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If you want to save the government and taxpayers money, support Obamacare

New projections from the Congressional Budget Office show just how well the Affordable Care Act is working.

In news that’s certain to have Obamacare’s opponents sputtering with outrage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released updated estimates on Monday on the cost of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the federal government — and to individuals.

The verdict? It’s going to cost everyone less than originally expected.

Relative to their previous projections made in February 2014, CBO and JCT [the Joint Commission on Taxation] now estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in lower net costs to the federal government: The agencies currently project a net cost of $36 billion for 2014, $5 billion less than the previous projection for the year; and $1,383 billion for the 2015–2024 period, $104 billion less than the previous projections.…
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“The Affordable Care Act was a refuge in my time of need,” says City of Detroit retiree

People continue being helped by Obamacare — and it’s a winning issue. Politicians and pundits, take note.

When City of Detroit retiree Cora Dolley learned that she’d no longer be receiving health insurance coverage from the City, she was worried. For 10 years, $150 had been deducted from her pension check to cover hospitalization expenses and provide other healthcare services at a low cost.

But the benefits Dolley had been promised were taken away, just like that.

The City gave us $125 a month to go buy some healthcare. That’s cruel. Without Obamacare, I would never have known I was eligible for tax credits and I’d have to pay a lot more.…
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Enroll Michigan connects consumers with coverage through Medicaid expansion

Enrollment started April 1 and it’s going gangbusters. There’s no deadline to enroll, but why wait? Experts are standing by.

Open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace ended March 31, but the people and organizations dedicated to helping people get health insurance haven’t slowed down. This is especially true in Michigan, where you might say that phase two of ACA enrollment kicked in on April 1. That’s when enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program under the ACA started.

It’s known as the Healthy Michigan Plan, and Enroll Michigan has been letting people know it was coming since late last year — even as they worked tirelessly to help people enroll through the ACA marketplace.…

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Please reward Charles Gaba for his INCREDIBLE work at ACASignUps.net

Crowdsourcing for a cause. A GOOD cause.

Eclectablog webhost and occasional contributor Charles Gaba has been on what can only be described as in incredible one-man mission to make sure the truth gets out about how successful the Affordable Care Act has been. He’s been tracking people signing up for health insurance through the ACA at his site ACASignUps.netfor several months now and, using data, has accurately predicted major milestones in ACA sign-ups, including the final number of over 7,000,000 people.

It’s nothing short of phenomenal. And he’s done it for exactly zero compensation other than donations from a handful of contributors and a smattering of blog ads on his site.…

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Democrats running from President Obama and Obamacare? Not. Even.Close. (PHOTOS)

Please proceed.

Republicans want you to believe that even Democrats are jumping ship in their support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the truth is getting in the way of this convenient (for them) meme. There was solid proof it overnight in Ann Arbor.

The last time President Obama came to Ann Arbor in January 2012, demand for tickets was huge with students lining up for them overnight.

Last night, students began filling the Union at about 7:30 p.m. in hopes of being among the first in line to receive a ticket. At 1 a.m., students were asked to leave the building before it officially closed to the public at 2 a.m.…
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Medicaid expansion comes to Michigan April 1: What you need to know

It should have come sooner, but let’s just be glad it’s finally happening.

Finally, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is almost here. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Medicaid expansion was delayed by four months because the Republican-led Michigan Senate refused to give it immediate effect — and Gov. Snyder did none of the things in his power to change that. It’s cost the state more than $600 million in funding and prevented nearly 500,000 low-income working Michiganders from getting health insurance until now. Come November, remember that this all happened as a result of political posturing on the part of Michigan Republicans.…

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Could you get health insurance for $56/month? This Michigan man did

He’s one of the 17 million Americans eligible for financial assistance to make coverage more affordable. Find out if you are, too — before the March 31 deadline.

Michael Paul Goldenberg has lived without health insurance since 2009 — almost as long as he’s had type 2 diabetes. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based part-time math teacher and consultant lost his insurance when he lost his previous job, and the $500 a month to continue his coverage was unaffordable over the long term.

His doctor helped him find programs to get the medication he needs at a discount, but Goldenberg couldn’t afford the supplies necessary to test his blood glucose levels daily, an essential component of diabetes management.…

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Michigan women who can’t afford abortions no longer have a choice

Thanks to Right to Life and Michigan Republicans, elective abortion is effectively outlawed for women who can’t afford it.

This is a historic week for Michigan women, and not in a good way. It’s the week the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act becomes law, forcing women to buy a separate insurance policy just in case they might need an abortion one day.

The thing is, not a single insurance company in Michigan offers such a policy, known as a rider, on the private market. So that leaves women who buy their own coverage — either through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace or direct from an insurer — unable to purchase a rider to pay for the cost of an abortion.…

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UPDATEDx2: Koch brothers’ fake “Obamacare victim” Julie Boonstra made to look even more foolish and exploited

“It can’t be true…I personally do not believe that.”

My home town of Dexter has been in the national news a bit lately. It started when Congressman Tim “the Original Tea Partier” Walberg invited a resident of our Stars Hollow-like village, Julie Boonstra, to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address as a “victim of Obamacare”.

From there, she was featured in an anti-Gary Peters ad by the Koch brothers’ front group Americans for Prosperity, an ad that has gotten more attention after being completely debunked than it would have gotten otherwise.

AFP doubled down, running another ad where Boonstra tearfully cries about being “silenced” by Gary Peters who questioned her veracity.…

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Congressman Dan Kildee on Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s anti-ACA crusade

I spoke with Rep. Kildee about AG Schuette’s decision to join an anti-ACA lawsuit that could cost Michiganders millions.

Last week, the news broke that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette had signed on to a federal lawsuit that would raise taxes by eliminating tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So far, 86 percent of the Michiganders who purchased policies through Healthcare.gov have received tax credits to help cover their costs. I wrote about the lawsuit here, questioning AG Schuette’s desire to penalize Michigan residents and likely leave many without health insurance.

U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) has now spoken out against Schuette’s decision, issuing a release headlined “I Can’t Comprehend Why Michigan’s Attorney General Wants to Raise Taxes on Michigan Residents.”

From the release:

If Bill Schuette’s lawsuit is successful — which I hope it is not — my constituents stand to lose.…
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