New Obamacare Surveys Prove Republicans are Putting Millions of American Lives at Risk

boehner-faceWhen it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have done just about everything humanly possible to sabotage the law, even before it was fully implemented.  All they’ve done for the last several years is try to paint this Armageddon-like picture of what would happen once “Obamacare” really started rolling out.  More specifically, once the individual mandate kicked in.

I’ve even seen some conservatives say that “Obamacare” is tantamount to slavery and others claim that it’s the biggest travesty to be forced onto the American people.

Well, several different surveys were released detailing the change in uninsured Americans from last year as the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate kicked in and the marketplaces (both state and federal) launched.

And what do they have in common?  Well, every single one of them shows the rate of uninsured fell from the same period last year.

  • Gallup: 13.4% down from 17.1%
  • Urban Institute: 13.9% down from 17.4%
  • Commonwealth Fund: 15% down from 20%

And the Commonwealth Fund survey found an even steeper drop for Americans aged 19-34, down to 18% from 28% in 2013.  You know, the “younger Americans” Republicans said wouldn’t sign up for health insurance.

In total, 8 million signed up for “Obamacare” through the exchanges with another 6 million gaining health care through expansions in Medicaid.  For the mathematically challenged, that’s 14 million Americans.  And that’s not even counting the millions of Americans who were allowed to maintain health insurance thanks to provisions that allow them to stay on their parents’ plans longer.

But the one thing in these numbers I found most interesting, and troubling, was the uninsured rate among Americans living in poverty who gained access to health care due to Medicaid expansion.

For people living in poverty in the 25 states and the District of Columbia that chose to expand Medicaid, they saw a drop in the uninsured rate from 28% down to 17%.  Great, right?

For poor people living in those states, absolutely.

But what about the states that chose not to expand Medicaid?  You know, most of the states that are controlled by Republicans.  Well, it just so happens that their uninsured rate for people living in poverty fell by exactly – zero.  It stayed steady at 36%.

Amazing isn’t it?

Republicans went on and on about how “Obamacare” caused around 5 million people to change their health insurance plans, “threatening the health of these Americans.”  Yet how many millions of Americans are unable to get the medical care they desperately need, putting their lives at risk, all because many Republican state legislatures decided to play partisan politics when it came to the Affordable Care Act?

It’s sure a heck of a lot more than 5 million.

And no, “just go to the ER” does not constitute a damn health care “plan.”

I just find it appalling how Republicans used a small percentage of Americans having to change health care plans (due to their insurance companies canceling their plans by the way) to perpetuate this idea that millions of Americans lives were now at risk due to losing health coverage.  Yet far more Americans, the most vulnerable among us, are flat-out unable to gain access to health care because Republicans simply wouldn’t allow it.

To give you an idea of what qualifying for Medicaid means for someone living in one of these states that chose not to expand it, let’s look at where I live: Texas.

In Texas, a childless non-disabled adult doesn’t qualify for Medicaid – at all.  Period.  End of story.  

A parent with two children only qualifies if they make less than $3,737 a year.  Or about $311.42 per month.

I would elaborate on just how absurd those qualifications are, but I think they speak for themselves.

So excuse me if I laugh at Republicans who pretend to be outraged because a few Americans had to switch their health insurance plans.  Especially when their blatant obstruction is the reason why tens of millions of Americans’ lives are at risk because they weren’t able to gain health insurance – because Republicans refused to expand Medicaid.

And that’s exactly what these survey results prove.  That not only did “Obamacare” drastically reduce the rate of uninsured Americans, but that Republican obstruction in many states is the reason why the lives of tens of millions of Americans continue to be at risk.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • William Fite

    What are you afraid of Allen? Why did you not allow my post. You don’t believe the people who frequent this blog need to know the real facts. Why the censorship?

    • Charles Vincent

      probably was deleted because you posted a link in your OP this site doesnt allow people to post hyperlinks.

      • William Fite

        That may be the reason. I did post a link about the following comment which is an outright lie by Allen. “In Texas, a childless non-disabled adult doesn’t qualify for Medicaid – at all. Period. End of story.” I just love the way he claims “Period. End of story”. As if that makes it true. Sort like Obama saying you can keep your plan, PERIOD.

      • Charles Vincent

        Allen is soft in the dome piece. I dont doubt his intention is good I doubt his methods and his underlying theories since they are based on flawed information.

      • James Orcutt

        he is not good, intention is nothing.

      • Sandy Greer

        Coincidentally, I just saw another story here, wherein your ‘Obama saying’, PERIOD was dealt with:

        www DOT forwardprogressives DOT com/bill-maher-absolutely-crushes-republicans-telling-zombie-lies/

        ^^^Brought it back, that you can see how links may be modified – if you’d like to dispute what is said in this (or any other) article.

      • William Fite

        I did say that about Obama’s “Period” lie. Yes I read the maher story about the zombie lies. In that story Obama is claimed to have apologized. Still means he lied about it while ObamaCare was being passed and while he was running for president. Does not change that fact.

        Here is the link being used thru your suggestion.
        http://tex DOT org/medicaid-eligibility-in-texas/

      • Sandy Greer

        You’re right. I note Politifact rates it a Pants on Fire. Hot as you can get.

        This is just me. But I give benefit of doubt it was an unintentional lie. I’d say mistake – but will go with lie – so as not to give more offense to you than I’d wish.

        I give benefit of doubt when and where I can – because it’s easier for me to think well of people – than not. I don’t expect others to do the same – or even, to extend me the goodwill I’d extend them. But it’s the only way I know how to be.

        ^^^So that is what I do.

        From your link:

        1) 65+, disabled or blind
        2) US citizen
        3) Texas resident

        In addition – “Applicants must also meet financial requirements” – which appear (to me) to be stringent. With, or without, children – stringent.

        ^^^I see what you’re getting at. And agree – Clifton is prone to wild exaggeration. Other ‘unfairnesses’, as well. It’s difficult for me, personally – as a Lefty – not to become disheartened, and discouraged. Sometimes, Truth be told – I think I’m not a good ‘fit’ here.

        I can see how it’s even harder for conservatives to maintain some semblance of dignity while posting
        here.
        Finally, may I suggest, if you’re going to continue to post here – an avatar be selected? Somebody like you should stand out from the crowd of ‘shadowy silhouettes’.

      • James Orcutt

        sandy lefty JFK. please MLK.
        please. not no choice, no character,
        voting and expousing, yor harming your liberty, freedom and rights. without thought ,commitment or true to self.
        you harm us all.

  • Charles Vincent

    And what do they have in common? Well, every single one of them
    shows the rate of uninsured fell from the same period last year.

    Gallup: 13.4% down from 17.1%
    Urban Institute: 13.9% down from 17.4%
    Commonwealth Fund: 15% down from 20%

    Really that’s like when they reduces thew limit for DUI from .01 to .008 and then didn’t understand why there were more DUI’s.
    Way to go captain obvious.

    • Sandy Greer

      Well. But isn’t that a good thing?

      • Charles Vincent

        Not when the bulk of the newly insured are medicaid enrolls that do not pay into the system and were in all likelihood eligible for medicaid before the ACA.

      • Sandy Greer

        Any way to tell that? Or do we argue hypotheticals?

        I (like FD Brian) – know people whose insurance is halved. Better coverage. Know others – working people, some with children – insured for the first time. But mine are anecdotal.

        I wish we’d just go to Single Payer, and be done with it. Instead of arguing, and holding people hostage to partisanship.

        It hurt my heart to watch the video.

      • Charles Vincent

        I know people who have had theirs doubled or tripled.

        http://acasignups DOT net/14/07/11/graph-updated-wmay-cms-data-unpaid-qhps-removed

      • Sandy Greer

        Not sure I understand the chart.

        1) Are the bottom three (7.75m & 2.2m & 5.8m) people previously insured (QHPs) now gone to exchanges? Or – something else?

        2) Next three (5.98m & 1.19m & 2.7m) are Medicaids

        3) Top (1.63 – 3.13m) Sub-26ers is clear to me

        wrt 2) – It appears to me 5.98m are Medicaid expansions (folks previously uninsured – now insured) Is that right?

        In any case, it appears he is reputable. So I’ll take your word for it – it’s a bad thing (if that’s what you assert) Don’t think you’d post the chart if it didn’t back you up.

        So I guess – I’m back to wishing it was Single Payer – and over and done with.

      • Charles Vincent

        I think it is separated by medicaid an medicaid expansions and expected future enrollments but the gist is there are~6million on medicaid and the Under 26 that don’t pay to support the system the parents do and what does that say about personal responsibility. also there are two exchanges the federal ones and state ones.

      • Sandy Greer

        I can’t argue against Medicaid expansion. Think anything that helps people a good thing. Even if ‘m paying for it (taxes)

        The Under 26ers don’t have to stay there – do they? If they get a job and move out – they are free to get their own insurance, aren’t they? Assuming their job affords them the opportunity…

        But I can see why it might bug parents. I know there are lots of people with every right to finally be ‘free’ at this point in their lives – still with obligations – to either children, or their own elderly parents.

      • Charles Vincent

        “The Under 26ers don’t have to stay there – do they? If they get a job
        and move out – they are free to get their own insurance, aren’t they?
        Assuming their job affords them the opportunity…”
        The law is that parents have to cover them regardless of where they live. and there is absolutely no incentive for the under 27 crowd to pay since its the law.

      • Sandy Greer

        Ooh. I didn’t know that. Geez. That’s no good.

        I do think – assuming parents have raised them ‘right’ – and assuming kids can afford to pay – I think some will at least pay their parents back.

        I realize there’re lots who won’t. For whatever reasons. I wish that wasn’t the case, but know it is.

        Times like this I feel inadequate to say anything.

        It’s a shame.

      • Charles Vincent

        No worries I read all ~1000 pages of the law Unlike some of the people who voted for it…

      • Sandy Greer

        Oh, quit, LOL

        My understanding (and I admit it’s imperfect) is a bill passes thru both houses (Senate & Congress) and then is reconciled. And that changes can be made during this reconciliation – before the ‘finished product’ is Law.

        ^^^IF my understanding is correct – seems to me a bill would have to be passed – in order to see what’s in the Law.

        But you get points for funny. ‘Cause I’m just that way. 😀

      • Charles Vincent

        the revisions hapen when it goes from one house to the senate or vice versa as amendments to the bill most bills go with little or no amending the ACA is one of the those with little amending.

      • Sandy Greer

        Well, OK… Then my fall-back position is (just as I indicated to Wm Fife below)

        Benefit of Doubt. That sometimes we say things we don’t mean. And that may even be misconstrued.

        LOL Yep ^^^ I’m going with that. God help me if the right-wingers get ahold of me… (I might need a friend)

      • James Orcutt

        you have a friend. God knowing right wing only because there are only 2 shitty choices.
        Realustic some of me lands on both sides and sides other than either.

      • James Orcutt

        Doubt is not a benefit.
        its you tellung you what your doing is wrong

      • James Orcutt

        To change the way bills move and lesson therequirement during the process is treason.
        the only way it passed.
        it needed 2/3 wast close. and was illegally changed. crimminal conspiracy, fraud and treason.
        To support such things is dangerous.

      • James Orcutt

        non of that happened ,no constitutional change through amendment.
        mandate is not law nor valid.
        what you “think” they do or did was on tv.
        you didnt watch or just couldnt accept the truth.
        They changed the ejudication rules last minite.
        they never had 2/3 as required.
        Awaken.

      • James Orcutt

        You are Oblivious to Reality,
        they will not payback, niether did you,
        or I or Any.
        name one of350+ million.
        you know.
        then you have truth.
        “wish it not the case,but it is”
        your subconcious righting the false first statements.
        both sides is no side.

      • TruthBtold

        This is incorrect. The law does not REQUIRE the parents to cover their under 26 children. The law REQUIRES insurance companies to offer coverage of the children of their policy holders under 26 regardless of income, where they live, or if they are a dependent. The under 26 children can opt out of their parents plan for their own employer based or personal plan if they wish. You’re right in that there may not be incentive for under 26’ers to get their own insurance, but that is built in to the law to ensure there is no gap in coverage for the college crowd. Before, many college students were losing Heath coverage after college/before they got a job or , if they went to graduate school, while still in school. This created a huge burden on the system that the hospitals had to cover, by raising costs on insurance, and in turn raising costs to plan holders. This law is a good thing, however, single payer needs to happen. Taxation for healthcare. Medicare for everyone.

      • Charles Vincent

        The law requires all people to have insurance and if you can’t afford it you have to either get on your parents plan or get on the dole.

        Courtesy of healthcare dot Gov

        “Health coverage for children under 26

        If a plan covers children, they can be added to or kept on a parent’s health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

        Children
        can join or remain on a parent’s plan even if they are:married not
        living with their parents attending school not financially dependent on
        their parents eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan
        These rules apply to both job-based plans and individual plans you buy yourself, inside or outside the Marketplace.

        And Courtesy of obamacarefacts dot com

        Staying on Your Parents Plan Until 26

        Under
        the Affordable Care Act young adults can stay on their parents plan
        until 26. Before ObamaCare became law, insurance companies were not
        required to cover adult children over the age of 18. So, most insurers
        removed adult children from health insurance coverage if the policy
        allowed for it. Under the ACA if you are under 26, you are entitled to
        coverage by your parent’s health insurance until your 26th birthday.
        Now, unemployed children, or children in low paying jobs that do not
        provide health insurance coverage or those under age 26 and employed but
        without health insurance benefits at work, have an affordable way to
        get health insurance. This rule applies to both married and unmarried
        children.

        If a plan covers children, they can be added to or kept on a parent’s health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

        Children can join or remain on a parent’s plan even if they are:

        married
        not living with their parents
        attending school
        not financially dependent on their parents
        eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan

        These rules apply to both job-based plans and individual plans you buy yourself, inside or outside the Marketplace.

        How to get coverage for adult children

        Adult
        children may be enrolled during a plan’s Open Enrollment period or
        during other special enrollment opportunities. The employer or insurance
        company can provide details. When you apply for a new plan in the
        Marketplace, you can usually sign up your under-26-year-olds on the same
        application. Be sure to include them on the list of people to be
        covered.
        Important: If your child under 26 is not your dependent for
        tax purposes, you’ll need help to fill out your application correctly.
        This is true only
        if you or anyone who’ll be part of the same
        application wants to qualify for premium tax credits and lower
        out-of-pocket costs based on household size and income.”

      • TruthBtold

        Exactly, the law doesn’t require PARENTS to cover the their children who are under 26, it requires INSURANCE COMPANIES to cover the children of plan holders who have children under 26. Unless said child gets their own. This is not a burden in parents. It’s a burden on insurance companies. And that’s a good thing.

      • Charles Vincent

        And they(insurance companies) pass the cost of that coverage on to the parents. And its only good for relieving people of personal responsibility.

      • TruthBtold

        I’m simply stating that the ACA doesn’t require parents to cover their under 26 children. It simply allows them to. Correcting your original post.

      • Charles Vincent

        The ACA requires everyone to obtain health insurance that’s the law. The piece of the ACA that let’s adults stay on their parents plan diminishes personal responsibility of people under 26 that is my point, one you continue to miss, and whether those 26 and under piggy back on the parents policy or enroll in Medicaid they are not paying consumers. The ones that make the ACA fiscally feasible. And you continue to ignore the fact that the ACA does not address the problem of exorbitant health care cost and in fact exacerbates the problem according to the new CBO analysis of health care costs between 2015 and 2022.

      • TruthBtold

        So, it now been 8 months since this conversation and healthcare costs are increasing hat their lowest rate in decades, and the CBO just revised their predicted cost of the ACA down by 20%. Care to change your opinion that the ACA will increase healthcare costs to an untenable amount?

      • Charles Vincent

        “and healthcare costs are increasing”
        The official line was that it would reduce healthcare costs not just slow the increase.
        Second there are some key economic portions that have yet to be implemented yet so I reserve comment and the unresolved King v Burwell SCOTUS case is looming as well.

      • TruthBtold

        Ya, because fixing the entire healthcare system will happen overnight. I’m pretty confident that King v. Burwell will end up in favor of the law. As for costs, again, it won’t happen overnight. “Not just slow the increase” I thought the official GOP line was that it “skyrocket” costs and cost millions of jobs? Oops, 2014 was the best year for job growth in over a decade, and the fact that costs are rising slower than the anytime in the last few decades, immediately nullifies the GOP’s argument. Their plan was “to stay with the system that was working” except it wasn’t and the only reason they oppose this law is because a democrat will get credit for it, adding yet another to the pile of reasons why no one will ever give the GOP the White House again.

      • Charles Vincent

        I was referring to the Cadillac tax on premium plans
        specifically;

        ©NPELRA

        All Rights
        Reserved
        2
        ©2015 Seyfarth Shaw LLP
        ©2015 Summit Law Group PLLC
        Introduction to the Cadillac Tax

        Effective January 1, 2018, the ACA imposes a tax on
        plans offering premium coverage

        Goal of tax is to discourage overuse/abuse of healthcare system
        and help finance uninsured coverage

        All employer

        sponsored plans potentially affected,
        regardless of employer size

        Guidance on how the tax will work remains vague
        ©2015 Seyfarth Shaw LLP
        ©2015 Summit Law Group PLLC
        The Basics
        •40% excise tax on value of insurance (and related benefits) if it exceeds preset ceilings:

        $10,200 annual limit for individual plans

        $27,500 annual limit for family plans and for multi

        employer plans

        $11,850/$30,950 for retirees, high

        risk professionals (
        e.g.,
        police,
        fire, linemen)

        Taxable value ceilings increase after 2018 based on the CP

      • TruthBtold

        Oh, I didn’t realize you were talking about a minority of plans, thereby completely proving your original point wrong. So, the fact that overall increases are slowing down means nothing, but the fact that a minority of plans had some increase means everything? Do you hear yourself?

      • Charles Vincent

        This is what the cadillac tax does and a fact to which you seem to be oblivious;

        The
thresholds
increase
annually
at
a
very
low
rate
of
inflation
(CPI)
+
1%
in
2018
and
2019,
and
CPI
only
thereafter.

As

        a
result,
more
and
more
plans
will
be
subject
to
the
tax
if
health
care
inflation
is
not
reduced
by
the
new
reforms

      • Charles Vincent

        Pie in the sky I see.
        Have you even read the ACA?

      • cherie

        My husband is retired from the Army and our kids can only stay on our insurance until they are 21 unless they are in college. So no there is not a law that parents have to cover them because not all parents have that security.

      • Charles Vincent

        Courtesy of healthcare dot Gov

        “Health coverage for children under 26

        If a plan covers children, they can be added to or kept on a parent’s health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

        Children can join or remain on a parent’s plan even if they are:married not living with their parents attending school not financially dependent on their parents eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan
        These rules apply to both job-based plans and individual plans you buy yourself, inside or outside the Marketplace.

        How to get coverage for adult children

        Adult children may be enrolled during a plan’s Open Enrollment period or during other special enrollment opportunities. The employer or insurance company can provide details. When you apply for a new plan in the Marketplace, you can usually sign up your under-26-year-olds on the same application. Be sure to include them on the list of people to be covered.
        Important: If your child under 26 is not your dependent for tax purposes, you’ll need help to fill out your application correctly. This is true only
        if you or anyone who’ll be part of the same application wants to qualify for premium tax credits and lower out-of-pocket costs based on household size and income.”

      • James Orcutt

        You cant quantify if helped or hurt.
        These polls of.001 % population in extrapillation are tools to decieve, wheres your curiousity? skepticism?
        Due dilligence to Liberty
        Research..
        Self Evidence wont lead you to your position,
        its not defendable.
        Once you all negotiate one Right,
        they all go. History,History.
        How did your life turn out?
        went to plan?
        joyous,
        easy
        cushy?
        We dont live in the result that we” believe”
        only the ones that deed make a change.
        intention,thought,words.
        do nothing.

      • James Orcutt

        confused as all? Thats what Evil does.
        The fix for the opposite intended result world we live in, is our fault.
        it is not yours or mine, the want,madness, of controlling or forcing others.
        You have time seek and be filled .
        you,his word, alone in open heart.
        He will find You.
        Your free will will always be.
        but i guarenty you will go so much farther than you currently dream.
        Someone will take”your” rights at some point on the progressive tact.
        its not progress to challenge”Rights”,
        not for you or I.
        look me up on g+.
        THEN I will listen
        to you.
        i am capable of changeing my mind if logic and mathmatics or history dictates it.
        but to Reason, is to lie to ones self.
        The outcomes, so far all polotics are not of good humanity.
        but horrid blood and death,greed ,power and corruption. We all kniw this. and none if us can fix it.
        Hasnt worked yet.

      • James Orcutt

        i wish people would earn, by there works and quit being spoiled selfimportant children.

      • James Orcutt

        To craft sentence that you believe is inciteful.
        is easy to discern.
        in lie youve been decieved, and lies for foundation. rationalisation,or lieing to yourself.
        Awaken sister.

      • James Orcutt

        With ya, non payers recieve payers must comply,
        payers lost their jobs, cant pay,
        govt. borrows and falls.
        a smoke screen for the pipe dream.

      • James Orcutt

        no its not acceptable nor proper to ensnare all, for not punishing the offenders.
        No harm no crime…..end.
        Founders knew this.
        To accept impossition of anothers will, for any reason. is to be non skeptic, believers of finding the easiest way and rationalising to self, its ok.
        this is why you are sheep.
        me no crashes since 20 yo. im 47.
        no jail
        no dui
        no gun irresponsibility.
        this acceptance of ” Negotiable rights”.
        is laughable
        no record.
        You wont win.
        Liberty at all cost for all extended by me to you.
        I will protect even the sheep.
        it is my Obligation to Liberty and God.
        I cannot have what I will not give.
        If you feel your relationship with God
        is strong, your in need of seeking him in his word.,
        you could not promote ,this Moral less
        stand for slavery, blind faith in man.
        man is…… not good inherantly.
        all recorded human history
        is of this of corruption.

        check self you are missled.
        no man can interpret
        Gods will through Jesus Christ.
        No man.
        seek and he will find you.
        read the bible, yourself not the other man crap.
        Truth is but one.

        man killing man.,by tech advance, without fail .

    • James Orcutt

      none of this is real or true.

  • strayaway

    From article: “a few Americans had to switch their health insurance plans.”

    “few” = five million Americans

    “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” -President Obama 8/11/09

    Well, must of us anyway. If they all signed up for (un)ACA coverage after not being able to keep their own plans they would account for 5M of the 8M who signed up. Way to work those numbers!

    “the only thing we’re going to try to do is lower costs so that those cost savings are passed onto you. And we estimate we can cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year.” -Senator Obama in debate with McCain

    Bad estimate. Instead, prices went up about that amount because the (un)ACA is a income redistribution scheme distributing money from the middle class to the poor. The (un)ACA is a tax, not an insurance plan, according to the Supreme Court.

    • FD Brian

      My premiums went down. I was offered 11 plans that were ACA complient, 9 of them had smaller premiums. The 2 that were high in premium, were less than $150 a month more and they covered much more than my previous plan. I went from $1,400 a month to just under a grand.

      • strayaway

        Congratulations, I know some people whose premiums went down and others whose premiums went up. Nationwide, the average traditional health premium went up so there would be money to redistribute and lower some other premiums. This was done largely by compelling large numbers of people to purchase coverage for things they couldn’t use. One problem preventing across the board affordability to compare with Canadian provincial plans, for instance , is that trial lawyers, insurance companies, big pharmaceuticals, and bureaucrats are still feeding at the health care spending trough.

      • FD Brian

        Big pharma got a huge trough to feed out of when the republicans passed medicare part D and didn’t pay for it.

      • strayaway

        True enough. Then aWellpoint VP, Liz Fowler, Now of Johnson & Johnson, wrote the (un)ACA in Sen. Baucus office.

      • FD Brian

        and all the people on the sub committee received jobs as lobbyists for the drug companies into the 7 digit range.

      • James Orcutt

        as do all compliant dems,into dem companies.
        no difference, all crooked.
        why do you all defend wrong so vehimently.
        you fucked up.
        your forgiven brother.
        Now Save Liberty,
        or accept your slavery.
        no other choices.

      • FD Brian

        agreed

  • Sandy Greer

    I don’t even know what to say about this. Except:

    I hope people follow, and play, the video on the links.

    And – It takes a village.

  • William Fite

    Hey Allen, I guess you won’t or don’t take into consideration the fact that ObamaCare forced those people to buy insurance. And let’s use another example from Texas. I bet when they passed the law that you had to have liability insurance for driving, that more people got insurance. See the pattern?

  • Jim Bean

    Foul! “an even steeper drop for Americans aged 19-34, down to 18% from 28% in 2013. You know, the “younger Americans” Republicans said wouldn’t sign up for health insurance”. Many of the 19-34 year olds didn’t ‘sign up’ for the insurance, they were automatically included in their parents plan.

  • James Orcutt

    Rights are not commodities.
    Not for examination or manipulation.
    yours and mine.
    to impose will or argue best for you.
    isnt liberty.
    all empires in lack of liberty have ended in killing itself.
    everytime all mans recorded history.
    without fail.
    Only here…..only USA, was liberty realised.
    Tired of being killed 1492-1776, the people of all seafaring nations , through trials of life,paid in blood, held the dirt.
    pigrims and the teaparty are a manipulation of man.
    Though true in event, the reasons are insignificant .
    seek old text, I….. 9 mo…..no job.
    books late 1700s forward.
    Its very simple to read, eloquently written, not confussing in anyway, and written in the first person, participant by the participant.
    is stronger than all other views.
    guns for hunting…joke
    never said by 2nd Amendment supporters.
    only the Progressive, Future Tyrants say that and try to shame into subbmission that bullshit.
    my 40+ years”in my responsible 2nd amendment life— Trump all thought,vocalisations,studies,revisions of all who have no expirience in deed.
    you see , you think, then study other’s thoughts,
    and deeds, falsely believe, and become selfimportant corrupt emotional 3 year olds.
    mine,me,my,i.
    This and Religion are the cause of Evil.
    There is none in God and I corruptable as any,
    A sinner…..yet . My Father in Heaven Loves Me to do his work…by His Will.
    Science and God are one….infinate.
    For Those who seek.

  • James Orcutt

    a cliff they pay you enough to push this sin as something of value.?
    All assumptive Reason, drawing unknown Results.
    A pipe dream.
    The” what you want”, is in no way represented in this current Result ,in this world.
    not even remotely.
    None of us can predict a result in anyway,
    with reason spanning the math or gaps in logic.
    on purpose you misslead.
    You are minions, nothing more.
    Seek brother,…..seek.

  • DunthorpeMD

    They have done everything they can to sabotage this law because that’s what they were put into office to do … they represent the majority of Americans who didn’t want it…and still don’t want it