Monday, October 27, 2014

Obamacare meets the midterms

Who says Obamacare isn't a major factor in the November midterms?
WashingtonExaminer: Some Democrats and their advocates in the press believe Obamacare, a year into implementation, is no longer much of a factor in the midterm elections. But no one has told Republican candidates, who are still pounding away at the Affordable Care Act on the stump. And no one has told voters, especially those in states with closely contested Senate races, who regularly place it among the top issues of the campaign.
Looks like Democrats and the lib media (but I repeat myself) are the only ones who think it's working just fine. Commenting on a NewYorkTimes puff piece released just a week before the midterms, Erick Erickson of RedState hones in on the propaganda of this coordinated campaign effort...
"...the paper has to admit Obamacare has not been as affordable as promised. Most importantly, the propagandists largely ignore the fact that Obamacare is deeply unpopular still. They ignore the millions of Americans who could not keep their doctor or insurance. They ignore the millions of Americans forced into a system they do not want.

The media, a week before the election, is doing its best to re-write how awesome Obamacare is. To do so, they have to ignore most of the major contentions by conservatives.

The media really is predictable. They have spent a year ignoring complaints and concerns over Obamacare, downplaying so many real-world stories. Now, a week before the election, they’d have us believe everything is just fine."
Uh huh...looks like it's working so fine that over 200,000 doctors (and growing) in our country are avoiding Obamacare plans!
TheDC: The number of physicians nationwide that are declining to accept health plans from Obamacare exchanges is growing, according to a study from the American Action Forum.

As of May 2014, over 214,000 doctors wouldn’t participate in Obamacare plans, and that number may be growing, according to AAF, a free-market think tank in Washington. While some Obamacare kinks have been worked out over the past year, exchange plans remain as unfriendly to doctors as ever.

Obamacare puts physicians — especially the dwindling number of those in private practice — in an especially difficult financial situation, expecting doctors to eat the costs of patients who discontinue coverage and to simply take on more patients to make up for bottom-level reimbursements.
Wow, look at those results! And that's not all. There's the timely matter of rate hikes revealed just ahead of the midterms, which are actually fueling some of the opposition attacks against Democrats who voted for Obamacare in key battleground states, as they should!
FoxNews: ObamaCare rate increases are coming to some key battleground states, fueling Republican attacks ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

“It looks like we're going to have double-digit premium increases in places like Alaska, and Iowa and Louisiana," said health economist John Goodman. “Where we've got very close races for Senate, and Republican candidates are making a big deal over this."

The next ObamaCare open enrollment begins Nov. 15, just 11 days after the Nov. 4 elections. Because the enrollment season is so close, the rate increases in many states already are known.

"Where we have the tight Senate races, the fact that we're getting these big rate increases just adds fuel to the fire for ObamaCare as a political issue and the Republicans’ attack on it," said Bob Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates.

In Iowa, for example, where Republican Joni Ernst is challenging Democrat Bruce Braley for the Senate, the Des Moines Register recently reported that premiums will be rising by double digits.

"We heard just last week," Ernst said in a debate Oct. 16, "that health care policies, their cost is going up an average of 19 percent."

In the Louisiana race, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu has tried to distance herself from the president, even as he suggested those who do that still really support him.

But the largest insurer in the state, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, will raise rates as much as 19.7 percent, so her opponent, Republican Bill Cassidy, is running an ad with supporters pegged to the issue.

One woman says, "Senator Landrieu, I voted for you before, but when you voted for ObamaCare, I knew I had made a mistake." A second woman adds, "cancelled health plans, now big rate increases..."

Alaska appears to be the hardest hit of all, with increases as high as 37 percent.

An ad from an outside group, Freedom Partners Action Fund, shows a screen with the words "Huge increase for insurance rates in Alaska" as an announcer says "Alaskans could see their rates increase by thousands of dollars each year."

Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Begich, the Democratic candidate, held the plan at arm’s length, saying in a radio ad, "When I think about the health care law, frustrated, disappointed, you can put a lot of words toward it, but every day I work to try to fix it."
Oh really, Senator? Alaska, Louisiana, Iowa, all the battleground states, once again, take note that none of these Democratic Senators had a problem shoving this down the throats of the American people. Also, keep in mind the line in the above piece about how some Democrats have tried to distance themselves from Obama, "even as he suggested those who do that still really support him." How many times do you have to be lied to and fooled?

Vote these BUMS OUT once and for all!

Related links: Begich: I voted for Obama
Small Business Group Ditches Landrieu Over Obamacare Support
Quinnipiac Iowa Poll: ObamaCare A Liability For Rep. Bruce Braley

ADDENDUM: It's unfortunate that some RINOs still refuse to utilize such a powerful tool at their desposal, though. Perhaps it's time to replace more than a few of them as well...but then, that's what should have been done during primary season.

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