Americans see potential for winners and losers under health law, causing anxiety and confusion

  • Article by: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 3, 2013 - 8:40 PM

WASHINGTON — Now is when Americans start figuring out that President Barack Obama's health care law goes beyond political talk, and really does affect them and people they know.

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cks1950Nov. 3, 13 7:21 AM

It's certainlty real for my immediate family. My daughter in law was offered a job in Maple Grove this past week where they're only letting people work up to 28 hours per week due to ACA, and my son, who works for a sheet rock distributer in Mpls was told all workers will lose their healthcare(which he liked) and have to go onto the unaffordable care act as of Jan 1st, 2014. Thank you so very little, Sen's Franken & Klobuchar. My family looks forward to paying you back in coming elections.

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Grumpy42Nov. 3, 13 7:39 AM

President Obama flat out lied to America. By the way would the real president please stand up and tell us why he told us we could keep our own insurance and doctors when he KNEW that was a lie. What is this gibberish about transitioning to a new plan. This whole ACA law is a disgrace for America. The question remains will the lemmings still follow him after being told another lie, remember Benghazi was caused by a video, I didn't know about fast and furious, I heard about the IRS scandal from the TV etc.

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avejoeconNov. 3, 13 7:57 AM

What people need to know is that Obamacare was designed purposely to fail. Their ONLY goal was to get gov't takeover of medicine so that they can control you even more and still buy votes by having only a few of those "EVIL" successful people pay for everyone.

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firefight41Nov. 3, 13 9:02 AM

"The main thing that upsets us is the president ... said over and over and over again: If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan, guaranteed." **************** Obama also guaranteed to have immigration reform the first year in office - 2009. Shows how this man goes back on his word.

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dogmanNov. 3, 1310:40 AM

Republicans like the legislation as long as it's not called Obamacare... once the website glitches are fixed... there will be nothing short of the name for republicans to complain about. They're fully aware that they will be known as the people who opposed healthcare for generations to come... and that frightens them

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vlombardyNov. 3, 1310:46 AM

Obama campaigned as an advocate for single payer health care as a principle of the public good. A good that every other developed country enjoys, for significantly less cost than our broken system. The status of our current plutocracy is that such a system would cost the plutocrats disproportionately, so it has no chance of enactment. A return to a true representative democracy where people, not corporations and money, elect our leaders would be a good place to start health care reform.

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drfranktNov. 3, 1311:36 AM

Nov. 1, 136:42 PM Libs can spin it any way they want, but the fact remains "If you like your current coverage, you can keep it, PERIOD," the sentence your president kept spouting all over the country for 5 years, even though he knew it was not possible under his proposal. That, my friends, is nothing but a LIE perpetrated on the American public, pure and simple. Libs, your president is a liar!

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avejoeconNov. 3, 1311:43 AM

Republicans like the legislation as long as it's not called Obamacare... once the website glitches are fixed... there will be nothing short of the name for republicans to complain about. They're fully aware that they will be known as the people who opposed healthcare for generations to come... and that frightens them-----------sorry, obama and the dems will be held responsible for this. Just wait, they will somehow try to postpone the release of premiums for 2015 because they will be skyrocketting even more than the 24% that they are averaging this year. And when more and more companies stop provideing HC premiums, and will be laying off and cutting hours, the stuff will hit the fan.

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dogmanNov. 3, 1311:47 AM

Admittedly, the president underestimated the lack of common sense by some people.. he obviously didn't expect people would want to keep junk policies when they could get more comprehensive policies for less money

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jbpaperNov. 3, 1311:48 AM

"Obama said the problem is limited to fewer than 5 percent of Americans..." ------- That doesn't sound like much until you look into closer. Most of those plans are individual plans. Considering most people get their insurance through an employer, only a small percentage have individual plans. I couldn't find a number but I have repeatedly seen 85% being used as the number who receive insurance through their employer. That leaves 15% uninsured or with an individual plan. Going by those numbers that 5% comes out to between a third and half, depending on the percentage of uninsured, of individual policies that were either cancelled or changed significantly. Doesn't sound like such a small issue when you look at it that way.

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