Comments on: “Obamacare” could help Democrats in 2012 Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: aelemay Sun, 31 Oct 2010 14:18:16 +0000 You must be joking. Premiums in CT up by 47%, CA up by 30%. And the full effect will not be felt until 2014. We will not know just how much additional premiums will cost till then. The elimination of high deductible policies is going to produce premium increases in triple digits.

Then Medicare will be cut by $500 billion, and 23 million new patients will be added with no increases in numbers of doctors, nurses, or hospitals. This is going to make people wair months, or even years just to see a specialist. Then a Government bureaucrat will have to deny treatment to the elderly because the budgets will be cut. That is, unless a member of Congress pressures the decision makers in return for campaign contributions. Some call this a bribe.

And compounding the problem is that several of my Doctors have said they did not enter into medicine to be overruled by an administrator who is not a Doctor. So, they will retire, or be forced out of practice by the combination of an unrealistic fee structure and crushing paperwork and reporting requirements.

So, costs will go way up, fees paid to medical practitioners will be subpar like today’s Medicare payments, there will be many Doctors who will retire or quit medicine making waiting lines unnaceptabie, or even impossible. This is the situation today in Hawaii where there are islands which just do not have Doctors in high risk specialities.

What a deal! Higher costs, less choice, rationing of health care, long waiting times, unavailability of Doctors, crowding out of senior citizens with immigrants who will vote for the Democrats and will demand even more services.

And we are expected to like this. Wrong.

By: GetpIaning Thu, 28 Oct 2010 22:12:00 +0000 Those who invested heavily to kill health care reform have kept on investing to ensure Americans’ hostility for the breakthrough accomplishment. Opponents of the legislation, including independent groups, have spent $108 million since March to advertise against it.

That is six times more than supporters have spent, including $5.1 million by the Department of Health and Human Services to promote the new law.

When the new administration began its mission of creating a better healthcare system in America, a coordinated destruction campaign was launched by insurance companies, right-wing activists, and Republicans desperate to prevent Democrats from completing a task that has eluded policymakers since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars to crush the effort, and they almost succeeded.

And when they came up short, they spent another $108 million to convince the public, with still more deceptions, to continue to disapprove of the effort they’d already been told not to like.

Ask Americans if they like the law, they’ll say no. Ask Americans if they like the provisions in the law, they’ll say yes. Why is that? Because some powerful folks, motivated by greed and petty partisanship, have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make the case that the law is somehow a bad thing. If they didn’t, the law not only would be more widely appreciated, but Democrats would very likely be positioned to have a much better midterm cycle.