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Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54323 Nov 21, 2013
What the CBS poll REALLY says:
The majority of Americans want to keep Obamacare or enhance it. A minority want it repealed.


So Far, Obamacare Has Taken Only A Modest Hit In The Polls

Yesterday I misread a poll question about Obamacare, initially thinking it was about whether people wanted to make changes to the law. Today, though, CBS has a poll question that really does ask this. Here it is:

[keep as is - 7%; needs some changes - 48%; repeal - 43%]

(7 + 48 = 55% saying keep or enhance)

This isn’t very different from Kaiser tracking polls in the past. In the most recent one, among people who expressed an opinion, 56 percent wanted the law kept as is or enhanced, while 44 percent wanted it repealed.

So far, Obamacare hasn’t really taken that big a hit in public opinion, and as the website problems continue to get fixed I expect that public opinion will improve.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54324 Nov 21, 2013
TPM: Reports:

Obamacare Enrollment On The Rise

Obamacare enrollment seems to be recovering from its slow start and picking up in the last few weeks, according to news reports. The New York Times reported Monday that more than 50,000 Americans had selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov , the federal website serving 36 states, as of mid-November. That’s up from about 27,000 who had picked a plan over the entire month of October.

According to the Los Angeles Times, enrollment in some of the 15 state marketplaces is also on the upswing. In the first half of November, California has nearly doubled its enrollment in all of October. In the Minnesota, the rate of enrollment in the second half of October was triple what it had been in the first half of the month. State officials in Connecticut, Kentucky and Washington told the Times that they were on pace to beat their enrollment goals and/or top last month’s enrollment.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54327 Nov 21, 2013
Poll:'Obamacare' vs.'Affordable Care Act'

How do you feel about Obamacare? How about the Affordable Care Act?

They're two different names for one law, but a new poll shows more Americans oppose the president's signature health care law when it has his name attached than when it's called the official name.

According to a new CNBC poll that surveyed two different groups, 46% of the group that was asked about "Obamacare" was opposed to the law, while 37% of the group asked about the "Affordable Care Act" was opposed to the law.

At the same time, more people support "Obamacare" (29%) than those who support ACA (22%.) In other words, having "Obama" in the name "raises the positives and the negatives," as CNBC put it.

It's also important to note that 30% didn't know what the ACA was, compared to 12% who weren't familiar with Obamacare, according to the poll.

The word "Obamacare" has taken on a roller-coaster trajectory of its own, first coming into favor with Republicans as a criticism of the law, and more recently, as the subject of Democratic efforts to reclaim it.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54328 Nov 21, 2013
Some Americans Say They Support the Affordable Care Act but Not Obamacare
- The idea that ignorance is the root of much disagreement—that if Americans understood the healthcare law, more would support it—seems condescending, but not invalid.

NPR's Morning Edition today made the same point. Kate Bicego, who manages consumer assistance for the Massachusetts health consumer group Health Care for All, said people remain surprised to hear that there are health plans they can afford, that many qualify for help with paying premiums, and that they won't be penalized for not buying something they can't afford.

"Once I talk to them for about an hour about 'This is actually what the law does,'" Bicego said, "people are just as excited as I am about what this means."

Since its initial passage, polls have continued to show that many people who say they are oppose the Affordable Care Act actually do endorse its provisions. PBS, NPR, NBC, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic have all ran/aired basic "What Is Obamacare?"-type content. Still recently only a quarter of Americans say they understand the law well.

America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54329 Nov 21, 2013
Plagued by controversy, mistrust, and a dysfunctional website, the Obama administration and its supporters are trying to divorce themselves from the moniker “Obamacare” in reference to the health-care law after they had embraced it.

Nothing like failure to make "elbows and azzholes" appear in a Dem run! LOL Run, Bammy, Run! LOL

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54330 Nov 21, 2013
GOP commits double fraud with Obamacare navigator smear campaign

This week's target in the never-ending Republican crusade to sabotage the Affordable Care Act is the Obamacare navigators, the dozens of community groups, hospitals and other non-profit organizations who have received federal grants to help Americans enroll in new health insurance plans.

After launching a House probe of the groups and enacting draconian state restrictions on their activities, Republicans are warning that the navigators, like Nigerian email scammers, could be criminals intent on stealing Americans' identities.

Unsurprisingly, this GOP's cynical attempt to prevent Americans from obtaining health insurance is a double fraud.

After all, President Bush's unfunded $400 billion Medicare prescription drug program used navigators, too. Many of the same groups are Obamacare navigators now.(Some of the Bush navigators, like ACORN and the arch-conservative 60 Plus Association, are not.)

And as it turns out, the real threat to bilk billions of dollars from the American people isn't a bunch of non-profit social workers with foreign sounding names, but comes from national hospital chains and device manufacturers with very American names like Florida Governor Rick Scott.

think progress

Los Angeles, CA

#54331 Nov 21, 2013
Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Oklahoma Drops National Guard Benefits For All Couples To Avoid Serving Same-Sex Couples
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced earlier this month that state-owned National Guard facilities will no longer allow any married couples to apply for spousal benefits, regardless of whether they are same-sex or opposite-sex. The Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act means that servicemembers with same-sex spouses are now eligible for federal benefits. Fallin’s unusual tactic is designed to avoid having to recognize those couples, which she asserts would violate Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman:
FALLIN: Oklahoma law is clear. The state of Oklahoma does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it confer marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision reached today allows the National Guard to obey Oklahoma law without violating federal rules or policies. It protects the integrity of our state constitution and sends a message to the federal government that they cannot simply ignore our laws or the will of the people.
This decision directly contradicts an order from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordering states to provide same-sex couples with the federal benefits they deserve under the law.



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think progress..........Forward!
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54332 Nov 21, 2013
Twist it and turn it all you want, Danny Boy ... the Boy Wonder has failed! LOL
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54333 Nov 21, 2013
"This is my rifle - This is my gun - One is for killing - One is for fun." I hope Danny Boy's "Pink Brigade" learns the difference. LOL

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54334 Nov 21, 2013
U.S. Jobless Claims Fall, Hint At Firming Labor Market

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to fall to 335,000 last week. The four-week moving average for new claims, which irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 6,750 to 338,500.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54336 Nov 21, 2013

US Unemployment Benefit Applications Drop To 323K

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell for the third straight week to 338,500.

Both figures are near pre-recession levels. Hiring is also picking up. Employers added an average of 202,000 jobs per month from August through October. That’s up sharply from an average of 146,000 in May through July.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54339 Nov 21, 2013
Jason Furman:

New Report From The Council Of Economic Advisers: The Recent Slowdown In Health Care Cost Growth And The Role Of The Affordable Care Act

Health care spending is growing at the slowest rate on record: According to the most recent projections, real per capita health care spending has grown at an estimated average annual rate of just 1.3 percent over the three years since 2010. This is the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1965. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54340 Nov 21, 2013
President Obama Should Never Apologize For Passing Obamacare

It’s true what they say: Barack Obama does not relish the game of politics. Don’t get me wrong—as the first president in more than five decades to win more than 51 percent of the vote twice, he understands how the game is played. But Obama did not run for elected office because he needed to be loved. He has his family and friends for that, and he lacks the insecurity that lies just beneath the healthy egos of so many politicians.

This president does not crave constant affirmation, which means he does not engage easily in the backslapping and glad-handling and forced emoting that comes so naturally to other elected officials.
But the president should never apologize for passing the Affordable Care Act, and neither should those of us who have supported this kind of reform for years, even decades.

We didn’t fight for this law because it was good politics.

We didn’t fight for this law with the hope that it would lead to some ideological victory for big government—otherwise we wouldn’t have proposed a plan that maintained the private insurance market with reforms that Republicans once championed.

We fought for this law because no other advanced democracy on Earth gave insurance companies free rein to profit by discriminating against all but the healthiest and wealthiest citizens.

We fought for this law because 14,000 Americans, most of them working and middle class, were losing their health insurance every day—with no other options.

We fought for this law because millions of other Americans thought they had decent coverage until their insurance company refused to pay for treatment that someone in their family desperately needed; because people died as a direct result of not being able to afford better health care.

The reason we fought so hard for this law—the reason Obama is willing to stake his entire legacy on making it work—is because so many of us have had a personal experience with the fear and vulnerability that comes with being sick.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54341 Nov 21, 2013
Jason Furman:

The ACA is contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending and is improving quality of care: ACA provisions that reduce Medicare overpayments to private insurers and medical providers are contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending. Other ACA reforms are reducing hospital readmission rates (see figure below) and increasing provider participation in payment models designed to promote efficient, high-quality care.
America deserves to fail

Lehighton, PA

#54342 Nov 21, 2013
OBAMACARE! Hahahahahahahahahaha!
SmokeFilledBackR oom

Pottstown, PA

#54343 Nov 21, 2013
Ridge Runner wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course he forgot to mention that he will off-set any reductions in fuel prices with new taxes on the middle class (or what republicans like to call them ...fees, hahaa).
One more thing...
Long live Social Security...take away the cap from the wealthy to bolster the program for all of us middle class workers...lets retire with dignity.
Hands off our Social Security.
They are trying to make it seem only the drivers who use the roads cause wear when in fact most damage in Pennsylvania came from lack of regular or yearly routine maintenance. There are major roads that tourist and suburbanites use to go to and from cities that have had pot holes, sink holes and cracks for YEARS. Unrepaired roads create debris & stones which are dragged over good road like stones on glass creating more damage. Water gets in causing more damage during freeze-thaw cycles and rust on bridges. A lot of bridge repair is taking care of the surface and drainage. How is it that many bridges drip water for weeks after any rain or snow.

I would bring the Republicans and Democrats who have been in power for the last several decades up on charges of neglect, incompetence and malfeasance. You don't need or shouldn't need a 2 BILLION bill to do what a couple million a year should've been taking care of. Where the heck have our tax dollars been going. Pa is one of minority states inspecting cars yearly-where is that money going.

The political hacks write off road damage as votes/job security for their workers & contractors. And yes those government workers are "their" employees. In most communities in Pennsylvania you need a politician on your application/resume for ANY job.

Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54345 Nov 21, 2013
The extrapolation fallacy
- Don’t believe the hype about worst-case scenarios in Obamacare coverage

[T]hese journalists are falling victim to the same extrapolation fallacy that pervades so much political coverage. In these sorts of stories, reporters identify a current trend and spin out a story in which it continues to implausible extremes.

Consider two recent examples: the decline in President Obama’s standing in the polls after his first debate with Mitt Romney and the surge in Democrats’ standing in the generic House ballot during the government shutdown.

In both cases, journalists extrapolated wildly from a short-term trend, hyping Romney’s “momentum”and the damage to the Republican brand and suggesting that the trends would continue in the direction indicated by the arrows in the graphs below.

But as the graphs show, any shifts in public opinion around those events were transitory.… Romney’s standing in the polls stabilized soon after the first debate. Likewise, the GOP quickly shifted from defense to offense after the media’s attention shifted from the shutdown to the healthcare rollout.

While it is possible to imagine alternative scenarios (see, e.g., the breathless reporting in the 2012 campaign retrospective Double Down on how Obama narrowly averted a disastrous second debate), the reality is that national politicians and parties rarely self-destruct on the level that these predictions require.

Democrats now face a policy challenge that is more difficult than overcoming a poor debate performance, but it is likely that the administration will fix enough problems to maintain party cohesion and prevent repeal, particularly once they can highlight benefits from the law that will become available in January.


Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54346 Nov 21, 2013
No, Obamacare Isn't an Existential Threat to Liberalism

This isn’t to say that a collapse of Obamacare would be without consequences. It would probably ruin the Democrats’ chances in 2014, perhaps leading to truly significant Republican gains in the Senate. Given that that chamber tends to be a natural Republican gerrymander, it would probably take Democrats some time to recover. But also given the current makeup of the House, further liberal legislation was likely going to have to wait for quite some time anyway.

And even if Obamacare does collapse, the most liberal aspects of the American health care system — Medicare and Medicaid — will still be around. Democrats have already been pretty straightforward about what their “Plan B” will be: Medicare/Medicaid for all. Both programs are still very popular, and the Democratic standard-bearer in 2016 would almost certainly campaign on expanding them, perhaps to those over 55 for Medicare and under 25 for Medicaid. I’m not sure that would be a losing issue, even with an Obamacare collapse. In 10 years, I think it’d be a winner.

I’ve written along these lines dozens of times regarding various attempts by commentators to bury conservatism or the Republican Party. But it is no less true of liberalism and the Democratic Party. The American electorate is not intensely ideological, and is more motivated by things such as the state of the economy, whether there is peace abroad (or whether we’re winning a war), and whether the president is suffering from a major scandal. Obamacare’s collapse wouldn’t be a good thing for liberalism. It wouldn’t even be neutral. But it wouldn’t be the end of the liberal ideology, either.

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Since: May 12

Chambersburg, PA

#54347 Nov 21, 2013
Remember this recent instance of us being told Democrats should panic because all was lost?

Yeah, how did that turn out? LOL!


It's Way Too Early for Democrats to Panic

I'm increasingly convinced that the Washington press corps suffers from histrionic personality disorder. For much of the first half of 2012, the stories coming out of the nation's capital were generally about the weakness of the Republican presidential field, Mitt Romney's difficulty securing his base, President Obama's burgeoning lead, and the economy finally gaining steam. Conventional wisdom seemed to have congealed around the idea that Obama was an almost-heavy favorite for re-election over the hapless Romney. Intrade scored his re-election odds at upwards of 60 percent.

But over the past several weeks, the storyline has changed dramatically. A bad jobs report, the failed Wisconsin recall effort, polls showing a tight race in Michigan, a fundraising report showing that Romney outraised the president last month, and a terrible presidential gaffe on the economy quickly turned the conventional wisdom on its head. Now news reports focus on Obama’s listless campaign, and the serious challenge he faces from Romney. A front page Washington Post story from Karen Tumulty even suggested that it was time for Democrats to panic.

I guarantee

Los Angeles, CA

#54348 Nov 21, 2013
Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Jason Furman:
The ACA is contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending and is improving quality of care: ACA provisions that reduce Medicare overpayments to private insurers and medical providers are contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending. Other ACA reforms are reducing hospital readmission rates (see figure below) and increasing provider participation in payment models designed to promote efficient, high-quality care.

The ACA is contributing to the recent slow growth in health care prices and spending and is improving quality of care.

heh, heh, heh

WASHINGTON — Just 26,794 of the 106,185 people who selected health insurance last month used the troubled federal exchange site, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.

The remaining 79,391 people used the state exchanges to enroll, for a total of 106,185 people enrolled from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. That's a fraction of the 7 million people the government estimates will buy insurance during the first year of the Affordable Care Act.


"Dan the Man Chambersburg", you are one brain dead obummer drone.

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