MSM ignores top Senate Democrats’ sudden criticism of Obamacare

At the Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this week, it became clear that a glitch in the law is going to result in millions of middle-class workers losing their current insurance and being unable to gain insurance via the so-called ‘exchanges.’ Democrat Senator Wyden said, “We’ve got millions of people–working-class, middle-class people–who are going to be pushed into a regulatory health coverage no man’s land.” Most affected will be the children and spouses of workers — health care subsidies will only be available for individual plans of workers who can’t get affordable coverage via their employers but doesn’t apply to family plans, meaning workers may be able to get coverage for themselves but won’t be able to get coverage of any sort for their spouses and children. The only way to obtain coverage for the rest of their family would be for them to…become unemployed.

Additionally, the Basic Health Program has already been pushed back to 2015 because the infrastructure isn’t in place to implement it –and it appears unlikely that the infrastructure can be put in place anywhere in the near future. Sen. Cantwell accused the administration of artificially increasing the (current and future) costs of all taxpayers for healthcare by trying to push them onto exchanges (which don’t yet exist and also may not be able to be implemented for years). Cantwell warned that many members of the Finance Committee are familiar with state-based cost-control efforts and would not look kindly on HHS subverting them. She said the department has sidelined the Basic Health Plan in order to focus on the exchanges — which will provide subsidies from the federal government.

Democratic Senators blasted the bill they signed on to for a variety of other major issues as well. Maybe they should have read it before signing…

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8 responses to “MSM ignores top Senate Democrats’ sudden criticism of Obamacare”

  1. Lynne says :

    Of course, Fox News is covering this and other Democrats who are speaking out. These are people who describe themselves as Blue Dog Democrats, Lefties, Liberals…. They are saying that Obama is the least transparent administration ever with the complicity of the mainstream media. CBS, NBC, MSNBC, etc. along with the NYT and Washington Post, and many others won’t report on anything negative about Obama, won’t confront him on his flip flops, on his inconsistencies… Obama limits contact with the journalists, insists on off the record discussions, and the media generally backs off, not even asking tough questions, allowing him a pass on the many lies of Benghazi, and obliges Obama by not reporting on any of the criticisms from Democrats.

  2. Lynne says :

    Check email 🙂

  3. Mac says :

    This is not your father’s journalism, as in it’s not like it used to be. Obamacare was designed to put everyone on the gov’t system, period. Dems whine now after ignoring all the warnings of others. I, so, want to hit the DC reset button. We need to remove most of our politicians and start over, it has gotten that far down the rabbit hole……

  4. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    A very interesting story that you should read.
    Here “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | TIME.com” at http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/bitter-pill-why-medical-bills-are-killing-us/?hpt=hp_c1

    And at the bottom, you can read more horror stories on the highly expensive medical system in the USA!

    What is done in this article is nothing less than theft of the most dishonest kind. The person would have been presented a bill in advance of what it was likely to cost with these highly inflately-priced items clearly listed, he would not even have bothered going to this hospital.

  5. tddpirate says :

    Looks like while USA abolished slavery, it did not get the concept of indenture out of its collective system.
    Student loans are becoming a sort of indenture for people wishing to have better paying jobs requiring academic degrees.
    Medical costs – both insurance and out of the pocket bills – serve to chain people to any jobs they currently hold.
    Retirement benefits used to be associated with companies, rather than being paid into funds associated with the employees (which would allow them to move to another job without losing retirement benefits). I do not know what is the current situation, after some companies went bankrupt due to retirement benefits related debts.

    • Lynne says :

      There is an article on CNN about medical costs, which are just crazy in the US. Among the items that have just unbelievable mark ups: alcohol pads ($7.00), a single aspirin ($12). Worse was the fact that places like MD Anderson Medical Center that makes millions and millions of dollars in profit each year refuses treatment to those who cannot pay. One case that was documented was a man who had poor insurance and though he was in danger of dying immediately, MD Anderson insisted that he pay around $50,000 in front for his first treatment. When I was in the hospital for minor spinal surgery, the nurse stopped me from opening tissue, telling me that it would add about $20 to my bill. Insane and basically rotten.

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