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Consumers Pessimistic About ObamaCare's Consumer Protections

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For a while, backers of last year's health care overhaul have argued that it will become more popular as more people are exposed to its benefits. In particular, they've hoped that the supposed consumer protections that were front-loaded into the law's implementation schedule would bolster the law's sagging popularity. 

It hasn't happened. A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests one reason why that might be the case: "Only 20 percent of people believe consumer protections will get better under the law, while most others think protections will stay the same or get worse." 

Of course, it's probably a mistake to refer to the law's many new requirements as "consumer protections" at all. As Cato's Michael Cannon wrote at the beginning of the year, the law's myriad mandates "force consumers to divert income from food, housing, and education to pay for the additional coverage. That can leave consumers worse off, even threaten their health. They can also force employers to reduce hiring, leaving some Americans with neither a job nor health insurance." 

ObamaCare's consumer protections haven't always worked smoothly at the state level either. 

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  1. Just as designed. The job killing and wealth destruction is just the necessary side effect of getting more government into your life.

  2. Hoping SCOTUS doesn’t fuck us all in the ass with a YES to ObamaCare

    1. It helps if you relax.

      1. Easy for you to say. You’re sugar free! The rest of us are extremely on edge because we’re all wired and sugared up!

      2. Easy for you to say. You’re sugar free! The rest of us are extremely on edge because we’re all wired and sugared up!

      3. Easy for you to say. You’re sugar free! The rest of us are extremely on edge because we’re all wired and sugared up!

      4. Easy for you to say. You’re not all hopped up on sugar like the rest of us!

  3. Tea Party slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the Bushpig Years… just passed The Bill. The Obamacare Bill. Three hundred and fourteen men and women, all good Democrats, went into the water. Vessel went down quicker than you can say Stimulus. Didn’t see the first tea bagger for about a half an hour. Scott Brown, a fancy boy. You know how you know that when you’re in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin. What we didn’t know, was our Obamacare Bill had been so badly drafted, no jobs would ever be created in America under it. Pelosi and Obama just stood up there smiling like fucking corpses. Very first light, Chief, tea baggers come cruisin’, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named “The Battle of Waterloo” and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ about racism and the press starts calling everyone crazy and birthers and sometimes the tea bagger will go away… but sometimes they wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that tea bagger he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a tea bagger… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’ of Nancy Pelosi. The map turns red, and despite all the poundin’ and the hollerin’, they all come in and they… rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first mid-term, lost a sixty eight democrats. I don’t know how many tea baggers, maybe a million, maybe fifty million. I know how many democrats, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Martha Coakley from Boston. Facsist bitch. Attorney General ? but I’m being redundant. I thought she was asleep. I reached over to wake her up. She bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, she’d been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a public employees union saw us. They swung in low and saw us. Anyway, they saw us and they come in low and three hours later a big fat union honcho comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened… waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, three hundred and fourteen democrats went in the water; less than two hundred come out and the tea baggers took the rest, November the 6th, 2012. Anyway, we passed the Bill.

    1. I have to give this trolling an A. Classic scene, great movie.

  4. “Of course, it’s probably a mistake to refer to the law’s many new requirements as “consumer protections” at all. As Cato’s Michael Cannon wrote at the beginning of the year, the law’s myriad mandates “force consumers to divert income from food, housing, and education to pay for the additional coverage.”

    Of course it’s consumer protection! We are being protecting from buying food, housing and education!

  5. I learnt from “Penny Health” that Instead, try saying, “There’s medically necessary treatment that I’m seeking.” Remember, words have power and insurers are all about finding limitations and exclusions if you say the wrong thing.

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