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Starting today, people lacking health insurance will be able to shop for it in a marketplace that guarantees affordable coverage to everyone, regardless of age, sex, income or health status. The new system—a brainchild of the once-moderate Republican establishment—relies on free-market competition to give consumers the best possible health care at the lowest possible prices. And early evidence suggests it may just work. The average shopper will have 53 plans to choose from, according to the government’s latest estimates, and premiums are coming in 16 percent below previous projections.

As President Obama crowed in a buoyant speech last week, consumers using the new health care exchanges will be able to compare insurance rates as readily as plane fares. And with the help of federal tax credits, many uninsured families will be able to get basic health coverage for the cost of cable service or a cell-phone plan. “We’re giving more benefits and protections [to] folks who already have health insurance,” he said. “And we created a new market—basically a big group plan—for folks without health insurance so they get a better deal. And then we’re providing tax credits to help folks afford it. . . . You would think that would not be so controversial.”

Whether they know it or not, millions of uninsured Americans will soon have a strong incentive and a rich opportunity to buy health coverage. Most will pay less than $100 a month after tapping the public support that Obamacare provides. Insurers may have to play by new rules, but the market opening before them is far too big to ignore. While die-hard opponents chant “train wreck”—and do their best to cause one—their friends in the business world are climbing aboard en masse. That’s why the average exchange already has 53 policies to choose from.

Remember - Medicare stays the same, there is no need to take action of any kind if you have Medicare. Also, if you have Medicare, you can not shop for plans on the Marketplace or get subsidies, there are no Medicare Advantage plans being sold there. Please help us spread the word!

Don’t expect a smooth ride. “Folks in different parts of the country will have different experiences,” the president acknowledged last week. “It’s going to be smoother in places like Maryland, where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it.” But if history is any guide, the next generation of Americans will wonder what the fuss was about. Health security for seniors was a radical idea when Medicare was born a half-century ago. Today it’s a no-brainer.

If you are unable to access the Internet, you can call 1-800-318-2596. If you enroll by December 14, your new health insurance plan will start January 1, 2014. Those who enroll between December 14 and January 31 will see their plans begin February 1. Finally, participants signing up between February and March will begin their plans in the subsequent month. Plans can come with a range of services and price tags, but many Americans seeking coverage will be able to find a plan for less than $100 a month.

All plans bought through the exchanges must offer the same coverage benefits and free preventive care. Under the Affordable Care Act, no one can be turned away, not even those with pre-existing conditions.

Click on the link below to enroll or find additional information.

And stay calm because open enrollment begins Tues, Oct. 1 but lasts until March 31, 2014!

https://www.healthcare.gov/


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sebekm commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 16:52 PM

USATODAY.com has an article which describes the "ride" one might expect:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/na...

gacpl commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 16:56 PM
PoliticsNation commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 17:19 PM

Please, sign up for healthcare.You have people trying to discourage you from signing up for healthcare something you may or may not have. Why would anyone want to discourage you from signing up for a resource that would benefit you and your family? They don't care if you or your loved one needs medical care; they are concerned about who is footing the bill. Sign up for the Affordable Health Care (Obamacare)and go see a doctor!

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 18:25 PM

Right On PN!!!

sebekm commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 18:26 PM

I'm not sure anybody HERE is "discouraging" anyone from signing up for health care. Health care is a necessity - for everyone. The differences we have been "debating" here are what role the government plays in health care and where the money comes from to pay for it - as well as how the program is administered.

I personally encourage anyone who is reading this and currently DOESN'T have health care to read the USATODAY outline in my post above. There is much sound advice in that article for people who are going to wade into the new "affordable" care system.

Sheran commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 19:00 PM

That's a very resourceful link sebekm. Thanks for sharing.

sebekm commented on Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 20:12 PM

No problem. Usually, USATODAY has a lot of "fluff" stuff, but in this case they are actually putting out some useful/helpful info.

I was surprised.

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 05:34 AM

If this program is so good, how come Obama and his minions that forced this law down our throats aren't signing up? I tell you what, I'm not signing up because the plan I have through my employer puts this debacle to shame. Is it remotely possible that Obama and his minions health care are superior too?

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. There are so many independent researches that lay out how this law is a failure for the country and we still have decent people believing information from a government website with its minions in tow. These are the same people who've lied to us so many times already.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 10:52 AM

ACA is not going to be the boogey man it was portrayed to be by the Republicans, who by the way are held hostage by the Tea Partiers in their ranks.

Hence, the Republicans are now holding AMERCA hostage by forcing the shutdown of the Federal Government.

The majority of Americans BLAME the Republicans for this fiasco. Conservative Republicans have adopted an uncompromising rigid stance regarding ACA. Their denial to make health care available to all citizens comfortably fits with the Party of NO!

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 11:54 AM

"I'm not signing up because the plan I have through my employer puts this debacle to shame."

Funky: My understanding is that the only ones they want/need to sign up are people who are currently UNinsured. If you have health care through an employer (or otherwise), you don't need to do anything except:

*Wait for your health care costs and taxes to increase;

*Worry about how the health care system will be impacted (i.e., loss of doctors/health care professionals) and how this will affect YOU; and

*Watch the economy go into the dumper as a result of "affordable health care." The Guardian - a Brit publication - has done a pretty good job of forecasting the negatives as they apply to business and the workforce:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013...

"The majority of Americans BLAME the Republicans for this fiasco."

But as far as history goes, nobody will care about the Republicans. As Bob Woodward (remember him?) points out, just like all other aspects of occurrences on his watch, Mr. Obama OWNS this crisis:

"“The history books are going to say, ‘We have an economic calamity in the presidency of Barack Obama,’” Woodward continued. “Speaker Boehner is indeed playing a role on this. Go back to the Great Depression in the 1930s, I’ll bet no one can name who was Speaker of the House at the time — Henry Thomas Rainey. He’s not in the history books. It’s on the president’s head. He’s got to lead."

See: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/30/bob...

It's a failure of leadership that has us in this mess. Only leadership by the DEMOCRATS will get us out. Not ultimatums; not catchy slogans; not mud slinging. LEADERSHIP.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Sorry Sebkem.

Approval for Congress and the GOP hit all-time lows this week as the government shut down after lawmakers could not agree on a budget.

A mere 10% of Americans–the smallest approval rating for Congress in history–said they approve of Congress’ accomplishments, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Monday. Disapproval of federal lawmakers reached 87%.

Just 17% of the country–the lowest approval rating in Quinnipiac University’s polling–approved of the way GOP lawmakers are dealing with current issues, and 74% disapproved, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. That has ticked down two points from the August Quinnipiac results.

Democrats didn’t avoid disappointment from people, either, but their approval rating stood at 32%, up one point from the August poll.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 13:28 PM

National website: A senior Obama administration official reported that just three hours after Obamacare’s open enrollment period launched, the national Healthcare.gov site had one million visitors at the same time. That’s five times more concurrent users on the site than the number of users who have ever visited Medicare.gov at the same time.

California: The Golden State celebrated its first Obamacare enrollee at 8:45 am Pacific Standard Time. Since then, state residents have tweeted that they’re “impressed” with how easy it is to use the exchange’s app, and the site is “working like a charm for Californians.”

Connecticut: Despite a few initial glitches with its website, Connecticut signed up its first Obamacare enrollee by 9:30 am. And at that point, 764 other people had active applications for the state’s exchange. “For a site that’s been up for 25 minutes, it’s not bad,” the CEO of Connecticut’s new insurance marketplace, Kevin Counihan, noted. By about 11:30 am, the state had logged 10,000 visitors and enrolled an additional 21 people for health coverage.

District of Columbia: DC’s exchange opened for business at 8:00 am. By noon, about 1,500 DC residents had created accounts, according to a spokesperson for the exchange. Creating an account is the first step for people who want to shop for coverage and eventually buy a new plan under Obamacare. The District hasn’t yet experienced any issues with its website.

Florida: MSNBC reports that community health care clinics in Orlando are experiencing long lines as low-income people are visiting to learn more about their options under Obamacare. The CEO of a community clinic in Miami that primarily services uninsured Floridians told MSNBC that Tuesday represents a “new day” for low-income patients who can now gain affordable coverage.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 13:29 PM

Part 2

Kentucky: Kentucky is the only Southern state that’s chosen to participate fully in health care reform by both expanding Medicaid and operating a state-level exchange. So far, it’s paying off. Between midnight and 10:30 am on Tuesday, Kentucky’s website had more than 24,000 visitors. The employees working to manage the exchange processed more than 1,000 applications for health insurance by 9:30 am.

New York: In the first two hours that New York’s exchange website was open to the public, 2 million people visited the site. That’s a huge chunk of the population that stands to benefit from Obamacare. Approximately 2.6 million New York residents are currently uninsured, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Rhode Island: After Kaiser Health News solicited feedback from people trying to sign up for Obamacare, a Rhode Island resident responded with a positive experience. “Rhode Island site working fine. So many choices at so many price points! Something 4 everyone. I’m ecstatic,” Annabelle Leigh tweeted.

Virginia: Paula Thornhill, a 31-year-old mother of seven, was the first person to apply for a new plan in Prince George’s County. Her husband has health insurance through his job, but they couldn’t afford to pay the extra premium costs to cover her as well. “I’m relieved that they did come out with this affordable health care,” she told the Washington Post. “I’m relieved.”

Thinkprogress.com

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 13:35 PM

funny with all the visitors the most asked question on the site by their own admittion is. "how do i get a exception"

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 13:39 PM

GACPL-Spreading lies early.It's okay.

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 13:44 PM

go to the site and the FAQs. it's number 1

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 16:33 PM

Nobody will care when history is written who "caused" the government shutdown. By that time, all of the finger-pointing will be meaningless anyway. It will be written that it occurred during the Obama Administration while BHO was President. It didn't hurt the GOP much that they were "blamed" for the shutdown in 1995. The Republicans held both houses of Congress from 1995-2001; and from 2003-2007. On Charlie Rose recently there were several Dem pundits including Bill Press and Chris Matthews, and NONE thought that the GOP would lose the House in 2014. Why? Because those "obstructionist" Republicans are doing EXACTLY WHAT THEIR CONSTITUENCIES WANT THEM TO DO!!!

Also, gacpl IS NOT SPREADING LIES. It was reported on television and radio today that was the most frequent inquiry. I heard it myself at approximately 2 p.m. on the radio.

All of those people probably read this (or something like it) in their newspaper or online. (I find it significant that this appears in a San Francisco publication - sfgate.com):

"To learn more about opting out of Obamacare without having to pay a penalty, visit: https:// www.healthcare.gov/exemptions."

It was reported that there were more "hits" on this link than any other.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 16:44 PM

HA! HA! I just clicked on that link and got this message:

"Sorry, we can't find that page on HealthCare.gov"

It probably got so many hits that it was crashing their servers, so they shut down the page.

THAT'S PROOF POSITIVE RIGHT THERE THAT THE PREDOMINANT DESIRE ABOUT OBAMACARE FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE IS TO OPT-OUT.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 17:04 PM

...but it was reported today that somebody got some good news recently. Yesterday, TheTeaParty.net - one of the largest Tea Party groups in the nation - received the news that they finally were granted tax-exempt status. The approval came in a letter from the IRS received well over three YEARS after they applied for 501c(4) tax-exempt status in March of 2010.

See: http://washingtonexaminer.com/three-y...

(It was reported that the IRS "goal" for processing tax-exempt applications was three MONTHS. It's no wonder that the "far right" won't cooperate with Mr. Obama's government when they are treated this way and described by Dems as "terrorists" and "Nazis.")

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 19:35 PM

I'm so excited! I signed several people up for the ACA today..3 of them never had life insurance and one of them hadn't seen a doctor in years even-though they had a knot on their head the size of a fist. Thank you God for giving me the wisdom and knowledge to help others. The joy I saw on their face today was priceless. If your reading this and you can't afford healthcare or you've been sick for years or unemployed-you have a blessing with your name on it-it's called Affordable health care (Obama Care. If your reading this and you know someone that doesn't have health insurance; take time out of your day and help sign them up.

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 22:48 PM

Jimmy Kimmel went out on Hollywood Boulevard and asked about Obamacare and the ACA. This is proof that people really don’t like the law just 2-3 of its provisions that’s all. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid started out with positive optimism and were passed bipartisan and are all bankrupt today. Obamacare has had less than 50% approval before during and after inception and was passed without a single Republican vote. Check out the video and enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx2scv...

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013 at 23:55 PM

Damn good point...Funk!

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 10:39 AM

You cannot stop people from making babies. When I was in the 8th grade there were 3 billion people in the world. Today 7 billion and expanding exponentially. Population control does not exist, except maybe in China, with their one child policy. The problem with that is if you have a girl, unfortunately they are often killed at birth as Chinese culture promotes male reproduction.

Over population and climate warming are the real problems facing mankind. Those two and available drinking water.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 10:47 AM

So is the tax payer responsible for someone else's child or even there healthcare by government force?

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 10:50 AM

@seb-Is the tax payer responsible for funding Corporate Subsides? Is it fair for billion dollar industries to go years without paying tax? I would rather see my tax dollars going to people in need and not fat cats lining their pockets.
Could it be this Gary-several of the House Republicans who voted Thursday for a bill that slashed billions of dollars from the food stamp program personally received large farm subsidies for family farms. The bill cutting the food stamp program narrowly passed on a mostly party line 217 to 210 vote.

During the food stamp debate, GOP Rep. Stephen Fincher, who received thousands in farm subsidies, responded to a Democratic Congressman during the debate over the cuts by quoting the bible, saying “the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

Fincher himself has received his own large share of government money. From 1999 to 2012, Stephen & Lynn Fincher Farms received $3,483,824 in agriculture subsidies. Last year he took in $70,574 alone.

Another Republican congresswoman who voted to make cuts to the food stamp program was Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri. Her farm received more than $800,000 in Department of Agriculture subsidies from 1995-2012. In 2001, her farm received $135,482 in subsidies.

Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who also voted to make cuts to the program, was a partner in Racota Valley Ranch, her family’s farm and previously had nearly a 17% stake through 2008. The farm received $3.4 million in subsidies from 1995-2012. The Environmental Working Group, which analyzes subsidy data, says the “estimated amount of subsidies attributed to Rep. Noem from 1995-2012 is $503,751.”

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a Republican Rep. from Indiana also received his fair share of government subsidies. He personally took in nearly $200,000 for the farm he co-owns with his father.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I'm sorry the reply was directed at Funk..Seb hasn't taken his lunch break yet..

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I sent the same reply to Gary on another site..wow..I'm off line today. I'm fighting for you today people..

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Actually - I don't take lunch. I don't usually finish "chores" until this time of day. Then I can "relax" and argue with you folks.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 23:45 PM

@PN, the corrupt Obama administration is allowing these subsidies just as it is allowing the Employers to skate on their mandate for 1 year for Obamacare.


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