The truth about Affordable Health car...

The truth about Affordable Health care Act

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Barry

Camden, AR

#1 Oct 12, 2013
“Why are Congress and their families exempt from the new plan?” a questioner named Paul asked in a recent Yahoo Finance Q&A on the Affordable Care Act.“If the coverage is inferior, why don’t they stand behind it?”

Of all the misconceptions surrounding the new health reform law known as Obamacare—and there are many—one of the newest and most infuriating is the idea that Congress made itself “exempt” from a law that puts onerous new burdens on many other Americans. That contention is totally false. In fact, members of Congress, along with their personal staffers, are required to participate in Obamacare, which is a more stringent requirement than employees of many big companies face.

The confusion is understandable. Earlier this year, Congress did, in fact, consider passing legislation that would amount to an exemption, though that never happened. Then, in August, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a speech that “President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception. And he did it because Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats who passed this thing came begging and said,‘Please, please, please let us out of Obamacare.’” Nobody actually saw Harry Reid begging, but the claim gained traction nonetheless, and a chain email containing bogus information about Congress being exempt from Obamacare started to circulate.

Here’s what really happened. When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, it included a passage that said:“The only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff … are (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).”

In plain English, that means that at the end of this year, members of Congress and their personal staffs will no longer be eligible for the federal health care plan, and they’ll have to purchase insurance through an exchange instead. That requirement was initially proposed by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who opposed the law, as a kind of dare back in 2009, when legislators were still debating what would go in the bill. It caught on as a populist measure and made it into the final law.

Up until now, members of Congress, like all federal employees, have been able to select insurance from a government plan that’s similar to a lot of big-company plans, with one exception: It offers a lot more choices. In fact, the government plan, which has been in place for years, is remarkably similar to the exchanges established by the ACA.
Barry

Camden, AR

#2 Oct 12, 2013
Assertion: Muslims are exempt from the health care law.

-- Chain email, May 29, 2013

Fact check: A widely circulated chain email claims that the word "dhimmitude" is on Page 107 of the health care law, and it means Muslims will be exempt. Actually, the health care law does not include the word "dhimmitude" (a recently coined word that seems to refer to non-Muslims under Muslim rule) and does not exempt Muslims. There is a "religious conscience exemption,'' but it applies to groups that disavow all forms of insurance, including Social Security. Muslim groups have supported the Affordable Care Act.

-- Politifact rated the chain email's claim Pants on Fire.
Barry

Camden, AR

#3 Oct 12, 2013
Barry

Camden, AR

#4 Oct 12, 2013
Are illegal immigrant covered under the new healthcare act? Republicans are doing everything they can to make you believe this false information.

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/...
Barry

Camden, AR

#5 Oct 12, 2013
Another thing is this healthcare act is helping provide health care for the poor. Those with a good income will see higher rates but that is what helps provide healthcare for those can't afford it. I did not think that America is supposed to be a bunch of greedy people that do not care about the poor. America is a country that helps even the less fortunate.
Barry

Camden, AR

#6 Oct 12, 2013
All of the greedy idiots that are against the affordable healthcare act can eatAdick. People like you is what has destroyed this great nation.
Barry

Camden, AR

#7 Oct 12, 2013
Unfortunately all of the people, well Republicans, are just repeating the fiction they here on Fox News. Why would anyone will leave a word that comes from that station when they announced Mitt Romney is the new president? Only Fox News was putting that out there, which us real Americans already knew that channel is a load of crap. All of our great presidents from George Washington to John F Kennedy are rolling over in their graves because of what Republicans have done to this country including the recession that began 6 months before George W Bush left office.

Mr President please keep standing your ground against the evil Republicans. I salute you!
Barry

Camden, AR

#8 Oct 12, 2013
* why would anyone believe a word that comes from that station

Oh and don't forget Republicans are not far from being a KKK party. They cannot stand black people. Just watch that Bill O'Reilly for a few minutes and you can tell he wears that white hood at night while he burns crosses in front of black churches.
For real

Camden, AR

#9 Oct 12, 2013
What the heck is there to like about black people?? Welfare checks, food stamps, section 8? Oh wait don't forget that iPhone, nice cars, nice ass rims, loud stereos... The American black way!! Don't work, sleep all day, got nice shit.. That makes sense right?
Barry

Camden, AR

#10 Oct 12, 2013
For real wrote:
What the heck is there to like about black people?? Welfare checks, food stamps, section 8? Oh wait don't forget that iPhone, nice cars, nice ass rims, loud stereos... The American black way!! Don't work, sleep all day, got nice shit.. That makes sense right?
How about you use your real name and say that again? Do you watch sports?
For real

Camden, AR

#11 Oct 12, 2013
Why would I do that, real name or not. Truth is truth. Do I watch sports? A little, yes. Before you go off on a tangent of what black person has done what... Name them around here. Hometown. What we see everyday. Not on tv.
Reality Check

Lonoke, AR

#12 Oct 12, 2013
Barry wrote:
* why would anyone believe a word that comes from that station
Oh and don't forget Republicans are not far from being a KKK party. They cannot stand black people. Just watch that Bill O'Reilly for a few minutes and you can tell he wears that white hood at night while he burns crosses in front of black churches.
And you don't forget that it was the Democratic Party that fought to keep slavery during the Civil War. They are also the party that still practices slavery with entitlements. Give them more money than they can make working but not enough money for them to prosper in any way. Promise more money and tell them that anyone who doesn't agree with the Democratic platform is racist. The Democrats have new slaves just lining up every year.
For real

Camden, AR

#13 Oct 13, 2013
Let it go already about the slavery card.
Barry

Camden, AR

#14 Oct 13, 2013
Reality Check wrote:
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And you don't forget that it was the Democratic Party that fought to keep slavery during the Civil War. They are also the party that still practices slavery with entitlements. Give them more money than they can make working but not enough money for them to prosper in any way. Promise more money and tell them that anyone who doesn't agree with the Democratic platform is racist. The Democrats have new slaves just lining up every year.
You are one of these people who believe slavery was never in the North. So Obama has slaves? lol
Barry

Camden, AR

#15 Oct 13, 2013
Barry

Camden, AR

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Barry

Camden, AR

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Barry

Camden, AR

#18 Oct 13, 2013
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For real

Camden, AR

#19 Oct 13, 2013
No I believe slavery would have been dead and gone years ago if blacks didn't keep it alive to get what they want and try to make everyone feel sorry for them
Barry

Camden, AR

#20 Oct 13, 2013

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