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Health Care, We Hardly Knew Ye

health care is a human rightThe Supreme Court, Inc. seems primed to rule against the Affordable Care Act, which is a shame as, while not perfect, it held great promise. Here are 18 examples of what we're going to miss (borrowed from eclectablog.com):

1. A Harvard study found that 45,000 Americans die every year for lack of insurance.

2. After a century of trying, President Obama was the first president to sign a law that would achieve near universal health insurance coverage.

3. For the first time, health insurers are required to spend 80 to 85 percent of customers’ premiums on actual care. More than $1.3 billion in overcharges will be returned to consumers and employers this year.

4. The law allows many Americans under age 26 to stay on their parents’ health plans. Today, as many as three million young people have already taken advantage of this benefit.

5. Tens of millions of people now getting preventive care at no extra cost, including cancer screenings and vaccinations. Last year, 32.5 million Americans on Medicare and up to 54 million Americans with private insurance received one or more free preventive services.

6. 3.2 million small businesses — employing 19.3 million workers nationwide — were eligible last year for tax credits worth $15.4 billion or $800 per employee.

7. 3.6 million Medicare beneficiaries saved on average of $600 each as part of the phasing out of the donut hole.
8. Health care fraud prosecutions are up 27 percent. Recoveries are up 58 percent, taking in $4 billion last year.

9. Most health plans cannot deny coverage to children under age 19 because of pre-existing conditions.
10. Insurance companies can no longer cap the dollar amount of care you can receive in a lifetime
11. Insurers cannot drop your coverage due to a mistake on your application when you get sick.

Beginning in 2014:

12. Marketplaces will be established in every state for people and small businesses that buy their own health insurance. Pregnancy, contraception and newborn care, along with vision and dental coverage for children, will be covered in all exchange plans and new plans sold to individuals and small businesses.

13. Plans will no longer be allowed to turn away people with pre-existing conditions.

14. If your income is less than about $88,000 for a family of four and your job doesn’t offer coverage, you may get tax credits to pay for insurance.

15. The national Medicaid minimum eligibility level of 133% of the federal poverty level ($29,700 for a family of four in 2011) for nearly all Americans under age 65.

16. Health care insurers will no longer be allowed to charge women more than men for their coverage.

17. Up to 30 million Americans who are currently not insured will be covered, saving thousands of American lives.

18. How is this all paid for? By slight tax increases on the investments of Americans earning over $250,000 a year, “Cadillac” insurance plans, medical device companies, penalties for businesses and individuals who can afford insurance but choose not to get it and tanning.

Oh, well, at least we have the Republican health care plan to fall back on... Die, and die quickly.



Oh, that Mitt.

big fat liarMitt Romney is making the rounds in states like Florida, Iowa, Virginia, and Ohio, bemoaning the woeful unemployment problem each labors under. He's even spending a ton of money running ads echoing his position.

"That darned old America-hating Obama!" he huffs.

Problem is, all those states are doing just fine. Virginia's unemployment rate is 5.6%. Ohio's is 5.9%. Iowa is 5.1%! Heck, even poor old benighted Florida is at 8.6%. The governors of those states are not happy with Mr. Romney's anti-Obama message but still he continues.

But what do you expect from a liar like him?

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And now our Chart of the Day: U.S. Wealth Distribution: Perception vs. Reality.

wealth distribution chart

Larger version of chart to be found here.

Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation6-27-2012: The House was pro forma on Monday but was in session until almost 11:30 Tuesday night. Nothing got done. They couldn't even agree to name four post offices. No jobs were created.

For the full 2001-2012 list of Republican sloth please visit republicanjobcreation.com.


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! Fox News spent HOURS of broadcast time questioning president Obama's Christian faith. Now, lo and behold, only 34% of Americans correctly identify him as a Christian. What a shock!

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Mr. Waternoose: To be blunt, Mr. Roberts, all we require is a scarer capable of mildly alarming the little tads. Your expertise lies more in the area of burying their hopes and dreams in lakes of flaming acid for generations. Have you considered a position with the U.S. Supreme Court?.

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