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Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare
There’s plenty of criticism of the Affordable Care Act and how it’s being implemented.
But let’s introduce you to someone who is quite pleased with her Obamacare experience: Lela Petersen of Flagler, Colo. She’s a small business owner with a very big health insurance bill.
But thanks to the health law, she expects that bill will be cut by more than half in January.
Petersen is 57, and her husband, Mike, is 60. They have some pre-existing conditions. He has diabetes. She has a back injury. The HMO policy they’ve carried since 1992 has risen over the years to $1,950 per month, just for the two of them.
…. At the beginning of October she checked out Colorado’s insurance exchange and found the exact same policy from the same insurer for only $832 a month.“It’s dropping us down about $1,100 a month. We can retire. We can go fishing. We can actually see a future,” says Petersen.
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Of course it dropped down with higher out of pocket expenses......and higher drug cost and doctor visits. NO ONE can get cheaper monthly premiums and have lower out of pocket money for doctors, hospitals and prescription drugs under obamcare. NO HOW, NO WAY!

You get what you pay for, you can spin it however way you want to.
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6 other Obamacare promises – and these are very much coming true
Republicans recently pounced on the fact that, yes, some Americans will lose their current crummy insurance plans that don’t meet the new standards set by the Affordable Care Act.
These Republicans are accusing President Obama of having misled the American public – or worse, having lied.
I think that’s a ridiculous claim. If you like your crummy plan, you can’t keep your crummy plan under Obamacare, but odds are you will find a better plan that is also more affordable, with subsidies available to more than half of Americans.
Aside from parsing this promise that you could keep your plan, it is wrong to say that this alone was how Obamacare was sold to the public.
…. here, for the record, are a few of the Affordable Care kept promises:
1. Millions of young Americans will get access to health care by staying on their parents' plans.
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2. You will no longer be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
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3. Your insurance will no longer be cut off due to spending caps.
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4. You will now be guaranteed much more comprehensive coverage.
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5. The Affordable Care Act will cover millions of Americans who have lacked insurance.
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6. The Affordable Care Act is projected to lower the deficit.
http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/04/news/economy/...
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You're free to believe the conspiracy theories,

just don't expect those of us living in the reality-based universe to go along with it.

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The Obama Polling Collapse Is Massively Overstated

Obama’s popularity is probably at the low point of his presidency (again, depending on the adjustments, he’s either a bit below or a bit above his previous low. But it’s not any kind of unusually low low point (he’s nowhere near Truman, Carter, Nixon, W.), there’s no particular reason to expect the slump to continue, and myths aside no reason to believe he won’t recover if the news turns better. Granted, it’s hard to know what to expect from healthcare.gov , but it’s not as if it’s getting worse over time. I’m not saying his numbers will go up. Just that it’s more or less equally likely as further drops….

As for electoral effects? I wrote an item dismissing direct electoral effects of the shutdown against Republicans back last month; that post pretty much works now, in reverse for effects against Democrats. I should say: it’s far easier for sentiment against the president to translate into midterm electoral losses than it is for feelings against the out-party.

So if Obama is unpopular in November 2014, it will hurt Democrats. But today’s frenzy about the ACA is going to be mostly forgotten by then, one way or another, just as the shutdown seems forgotten today. That’s probably even true, believe it or not, if the program totally collapses, although I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Anyway, Obama’s approval ratings have in fact fallen from the mid-40s to the low-40s, and over the course of the year from around 50 to the low 40s. It’s obviously not good news for him, but it seems a lot less dramatic than a lot of the chatter this week would have it be.

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A Chart That Will Help Dispel Your Obamacare Hysteria

The numbers are from Massachusetts, the state whose health reforms became the template for the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion. The place to look is within what’s known as the “Commonwealth Care” program, which is where people getting private insurance subsidies shopped for plans—in other words, an analogous structure to the new federally run exchanges.

Raw statistics on enrollment are already in circulation. They show that the majority people didn’t sign up right away and a the biggest rush came at the end, when people realized they would owe a financial penalty for going without insurance.

But even the raw numbers don’t fully capture the timing of enrollment, because they include large numbers of people whom Massachusetts officials automatically transferred from a “free care” pool the state had operated previously. If you want to get a real sense of enrollment patterns among people choosing to shop and buy plans, it’s better to exclude the people getting free care.
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Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist who was an architect of the Massachusetts health reforms, has provided me with those numbers.

The results? Of the 36,167 people who eventually enrolled in premium-charging plans from Commonwealth Care, 123 signed up in the first month. That’s right—one hundred and twenty-three, or about 0.3 percent. Over the first two months, the number was a bit larger—2,289. But that’s still just 6.3 percent.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115309/oba...

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How much ACA enrollment is enough?

Bottom line — expectations of large-scale, instantaneous enrollment in the ACA are unrealistic and uninformed.

Massachusetts has achieved a level of coverage which is higher than the likely full impact of the ACA ever — about 97% of all state residents. The rest of the nation should be so lucky. AND, it did not happen over night. It was a slow crawl, not a sprint.

http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/health...
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Once again obamcare was set up for the poor low class no good for nothing leeches that have been feeding of the governments teats for years.

Your average working class dont get a break on obamacare.

The young and healthy will support the old and sick, thats the way obamcare is set up.

Why punish a young person will no health issues to purchase obamcare. It's like you're forced to buy a fishing/hunting license when you dont fish or hunt?
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Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Jonathan Cohn:
‘I Would Jump At It’ The media labeled her an Obamacare victim. Here’s what she really thinks.
If you’ve followed the stories of insurance cancellations related to Obamacare, you may have heard about Dianne Barrette. She’s the 57-year-old Florida realtor who was paying $54 a month for a Blue Cross insurance plan. The plan won’t be available after December. And while FloridaBlue offered her a new plan, the company told her the premium would be $591 a month. Barrette, who makes $30,000 a year and could not pay for such a plan, was flabbergasted.
Jan Crawford of CBS News made her the key source for a story about plan cancellations. An appearance on Fox News followed, as did multiple cameos in press releases from Obamacare critics. For at least a few days, she was the poster child for the Obamacare cancellation story.
But Barrette’s situation defies quick and easy description. It’s true that she can’t keep her current policy—and that most policies available to her for next year have higher premiums. But those plans also offer real coverage, and her current plan does not.
Some people might resent government effectively prohibiting her current plan. Barrette doesn’t appear to be one of them. Based on conversations we’ve had over the past few days, she wants more comprehensive insurance and, within reason, she’s willing to pay more for it.
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The pattern of corruption in this administration is becoming obvious to all but the most imbecilic leftist sycophants who turn a blind eye to it.

Obama and the democrat party have corrupted just about every agency of the US Government into ideological enforcers of leftist democrat political policy.

Obama and his entire administration deserve to go to prison.

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Michelle wrote:
<quoted text>Of course it dropped down with higher out of pocket expenses......and higher drug cost and doctor visits. NO ONE can get cheaper monthly premiums and have lower out of pocket money for doctors, hospitals and prescription drugs under obamcare. NO HOW, NO WAY!
You get what you pay for, you can spin it however way you want to.
Learn to read:

"...the exact same policy..."

NOT higher out of pocket expenses - the EXACT SAME policy.

It's not spin - it's the simple truth.

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Rate Shock Probably Affects Less Than 1 Percent of the Country

How many people are subject to rate shock in the individual insurance market thanks to Obamacare? That's a surprisingly hard figure to get a handle on. But here's a rough cut:

- There are about 15 million people who currently get individual coverage.
- Of that, only about 5 million stay in the individual market for more than a year. The rest have individual coverage for only a few months and are minimally impacted by policy cancellations.
- At a guess, maybe a third of these long-term buyers will end up with higher rates for comparable policies once they've shopped the exchange and applied their subsidies.

So that's a grand total of perhaps 1-2 million people. It's a lot. At the same time, it's less than 1 percent of the population of the country. I don't want to minimize the pain that higher rates are causing this 1 percent, but at the same time, we shouldn't be overreacting either. Given the kludgy nature of our current health care system and the realities of American politics, it would be hard to design any kind of large-scale health care reform that did much better.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/11...

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Michelle wrote:
Once again obamcare was set up for the poor low class no good for nothing leeches that have been feeding of the governments teats for years.
Your average working class dont get a break on obamacare.
The young and healthy will support the old and sick, thats the way obamcare is set up.
Why punish a young person will no health issues to purchase obamcare. It's like you're forced to buy a fishing/hunting license when you dont fish or hunt?
Oh, I see.

You're a troll.

Nevermind.
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Sean Hannity Gets Fact-Checked Hard On Obamacare Claims

Sean Hannity has been fact-checked, and the results aren't pretty.

In an article posted on Salon on Friday, Eric Stern "re-reported" a recent episode of Fox News' "Hannity" during which host Sean Hannity invited six guests to tell their Obamacare "horror stories."

According to Stern, there was a lot more to each of the guests' stories than Hannity let on. Stern decided to conduct his own investigation by separately interviewing each guest, and what he said he found was not that the guests were cheated by Obamacare, but rather that they had tried very little, if at all, to participate in the ACA.

Stern accused the Fox News host of using "fake evidence" to "exploit people’s ignorance and falsely point to imaginary boogeymen," deeming it all a part of the "Fox News lie machine."

Paul Cox and his wife Michelle, for example, appeared on the show claiming that their construction business has been hit hard because of Obamacare, giving them no choice but to significantly cut employee hours. Stern noted that Obamacare has no effect on any business with less than 50 employees.

And now back to FIXED news for the most reliable, trustworthy, late breaking unbiased news !

Take a peek here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/sean...

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Congratulations, America! Your deficit fell 37 percent in 2013

The federal government’s 2013 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, though most of us were so busy focusing on the government shutdown that accompanied the new fiscal year that there wasn’t much time to reflect on the year that had passed.

Now the Treasury and Office of Management and Budget is out with the final budget results. Surprise! The deficit fell quite a bit in 2013. The federal government took in $680 billion less revenue than it spent, or about 4.1 percent of gross domestic product. In 2012, those numbers were $1.087 trillion and 6.8 percent of GDP. That means the deficit fell a whopping 37 percent in one year.

This is the first sub-$1 trillion and sub-5 percent of GDP deficit since the 2008 fiscal year, which ended the very month that Lehman Brothers fell and a deep crisis set in.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
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Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Congratulations, America! Your deficit fell 37 percent in 2013
The federal government’s 2013 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, though most of us were so busy focusing on the government shutdown that accompanied the new fiscal year that there wasn’t much time to reflect on the year that had passed.
Now the Treasury and Office of Management and Budget is out with the final budget results. Surprise! The deficit fell quite a bit in 2013. The federal government took in $680 billion less revenue than it spent, or about 4.1 percent of gross domestic product. In 2012, those numbers were $1.087 trillion and 6.8 percent of GDP. That means the deficit fell a whopping 37 percent in one year.
This is the first sub-$1 trillion and sub-5 percent of GDP deficit since the 2008 fiscal year, which ended the very month that Lehman Brothers fell and a deep crisis set in.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
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thank god the house of reps is republican controlled.

some has to keep that sticky fingered chicago gangland thug out of the cookie jar
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Dan the Man Chambersburg wrote:
Congratulations, America! Your deficit fell 37 percent in 2013
The federal government’s 2013 fiscal year ended Sept. 30, though most of us were so busy focusing on the government shutdown that accompanied the new fiscal year that there wasn’t much time to reflect on the year that had passed.
Now the Treasury and Office of Management and Budget is out with the final budget results. Surprise! The deficit fell quite a bit in 2013. The federal government took in $680 billion less revenue than it spent, or about 4.1 percent of gross domestic product. In 2012, those numbers were $1.087 trillion and 6.8 percent of GDP. That means the deficit fell a whopping 37 percent in one year.
This is the first sub-$1 trillion and sub-5 percent of GDP deficit since the 2008 fiscal year, which ended the very month that Lehman Brothers fell and a deep crisis set in.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/...
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Congratulations

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Given this environment and the leadership transition as Ben Bernanke's term ends in January,

the Fed will likely continue its current stimulus program at full blast

-- buying $85 billion in bonds each month

-- until at least March 2014.

That means QE3 could total around

$1.6 trillion,

calculates Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics.

That's more than either of its two predecessors.

In contrast,

QE1 totaled $1.5 trillion and the second round of stimulus added up to about

$600 billion.

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Surprise!

The deficit fell quite a bit in 2013.

Congratulations
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Obama says deficit is falling at the fastest rate in 60 years

President Barack Obama aimed to refocus the national debate and put the economy front and center with a speech at Knox College in Illinois. It was the same place he spoke as a senator in 2005 about the need for the government to help the middle class. He stuck to that theme in this speech, but now as president, he summarized the improvements that have come on his watch.

He talked about millions of new jobs, burgeoning energy production, and the nation’s improving balance sheet. "Our deficits are falling at the fastest rate in 60 years," Obama told the crowd

Take a peek here:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/state...
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Deficit More Than Cut in Half Since 2009

The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury today released the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget results, which show that we are continuing to make significant progress in reducing the deficit. The final 2013 deficit was $680 billion,$409 billion less than the 2012 deficit and $293 billion less than forecast in President Obama’s April Budget. As a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the deficit fell to 4.1 percent, representing a reduction of more than half from the deficit that the Administration inherited when the President took office in 2009. The deficit reduction since that point represents the fastest decline in the deficit over a sustained period since the end of World War II.

The deficit has been cut in half since 2009, Thank You Barack !

Take a peek here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/10/30/def...
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FACTS:
In May, 2013 the Congressional Budget Office wrote House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis, stating, that it and the Joint Committee on Taxation “most recently estimated the budgetary impact of repealing the [Affordable Care Act] in July 2012. In a letter to Speaker Boehner (sent on July 24, 2012), CBO described the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act, as passed by the House of Representatives earlier in July. In that letter, CBO indicated that the net savings from eliminating the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA would be more than offset by the combination of other spending increases and revenue reductions that repeal of the ACA would entail. On balance, CBO and JCT estimated, repealing the ACA would affect direct spending and revenues in ways resulting in a net increase in budget deficits of $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period.”

The ACA law as written requires a lot of money to be shelled out over the next 10 years -$1.4 trillion. But it also raises tax revenue and the hope is that it will help cut health care costs.

As a result, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the law as a whole would reduce deficits.

VERDICT:
True.
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Debunking Paul Ryan's zombie lie: Obamacare doesn't add to the deficit, it actually reduces it

As the Republican extortionists desperately thrash about in search of a rationale for their continuing government shutdown tantrum, Paul Ryan resorts to a zombie lie:

Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, those are the big drivers of our debt. This is simply not true!

Take a peek here:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/10/1245...
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lancaster people r brainwashed by the grand old party... Tom corbett is just a front for big oil he has handed big oil tax break after tax break n pa. treasurey hasnt reaped any reward for busting gas out of its soil... u want to c how good things can b when big oil pays its share of taxes... look no further than North Dakota a billion dollar surplus in their treasury.
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Dow Jones might hit the 16,000 mark today!!
When Bush left office the Dow was 7,949.09

The Bush Stock Market Collapse

Here’s a BushToll nugget that pretty much speaks for itself. When George W. Bush took office on Jan. 20, 2001, the S&P 500 stock market index stood at $1,342.54. The day he left office, it was $805.22, a drop of 40 percent

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fared a bit better. It dropped only 25 percent. Sadly, the tech-heavy NASDAQ shed 48 percent of its value on President Bush’s watch.

From that peak of jobs in January 2008, we lost 734,000 jobs in the first half of 2008. Between June 2008 and December of 2008, we lost another 2,897,000 jobs. That's a total of 3,631,000 jobs lost in all of 2008. I'll repeat: Total Jobs Lost in 2008: 3,631,000.

People depend on their 401k plans to retire on......

Thanks Barack!

I can finally retire since my 401K is overflowing !

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