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The Real Election Winners

By November 7, 2012

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Yes, as you can imagine, I am pleased with the outcome of the presidential election and the Democratic gains in the US Senate. And I am satisfied that steps forward were taken in the rest of the federal elections, even if there were some elections I think might have been better won by a different candidate.

It's now clear that we'll be moving forward with ObamaCare. The Affordable Care Act is not going to go away. Hallelujah!

And that means that the real winners in yesterday's elections are the American people, as follows:

The 30 million Americans who don't have healthcare coverage today - will have it in less than 14 months. Beginning January 2014, when they are required to have health insurance, they will be able to get those check-ups, screenings, diagnoses and treatments they know they need. Children, adults - all of them.

American taxpayers - we won because we will no longer have to pay for those 30 million listed above who get sick and injured - who we are paying for today because they can't afford care when they don't have insurance.

American women - who will continue to get the screenings, like mammograms and pap smears, that ObamaCare promises them. Without the spectre of defunding and repealing, women will no longer have to worry about having that possibility grabbed out from under them.

Young Americans - will now be able to keep their coverage under their parents' health insurance policies until they turn 26, or until they find jobs themselves with coverage. No one is going to yank that away from them.

American seniors - those on Medicare who will continue to find their doughnut hole closing, and won't have to worry about having to subsidize the coverage they have paid for all their lives.

Americans with pre-existing conditions - who now won't worry that they will never find coverage, who won't go bankrupt just trying to stay alive.

Americans who are insured today - won because today's premiums have about $1000 per person built into them to subsidize those who aren't insured today. Most of us will find our premiums REDUCED once ObamaCare kicks in in 2014.

Employers and the American economy in general - who won because a healthier workforce (the benefit of everyone having access) will be mean a more robust workplace and economy.

The American economy won twice - because not only will our workforce be healthier, but ObamaCare will cost us less in the long run that the wild, uncontrollable healthcare spending that otherwise would have resulted.

So - yes fellow Americans - WE are the winners in yesterday's elections. Every one of us.

Let's celebrate!

Comments
November 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm
(1) Don says:

I understand people have vastly different versions of whether this was good or bad. Most of what I have read and studied on this issue is from the business point of view. No one in the business community that I deal with thinks this is a good thing. Overwhelmingly everyone I know is planning on cutting people and still looking at it costing them huge amounts of money which means they will cut benefits and pay elsewhere it will negatively affect job growth. NFIB is the largest organization representing small businesses which is the engine for most of the nations new jobs. NFIB has on numerous occassions tried to get the president to understand how negatively this will impact it’s members and therefore the economy.
You are far more intuned to the healthcare industry. You may be right from your industries point of view. However to in anyway suggest this is good for business is a flat out misrepresentation of the impact on business. Businesses are going to be hurt by this, and I am not talking about GM. We are looking at 2-300,000 in my company. The HCA is affordable only if you are on the recieving end versus the paying end. It is a redistrubution of wealth. Even though I disagree with you on many of you points I won’t argue them, but I will tell you with a very high degree of certainty, business does not see this as a win, because for us, it is not. You can still argue over all it is a good thing if that is your belief, but for businesses, I will flat out challenge you on that because that is the world I live in and I think I know more about that part than you…..

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