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!!