Lots of conservative lawmakers hate Obamacare. Rep. Louie Gohmert is putting his money where his mouth is.
The Tyler Republican gave up his health insurance for 2014, asserting that the president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has made coverage too expensive.
“Other people are going to see what I did when I looked into health insurance for my wife and me: that the deductible rate, it doubled, about $3,000 to $6,000, and our policy was going to go from about $300 to about $1,500 a month,” he said during a recent radio interview with Trey Graham, a pastor at First Melissa Baptist Church in Collin County. “I actually don’t have insurance right now, so thank you very much, Obamacare.”
Gohmert’s salary as a member of Congress is $174,000 a year. And his calculations ignore the hefty employer subsidy for which he is eligible — almost $950 per month. He says he will pay the tax that takes effect this year for those without insurance — 1 percent of his annual income.
Health care experts say Gohmert is taking a big risk. He’s 60. His wife, Kathy Gohmert, is 59. At that stage of life, medical expenses are common and unpredictable.
But for months, he’s said he would rather give up his government-supplied insurance than accept any government subsidy. If he did take the subsidy available to federal lawmakers and their aides, he would probably pay a monthly premium of about $600 — far less than the figure he cited on Graham’s show, which aired Sunday.
It’s been awhile since GOHMERT weighed in with his usual kooky wackiness, but the hiatus has not mellowed him toward reality one bit!
There are some people that say, “Just let it go, it will fail on its own, and so why not let it go?” Well, that is true. It will fall on its own. But the Soviet Union was destined to fall. But think of the tens of millions of people that died, think of all the freedoms that were taken away from people for around 70 plus years. And I’m one of those who believes that Reagan, by the stand he took, by being aggressive and standing up to them, I believe he saved 20 years of liberty for people who wouldn’t have had it, maybe, in their lifetime.
He goes on to allege that new rules under the Affordable Care Act that went into effect on January 1 are preventing the father of one of his staff members from getting a pacemaker.
It looks like Dim Jim’s insurance company is dumping him at the end of the year. Jim had open heart surgery this past August and needs continuing treatment. Of course, thanks to Obamacare, he can sign up for a new policy and cannot be denied due to his pre-existing condition. I’m sure he appreciates this.
Why is our government doing this to us?
Well, that’s gratitude for you.
Of course, over at Twitchy they’re acting as if poor Jim has been left to die.
Why, indeed? There are countless Americans like Hoft finding themselves up a dangerous creek without a paddle. The government has no place in our personal health care decisions, and it certainly has no right to play judge, jury, and executioner with our coverage.
Uh, huh. Changing insurance carrier / execution. Same thing.
In today’s episode of Disgusting Things Republicans Do, Karoli at Crooks and Liars picked up on a flier about health insurance being mailed out by the California Assembly Republican Caucus, advising people to go to a fake version of California’s CoveredCA.com health exchange site.
The fake site is packed with anti-ACA articles and smears:
On their version, there are links to negative articles and twisted messages intended to sour people on signing up for health insurance before they ever land at the official health exchange site.
For seniors, this message:
Seniors on Medicare may not see changes immediately to their benefits or coverage. Down the line, however, the erosion and accessibility of care may become a problem.
To pay for other components of the Affordable Care Act such as expanding Medicaid and creating state health exchanges, Medicare providers will see rate cuts nearing $200 billion over the next decade. These cuts could potentially result in the exodus of doctors from the Medicare system and force Medicare recipients to find new providers, possibly facing longer wait times for care as that pool of doctors shrinks.
The absolute derangement of today’s Republican Party right there, in your face. Using outright dishonesty and trickery in a bizarre attempt to prevent people from getting health insurance is a new low, but I have confidence they’ll find a way to go even lower before long.
Today President Obama announced a proposal to allow Americans whose health insurance was scheduled to be cancelled to keep their plans for another year.
Most of this Politico article is dedicated to a barrage of negativity, which is how the entire US media is playing this story today. So let’s skip all the hand-wringing and cut right to the important facts:
The law includes a provision allowing people who, at the time of its passage, had coverage that did not meet the law’s standards to keep their plans, assuming they hadn’t changed plans or seen their plans cancelled since 2010. The proposed fix is “an expansion of the grandfathering principle,” a senior administration official said, allowing insurance companies to retract cancellation notices and provide those cancelled plans for an additional year.
Insurers can re-enroll only those whose plans were slated to be cancelled, and not take in new customers, as Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has proposed in a bill slated for a Friday floor vote. The Upton bill “would undermine the Affordable Care Act and the marketplaces,” the senior administration official said, while Obama’s plan is aimed at giving consumers “more information, additional choices including keeping their own plans.”
The Department of Health and Human Services will reach out to state insurance commissioners on Thursday and tell them that, in order to ensure a “smooth transition,” insurance companies serving the individual and small-group markets can reintroduce the plans they’d intended to cancel, another senior administration official said.
Insurers, meanwhile, will be informed that they have the option of choosing to reach out to consumers whose plans have been cancelled and offer to provide them for an additional year. Risk pools would be adjusted to offset the change.
Looks like the outrage factory will have to find something new to complain about now — and don’t worry, they will.