And by haters, I mean Loonie Lefties and Raging Righties; those extremists who are so far our on the wings of partisan politics, they are in danger of falling off. These haters of the ACA have stubbornly insisted that Obamneycare would crash and burn, even though that was and remains a crock of exceptionally fetid dog dung. This article provides more proof that said haters are a bunch of fact-challenged fuckwits:
Even as Obamacare continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending.
HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital chain, yesterday raised its forecast and reported a 6.6 percent drop in uninsured patients at its 165 hospitals, a reduction that grows to 48 percent in four states that expanded Medicaid, a top initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. WellPoint Inc. (WLP), which made the biggest commitment of any publicly traded insurer to the Obamacare markets, raised its guidance today after handily beating analyst estimates for the quarter on rising membership linked to the overhaul.
Taxpayers too may be benefiting from the law approved in 2010. Medicare spending rose by just $1 per beneficiary in 2013, the fourth year in a row that saw a slowdown, the government reported yesterday.
Lots more detail at the link, of course. The only places that have not seen huge benefits from ObamaCare are the Red States that have refused to embrace it.
Once again: The only places that have not seen huge benefits from ObamaCare are the Red States that have refused to embrace it.
That proves the ACA works if you work with it.
And that means that anyone and everyone who still opposes health care reform is a hate-blinded jackass. Screw those eedjits. The rest of us will reap the benefits of the law while the haters suffer in their bile-filled alternate universe.
Waaah, poor widdle NeoCons. Just like the Heritage Foundation said it would. You remember them, you loves you some Heritage Foundation. That is, until a mixed-race Chicago lawyer President uses one of their ideas. Then you hate it.
The Gallup poll peeps (who also hate Obama) just came out with a survey showing that the Affordable Care Act is, well, making health care affordable:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The uninsured rate in the U.S. fell 2.2 percentage points to 13.4% in the second quarter of 2014. This is the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008. The previous low point was 14.4% in the third quarter of 2008.
The uninsured rate has decreased sharply since the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for most Americans to have health insurance went into effect at the beginning of 2014. In fact, the uninsured rate has dropped by 3.7 points since the fourth quarter of 2013, when it averaged 17.1%.
Gosharootie and sakes alive, ObamaCare is doing what it was supposed to do: giving more people health insurance that they can afford. It’s also making pantloads of money for the health care industry, creating jobs and all that good shit.
So what are Republicans doing, now that your very own market-based health plan is working like a dream? Why, Speaker Bo
ehner is gonna sue the crap out of the Prexy for successfully implementing a conservative program. You DO know that’s fucking crazy, right?
Guys, it was way back in November 2008 that Obama whooped McCain’s ass. Time to accept it, he won and you lost. ObamaCare isn’t perfect, but it is working.
1: Most US employers have been required to provide contraception coverage since the year 2000. The Bush administration enforced the law, which had no religious exemptions (note:the ACA does have religious exemptions, so ObamaCare is actually better for bosses). Did Hobby Lobby sue the Bushies? No, Hobby Lobby did not sue the Bushies.
2: Hobby Lobby invests a lot of money in abortion drug makers, IUD makers, and other such. They have no religious concerns about taking money earned from abortion drugs and other birth control money-makers; they just don’t want to pay out for them.
3: Hobby Lobby has plenty of money to pay for insurance coverage for its employees: why, they are doing so well, they could afford to raise starting wages to fourteen dollars an hour. They did that a year ago.
So, government policy had nothing to do with Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit. And religion had nothing to do with their lawsuit. Money had nothing to do with their lawsuit. Employee retention had nothing to do with their lawsuit. Facts are facts, people, and you cannot argue with them.
So, why DID they sue President Obama? Why did a Fundagelical-run company sue over the ACA? One can only speculate. My theory is that it’s all a big political stunt.
After all, Hobby Lobby covered birth control when the Republicans were in charge. They only squealed when a Democrat got elected President.
Lying, hypocritical, greedy, partisan bastards.
They gave it to your employer. From now on, thanks to Hobby Lobby, your employer can screw you anyway they want, and say their religion is the reason. The Right-Wingnut “Justices” all ruled against your liberty and in favor of the right of government and big business to run every intimate aspect of your life. Your boss’s religious freedom is more important than yours:
The majority opinion, written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, said such a mandate infringes on religious freedom, and therefore can be waived by certain business owners.
But in a blistering, 35-page dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, lambasted the majority opinion—delivered by five male justices—as “a decision of startling breadth” that would allow corporations to “opt out of any law … they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
The majority view “demands accommodation of a for-profit corporation’s religious beliefs no matter the impact that accommodation may have on third parties who do not share the corporation owners’ religious faith—in these cases, thousands of women employed by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga or dependents of persons those corporations employ,” wrote Ginsburg,
This ain’t just about birth control, and it ain’t just about women. It’s about the rights of the citizens being trampled by the rich and powerful. It’s about the worker’s religious freedom being trumped by their employer’s. It’s about the government and Big Business sticking their noses into our bedrooms, doctor’s offices and churches (three places We The People want to keep private). It’s about the loss of our freedoms. It’s about the government taking control of our private lives.
Let’s put it plain: the five Republican nutjobs who took away your Constitutional rights were appointed by Republican Presidents and confirmed by mostly Republican Senators. To use a fave Repub phrase: “Republicans hate you, and they hate your freedoms”. Vote for them if you want more of your liberties ripped away.
Vote against them if you would once again live as free men and women. Your choice has rarely been so stark. Or consequential.
PS: The Supremes fucked us all over again yesterday with another anti-worker judgement. More on that later.
And in so doing, deprives hundreds of thousands of people a chance to get health care. Almost nobody is even trying to pretend otherwise. It’s. A. Fucking. Bribe:
The Republican Party in Virginia has resorted to what appears to be outright bribery in its ongoing effort to deny low-income residents in the state access to the Medicaid expansion authorized by Obamacare.
The Washington Post reported Sunday that Republicans offered to move Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett and his daughter into prestigious jobs in exchange for Puckett’s resignation, which will flip the chamber into Republican hands. Puckett officially accepted the offer on Monday, but then appeared to back away amid a public outcry.
Puckett the Scumbucket is backing away from cashing in on his own bribe at the time of this writing, but his scumbucket daughter is still on track to collect her silver: an appointment to a prestigious judgeship. The Scumbucket Pucketts totally fucked 400,000 hard-working poor people in order to line their own pockets. Period. End of story.
Really? No, I mean, seriously, really? The scumbucket Pucketts are condemning nearly a half-million Virginians to misery or death, just to cash in for their greedy-assed selves. May they, and the Republicans who bribed them, burn in Hell.