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March 07, 2017 06:50 AM UTC

Tuesday Open Thread

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  • by: Colorado Pols

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.”

–Franklin D. Roosevelt

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6 thoughts on “Tuesday Open Thread

  1. Obamacare is designed to ensure that people in the INDIVIDUAL insurance market-place are able to get health insurance. Obamacare its a three-legged stool: 

    (1) Individual insurance mandate (financial penalties), so risk pool includes both healthy people who otherwise might avoid insurance until they became sick.

    (2) Insurance company mandate, requiring that they can't use pre-existing conditions to deny health care.

    (3) Financial assistance to lower income people so they can afford insurance. Feed my children & pay the rent always wins over paying a mandate penalty.

    The Republican Party Obamacare 0.5 just kicked out two of the legs:

    Kick out even one of the legs and the health insurance market for individuals goes into a death spiral. Republicans kept the pre-existing conditions mandate, decreased the subsidies and created a junk mandate: No penalty if you don't have insurance, but you have to pay the insurance company a 30% higher policy if your insurance ever lapses. Oh, they also increased insurance costs for older people from 3x younger people to 5x younger people.

    Republicans see Obamacare as a huge cash cow for giinge tax breaks to the wealthy, so their replacement plan has one very successful consequence: it is devised to transfer money from middle and low-income to the wealthy.

    Insurance companies will raise rates or drop out of the exchanges, people won't be able to afford insurance, and the wealthy will be laughing all the way to the bank.

    On the bright side for the long run, killing off the market-based insurance market will lead to Single Payer as the only other solution. We'll have a rocky road to get there for the self-employed and anyone else without a good job that offers health insurance benefits. 

    1. Nice summary, parkhill.  The Republicans' healthcare plan is viciously punishing the poor for being poor, and rewarding the wealthy for being wealthy.  Sounds like class warfare to me.

    1. Medicare D would have suffered the same fate had the Democrats clung to the idea of making political hay for seven years over the Bush policy as opposed to fixing what was in the best interest of the country.  

      You remind me of the young man who murdered his parents and then threw himself at the mercy of the court because he was now 'an orphan'. 

      Try again.  

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