By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri May 31, 2013, 03:40 PM EDT
Obamacare is coming! Obamacare is coming!
If you’re a Democrat, you’re looking over your shoulder heading into the 2014 Affordable Care Act installation (and mid-term elections) and pointing out that people with pre-existing conditions will be covered, there will no longer be annual limits for coverage received, and that college kids can stay on their parents’ plan until age 27.
If you’re a Republican, Obamacare is the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado. It is an abomination that is keeping jobless rates unacceptably high as uncertain employers refuse to expand.
“Employers can’t afford ObamaCare’s mandates and penalties,” said U.S. Rep. Luke Messer as the House voted on a repeal last week. “They’re scaling back the hours of their employees as a result.” U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski called it a “train wreck.”
They were responding to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D- MT., and an architect and supporter of the ACA, who called the Oct. 1 implementation of the health exchanges “a huge train wreck coming.”
Is it a “train wreck? Lawrence Kocot of the Brookings Institute observes, “It probably depends on what type of railroad one was expecting. No implementation is without challenges and this one will be particularly rough given the size and scope. The real measure of success is how many people actually enroll in this new benefit and get the subsidy for which they qualify.”
This latest Republican angst came earlier this month after the House voted for the 37th time to repeal Obamacare, prompting thoughts of Albert Einstein’s observation that “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” is a definition of “insanity.”
What Republicans don’t talk about is the historic missed opportunity the party had for six years between 2001 and 2007, with President George W. Bush in the White House and GOP majorities in Congress. All of the health care problems that Doc Bowen and President Reagan found in 1986 and attempted to address in 1988, that First Lady Hillary Clinton tried to fix in 1993 - the bankruptcies after catastrophic illnesses, people denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, the skyrocketing premiums for families and businesses large and small – were all there and festering.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!
April 18, 2014
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