Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Republicans Running On A Platform Of Repealing The Affordable Care Act? Awesome!


The GOP-- or at least the Ted Cruz/Teabagger wing of the Republican Party-- seems determined to run on a platform of repealing Obamacare next year. Polls show something between a quarter and a third of Americans embrace that position. The problem, for the Republican Party, is that all of the embracers are GOP primary voters. And they don't care about history.

The relevant history would be the 1936 election in which Alf Landon's campaign was based on repealing Social Security. Landon, the governor of Kansas, claimed the New Deal was corrupt, unconstitutional, hostile to business and mired in waste and inefficiency. Most voters disagreed when he tried to sell the GOP line that "the price of economic planning is the loss of economic freedom. And economic freedom and personal liberty go hand in hand." He lost his own state. In fact he only won two states-- Maine and Vermont. FDR beat him in the electoral college 523 to 8.

That reactionary ideology had already devastated the Republicans in Congress. They entered the 1936 cycle with just 25 senators and only 103 seats in the House. After the election they only had 16 senators and 88 congressmen. In San Francisco, the first Jewish woman to serve in Congress, Republican Florence Prag Kahn, lost to a Progressive Party candidate, Franck Havenner. After the election there were no Republicans in Congress from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin (which reelected 3 Democrats and 7 Progressive Party members), and Wyoming, In Pennsylvania 6 Republican congressmen lost their seats to Democrats, Repealing Social Security didn't work out as a good platform for them.

There's a big divide in America in terms of Obamacare. In states implementing the bill to assist their citizens, it's manna from Heaven. That would be blue states like California, Oregon and New York. In red states like Texas, where sabotage is the way they're rolling, Obamacare isn't doing much good for anyone. People are going to figure this out eventually. Yesterday USAToday started helping that process along.
About 6.4 million Americans eligible to buy insurance through the new health exchanges will pay $100 or less a month in premiums because of tax subsidies, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report to be released Tuesday and obtained by USAToday.

The report by the HHS office for planning and evaluation said the lower premiums would primarily apply to insurance customers who buy what are called "silver" plans on the exchanges that open Oct. 1.

"The health care law is making health insurance more affordable," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "With more than half of all uninsured Americans able to get coverage at $100 or less, the health care law is delivering the quality, affordable coverage people are looking for."

The 2010 health care law, also called the Affordable Care Act, requires Americans without health insurance from their employers, Medicare or Medicaid to buy insurance through websites called exchanges that were created for each state. The law also allowed states to expand coverage under Medicaid, the federal-state program for low-income Americans.

Subsidies are available to Americans who make less than 400% of the poverty level, or $94,200 for a family of four. The rates were based on people buying silver plans through the exchanges, or the second-lowest-cost plan through the exchanges. Researchers looked at Census data to estimate costs.

Although not all of the states nor the federal exchange have announced their rates yet, researchers determined they could estimate payments without that information. As an example, the Affordable Care Act states that someone making 150% of the federal poverty level, or $17,235 a year, would pay 4% of their income-- or $57-- for the second-lowest-cost plan. So, that person's subsidy would be the difference between the $57 and the cost of the silver plan in that state.

"Consequently, it is not necessary to know the actual second-lowest-cost silver premium to determine how many people will pay $100 or less per person per month for a silver plan," the report states.

In addition to the subsidized insurance, a total of half of all uninsured Americans could pay less than $100 for insurance beginning in January because of other expanded programs. About 41.3 million people don't have insurance now, according to HHS.

In the 25 states that have decided to expand Medicaid, 12.4 million uninsured Americans will be eligible to pay less than $100 a month, the report found. People in this group will pay either nothing or a small premium to participate in Medicaid.

If the rest of the states expanded Medicaid to coverage to those who earned below 138% of the poverty level, about one in four of the 41.3 million people without insurance would qualify for Medicaid, tax subsidies to help pay for insurance or the Children's Health Insurance Program, researchers found.

On Monday, Pennsylvania, announced it would expand Medicaid.
That was the state where six Republican congressmen who wanted to repeal Social Security lost in 1936. Their careers were over-- but think about how good that was for people living in Pennsylvania! Let's see... who would that be in 2014? Could be Mike Fitzpatrick, Charlie Dent, Jim Gerlach, Mike Kelly, Lou Barletta, Keith Rothfus... or perhaps Joe Pitts or Patrick Meehan. They all have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Let's see how they structure their reelection campaigns.

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At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "plan" is really a privatization scheme that has all sorts of totally bogus conservative insults added like a cherry on top.PLEASE DO NOT CALL IT AN EXPANSION!

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Pats said...

My concern is that the insurance companies will be able to block this by refusing to participate in the exchanges. My state has only one participant for the individual exchanges for next year; the largest insurer (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) is sitting out. My small employer would put us all on the individual exchange and give us extra pay if it were a viable option. They are paying for 95% of the cost of our coverage and it's killing them.

At 10:51 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

In our country, there has many people who have no Health Insurance.But Obamacare helps common people to take proper Health Insurance.After 2014, it will be affordable for us.Keep sharing…..


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