Obama took single payer off the table, along with Baucus. Obama appointed a former health insurance lobbyist to be his director of health.
Obama did all the negotiating behind closed doors, and locked in the non competion clause for the pharmaceuticals that OWN him.
He locked in a low percentage of give backs the industry would have to put up with, but gave them millions more paying customers to make up for it.
Again, this was all covered, at length, in this forum before, and in fact, a liberal, brought it to our attention.
It was covered in the Huffington Post, under internal white house memo.
If you are asking me if I think either of the parties would let anything happen for the betterment of the country, but to the detriment of their owners (special interest), i would ask if YOU are delusional.
Thinking Obama is ANY different than any of the others is just as DELUSIONAL, what are we pretending he really wanted single payer or a public option now? That's what all the partisan cheerleaders think, a thought that has been proven false over, and over.
In a way you can follow along though if you combine individual insurance in combination with a company benefit plan under the ACA. It is basically individual insurance plans turned corporate benefits.
Some employees will carry there own insurance under the affordable health care act. Let me give you an example:
One of my employees is married with two kids. Wife ain't working. He makes about $45000/year. My current cost are: $2000/month (750 per adult insured/$250 per child - based on age) plus $5000/year in deductible (I cover about 85% of deductibles which is about $1500 per insured per year). My total for the year is $29000.
Under the ACA he would pay roughly $3000 per year (http://healthreform.kff.org/SubsidyCalculator.aspx). Everything else is subsidized. As a benefit package I would cover the $3000. My insurance company also offers smaller deductibles under the ACA individual care plan. Instead of $1500 per insured per year it will be $1000 per insured per year. If I keep the 85% level I would pay $3400 per year. My total cost before small business tax credit: $6400. I am paying essentially 22% of my original cost. Savings of 78%. Since I will keep higher paid employees on a group insurance plan and I add all savings up I am saving an average of 75%. Now these numbers can easily be followed through by calling Blue Cross and Blue Shield, using a ACA calculator etc. It requires more work than just using the blogosphere but if you are going into any company and do a little research you will see that most have savings. I am not saying all have 75% savings. It requires some legal tax maneuvering but it is definitely possible. And in my case that means 4 more employees.
even the god particle thinks we f&$@ed this one up.
nobody has a clue how this is going to play out.
the IRS has a bigger role in your life now. that should work out well.
It's funny watching Dems singing GOP talking points. Authoritarian nonsense. The whole premise of the bill is wrong. Which makes the solution DOA. It's disgusting. Making scapegoats of people who can't afford expensive insurance.
"Politics is the Art of Looking for Trouble, Finding it Everywhere, Diagnosing it Incorrectly, and Applying the Wrong Remedies"