Feb 11, 2016

Obama's Legacy 2 - Large Scale Public Health Insurance Program Paving The Way For A Better Plan (Medicare For All By Bernie Sanders)

This post outlines some of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and how it opens the way for further improvements.

The Clinton's focused their administration using thier charm to push thier crime bill to get minorities off the street. On paving the way for the countries financial collapse in 2008. & setting up a kids insurance as compensation for their Republican track record (which they now call progressive) and on top of all of that they are now trying to lay claim to the biggest accomplishment in healthcare in American History since Medicare and Social Security (which is disproven below).

Video: The GOP was wrong, wrong, wrong on Obamacare - Economist Jared Bernstein on the success of the Affordable Care Act and the many ways in which critics' predictions didn't come true.


The Affordable Care Act appears to be positively affecting the health of a nation, a new study concludes.

Daily Beast: 5 Biggest Lies About Obamacare

When you sign up for healthcare insurance (something Hillary Clinton wasn't able to achieve during her first ladyship though she was able to achieve her 'throwing black people in jail' goals using her charm) you have to tell them how much your income is and you get a rate based on that. For minimum wage worker, all the way up the per hour labor scale, approximately 15% of your income goes for the health insurance. For this income you get health insurance for the first time in American history (the other first: America is also the last first world country on earth to implement a basic social health plan... by decades). The "Obamacare" (Affordable Heathcare Act) is a copy of a Swiss system of healthcare that was adopted and promoted by a right-wing "capitalist" establishment called Heritage Foundation. Obama's genius was that he was able to get a healthcare bill passed using the right's approach to healthcare.

The thing with the Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare is that it's incredibly inefficient, to use a term from economics. 
1. The drug costs here are higher than in any other country
2. Big pharma has a grip on doctors
3. An unreported war goes on in Psychiatry with the Drug Companies winning

Why do we have such inefficiencies in the program? Because the system is rigged and Obama is obliged to implement policies written by Lobbyists. 

Obamacare, brought to you by Johnson & Johnson: When push comes to shove, corporate interests will always have the upper hand in determining public policy  (i.e. it was made by a corporation - A CAPITALIST! )
 Obamacare architect heads to Big PharmaLiz Fowler again exemplifies the blurred lines betweenthe healthcare industry and Washington           

What Bernie is saying is that the drug companies shouldn't charge so much for drugs and by taking the Insurance companies place as the PAYERS for healthcare (& not it's producers) Bernie wants to cut the cost of healthcare to the consumer.

IN other words, Obama set the stage to push through a healthcare plan, something the Clinton's bailed out on a long time ago in favor of prisons and financial deregulation advice from a fiction writer. Only other segment of society not in favor of healthcare - and prefer prison over say education - are the Republicans.

He would also be able to fix other problems with the Affordable Care Act, such as this one outlined by Hillary Clinton:

Wait–Did Hillary Just Say Obamacare Hurts Workers?


Hillary Clinton and a voter at a campaign event in Iowa City on December 16, where the former first lady seems to admit that Obamacare is partially to blame for creating scores of part-time employees. In other words, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement is hurting businesses and workers.

Also, Hillary Clinton is just full of it. Obama had a policy of letting opponents into his administration. SO she gets credit for something she opposed AND lied about. It's a tragedy.;

Other articles;
Top Hillary Clinton Advisers and Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare and Dodd-Frank

Hillary Clinton is campaigning as a guardian of President Barack Obama’sprogressive policy accomplishments. In recent weeks, she has called the Affordable Care Act “one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic Party, and of our country,” and promised that she is “going to defend Dodd-Frank” and “defend President Obama for taking on Wall Street.”
Meanwhile, however, Clinton’s campaign has been relying on a team of strategists and fundraisers, many of whom spent much of the last seven years as consultants or lobbyists for business interests working to obstruct Obama’s agenda in those two areas.
Consultants associated with the Dewey Square Group, a lobbying firm that has been retained by business interests to defeat a variety of progressive reforms, are playing a major role in the Clinton campaign. Charles Baker III, the co-founder of Dewey, is a senior strategist and the campaign’s chief administrative officer. Michael Whouley, another Dewey co-founder, played an early role in advising Clinton’s plan for the current campaign by convening some of the very first strategy sessions. Senior Dewey officials Jill Alper and Minyon Moore are also close advisers and fundraisers for Clinton, while at least four other Clinton officials have worked at Dewey within the last four years. In addition, disclosures show that Clinton’s Super PACs Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record have also paidDewey Square Group for a variety of services in this election.
Undermining Obamacare reforms
Dewey, for instance, worked on behalf of the health insurance industry during the health reform debate, specifically to block the changes to Medicare Advantage that were critical for financing the Affordable Care Act. Medicare Advantage, which allows Medicare beneficiaries to use plans administered by private insurers, had long served as a cash cow for the health insurance industry. By one estimate, insurance companies over-billed the government by nearly $70 billion in improper payments over just a five year period. Dewey, which had been tapped to by health insurers to block cuts from the program starting in 2007, continued during the Obama era to lobby to protect Medicare Advantage, even as such reforms became a major part of how Democrats and the Obama administration sought to finance the Affordable Care Act.
One of the more deceptive components of the Dewey lobbying strategy was uncovered when an editor at the Lawrence, Massachusetts, Eagle-Tribune realized that the firm had worked quietly to place letters to the editor against cuts to Medicare Advantage under the names of elderly Massachusetts residents without their knowledge or consent.

U.S.News: Clinton's Health Care Attack Makes No Sense - The Clinton camp is lambasting Bernie Sanders' health care plan, but its critique is blatantly dishonest;

Clinton is lambasting Sanders' proposal for a universal, single-payer health care system. And she's doing it in a pretty dishonest way.
"His plan would take Medicare and Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act health care insurance and private employer health insurance and he would take that all together and send health insurance to the states, turning over your and my health insurance to governors," Clinton said. "We had enough of a fight to get to the Affordable Care Act. So I don’t want to rip it up and start over."

Clinton's daughter Chelsea got in on the act, too, in an even worse manner, claiming that Sanders wants to "dismantle Obamacare." She said: "I worry if we give Republicans Democratic permission to do that, we'll go back to an era, before we had the Affordable Care Act, that would strip millions and millions and millions of people off their health insurance."
This is mostly rank nonsense. A single-payer system, like it does in many other countries, would cover everybody, period. To say otherwise is either willfully misunderstanding how it would work or simple scaremongering.
Hillary Clinton, jumping on a line in an old Sanders bill that says his plan would be administered by the states, is attempting to tie him to the failure of many Republican governors to embrace Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, which has resulted in millions of people being denied health insurance. But that's very different from single-payer: Sure, Republican governors could maybe try to weasel out of whatever a President Sanders had in mind, but to think he would design a plan that governors could just ignore is silly. (For the record, Sanders' camp emphatically says the plan would apply to everyone.)

Image of Think Progress article;

Hillary Clinton Is Using GOP Fear Tactics Against Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Plan

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