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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Biden at a White House press conference celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the Affordable Care Act: "Thirteen years later it is easy to forget what it was like for hard working families before the Affordable Care Act. Remember when a parent with heart disease or diabetes or a child with asthma couldn't get coverage because of a preexisting condition. Remember when women had to pay more for insurance because they had a preexisting condition --- they were a woman. Not a joke. Say it today to people and they look at you like 'You're kidding me?' But that was the case."

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Nothing affordable about it. The proper name would have been the Accessible Care Act. It made health insurance available to anyone who CAN afford it.

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2023-03-23 01:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

How many failed appeals even with a congress focused solely on overturning it to the neglect of all else?

Remember the cl0wn brigade installed Tumptydump to fix this?
Remember they insisted they had a better more affordable plan?

Who knew the clowns were incapable of working with complex issues?

Suck it cl0wns.

#2 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2023-03-23 01:49 PM | Reply

"We have come up with a solution that's really, really I think very good. Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."
Trump, Feb. 2017, explaining why it's called "Trumpcare"

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-03-23 02:01 PM | Reply

#1 Was a FNW not sure why it shoes that and FF.

#4 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2023-03-23 02:03 PM | Reply

The closest we ever came to death panels were hospitals that had to turn patients away during the coronavirus pandemic thanks to Trump's incompetence.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2023-03-23 02:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nothing affordable about it. The proper name would have been the Accessible Care Act. It made health insurance available to anyone who CAN afford it.

#1 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

Are you kidding? Have you checked out the rebates for low income families?

Also you just describe health care before Obamacare.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2023-03-23 02:05 PM | Reply

Tor we already have Death Panels.
Look at the Lifetime Maximum on your health insurance.
Your Death Panel set that number.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-03-23 02:06 PM | Reply

Remember when the GOP didn't want government getting between a patient and their provider?

#8 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2023-03-23 02:15 PM | Reply

This is the law that forced everyone to give money to a private company or be arrested.

The retarded ----- on the right called, and likely still call, this "socialism."

#9 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2023-03-23 02:19 PM | Reply

????

I prefer the Affordable Health Care Act over the previous system.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2023-03-23 02:21 PM | Reply

13th anniversary of when the democratic party was too cowardly and corrupt to actually fix the problem and sold us all out to the insurance company middlemen forever.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2023-03-23 02:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#6

No. Individual health insurance before the ACA was practically nonexistent. And it still it unobtainable for many in states where the Medicaid expansion was rejected.

#10

Yes. It's still better than what was available prior to its inception.

The ACA was a gigantic gift in profit increases to the insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. It is a massive example of crony-capitalism.

#12 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2023-03-23 02:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The ACA did for healthcare, much the same as student loan programs have done for college tuitions.

#13 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2023-03-23 02:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thirteen years since insurance has refused to pay for a Pre-Existing Condition.

If we go back to that, everyone who had COVID will lose their health insurance.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-03-23 02:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

So when are we getting Universal Healthcare? Like Western Europe,Canada etc.

#15 | Posted by shane at 2023-03-23 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#15 If you want Socialized Medicine you have to join our Capitalist Military.

Socialized Medicine is one of our Capitalist Military's best recruitment tools.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-03-23 03:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"The ACA was a gigantic gift in profit increases to the insurance"

And in return, we got a slowdown of the runaway medical inflation. In the decade before the ACA, medical inflation was 131%, vs 31% for overall inflation. That's over 4x the inflation rate.

#17 | Posted by Danforth at 2023-03-23 03:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Time flies and the GOP never changes.
Still trying to kill it. Still on the
side of Big Pharma. Still have no alternative healthcare plan...

#18 | Posted by earthmuse at 2023-03-23 03:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"If you want Socialized Medicine you have to join our Capitalist Military"

Or turn 65.

For those, it's Welcome to the group who never has to worry about access to health insurance.

#19 | Posted by Danforth at 2023-03-23 03:12 PM | Reply

Medicare isn't socialism people pay into it and they get money out of it.

#20 | Posted by Tor at 2023-03-23 03:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17

When Obama was fighting to pass the ACA, I was one of the biggest cheerleaders on this site. And I did say on this thread that the ACA is better than what we had before. It would have been better still if they could have kept the individual mandate. As it is the ACA is still nowhere near an adequate fix. Not when our healthcare still costs twice as much per-capita as most of the developed world.

When the ACA was implemented my spouse and I were in business for ourselves, and insurance cost us $5K per year for a good BlueCross policy, by the time we closed our business in 2016, our new premiums were going to be $19k. We closed the business partly because she was offered a job that provided insurance. Her employer now pays $25K per year to cover her, plus we pay an additional $300 per month to cover me. And that policy has a 20 percent co-pay, after the deductible is met. I don't think most people understand what their 'employer provided' insurance actually costs. The inflation is still outrageous, and the insurance companies are doing very little to control it. And the U.S. system is still tremendously difficult to navigate.

The healthcare system in the U.S. is still designed to suck almost everyone dry, before they die. We could do so much better if our politicos would stop catering to corporate interests. ..But we all know that's not going to happen. Democrats need to stop celebrating, as they pretend the problem is solved.

#21 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2023-03-23 04:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

13th anniversary of when the democratic party was too cowardly and corrupt to actually fix the problem and sold us all out to the insurance company middlemen forever.

#11 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Or didn't have a sufficiently large majority to prevent one or two dissenters from derailing a bill.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2023-03-23 05:14 PM | Reply

So when are we getting Universal Healthcare? Like Western Europe,Canada etc.

#15 | POSTED BY SHANE

Maybe when we get a fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate, a large Dem majority in the House, and a Dem POTUS. You know, like FDR had. GOTV!

#23 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2023-03-23 05:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Or didn't have a sufficiently large majority to prevent one or two dissenters from derailing a bill.

#22 | Posted by WhoDaMan

dissenters = cowardly and corrupt.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2023-03-23 05:31 PM | Reply

Medicare isn't socialism people pay into it and they get money out of it.
#20 | POSTED BY TOR

Only if they live long enough.
The ones who die early pay in for nothing.
In that regard, it's worse than Socialism.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-03-23 08:42 PM | Reply

NC expanded Medicaid,the fortieth state to do so.

I'm moving down.

#26 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2023-03-23 09:52 PM | Reply

Nobody with a brain will move to a red state... you can have your single red religion and no doctors in your state or you can live in a society where we are all different (and some might be smarter than you).

#27 | Posted by Brennnn at 2023-03-24 02:38 AM | Reply

Nobody with a brain would let the political environment be any bigger of an obstacle to living your best life.

Narrowing your choices based on political leanings of the state would be perhaps the dumbest things anybody could do.

#28 | Posted by eberly at 2023-03-24 08:53 AM | Reply

"Nobody with a brain would let the political environment be any bigger of an obstacle to living your best life."

I guess Red State women who want an abortion don't have any brains.

#29 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-03-24 09:16 AM | Reply

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