Al Franken: Health reform has made a difference for Minnesotans

Sep 23, 2010 Full story: Star Tribune 238

J ust six months after President Obama signed health reform into law, Minnesotans are already beginning to reap its benefits.

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#231 Oct 8, 2010
WTD wrote:
YOU CAN THANK THE REPUBLICANS FOR THE WATERED DOWN HEALTHCARE BILL.
You're welcome, now all that's left to do is repeal the catastrophe, do it right, no backroom sessions, no under the table deals, no payoffs for votes, and read it before implementing it.
Doug

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#232 Oct 8, 2010
WTD wrote:
YOU CAN THANK THE REPUBLICANS FOR THE WATERED DOWN HEALTHCARE BILL.
Are you making just a totally absurd statement in order to see if anyone will react to it?

If not that, then it does not look too good for your thinking processing center.
Doug

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#233 Oct 8, 2010
Snow Bunny_ wrote:
<quoted text>LOL...you are a LIAR. It's OBVIOUS you are using multiple profiles, and then REPLYING to yourself...agreeing with yourself!!!
LOL...that's just PATHETIC!
The proof is in the pudding...we have health care reform and OBama is president:)
It's gonna be a LOOOOOOONG 8 years for you:(
It will be fun to watch you go "underground" for a while after the election results are in.
Teadrinker

Saint Paul, MN

#234 Oct 8, 2010
WTD wrote:
YOU CAN THANK THE REPUBLICANS FOR THE WATERED DOWN HEALTHCARE BILL.
That may be the case on Pluto, where you are from. Here, the Republicans were shut out of the discussion. Then there were the back room deals and arm twisting.

This thing is a one party take it or leave it fiasco, not health care.
Armyvet35

Killeen, TX

#235 Oct 8, 2010
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
what an ironic thing to say.
it seems that the dems, in the interest of being bi-partisan, didn't "fillibuster", and allowed the reps to have a say in health care reform.
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
perhaps the answer is to vote out all dems, and have a 100% rep house.
then we can all be in the poorhouse together while the uber-rich hire illegals to do their laundry, and mow the lawn and raise their kids.
that sounds like a great idea.
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lucky for me I live on CT, where a family of 4 with a household income of 60K or less is qualified for full state insurance coverage. no co-pays.
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too bad for all of you that didn't want regulations put on the insurance companies.
you reap what you sow.
You kind of lied..........
•You are eligible for one of the Special Health Care plans depending on your adjusted gross income and the size of your family.
•To qualify for the Low Income Plan your adjusted gross income from the prior year must be equal to or less than 300% of the federal poverty level.

Connecticut is the first state in the nation to permanently add low-income adults to its Medicaid program under the new Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced todayThe Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, permits states to receive federal funding for providing Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), or $14,400 for an individual in 2010.

Free? Someone pays.... I have been paying into medicare for 26 years.....

Either you are committing fraud or you are a liar...
Armyvet35

Killeen, TX

#236 Oct 8, 2010
Snow Bunny_ wrote:
Teadrinker is a MORON and the EPITOME of ignorance!!!
YEP, I bet that woman with breast CANCER chooses not to have insuarnce (hope you can catch the sarcasm) AFTER her insurance company dropped her...what should she do?
Makes too much money for Government assistance, makes to little money to pay for the $20,000.00 deposit, on the $100,000.00 surgery...what would you do? What access does she have??
Not to mention, that the US number ONE cause of bankruptcy is MEDICAL BILLS!!!!!!
Shame on you...
Bankruptcy is actually caused by poor planning in most cases. Dranove and Millenson critically analyzed the data from the 2005 edition of the medical bankruptcy study. They found that medical spending was a contributing factor in only 17 percent of U.S. bankruptcies. They also reviewed other research, including studies by the Department of Justice, finding that medical debts accounted for only 12 percent to 13 percent of the total debts among American bankruptcy filers who cited medical debt as one of their reasons for bankruptcy.

There is no objective evidence to indicate that a government-run health care system in the United States will reduce personal bankruptcies. The U.S.-Canada comparative analysis strongly suggests that bankruptcy statistics are being exaggerated and distorted for political reasons.
Armyvet35

Killeen, TX

#237 Oct 8, 2010
Snow Bunny_ wrote:
So no proof??? Didn't think so:)
There is no objective evidence to indicate that a government-run health care system in the United States will reduce personal bankruptcies. The U.S.-Canada comparative analysis strongly suggests that bankruptcy statistics are being exaggerated and distorted for political reasons.

Dranove and Millenson critically analyzed the data from the 2005 edition of the medical bankruptcy study. They found that medical spending was a contributing factor in only 17 percent of U.S. bankruptcies. They also reviewed other research, including studies by the Department of Justice, finding that medical debts accounted for only 12 percent to 13 percent of the total debts among American bankruptcy filers who cited medical debt as one of their reasons for bankruptcy.
Armyvet35

Killeen, TX

#238 Oct 8, 2010
Snow Bunny_ wrote:
LOL..perfect profile name for the LIES posted...lol!!!
However, even if it were true (which it isn't) then what is worse...a shortage of doctors, or NO access to doctors at all???...which is what MILLIONS of Americans have been expiriencing:)
Wow, you are truly ignorant.

If there is a shortage of doctors....you will not get access.

"Every One Has The Right To Be Stupid But You're Abusing the Privilege"

Here's your sign......

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#239 Oct 9, 2010
Armyvet35 wrote:
<quoted text>
You kind of lied..........
•You are eligible for one of the Special Health Care plans depending on your adjusted gross income and the size of your family.
•To qualify for the Low Income Plan your adjusted gross income from the prior year must be equal to or less than 300% of the federal poverty level.
Connecticut is the first state in the nation to permanently add low-income adults to its Medicaid program under the new Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced todayThe Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010, permits states to receive federal funding for providing Medicaid coverage to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), or $14,400 for an individual in 2010.
Free? Someone pays.... I have been paying into medicare for 26 years.....
Either you are committing fraud or you are a liar...
where did you find that? did you look here?
http://www.huskyhealth.com/hh/cwp/view.asp...

from $26,954
to $34,239
from $33,873
to $43,028
from $40,792
to $51,817
from $47,711
to $60,606
from $54,630
to $69,395
Health care for children under 19; some co-
payments.*
Eligible for HUSKY Plus Physical.**[HUSKY B]


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FYI-my family of four doesn't qualify, so it's irrelevant to me, but there are people living in my county that do qualify, they are considered "working poor"
Weird Al Oertwig

Minneapolis, MN

#240 Oct 9, 2010
I think snow bunny meant to post on AFF.
Mike

Saint Paul, MN

#241 Oct 11, 2010
Snow Bunny_ wrote:
<quoted text>LOL...you are a LIAR. It's OBVIOUS you are using multiple profiles, and then REPLYING to yourself...agreeing with yourself!!!
LOL...that's just PATHETIC!
The proof is in the pudding...we have health care reform and OBama is president:)
It's gonna be a LOOOOOOONG 8 years for you:(
You can spew your liar all you want. It seems all you have to say. This did happen to him and it was sad. If you want national healthcare, this is what happens, and if you don't believe it, throw your back out please!
FUBO

Monroe, LA

#242 Oct 11, 2010
The United Federation of Teachers -- one of President Obama's key political backers -- is the biggest beneficiary of a White House sweetheart deal that will exempt certain outfits from complying with new health-care rules, officials revealed yesterday.

The quietly approved federal waivers for 30 companies, health insurers, unions and other groups across the country means the UFT doesn't have to gradually phase out caps on annual health coverage like everyone else.

And why were they granted the exemption?
The UFT was concerned that could have been a major financial hit on the union.
And because Obama had their support.
That's really terrific. Thing is, a whole lot of us are also concerned about the financial hit on ourselves as well. But that matters not to Obama and his Thugocrats.

"Big labor spent millions of dollars pushing ObamaCare, which they made sure was stuffed full of union giveaways," said Patrick Semmens, spokesman for the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which represents businesses.
"So the fact that the largest waiver now belongs to New York teachers union bosses might be funny if the rest of America wasn't stuck complying with the bill's onerous mandates."

Naturally, the AFT and UFT endorsed Obama in 2008.

These Congressrats have been bought and sold so many times they should have bar codes on them.
Mr T

New Richmond, WI

#243 Oct 11, 2010
Sure it has. It's already increased health care costs and it has also reduced health care options. Give it a year or two if you think it is bad now.
He wasn't funny as a comedian so you put him in congress! What the hell is wrong with you people in mud-duck land?
The Mantis

Saint Paul, MN

#244 Oct 11, 2010
I'm not even going to read this article. All I can say is I work for a large advertising company here in Minnesota and we just got our 2011 benefits paperwork in the mail. The very first page states: "First things first, your health coverage rates are going up". Obamacare is going to kill families. Elections have consequences people. What did you think you were going to get voting for Al Franken to be a U.S. Senator??? Wake up and stop embaressing this state!
FUBO

Monroe, LA

#245 Oct 13, 2010
Some of Obamacare's most destructive forces are quickly becoming common knowledge. We have, for instance, become painfully aware that Obama's claim that we all could keep our plans and doctors "if you like them" is an outright falsehood as some people are already losing their coverage. It is also becoming clear that companies will be dropping plans all over the place making a lie of the idea that plans will be cheaper and easier to get once Obamacre comes into force. Another aspect of the destructive nature of this top down-style of "healthcare" is that once government takes over the system Democrats will assume they have the power to force religious-based healthcare providers to perform abortions and this will cause thousands of facilities to close down. This will, of course, make care even harder to get in many cities across the nation as hospital beds are lost in great numbers.

In fact, we are already seeing this disastrous situation of closing hospitals playing out in Scranton, Pennsylvania where three Catholic-operated hospitals are likely going to be shut down and/or sold off because of the negative affects Obamacare will have on these facilities.

Kevin Cook, the CEO of Mercy Health Partners, the company that operates these three hospitals, told WNEP TV News that Obamacare "absolutely" playing a role in the decision to sell off the facilities.

"Health care reform is absolutely playing a role." Cook said. "Was it the precipitating factor in this decision? No, but was it a factor in our planning over the next five years? Absolutely."
BEJ

Minneapolis, MN

#246 Oct 30, 2010
WTD wrote:
YOU CAN THANK THE REPUBLICANS FOR THE WATERED DOWN HEALTHCARE BILL.
The Democrats had the votes to pass whatever they wanted to. ou can not blame any aspect of the bill on a single Republican. As Queen Nancy said, "We have to pass it so we can see what's in it."
FUBO

Monroe, LA

#247 Oct 30, 2010
How ObamaCare Guts Medicare
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...

Obama: We knew health costs would go up
http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-r...

Health law’s heavy impact by Paul Guppy
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/mar/28/...

Health care politics run into economic reality
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39107994/ns/polit...

Seniors’ coverage options dwindle as Medicare Advantage programs close shop
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/b...

Harvard Pilgrim cancels Medicare Advantage plan
http://www.boston.com/business/healthcare/art...

Monthly premiums to rise for 7 of top 10 Medicare prescription plans in 2011
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/ap...

ObamaCare has just made me Sicker!
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/...

In the notice, EmblemHealth told Gowland, who is healthy,“The proposed rate increase includes two components: a basic increase on your type plan and an increase due to the cost of enhanced benefits required by the new federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Mayo clinic stops taking Medicare patients
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Arti...

Survey in New England Journal of Medicine 46% of US Doctors Will Quit Obamacare Passes http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2798...
Interesting Info

Saint Paul, MN

#250 Jul 13, 2013
FUBO wrote:
Some of Obamacare's most destructive forces are quickly becoming common knowledge. We have, for instance, become painfully aware that Obama's claim that we all could keep our plans and doctors "if you like them" is an outright falsehood as some people are already losing their coverage. It is also becoming clear that companies will be dropping plans all over the place making a lie of the idea that plans will be cheaper and easier to get once Obamacre comes into force. Another aspect of the destructive nature of this top down-style of "healthcare" is that once government takes over the system Democrats will assume they have the power to force religious-based healthcare providers to perform abortions and this will cause thousands of facilities to close down. This will, of course, make care even harder to get in many cities across the nation as hospital beds are lost in great numbers.
In fact, we are already seeing this disastrous situation of closing hospitals playing out in Scranton, Pennsylvania where three Catholic-operated hospitals are likely going to be shut down and/or sold off because of the negative affects Obamacare will have on these facilities.
Kevin Cook, the CEO of Mercy Health Partners, the company that operates these three hospitals, told WNEP TV News that Obamacare "absolutely" playing a role in the decision to sell off the facilities.
"Health care reform is absolutely playing a role." Cook said. "Was it the precipitating factor in this decision? No, but was it a factor in our planning over the next five years? Absolutely."
Would they be closing those Hospitals if they were Muslim instead of catholic Hospitals?

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