Obamacare: The Working Poor Still Will NOT be Insured in 26 States!

The Affordable Health Care Act is President Obama’s and his Fascist Corporatist overlords prize piece of legislation.  However, as you fully know the ACA (aka ObamaCare) is riddled with problems and outright lies some told by Obama himself.  At the launch of the program the website set up for enrolling was plagued with security problems and errors.  Many of those have now been worked out but the system is still having problems as we approach the March 31st deadline for enrollment.  Those who don’t enroll by that date face fines levied against them by the IRS.  And the IRS says it will accept no excuses as fines will be enforced.  But wait!!  Didn’t the SCOTUS rule that these fines and penalties stipulated by ObamaCare were not fines and penalties at all but, rather, a “tax”?  And wasn’t the Commerce Clause used as the Constitutional means for government legally requiring everyone in the country to have health insurance?  Someone should inform the IRS that they are suppose to be using the term “tax” instead of “fine” and “penalty.”

That’s all fine and well but what about the millions of people who are presently uninsured and making less that $11,500 annually and who just happen to live in states that refused to expand Medicaid?  It appears that ObamaCare has set up nothing to help these people who are poor and living in states that have not expanded Medicaid such as Florida.  Their numbers amount to about 8 million!  That’s a lot of poor people.  In fact, wasn’t ObamaCare aimed at helping these people get “affordable” health insurance?  Yet, it appears they will be left in limbo and still have no health insurance under this Corporatist farce known as ObamaCare!

Twenty-Six states have refused to expand Medicaid as of today.  That’s slightly over one-half of US states.  All these states, ironically, have Republcan Governors and/or Republican controlled legislatures it just so happens.  What this all means is that 8 million poor people in half of the states who weren’t insured before will remain uninsured now.  Obama has used political rhetoric to claim that the ACA is set up to give the poor affordable insurance but that seems NOT to be the case in reality.  This number of 8 million is given by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. 

ObamaCare was set up, supposedly, to give Medicaid coverage to all adults with incomes up to 138% above the federal poverty line which is currently marked at less than $15.8 thousand per year.  The feds will cover the Medicaid expansion 100% until 2016 and then 90% thereafter.  Of the 8 million people that will still be uninsured 60% are classified as the “uninsured working poor” meaning these people have a job of some kind and work.  An astounding 68% of the 8 million are African-Americans and single mothers according to stats printed by the New York Times data analysis.  Aren’t these the very people who need health insurance?  Yet they are being left out in the cold even with ObamaCare in place.

Back in June 2012 the SCOTUS ruled that the federal government could not force states to enact Medicaid expansions in their respective states.  The end result in these states is that individuals making less than $11,500 and a family of four making less than $23,500 annually make to much to qualify for Medicaid.  And not only that but they don’t make enough to buy health insurance on their own especially at the over inflated premium increases we’ve seen across the country in the past few months.

So what does this all mean?  It means that once again we have a federal program that was designed to assist the poor yet it is those very poor who once again will “fall through the cracks.”  And that IMO is OUTRAGEOUS!!  Honestly, ObamaCare doesn’t look like a program to help the poor and uninsured at all.  In fact, the more I see of it the more I think it is yet another Fascist Corporatist SCAM designed to pad the pockets of the health insurers beyond their wildest dreams!

So these 8 million people either make too much to qualify for Medicaid or they don’t make enough to receive federal subsidies so they can buy health insurance on their own.  And since most of them are in minimum wage jobs their employers do not provide insurance either.  And to top it off after March 31 it appears the IRS is going to fine…oh I mean “tax”….these people for not having health coverage!  Talk about caught up in a “no win situation.”  The working poor in this country, blacks, and single mothers are in that very situation and they are about to be exploited by the IRS!  So I must ask was this the plan all along?

Why isn’t Obama addressing this problem?  Why isn’t something being done to resolve this problem?  Why is it simply being ignored?  Why are 8 million people in this country being shoved to the side as if they don’t matter…again?

It seems to me that ObamaCare’s true colors are to enrich the health corporations by exploiting the Middle Class in this country (again) and ignoring the working poor who don’t have any money anyway.  It is yet another example of the systematic destruction of the American middle class and of letting the working poor once again “fall through the cracks.”  Problem is the working poor keep falling through the cracks and the Corporatist in Washington seem ok with that!  These people have jobs meaning they work.  They are people who are trying to better their lives and make ends meet and support their families.  And we don’t care about them?  We are ok with allowing them to go on without insurance coverage?  We are ok with making them pay a fine (tax) because they don’t have insurance and can’t get it?  That makes all our talk about justice and helping the poor a JOKE and hypocrisy!

The ObamaCare website simply addresses this issue by stating that states are continuing to make decisions about expanding Medicaid.  So what?  How does that help these working poor now?  Why are these states dragging their feet?

ObamaCare has very little to do with actual affordable health coverage and more to do with corporate PROFIT in my estimation period!  I do not believe that the brains who came up with this Corporatist SCAM didn’t consider what would happen to the working poor liivng in states that rejected expanding Medicaid.  It appears to me that these brainiacs were content with letting them fall through the cracks and had a “so what” attitude about it all.  Ah yes, let them eat cake!

I have advocated for a single payer system by expanding Medicare and Medicaid to all people meaning the health insurance companies would of course be immediately put out of business.  If you don’t like that option then how about the feds giving these 8 million people some kind of tax credit that is automatically applied to health insurance for them until their states decide to expand Medicaid.  That’s a temporary fix but it’s better than the NOTHING these people are getting now.  It would bypass Medicaid so these people would not be caught in the gap of not making enough to buy insurance but making to much to qualify for Medicaid.  And the IRS could be forbidden from accessing these people a fine as well.  There are solutions for these 8 million people but no one seems to want to address them.  And isn’t that the case with most of our social programs in this country?  The very people they are set up to “help” don’t get the help at all.  What they do get is exploited and left out in the cold because, God knows, the alrmight PROFIT dollar is paramount!

While I’m on this little rant let me address one other issue.  I read a media report yesterday saying that many of the major corporations in this country haven’t paid income taxes since 2008 or longer thanks to tax breaks and some creative accounting.  Isn’t it time these corporations start paying their share?  Maybe this country wouldn’t be bankrupt if they did pay their share of taxes!  The corruption in Corporate America today is astounding and it’s all ignored for the most part because what we have in this country today is NOT Socialsim, NOT Communism, most certainly NOT democracy, BUT A FASCIST CORPORATIST SYSTEM known as the Military-Industrial-Banking Complex!  We have the bansters running the Federal Reserve and those people print money out of thing air and we wonder why prices are increasing and this country has a debt that is beyond astounding?  How about the government start printing money again?  What about a return to the gold standard and passing our dollar on something of worth instead of an empty sheet of computer paper?  How about a resurrection of the Glass-Stegal Act and enforcing banking laws that are already on the books?  The US economy is a wreck and contrary to what Obama likes to spout off it is NOT getting any better for the average middle class American.

Don’t get me wrong mi amigos.  It’s time for CHANGE alright!  Change that we REALLY can believe in!  It’s called COMMON SENSE AND ACCOUNTABILITY!  That’s the kind of change this nation needs NOW!  Enough of the con games and scams!  Enough of exploiting the working poor and middle class!  Enough of the lying politicians that are owned by the Corporatist who simply use OUR government to do THEIR bidding!  Wake the hell up America!  You’re being stuck up the ass and seem not to even know it!!

Reference:

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/3/statesa-refusal-toexpandmedicaidkeepsmillionsfromhealthinsurance.html

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4 responses to “Obamacare: The Working Poor Still Will NOT be Insured in 26 States!

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    Very good points. Obama was, financially backed by healthcare insurance corporations and that has been substantiated. Most of the working poor, cannot afford much of anything and have little understanding of how to budget what they do receive by way of public assistance in any form. Nobody has ever given consideration to my idea, which is, if the federal government wants to be sticking their nose into private corporations and consumer purchases, then let the federal government halt foreign aid of all type and provide comprehensive healthcare for everyone, out of the taxes already paid. Flip side of the coin is, Obama made the mess, let the federal government walk away, and let the healthcare insurance corporations fail and go under.

    • Thank you for the reblog. I agree with your idea. STOP all foreign aid and let the healthcare insurance corporations sink. It was with the aid of that industry that the 3000 page FARCE called ObamaCare was written and as soon as I heard that I knew we were getting SCREWED as soon as Congress passed it. Once I heard that no one in Congress actually read the bill before voting on it and once I heard that /%** Nancy Pelosi say “Well we have to pass it before we know what’s in it” I knew we were being SCREWED ROYAL. BTW I think that is the dumbest thing every said by a public official.

      The poor are already on Medicaid and other public assistance. But it is the working poor who are the victims in this matter. They don’t make enough to buy insurance on their own as if they did then it would become a matter of having to choose between eating or buying health insurance every month. And they make too much to qualify for public assistance. They’ve been put into a no win situation by ObamaCare. They won’t be able to pay the fines (taxes LOL) the IRS hands to them so what then? They go to court, the court rules they must pay it, they can’t, so they go to jail for refusal to follow a court order? And what happens? Suddenly we have a new host of “criminals” thanks to the IRS and Obamacare! It’s just like CT and their gun confiscation attempt. People in CT are not complying in mass and suddenly CT is wondering what to do with all of the thousands of newly created felons that the state itself just created. Unbelievable!

      It is the working poor and the middle class who are being attacked today from every avenue in this country! The fat cat corporatist has it made. The poor get public assistance whether it is deserved or not. The working poor and middle class are caught in the middle and pay the highest price. When will Americans realize that the thing that the Corporatist fears most is that the working people might stand up and fight back? But even more than that they fear the day when THEY will be held accountable for their own crimes and scams. Case in point? Notice all the bankers jumping off buildings committing suicide lately? Once exposed for the SLIME they are they just can’t handle it so death becomes the only option. Too bad more of them don’t jump!

      • You’re welcome.
        The bankers, in my opinion, are victims of Murder For Hire by the banking top dogs. Probably they employ their own mercenaries as a “security” force, and most are willing to commit murder-for-paycheck. Same discussed if FEMA did go to detentions, as Hurricane Katrina backfired when the news media found out about murders and corpses inside the auditoriums. Mercenary “subcontractors”, so the government and politicians have clean hands. Yesterday and today, a major fly in that ointment are the Chicano Gang Bangers of L.A., that are fighting in Syria against al-Qaeda which is Obama/Muslim Brotherhood supported and funded.
        Something tells me, that the Lord God Almighty is trying to “even things up”. Chicano Gang Bangers turned Righteous! If Putin delays entry into Ukraine, Connecticut being stupid might start an action that will cause shooting. Then New York will follow, and now New Jersey also. Obama will have a divided nation and a real nightmare on his hands. Last year, it was hinted that Patriots might find arms and funding through Russian sources, add to that Chicano Gang Bangers that are willing to protect the People of America against a Hitler military and police authority in America.
        Strange stuff, and really interesting, with all of the twists, turns, counter-twists. Obama was being cute by backing al-Qaeda. He never figured on the Gang Bangers. They do not want welfare. They want to have jobs and support their families, like men.

  2. Let me count the ways….on second thought I won’t as Obama’s ways just infuriate me LOL. This man has proven to be a 100% disappointment all the way around IMO. It comes as no surprise to me at all that the Chicano Gang Bangers have now turned on him. He is not an ideal that can be looked up to! I have a revelation for mainstream liberal America. Belief it or not Hispanics still believe boys should be MEN and girls should be WOMEN. We aren’t buyiing the “metrosexual” bullshit! As far as the Chicano Gang Bangers et al are concerned young Hispanic males want JOBS. They want to support their families and have families and be proud. Welfare and unemployment do nothing to promote that pride. Obama and his liberal Corporatist lackeys don’t understand American Hispanic culture and values at all and they don’t seem interested in educating themselves about it either. They’ve assumed that we hold the same values and desires as they do. WRONG! We don’t!! And we WON’T!! Considering Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the US today and are forecast to be the majority at some point the liberals might do well to educate themselves about us minus all their ivory tower ideas or they could find themselves in trouble in the not to far distant future.

    IMO the US today is more divided than it has ever been even more than it was at the start of the Civil War. Obama has served only to enhance that division. When he was first elected I gave him the benefit of the doubt thinking he might even turn out to be a great unfiier and one of our greatest presidents. But, in fact, after 6 years he’s turned out to be just the opposite. He’s turned out to be among our most inept and weakest presidents and instead of being the Great Unifier he’s turned out to be the Great Divider. And that, I believe, is on purpose not accident as a greatly divided nation is exactly what the his Fascist Corporatist overlords desire. What those people fear most is that Americans might stand united and turn on them! And we would in a heartbeat!

    Many people have asked me if Hispanics are so against Obama why did they vote for him. Who were we suppose to vote for the Republicans? It was a matter of choosing the least of two evils for many Hispanics. In most Hispanic circles Republicans have a reputation as being for big business at the expense of the little guy. Most Hispanics are conservative yet they don’t vote Republican for this reason and we don’t really see the Republicans doing anything to reach out for the Hispanic vote. Had they done so in 2008 and 2012 Obama would have never found the way to 1600 Penn Ave.

    Obama has been a FAILURE for the average man and woman of any culture on Main Street. He’s been a huge success for those on Wall Street and for Corporate America. That’s why corporations today are reaping such incredible profits. He does NOT represent you and I. He represents Corporate America because those are the people that OWN him and his 535 Compadres up on Capital Hill et al.

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