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Koch Fib Files: The TV Ad’s Apolitical Cancer Patient

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2014

Remember the anti-Obamacare ad created by Karl Rove’s Koch-funded group “Americans for Prosperity” that featured a lady cancer patient who tried to make it sound like her health care costs were going up?

Well, it turns out that she’s actually going to save over $1000 a year because of Obamacare:

Before her plan was canceled, [Julie] Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That’s $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra’s premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That’s a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

Oh, and here’s something else that won’t surprise anyone at all who’s been paying attention over the last four decades:

Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

What was that about being apolitical again, Ma’am?

(Crossposted to MyFDL.)

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CBO Spins Good ACA Jobs News Into Bad News

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 4, 2014

One of the biggest benefits of the Affordable Care Act is that fewer people will be forced to hold down crappy jobs in order to pay for health insurance.

That condition, known as “job lock”, is considered a bad thing even by conservative economists.

So, when the persons in the Congressional Budget Office notice this effect, how do they announce it? By saying that Eeek Eeek Eeeeeeek Obamacare will shrink the labor force by 2.5 million!!!!

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Obama Neatly Pivots On GOP’s Demagoguing ACA Rollout

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 14, 2013

Hear that gnashing of teeth?

That’s Barack Obama taking Darrell Issa’s toys away from him:

9:10 AM PT: “Today I’m offering an idea that will help” fix the problem of cancellations. Basically will allow insurance commissioners to allow insurance companies to renew all existing plans for another year.

9:12 AM PT: Important point: Obama reminds people the old individual market was broken. “That’s why I will not accept” proposals that are “just an attempt to drag us back into the broken system.” Encourages people who want to continue their current policies to at least look at exchanges and shop for better plans.

This just popped the Republicans’ biggest talking points balloon, and it ain’t coming back.

That’s also the sound of AHIP realizing that its game plan isn’t going the way they told Liz Fowler and Max Baucus to make it go:

This, of course, has the insurance companies (and Republicans) outraged! He’s making the insurance companies the enemy! (About damned time, I say.) If they don’t take him up on this extension, and go ahead and cancel policies, everyone is going to blame them. They’re also saying that it would be impossible to do (even though they’re not forced to).

Insurance source: WH fix places “onus on us even tho they know we can’t” effectively extend cancelled policies given rates/logistics probs

Which everyone knows is bullshit. If there’s once thing that insurance companies are really good at, it’s figuring out how to rescind things. If they can scour a customer’s health history to find the acne treatment from 30 years ago that would give them an excuse to cancel a policy, they can figure out how to rescind a policy cancellation. And, of course, this would be voluntary. They don’t have to keep offering shitty policies, but they can. Of course, if they don’t, they’ll have angry customers. Which also isn’t a new thing for health insurance companies.

AHIP’s gone so far as to huff and puff and threaten to start hiking rates in 2015, which is a laughable threat. The ACA is their permanent meal ticket, and no way will they hike rates and risk making the healthy kids that they want in their thrall suddenly decide that risking IRS penalties (which since they’re largely unenforceable isn’t much of a risk anyway) is a much cheaper solution.

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Obamacare Ratings Improve, Especially Among Currently Uninsured

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 7, 2013

Well, the Republicans, their media allies, and a few weakkneed weathervanes among the Democrats have been part of a non-stop three-week-long hate parade against the ACA.

And guess what? It’s actually gotten slightly more popular during that time.

Despite glitches at, despite a non-stop onslaught of news stories about cancellation letters and “Obamacare took my insurance away,” yet another poll shows that Obamacare isn’t losing support but in fact is gaining in popularity. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a modest gain in overall support for the law, from 44 percent in September to 47 percent in October.

Where are the gains coming from? Mostly, from the ranks of the uninsured:

The uninsured view the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, more favorably since online marketplaces opened—44 percent compared with 37 percent in September, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll. It found that 56 percent oppose the program compared with 63 percent in September.

A higher proportion of the uninsured also said they are interested in buying insurance on the exchanges, with 42 percent in October, saying they were likely to enroll compared with 37 percent in September. The results have a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

“The launch of the exchanges, that’s the first real world event for a lot of people,” said Chris Jackson, an Ipsos pollster. “There’s been this sense that once people got familiar with it, public opinion would start to move in its direction.”

This will be especially interesting come January and February, when Ted Cruz and his Suicide Caucusers plan to once again shut down the government and hold the US economy hostage — this time in an election year — in order to undo the ACA.

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Remember The Medicare Part D Rollout?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 24, 2013

TPM reminds everyone of the following:

A few weeks into the launch of the most sweeping health care reform law in a generation, John Boehner declared that the implementation was a disaster.

“The implementation,” the Republican leader said, “has been horrendous. We’ve made it far more complicated than it should be.”

Boehner, of course, was talking about the rollout of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit — known as Part D — enacted in 2003 by President George W. Bush. He discussed the implementation woes during a Feb. 6, 2006 appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” on his fifth day as House majority leader.

But did he want to repeal the benefit? No. The future Speaker soberly acknowledged the problems but saw potential in the law and called for improving it. “The good news is that the competition that’s being created has lowered premiums significantly below where Congress thought they’d be when we put the bill together, so the competition side is good,” he said. “I think the implementation side continues to need to be improved.”

It was a rough time for the law’s proponents. The soft launch was “anything but smooth,” according to the Washington Post, marred by at least two delays along with other, deeper problems. Upon launch, the Bush administration admitted to receiving “tens of thousands of complaints by seniors, pharmacists and others” about implementation failures. Health and Human Services vowed to “fix every problem as quickly as possible.”

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News Roundup: WI Senate Recount, Obamacare-Hating Cons Moving To Canada, Media Depict NFIB Shill As Just A Plain Ol’ Businessman

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 30, 2012

So much to write about, so little time:

— Add Joe Olivo of Perfect Printing to the list of right-wing and/or business lobby shills the media choose to pretend are just plain old folks with no hidden agenda:

Wow — two news organizations covering the same story scoured the nation for a random small business owner to comment on that story — and they both found the same one! How’d that happen? What are the odds?

Well, as it turns out, Joe Olivo of Perfect Printing turns up quite a bit in public discussions of this and other issues. Here he is testifying against the health care law before House and Senate committees in January 2011. Here he is on the Fox Business Network around the same time, discussing the same subject. Here he is a few days ago, also on Fox Business, talking to John Stossel about the law. Here he is discussing the same subject on a New Jersey Fox affiliate.


NFIB, you will not be surprised to learn, is linked to the ALEC and Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, and to the usual rogues’ gallery of right-wing zillionaires.

So Joe Olivo isn’t just some random business owner — he’s dispatched by NFIB whenever there’s a need for someone to play a random small business owner on TV.

It’s time to make a list of these clowns. I know that Olivo’s not the first person whose conservative and/or business lobby ties our allegedly-liberal media doesn’t disclose when choosing to use him or her as their “average person without an agenda” soundbite provider.

— Speaking of clowns, these right-wingers apparently think that moving to a country with socialized medicine is a good way to express their hatred for socialized medicine. (If right-wing drivel of this sort is something you find wildly entertaining, TBogg has come along to harvest some choice examples.)

— In other news, once and future Wisconsin state senator John Lehman (D-Racine) is winning the optional recount that the state Republicans demanded and for which they are paying out of their own pockets, as Lehman’s lead was big enough to avoid triggering a mandatory recount. If control of the Wisconsin State Senate during recess (a recess that Walker can end at any time, just as he did last year) wasn’t such a big deal, why are state Republicans fighting so hard to delay the inevitable turnover to the state Democrats?

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