by William Teach | November 5, 2016 7:21 am
Some enterprising reporter should ask Barack if he plans on signing up for Ocare once he leaves the White House, or if he’ll sign up for a plan elsewhere
WEEKLY ADDRESS: The Progress We’ve Made Because of the Affordable Care Act
Hi, everybody. Americans have been fighting for the idea that health care is a right and not a privilege since the second-to-last time the Cubs won the World Series. I’m not talking about the 2016 Cubs – I’m talking about the 1908 Cubs.
Good grief. He actually worked the Cubs in to the address. Just. Stop.
That’s a really long time. And thanks to the efforts of so many of you, we did it. Today, 20 million more American adults know the financial security of health insurance. On top of that, another three million more kids have coverage than when I took office. In fact, never in American history has the uninsured rate been lower than it is right now – and health care prices have been rising slower than they have in 50 years.
Of course, the idea was to insure the 40-45 million Americans without health insurance, so, 20 million or so will get hit by the IRS for failing to have insurance. Because the law mandates that people purchase health insurance. And, also don’t forget, that financial security doesn’t include not being able to use the insurance because the deductibles are so expensive.
The number isn’t really 20 million, either.
If you haven’t gotten covered yet, now’s the time to do it.
Because the Government will come calling and penalize you for being an American.
Now, most of us don’t get our health care through the Marketplace. We get it through our job, or through Medicare or Medicaid. And what you should know is that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your coverage is better today than it was before.
Most of us have seen our costs go up thanks to Ocare.
You now have free preventive care. There are no more annual or lifetime limits on essential health care. Women can get free checkups, and you can’t get charged more just for being a woman. Young people can stay on a parent’s plan until they turn 26. Seniors get discounts on their prescriptions. And no one can be denied coverage just because of a preexisting condition.
They could have done those things without all the Progressive (nice Fascist) things included in Ocare, without screwing up health insurance, without screwing with the definition of “full time worker,” and so much more.
Insurance is based on the idea that we’re all in it together. That’s what makes it work. And it’s the same idea that’s always made America great. Thanks everybody, and have a good weekend.
So, why not go with the Republican idea of allowing insurance and insurance polls across state lines? If we’re all in it together, why did the Democrat Congress opt themselves out? What he really means is that it would be a good idea to move towards a Public Option ending with Single Payer.
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