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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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The State of Phony Populism

The State of Phony Populism | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it

"Barack Obama put on a deft performance Tuesday night. With trills of empathy, the president’s voice soared to hit the high notes. He easily carried a tune of economic populism. But after five years of Obama in the White House, Americans should know by now that he was lip-syncing the words."

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This article hits the target really well for those of us on the left still waiting for the progressive Obama to lead.

 

For all the hand-wringing, wailing, and gnashing of teeth on the right, what doesn't seem to be realized is that Obama is often more a Reagan-era Republican than today's Republicans.

 

Once we get past the PPACA, the question remains: Where is the real channeling of FDR or anything actually resembling a truly progressive agenda?

 

He's pretty much defending the NSA and still uses drones, right? He wants fast track approval for the TPP, right? He isn't hammering the NRA after every gun crime for their abject lunacy in resisting background checks. He hasn't come out in opposition of the Keystone XL pipeline. He's recirculating and recycling his own Big Money inner circle supporters, and he isn't calling out the obstructionist Republicans - he isn't "welcoming" their hatred - every single time they obstruct.

 

Ok, he actually did rub the GOP's noses in it during SOTU regarding their childish behavior over the PPACA votes. A long-overdue move, in my book, and he paid lip service to Gitmo, so he gets a half-point for that.

 

So, what am I missing about this guy, besides the fact that he's NOT a dictator, he's not all that liberal, and he CAN'T and WON'T get all that much done with his pen alone?

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Why the Tea Party’s Hold Persists | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.com

Why the Tea Party’s Hold Persists | Activism, Blog | BillMoyers.com | DidYouCheckFirst | Scoop.it
Even as most Americans have figured out that they do not like the tea party, its clout has grown in Washington and state capitals.
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A concern and a likely reality if YOU DON'T VOTE AGAINST THEM IN GOP PRIMARIES AND DON'T VOTE AGAINST THEM IN ELECTIONS - and I mean every election, from school board and town council to Congress and maybe even the President.

 

"True, the events of October 2013 helped millions of middle-of-the-road voters — and even quite a few complacent political reporters — grasp the dangers of the sabotage-oriented radicalism in today’s Republican Party. But it will take a long and dogged struggle to root out radical obstructionism on the right, and the years ahead could yet see Tea Partiers succeed by default. Unless non-tea party Republicans, independents, and Democrats learn both to defeat and to work around anti-government extremism—finding ways to do positive things for the majority of ordinary citizens along the way—tea party forces will still win in the end. They will triumph just by hanging on long enough to cause most Americans to give up in disgust on our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government."


Theda Skocpol, an American sociologist and political scientist at Harvard University

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