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What’s so bad about Obamacare?

October 23, 2013 - John Stack
With the final rollout of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I am receiving a lot of negative feedback from people. I would have to say that nearly all of the falls negativity into one of two categories. Thise that have no idea about what Obamacare is, or those that just hate Obama so much, they would disagree with him if he told them that water is wet.

So, what is Obamacare? Unbelievably to some, it is more than the individual mandate. It has to do with health care exchanges, covering pre-existing conditions, cobvering your children longer, making certain costly procedures now part of basic insurance. Obamacare has been law of the land for 3 years now, it’s just that the most contentious part of the plan is being implemented right now. If all people argued with me about was the individual mandate, I could understand it. But, that is rarely the case.

Senator James Inhofe (ignorant and/or lying) Republican Senator is a huge problem with what is said against Obamacare. Recently, Sen. Inhofe had to undergo emergency surgery for a quadruple heart bypass. He claims he would have died had the US had Obamacare. He claimed that he wouldn’t be able to get emergency surgery because of the Socialization of health care. Ironically, he’s completely wrong, for more reasons than he knows. He has no idea that his insurance won’t change, therefore his healthcare wouldn’t change. Also, it’s not socialized medicine. The only “socialist” portion is the individual mandate. You still buy your insurance from a private company. Medicare and Medicaid, now they are completely socialist healthcare. There are lifetime caps and limits on many procedures in our socialized medicine world of medicare and Medicaid. My mother who is 70 had some serious health issues this year, and was literally almost thrown out of the hospital because she had used up her “days” in the one hospital she was in (she was in ICU) and the hospital wasn’t getting paid, while we tried to find another lower level hospital to put her in. But, the insurance people “have” to buy now, actually is as good, or better than it was before. Obamacare doesn’t take away procedures; it actually forces insurance companies to cover more procedures. Had Senator Inhofe been on Medicare, rather than his Senate insurance, THEN he may have had trouble getting emergency care. (Ironic, eh Mr Inhofe?).

The second part is one not so recognizable. Mr. Inhofe was in for a routine colonoscopy. Hmmm. A routine colonoscopy that was covered by his insurance? A good friend of mine, who I truly have no idea of his political leanings, said he is a big fan of Obamacare. He’s 54, and he and his wife were literally saving up over $1,000 a piece in order to have “routine” colonoscopies this year, because their insurance didn’t cover it. Now, with Obamacare, his insurance has to cover colonoscopies, so it was going to only cost him a co-pay. Why is this important? Sen Inhofe was getting a colonoscopy when they found out he had significant clogging of the arteries and ordered him to have immediate bypass surgery. How many tens of thousands of people skip having a colonoscopy because it is cost prohibitive? Had this been someone on a health plan that was cheap because it DIDN’T cover routine procedures like this, THEY WOULD BE DEAD in Mr Inhofe’s shoes without Obamacare.

Senator Inhofe is ironically a poster child for what is right with Obamacare. Unfortunately, he believes water is not wet because President Obama said so, so of course Obamacare must be bad, regardless what any facts, including his own life, have shown.


Article Comments



Nov-04-13 8:17 AM

What's wrong with Obamacare? Nothing if you're an insurance company CEO or own stock in a pharmaceutical company. Otherwise nothing changes except some who couldn't afford exorbitant healthcare costs will now have some coverage at the expense of those who can barely afford it. If O was serious about reforming healthcare for the public good he would have stuck to his guns on single-payer. He folded on that so quick we can only assume it was never really part of the plan. O is every bit as much a corporate shill as was Bush.


Oct-31-13 4:44 PM

Hey John, thanks for the kind words of welcome. I have been recouperating from popliteal bypass surgery on my left leg. You should see the bills! Was out of work for two months with complications. Now I'm finally back to work. This Rail trail BS and ARTA's seemingly deceitful letters have been keeping me busy.

Oct-30-13 6:31 PM

Welcome back DW!! Finally a voice of some reason from the right...That being said,...Your characterization of IPAB is ..incorrect. IPAB is basically the same as it always has been, an dit has to do with medicare. The only dofference is that now, recommendations by IPAB need a supermajority of congress to override them. They do the same job as has ever been done with medicare. If you didn't know, virtually all insurance programs do have costs associated with how much is paid for any procedure, so the idea that some new "death panel" is the first, that is just extremely inaccurate


Oct-30-13 5:32 PM

is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical system simply becomes more bureaucratic. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has indicated that the IPAB, in its current form, won't save a single dime before 2021. As everyone in Washington knows, but less frequently admits, CBO projections of any kind—past five years or so—are really just speculation. I believe the IPAB will never control costs based on the long record of previous attempts in many of the states, including my own state of Vermont.


Oct-30-13 5:31 PM

Another Obamacare lie concerns the " Independent Payment Advisory Board" or Death Panel. Fron Howard Dean's oped in the WSJ. "One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. There does have to be control of costs in our health-care system. However, rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure. What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs)


Oct-30-13 5:11 PM

Another denyed truth is about the "overall savings". Truth is that the "boatloads of federal money" dries upin 2016. Once this happens there will be astronomical Medicare costs which will have to be covered by the states.


Oct-30-13 4:57 PM

Obama's false claim, repeated numerous times over the years, that under President Barack Obama’s health care law, if you like your health plan, you can keep it.

His claim hasn’t worn well amid the letters to hundreds of thousands of Americans with individually purchased insurance plans notifying them that their plans are being canceled. Typically, these policies no longer meet the requirements in Obama’s law, such as the need to cover emergency care, maternity care, mental health or prescription drugs.


Oct-29-13 3:25 PM

They were right about some people not being able to see their regular doctor you know. Last August I was blinded by acid and now I cant see my doctor. Thanks Obama!

Tune in next week for the weekly right-wing anti-Obama fake scandal!


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