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Monday, September 23, 2013

Free Annual Checkups For Congress: Obamacare Battles Among The Populace!

Free annual physicals for members for Congress. Healthcare at its finest for the nation's wealthy members of Congress, before voting to cut food stamp funding at $39 billion of over a ten year period.  Ah, life in the House of Oz is good.

Andy Borowitz
“My blood pressure was lower than I thought it would be,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “That’s amazing, because it goes through the roof whenever I think about how Obamacare would destroy America.” 

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia)—whose free annual physical included an examination of his heart, lungs, ears, eyes, throat, and blood—said that his doctor proclaimed him in perfect physical condition: “He said I should be able to live a long, healthy life and defund Obamacare for many years to come.”
GOP branding the Affordable Care Act (ACA ; AKA "Obamacare") and millions of Koch brothers dollars have wounded healthcare reform despite clear and overwhelming evidence it is good for the nations (collectively).

Opponents of Health Care Law Divided over  Next Steps
A Pew Research Survey provides a illustration of how one particular survey group views the ACA.

Pew Survey highlights

Survey Highlights

  • 64% of Tea Party Republicans want elected officials to do what they can to make the health care law fail.
  • Just 25% say they have a very good understanding of how law will impact them.
  • Uninsured Americans are divided over the law – 49% approve, 46% disapprove
  • GOP draws even with Democrats on handling health care
  • 63% say law hasn’t affected them yet, but more expect that the impact will be negative than positive
The Pew Survey reveals a few intriguing items. But, none so intriguing as "Just 25% say they have a good understanding of how law ill impact them." If seventy-five percent of that particular survey respondent group responded as they apparently did, it is a problem for the individual. If it is a problem for the individual absent an intervention the problem eventually spreads to a problem for the nation.

There is nothing like a quick and dirty example of a point. 

Huffington Post August 22, 2013....

Read more after the jump break below

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by Obamacare. 
The man is impressed. "This beats Obamacare I hope," he mutters to one of the workers. 
“Do I burst his bubble?” wonders Reina Diaz-Dempsey, overseeing the operation. She doesn't. If he signs up, it's a win-win, whether he knows he's been ensnared by Obamacare or not.

The problem is 'low information" people who sit and watch Fox News, CNN and other networks that report about the ACA only negatively (CNN), or that reports from a more politically influencing perspective (Fox News). 

"High information" people, those in need of care and the curious seek out information.

There are few sources better than the Connect the Dots USA and Kaiser Family Foundation.

As is often our practice we are posting a few slides related to the ACA Obamacare).
Medicaid Expansion Could Cover Many Young Women
Medicaid Has Many Vital Roles for Women In Our Health Care System
Adult Preventive Services to be Covered by Private Plans Without Cost Sharing


The following video is for the politically curious. MSNBC "ALL-IN"  Ezra Klein for Chris Hayes
________________________ Additional sources of ACA information Kaiser Family Foundation 

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