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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN

I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids, Erding, etc.) Despite the mounting evidence that the ACA is becoming more and more popular with the public because of the subsidized easily manageable premiums, low and middle class recipients are showing their approval.

Let’s look at a few of the facts: 1) There are three independent surveys--the Gallup, the Urban Institute, and the Commonwealth Fund---that all indicate a steep decline in the number of uninsured Americans since the ACA became law. 2) The Department of Health and Human Services, after a thorough study, found that the average subsidized net premium for those covered by the ACA was a mere $82 a month. 3) And here is the real surprise. The vast majority of those recently insured under the ACA are happy with their coverage and that includes 74 percent of Republicans according to Commonwealth!

Are there still problems with the ACA? Of course. One cannot expect such a massive federal social program to not have a number of glitches. People like Davids et al can always find problems with the program---some real, most exaggerated, and many fictititious or outright lies. Experts in the health field predict it will take another five years to remedy the solvable problems that remain. One shouldn’t be surprised by that. Consider how long it took the Social Security Program, Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Prescription Drug Program (signed into law by former President Bush) to solve problems that were initially apparent in these programs. And, of course, there are still problems and inequities in all these programs. One can’t expect such massive governmental programs to be perfect. But the benefits of all these programs far outweigh any negatives.

All that the right wing branch of the Republican Party can do is whine and complain about this or that in the ACA. What is telling and most significant is that never once in the years since 2008 when serious talks began in the Obama Administration about reforming health care has a single Republican come up with a better plan or indeed any plan at all. That should not be surprising either. All of the great liberal social programs that have come into existence over the decades, which have improved the lives of millions of Americans, have been initiated by Democrats with little or no support from Conservatives. But let’s be honest. Would anyone really want to go back to a time when we were without Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and now the ACA? I don’t think so.

So, naysayers, give up the negative howls. There is an old saying, “This horse has left the barn and you’re not going to get it back in.”


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10:28:11, Aug 13th 2014

Dale Eppen says:
Herb, I am so happy you like Obama Care. I also assume you like half a billion dollars taken away from Medicare. Please tell me what you lost in coverage.


12:31:16, Aug 14th 2014

Mad Mike says:
All you liberal's think a like. You read what you want to read and listen to what fits your agenda. There’s supposed to be separation between the President and the media, can there be fairness in reporting when you know – ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, Obama’s National Security Adviser. CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s National Security Adviser. ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. ABC News reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary. ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood. The soon to be host of Meet the Press, Chuck Todd is married to Kristian Todd the National Democrat Party Spokesman. Maybe that explains the Republicans crying foul that main street media is bias.


8:00:02, Aug 19th 2014

doc says:
Republicans want the truth, they just don't like facts.


9:31:25, Aug 22nd 2014

KingslandGrad95 says:

You mentioned that "Republicans want the truth, they just don't like the facts." As a recent college graduate, I can tell you that either side of an argument can play loose and fast with what they term to be "facts."


10:32:36, Aug 22nd 2014

Mad Mike says:
Doc, how do you get any truth or facts with the current set up that this administration has set up. Even liberals should see that this is wrong. What makes this country so great is our freedom. We can choose what political party to support. Many servicemen lost their lives giving that freedm to us. I don't want to live under a dictatorship. This current President from day one hasn't delivered much on his promises. The truth cant be told entirely with the current press situation.


5:25:09, Aug 27th 2014

hawkeyejay says:
Hank, I wouldn't bet your pension or SS check on ACA being cast in stone. After all, Obama changes the rules any time one of his base group members gets upset. What will stop the next President from changing anything he feels like? Obama has set the precedent!
A couple other points: If a person can go by your photo, you are at least 20 years past having any skin in the game. Who are you to tell the real stakeholders how things should be?
Second point: If the ACA is so wonderful, WHY ARE ALL THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES INCLUDING CONGRESS EXEMPT? I'd like to hear your answer to that!!

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