Americans confused and disappointed with Obamacare

Millions of Americans are unsure of what the new health care bill will do for them and their families.

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“LIVE TO HUNT”

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#1 Aug 23, 2010
NO SH*T !!!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#2 Aug 23, 2010
Who isn't Disappointed by anything Obama. The man is a fraud.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#3 Aug 23, 2010
What did you expect on a Bill written with Obama and the Worst Congress in US History?

G-A-R-B-A-G-E!

“Goodbye ObamaCare”

Since: Mar 09

Hello Impeachment time

#4 Aug 23, 2010
Dont worry it will be defunded and repealed when the GOP wins by a record breaking historical landslide in both 2010 and 2012.

It will be our #1 priority.

Hang on America! Hope and Change is on the way!
Remember In November

United States

#5 Aug 23, 2010
In order to repeal/not fund ObamaCare democrats need to be voted OUT of office.

All democrats on your ballot need to be ousted.

To get Nancy Pelosi out as Speaker voters need to VOTE out ALL local democrats running for office.

Don't let America be RULED by democrats.

They control the Congress, the Senate, the White House and lifetime judicial nominations.

It is UNhealthy to have such a one party domination.

Balance comes with voting OUT ALL democrats. That's just a BALANCE. It does not give another party control. It gives America BALANCE.

REBALANCE AMERICA...VOTE OUT ALL DEMOCRATS.
Rant Patrol

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 23, 2010
The laughing liberal wrote:
G-A-R-B-A-G-E!
Enjoy your butt custard soufflé____ and stop mainlining Rash Lumpball.

Bush/Cheney Care??

52 million Americans _____ Uninsured
35 million Americans _____ Under Insured

Despite the fact that the USA spent more on medical care than anyone else in the civilized world?

Why, you ask... CORPORATE GREED AIDED AND ABETTED BY BUSH/CHENEY NEOCON SELL OUT.

To quote you, I think what the RupubliCANT's gave us was

G-A-R-B-A-G-E.

Shut up and accept the first health care that has made sense in 30 years.

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Ken

Homosassa, FL

#7 Aug 23, 2010
American_Infidel wrote:
Dont worry it will be defunded and repealed when the GOP wins by a record breaking historical landslide in both 2010 and 2012.
It will be our #1 priority.
Hang on America! Hope and Change is on the way!
and Obamas one term, along with Heathcare reform will go down in history as the bigest failure ever.

oh Michelle better call U-haul and make that reservation now.
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#8 Aug 23, 2010
The G@d-damned politicians didn't read the frickin' thing and people shouldn't be confused? No one knows what's in the law. Local and state governments everywhere are having to add public employees for the sole purpose of figuring it out. That'll save money... NOT!...

Who out there is paying higher insurance premiums since it passed? I know I am.

The next Congress had better repeal the monster before it eats us alive, economically speaking.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#9 Aug 23, 2010
Defund - Repeal - Replace.

'nuff said.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#10 Aug 23, 2010
Rant Patrol wrote:
<quoted text>
Enjoy your butt custard soufflé____ and stop mainlining Rash Lumpball.
Bush/Cheney Care??
52 million Americans _____ Uninsured
35 million Americans _____ Under Insured
Despite the fact that the USA spent more on medical care than anyone else in the civilized world?
Why, you ask... CORPORATE GREED AIDED AND ABETTED BY BUSH/CHENEY NEOCON SELL OUT.
To quote you, I think what the RupubliCANT's gave us was
G-A-R-B-A-G-E.
Shut up and accept the first health care that has made sense in 30 years.
Hey Idiot,
The Country is already on the verge of Bankruptcy and this Obamacare disaster makes it worse.

Obamacare Increased Insurance Premiums.
Obamacare Increased Health Care Costs.
Obamacare increases the Budget Deficits.
Obamacare Increased the National Debt.
Obamacare decreases Health care service and begins to Ration.
Obamacare forces many people to Change Doctors.

You need to pay for your own Health Care just like I should pay for mine.

No American should be paying for Illegal Alien Health Care either. When you move out of your mother's garage, maybe you'll start to understand things cost money.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#11 Aug 23, 2010
Obamacare Only Looks Worse Upon Further Review:

By Kevin Hassett
Aug 1, 2010

One of the more illuminating remarks during the health-care debate in Congress came when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told an audience that Democrats would “pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

That remark captured the truth that, while many Americans have a vague sense that something bad is happening to their health care, few if any understand exactly what the law does.

To fill this vacuum, Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the top House Republican on the Joint Economic Committee, asked his staff to prepare a study of the law, including a flow chart that illustrates how the major provisions will work.

The result, made public July 28, provides citizens with a preview of the impact the health-care overhaul will have on their lives. It’s a terrifying road map that shows Democrats have launched America on the most reckless policy experiment in its history, the economic equivalent of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Before discussing what the law means for you, we have to look at what it does to government. That’s where the chart comes in handy. It includes the new fees, bureaucracies and programs and connects them into an organizational chart that accounts for the existing structure. It’s so carefully documented that a line connecting two structures cites the legislative language that created the link.

Ornate System

This clearly is a candidate for most disorganized organizational chart ever. It shows that the health system is complex, yes, but also ornate. The new law creates 68 grant programs, 47 bureaucratic entities, 29 demonstration or pilot programs, six regulatory systems, six compliance standards and two entitlements.

Getting that massive enterprise up and running will be next to impossible. So Democrats streamlined the process by granting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the authority to make judgments that can’t be challenged either administratively or through the courts.

This monarchical protection from challenges is extended as well to the development of new patient-care models under Obama’s controversial recess appointment, Donald Berwick, whom Republicans are calling the rationer-in-chief. Berwick will run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he can experiment with ways to use administrative fiat to move our system toward the socialized medicine of Europe, which he has at times embraced.

Closer to Home

A sprawling, complex bureaucracy has been set up that will have almost absolute power to dictate terms for participating in the health-care system. That’s what the law does to government. What it does to you is worse.

Based on the administration’s own numbers, as many as 117 million people might have to change their health plans by 2013 as their employer-provided coverage loses its grandfathered status and becomes subject to the new Obamacare mandates.

Those mandates also might make your health care more expensive. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that premiums for a small number of families who buy their insurance privately will rise by as much as $2,100...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-02/obam...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#12 Aug 23, 2010
The CBO Explains our current problem with Obama's Deficits & Massive National Debt

Federal Debt and the Risk of a Fiscal Crisis
July 27, 2010

Economic and Budget Issue Brief

Although deficits during or shortly after a recession generally hasten economic recovery, persistent deficits and continually mounting debt would have several negative economic consequences for the United States.

Some of those consequences would arise gradually:
- A growing portion of people’s savings would go to purchase government debt rather than toward investments in productive capital goods such as factories and computers;

- that “crowding out” of investment would lead to lower output and incomes than would otherwise occur.

- In addition, if the payment of interest on the extra debt was financed by imposing higher marginal tax rates, those rates would discourage work and saving and further reduce output.

- Rising interest costs might also force reductions in spending on important government programs.

- Moreover, rising debt would increasingly restrict the ability of policymakers to use fiscal policy to respond to unexpected challenges, such as economic downturns or international crises.

- Beyond those gradual consequences, a growing level of federal debt would also increase the probability of a sudden fiscal crisis, during which investors would lose confidence in the government’s ability to manage its budget, and the government would thereby lose its ability to borrow at affordable rates.

It is possible that interest rates would rise gradually as investors’ confidence declined, giving legislators advance warning of the worsening situation and sufficient time to make policy choices that could avert a crisis. But as other countries’ experiences show, it is also possible that investors would lose confidence abruptly and interest rates on government debt would rise sharply.

- The exact point at which such a crisis might occur for the United States is unknown, in part because the ratio of federal debt to GDP is climbing into unfamiliar territory and in part because the risk of a crisis is influenced by a number of other factors, including the government’s long-term budget outlook, its near-term borrowing needs, and the health of the economy.

- When fiscal crises do occur, they often happen during an economic downturn, which amplifies the difficulties of adjusting fiscal policy in response.

If the United States encountered a fiscal crisis, the abrupt rise in interest rates would reflect investors’ fears that the government would renege on the terms of its existing debt or that it would increase the supply of money to finance its activities or pay creditors and thereby boost inflation. To restore investors’ confidence, policymakers would probably need to enact spending cuts or tax increases more drastic and painful than those that would have been necessary had the adjustments come sooner.

http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#13 Aug 23, 2010
With 70% Vote, Missouri Overwhelmingly Rejects Obamacare

Prop C passes with ease

BY TONY MESSENGER
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ST. LOUIS • Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

"The citizens of the Show-Me State don't want Washington involved in their health care decisions," said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The measure, which seeks to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, includes a provision that would change how insurance companies that go out of business in Missouri liquidate their assets.

"I've never seen anything like it," Cunningham said at a campaign gathering at a private home in Town and Country. "Citizens wanted their voices to be heard."

About 30 Proposition C supporters whooped it up loudly at 9 p.m. when the returns flashed on the television showing the measure passing with more than 70 percent of the vote.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-p...

“It's 420 here.”

Since: Jun 07

cold comfort farm

#14 Aug 23, 2010
Say aw or bend over...either way you're getting something foreign inserted into one of your orifices.

“Goodbye ObamaCare”

Since: Mar 09

Hello Impeachment time

#15 Aug 23, 2010
The laughing liberal wrote:
Defund - Repeal - Replace.
'nuff said.
yes. This is our 2010 campaign theme. Our new mantra.

DEFUND - REPEAL - REPLACE!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#16 Aug 23, 2010
Many Americans baffled, disappointed by recent heath care reform

Reuters

Monday, August 23rd 2010

Julia Wood, a 51-year-old mother of 12 from Chicago's East side, has some health insurance through a state program -- but is so worried she may lose it she asks not to give her real name.

Wood's husband, a plumbing contractor, watched his business dry up in 2008 with the mortgage crisis.

"The economy hit us," said Wood in an interview at the not-for-profit Chicago Family Health Center.

Like millions of Americans, she is waiting for healthcare reform legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in March to take effect. But like millions of Americans, she is not sure what it will do for her.

A Thomson Reuters poll of consumer confidence released on Monday shows Americans' confidence in their ability to pay for and access healthcare has fallen by 5 percent since December 2009.

The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index, based on a monthly survey of 3,000 consumers, asks if they have had trouble paying for or had to postpone care in the three months prior. And it asks if they expect to in the coming three months.

On every survey question, responses were more pessimistic in July than they were in December.

"That's a cause for concern to healthcare providers and policymakers," Gary Pickens, chief research officer at Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.

Pickens has seen a gradual eroding of confidence since December, despite a few notable peaks, such as in April, the month after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.

"I doubt the average person really knows what has been implemented," he said. "They just know there is a lot of talk and there has been a lot of negative publicity."

LETDOWN

David Kendall, a senior fellow for health and fiscal policy at ThirdWay, a centrist think tank, said dissatisfaction with the current health system likely reflects a letdown after the reform debate subsided.

"The healthcare debate raised people's expectations and there is now disappointment as a result that the problem isn't solved," Kendall said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/08/23/2...

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#18 Aug 23, 2010
What? The obama/pelosi/reid dream team lied to us. Maybe it will become clear in 3-5 years. Maybe Nancy will start taking the bus back to california on weekends. Maybe Harry will get re-elected. Maybe obama will keep a promise. Nah, it needs to go before it bankrupts the country.

“PantsUpDontLOOT”

Since: Mar 10

Northport, NY

#19 Aug 23, 2010
As more people read the bill, more will not like it. Eventually our congress will read it too, after they get kicked out of office in November. Being a senator or congressman used to be good for the resume, now it's a scarlet letter.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#20 Aug 23, 2010
Even before Obamacare, Medicare had racked up unfunded obligations of $38 trillion.

But rather than restructure Medicare to remedy the program’s fundamental fiscal problems, Obamacare proponents opted to siphon off $200 billion and use it to start an entirely new—and equally financially unsustainable—health program for even more people.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Canton, OH

#21 Aug 23, 2010
Congress would do much better by converting Medicare from a defined benefits program to a defined contribution system. Seniors would then apply their contribution to the health plan of their choice—with those opting for a richer benefit package paying the additional cost.

Meanwhile, Congress should plow any “savings” it can find within Medicare (such as the $200 billion cut to Medicare Advantage) back into the program.

Cutting seniors’ benefits to create costly new entitlements for younger Americans may help President Obama “spread the wealth around,” but in the process it just hastens the nation’s journey down the road to fiscal disaster.

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