Yeah, pgr, you got me. It seems others did not get my joke. There are NO GOOD REASONS TO STOP OBAMACARE and certainly a computer sign up problem does not qualify. The President didn't lie, he was mistaken. There's a huge difference. The insurance companies figured out a way to make him look bad. After all, that's what it's all about, try to make President Obama look like the worst ever. Oh yeah, it's also about profit margin. The insurance companies have put a lot of work in, trying to figure out a way to exploit this situation to improve their profit margin. Listen to this.
For the past 25 years, my wife's health insurance plan has also covered me as her spouse, at no extra charge. However, for some unknown reason (read maintain or increase profit margin), as of June, '13, if I wish to be covered, it's $60 a month. I'm also now required to speak to an insurance nurse and a dietician once a month in order to maintain coverage. If I miss a call, my coverage decreases to a lower tier coverage level. I have a long history of health problems, so I'm betting the insurance company hopes I miss a call so they can decrease my coverage. I find the calls to be intrusive and boring but I'm forced to comply with these new rules. Is this still America? I guess this is still America where corporations figure out ways to maintain, exploit, and increase their profits. And if that damned Obama tries to make it better for the little guy, they'll figure out a way to gum up the works and exploit the situation for profit. It's the American Way!
Reasons to stop Obamacare:
1. Sign-up computer problems.
Climate change is not going to be pretty!
Schmidt Wrote: Okay...I've covered this before in this website, but I'll say it again. Never in recent history has a President of the United States had to endure and overcome the ruthless "sabotage" being conducted against his presidency. It started on the day of his inauguration in 2009 as certain key Republicans were meeting in secret to plot how they would sabotage his presidency by obstruction, filibustering, blocking nominations, delaying, and spreading false information through their propaganda outlet, Fox News. It is really unprecedented...the Republicans, especially the Tea Party, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers and their polluting industries, have made this their Number One Priority, the country be damned.
No president can govern without the support of Congress. And this Congress, especially the Koch brothers controlled House of Representatives, is acting almost like a hostile foreign agent, in opposing EVERYTHING that this president proposes...even legislation like the Affordable Care Act which just in the 1990s was entirely a Republican idea championed by their candidate for president, Mitt Romney. They were all for it until Obama was for it...then they were all against it...using fear, anger and hate to turn an ignorant populace against it.
I have no doubt that if Mitt Romney was elected President, the outrage against the Affordable Care Act (RomneyCare) would quickly subside into oblivion. Romney would even claim credit for it by citing his ground breaking initiative in Massachusetts. History would be rewritten taking a page out of the Texas School Board's rewriting of textbooks.
President Obama is held to a much higher standard than President Bush. I remember media pundits just laughing off the many mangled statements and missteps of Bush as "oh...that's George" with a smile and a smirk...not questioning his incompetence, but rather reveling in it.
When the Republican Medicare Part D roll-out was a disaster, Democrats in a bipartisan fashion, worked with Republicans to fix it...make it work. There was no endless propaganda campaign against Bush. In fact I recall few opinion polls even addressing it. Congress did what they were supposed to do...fix the problem...together.
I just wish that Republicans could show President Obama the same level of cooperation on the Affordable Care Act as Democrats did for Bush on Medicare Part D. But oh...that would go against what they plotted on the day of President Obama's inauguration in 2009.
Well said, Schmidt! Thank you. I don't need an apology from President Obama. However, I would like one from those whose racist actions bring harm to my country. On second thought, rather than apologize, if they would just resign, retire, and go away, I believe that would be much better.
The President doesn't owe me an apology! I owe him my great gratitude for courageously battling the racists, the haters, the obstructionists, the Tea Party, the NRA, corporate greed and the list goes on. No other President has faced more wishes for his failure beginning with his first day in office. All things considered, President Obama has done a fantastic job. Thank you, Mr. President!
I thought it was considered to be about even, Americans for and those against the ACA. I understand why the Tea Party is against the ACA but why is half of America? Is it money? People don't want everyone to be insured since they consider the cost is too great? People believe some people aren't deserving of healthcare? Perhaps those that are poor or illiterate or homeless or the losers that just don't deserve it? Is it that people just don't want their care in the hands of the government? Would they rather their healthcare be in the hands of private industry whose emphasis is profit margin. Healthcare is the means to making a buck. Monies spent on the actual care of folks can really mess with a profit. Perhaps Obamacare will evolve into a means of holding healthcare companies accountable for the quality of care provided. I hope so!
Thanks Barry, for the good wishes. Appreciate it! I've never been a complete conservative but used to critisize the federal government like many. After all, there are some pretty serious problems. However, since I've become seriously ill, I've changed my views quite significantly. Now, I'm against any expanded states' rights and feel federal jurisdiction should be strenghtened in many areas. We need progressives to change, amend, and improve the federal government while eliminating the problems that persist.
The profit motivation must be removed from the healthcare system. The more care that I need, the more healthcare companies fight their responsibility to provide it. They must make a profit and people like me are tough on the profit margin. So they look for ways to deny me the expensive care that I require. It makes sense if you're trying to reap profits, I get it. Healthcare companies pursue premium payments and avoid claim payments. It's good business, but my healthcare becomes a nightmare. To my many problems, I add dealing with healthcare providers, assistance programs, insurance companies, and bill collectors. I spend much of my miserable days on the phone, dealing with healthcare problems.
So, it's my opinion that the government needs to provide healthcare without a profit motivation. In fact, I believe it's the responsibility of government to protect and serve it's citizens by providing the basic necessities, food, shelter, and healthcare. Remove the profit motivation from those basic needs. If these needs are not available to citizens, citizens are not well served. Citizens are not well served when they die from homelessness and a lack of food and healthcare.
I've heard Tea Partiers say "if you don't work, you shouldn't eat". That sounds reasonable unless you're really sick. What should happen to those unable to work? I heard the sentiment expressed at one Republican Primary debate, "let him die". Where do these pathetic people without empathy or compassion come from?
Barry, I'm feeling a little "loopy" right now and upon re-reading my post, I may be rambling a bit. If so, I apologize. Thanks again for your kind words, Barry.
To All You Folks Who Have a Problem With Obamacare and the Computer Problems:Try getting really sick and dealing with the insurance company you've been paying premiums to for 25 years. It's amazing the lack of cooperation, the misinformation, and the myriad of problems it turns out they don't cover. And then they terminate coverage. Try getting through their voice mail system. Try doing it all while you're vomiting and can barely stand up. I'm happy to try some Obamacare. I don't care if they have some computer problems to work out! It's fine with me.
I'm sorry for your troubles, Dear. I'm not familiar with many of your symptoms so can't offer much advice except don't relay on Sarah Palin for much. Good Luck to you. I hope your ills improve!
Right on, Barry! Will talk more later.