Archive for ‘Obamacare’

March 11, 2014

Koch Bros’ Leukemia Patient saves $1000 with Obamacare

Debunking the KochsIn the continued battle against Republican and Koch Brothers’ blitz of health care reform misinformation, Julia Boonstra (the woman who has become conservatives’ poster child for victims of Obamacare) is once again the victim of a group of vicious attackers, more popularly known as… factcheckers.

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February 7, 2014

Watch GOP contradict itself on CBO Report, Job-Lock & Obamacare [Video]

Mitch McConnell Hostage to FactsI just cannot keep myself from stepping once again into the wading pool of American politics any longer, at least not when it comes to this renewed tirade of Obamacare misinformation.

On Wednesday we bore witness to the release of the CBO’s report on the economy which included an appendix on the effect the Affordable Care Act is predicted to have on the economy. Unsurprisingly, ACA opponents fell all over themselves to report that the CBO had vindicated their “Obamacare is a Job Killer” talking points. However, it takes a bit more than copy and pasting

September 17, 2012

Daily Scoop: Romney Dismisses 47% of US Voters as Gov. Dependents [video]

Secretly recorded fundraiser video captures Mitt Romney characterizing 47% of voters as dependent on the government who feel they themselves are victims who believe they are entitled to such things as basic health care.

On that 47%…. The Washington Post explains this misconception that a virtual majority pay no taxes.

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August 8, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Romney Spokeswoman admits Romneycare (aka Obamacare) benefits

by Steve Kornacki (Salon.com)

Mitt Romney’s campaign press secretary, Andrea Saul, has kicked up a bit of a storm with her response to a new ad from a pro-Obama super PAC.

The spot, which was unveiled Wednesday, features a man who lost his job when Bain Capital shuttered the Kansas City steel plant he worked at in 2001.  “When Mitt Romney and Bain closed the plant,” he says in the ad, “I lost my health care and my family lost their health care. And a short time after that my wife became ill.” Some vital context is missing, and the Romney campaign is on solid ground in crying foul.

August 2, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Another ‘They didn’t built it’ Ad shows business helped by government

The Romney campaign is up with a new billboard touting another small business owner upset with President Obama’s out-of-context remark that businesses don’t succeed on their own but rather with help from federal government programs.

But like so many of the small businesses that the Romney campaign has trotted out in recent weeks, Tanya L. Burns & Associates, an insurance brokerage firm in Florida, is yet another beneficiary of federal spending. And not just any spending: Burns’ firm has helped clients reduce their health insurance premiums thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal.

August 2, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Paul Ryan’s Budget Challenged to Show how it’ll Lower Health Care Costs

Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposals to control health care spending by slashing the federal government’s contribution to Medicare and Medicaid and shifting that spending on to future retirees or the states, has dominated Washington’s conversation about entitlement reform.

But on Thursday morning, a group of health care economists and former Obama administration officials laid out an alternative approach that could achieve health savings by encouraging providers to deliver care more efficiently.

July 13, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Unpopular Mandate

An interesting article tracing the evolution of the Republican Party’s love-hate relationship with the individual mandate from their 20 years supporting it to their paradigm shift as it became part of the Democrats’ health care reform.

On March 23, 2010, the day that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act  into law, fourteen state attorneys general filed suit against the law’s  requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance, on the ground that it  was unconstitutional. It was hard to find a law professor in the country who  took them seriously. “The argument about constitutionality is, if not frivolous,  close to it,” Sanford Levinson, a University of Texas law-school professor, told  the McClatchy newspapers.

July 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: ACA “Largest Tax Increase in History”

A new ad attacks Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on the health care law and claims to have “the facts.” But then it trots out a series of well-worn distortions.

The ad is from an outside spending group called American Commitment, which said on its website that it supports “free markets, economic growth, constitutionally limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.” It’s a 501(c)4, so it doesn’t have to disclose its donors. (For more details about American Commitment’s connections and spending, check out this report from the Washington Post.)

July 9, 2012

Health Care vs. Politics: Who Wins?

In light of the growing number of Republican governors’ refusals to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the most prominent of which being Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, it becomes prudent to contemplate the trends of access to care, residents’ health status and the political leanings of individual states across the country.

July 2, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Should Small Businesses Really Fear Obamacare?

One of the Affordable Care Acts’ opponents ‘most repeated claims is its “job killing” nature. According to the law’s critics, it has caused widespread uncertainty for the business community throughout the US keeping them from effectively budgeting for premium costs which results in companies putting off hiring. Other claims call the law’s coverage requirements prohibitive which will cause small businesses to choose between retaining costly employee health insurance plans & eliminating coverage and just pay the cheaper penalty. Opponent are positive the burdens of the health care reform will eventually drive people out of business and kill the entrepreneurial spirit in the US.

But is any of this true?

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