Happy Birthday, Affordable Healthcare Act!


March 23, 2011 by billie789

It’s been a year. Frankly, it hasn’t done squat for a guy in my position other than allow one of my kids to stay on my policy for a few extra months before I lost that coverage because I lost my job. So now, I’m out in the market shopping outrageously expensive, benefit-limited, catastrophic health coverage that doesn’t pay for prescriptions or office visits until I pay out $10,000 out of pocket first. . .in a year. Yeah, like that’s going to happen. Can you say “public option?”

But in the vein of holding politicians accountable for their pronouncements, Think Progress had this today:

“During the nearly 10-month legislative battle that preceded passage, the GOP characterized the bill as a “socialist government takeover” and warned Americans that the bill would destroy lives and American society, hurling apocalyptic warnings that seem downright satirical a year later. Below are some of their most outrageous claims:

– REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH): Passage of health reform is “Armageddon” because the law will “ruin our country.” [3/20/2010]

– FRMR. SEN. RICK SANTORUM (R-PA): Health reform “will destroy the country” because, “in the next year or so,” America will have to “dramatically cut the military because we can’t pay for it.” [10/23/2010]

– SEN. TOM COBURN (R-OK): “There will be no insurance industry left in three years.” [10/12/2010]

– REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): “On page 16, you can read for yourself that no new health insurance policies can be written once this federal plan comes into effect.” [7/17/2009]

– GLENN BECK: “This is the end of prosperity in America forever … the end of America as you know it.” [11/19/2009]

– SEAN HANNITY: “If we get nationalized health care, it’s over; this is socialism.” [11/2/2009]

– REP. PAUL BROUN (R-GA): “That’s exactly what’s going on in Canada and Great Britain today…and a lot of people are going to die.” [7/10/09]

– REP. LOUIE GOHMERT (R-TX): “I would hate to think that among five women, one of ‘em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.” [7/15/09]

– REP. VIRGINIA FOXX (R-NC): “The Republican plan will] make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” [7/28/09]

– SEN. TOM COBURN (R-OK): “I have a message for you: you’re going to die soon…When you restrict the ability of the primary care givers int his country to do what is best for their senior patients, what you are doing is limiting their life expectancy.” [12/1/09]

– REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): “Socialized medicine is the crown jewel of socialism. This will change our country forever.” [11/3/2009]

9 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Affordable Healthcare Act!

  1. Bill says:

    (And Politifact chimed in today)

    Related rulings: (On whether it was just False or a Lie)

    The federal health care law is “probably the biggest tax increase ever in the history of our country.”

    Rick Scott, Thursday, February 3rd, 2011.

    Ruling: False

    Twelve judges have thrown out legal challenges to the health care law because they rejected “the notion that the health care law was unconstitutional.”

    Barack Obama, Sunday, February 6th, 2011.

    Ruling: False

    Says gun ownership information could be recorded and collected by the federal government and insurance companies as part of the federal health care law.

    Jason Brodeur, Sunday, January 16th, 2011.

    Ruling: False

    The health care law includes tort reform.

    Anthony Weiner, Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.

    Ruling: False

    The health care law is “job killing.”

    Eric Cantor, Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.

    Ruling: False

    Those who fail to buy health insurance under “Obamacare” face the threat of jail time.

    Bob Marshall, Monday, December 13th, 2010.

    Ruling: Pants on Fire!

    Under the new health care law, “the first person (a) patient has to go to is a bureaucrat. That is called a panel.”

    John Raese, Monday, October 18th, 2010.

    Ruling: Pants on Fire!

    The new health care law crushes small businesses “with billions in penalties.”

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, October 5th, 2010.

    Ruling: False

    Under the new health care law, “all real estate transactions will be subject to a 3.8% Sales Tax”

    Chain e-mail, Monday, August 2nd, 2010.

    Ruling: Pants on Fire!

  2. Stu says:

    I must admit that I am not very well informed on this issue. I know that insurance costs keep going up and my employer has been forced to change plans a number of times, causing my deductible to substantially increase. Thank goodness I am not facing what you’re dealing with now.

  3. torqdog says:

    I wasn’t gonna reply to this but figured what better opportunity to express my “I don’t give a fuck, anymore” attitude. First let me start with a quote I’ve used before but seems to be even more pertinent to the current discussion of entitlements;

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”
    — Alexis de Tocqueville

    “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” Hmmmm, looks like a prediction based on failed civilizations from the past. Is that what they call “history repeating itself”?
    Here’s another that seems to fit right in;

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
    — Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America)

    I look at all the budget debate these days and just wind up shaking my head. Here we sit with a debt that has soared to over 14 TRILLION dollars with this year’s projected deficit to run somewhere around 1.6 TRILLION dollars and we’re now fighting over cuts ranging from 400 million (Anthony Weiner on Hannity) to some Repubs claiming 67 billion as a magical number. Big fricken whoop!!! Last month (Februrary) we set a new monthly record for deficit spending, 221 BILLION dollars and that came on a month that has only 28 days! To compare, the total annual deficit for 2007 wasn’t even that much yet it raised the ire of many. Here, I’m gonna spell it out so there’s no confusion as to what the acronym WAFJ stands for …… WHAT A FUCKING JOKE!!!!

    I have lost ALL hope that this government will EVER come to grips with it’s addiction to spending. People in this country are too accustomed to getting their presumtuous “rightful” piece of the pie and this new healthcare law is just more entitlements (yes Bill, your single payer wish IS coming, GUARANTEED!) piled on to an ever increasing burden that we will NEVER be able to satisfy.

    Here’s another look at a disturbing link I’ve posted in the past. Last time I posted this a year or so ago the unfunded liabilties were around 108 TRILLION and have now soared to 113 TRILLION. Take a look and then tell me how we’re fiscally sound;


    And finally, here’s an article describing how 10 former members of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers see us heading into a sort of financial meltdown that will dwarf the 2008 crisis;


    Bottom line kiddies is that we’re ALL addicted to our perks, whether it be Social Security, Medicare, Healthcare or stuff like lucrative benefits for govt. employee unions, etc. etc. etc. Anytime someone even hints at cuttiing a budget, it’s met with an offensive assault that causes even the most staunch budget cutters to wither. Yesterday, the prime minister of Portugal resigned after a bill to get their govt. in line financially failed to pass. I guess the detractors are just expecting the IMF to come in and bail them out with some more cash? Remember the riots in Greece when they tried to pass some austerity measures? Remember the ongoing crap in Madison that roughly parallels Greece? We’re finished! There’s no way this kind of spending can continue yet just try and take away some of the perks folks have enjoyed for years and watch the whining begin. Maybe we should just follow Steven Lerner’s plan to bring down the system and start over. Is he just an unknowing pawn in de Tocqueville’s prediction or has he studied these things and feels the time is right? It’s eventually gonna fall from it’s own weight anyway. To use Obama’s metaphor, the car ain’t headin for the ditch, the car has already gone over the cliff and the only thing that will save it from complete destruction when it hits bottom is a miracle and even that might fall short.

    Go ahead and respond to this if you feel obligated but don’t expect any kind of reponse back from me ……. remember, I don’t give a fuck! Y’all can sit there and dicker back and forth over this, that or the other thing but from my point of view, it’s become irrelevant and pointless anymore.

  4. Bill says:

    I forgot one:

    -Randy Spiker, Reno (R) : “We’re finished!” (03/24/2011)

    • torqdog says:

      -Randy Spiker, Reno (R) : “We’re finished!” (03/24/2011)

      False! Randy Spiker lives in Carson City (tongue sticking out in a rasberry salute! :-)

  5. Becky says:

    he,he. This one’s quite a debate. I don’t have the time or mental energy. My family’s insurance situation has been similar to Stu’s over the past decade and is now being debated as the new budget goes into place. I have always been very grateful that I did not have to question any of us visiting the doc when necessary. That could change now. I’m sorry about your situation, Bill. At least Wes is fairly confident he will not be receiving a lay-off notice.

    • torqdog says:

      Becky, since the passage of the health bill, everyone I know who has med insurance is seeing their coverage drastically reduced with no reduction in monthly premiums. They have all instituted what’s called a “high deductable” plan that puts emphasis on personal responsibility by way of govt. mandated Health Savings Accounts (HSA). In other words, we now are responsible for costs. My plan is now forcing everyone to pay the first 3,100 dollars annually per person (6,200 for the two of us) out of pocket and Viv’s is going to be 4,000 with a good friend’s wife seeing similar numbers. What this means is that we are responsible for the first 6,200 bucks before the insurance pays one dime. What this also means is that now we DO have to question those visits to the Doc, even when neccessary as it all is out of pocket expenditures. The only benefit from these new high deductable plans is that wellness visits like annual checkups and flu shots are now 100% covered. Again, big fricken whoop!

      Like you, I haven’t had the time or energy to really dig into the root causes as to why everyone’s insurance seems to be going in the same direction but it would seem as though there are governmental mandates at work here. How else can this all encompassing shift be explained? Bill, maybe you could share some insight gathered from your pro-health care crowd. I’d really like to know why after the passage of the “affordable” health care act, everyone that I know from many different employers, costs have gone through the roof in a similar fashion. I know the Govt is really good at putting forth oxymoron titles so as to make us think there’s something there that isn’t and the Affordable Health Care Act is just another one meant to make us all “feel good”. (pun intended)

  6. torqdog says:

    Yesterday, I heard a great analogy put to this pathetic budget debate. It’s like “we’re arguing over the bar tab on the Titanic”.

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