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As ACA Signups Skyrocket Towards 7 Million Fox News Claims Obama Is Cooking the Books

As ACA Signups Skyrocket Towards 7 Million Fox News Claims Obama Is Cooking the Books | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
As the number of people who are enrolling in the ACA's private insurance plans surges towards 7 million, Republican Sen. John Barrasso and Fox News Sunday teamed up to claim that President Obama is cooking the books.
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If you're still listening to and believing anything from the GOP and Fox about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you need to understand that, generally speaking, you're hearing spin and outright lies.

 

Barrasso trots out the same tired and debunked lie that the PPACA is limiting choices and even excluding what doctors and hospitals are available for us to go to. That's bullshit. Complete and total bullshit.

 

What the PPACA did, among other things, was to set minimum standards for health insurance. Those standards are called Essential Health Benefits. It essentially makes junk insurance a thing of the past.

 

As for what insurance is available on the exchanges in each state, make no mistake about this point. Offering insurance is a decision made by the insurance companies. Their decision to offer their products in each state is a market-based decision, and their products are regulated by each state's Department of Insurance.

 

If you live in a state where there's only one or two choices, and those choices now have higher premiums and less coverage, you must understand that that is the free market at work. PPACA only sets minimum coverage standards. With the exception of protecting seniors from getting gouged, it does not set rates and it does not dictate what policies are offered to you.

 

I've done a fair amount of research into the PPACA. I currently work for a service provider to the insurance industry. For anyone who's interested, here are a few blog posts.

 

The ‘Protection’ in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/the-protection-in-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act/

 

Americans Stick With Obamacare As Opposition Burns Bright

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/americans-stick-with-obamacare-as-opposition-burns-bright/

 

The Case for #SinglePayer

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/the-case-for-singlepayer/

 

More #PPACA Red Herrings: Renewals and Benefits

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/more-ppaca-red-herrings-renewals-and-benefits/

 

The Fault, Dear Citizen, Is Not With ObamaCare

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/the-fault-dear-citizen-is-not-with-obamacare/

 

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Americans Stick With Obamacare As Opposition Burns Bright

Americans Stick With Obamacare As Opposition Burns Bright | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
President Obama s health-care law is becoming more entrenched, with 64% of Americans now supporting it outright or backing small changes, according to a Bloomberg National Poll.
Greg Russak's insight:

For anyone still taking their cues on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from Fox, Rush, Glenn, and that crowd, this article is about a Bloomberg poll and is published by an industry publication for the HR and benefits management and insurance marketplace....

 

"Still, rank-and-file Republicans want several key provisions retained. Sixty-two percent of Republicans want to retain the law’s ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions, and 57% want to keep the requirement that insurance companies allow children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ policies. Republicans are about evenly divided on the elimination of lifetime limits on medical benefits."


First, why anyone outside the board rooms and corner offices of insurance companies would oppose the elimination of lifetime limits on medical benefits is a total mystery to me. If you are opposed and you're not among the aforementioned, you're "voting" against your own economic self-interests (again).


Second and more to the point, if Republicans are ok on pre-existing conditions and keeping children to age 26 on their parents' plans then WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?!?!?


Look, I'm no fan of a mandate, either, but we need to be absolutely and completely clear on this issue.
THE MANDATE WAS AND IS A TOTAL CONCESSION TO PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES ESPECIALLY SINCE,
a) BY LAW, EVERY AMERICAN MUST NOW BUY THEIR PRODUCTS and,
b) THERE IS NO PUBLIC OPTION WITH WHICH THEY MUST COMPETE
(unless you want to erroneously count the co-ops, many of whom are exceeding their goals and beating the incumbent carriers)


Not only that, no insurance company is forced to offer anything anywhere, so if your state is down to a small handful of carriers who are dropping your old plans and raising premiums on new ones, THAT IS THEIR CHOICE AND IS THE FREE MARKET AT WORK!!!


Other than not allowing insurance companies to sell junk plans any longer or to rake grandma over the coals on premiums, INSURANCE COMPANIES STILL MAKE ALL THEIR OWN BUSINESS DECISIONS!!!


So, someone please explain to me their opposition to the PPACA other than "OBAMA!"

For more facts about the PPACA, I invite you to check out http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/more-ppaca-red-herrings-renewals-and-benefits/

and

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/the-fault-dear-citizen-is-not-with-obamacare/

and

http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/warning-insurance-companies-using-obamacare-scare-to-scam-public/

 

 

 

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Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South

Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
'Glory, glory, we need health care!' is their rallying cry.
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March 20, 2014  |   

"Medicaid expansion now!" was the rallying cry this week of a rising grassroots movement spreading across the South. Nearly 40 people were arrested at the Georgia State Senate on Tuesday protesting a bill that would bar the expansion of Medicaid. Georgia has the fifth-highest number of uninsured people of any state in the country. Under the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 650,000 additional residents would be eligible for Medicaid. But Georgia is one of a number of Republican-led states that have opted out of such Medicaid expansion. 

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