ObamaCare? More Of That Please




Simon McCormack: Obamacare Could Reduce America’s Bloated Prison Population

At a conference earlier this month on Obamacare and the justice system, Amy Solomon, a senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice, laid out the Obama administration’s case for why the ACA is good news for states looking to shrink the number of people behind bars. Given that $80 billion is spent nationwide every year on incarceration, Obamacare could be a way to “bend the cost curve,” she said.

Research has shown that access to medical care, especially addiction and mental health services, helps reduce the likelihood that former criminals will offend again. That means lower incarceration costs. Under Obamacare, in about half of states anyone who makes up to 133 percent of the poverty line, or about $15,000 for an individual, can qualify for Medicaid, including ex-cons.

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Mother Jones: Listen To Scarlett Johansson Try To Sell You On Obamacare

Last Friday, Planned Parenthood announced that they had enlisted three actresses to help them inform Americans about details of theAffordable Care Act. Scarlett Johansson, Aisha Tyler, and Gabrielle Union (all active in progressive politics) each recorded special phone messages to remind callers about Obamacare eligibility. Planned Parenthood provided Mother Jones with audio files of the three phone messages.

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ACA Success Stories: How My State’s Embrace Of The ACA Is Saving Me Thousands

I’m a single young professional, not covered by health insurance, working on my application to grad school. Two years ago, I looked at the price for health insurance for an individual, and it was discouraging. A bare-bones policy would have cost me almost a thousand dollars, and would still leave me bankrupt if anything went wrong. I’ve been uninsured since then, compulsively hoarding money so I could pay the bills if something went wrong and I became terribly injured or sick, and paying the full uninsured cost whenever I needed something looked at.

Today, I signed up for health insurance through the New York State of Health exchange. The price for a solid silver-level plan before subsidies was only a bit more than a third of what I had been quoted by the Freelancers’ Union two years ago – $350. With the tax credit, it’s even less. Now that I know my out-of-pocket is capped, I can put my savings toward going to grad school and becoming a certified teacher, as I’ve wanted to do for years.

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ACA Success Stories: Saving Money For A Better Plan

We will save $100 a month for a FAR superior plan to our old one. With my old plan when my husband was treated for cancer two years ago we were $10,000 out of pocket before real coverage kicked in.

The other woman in my office is a 60 year old diabetic. She works three part-time jobs, and has kept one part-time job she hates just for the health insurance. She applied for the Silver plan and even with her preexisting condition will be covered for $69 a month. She is quitting the hatred job and will put more time into the home organizing business she’s starting (and she’s quite good at it!)

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144 Responses to “ObamaCare? More Of That Please”

  1. 7 Judith Fardig
    October 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I am so grateful for Obamacare!

  2. October 24, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu UT!

  3. 13 GGail
    October 24, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Hey vc, I can’t get this tread when I refresh. I can only open it from my email.
    Congrats to you in any form!!! 😀

  4. 14 GGail
    October 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The cover states that there are six comments here, but I only see vc saying hi 😦

  5. 19 GGail
    October 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I guess I was “touched” by the WordPress devil. All has returned to normal – for now 🙂

  6. 20 vcprezofan2
    October 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Doorbell’s ringing. BBL

  7. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    It’s so positive – and important – to get all this good news about O’Care out there, UT. Thank you.

  8. 29 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This is awesome!! Was talking to a coworker yesterday….he spends over $1400/mo for his healthcare, and he says it’s not all that great. Checked on Obamacare….for a PLATINUM plan…he would pay $700/mo LESS than the so so insurance he has now!! He said “Why the heck wouldn’t people do this??!!” Thank you, President Obama:)

    • 30 desertflower
      October 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      AND it’s a better plan than the one he has now!!

    • October 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      The MSM is doing their best to keep any “positive” news about Obamacare off the air.

      No wonder people are confused.

      And yet they except POTUS to be the coder-in-chief, act indignant that he didn’t personally review the website coding for best practices.

      If he’s a co-worker, wouldn’t he be covered under your school district’s medical plan? None of my business of course, just wondering.

      Here’s concrete evidence the MSM isn’t doing their job (but relying on the federal govt to step in):
      “Despite the health-care exchanges having been up now for almost three weeks, uninsured Americans aren’t learning much about the new program.
      A new Gallup poll shows 71 percent of uninsured people say they are not familiar with the exchanges, while 28 percent say they are familiar.”

  9. 34 a4alice
    October 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Oh my gosh look at all this Obamacare goodness! Before I go back and read your post I gotta share this I saw go by from Randy Prine on my twitter TL. It’s for all you twitter folk who have to deal with the occassional troll:

  10. 39 donna dem 4 obama
    October 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm

  11. 40 Roberta in MN
    October 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Hi everyone, we have a problem here in SE Minnesota, there is only 1 company on the Networks for our area, BCBS & the rates are really high. Mayo won’t sign up with any other Insurance Co., like Medica, HealthPartners, etc. Something got overlooked here. I am so glad I am no Medicare & I have BCBS for supplemental and that went down. Can’t figure out what they are going to do down here. The legislators are taking it up to see what can be done for the residents in this area. That is kind of shitty.

    • 41 a4alice
      October 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      really is that on the MNCare site? I only visited it when it first came up I’ll have to go back over there again and check it out.

    • 42 pickle48
      October 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I heard Mayo is coming out with their own plan. We have WPS (west-central Wisconsin) and that covers us at Mayo.

    • 43 hopefruit2
      October 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

      What about SE Minnesota that is different from the other parts of the state? Because I’m reading that MN has the lowest premiums of all the states participating in the exchanges.

  12. 44 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    This oughta attract a troll or two, I’m thinkin’.

  13. 61 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    • 62 dotster3
      October 24, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      Hey JO’B—-thought you would want to know that “my” new beautiful baby is going to be a candy corn for Halloween. Didn’t want you to miss my “sly” sneaky new baby reference for today—–even when it’s way OT. 🙂

      • 63 jacquelineoboomer
        October 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Repeat after me (to cover my similar references): It’s never way OT to mention “your” new beautiful baby! Love the candy corn costume idea. Awww. 🙂

      • 64 99ts
        October 24, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        Nothing sneaky about mentioning babes – not that I ever mention my grandbabe 🙂 🙂

      • 65 Dudette
        October 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        Hey, that’s a good one! Tis the season for little cutie-pies in costume. Brag away, my dear and post a picture or too while you’re at it. 🙂

  14. 66 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

  15. 67 dotster3
    October 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I guess this stupid fool was even too embarrassing and shameful for N.C. Repubs——and that’s a heap of embarrassment and shame.

  16. 71 donna dem 4 obama
    October 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  17. October 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm

  18. 73 jacquelineoboomer
    October 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Lies and the Lyin’ Liars Who Believe ’em – This stuff is so convoluted, it makes me gag.

  19. 76 hopefruit2
    October 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Since PBO put the GOP in their place during the government shutdown, the media (including the so-called LIBRUL media) has been very nasty towards him? Even nastier than usual?

    And this ACA stuff is all about the GOP and MSM’s revenge for what PBO did during the government shutdown?

    • 77 Layla
      October 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Do not forget that the MSM was all geared up $ wise for some ‘shock and awe’ in Syria. Also MSM really did believe that PBO would cave during the shutdown…such a pisser for all of them!!!

      • 78 hopefruit2
        October 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        Right, so with every PBO “success” which is really the country’s success, the MSM and GOP become increasingly enraged. Okay, got it now…

    • 79 jziglar
      October 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Yep, this is all about getting revenge because the President and his party beat the GOP during the shutdown.

    • 80 nathkatun7
      October 25, 2013 at 12:39 am

      You nailed it, hopefruit!

  20. 81 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  21. 82 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    POWER Kewlness!

  22. 83 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:01 pm

  23. 84 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  24. 85 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    October 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Concert is about to begin:

  25. 89 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Oh Really, Mr. Barton?

  26. 95 africa
    October 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    • 96 Layla
      October 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      here is how he describes himself on twitter… Eater of food. Hater of filibuster. Lover of charts! Eater of food!!!!!! WTF man! Here we thought you were a cannibal!!! Disappointing!

      • October 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm

        He’s got that hipster, cooler-than-thou thing going on in his Twitter profile.

        Too cute by half, not professional and makes me want to gag. Especially the charts part, which are so easily manipulated to *look* like they support whatever it is you’re cheerleading.

        Does anyone know what Jeff Gauvin was referrring to in this tweet today?

        (timestamp is 6 pm-ish east coast time — not sure if the PDT timestamp shows (which is what I see):

  27. 98 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Daily Currant is a satire site (just in case any tweets of its stories show up in your Twitter TL). Funny, outlandish stories that seem plausible.

  28. October 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

  29. 100 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Props to HRC — deftly handled!

  30. 101 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    • 102 nospin
      October 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      “We need a governor who’ll bring people together.”

      that person isn’t Terry Mcauliffe but the alternative is not an option.

      • 103 Dudette
        October 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        He’ll bring people together to oppose the sniveling, evil GOP faction that’s currently ruining the state. That’ll do for starters.

  31. 104 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    • 105 forus50
      October 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      HOW COOL!!! I am sooooo happy that our President has prioritized rail travel. Even with all these budget cuts, it looks like some good infrastructure might still happen. Go Amtrak!!

      • 106 Dudette
        October 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        Agreed! Trains are COOL! So is our President! 😎

        • 107 carolyn
          October 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          If you’ve ridden trains in Europe, you know how absolutely wonderful they are. We are going to need more than new trains, although we certainly need those! Ours are absolutely clunky compared to the sleep European and Asian trains. However, I know that the rails and rail beds will also have to bee completely upgraded to handle the improved trains. That should provide thousands of people with good, solid jobs. The trains in Europe are so smooth…you never know when they start up.
          Our first trip in Italy a man had a glass of orange juice on his little tray table before we started. I watched it as the train started…..not a slight wave in his glass, the train was so smooth!

  32. 109 Jovie
    October 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  33. 110 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Already with the trolls repsonding to her tweet. It grows tiresome.

  34. 112 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Apparently my James Taylor made a teeny-tiny mistake tonight and Twitter is jumping all over him for it.
    I’ll fight ’em all! Love my Sweet Baby James!

    • October 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Loved the James Taylor-Tony Bennett duet you posted last night, Dudette!

      They really seemed in sync, and can you believe that Tony Bennett is an octogenarian?

      Both very impressive (to me at least, LOL).

      • 114 Dudette
        October 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Thanks Arapaho. I just thought that duet was magical.
        Tony’s definitely got great genes! Did you know his wife is 40 yrs younger than him? She’s one lucky chick! 🙂

        Btw, I had no idea James was singing the anthem today. My posting video was pure coincidence.

      • 115 carolyn
        October 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Actually…..I would like to hear America the Beautiful. It’s much more singable, and has a great message, I think.

  35. 117 MightyPamela
    October 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Starting at the bottom makes catching up faster, believe it or not!

  36. 120 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Pop Survey: Name the most interesting/memorable Halloween costume you’ve ever seen (child or adult).

    Mine: Years ago a guy at work came one year as a Speed Bump! Bought a cheap yellow sweat suit, dipped a tire in some black paint and rolled tire marks over the sweat suit a few times. Whenever anyone asked what he was, he’d lay flat on the floor and hold up a sign that just read “SLOW”!

    Ha! That still cracks me up! 😀

    • October 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Reminds me of that old SNL skit where the punchline was “if it absolutely, positively needs to be there the next day, call the other guy.”

      It was a skit for a company you could use to blame the late delivery of, say, an important project (when you’ve missed a deadline). They had a enormous rubber stamp that they rolled over the package as “proof” to why the package was delayed. Very funny,

      Also reminds me of my favorite cat, a calico, that we endearingly called “tread head,” because her marking on the top of her head were grey tabby, looking like miniature tread marks against her mostly white and orange tabby background.

    • 123 Judith Fardig
      October 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      One of my second graders came as an amoeba. His mother made the costume in her spare time from being head of surgical ICU at Walter Reed many years ago. The other kids didn’t get it, but I loved it!

  37. October 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    • 125 nospin
      October 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm

      Bobfr – I can’t get over the fact of all this kerfluffle about a website. This is frakkin ridiculous. Every time I see mention of it I think, are they serious? Really?

      Then I saw some are trying to equate the site issues with a “scandal” for the administration…wtf??? What is disappointing is that even some democrats are adopting the framing of this non issue as if there is any legitimacy in comparing the kinks that are happening with the website (which is less than 30 days old) with the law itself.

      I have to think I woke up in some alternate reality. It is as if $24Billion in wasted dollars never happened. The threat of the GOP deliberately shutting down the government and intentionally blowing up the economy never happened.

      • October 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

        “I have to think I woke up in some alternate reality. It is as if $24Billion in wasted dollars never happened. The threat of the GOP deliberately shutting down the government and intentionally blowing up the economy never happened.”

        Understand how you feel, nospin!

        The #Kochville #NEWSTAINERS and their fellow minions in the #GOP have been striving mightily these past 4+years to create that alternate reality, but the fact is that more and more and more Americans are fully aware of their efforts to turn the USA into the Koch Bro version of Pottersville.

        Ain’t gonna happen.


  38. 127 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm


    • 128 57andfemale
      October 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      eden foods?!?! what is up with RWNJ business owners of companies that should appeal to liberals?

      Another company off my shopping list. And so they will be told.

  39. 129 Jovie
    October 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  40. 130 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm

  41. 131 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    No Gap clothes for me! http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014630871

    Gap Clothing Chain Founders Were Behind California ‘Dark Money’ Campaign

  42. 134 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm

  43. 140 desertflower
    October 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm


    Republicans are apoplectic about Healthcare.gov, the official Web site for the Affordable Care Act.

    They are trying desperately to change the subject from their disastrous government shutdown by ranting about the failures of a government Web site that cost a tiny fraction of what was lost as a result of the shutdown.

    Republicans are pretending that they care about the problems encountered in signing up for a system that many of them are bent on destroying.

    They are demanding an immediate fix to something they want to break.

    They are trying to deflect public outrage away from their record-low approval ratings.

    The only problem for Republicans is that a technical issue isn’t likely to have legs. Yes, it’s embarrassing. Yes, it’s frustrating. Yes, it’s an unforced error.

    But it’s also fixable, and in the grand scheme of things, a malfunctioning Web site is more understandable and less consequential than a malfunctioning political party.

    The Web site will be fixed. Can the same be said of the party that has planted its flag on the outskirts of reason? Can the same be said of the party being hijacked by hyperpartisans?

  44. 143 Dudette
    October 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm


  45. 144 LDS
    October 24, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    No surprise, Bill Moyer.
    President Obama has been saving ass and kicking ass since Day 1.
    Now, that is how you run a country.
    Waiting for the naysayers to finally catch up…….what’s taking y’all so long, huh?

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