Obama’s “Obamacare” in Four Sentences

by Steve Ray on January 19, 2015

1. In order to insure the uninsured, we first have to uninsure the insured.
2. Next, we require the newly uninsured to be re-insured.
3. To re-insure the newly uninsured, they are required to pay extra charges to be re-insured.
4. The extra charges are required so that the original insured, who became uninsured, and then became re-insured, can pay enough extra so that the original uninsured can be insured, which will be free of charge to them.

Unhappily, we have experienced the first three steps. We lost our health insurance, had to purchase a new policy at twice the cost and twice the deductible and half the covered services. And Obama calls it the “affordable healthcare act”.

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robkull January 19, 2015 at 8:25 PM

You should do some research on the Affordable Car Act before you write ignorant statements like this. You are better then this.

STEVE RAY HERE: Really :-) What I said is true and I don’t see you making any astute correction and explanation why I’m wrong. I don’t know anyone that did not experience the truth of my statements.

James Hahn January 19, 2015 at 9:25 PM

Same thing happened to us. Our insurance went from $400 to $1100 and we could no longer go to the doctors we had visited for years. We tried to shop the market but were placed on medicaid. Still not sure how going from our family paying our own way to the government (taxpayers) paying for it is good for the country.

Tom Govern January 19, 2015 at 10:18 PM

Even though I am insured with Medicare and a supplement, it is costing me more. My Medicare deduction increased by $1500 this year. I do not have a problem helping those who are not as fortunate as I but tell it like it is. Do not kick grass over the turn the dog has left. More effort is required on fixing problems with the system than paying for a system that in not effective.

robkull January 20, 2015 at 6:06 AM

Ends Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions for Children: Health plans can no longer limit or deny benefits to children under 19 due to a pre-existing condition.
Keeps Young Adults Covered: If you are under 26, you may be eligible to be covered under your parent’s health plan.
Ends Arbitrary Withdrawals of Insurance Coverage: Insurers can no longer cancel your coverage just because you made an honest mistake.
Guarantees Your Right to Appeal: You now have the right to ask that your plan reconsider its denial of payment.
Ends Lifetime Limits on Coverage: Lifetime limits on most benefits are banned for all new health insurance plans.
Reviews Premium Increases: Insurance companies must now publicly justify any unreasonable rate hikes.
Helps You Get the Most from Your Premium Dollars: Your premium dollars must be spent primarily on health care – not administrative costs.
Covers Preventive Care at No Cost to You: You may be eligible for recommended preventive health services. No copayment.
Protects Your Choice of Doctors: Choose the primary care doctor you want from your plan’s network.
Removes Insurance Company Barriers to Emergency Services: You can seek emergency care at a hospital outside of your health plan’s network.

Obamacare has helped as many as 9.9 million people to get new health insurance, and more than 4 percent of all Americans have gotten health insurance for the first time, according to a new Gallup poll.

I would put my sources but then my post gets mark as spam. Keep defending our faith not attacking something that has helped millions. As Catholics we should be supportive of the Affordable Health Care Act, that has allowed poor and sick people to get medical coverage without going bankrupt or be denied service.

Steve Ray January 20, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Many of these things are true but overall the whole program is a disaster. All of these issues that we all find helpful in the “Affordable (laugh) Health Care Act could have been fixed with legislation without destroying the whole private system. I used to pay for my own family now I pay for everybody else too! The system could’ve been fixed without kicking millions of people out of their health insurance. Far more people lost their insurance than people who gained it. And the fact is, far more people in this Country oppose it than approve of it because it is a devastatingly poor program. The bottom line of the whole program was to give the federal government more control over every citizen.

Not only that but it has expanded the federal bureaucracy explosively which also cost us more money and severely increased our countries debt. The Constitution does not mandate the federal government to take care of everyone’s health insurance. That should be done in the private sector. And by the way, this is my blog and I write about what I want, not what you approve of. You are free to comment politely but not to control the content of my blog.

L.P.R. Cardin January 20, 2015 at 9:02 PM

WELL STEVE, we sure could use a some great Catholic apologists up here in CANADA.

As you know healthcare is free here, or virtually free at $60 a year, for someone making $21,000 a year or more. Someone making $201,000 a year pays $900 a year. That’s the most one individual can be charged. The province (state) provides the care through OHIP. The federal government transfers additional funds into the program from general income tax revenue. Provincial lotteries also provide cash.

Tommy Douglas, a Baptist minister, helped birth Canada’s national healthcare by establishing a successful model in the province of Saskatchewan when he was premier (senator). Tommy’s program “to offer free hospital care to all citizens—was the first in North America.” Tommy almost had his leg amputated as a boy. A doctor offered to save his leg for free IF his parents allowed medical students to watch the operation. He felt it a great injustice that his family’s poverty almost cost him a leg. He believed medicine should be free to the public and he decided that would be his goal.

Keifer Sutherland, the actor, is Tommy Douglas’s grandson.

If I go to see a doctor he gets paid from OHIP (Medicare) $30.00 for my visit. $100 for a yearly medical, etc. If I see two doctors in one day, one of those doctors will not get paid. We do not have insurers. The govt. decides what each doctor gets paid for each service. Poor folk get free service.

In OHIP one can expect wait times, especially for operations, unless it is an emergency. How I’ve gotten around wait times, is by telling the doctor’s office I will come in if they have a last minute cancellation. Two months wait can be reduced to a week, or even two days. My knee operation cost OHIP almost $7000. I paid nothing. In the US, the bill would have been about $25,000 I was told.

The Canadian government plan never had middlemen and costs were controlled.

Additionally, Tommy Douglas was not a pacifist as many Baptists were. He supported Canada’s early entry into WWII.

In September 1939, he said,

“If you accept the completely absolutist position of the pacifist, then you are saying that you are prepared to allow someone else who has no such scruples to destroy all the values you’ve built up. This is what I used to argue with Mr. Woodworth . . . if you came to a choice between losing freedom of speech, religion, association, thought, and all the things that make life worth living, and resorting to force, you’d used force. What you have internationally is what you have within a nation. You must have law and order, and you must have the necessary military means to enforce that law and order.”

Most Canadians identify, Tommy Douglas, as the country’s greatest Canadian.

America has the money to support a free medical plan, it just needs better allocation of existing public funds whether done thru cost-effective HMOs or by the government directly.

After that point, you fight the abuses.

Sex change operations were covered, then denied coverage, and regained coverage by Ontario Human Rights Commission decree in 2009. Abortions are covered.

Only Obama could take a broken healthcare system, and make it MUCH worse.

Lynn February 25, 2015 at 10:40 PM

I have worked in the medical field and have been involved with billing and insurance for 18 years. The last 3 years in a nursing home. Obama and his Obamacare is forcing our most vulnerable citizens, unborn babies and the elderly, out of the population very methodically. We as citizens are not given a choice and feel helpless. At this time, in the state of Michigan all people with Medicare and Medicaid, the majority of elderly and severely handicapped in a nursing home are being disenrolled from their current plans. This includes Medicare HMO’s and their Part D (prescription) plans. The residents in our facility are receiving letters from “Michigan Enrolls” that indicates that if they do not “opt out” they will automatically be enrolled in the “new” plan. We have attempted to help our residents make this phone call (because many of them cannot speak on a phone or have dementia) and have been on hold for 45 minutes and once you reach someone, you are told the insured person needs to speak for themselves. And it will also affect a spouse. For instance a husband has Medicare and a retirement supplemental plan that also carries prescriptions. If they automatically disenroll him from these plans his wife who is still at home will have no coverage, as she was covered under her husbands retirement plan also. ANYONE IN MICHIGAN, WATCH FOR THESE LETTERS !!! THEY ARE IN CIRCULATION!! This is serious business! Look back at Nazi Germany and see the resemblance of the slow manipulation of a people. It is happening here and now in the good ole’ USA!

Robin Caron February 26, 2015 at 8:33 AM

The best part is the tax added to ALL health insurance policies to help pay for the coverage of the uninsured.

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