"Under the Massachusetts program, people who earn about $15,000 annually incur health care expenses that average $295 a year, the report said. Under the federal program, these same individuals would have to spend about $626 a year, more than double the cost."
The authors of the law [isn't that the insurance companies and pharmaceutical industry or their lobbyists or the legislators they control?] say they meant [my emphasis] to ban all forms of discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions like asthma, diabetes, birth defects, orthopedic problems, leukemia, cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease. The goal, they say, was to provide those youngsters with access to insurance and to a full range of benefits once they are in a health plan.
To insurance companies [again, aren't they the true authors of the bill?], the language of the law is not so clear
Insurers agree that if they provide insurance for a child, they must cover pre-existing conditions. But, they say, the law does not require them to write insurance for the child and it does not guarantee the "availability of coverage" for all until 2014.
William G. Schiffbauer, a lawyer whose clients include employers and insurance companies, said: "The fine print differs from the larger political message. [My emphasis.] If a company sells insurance, it will have to cover pre-existing conditions for children covered by the policy. But it does not have to sell to somebody with a pre-existing condition. And the insurer could increase premiums to cover the additional cost."
Top US Corporations Considering Ending Health Care Benefits Thanks To Impending Cost Hikes
"... a report issued today in Fortune Magazine and reported by CNN indicates that the dire warnings of ObamaCare critics concerning the consequences of approving the costly legislation are in fact well-founded.
The report points to internal documents from AT&T, Verizon, John Deere, and several other large corporations which show that executives are, in fact, looking at the option of droppinghealthcare coverage for employees due to what they are sure will be unsustainable increases in costs. These costs will be so prohibitive that it would benefit the corporations to pay the government fines instead. ...."
The healthcare bill is becoming just the nightmare the right warned against, but in feeling free to hate them without reservation and without knowing them personally (one might even say, being comfortable being prejudiced against them), that was a warning the left could not hear.
The left is left with having hated so much, it couldn't appreciate that the tea partiers were bringing important insight into the bill, while the pressing voices saying "it will cover the sick and poor, take it, take it," were coming from those who wrote the bill and ensured in the thousands of pages and fine print, that it would do no such thing.
It is not too late for the left to make allies with ordinary people on the right who are not racist idiots but a white lower middle class going off Obama's cliff, who were legitimately frightened of a giant bill giving immense power to the federal government (on behalf of the insurance companies and pharmaceutical corporations).
it is not too late for the left to wake up and make friends and join with all those rejecting Obama's deceit around the healthcare bill.
Here is but one.
Left and right want our country back. Perhaps, through the hindsight of the corrupt healthcare bill, people will hear each other better and can begin to work together on all the other issues Obama makes "sound" progressive but which end up frighteningly corporate. (Watch out for Immigration reform!)