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Fri Apr 14, 2017, 12:52 PM

Trump Just Quietly Hobbled Obamacare While You Were Distracted

President Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been a complete failure so far, and the plans Republicans put forward never even came close to fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge to deliver a health plan that would cover everyone at a lower cost.

Each failure has brought complaints from Trump and his allies that their failure is the fault of Democrats who refuse to work with them on their sinister plans that would leave over 24 million people uninsured.

Then Trump, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan warned us that Obamacare is going to collapse if they don’t act.

Now, with ObamaCare working and millions thankful it hasn’t been destroyed by political assassins, the new Trump strategy is to destroy it just to prove the Republicans are right.

The latest Republican concocted changes are straight off a wish list put forward by big insurance companies who want fewer regulations, more freedom to do as they wish, and greater profits.

They were quietly released while most Americans were more concerned about Trump’s bombing in Syria, political battles with Russia and the threat of nuclear war with North Korea.

“Many of the changes announced Thursday follow recommendations from insurers,” reports the Los Angeles Times, “which wanted the government to address shortcomings with HealthCare.gov markets, including complaints that some people are gaming the system by signing up only when they get sick and then dropping out after being treated.”

That, of course, flies in the face of reality. A tenet of Obamacare is that everyone is required to sign up or face financial penalties, which keeps churn down. That is why under Obamacare, the number of people in the U.S. with health insurance exceeds 90 percent for the first time ever.

Here is the laundry list of the changes announced today to cure Obamacare the way Dr. Frankenstein would:

The annual sign-up period is being cut in half, so insurance companies don’t have to spend as much time marketing. Experts on consumer needs say this will only insure fewer people sign up.
Curbs on “special enrollment” options which allow people to sign up outside of the enrollment period. Insurers say this just encourages people to sign up only when they are sick. ObamaCare advocates say it is another way to limit sign-ups during the year.

Insurance companies for the first time have the right to withhold medical insurance and services to anyone who isn’t fully paid up on their past premiums, no matter what their circumstances. In other words, when the consumer is in the worst possible situation, the insurance companies can cut them off completely.

Insurers have more flexibility to design special policies for young people, who tend to be healthier and use the insurance benefits less. This takes the balance out of the system so that people who are healthy and working don’t have to subsidize people who are old and sick. It is another way to ensure the system fails.


More at link:
http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/04/13/trump-just-quietly-hobbled-obamacare-distracted/

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 01:00 PM

1. Are the Dems out in front of this?

They ought to be on every channel, in front of every camera, telling the story of Republican subterfuge and deception that will result in the loss of health insurance for millions.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 01:01 PM

2. Every day

a new thing that hurts real people.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 01:09 PM

3. I keep saying this like a broken record:

What more will it take from this monster for there to be a march on Washington?

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 02:51 PM

4. And when the ACA fails then it's time for Medicare and SS em..."reform"

But keep in mind,the FOOLS who voted for this POS get it in the ass too. That's why the sudden outcry a month or so ago about Trump and his ilk just throwing the ACA in the dumpster with no replacement plan.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 02:51 PM

5. How can he just change provisions of a congressional passed law?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 02:52 PM

6. Well...if it comes up for a vote it's over....

I agree though,Trump can't just change things on the fly IMO. But put it to a vote and watch what happens.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:21 PM

8. The actual ACA gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services great latitude in setting

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rules and regulations.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:08 PM

7. Remember when Obama extended the deadline for signups because of rollout problems where

people had trouble navigating the website? The GOP talk then was outrage and impeachment for his administrative orders. Literally.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:23 PM

9. He'll kill more people fucking with health insurance than he will with his beloved bombs.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:28 PM

10. That's the republican gameplan,

distract then destroy.

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Response to Stellar (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 04:15 PM

11. Okay, enough with this "distracted" crap.

We're not "distracted" from the vile things he's doing. We're capable of paying attention to more than one thing at once. Even if we were "distracted", would it make any difference? It's not like any of us are in a position to do anything about this asshole.

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