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AP Celebrates Anniversary Of Obama-Care

From the White House secretary pool at the Associated Press:

Health law at one year: Future still in question

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press
March 21, 2011

WASHINGTON – One year after President Barack Obama signed his historic health care overhaul, the law is taking root in the land. Whether it bears lasting fruit is still in question.

The legislation established health insurance as a right and a responsibility.

Really? That sounds like parroted Obama-speak. But what exactly does it mean? Is the "responsibility" that you have to buy health insurance or go to jail?

Thousands of families, businesses and seniors have benefited from its early provisions.

Sure they have. That’s why so many thousands of businesses – and even states — have asked for waivers. That’s why it’s so popular with the seniors in the Tea Party.

But worries about affordability and complexity point to problems ahead. And that’s assuming it withstands a make-or-break challenge to its constitutionality that the Supreme Court is expected to decide.

Public divisions over the law are still so sharp that Americans can’t even agree what to call it. Supporters call it the Affordable Care Act, a shorter form of its unwieldy official title. It’s also known as "Obamacare," the epithet used by Republicans seeking its demise.

Since there is nothing "affordable" about it, Obama-care is certainly the more accurate term.

While Obama returns from Latin America on the signing anniversary Wednesday, administration officials will fan out across the country. Community commemorations started Monday, underscoring that the health care battle has moved to the states.

If it is so popular why is such an elaborate salesman job necessary?

Even states suing to nullify the law’s requirement that most Americans carry health insurance are proceeding with at least some of the building blocks.

Mostly because they feel that they can’t get around them.

Polls show that about one in eight people believe they have been personally helped already, well before the provision kicks in in 2014 to cover millions of uninsured…

We certainly don’t believe any such polls, if we had ever seen them. We also like the way the AP describes the 2014 requirement that we all buy health insurance or pay a giant fine or go to jail.

In small-town Circleville, N.Y., Patti Schley says one of the dozens of new insurance regulations made a dramatic difference for her family.

Her daughter Megan, 23, was out of college, going without insurance as she tried to launch a wedding photography business. Last summer Megan started getting sick and rapidly lost weight. Doctors diagnosed a serious digestive system disorder that would make her uninsurable.

But her parents were able to get her into a high-risk insurance pool created under the law, and this year Megan signed up for her father’s workplace plan, under a provision extending coverage for adult children up to age 26

We suspect this story is made up out of thin air. Notice that the AP doesn’t even bother to name the supposed disease.

But even so, if this ‘child’ of 23 could not be insured – even in a high risk pool – than why was it possible to put her on her parents account?

No group is more sensitive to medical costs than senior citizens, whose votes are also critical to Democrats’ chances in the 2012 presidential election. So far, alarms that Medicare cuts would compromise their care have not been borne out. But Democratic lawmakers engineered the cuts to take effect gradually, while new Medicare benefits are being provided now

Again, what shameless mendacity. What about all of the people who have had lost their Medicare Advantage accounts, thanks to Obama-care. And just wait until the ‘doughnut hole’ is finally addressed.

By the way, in case that wasn’t enough propaganda for you, at the bottom of this article the AP thoughtfully includes a direct link to the White House’s site for more and unbiased "Background on Affordable Care Act."

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “AP Celebrates Anniversary Of Obama-Care”

  1. proreason says:

    Well, at 23, Megan could have bought a health insurance policy for about the cost of her cell phone plan, but hey…why do that when she can get somebody else to pay for it. Now she has an extra few hundred bucks a month to blow on shoes whe will wear once, if ever. To do anything else would have been anti-redistributionary.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      “anti-redistributionary”- PR, THAT is an outstanding word, but having exceeded the two syllable limit the libs will never get it. Now, on to the reason I logged in.. Is that a mickey-mouse in the background? Seems appropriate does it not? Thanks again for the word….made my day.

    • heykev says:

      Believe I found her. Megan has enough money for a very nice web site. Somehow, even though sick, she is willing to travel almost anywhere in the USA for “your wedding”.

      Megan’s starting price is $1,900 for 6 hours of her time which includes a a disk of high-resolution photographs. So…she has enough for a web site, new camera, just none for health insurance.


    • Right of the People says:


      My thoughts exactly. Too bad Barry the Impotent wasn’t standing a little more to his right, the ears would have been positioned perfectly and it would have been very fitting, a Micky Mouse photo for a Micky Mouse program.

    • proreason says:

      Great reasearch heykev.

      That’s no ordinary website either. She definitely paid some money for that.

      I’m going to email Steve with it for you.

      It’s definitely news.

  2. Mae says:

    Quote: “But her parents were able to get her into a high-risk insurance pool created under the law, and this year Megan signed up for her father’s workplace plan, under a provision extending coverage for adult children up to age 26…

    We suspect this story is made up out of thin air. If this ‘child’ of 23 could not be insured – even in a high risk pool – than why was it possible to put her on her parents account?”

    Steve, doesn’t the story indicate that her father’s employer offered the new high-risk insurance in “compliance” with the new (un-Constitutional) law?

    Anyhow, this whole debate makes me barf. Obamacare will not cover everyone, certainly not some of the people who supposedly needed it the most. Such a sham.

    We have GOT to defeat this dictator in 2012.

  3. Mithrandir says:


    My goodness! Who in the world wrote this article?
    ~Baghdad Bob?
    ~Tokyo Rose?
    ~Joseph Goebbles?

    Pathetic bunch of idealistic cheerleading.

    All those Democrats shouting “Shame! Shame! Shame!” —they have no shame about anything. Dem. Robert Byrd was a KKK leader, and in the U.S. Congress for 58 years, Kennedy accidentally killed his mistress—40 years in Congress. Time to split the empire into East and West sections.

  4. swee says:

    I think writer Ricardo is working hard to get a job in the White House with his great public relations piece. Hey, maybe he can write speeches when he get there! All on the taxpayers’ dime.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    While the apparatchiks continue to worship at the altar of the beast aka That Which Must Be Repealed, those actually in its path of destruction continue to desperately look for a shield, i.e. a waiver. Already over-burdened hospitals are among them.

    Baltimore Sun h/t Mark Levin:

    Many of these hospitals are already struggling to make ends meet because Medicare only reimburses them for 90 percent of what it costs them to take care of Medicare patients. But, instead of helping them out, this rule change does the opposite In a misguided effort to pressure them to become more efficient, it arbitrarily assumes that they can achieve the same productivity savings as the economy at large and decrees that these hypothetical cost savings must be deducted from any Medicare reimbursements they receive after September.

    Change you can believe in!

  6. TerryAnne says:

    I like how they always manage to find that One person. At a time.

    You’d think they’d have tons of examples per story. Maybe they’re too busy wiping the saliva off of their keyboards and chests.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    We had Aetna Medicare Advantage last year, 2010. About Oct 1 we got a letter dropping us like hot potatoes, no explanation just that we were no longer covered, see attached list of companies that we may get coverage from.

    • proreason says:

      so you’re probably not one of the 46% who are thrilled so far with the Unaffordable Care Act.

      You know, in Canada, they poll all the time about satisfaction levels with their Life Extinguishing Government Health Dictatorship, and the polls are alway favorable to the LEGHD. Of course, the majority of people polled have never been seriously ill. Maybe that has something to do with it.

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