Tom Reed’s Obamacare Deception

At his campaign website, our congressman, Rep. Tom Reed, is offering constituents the opportunity to “FIGHT BACK AGAINST OBAMACARE” by signing a petition. A headline deplores “Obamacare exemptions for Congress and Washington Bureaucrats” (sic).

There is no exemption for Congress and federal employees, of course. That’s just another Tom Reed deception. These people are covered by an employer-provided health plan as they were for generations before Obamacare came into effect. Like millions of other Americans with employer-provided insurance, they were not affected by the introduction of Obamacare — they simply continued on with the insurance they already had.

The purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to expand health insurance coverage, not take it away, and in this it has been highly successful. At last report, 7.3 million Americans have not only signed up for coverage under the program but also paid their premiums in full. Another 4.3 million are gaining access to Medicaid in the states that have accepted federal coverage of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. (Twenty-three Republican-controlled states are still refusing to help their less-fortunate citizens by accepting this expansion.)

Thanks to Obamacare, 105 million Americans no longer face lifetime dollar limits on their coverage, and 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied insurance. The uninsured rate for young people aged 19-25 has dropped sharply.  Small businesses are receiving a tax credit so that they can offer insurance to their employees at rates comparable to those paid by big corporations.  The Medicare trust fund is now solvent until 2030, thanks to cost savings under Obamacare.

This is the program that Rep. Reed wants voters in New York’s 23rd to “FIGHT BACK AGAINST.” He wants us to fight back against a program that has been of tremendous benefit to the American people. We’re not that stupid. We’re going to vote for Martha Robertson on November 4.

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11 Responses to Tom Reed’s Obamacare Deception

  1. whungerford says:

    “People who oppose the law tend to think that it doesn’t do enough or costs too much, while those who support it tend to think that reform is needed regardless of potential costs.”


  2. Deb Meeker says:

    I have yet to hear or read of Tom Reed complaining about the individual mandate /penalty part of the law., which according to this poll, is the most disliked. Mostly what Reed complains about is ” hurting small business” or the changes in Medicare “cheating our seniors”. It seems if there were any real conviction that the law was no good, Reed wouldn’t say he agrees with most of it ( which he has on different releases).
    note* now that the individual mandate /penalty part of the law has been revealed to be unpopular, Reed may well start using it as another distraction.


  3. BOB McGILL says:

    yep, I just got a notice that my premium is in fact going up AGAIN. Remember it went up 17.4 % in April. Instead of just getting your information off the internet, why don’t you go out and ask real people what they think !!! 🙂


  4. BOB McGILL says:…/health-insurance-rates-increase-2015-blog-entry-1. 1928354
    Sep 4, 2014 … Among the individual plans, Health Republic Insurance of New York will have the biggest increase, 13%, followed by MVP Health Care at ……/mvp-health-care-discontinuing-managed-medicare -plans-that-serve-2100-in-wny-20140917‎Cached
    Sep 17, 2014 … MVP Health Care will no longer offer managed Medicare health insurance plans that serve about 2100 senior … The premium increases will range from $29 to $64.50 a month, or 44.8 percent on average, according to MVP.
    “As laudable as these programs are, and they have many outstanding features, MVP can no longer afford to offer them. And we believe plan members – seniors living on fixed incomes – will not be able to afford the premiums we would have to charge for them,” Denise V. Gonick, MVP’s president and CEO, said in a statement.


  5. BOB McGILL says:

    MVP Health Care will no longer offer managed Medicare health insurance plans that serve about 2,100 senior citizens in Western New York and will raise the premiums on its remaining plans, in response to declining federal subsidies for the Medicare Advantage program


  6. BOB McGILL says:…/1138-what_does_bcbs_of_texas_have_to_hide‎Cached
    Remember earlier this year when Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield filed for rate
    increases as high as 39% for California health insurance customers? …

    BlueCross requests rate increase of 19 percent in 2015…/health…/bluecross…increase…/12730893/‎Cached
    Jul 16, 2014 … BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee — the state’s dominant health insurance
    provider — is asking to raise rates by an average of 19 percent …

    Health Insurance Premiums Increasing in 2015 :…/health-insurance-premiums-increasing-in-2015/‎Cached
    Oct 7, 2014 … In 2015, there will be 257 health plans, with 11 of them available nationwide.
    Premiums for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program Standard
    Option–the most popular choice for federal … Daily TSP Rates.

    Nonprofit health insurers hoard billions in surpluses | Consumers ……/nonprofit-health-insurers-hoard-billions-in-surpluses/‎CachedSimilar
    New Report by Consumers Union: Nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield Health
    Plans Built Up Huge Surpluses, Yet Seek Huge Rate Increases. Download report


  7. BOB McGILL says:‎CachedSimilar
    Rating: 1.2 – 97 votes
    Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) dropped all federal employees and retirees in a
    letter dated … I changed to a health insurance covered by . … At age 60 my
    premium, after the last increase ran $650 a month and this was with a $5,000


  8. BOB McGILL says:…/can-u-s-businesses-afford-obamacare-2/‎CachedSimilar

    Can U.S. Businesses Afford Obamacare?
    Posted on November 22, 2012 by Maggie Mahar No doubt you have heard that the Olive Garden, Denny’s and Papa John’s Pizza all are slapping an “Obamacare surcharge” on the price of their products. They claim they have no choice.

    But the news that Americans might pay 50 cents more for a mediocre $10 meal at the Olive Garden is not what bothers me most. Since President Obama was re-elected each of these restaurant chains have announced that they also plan to cut many full-time workers’ hours back to less than 30 hours a week in order to duck the cost of providing health care benefits.. This means that employees who are now working 40 hours a week will have to look for a second job—or find a way to support themselves on less than three-quarters of their current salary.

    Michael Tanner, a fellow at the conservative Cato Institute, argues that companies outside the restaurant business also will be forced to down-size. Just a few days ago, Tanner wrote: “While restaurants are especially vulnerable to the cost of Obamcare other business are being hit too. For example, Boston Scientific has announced that it will now lay off up to 1,400 workers and shift some jobs to China. And Dana Holdings, an auto-parts manufacturer with more than 25,000 employees, says it too is exploring ObamaCare-related layoffs.”

    Obamacare will “keep unemployment high,” Tanner claims, because under reform legislation, businesses that have at least 50 employees working over 30 hours a week are expected to offer their workers affordable health insurance. If they choose not to, and more than 30 of their employees qualify for government subsidies to help them purchase their own coverage, the employer must pay a penalty of $3,000 for each worker who receives a subsidy— up to a maximum of $2,000 times the number of the company’s full-time employee minus 30. (The Kaiser Family Foundation offers an excellent graphic explaining the rule.)

    By paying the fine, the employer is, in effect, paying a share of a tax credit that would cost the government anywhere from roughly $1,700 for a single young worker to over $12,000 to help the average 35-year-old worker who has a spouse, two children, and reports $35,000 in total household income.

    Conservatives like Tanner argue that that is unfair, and that small businesses– “the engine of job growth”– will be hit hardest.


  9. Anne says:

    Well, this real person thinks she’s pretty damned grateful that Obamacare let her have health insurance again after something like 12+ years without. That’s what I think.


  10. BOB McGILL says:

    so you admit that you couldn’t provide for yourself, you on SNAP too by any chance. 🙂
    Nice that you put yourself above the people that are paying your bills.


  11. Anne says:

    No, what I’m saying is that, after being widowed in my 40’s and having two children to rear, I didn’t have enough left over to afford any of the health insurance plans that were, in those years, available to me. As a matter of fact I don’t qualify for SNAP, thanks for inquiring, and no one’s paying my bills except me; not sure where you’d get ideas like those but then, I don’t think any of us thinking people are quite sure where your ideas come from. I’m going to assume this was a feeble–and clearly off-base–attempt to insult me. You’re a pretty sad individual, Bob, if that’s the best use of your time.


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