In 2008, Barack Obama's campaign sent out a flier which read: "Hillary's health care plan forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can't afford it ... and you pay a penalty if you don't." Boy, we really dodged a bullet there, didn't we?
Ahhh, yes. Those terrific memories from 2008. I think most reasonable people will admit that the Obama campaign of 2008 was a marketing extravaganza. And like all other political campaigns, they lied. Particularly on healthcare, which was something I never believed Barack Obama had a passion for or even a plan. But it was a great talking point. And so . . . we end up with Romneycare and the Mother of all Fights over an issue that 70% of the electorate supported before the election: healthcare reform.
If you want a belly laugh, take a look at what Scott Brown is proposing--basically Obamacare with a different name. You can't make this stuff up.
posted by Anonymous : 1:39 PM
Sorry to be ot again, joseph, but this is mildly important.
Viewing Obamacare as a way to funnel more money into the insurance industry, it’s interesting that the elimination of asset based assessment of qualification for Medicaid is offset by confiscation of assets upon death. If your income is below the poverty cutoff then you’re automatically (mandatorily) enrolled. This used to just be for those enrolled in extended care facilities under Medicaid. Now that Medicaid under Obamacare is handled through a private insurer cutout, there is the possibility that a person could go through their entire enrollment period without ever seeing a doctor but have their assets taken upon their death to pay the enrollment fees of the managing private insurer. Here’s what California has to say about it:
“The State of California must seek repayment of Medi-Cal benefits from the estate of a deceased Medi-Cal beneficiary for services received on or after the beneficiary’s 55th birthday. For Medi-Cal beneficiaries enrolled (either voluntary or mandatorily) in a managed care organization, the State must seek recovery of the total premium/capitation payments for the period of time they were enrolled in the managed care organization.”