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Obamacare/ACA is NOT a Website-- It's a Lot More and a Lot Better

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The healthcare.gov website is a disaster. CGI, the Canadian owned company that built it should lose ALL its contracts with the US government, period. That's what you do when an employee or vendor screws up this badly. But that's about the website, not Obamacare as a whole. 

Let's get one thing straight. Obamacare is not, as Kathleen Sibelius has argued, a website. It's a major program. Facebook and Twitter and Google are websites. But the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare is far more than just a website. I've expressed my dissatisfaction with ACA before-- because it does not go far enough. As the leading nation in the world economically and in other ways without me engaging in exceptionalism, the USA should be providing healthcare as a human right to all-- medicare for all. That's what every single other G20 nation does. 

There are a lot of reasons to criticize Obamacare, but it looks to me, from my point of view, that it will be good for most Americans-- better than what it is replacing. 

That may not apply to the millionaires who sit in media anchor seats on the major networks. And it may cost a bit more for some companies-- companies that have not treated their employees right and which have been parasitizing the government to help pay for their employees needs-- like Walmart and McDonalds. 

But most Americans are going to see benefits-- many already have-- for example, young adults 26 and under. 

It looks like, for me, my health insurance, without the subsidy I will be getting for low income (running a non-profit does not pay great) will go up the smallest percentage in many years, and my co-pays will be going down. WITH the government subsidy, it looks like I will be paying a lot lot less than currently. That's great news for me. 

Here's a link to info on subsidies individuals earning under $46, 201 or families of four earning under $94,200 will receive. 

Here are some numbers from the page linked to above:


by obamacarefacts.com

I was never able, after at least four tries in the first week, to get anything meaningful out of the official obamacare website at healthcare.gov. But if you go to  Kaiser  ObamaCare Cost Calculator  you can probably get an idea of how the program will be for you. 

The devil is in the details here. I won't really believe the promise until I get a tax credit. I guess that means the final test, for me, won't be graded until 2015, when my taxes for 2014 are calculated. 

Bottom line, I've been a big critic of Obamacare because it is not single payer. But it IS progress and will help a lot of people. 



 

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I don't want pick a fight, Rob, but it sounds like... by PCM on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:28:20 PM
Agreed PCM. I refer to ACA/Obamacare as Universal ... by Art Costa on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 4:24:40 PM
I agree with all you wrote, except that there's no... by PCM on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:06:16 PM
I don't think we're disagreeing. Universal was sai... by Art Costa on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 8:12:50 PM
You are incorrect.Rob just sees that it is an impr... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:39:54 PM
Actually, I don't just want to pay less, I want mo... by PCM on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:41:28 AM
We are not institutionalizing the bad, we are impr... by BFalcon on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 2:36:45 AM
I just cannot see how institutionalizing private p... by Art Costa on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 8:03:57 AM
Problem is that you think that you know but you do... by BFalcon on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:05:37 PM
* * *Dr. Otis Brawley, the chief medical officer a... by PCM on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:22:35 AM
You are both wrong, Dr Brawley and you.This study ... by BFalcon on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:15:13 PM
Regardless of who's right on this -- the US does i... by PCM on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 9:26:42 PM
I don't need any "victory" just need to correct yo... by BFalcon on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 10:47:12 PM
Right on PCM.  Contrary to Rob Kall's asserti... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:15:40 AM
Gosh, not hardly.  I am with you, since I als... by Bayard Waterbury on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:45:28 PM
I wish I could agree with you Rob, but with ACA th... by Jerry Policoff on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:53:56 PM
Well said - "catastrophic coverage" or major medic... by Art Costa on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 4:55:00 PM
I come from the UK and have lived in the US for se... by Dave Nottingham on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 3:45:17 PM
Yes, progress toward a total authoritarian state t... by Luis Magno on Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 9:25:43 PM
I already explained several times the specific dif... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 7:05:16 AM
I feel we are still boiling the frog here, Rob.&nb... by Cynthia Piano on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:10:00 AM
Like I said in my article, the US should have a si... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:34:40 AM
Truly a pleasure to be at last able to agree with ... by Ralph Demers on Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:57:58 AM