Obamacare Sold Out America

The most thriving co-op is Maine Community Health, which has taken 80 percent of the new market from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (a WellPoint subsidiary) despite comparable prices. Co-ops in Nebraska and Iowa secured more than half the market, while Kentucky's co-op grabbed 60 percent.

The latter proved a bitter irony for McConnell, who was instrumental in eliminating funding for 26 other states. Next year, the Kentucky co-op will expand into West Virginia, one of three moving into neighboring states.

"We don't need to own the whole market," says Julia Hutchins, CEO of Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative. "There's an opportunity to push the entire industry in a direction more focused on consumers, and we can do that even with a very small market share."

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus drafted an insurance industry insider, Liz Fowler, to lay the groundwork for what would become Obamacare.
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus drafted an insurance industry insider, Liz Fowler, to lay the groundwork for what would become Obamacare.
Although Affordable Care Act enemy House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly claims the U.S. has "the best health-care delivery system in the world," the World Health Organization puts us at number 36.
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Although Affordable Care Act enemy House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly claims the U.S. has "the best health-care delivery system in the world," the World Health Organization puts us at number 36.

Of course, not every co-op has been successful. Minuteman Health in Massachusetts, Evergreen Health Co-op in Maryland, and Oregon's Health CO-OP were hamstrung by faulty websites. Others wound up on the wrong side of price, such as Arizona's Meritus Health Partners, which was dramatically undercut by private insurers.

Some, such as the Louisiana Health Cooperative, have already run into trouble. Former CEO Terry Shilling tried to turn it into a money grab for his former health consulting firm, Beam Partners, proposing a four-year contract whereby Beam would receive a $3.3 million consulting fee, a 20 percent performance fee, and up to 50 cents for every person who signed up for the plan.

Moreover, there remains the question of what happens when some of the co-ops inevitably fail. Republicans, who have attempted to subvert Obama­care at every turn, are sure to turn such failures into Benghazi-sized incidents on Fox News. Those on the front lines don't possess much faith that Obama will have their backs.

"How do you spin that?" Hickey asks. "It is spin, and I'm not trying to be critical, but up until now, the administration hasn't done a great job of spin on any issue with the Affordable Care Act. So that worries me."


There's little doubt that Obamacare has achieved some remarkable things. Given that Congress can barely agree on whether to pay its bills, the simple act of helping 7 million people get insurance is extraordinary in itself.

And there is reason for optimism.

Brookings Institution scholar Thomas Mann is an expert in political dysfunction. He cowrote It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism. Considering the "Republican Party's swing to the right and decision to oppose anything," he believes it's important to take a long view of Obamacare.

"He succeeded where presidents for a half-century have failed, so it wasn't going to be pretty," Mann says. "And it wasn't going to be easy."

Every expansion of the social safety net has been contentious. None kicked off without difficulties. The question is whether Democrats will be willing to wade back into the fight to address Obamacare's woes — particularly the lack of cost controls and competition — while taking endless fire from Republicans, who've shown no interest in repairing health care.

As Mann sees it, Obama­care is but the first battle.

"Sometimes it takes something that looks God-awful to set things in motion for some steps that will eventually give us a better system," he says. "To the right, it looks like communism, but to more rational observers, these are constrained, incremental changes. But they could add up to something quite nonincremental."

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bristol084
bristol084

Send a copy of this article to Jorge Ramos who is Obama's good friend and he sees him as the savor or America. This country is everyday down the hill with this president. Good article but sad because America has been one the best country in the world, and it is not any more.

codeblack56
codeblack56

Maybe if South Miami Dade, rid itself of these lying and  thieving Cuban's.., good clean living white people can move back to Miami and South Miami......! 

mothertucker27
mothertucker27

Insurance prices and the cost of healthcare are skyrocketing. The biggest increase since 1980. Obamacare is a complete failure.  

Suareza
Suareza

If the program is so good, why I am paying more than double with a bigger deductible from my previous plan, why did I have to change all the doctors, (from  Primary to Specialist), why my medicine coverage is less. WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY DO THE BIG A-HOLES IN CONGRESS SIGN UP FOR THIS PIECE OF SSHHIT

DOES ANYBODY HAS A REASONABLE ANSWER???

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

Hey Chris Parker, bet you have nice company paid health insurance. It is a disgrace that we are the only major country in the free world without a national health plan for it's citizens. Fuck this pay to play shit ok. There are millions who need & can't afford health care when they lose their jobs they lose their insurance so shut the fuck up & offer a batter plan that OBama has. 

palmer1943
palmer1943

Then replace Obamacare with Medicare for all.  It would save an automatic 25%.and end  the prize money to the big insurance companies that are crying all the way to the bank. 

miamiarh3
miamiarh3

Bullshit! Obamacare is horrible....give it another 2 years and you will see what a disaster it really is...

Richard A. Guerrero
Richard A. Guerrero

Rich people always going to have good to get the most of their medical insurance. Obamacare is for people that can afford without insurance ( 30 millions) . How they are so selfish the only think about themself

Richard A. Guerrero
Richard A. Guerrero

The ingnorance is the key to stupidity , how can you give you opinion the something u don't know how it works.

miamiman911
miamiman911

Obama-care...Good intention, fooled President...Government is subsidizing an insurance policy to people at the price of a PPO when in fact consumers get an old fashion HMO... Politicians whether be Democrats or Republican are all the same..... They fight to be in power once there. They all become rich.......... These are not the type of people our founding fathers had in mind when they drafted the constitution.

francesvs
francesvs

america has become a trash  !       RIP America !!!

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

It was built to be a failure. All of this was intentional. It was designed to give the socialists a reason to blame the free market (even though it has no root in the free market at all) and implement single-payer. You know, the failure that doesn't work in Canada, Cuba or Europe, either. Just ask anyone who's had to wait for a heart procedure in a single-payer system. If you can find one who was lucky enough to get the treatment in time.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

wellfair healthcare. = all for votes.

Eugenio A. Alonso
Eugenio A. Alonso

Who can defend something that has become far worse than what it claimed to fix. Only Marxists tout a failure as an achievement.

Jeffrey Adams
Jeffrey Adams

I've seen the govt mess up tons of things in my life, but this one takes the cake

anglin1313
anglin1313

I doubt someone who makes racist comments knows anything about good, or clean living.

miamiman911
miamiman911

Ignorance is the act of believing in something when the facts are given..... Obamacare offers HMO like policies at the price of a PPO.... You are the ignorant by talking out of your ass... get the facts Rastrero

stevenmia
stevenmia

@miamiman911  


Obama Care is step in right direction.  Medicare/Medicaid are good for retired people and really sick people and retired people so what about us working people?   We are still left at mercy of insurance companies.    The insurance companies need to dissappear and they will over time.   


Florida had a great state plan under Democratic Governor Chiles called Community Health Purchasing Alliance.   It made companies compete for business with standard policies.   I was a member for 6-7 years untill it was shut down because the Republicfan Legislature failed to fund the promotion of it.  It was for companies will less than 50 employees and individuals like myself.   


Obama Care has given individusals the tools to get insured at reasonable proces.Yes, we need comprehensive single payer system to get real savings.


barnyard2217
barnyard2217

@francesvs  Trash? It's mother fucking ignornant non english speaking dirty thieving scum like yourself who land on our shores & receive welfare & have babies they can't afford.

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

Tell me that when you lose your fuc'g job & free healthcare you weasel.

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

Take that cake & shove it up your twat  u douche bag.

miamiarh3
miamiarh3

@barnyard2217 @miamiarh3 I have United Healthcare...I pay for it and when I went on the exchange the best I plan I found was $180 a month more with a $5000 deductible...

barnyard2217
barnyard2217

@stevenmia @miamiman911  The governor of Florida Rick Fox is a cunt thief. This prick should be in jail for the thievery he caused when in charge of a big health insurance co.

bdenison
bdenison

Fuck off you low rent piece of shit! No one wants to see you reply to every post!

 
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