Republicans control The House, The Senate, and come January 20th, 2017 after Donald Trump is sworn in as the next president, Republicans would also control The White House. And given their hate for Obamacare, it seems just a matter of time until Donald Trump and his Republican friends in Congress repeal Obamacare, taking away healthcare from millions of Americans.
But Obamacare appears to be holding its own!
The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year’s pace.
Despite rising premiums, dwindling insurers, and the Republican vow to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, about 400,000 more people signed up through Monday than for a comparable period in 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Department said.
He didn’t use these words, but his message was the same – Obamacare is here to stay!
Rob Portman is a Republican Senator for the state of Ohio. And on Thursday, the Republican senator told reporters that if they get control of the Senate in the November election, a vote to Repeal Obamacare will follow. With the House of Representatives already controlled by Republicans, the prospects of a repeal bill passing both houses of Congress is extremely likely.
“I suspect we will vote to repeal early to put on record the fact that we Republicans think it was a bad policy and we think it is hurting our constituents,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), appearing at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “We think health care costs should be going down, not up. We think people should be able to keep the insurance that they had. They are worried about the fact that the next shoe to drop is going to be employer coverage.”
As Portman’s remarks indicated, a repeal vote by a Republican-controlled Senate would be a largely perfunctory exercise, designed to register GOP opposition with the health care law once again. The president would never sign such a measure, even if he were severely chastened by the 2014 election results. Even top conservative donors concede as much.
While the rest of the Republicans are running away with breakneck speed from their “repeal Obamacare” nonsense, Mitch McConnell is slowly moseying along. Apparently, he didn’t get the memo that Obamacare is a hugely successful law and that millions of Americans are presently benefiting from it.
Mitch McConnell is running for the Senate again, the man has been there like, 100 years or so, but he is running again by telling the voters of Kentucky that he is still going to repeal Obamacare. You see, Kentuckians loathe Obamacare, so this repeal nonsense promised to be an easy win for McConnell. But there is only problem for Mitch – Kentucky residents loves Obamacare… sorry, they hate Obamacare but they love Kynect!
Kynect is what Obamacare is called in Kentucky!
When asked if he is going to dismantle Kynect, Mitch showed physical pain. His face said it all. His very being showed what is meant by the phrase, caught like a deer in headlights. You could see the wheels in his head turning, trying to figure out who was asking the question and why were they trying to put him on the spot. You saw the pain of him trying to muster words into a sentence that he hoped would explain that Kynect would stay even if he somehow managed to repeal Obamacare. You saw the pain of a man who knew he was lying to himself, but went ahead and lied anyway. After what seemed like an eternity, Mitch slowly turned to the general direction of the question and said, “I think that’s unconnected to my comments about the overall question.”
Another lie by McConnell of course, because Kynect is Obamacare and Obamacare is Kynect!
This is how one of the biggest papers in Kentucky responded to McConnell’s deer in headlight Moment:
Nothing could be more connected — or should be more important to Kentucky’s senior senator — than the fates of the more than 400,000 Kentuckians who are getting health insurance, many for the first time, and the federal Affordable Care Act, which is making that possible.
Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls “Obamacare,” and the state exchange would collapse.
Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)
Kentucky’s exchange also could not survive without the federal funding and tax credits that are helping 300,000 previously uninsured Kentuckians gain access to regular preventive medicine, including colonoscopies, mammograms and birth control without co-pays.
As a result of a law that McConnell wants to repeal, one in 10 of his constituents no longer have to worry that an illness or injury will drive them into personal bankruptcy or a premature grave.
Repealing the federal law would also end the Medicaid expansion that is enabling Kentucky to expand desperately needed drug treatment and mental health services.
And still, the Republicans are stuck on stupid! They’re still talking about repealing a law that is helping the economy, and helping millions and millions and millions of Americans! And as they talk about repeal, they have no idea on what to replace the law with if they somehow manage to repeal it.
President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should “forcefully defend and be proud of” in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law.
The enrollment figure, revised upward from the 7.5 million signups that the administration had announced earlier this month, renewed hopes at the White House that Democrats will be able to overcome the initial rocky rollout of the health law in the fall as they battle to maintain control of the Senate in the midterms this fall.
“This thing is working,” Obama said at an afternoon news conference. Of the GOP, he added: “They said no one would sign up. They were wrong about that. They are wrong to try to repeal a law that is working.”
The final figure is well above the White House’s initial target of 7 million signups.
Republicans, who have fought the law since it was passed by a sharply divided Congress in 2010, escalated their call for the law to be repealed after the problems with the enrollment Web site, which repeatedly broke down in its first few months. Obama’s job approval ratings dropped, and Democrats worried that the bad headlines would harm the party at the ballot box.
But a buoyant Obama said the better-than-expected enrollment news should convince Democrats to not shy away from embracing his signature domestic achievement.
“I don’t think we should apologize for it, and I don’t think we should be defensive about it,” he said. “I think it is a strong, good, right story to tell. I think what the other side is doing and what the other side is offering would strip away protections for those families.”
While Obamacare is saving millions of lives today, there are still some states – headed by Republican governors – that insist on killing their citizens… literally. One of those states is Florida and the case of Charlene Dill is a sad but perfect example.
Dill, a 32-year-old mother of three, collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor at the end of March. She was at an appointment to try to sell a vacuum cleaner, one of the three part-time jobs that she worked to try to make ends meet for her family. Her death was a result of a documented heart condition — and it could have been prevented.
Dill was uninsured, and she went years without the care she needed to address her chronic conditions because she couldn’t afford it.
Under the health reform law, which seeks to expand coverage to millions of low-income Americans, Dill wasn’t supposed to lack insurance. She was supposed to have access to a public health plan through the law’s expansion of the Medicaid program. But Dill, a Florida resident, is one of the millions of Americans living in a state that has refused to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion after the Supreme Court ruled this provision to be optional. Those low-income people have been left in a coverage gap, making too much income to qualify for a public Medicaid plan but too little income to qualify for the federal subsidies to buy a plan on Obamacare’s private exchanges.
Florida has one of the highest uninsurance rates in the nation, and is home to a disproportionately large number of residents who struggle to afford health services. Nonetheless, lawmakers have continued to resist accepting generous federal funds to expand Medicaid to an estimated 750,000 low-income Floridians like Dill.