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‘Apology’

December 12, 2013

Dear Editor, With the White House — shuffling the deck to address management issues and working toward finding the magical and maybe mythical, Obama-care sweet spot —- it’s not unreasonable to ask......

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Thoughtful

Dec-12-13 9:11 AM

Had Mr. Obama and his administration been upfront, open, clear, and transparent during the launch of this legislation, IT WOULD NOT HAVE PASSED!!!!!!!! We need true reform with clear, open, and honest dialogue not a shielded and misrepresented piece of legislation.

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turley

Dec-12-13 1:19 PM

The biggest joke ever told: "Honesty and transparency in government will be the touchstones of this presidency"....Obama, January 2008!

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promo61

Dec-12-13 4:06 PM

In Liberal Land words are the only things that matter. Actions are not judged even when they depart from the words.

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oluhjnb

Dec-12-13 6:20 PM

Promo61 likes to wax voluble on the posts of liberals but his, "Quote a source that supports your statements or can it." is never mentioned to conservatives. Laughs out LOUD.

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Thoughtful

Dec-12-13 10:36 PM

whopper,

Not a sandwich but Mr. Obama describing how Obamacare works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BushCrimeFamily

Dec-13-13 5:09 PM

That yesterday’s budget agreement is being hailed as the start of a new era of bipartisanship shows how low our expectations have fallen. It’s a minor agreement that puts off the worst of the sequester cuts for two years but doesn’t extend unemployment benefits, or close tax loopholes for the rich, or invest in new jobs. As the House goes home for the holidays, the 113th Congress has accomplishing nothing on immigration reform, gun safety, the minimum wage, the environment, campaign-funding disclosure, or the nation's crumbling infrastructure. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Dec-13-13 5:09 PM

Tea-Party Republicans got slapped down yesterday by House Republican leaders but they’re still calling many of the shots, allowing John Boehner and Paul Ryan to play good cops to their bad cops and thereby pushing American politics ever further right. Tea Partiers in Republican-led states, meanwhile, are doing what they can to undermine the Affordable Care Act – allowing insurance companies to violate it, hobbling enrollment, and refusing to expand Medicaid even though the federal government will pay almost all of it. Right-wing groups such as the Koch-funded “Generation Opportunity” are actively trying to dissuade young people from signing up. (cont.)

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BushCrimeFamily

Dec-13-13 5:10 PM

Your political activism in the midterm election year of 2014 is as urgently needed as ever. Don't let up. Don't despair. Organize, mobilize, energize. - Robert Reich

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Thoughtful

Dec-14-13 8:52 AM

Oh if we only had Democrats in power it would be heaven, the ultimate, perfection, life without worries, Oh what a horrible dream !!!!!!!!!!!

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turley

Dec-14-13 9:18 AM

Total of invitations or requests for obama endorsements from dems running in mid-term elections=ZERO........Judas is the patron saint of liberals! His former "supporters" saw their fellow obamites recalled in Colorado....now they wont touch barry with a 50 foot pole!hahaha!

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QuizhatKaddyshack

Dec-16-13 9:37 PM

Feb 2008 - Barack Obama "We live in the greatest country in the world. I ask for your support to help me to change it."

To all those that "helped"' thanks a lot buttheads.

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oluhjnb

Dec-17-13 5:41 AM

Thank-you Quiz for Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Butthead.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:29 AM

The "sticker shock" that many buyers of new, ACA-compliant health plans have experienced—with premiums 30% higher, or more, than their previous coverage—has only begun. The costs borne by individuals will be even more obvious next year as more people start having to pay higher deductibles and copays.

If, as many predict, too few healthy young people sign up for insurance that is overpriced in order to subsidize older, sicker people, the insurance market will unravel in a "death spiral" of ever-higher premiums and fewer signups. The government, through taxpayer-funded "risk corridors," is on the hook for billions of dollars of potential insurance-company losses. This will be about as politically popular as bank bailouts.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:30 AM

The "I can't keep my doctor" shock will also hit more and more people in coming months. To keep prices to consumers as low as possible—given cost pressures generated by the government's rules, controls and coverage mandates—insurance companies in many cases are offering plans that have very restrictive networks, with lower-cost providers that exclude some of the best physicians and hospitals.

Next year, millions must choose among unfamiliar physicians and hospitals, or paying more for preferred providers who are not part of their insurance network. Some health outcomes will deteriorate from a less familiar doctor-patient relationship.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:30 AM

More IT failures are likely. People looking for health plans on ObamaCare exchanges may be able to fill out their applications with more ease. But the far more complex back-office side of the website—where the information in their application is checked against government databases to determine the premium subsidies and prices they will be charged, and where the applications are forwarded to insurance companies—is still under construction. Be prepared for eligibility, coverage gap, billing, claims, insurer payment and patient information-protection debacles.

The next shock will come when the scores of millions outside the individual market—people who are covered by employers, in union plans, or on Medicare and Medicaid—experience the downsides of ObamaCare. There will be longer waits for hospital visits, doctors' appointments and specialist treatment, as more people crowd fewer providers.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:31 AM

Next, the Congressional Budget Office's estimated 25% expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare will exert pressure on state Medicaid spending (although the pressure will be delayed for a few years by federal subsidies). This pressure on state budgets means less money on education and transportation, and higher state taxes.

The "Cadillac tax" on health plans to help pay for ObamaCare starts four years from this Jan. 1. It will fall heavily on unions whose plans are expensive due to generous health benefits.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:31 AM

n the nearer term, a political iceberg looms next year. Insurance companies usually submit proposed pricing to regulators in the summer, and the open enrollment period begins in the fall for plans starting Jan. 1. Businesses of all sizes that currently provide health care will have to offer ObamaCare's expensive, mandated benefits, or drop their plans and—except the smallest firms—pay a fine. Tens of millions of Americans with employer-provided health plans risk paying more for less, and losing their policies and doctors to more restrictive networks. The administration is desperately trying to delay employer-plan problems beyond the 2014 election to avoid this shock.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:32 AM

Meanwhile, ObamaCare will lead to more part-time workers in some industries, as hours are cut back to conform to arbitrary definitions in the law of what constitutes full-time employment. Many small businesses will be cautious about hiring more than 50 full-time employees, which would subject them to the law's employer insurance mandate.

On the supply side, medicine will become a far less attractive career for talented young people. More doctors will restrict practice or retire early rather than accept lower incomes and work conditions they did not anticipate. Already, many practices are closed to Medicaid recipients, some also to Medicare. The pace of innovation in drugs, medical devices and delivery is expected to slow significantly, as higher taxes and even rationing set in.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:32 AM

The repeated assertions by the law's supporters that nobody but the rich would be worse off was based on a beyond-implausible claim that one could expand by millions the number of people with health insurance, lower health-care costs without rationing, and improve quality. The reality is that any squeezing of insurance-company profits, or reduction in uncompensated emergency-room care amounts to a tiny fraction of the trillions of dollars extracted from those people overpaying for insurance, or redistributed from taxpayers.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:33 AM

The Affordable Care Act's disastrous debut sent the president's approval ratings into a tailspin and congressional Democrats in competitive districts fleeing for cover. If the law's continuing unpopularity enables Republicans to regain the Senate in 2014, the president will be forced to veto repeated attempts to repeal the law or to negotiate major changes.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:33 AM

The risk of a complete repeal if a Republican takes the White House in 2016 will put enormous pressure on Democratic candidates—and on Republicans—to articulate a compelling alternative to the cost and coverage problems that beset health care. A good start would be sliding-scale subsidies to help people buy a low-cost catastrophic plan, purchasable across state lines, equalized tax treatment of those buying insurance on their own with those on employer plans, and expanded high-risk pools.

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promo61

Dec-17-13 9:34 AM

— Michael J. Boskin, an economics professor at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush.

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oluhjnb

Dec-17-13 7:54 PM

Since the republicans have little to offer in presidential candidates, I wonder which clown they will pick in 2016.

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promo61

Dec-18-13 1:36 PM

All Democratic candidates are stamped from the same mold. TAX, SPEND, REPEAT.

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oluhjnb

Dec-18-13 5:46 PM

Since republicans are of such low intellect they need memorize only the word NO.

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