Why Americans Like or Dislike Obamacare
Mar28

Why Americans Like or Dislike Obamacare

Another great article at the Washington Post on Obamacare. This time the question — the poll — is why Americans like or dislike Obamacare. In other words, as Sean Sullivan puts it, “…why do the law’s supporters like it? And why do opponents hate it?” He adds, “Thanks to a poll released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation, we can answer these questions.” According to the Kaiser poll, 46 percent...

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Lack Of Information And Misinformation Suppressing Enrollment In Insurance Plans
Mar27

Lack Of Information And Misinformation Suppressing Enrollment In Insurance Plans

Recent polls are showing some of the obstacles to extending coverage among the uninsured. A study published Monday by the National Academy of Sciences showed that a substantial number of consumers lack basic knowledge of how insurance works which would be necessary to intelligently purchase coverage. A new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows lack of knowledge of the deadline for obtaining coverage and widespread belief in many of the...

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Bill Calls For Adding ICD-10 Delay To Latest “Doc Fix”
Mar26

Bill Calls For Adding ICD-10 Delay To Latest “Doc Fix”

I recently pointed out that the Republicans killed a recent attempt to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula by attaching a measure to end the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. With failing to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate it becomes necessary for Congress to pass yet another temporary “doc fix” to prevent Medicare reimbursement from automatically falling so low that doctors will not be able to afford to see...

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Poll Has Bad News for Both Parties:  Ignorance about Obamacare but people tiring of subject
Mar26

Poll Has Bad News for Both Parties: Ignorance about Obamacare but people tiring of subject

A new Kaiser Health Tracking poll has bad news for Democrats — and for Republicans. Bad news for the Democrats: there’s still considerable ignorance about the Affordable Health Care Act and many Americans will remain uninsured. Bad news for the Republicans: many people are getting tired of hearing about the issue over and over again and want to focus on other things. In the final days of open enrollment for new health...

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Obamacare, and More.
Mar26

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Obamacare, and More.

As reflected by the more than 100 comments on Joe Gandelman’s post, “Pew Poll: Only 40% Approve of Obamacare,” and by the thousands of articles and commentaries in the media, there is a lot of confusion, misunderstanding and just plain obfuscation on the issue of “Obamacare.” And, as evident from the many articles posted by Ron Chusid in a valiant effort to explain Obamacare — and the comments they generate — it is not an...

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Republican Candidate And Pro-Republican Ad Both Making False Claims About Obamacare
Mar26

Republican Candidate And Pro-Republican Ad Both Making False Claims About Obamacare

Brian Buetler points out that the conservative claims of people not signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act are falling apart as we reach the end of the open enrollment period: Charles Gaba — an ACA supporter and data Hoover — has been documenting the March surge, state by state on his Twitter account and his site, ACAsignups.net. Gaba has the best numbers out there, and has been accurately forecasting official...

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(Updated) If She Steals Your Heart, Help Heal Her Heart
Mar26

(Updated) If She Steals Your Heart, Help Heal Her Heart

UPDATE: HeartGift Austin is thanking all who made a donation via Amplify Austin to HeartGift last week. Thanks to such generosity, HeartGift Austin raised $25,900! But, more important, little Saranzaya had her open heart surgery yesterday at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin and HeartGift tells us that “this morning she is recovering beautifully.” HeartGift adds: In the operating room, Dr. Kenneth Fox confirmed that...

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Democrats still waiting for positive Obamacare bounce
Mar24

Democrats still waiting for positive Obamacare bounce

One of the biggest shocks and disappointments for Democrats is that the positive bounce from Obamacare that many Democrats had expected has never come. They’re still waiting after four years: Democrats have been waiting for ObamaCare to become popular for four years. And counting. Congressional leaders and senior White House advisers have been saying since 2010 that public opinion will turn their way sometime soon. Be patient,...

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Health care’s real stakes
Mar24

Health care’s real stakes

WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally. Everyone who believes that reducing economic insecurity requires a strong government role in guaranteeing health insurance to all Americans should take advantage of this opportunity. This obligation falls on President Obama, but it also...

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Medicare Benefits Under The Affordable Care Act
Mar22

Medicare Benefits Under The Affordable Care Act

With all the scare stories being sent out in right wing emails, it is worth posting this press released emailed yesterday from CMS regarding how Medicare patients have benefited from the Affordable Care Act. On the 4th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law, new information released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with...

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Pew Poll: Only 40% Approve of Obamacare
Mar21

Pew Poll: Only 40% Approve of Obamacare

To show you the heavy lifting the Democrats and White House will have running up to the 20-14 elections, a new Pew Research survey finds only 40% approve of Obamacare. The good news for the Democrats and the White House: Americans don’t want to totally scuttle it. But it’s hardly the scenario many predicted would be in play years ago when it was argued that once the law went into effect it would get widespread support. (On...

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Three Types Of Obamacare Winners You Might Not Have Thought Of
Mar21

Three Types Of Obamacare Winners You Might Not Have Thought Of

Despite all the fake horror stories being spread by conservatives, the vast majority of people in this country are benefiting significantly under the Affordable Care Act. Some benefit due to being able to obtain health insurance when they were not able to in the past due to pre-existing medical conditions and/or cost. Many also benefit due to receiving heath care coverage which cannot be cancelled, cannot have rates increased due to...

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An Experience With Obamacare
Mar21

An Experience With Obamacare

Maybe this should be filmed as an ad to counter all those dishonest ads with fake horror stories being put out by the right wing. Kaiser Health News has a comic from a freelancer on her experiences in buying health insurance under the Affordable Care Act following her experiences in buying health insurance on the individual market in the past. The above portion gives an example of past problems, such as recission when insurance...

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‘Screams’ of Fukushima Must Not Be Ignored Like Those of Okinawa (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan)
Mar20

‘Screams’ of Fukushima Must Not Be Ignored Like Those of Okinawa (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan)

Three years after the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear catastrophe, it appears that people who lived near the disaster zone are being ignored by Japan’s government, as it rushes to declare the region safe again. This editorial from Japan’s Chunichi Shimbun compares the victims of Fukushima to the survivors of the Battle of Okinawa in terms of the damage done and the way they have been treated, and castigates Tokyo for...

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Are Obamacare premiums about to skyrocket? (Most likely NOT) REVISED
Mar19

Are Obamacare premiums about to skyrocket? (Most likely NOT) REVISED

Are Obamcare premiums about to skyrocket? And, if so, will overall healthcare costs go up due to treating Democrats who have heart attacks or strokes if they see the premiums skyrocket during an election year in which it now appears the Demo could suffer huge losses and maybe lose the Senate? According to The Hill, rates may soon go up bigtime. But wait! The original article we linked to has now been revised. But the headline —...

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Lying About Obamacare Not Working Out That Well For Republicans
Mar18

Lying About Obamacare Not Working Out That Well For Republicans

Republicans, lacking any real policies they can campaign on,  have been relying on ads based upon lies about the Affordable Care Act. One ad which has received a lot of attention in the Michigan Senate race centered around a cancer patient who claimed her health insurance was unaffordable under Obamacare.  Several fact-checkers found that her new policy through the Affordable Care Act was actually saving her at least $1200 per year....

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Democrats Need To Go On The Offensive On Health Care
Mar15

Democrats Need To Go On The Offensive On Health Care

Yesterday I posted in frustration as to how the Democrats managed to allow the Republicans to both sabotage an effort to repeal the Sustainable Growth Formula and use the Affordable Care Act once again as a political pawn. I found that Greg Sargent had interviewed Paul Begala, who had said something similar to my conclusion about Democrats fighting for the Affordable Care Act and added that to the post. In retrospect this message is...

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Republican House Plays Politics, Screwing Both Doctors And Medicare Patients
Mar15

Republican House Plays Politics, Screwing Both Doctors And Medicare Patients

After several years a deal had been reached to permanently repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Formula but the House Republicans chose to play politics with it. The House Republicans showed a disregard for both physicians and  Medicare beneficiaries. They attached the fix to a five year delay on the individual mandate, knowing that this would be dead in the Senate. The Sustainable Growth Formula was initially devised to give doctors...

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French animal lobby uncovers ‘unhealthy’ horsemeat from Americas
Mar14

French animal lobby uncovers ‘unhealthy’ horsemeat from Americas

French animal lobby uncovers ‘unhealthy’ horsemeat from Americas (via AFP) Horses from the United States, Canada and other countries in the region whose meat is sold in France for human consumption pose a health risk and are often cruelly treated, a leading animal rights group said Thursday. L214, which derives its name from…...

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More Information Comes Out On Republican Misinformation As Democrats Stand Up To Koch Brothers
Mar12

More Information Comes Out On Republican Misinformation As Democrats Stand Up To Koch Brothers

The Affordable Care Act is bringing about considerable reductions in health care expenses for millions of Americans. Republicans opposing health care reform have tried to undermine support for the law with a series of false ads in which they falsely claim people such as cancer patients have to pay more than in the past for health care coverage. Whenever these claims are actually examined, it has turned out that the claims are false....

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