Saturday, November 16, 2013

House Democratic Leaders: We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance

Good People,
Claims from the GOP Republicans that unintended consequences will easily complicate the framework of the Obamacare Law and cause it to come loose is neither here nor there. These are flimsy reasons for the Insurance business industry of Special Interest network to cut loopholes for exorbitant rip-off profit of more than 100% from consumers.
The Affordable Healthcare Law does not complicate framework of the Affordable Heathcare process if the Administration professional personnel know their work and translate and implement the law according to the way it is suppose to work and putting the right measures of procedure to protect and secure both consumer interest to balance fairly with those of the Insurance providers. The framework put are guiding principles in an application implemented by the Management Team to make the process of the law operational where guiding principles provides distributive organized form, and explain how the application is suppose to work with variety of suitable options to choose from and who to contact for more information.
It will be wrong to allow the Insurance Industry free flow opportunity to cut their profit margin without guiding principles, which is why, the Government is in Trust to deliver services according to Public Mandate in a Responsible manner and offer cushion for security to protect Consumers from undue rip-off from coalition of business interest that are of profit making.
The Special Interest without “Public Mandate”are hell bent to manipulate extort and sabotage People’s Government through organized groups of Tea Party with some GOP Republicans, this including the Speaker who have refused to bring important bills before the house; and their actions constitute an invisible government of the Special Business Interest trying to replace and superseed the People’s Government and block every move the peoples Government makes to serve people fairly and securely in a balance.
The Truth is, President Obama is not taking a gamble but is on track to save 99% of those underprivilleged and cannot afford healthcare insurance. ........The program must be put to actual application must be put to function before problems can be addressed. Business Community who is the insurance industry are after making undue profit, in this case, the consumer interest must be protected. It must also be known that, the State insurance commissioners must provide state of the art proposal why they think the Affordable Care Law is wrong; otherwise, it could be all about "Conflict of Interest". It must also be made clear if GOP Republicans interest is genuine and legitimate. It not, then the Insurance Industry on HEALTHCARE is a scapegoat and the real case in point is about POWER, how to make more money from the HEALTHCARE INSTITUTION.......Higher Premiums means more money to the Insurance Companies.........This is their focus, and are these demands justified..............??? These Insurance companies must explain logics of their rising costs and expenditures that warrant huge consumer pay-off..........are these threats legitimate?????????
"But it also invited unintended consequences, showing how easily the law's complicated framework can start to come loose.
State insurance commissioners warned that the president's solution would undermine a central goal of the law, the creation of one big insurance pool in each state for people who don't have access to coverage on their jobs. Fracturing that market could lead to higher future premiums for people buying coverage through the law's new insurance exchanges, which offer government-subsidized private insurance.
That Obama is willing to take such a gamble could make it harder for him to beat back demands for other changes down the line."
House Democrat Leaders, Pelosi and team are right to state that, there was no need to appologize because proceedures to be followed were put out way back for all those who cared to adjust accordingly and what to expect. The President did a good thing to appologize, however because he is the head Head of the Government, he had to take ownership to appologize to the people for the delay and the hitch and promise smooth operation and access for people to be expected. Hey, the roll-out had to go through IT mechanism that are new processes and the personnel in the event had to catch-up with the new order of work to offer smooth access and therefore, the delay with hitches were expected. These are not hard and fast rules.........Any Administrator know that these are things that are expected. All that was needed from everybody is cooperation and all people need to give the system some little time to take effect and not to engage in negativity...............

Judy Miriga
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Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

House Democratic Leaders: We Will Not Apologize to Americans Losing Their Health Insurance

6:35 PM, Nov 14, 2013• By JOHN MCCORMACK
One week ago, President Obama apologized for giving millions of Americans false assurances that they could keep their health care plans if they liked them. At a press conference Thursday evening, House Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Xavier Becerra, and Jim Clyburn were asked if they would like to apologize for making the same false claim. All of them declined.
Nancy Pelosi, left, and Barack Obama, right.
Nancy Pelosi, left, and Barack Obama, right.
"I don't think there's anything for us to apologize for," said Clyburn.
"There is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that said that your insurance company should cancel you," said Minority Leader Pelosi.
In fact, the Affordable Care Act says that plans created after March of 2010 must be cancelled, and the law also gave the administration the authority to write regulations that forced the cancellation of some policies that existed prior to March 2010.
"Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it?" Pelosi asked. "I would have if I'd ever met anybody who liked his or her plan. But that was not my experience."
In fact, Pelosi said in 2009: "If you like what you have, you can keep it." Pelosi's website still states: "Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them."
"As far as the Affordable Care Act is concerned, what the president said was completely accurate," Pelosi said.

House passes Republican health bill with 39 Democratic votes

By Mark Felsenthal and Susan Cornwell 1 hour ago
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the …
By Mark Felsenthal and Susan Cornwell
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the most significant legislative rebuke to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, 39 members of his Democratic Party voted for a Republican bill in the House of Representatives on Friday aimed at undermining his signature domestic policy.
The measure from Republican Representative Fred Upton of Michigan passed 261-157. Thirty-nine Democrats, nearly a fifth of the party's caucus, supported the measure, which was seen as a test of loyalty.
Many Democrats fear the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act would hurt their re-election prospects in 2014.
The bill was unlikely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. Obama would veto the legislation if it reached his desk, the White House said, warning it would undermine progress by allowing insurers to sell new substandard plans that do not provide basic services and offer little financial help for catastrophic health events.
House Democrats said Upton's bill was designed to sabotage the larger law.
"They (Republicans) are perfectly satisfied with 40 million Americans having no health insurance at all," said Representative James McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat. "If you want to go back to a system where the insurance companies can turn people away because they are sick, by all means vote for this bill."
Obama, scrambling to rescue what was meant to be his biggest domestic policy achievement, on Thursday proposed a plan to allow insurers to extend by at least one year policies due to be canceled because they do not comply with new minimum requirements under the 2010 law, widely known as Obamacare.
With several million people facing the prospect of having their existing policies canceled, Obama is trying to stem the damage to his credibility over his repeated promise that if people liked their policies they could keep them.
The October 1 rollout of the program has been beset by technical glitches with the federal online insurance website that allows consumers to shop for policies. In recent days,'s problems have been overshadowed by the controversy over the policy cancellations.
U.S. Rep Ron Barber, a Democrat from Arizona, explained his vote for the bill.
"I am frustrated and angered by the continuing problems with the health care website and I know Southern Arizonans are frustrated and angry, too.
"Today I voted to give people the option to keep their current plan until these and other issues are resolved. That's only fair."
In an attempt to diminish that threat, House Democrats plan to offer their own plan that is similar to a bill from Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, that would allow insurers to renew policies slated to be canceled, a Democratic leadership aide said.
It would also give the Department of Health and Human Services and state insurance commissioners the authority to go after insurers for excessive, unjustified, or discriminatory rates.
Obama was due to meet health insurance chief executives on Friday, a day after insurers expressed concerns about his plan to help Americans who are losing their current coverage because of his healthcare overhaul.
Insurers complained Obama's fix could create new problems and lead to higher premiums. State insurance commissioners, who regulate the market, said they were also concerned.
Insurers who said they would attend Friday's meeting include Aetna Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini; Patrick Geraghty, chief executive of Florida Blue; Humana CEO Bruce Brussard and Patricia Hemingway, chief executive of Health Care Service Corp. Scott Serota, president and chief executive officer of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, will also attend.
(Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton and Caren Bohan; Editing by Doina Chiacu, Ross Colvin and Grant McCool)

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