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Obama's (actual) reaction to yesterday's ruling:
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Pete Souza got some great shots and on Medium they're panoramic looking, worth checking out. It's also true, the clock stopped at 10:10am right when he got the news, and $10.10 is the proposed Minimum Wage :PBehind the Lens: When the President Heard the News of the Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Acthttps://medium.com/@WhiteHouse/behind-the-lens-when-the-president-heard-the-news-of-the-supreme-court-decision-on-the-affordable-fcf648c3f84f
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House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCareA House Republican on Thursday proposed forcing the Supreme Court justices and their staff to enroll in ObamaCare.Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges.“As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these six individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” he said.“That’s why I introduced the SCOTUScare Act to require the Supreme Court and all of its employees to sign up for ObamaCare,” Babin said.Babin’s potential legislation would only let the federal government provide healthcare to the Supreme Court and its staff via ObamaCare exchanges.“By eliminating their exemption from ObamaCare, they will see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with,” he added.   <SNIP>http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/h ... -obamacare ​I swear, the Congressional Republicans are some of the most immature people I've seen in a while – and it's truly frightening how much power they have collectively. I'm getting tired of them throwing tantrums any time they don't get their way. What a bunch of whiny-ass babies.
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KrisAnne Hall wants you to know that SCOTUS issues opinions, not rulings.  Like they're suggestions or something.She posted this on her facebook: and then this: KrisAnne Hall4 hrs ·How many understand that the Supreme Court issues Opinions and Not Rulings? http://goo.gl/pXH1DH Which links to a post at Western Journalism: Supreme Court Is NOT The Ultimate Arbiter Of The ConstitutionIt seems that the Supreme Court has forgotten that we are a Constitutional Republic--and that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, not Congress.KrisAnne Hall June 26, 2015 at 3:20pm here are the last couple of paragraphs: It is time to dethrone the Supreme Court. It is time to STAND for the Constitutional Republic and defy this theft of State Power and destruction of the Constitution.Healthcare is NOT a specifically enumerated power delegated to the federal government. The exercise of that power is therefore contrary to the Constitution. According to the Supremacy Clause, any law by Congress that is not made in pursuance to the Constitution is NOT the law of the land. That makes the law null-and-void of any force. Since the Affordable Care Act is NO LAW AT ALL, when we REFUSE TO COMPLY we are not breaking the law…we are enforcing the Supreme Law of the Land, defending our Republic, and guarding our Liberty!http://www.westernjournalism.com/suprem ... stitution/    

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Another fail on the wing.
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On July 21, 2015 my severance from the Big Evil Corporation ends and with it my health insurance. But be not afraid for me, I just successfully navigated the HealthCare.gov website and qualified for Special Enrollment.My new health plan (very similar to the one I have now) kicks in on August 1, 2015. So, there will be about 10 days when I will wrap myself in about 6 inches of bubble wrap before going anywhere and I guess I'll have to give up the skydiving for a little bit.Anyway, the website was actually quite easy to navigate and complete. I took my time going through the different plans, checked with my doctor and therapist to see what they accept (doc takes the company I chose, therapist doesn't though she is trying to get in the network).My premium will be $402/mo. There is a plan that was available through my contracting firm would have cost me a bit more with a company I've had bad experiences with in the past. The only upside was the convenience of having my premiums automatically deducted. I also picked up a dental plan for $20/mo. Just to cover the cleanings basically.So, overall, my experience with the website was good. I had no trouble filling in the questions, it wasn't slow or bogged down, and went rather smoothly. I is happy. :)
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I just successfully navigated the HealthCare.gov website and qualified for Special Enrollment.Because you, girlfriend, are awesome. 
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Gallup July 1-5, 2015  
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This lack of popularity for Obamacare (at least as polled) lies directly at the Democrats' feet. They allowed  the narrative to be seized by the Republicans on a great program that will help tens of millions of people.  That narrative contributed to the rise of the Tea Party.  In 5 years Obamacare will be as popular as Medicare and Social Security, but the Democrats passed it and then ran away from it in an act of enormous political cowardice. We've been paying for that cowardice ever since.

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This lack of popularity for Obamacare (at least as polled) lies directly at the Democrats' feet. They allowed  the narrative to be seized by the Republicans on a great program that will help tens of millions of people.  That narrative contributed to the rise of the Tea Party.  In 5 years Obamacare will be as popular as Medicare and Social Security, but the Democrats passed it and then ran away from it in an act of enormous political cowardice. We've been paying for that cowardice ever since.Absolutely!There are things in the ACA which the Republicans CAN'T take away now - coverage for pre-existing conditions, young adults on their parents health insurance plans, etc. The Democrats should be shouting those things from the rooftops because Republicans use and like those provisions. In fact, the fact that we are guaranteed to be able to buy health insurance is the one thing that allows my husband to retire next year at age 61. Without that guarantee, I'm sure my husband would work until 65.
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What Stern said. I hate to agree, but every word is true.Besides, it was all a plot to make the insurance companies rich.Why, right here in North Carolina, Blue Cross/Blue Shield lost $50 million last year, its first loss in 15 years.
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I'm hoping they just take it the rest of the way and go single payer. Insurance companies rip people off daily.  I'm so glad my sister took over the bookkeeping part of my mom's illness.  So many times the insurance company would charge for things that should have been covered.  Not small items, either..Thankfully, my sister is an RN, and she'd call 'em up and duke it out until they removed the charges. She had experience in dealing with medical bills.  She and her husband were his uncle's caretakers for many years.  She was always fighting for him.You gotta have an advocate.  And medical billing is complicated. I wish people could just go to their health care provider and show a card.  Period. As the insurance companies are looking to raise their rates, that might one day happen.  I don't know why we have to protect the insurance companies?  We didn't protect auto makers or steel workers or a lot of other sectors when the markets changed.  

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Americans always do the right thing, after exhausting all other alternatives. - Winston Churchill We're getting out of the health insurance biznis. Blue Cross/Blue Shield decided the way to make up for that loss was to start screwing agents harder. What your sister did to fight for your mom, we're having to do to fight for the commissions we've earned. They cheat so many ways.We have other options now.
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Forbes

As Obamacare Takes Hold, Unpaid Hospital Bills Vanish

As hospital operators begin to report second period earnings — the sixth consecutive quarter of new revenue from once uninsured patients — the number and size of unpaid medical bills continues to fall thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The health law last year began to provide subsidized private health insurance coverage on public exchanges and expanded Medicaid for poor Americans. With increasing numbers signing up to private coverage and more states opting to expand Medicaid in the last 18 months, hospital companies are seeing expenses for charity and uncompensated care fall. A snapshot of this trend could be seen in last week’s earnings report of Universal Health Services (UHS), a large multi-state investor-owned operator of hospitals, which reported uncompensated care declined in the second quarter “as it has the last six quarters now,” Universal Health chief financial officer Steve Filton told analysts on the company’s second quarter earnings call.

Universal Health UHS +2.68% said its acute care hospitals have seen a “decrease in the aggregate of charity care, uninsured discounts and provision of doubtful accounts as a percentage of gross charges” this year through June 30 compared to the same period in 2014. Universal Health’s cost providing for so-called “doubtful accounts” dropped 17 percent to $274 million during the first half of the year from $331 million during the six-month period ended June 30, 2014.

Such trends, which helped Universal Health raise its earnings forecast for the rest of the year, should help the entire hospital industry, particularly as more states opt to expand Medicaid. Under the ACA, states have the option to expand Medicaid and 31 states including the District of Columbia have done so, according to the latest tally from the Kaiser Family Foundation. “We assume that the growth in our Medicaid patient base and utilization is related at least in large part to Medicaid expansion,” Filton told analysts. “We see it quite clearly most dramatically in those states, Nevada, California, the District of Columbia that have participated in Medicaid expansion.” Universal Health’s acute acre hospitals are located in California, Florida, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and the District of Columbia. An even clearer picture of U.S. hospital finances will emerge this week when Universal Health’s larger hospital operators report their earnings. Tenet Health (THC) and Community Health Systems (CYH) report Tuesday, HCA Holdings HCA +0.05% (HCA) reports on Wednesday.
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As I've always observed, if it's good for business, Chief Justice Roberts will vote for it.

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U.S. Targets Four States in Effort to Enroll the Uninsured

WASHINGTON — With the third open enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act beginning in about six weeks, Obama administration officials said Tuesday that they would focus efforts to expand health coverage to the uninsured in Dallas, Houston, northern New Jersey, Chicago and Miami.

“Over all, this open enrollment period is going to be tougher than last year,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, said in a speech here at Howard University Hospital. Many of the uninsured have already signed up, she noted, shrinking the pool of eligible people who do not have coverage.

And “with our economy improving,” she said, “more people can get coverage under employer plans.”

Ms. Burwell said the administration would focus on 10.5 million uninsured Americans who were eligible for coverage through the public insurance exchanges, also known as marketplaces.

The enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2016, and she encouraged Americans to prepare.
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I'm so sad to say that I heard from a friend in Pennsylvania that a relative has died from an asthma attack. He was in his 20's, worked part time plus self-employment. He was worried about applying for the ACA because he thought he'd be forced to pay for insurance he couldn't afford. So he didn't even apply. My friend is a lib, most relatives aren't. He died because he couldn't afford an inhaler. :(

I hate this shit. I have a friend - sort of - with McCain/Palin bumper stickers. He was clearly becoming more confused and unable to work without a lot of direction. Also a menace on the roads. :eek2: He was eligible for ACA and shortly after for Medicare. BUT NO!!!! Socialism!!!! He has multi-infarct dementia, but refused commiecare. Early intervention could have given him some enjoyable elder years, but it's too late. He's in long term care without any memory of our friendship. And pretty much everything else. Well, I guess he showed us commies! [insert very sad face here]

We really, seriously need universal healthcare. I hate this shit.

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I feel you, lani. But imagine your son's scenario if Insurers were still allowed to refuse coverage of pre-existing conditions. And if folks you know call the ACA "commiecare," how would they feel about a One-Payer system?

Not saying it wouldn't be great, but we are hamstrung by the tyranny of the do-able.
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I am still waiting for the Death Panel that I was promised.

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RoadScholar wrote:I feel you, lani. But imagine if Insurers were still allowed to refuse coverage of pre-existing conditions. And if folks you know call the ACA "commiecare," how would they feel about a One-Payer system?

Not saying it wouldn't be great, but we are hamstrung by the tyranny of the do-able.
I agree. It's a big start. But just a start. The patchwork system of for profit businesses controlling care is a mess and unnecessarily expensive.

As for the commiecare types, they think we have a government controlled, single payer system anyway. With death panels. My neighbor who is now in long term care believed every hateful word about ACA spewed on faux news. He refused to apply for insurance, and then refused to apply for Medicare because commies and death panels! So now his health is destroyed, an adult child has guardianship of him, and his care is paid for by Medicaid.

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I've heard from people how Obama screwed them with Obamacare because they fell in the Medicaid gap. They don't realize that, of course. All they know is they don't get a subsidy but the guy down the street, who makes more, does get a subsidy. It's like they believe Obama is intentionally keeping insurance from them personally for voting republican. I've tried to explain to them it's not Obama's fault, it's the fault of the GOP legislature that refused the expansion. I've received reactions from deer-in-the-headlights to being called an ignorant, lying Obamabot. One woman, the deer/headlights lady, asked me how can that possibly be? She couldn't understand why (GOP) legislators would want people to be uninsured. I told her that not understanding the system was a feature, not a bug. As long as you don't understand, you'll continue to blame Obama. She looked to the ground, turned and walked away. She now avoids me.
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A neighbor pulled out that "Obama lied" because he said you'd be able to keep your doctor, and she couldn't. I asked how that was even relevant, since she is on Medicare, and not ACA. She explained that her doctor was mad about the ACA, so he decided to retire.

It's all Obama's fault. But we already knew that. :brickwallsmall:

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Unfortunately I wasn't able to keep my GP. She didn't take the UHC plan I selected from the healthcare website. Takes most all the other ones, but not this one. :roll:

Anyway, I was able to find a new GP. He's an interesting older gentleman. Doesn't do the "Female Exams" but did give me a couple of referrals for me to call. But he is very concerned with my blood pressure and my weight (which I am as well, but it's been very difficult to lose weight). He doesn't lecture, which I like. Just wants me to get healthier and will work with me towards that goal.

But I sure do miss Dr. K. Went to her for about 10 years.
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My old GP didn't just protest the ACA by retiring. He had a Hollywood heart attack - was dead before he hit the ground.

Now, if Obama wants to keep his promise about me keeping my favorite doctor, he'll have to raise him from the dead. If he doesn't then I know Obama lied.

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