My heal spurs, said it was time to visit my podiatrist. I enjoy talking political and social issues with him, when I visit. This visit, he was telling me how Obamacare or ACA (the Affordable Care Act) has changed his business. It has brought him, new patients each week. They are poor people, who could not afford a doctor, in the past. He is happy to see them, because many are people who were in real foot pain (about half caused by diabetes) and hadn’t been treated in years. Some of the ones he is now seeing had gone to emergency rooms, when they couldn’t stand the pain any longer. Doc said treatment at the emergency room is the most expensive kind of healthcare for taxpayers and patients. It also doesn’t provide the longer term needed foot care that a podiatrist can provide. As doc sees it Obamacare is helping the poor get much needed treatment, and bringing down the cost of healthcare.
Just the day before my podiatrist visit, I had seen conservative columnist David Brooks on PBS news. He was talking about issues the GOP was going to use to run on in the November elections. Brooks stated that facts show Obamacare is lowering healthcare costs. He said that didn’t matter to Republican candidates running in the November elections. He said Republican candidates would oppose Obamacare because polls show it is unfavorable with the public. The conservative Weekly Standard was just heralding a recent poll by pollsters McLaughlin & Associates. Their poll showed 60% of voters want Obamacare to be repealed. I’m not surprised at all it was 60% against Obamacare. That is because here is the question McLaughlin & Associates asked, “Would you support or oppose repealing and replacing Obamacare with a conservative alternative that would save $1 trillion, reduce premiums, enhance access to doctors, and increase the number of people with private insurance by 6 million, but would cover 6 million fewer people overall because fewer people would be on Medicaid?” I’d be for that plan but the conservative have no such plan so that is a moot question. McLaughlin & Associates had also done polling in the past showing both Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor as winning their upcoming elections by good margins. That must have come to a shock to Romney and Cantor who both lost. In a July poll Kaiser Health Tracking Poll asked the question, “Which would you rather see your representative in Congress do when it comes to the health care law? Work to improve the law? Work to repeal the law and replace it with something else.” Kaiser Health found—60 percent want to keep and improve the law.
Conservatives trying to repeal Obamacare and pollsters trying to rig polls against it are up against facts (though those facts don’t get out in the conservative owned corporate media). I’ve dug up some facts for you. Gallup who does polls says there are now 10 million newly insured citizens under Obamacare. And insurance companies report that 80 to 85% are paying their premiums (conservatives had claimed people would sign up but most would never pay). Medicare trustees’ report that Medicare’s solvency will extend for an additional four years, to 2030, because of savings achieved through Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services stated that hospitals will save $5.7 billion in uncompensated care costs — money spent by hospitals on people who go to the emergency room and aren’t able to pay their bills. States that have opted to expand Medicaid through Obamacare are benefiting the most: $4.2 billion of these savings, or 74 percent, come in states that expanded their Medicaid programs. Conservative leaders in 21 states that have refused to expand are hurting hospitals in their states that aren’t benefitting from these savings. With costs down for consumers and hospitals, more competition, and millions more people covered Obamacare is a success. Conservatives trying to repeal Obamacare and pollsters trying to rig polls against it are up against facts (though those facts don’t get out in the conservative corporate owned media).
You’d think, it would be hard to ignore these facts about Obamacare but Republican candidates running in November are running against Obamacare. They are hoping the corporate owned media has dumbed down the public enough to oppose Obamacare. One area politician has featured no reason to vote for him in November other than that he opposes Obamacare. That would be Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) who wants re-elected. Bill has a degree in computer science but knows little about science. He denies climate change which earns him big donations from the gas and oil industry. When Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) more than 130 Republicans in the House voted against it. Rep. Bill Johnson was one of those 130 Republicans that opposed the Violence Against Women Act. Bill was asked by someone at his Facebook Town Hall on the very day of his vote against the VAWA, why he voted against it. Bill said, “Please make sure you have the facts right. I DID vote in favor of VAWA today,” Huffington Post asked a Johnson spokesman about Bill’s vote. The spokesman stated that Bill Johnson had indeed voted against the VAWA. If Bill Johnson is your representative and you are anti-healthcare, anti-environment, and anti-woman you’ve got the perfect representative. If you like someone who represent big oil and gas and not the public, vote for Bill Johnson. If you like someone who is either a liar or so senile he can’t remember how he voted on a bill then you need to vote for Bill Johnson. If you’re in Ohio District 6 vote Bill Johnson if you think we just don’t have enough lying, corporate owned politicians in D.C.
R.I.P. Rep. James Traficant. I didn’t always agree with him but I thank him for coming to my community to support our local school levy. Jim did a lot of such things for our valley.
Chet Falker: “Drop the Game”
“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.”~ Charles De Gauelle