursday, a group of House Republicans filed into Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Capitol office suite and received a blank piece of paper labeled “Agenda 2014.”

The blank slate just about sums up where Republicans find themselves after a year marked by the first government shutdown in 17 years, futile efforts to repeal Obamacare and the inability to pass spending bills at the levels set by Republican leaders.
...
“What we have done so far this year clearly hasn’t worked,” said the GOP aide involved in the planning sessions.“Cantor wants to take us in a new direction, which is good. The problem is we don’t know where we are headed, and we don’t know what we can sell to our members.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/house-g...
Maddog

Freedom, PA

#54089 Nov 18, 2013
Being rated 25th in in the world regarding healththe care you would think all the negativity against Obama's health care would make politicians put more of a combined effort to come to better solitions on how to fix it instead of trying to destroy it. Talking to some of some of the countries that have social medicine might give us a better way to get this done nd done right. Why reinvent something that is being done and done right in other major countries. Having family members living in Germany and discussing this subject with them reassures me its time we move ahead of all the negativity and get this done. Civiley

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