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Prevention Services provided by The Affordable Care Act

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some people think that The Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare is not a good health plan, when compared to other policies that are in existence today.

To help dispel that idea, I would like to include preventative services that are covered under the Affordable Care Act. After you read this list below, you will realize how complete the affordable act is as far as coverage. Actually the coverage is rated in three groups.

The three groups of coverage are as follows:

1) Covered Preventative Services for Adults
2) Covered Preventative Services for Women, Including Pregnant Women
3) Covered Preventative Services for Children

There are 15 Covered Preventitive Services for Adults.

1) Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - This is a one time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked

2) Alcohol Misuse - screening and counseling

3) Aspirin - use for men and women of certain ages

4) Blood Pressure - screening for all adults

5) Cholestrol - screen for adults of certain ages or at higher risk

6) Colorectal Cancer - screening for adults over 50

7) Depression - screening for adults

8) Type 2 Diabetes - screening for adults with high blood pressure

9) Diet - counseling for adults at higher risk for chronic disease

10) HIV - screening for all adults at higher risk

11) Immunization - vaccines for adults -- doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary:

     a) Hepatitis A
     b) Hepatitis B
     c) Herpes Zoster
     d) Human Papillomavirus
     e) Influenza (Flu Shot)
     f) Measles, Mumps, Rubella
     g) Menigococcal
     h) Pneumococcal
     i) Tetanus, Dipheria, Pertussis
     j) Varicella

12) Obesity - screening and counseling for all adults

13) Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) - prevention counseling for adults at higher risk

14) Tobacco Use - screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users

15) Syphilis - screening for all adults at higher risk

There are 22 Covered Preventitive Services for Women, Including Pregnant Woman.

1) Anemia - screening on a routine basis for pregnant women

2) Bacteriuria - urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant woman

3) BRCA - counseling about genetic testing for women at higher risk

4) Breast Cancer Mammography - screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40

5) Breast Canceer Chemoprevention - counseling for women at higher risk

6) Breastfeeding - comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women

7) Cervical Cancer - screening for sexually acive women

8) Chlamydia Invection - screening for younger women and other women at higher risk

9) Contraception - Food and Drug Administration - approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, not including abortifacient drugs

10) Domestic and interpersonal violence - screening and counseling for all women

11) Folic Acid - supplements for women who may become pregnant

12) Gestational diabetes - screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes

13) Gonorrhea - screening for all women at higher risk

14) Hepatitis B - screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit

15) Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) - screening and counseling for sexually active women

16) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test - high risk HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older

17) Osteoporosis - screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors

18) Rh Incompatibility - screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk

19) Tobacco Use - screening and interventions for all women, and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users

20) Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) - counseling for sexually active women

21) Syphilis - screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk

22) Well-woman visits - to obtain recommended preventative services

There are 26 covered preventative services for children. They are as follows:

1) Alcohol and Drug Use - assessments for adolescents

2) Autism - screening for children at 18 and 24 months

3) Behavioral - assessments for children of all ages up to 17 years of age

4) Blood Pressure - screening for children

5) Cervical Dysplasia - screening for sexually active females

6) Congenital Hypothyroidism - screening for newborns

7) Depression - screening for adolescents

8) Developmental - screening for children under age 3, and surveillance throughout childhood

9) Dyslipidemia - screening for children at higher risk of lipid disorders up through age of 17

10)Fluoride Chemoprevention - supplements for children without fluoride in their water source

11) Gonorrhea - preventative medication for the eyes of all newborns

12) Hearing - screening for all newborns

13) Height, Weight and Body Mass Index - measurements for children through ages 17

14) Hematocrit or Hemoglobin - screening for children

15) Hemoglobinopathies - or sickle cell screening for newborns

16) HIV - screening for adolescents at higher risk

17) Immunization - vaccines for children from birth to age 18 -- doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary

a) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
b) Haemophilus influenzae type b
c) Hepatitis A
d) Hepatitis B
e) Human Papillomavirus
f) Inactivated Poliovirus
g) Influenza (Flu Shot)
h) Measles, Mumps, Rubella
i) Meningococcal
j) Pneumococcal
k) Rotavirus
l) Varicella

18) Iron - supplements for children ages 6 to 12 months at risk for anemia

19) Lead - screening for children at risk of exposure

20) Medical History - for all children throughout development up through age 17

21) Obesity - screening and counseling

22) Oral Health - risk assessment for young children

23) Phenylketonuria (PKU) - screening for this genetic disorder in newborns

24)Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) - prevention counseling and screening for adolescents at higher risk

25) Tuberculin - testing for children at higher risk of tuberculosis up through age 17 years

26) Vision - screening for all children


Junk Insurance Plans Dumped because of ObamaCare

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

If you listen to the Conservative media, you will now hear day in and day out that many people are now loosing their insurance coverages. At the same time you will read on the latest Gallup poll that as far as Obamacare approval is concerned, 41% now approve in August, but now in October, the number has jumped to 45%. It seems to be gaining in popularity. So what is the real story. Yes, many people have received notices by now that their insurance plan is being discontinued because of the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature bill.
Presently, there seems to be so much negativity in the media about health care right now. It seems that none of the media has a single good thing to say about it. Are they right? Is ObamaCare bad for the American people?  The answer is 'NO'. Obamacare is not bad for the American people. Of course, I'm just the writer and editor of this blog, and you don't have to believe me. But it doesn't take rocket science to do a little research. But what you see on TV day in and day out are reporters, mainly from the Conservative markets that are always negative about Obamacare because they can be viewed as "journalistically compromised". If they do, they will not be showing a very great deal of integrity if they say something positive about ObamaCare. Examples would be.... Fox News and CBS News. On "CBS This Morning" reported that at least 2 million Americans cannot renew their health insurance policy. Governor Cristie also makes a report on the CBS morning show that "people are not told the truth, remember that they were told that they would be able to keep their policies if they liked them." The conservative markets want ObamaCare to fail.
There is so much mis-information about ObamaCare these days, I think it's time to take a closer look, actually just highlighted points I'm about to make here can give you allot more information about the Affordable Care Act, dubbed by the Conservative markets as ObamaCare.

To start, at least 14 million people in this country buy insurance on the individual marketplace. What does that mean? It means that if you were one of the lucky ones to already have insurance on the individual marketplace, there will be NO CHANGES TO YOUR PLAN. Well, how about that? Or just maybe there will be changes..  You are actually what can be considered 'grandfathered in'. But what if you are one of those 14 million that purchased junk insurance, and now your insurance company makes changes to your plan, like changing your premium and your plan is no longer valid, then you would recieve as so many people have by now, a cancellation notice.
So what does that mean? It now means that you will be forced to be upgraded to insurance with "standards" under the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is all about raising the standards in America. Now that doesn't really sound that bad, does it.

So let's start with junk insurance, or what is better called 'low quality insurance plans'....  In many cases if you were enrolled in such a plan, you may be better to have no insurance at all than to fork over hard earned money into a plan that is not good for anyone.

As an example of a junk insurance plan, let's take a look at  a 'Fixed Benefit Indemnity plan..

The cost may be $450 a month, which is allot for many families, but some people have no other choice. The plan can hang you out to dry financially.  

For $450 per month, you can get $100 apiece each for 5 doctors visits. How about a grand amount of $50 a year for tests and screenings and the kicker, where people think that they really have something is when they are told they will get at least $1,000 a day, for up to 30 days in the hospital. Such a great deal, isn't it.

Well think again. the average doctor's stay in the hospital on the average is over $1,700 a day, so the money you will collect under your junk insurance plan wouldn't even cover for 30 days in the hospital. That doesn't acount for the specialized tests and screenings, and multiple blood tests that are a regular thing that takes place multiple times a day, every day. How about doctor's visits in the hospital room. How about specialists that are needed in your particular case. How about extra things like special nursing care or daily physical therapy, even after you leave the hospital.

On a personal basis, I was admitted to the hospital last January for a blood clot in my right leg, which required an operation and special therapy in the hospital and afterwords for approximately 2 months at home by professionals after I left the hospital. The hospital stay alone cost over $90,000 for just a week's stay, and without insurance I would have had to pay that bill myself. I had to take a blood thinner called Warfarin. The drug requires regular weekly blood tests once a week because the drug is so dangerous. This test was done in an outpatient clinic in a hospital. Do you think that the junk insurance plan as stated above would cover such medical needs. Of course not. On what I call a minimum good plan, I would have had to pay at least 25% of that cost. Instead, I only paid less than $700, which was my total personal liability for the hospital stay and pay nothing for any of the outpatient services. Having insurance is a wonderful thing, and as you get older, you will discover that you will depend on it more and more. If you are one of the unlucky ones not to have it in the past, you now have the ability to have it now. Maybe not the same plan that I have, but to give you an idea what you can now have, especially if you have no insurance at the moment.

Now, with ObamaCare, here are the new standards that MUST be provided to consumers...  which are considered essential health benefits..

1) Ambulatory services are included with ObamaCare
2) You can be covered by Emergency Services even if you are not admitted to the hospital.
3) Hospitalization is covered under ObamaCare (Includes surgery)
4) Maternity and Newborn care is covered under ObamaCare
5) Mental health and substance abuse using disorder services are also covered under ObamaCare
6) Perscription drug costs are covered under ObamaCare
7) Rehabilitative services are covered under ObamaCare, including physical therapy under ObamaCare
8) Laboratory services must be covered under ObamaCare
9) Preventative wellness visits will be covered under ObamaCare
10)Pediatric services must be covered under ObamaCare

These are just the top ten highlighted items that will be addressed under the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare.

To top the list just mentioned is that for all of this, there are 2 main benefits that all of the above mentioned fall under. First, there is NO LIFETIME LIMITS ON COVERAGE FOR THESE BENEFITS, and second, PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS ARE COVERED. No one can be turned away, regardless of your condition or when you became stricken.

Now is this better than the junk insurance plans that are already falling by the wayside? Should anyone care that junk insurance is falling by the wayside now that ObamaCare is here. Of course they shouldn't. The conservative markets claim at least 2 million people are loosing their health insurance. That most likely is a good thing, because they now have a chance to purchase insurance that would really work for them.  Isn't it a good thing that people now have the ability to receive good health care now, even if you have a pre-existing condition, and you don't have to worry about the limits to the coverage?

What you have just read here are the minimum standards that ObamaCare will now bring to the marketplace. Be happy to have the ability now to get rid of your junk insurance policy. It's about time that you had the quality health care that you deserve as a citizen of this country.


Consequences of Republican Actions

Political fear is the reason for Republican actions, but the American people have to take the damage. Republican politicians feel that they must only rule according to their conservative ideas, not on what is truly right for the American people. This is what has become the core of almost every Republican decision in Congress today. Decisions are not made for the people by the Republicans. The decisions are made only for what they believe in, centered totally around their conservative ideas, not what is best for their own constituents. Shutting down the government for over two weeks lead by Senator Ted Cruz is very much proof of this, even though many of his fellow Senators say that they disapproved of his actions. The United States lost millions of dollars because of it, and for what end goal? The 'Sequester' is even more proof of the damages caused by Republican inaction. Because the Republicans in the House would not vote on a measure to stop the sequester, it automatically went into effect, and lots of money earmarked for several government funded programs were cut, including some military programs which hurt the security of the country. But Republicans just do not seem to care.
The goal of the shutdown was to defund ObamaCare, a law that is now considered the law of the land. But no, the Republicans have voted over 40 times to try and stop a law that they in a do-nothing Congress can not stop at this time. But what did they decide to do instead to further push the issue? The Republicans led by Senator Ted Cruz, implemented the government shutdown on the very first day of the opening of the Affordable Care website of Some of the Republicans, lead by Ted Cruz, intentionally wanted to see no government oversight of the newly created website on its very first day in action. Of course now we know that the website has major issues, and does not run efficiently because of some technicalities, and the Republicans are taking every opportunity to put down the website and make another statement that implementation of the new healthcare plan needs to now be postponed. Of course, to date the President says that healthcare will be implemented as planned and will be done on the present schedule.

Another example of the political infection by Republicans are comments and now actions to follow by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican in Congress that claims that he will vote against every single nomination by the President to delay any further nominations by the President. His reason... Benghazi. He says the fight against the Democrats and Hilary Clinton is not over, and that until justice is served, he will continue to fight against every single Democratic candidate for office until he is satisfied with the outcome of the Benghazi affair.
Talk about being radical, here goes another senator, just like Ted Cruz, who thinks he has answers on how to get things done, and it has to be his way, or the highway.
At the end, will he be successful? Most likely not, but not much that the republicans are doing these days are successful, except to make the American people suffer from their actions. The people will not have the needed representatives standing up for them in proper time. And yes, why would any Republican want to block the nominations? Of course the reason has to be that the Democratically elected President is nominating fellow Democrats to fill the bill. This is still another political move by select Republicans to block the success in government, as long as President Obama is in power. What will they do when Hilary Clinton becomes president in 2016? And in case you may not be aware of it, I am already predicting that she will run for President and will win the election. I am so certain of this, that I have waiting in the wings another website, or maybe two of them now parked, with the following URL's: and

Leading the way of inaction is the Republican controlled House of Representatives. They can't pass bills. The only thing they can do on a weekly basis is not vote on anything but surely remember to go on vacation. Is this a way to get re-elected? Mid-term elections are around the corner in 2014, and usually the party in office at the time stands to loose many of the mid-term elections, but this year, because of Republican issues, a party that is in so much disarray, the Democrats not only have a good chance to win the White house in 2016, but stand to win back the House in 2014. Only time will tell.  Again, thank you Republican party for helping the Democratic cause in 2016.


Affordable Care Plan

Already, with just 3 weeks into the beginning of the signup period for the affordable care plan known as Obamacare, it is proven that more people stand to gain health insurance than ever before.

Examples to date are as follows....

1) In the state of Oregon, 60,000 people under the Medicaid expansion of Obamacare have signed up. This stands for over a 10% reduction of uninsured in the state of Oregon.

2) In the state of New York, over 150,000 people have signed up for a private insurance plan using the state's exchange website.

3) In the state of Kentucky, approximately 1000 people per day are signing up for insurance using the state insurance exchange. By the way, there are at least 640,000 people in the state of Kentucky without insurance.

4) In the state of Washington, at least 35,000 people have enrolled in Medicaid, and at least 5,000 of them have enrolled in private insurance plans, not including another 60,000 people who have completed applications.

This is just the tip of the iceberg that proves there is now increased access to insurance which also includes access to Medicaid. Unfortunately for some applicants using state exchanges, Medicaid is now either not available or some still may not qualify for it like other states provide in Democratically controlled states. Republican controlled states run by Republican governors are limited to what the Republicans will allow concerning Medicaid, and unfortunately the people of those states needing the benefits of Medicaid cannot benefit from it.

It is true that the new ObamaCare website at has been plagued with issues, but it is with the persistence of the complaints by Republicans that will bring to light all the issues that need fixed, and everyone that would need to use this site to purchase insurance will stand to benefit just by all of the complaints posed by the Republicans. Scrutiny ironically made by the Republicans, by the party that oppose Obamacare, will be just the medicine that the new health exchange at needs to truly be successful.


Now EX GOP Executive Don Yelton with Racial Comments hurt the Repubican Party

Saturday, October 26, 2013

North Carolina GOP executive and activist Don Yelton resigned after being asked by the Buncombe County GOP to step down after racists remarks centered around the voter ID law.

 As he said, and I quote...  

"The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt. If it hurts a bunch of college kids that are too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, then so be it. If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, then so be it."

He has resigned his position as the executive GOP chairman for his county on Wednesday. Actually his comments came at an extremely bad time for the Republican party that is in so much disarray at the moment, as they stand to loose a fair amount of House chairs in the off election next year. There is a good chance that the Republican led House may turn over to the Democrats once again.

In a response to his racial comments, the Buncombe County Republican Party sent out the following statement:

"On behalf of the Buncombe County Republican Party we would like to express our sincerest regrets and disappointment in the comments made by Don Yelton on the Wednesday edition of Jon Stewarts "The Daily Show". Mr. Yeltons comments are offensive, uninformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party."

"Let me make it very clear, Mr. Yelton's comments do not reflect the belief or feelings of Buncombe republicans, nor do they mirror any core principle that our party is founded upon" said Chairman Mitchell. "This mentalilty will not be supported or propagated within our party"

As far as I can tell, the Republican party is now on damage control. Comments like this are exactly what the Republican party IS promoting with the passing of the voter ID laws in many of the Republican controlled states. The Republican party is doing everything they can do to keep minority voters and even women who tend to vote Democratic from voting in the mid-term election. Many states are fighting the new laws head on, and the outcome definitely does not look good for what is called the Republican party.
The Republicans truly realize that only low women and minority turnouts will be the ONLY way that they can be successful in winning the White House in 2016. But they are not looking far enough ahead. Just two years later in 2016, it will be time to elect a new President. Barack Obama will be ending his 2nd term as President and cannot run a 3rd time.

Even with trying to lessen the turnout of women and minorities, The Republicans cannot win the White House in 2016, because of guys like Don Yelton, and Republican Senator Ted Cruz.


Effects of the Self-Imposed Government Shutdown

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's over!! At least for the time being. Did it have to happen? Of course not.   The government shutdown was self-imposed, lead and run by a select minority of Republicans whose main goal was to shut down ObamaCare. Did the Republicans succeed in any of their goals? Again, the answer is no. The conservative party had no chance to succeed, they knew it, but elected to instead lead the country down the road to a possible default, a time when the U.S. Government could no longer pay its bills. How could that have affected the people, since the government shutdown didn't happen?
First, not all the details are in regarding what was effected because of the shutdown, but it is noteabally the first one in almost 20 years. What is known is that the overall impact of the shutdown did impact the economy, with a cost of at least $24 billion.
Did the government shutdown help the cause of the Republican party? If it did help, I would like someone to tell me how it did help? The Republican party continues not to pass bills because of two reasons. One is political, as they will not willfully pass ANY bills that are supported by the current Democratic President Barack Obama. Their lack of leadership by the House Speaker Boehner is proof of that. The speaker flaunts the worst record in Congressional history when it comes to getting things done in Washington. Even his own party doesn't support him on legislation that he wants to get passed. Second, if it raises taxes or costs the people any money, so they say, they will not support any bill that raises taxes or costs the people any money. But instead, just a few lawmakers, led by Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, elected to put the economy in a talespin in just a few short weeks with a cost of at least $24 billion. Mr. Cruz openly states that he is not the reason, even though many in his own caucus disagree on how he handled himself to contribute to the shutdown. Is this responsible legislative leadership? Of course not. The Republican party continues to be the do-nothing party of the U.S. Congress, led by a select poised few and run by a party that mainsteam Republicans want to run away from called the 'Tea Party'.
What are the known effects of the shutdown as we know it now? I will list just a few, as I'm sure that there is such a large fallout because of a shutdown that didn't need to happen and I personally don't have that much time to write the detailed article, although I will pass along what I become educated on regarding the effects of the shutdown over time.
Here's what is known now..
1) Spending at chain retail stores fell 0.7 percent last week.
2) Mortgage applications dropped 5%.
3) $152 million per day in travel spending - LOST.
4) $76 million in daily visitor spending at national parks in 12 states -LOST.
5) Furlowed government workers LOST pay, but will now get their pay back.
6) Large purchases not made by government and others during this shutdown for the     last few weeks could increase spending in the next couple of months. Maybe!!
7) An S&P (Standard and Poors) rating of the U.S. may now drop from AA+ to AA The effects to the economy if this were to happen will be catastrophic.

The politial leaders now say that they do not want to repeat this process in the future, nevertheless, they opened themselves up for another round of a possible government shutdown in less than 60 days if they do not pass another spending bill by January 15, 2014.
As President Barack Obama stated right after the shutdown was ended, he was very happy to see government workers go back to work after the 16-day shutdown. The President wants an end to the continued partisan rift that "inflicted unnecessary damage" on the economy.
Will the Republican party wake up and not be lead by guys like Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Senator that has future polical ideas in mind, like a possible run for the White House. Personally if he were to run and become the Republican candidate for 2016, he would fall just as a predicessor Mitt Romney did in the 2008 elections.
Because of him and select others in his party, the Republican party is now in so much disarray that it is highly unlikely that they can recover from this to put together a credible campaign for any likely candidate for 2016 elections.
What does this all mean? It means that if Hilary Clinton decides that she wants to run for the next election, most likely she will be nominated by her party and have an extremely good chance to become the next president of the United States. Who is now qualified to run by the Republican party that hasn't already caused serious damage to the country? What can they posibilly run on?


Senator Wendy Davis will Run for Texas Governor

Friday, October 4, 2013

The 2014 campaign for governor of Texas looks to be interesting, now that one specific Fort Worth born democrat by the name of Wendy Davis is now running to replace the outgoing Republican governor.
She started as a 19-year-old divorced mother, then TCU graduate, then to a lawyer, then to a guberntorial candidate from a State Senator. Thirty years ago, she graduated from Richland High School in Texas, and now returned to kick off her bid to become Texas' 48th governor.
Recently, she gained national fame and notoriety, as she filibustered in a speech that lasted throughtout the night. Her goal at the time, was to revent a comprehensive abortion bill from passing. Now, as she has higher goals to gain power within a Republican controlled state, she has an uphill battle since the last Democrat to hold the governor's seat was held by Ann Richards back in 1995.
So who may be running against her from the Republican side? The names known at this time are Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot and former Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken. They are the two main GOP candidates. Of course, the Republicans say that she doesn't have a chance to win the state house. Many of the Republicans say that they are glad that she is in the race, as she is a one issue candidate and nothing more. Others are more fearful of her, noting her fast popularity when she filibusted. They also are aware of the fact that if she is successful in the bid for the State House, most likely the state can turn more 'blue' then they would like. President Obama himself said that someday soon, Texas will run from being a 'Red State' to a 'Blue State' very soon.
Another issue that is now facing the Republicans square in the face would be the fact that since they have been so unpopular on many state issues throughout the country. Now that the Republicans have become the main reason why the government is now in a shoutdown mode, there are more and more reasons why another Democratic President is most likely in 2016. On November 9th, Wendy's run will become official as she will then register for the election to become governor.  The primary election to determine the single Democatic and Republican candidates begins next year.


ObamaCare, Government Shutdown and the Federal Debt Limit

It's been three days and counting, as the Democrats and the Republicans have come to a stalemate regarding a bill that had Obamacare and government funding packaged in one bill. Great idea HOUSE! The Republicans are demanding the demise of Obamacare, but so far have been unable to stop it. The bill that had absolutely no hope of passing in the Senate, led to a government shutdown, with what seems to be no end in sight. Just the absolutely essential parts of the Federal government are running at this time, and Federal employees are feeling the pinch.
President Obama vowed to veto the bill even if it passed the Senate and ended up on his desk. The one piece of legislation that he will be known for in history would go down to defeat with a single signing of his pen. Of course that will never happen. The Republicans continue to pass legislation in the House, now over 40 times to defeat Obamacare. Obamacare now is the law of the land. Last week, the 'exchanges' became active, allowing people who could not qualify for insurance or basicially had no means to acquire it to now have insurance coverage.
Granted, the program dubbed 'Obamacare' by the Republicans will have it's bumps in the road as does any new major program, and it is coming to light that many employers are afraid of the costs that they will have to endure to employ people and supply insurance to everyone. The law states that everyone needs to obtain insurance or pay a penalty under law.
After the filibuster speech by Republian Senator Ted Cruz, the Republicans were still not able to defeat Obamacare.
In a desperate attempt to get something done in Washington, it now appears that the Republicans are moving away from the Obamacare fight. Many Republican Senators now know that they cannot breakup Obamacare, and they are now fighting with hard right wing Republicans to do what is necessary to get the government open again. But now they suddenly have another problem on their hands, the need to raise the debt limit. The deadline to do this is just two weeks off, and if an agreement to raise the debt limit cannot be reached, then the government will go into default and will no longer be able to pay it's loans. The last time the Republicans held out in raising the debt limit, they costed the United States a ton of money, along with a decrease in credit rating, from AAAA to AAA. So what's next if a debt limit increase is not passed? Is it possible to go from AAA to AA? You can hardly imagine that the U.S. government didn't learn its lesson the last go around, but appearently they haven't. All they seem to want to do is pass temporary measures to fund the U.S. Government. This works for a short period of time, but then we must go through this all over again.
Just like President Obama is taking a hard line on Obamacare, he will now again take a hard line regarding the debt limit. He wants to pass a permanent measure to fund the government, not piece together temporary measures to please the Republicans. Before President Obama leaves his 2nd term of office as president, he will do everything he can to fight for his cause for the middle class, starting with Obamacare, ending two wars that a republican President by the name of George W. Bush got us into, along with a host of other bills that he will take credit for, becoming one of the more famous Democratic presidents in U.S. history, to the dislike of the Republican party along with the conservatives that try to disassociate themselves from their own party.


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