Lamorinda Patch "Quick Quotes" On Healthcare Ruling

What people are saying about today's Supreme Court ruling.

"Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country." -- President Obama

"If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama." -- Presidential candidate Mitt Romney

"[This ruling] turns the IRS into an enforcement agency for ObamaCare." -- Florida senator Marco Rubio

"Victory is sweet,vindication is even sweeter!!!" -- Summer Hemphill, Lamorinda

"This marks what perhaps is biggest advance in social progress (defined as the greater good) since the enactment of Social Security. FDR is cheering from his grave at Hyde Park. No question, a huge victory for the well-being -- literally -- of the American people. Come November, I hope registered voters bear in mind who is on their side. Unless you are a One-Percenter or Corporate America, it definitely isn't the Republican Party ... or the Koch brothers." -- Thomas Black, Lafayette

"Wonderful news. Sanity prevails. Modeled after Governor Romney's Massachusetts Plan. Funny old world." -- Soren Lloyd, Lamorinda


KFrances July 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I agree that the bill should have either gone farther to single payer or not been passed at all. Right now it is Fascist Medicine. It is VERY dangerous that an unelected board of 15 people (IPAB) will decide treatment - not your doctor. In general, the U.N. does not like the U.S. or Americans. The IMF/World Bank will be making the decisions.
John Bobincheck July 16, 2012 at 09:42 PM
For those who see it, please quote the part of this post that is racist.
John Bobincheck July 16, 2012 at 09:57 PM
1. If you already have insurance, the only way this impacts you is it will possibly lower your future rates. YOU CAN KEEP YOUR EXISTING COVERAGE. This is probably going to be a false statement. In CA, pre-ACA compliant plans have already been phased out. If you check, you'll find out that the plan you are on today is most likely not the plan you were on 3 years ago. Those plans were made obsolete by carriers by increasing the costs. Additionally, the new ACA compliant plans are priced differently than the older "grandfathered" plans. The new plans are priced within a much narrower band vs. the older plans which allowed for much lower pricing for younger people. This results in a double whammy for the young. Not only will they be forced to buy insurance, the insurance they buy will be significantly more expensive. 2. If you couldn't qualify or didn't have insurance through your employer, now you can get it. Probably True: This is, in my opinion, one of the better outcomes that we may see from this legislation. 3. If you could get insurance, and simply decided its not in your best interest to have it - now you have to stop sponging off the rest of us - and you have to pay for it. Unfortunately, probably not true: Ca is a mandatory insurance state for auto insurance and yet, we buy uninsured motorist insurance -- there will be those who don't pay into the system.
John Bobincheck July 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
DL, Two of the three largest small group carriers in CA are non-profit (Kaiser and Blue Shield). The third, Anthem (Blue Cross), is a for profit company. I know that Blue Shield is already operating under the 80% Medical Loss Ratio and I believe Kaiser and Anthem are either very close or under it as well. To go one further, Blue Shield has been operating at a 2% profit for the last two years. Unless you understand how government run insurance is currently funded, please do not suggest that it costs less or is more efficient. One of the contributors to the increase in healthcare costs to those in private plans is the necessary cost shifting that occurs at the provider level for the public plans. I encourage you to discuss with any hospital administrator to learn more about the disparity in reimbursement rates.
Deborah Lazaroff July 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
@J.D. - I've just discovered your comment after not being here for some time. I would indeed be interested! I believe you have access to my e-mail through my registration. Please do contact me with information on what this would entail. I look forward to hearing from you!


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