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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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Michigan woman wants people to know the truth about Obamacare: “It saved us”

She and her husband found insurance for just $227/month. What are you waiting for? 2014 enrollment ends March 31.

Dawn Erina is frustrated with all the lies she’s heard about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That’s because she knows first-hand what a difference having affordable health insurance can make in someone’s life.

Her husband, Leonard, lost his job last year. He’s been searching for a new one, but at age 62, it isn’t easy. For now, he’s collecting unemployment and 57-year-old Dawn works part-time in property management. But the couple can’t go without health insurance. Between them, they take 19 different medications and have 14 pre-existing conditions ranging from allergies to heart disease, which isn’t unusual for people their age.…

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The Hobby Lobby case: It’s about discrimination, not religious freedom

Don’t be deceived

Hobby Lobby wants the conversation about their lawsuit challenging Obamacare to be about religious freedom, but if we communicate right, Americans will see it for what it is – discrimination and harm for the company’s female employees.

“It’s our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something against our conscience,” says David Green, CEO and founder of Hobby Lobby, explaining why his company should be allowed to exclude contraceptive coverage from the insurance it provides to its 13,000 employees. (Amy has already covered the Hobby Lobby case HERE and HERE and you should definitely read her work if you haven’t already.)

A similar “religious freedom” claim pops up repeatedly in attempts to undo the progress the country has made on LGBT rights and further erode reproductive rights.…

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Republicans in purple states — like Terri Lynn Land — can’t tell the truth about Obamacare

12 million success stories and counting…

You have to admire Ted Cruz’s honesty.

Dude wants to repeal Obamacare and do pretty much nothing about the nearly five million uninsured Texans, except point to their bootstraps. He’s proud that his state rejected Medicare expansion, which could have covered about one million of his constituents. He does not like the ACA in a box, in his socks and especially when he’s on Fox.

Likely GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land can’t just say “NO!” to the president’s health law.

She has already flipped her position on Obamacare at least three times since she began her campaign, which has featured exactly zero preannounced public appearances.…

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If SCOTUS rules that corporations are religions, personal and patient rights will be in jeopardy

Consider how Citizens United has amplified the power of corporate interests in elections. A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would do the same to religion.

Hobby Lobby wants to have its cake and eat it, too. A for-profit corporation, Hobby Lobby also wants to have the rights of a religious organization when it comes to providing birth control coverage to its employees.

But Hobby Lobby can’t have it both ways. A corporation pays taxes and must abide by specific laws. Churches and other religious institutions do not have to abide by those same rules. That’s why the Obama administration gave religious organizations an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.…

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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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