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Friday, June 06, 2014

Simon Maloy: Right around noon on Wednesday, the Senate voted to invoke cloture on Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to be the next secretary of Health and Human Services. The all-out Obamacare brawl that Republicans had promised when Burwell's nomination was announced never materialized. Instead, it ended with a quiet, respectful display of bipartisan comity. Losing the opportunity to grandstand on the Burwell nomination, however, was the least of the Republicans' troubles this week when it came to the Affordable Care Act. We're only six days into June, and opponents of the ACA have already had a terrible month.

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Gallup's most recent survey found that the uninsured rate thus far in the second quarter of 2014 is 13.4 percent, which is "down from 17.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013 and from the 15.6 percent average in the first quarter of 2014." Overall this means that the roughly 11 million people who gained insurance during the ACA's implementation contributed to a 22 percent drop in the uninsured rate. The rate does seem to be leveling off, per Gallup's analysis, but the "rate could drop if more states elect to expand Medicaid." ...

[A]ll-in-all, in terms of policy outcomes and political wrangling, this week was pretty good for proponents of the Affordable Care Act, and pretty rough for the dwindling sect of hardcore repeal devotees.

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Good eye, 726.

Perhaps if they tried to vote it down another 40 times?

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-06 11:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

The republicans never opposed romneyobamacare. They invented it in the first place. The con is in creating the illusion of a difference between the parties.

Two hit men: one set of dons.

#2 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-06 07:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

You can always tell when the rightie wingnuts know they don't have an issue by the number of comments. Lots of comments? Lots of nutballs.

#3 | Posted by midiman at 2014-06-06 07:28 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The Colorado Hospital Association released a study this week showing that "hospitals in states that chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw significantly more Medicaid patients and a related reduction in self-pay and charity care cases."

Deal with it, Cruz and Blackburn. You are now the children of Dune Bachmann, crazy Bene Geseerit of Planet Dumbasskis.

#4 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-06-06 07:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

They were too busy chasing the shiny object of trying gin up the base in order to Impeach President Obama for rescuing an American POW from the clutches of the Taliban.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-06 07:57 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Perhaps if they tried to vote it down another 40 times?

#1 | Posted by Corky

If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again.....

#6 | Posted by kudzu at 2014-06-07 08:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah real bad week ... 400 Connecticut Health-Exchange Enrollees' Information May Be Compromised. Just the tipe of the iceberg .. lets back up and hit it again and again and again.

Let the band of SALON keep on playing as the Titanic sinks.

#7 | Posted by LouisS at 2014-06-07 09:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah real bad week ... 400 Connecticut Health-Exchange Enrollees' Information May Be Compromised. Just the tipe of the iceberg .. lets back up and hit it again and again and again.

#7 | POSTED BY LOUISS AT 2014-06-07 09:01 AM | FLAG: CHICKEN LITTLE
Riiiight like that has never happened under the old system. Dimwit.

OOOOOOOOOOOO information "MAY" be compromised. and that's just the tip of the iceberg!!!! Gasp!!!

What's next... it "MIGHT rain tomorrow and its is "POSSIBLE" that it will nott?

Yeah I know the sky is falling. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the Rothschild illumintati connection to Kenya and the second coming of Christ. head for the hills, circle the wagons, stand behind the women and children so the world can see the U.S. government shoot them first.

There is nothing like a little rightwingnut clap trap and a cup of coffee to start the day. I love it today there is someone with nefarious intent waiting to steal health exchange information buuuuuwaaaahahahahahahahahaha! Yes you never know when a that treatment you got for that boil on your butt will be used against you.

You people are such -------. Afraid of everything. There is always something that scares the crap out of you and you want everyone to play along. S
There is always some boogieman that thanks your crap is so special they are interesting in stealing it.

You need to grow up.

#8 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-06-07 09:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

#2 | POSTED BY SHAWN

You really have yet to figure out that state programs are different than federal programs? I moved my two companies and purchased land in CT to get out of MA. When CT started to get crazy I relocated to PA and if that gets crazy I'll be in TX. It's called choice, something you Obama folks are not real big on.

#9 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-07 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 | POSTED BY RIGHTISTRITE AT 2014-06-07 09:34 AM | FLAG: What VA scandle?

#10 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-07 10:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

POSTED BY 726
OOPS

I'm thinking I'd shut up about Barrycare, like most of the Dems in Congress, no sense in reminding folks what a colossal "F" up you clowns created.

Budget Office Can't Calculate Obamacare
he government's accountant said in a new report that it's no longer possible to assess the overall fiscal effect of the Affordable Care Act because it's not being implemented as it was written. When the law was enacted four years ago, a CBO estimate that it would reduce the deficit by $120 billion over the decade helped persuade Democrats to pass it. "The ACA's financing provisions were assumed to be effective so as to get a favorable score out of CBO upon enactment, but no one is keeping track of whether they're being enforced,"
www.thedailybeast.com

Data problems found with 2 million ObamaCare sign-ups, document shows
www.foxnews.com

Medicaid Expansion: Another ObamaCare Debacle
The Department of Health and Human Services reports that as of the end of April, six million more individuals had enrolled in the program, with "growth ... more pronounced in states that adopted the Medicaid expansion."
All this suggests that proceeding with the Medicaid expansion, as with the rest of ObamaCare, was particularly unwise. And though the enrollment issues, one assumes, will eventually get sorted out, an even bigger problem remains. Medicaid is already the third-largest federal program, with a total cost at the state and federal level of $431 billion in fiscal year 2012, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Adding millions more beneficiaries to the program is only going to make matters worse; the Congressional Budget Office projects that federal spending on Medicaid will reach $554 billion in 2023, with states on the hook for hundreds of billions more.
www.thenewamerican.com

#11 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-07 10:10 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Here we go, This one had to happen! Obamacare the gift that keeps on giving!

First case of Obamacare ID theft? Data found in Conn. backpack
As many as 400 people enrolled in Connecticut's state-run Obamacare exchange may have had their Social Security numbers and other personal information stolen, officials said Friday afternoon.

The "very serious" data breach came to light Friday when a person found a backpack on a street in downtown Hartford, the state's capital, which contained "four notepads with personal information for approximately 400 individuals," according to Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Access Health CT exchange. Access Health is located on the street where the backpack was found with the handwritten notes.

"Let me be clear," Counihan said. "We are sorry this happened. This is a very serious situation and we will hold the person or persons who are responsible to account."

www.cnbc.com

The can start by holding Democrtats responsible.

#12 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-07 10:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

The can start by holding Democrtats responsible.

#12 | POSTED BY PANEOCON AT 2014-06-07 10:33 AM | REPLY | FLAG:DREAM ON

Yeah right... found a back pack... mmmhhhmmmmm. On the street with the AHCT exchange....

potential issue of identity theft.... Really?

Oh nooooooo way that was a set up. Some numbskull is gonna leave their back pack full of hand written notes.

Desperate actions by a desperate people.

You're pathetic pantycon

#13 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-06-07 12:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Look P-CON... Identity theft was not invented when the ACA came into effect. When it comes to the information gleanable from health exchanges the ACA is irrelevant. If some pack of evil doer's wants that information to use for some vague purpose that scares you witless they don't need and never needed the ACA to get it.

The fact is the minute you are issued an SS# someone out there has access to it. In fact several someone's. You need to present it when you do just about anything. The same with every number assigned to you. The whole number assignment thing is pretty recent un human history. Yes occasionally some bad things happen around it. However, realistically speaking, more good than bad has come of the numbers game.

I get it identity theft is bad... sometimes tragic. But hey... life is a crap shoot most of the time and sometimes ---- happens. I mean if we are going to play by the numbers the facts show that more people have suffered tragedy from lack of proper and affordable medical care than from the consequences of identity theft. More people have been driven into financial ruin by medical costs than identity theft.The cost of appendectomy can financially ruin a person earning minimum wage.

Most of the "valuable" information obtainable from the ACA exchanges are available in a myriad of other avenues. Jobs, Schools, Amazon.com... As far as information on medical? Well on the upside to that is the medical information will not exclude someone from being able to acquire insurance anymore so what is the big deal.

Now if you are one of those wacko that believes that someone with access to your information is going to steal your mind and control your life... well when I read your dribble I think the ship has sailed on that one a long time ago.

You are blowing smoke up the wrong stack... again.

#14 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-06-07 12:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Good eye, 726.
Perhaps if they tried to vote it down another 40 times?
#1 | Posted by Corky

What? Good eye for what? Non-news.

The damage to the Democrats that the ACA caused is already done. Republicans bring it up in a few months to remind voters.

#15 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-06-07 02:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

You're pathetic pantycon
#13 | Posted by RightisTrite

No, he's right. Just the screw-ups from the ACA is enough for the 2014 election to be yet another shellacken. We all know it and the Retort left are just hoping it all just goes away. It won't.

Republicans are focused on primaries right now and are trying hard not to beat each other up anymore than they have in the past. They will pick up the reminding voters of ObamaCare and and other Democrat failures as it gets closer to election.

#16 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-06-07 02:59 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

You're pathetic pantycon
#13 | POSTED BY RIGHTISTRITE

Hey I didn't steal the information or build the system that caused the information to be collected and then latter allowed it to be stolen. That was your team that did that.

#17 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-07 03:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

400 Connecticut Health-Exchange Enrollees' Information May Be Compromised.

If that's the best you can do it is indeed a bad week for the haters.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-06-07 05:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Now if you are one of those wacko that believes that someone with access to your information is going to steal your mind and control your life... "

#14 | POSTED BY RIGHTISTRITE AT 2014-06-07 12:39 PM | FLAG: Funny you should comment on this as currently in the news: 400 Connecticut Health-Exchange Enrollees' Information May Be Compromised

www.nationalreview.com

#19 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-07 06:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

wow...national review link to prove your point...if i post you a link proving global warming is caused by man, you would accept that as fact? or dismiss it as BS.. I have a lot of links about global warming..

#20 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-06-07 08:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

Information May Be Compromised

could you be a little more vague?

May be is not compromised.... its vague possibility or ya know if could be or not... either way it is meaningless and put there only to make the clownies squeal.

Seriously... its yellow press.

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-06-08 01:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hey I didn't steal the information or build the system that caused the information to be collected and then latter allowed it to be stolen. That was your team that did that.

#17 | POSTED BY PANEOCON AT 2014-06-07 03:04 PM | FLAG: DIM BULB

My team didn't do anything. Your team has more to gain.

#22 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-06-08 01:10 AM | Reply | Flag:


If that's the best you can do it is indeed a bad week for the haters.
#18 | Posted by snoofy

Who are the haters? LOL!!! Oh, I get it. It's racism! LOL!!!

Dude! Accept the failure.

#23 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-06-08 09:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Hey I didn't steal the information or build the system that caused the information to be collected and then latter allowed it to be stolen."

Isn't Target part of your team?

#24 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-08 09:41 AM | Reply | Flag:


My team didn't do anything. Your team has more to gain.
#22 | Posted by RightisTrite

Makes you crazy doesn't it Pan. When the Democrats are accusing Republicans for making political hay, and back in reality the Republicans are simply demanding oversight into massive cover ups of the incompetence of the current Administration.

#25 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-06-08 09:46 AM | Reply | Flag:


Isn't Target part of your team?

#24 | Posted by danni

LOL!!! Nice try. Danni is comparing credit card numbers where the damage can be 100% reversed to personal medical information which the damage can never be reversed.

Also, Danni, Target is a private company and broke no laws.

BAAM!

#26 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-06-08 09:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

wow...national review link to prove your point...if i post you a link proving global warming is caused by man, you would accept that as fact? or dismiss it as BS.. I have a lot of links about global warming..

#20 | POSTED BY DREWINNJ AT 2014-06-07 08:43 : Since you have a habit of 'shoot the messenger, here is the source: By Brian Dowling, The Hartford Courant
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services of the article which National Review just reported on.

insurancenewsnet.com

... and your global warming comment made me laugh, so keep up being silly since you are incapable of much else :)

#27 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-08 01:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

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