Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Former GOP Congressman Loathed Obamacare — Until He Lost His Own Coverage

Mod: Interesting story from the Huffington Post about the GOP Congressman who claimed he hated Obamacare when he ran for office, yet had a change of heart when he lost his job and benefits.

This Former GOP Congressman Loathed Obamacare — Until He Lost His Own Coverage (Huffington Post link): David Jolly, a former Republican member of Congress who campaigned against Obamacare, said he’s had a change of heart since losing his own health insurance this year. Jolly, who represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District until he was unseated last fall, opened up about his personal health care struggles during a discussion of the GOP health care bill Monday on MSNBC.

“I lost my doctor, and I lost my plan in 2013, and I was angry about Obamacare, and I ran for Congress,” Jolly said. “But in 2017, as an unemployed person with a preexisting condition, I knew Obamacare was there as a safety net if my wife and I needed it.”

Jolly became unemployed Jan. 4, when his term in Congress ended. He didn’t elaborate on his medical condition.

“While I ultimately chose a private-sector plan, I also knew in 2017 [that] Obamacare provided an exchange that was a safety net that wasn’t there before,” Jolly said. “To be honest with you, if I had had to rely on it, I knew it was there.”

Jolly won the congressional seat in a 2014 special election that featured much debate about the Affordable Care Act. He told the Washington Examiner shortly after his victory that he thought voters saw Obamacare as a “manifestation” of fears about government intrusion. He was defeated in 2016 by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Obamacare, with its mandate requiring health insurance, has driven the uninsured rate to an historic low. The law also requires health insurance companies to provide coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

The Trump administration and congressional GOP allies have pledged to repeal Obamacare and pass new health care legislation. The House and Senate health care bills would leave millions of American uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Jolly also has been critical of President Donald Trump, declaring his presidency “done” during an interview in May.

Poll: Only 12% of Americans support the Senate health care plan (USA Today link): Just 12% of Americans support the Senate Republican health care plan, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, amid a roiling debate over whether the GOP will deliver on its signature promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In the survey, taken Saturday through Tuesday, a 53% majority say Congress should either leave the law known as Obamacare alone or work to fix its problems while keeping its framework intact.

But the dilemma for the GOP is this: Eight in 10 Republicans support repeal, and close to a third say the law should be repealed even if a replacement health care plan isn't ready yet. Just 11% of independents and 2% of Democrats feel that way.

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72 comments:

  1. Figures that this "Jolly" RINO, would want to have all the working class, pay for his free " ObamaCare" insurance.
    On the positive side, he's out of Congress; the GOP dodged that "do nothing seat warmer".
    Anyone wants free stuff, but why should I have to pay for them? Thanks to the ObamaCare mandates that are here to stay (forced one payer system into enternity), I am working to support the poor non working welfare collecting ObamaCare freeloaders.
    Why shouldn't my earnings go to helping my own family, that scrapes to get by.
    The Democratic long range plan of having very wealthy vs. handouts Society is ensnaring this country.
    Venezuela here we come.

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    1. Can you explain to me how I can not work, collect health benefits and live off your hard work? I haven't figured out how to do that yet and would really enjoy it.

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    2. Ah, so that's why you're so angry all the time. You have a crappy job. Just get a better paying one and your trouble will be solved.

      Except it's not that easy is it?

      And some have it even harder than you.

      Those are the people that need our community's and nation's support.

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    3. Yes just think of all the billions of your hard earned dollars will go to the wealthiest Americans instead of the poor non working welfare collecting ObamaCare freeloaders. Must be very comforting to know Warren Buffet admits his income alone will be increased by 12,000,000,000 dollars under trumpcare

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    4. Why should I pay for aid to Israel, or an aircraft carrier in the pacific? Or trump's golf course trips?

      All gotta get along pal

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    5. 6:30 I hear you loud and clear.
      1. My husband has a business and pays for his employees health insurance.
      2. We are now eligible for Medicare, but since my husband is still working, we get F%^#ed and have to pay
      an extra huge premium for Our insurance. In fact, our health insurance costs more than before Medical. No vision or dental.
      3. To top it off we have to pay a tax to pay for the freeloaders that get free Obama care.
      Also, Obama care covering drug rehab has given people like the ones on Carter a pot full of money.

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    6. If America had the same health care system as countries like Canada, Great Britain, Germany and France, you wouldn't have to pay health care for any of your employees. Or yourself for that matter. Pretty good deal, eh?

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    7. Just pay a very high tax rate. I just returned from an extended stay in Italy. I had two conversations with two people that needed surgery. Knee replacement......soonest she can have the surgery is mid October....had to pay for her MRI because of the extra wait. Second conversation with a woman that fell in JANUARY and tore all the tendons in her shoulder. There are only three doctors in all of Umbria that are capable of doing that surgery. She is still waiting to find out when she will have the surgery. I have heard long waits are common in all the the countries you mentioned. Why do you think many Canadians come to the USA for surgery?

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  2. You must be confused with shipping all those former American jobs overseas with the wrong party? Along with keeping all profits overseas in their banks and not bring it back to the USA? Republicans to the bitter end, please blame the other people but not the Republicans for this.

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    1. There are no real republicans
      It's just a crappy brand
      Like sears

      The old 'rino' loyalty test is a joke
      A Nazi era one

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    2. Love it 8:11. I'm going to quote you!

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  3. Trump's pledge to keep the world from laughing at us hits another setback

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was supposed to attend this week’s Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Union meeting in Berlin, but suddenly canceled his travel plans on Tuesday. Ross was scheduled to give an address at the conference immediately before German Chancellor Angela Merkel, so he instead gave his remarks by teleconference from Washington.

    Ross was allotted 10 minutes to speak. After he spoke for more than 20, the conference organizers cut his feed mid-sentence. The audience “laughed and clapped” in response, according to Bloomberg News. Merkel then rose and, during her remarks, disagreed with one of Ross’s points.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/28/trumps-pledge-to-keep-the-world-from-laughing-at-us-hits-another-setback

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    1. Embarrassing

      Obama was so smooth.

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    2. Trump is a fool.

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    3. Asked about Medicaid cuts in Senate GOP health care bill, Pres. Donald J. Trump tells ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, "This will be great for everybody." http://abcn.ws/2tlqz9t

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    4. Cracked old man.

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  4. Obama Crushes Trump By A Huge 24 Point Margin As Americans Long For Effective Leadership

    President Trump's support among independent voters has eroded since he took office. Though he still clings to a loyal base of supporters, his overall disapproval among Americans has reached record highs, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

    Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

    Just 37 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing just over five months into his tenure, while 51 percent disapprove. Forty percent of those polled strongly disapprove of Trump's performance, twice the 20 percent who strongly approved.

    Americans also think Trump has hurt the country on the global stage. Fifty-eight percent say the president has weakened the United States' position abroad, while 34 percent say he has strengthened it.

    ***In addition, by a 24-point margin, Americans believe former President Obama was, by far, a more effective leader in comparison to Trump, 58 percent to 34 percent. Among independents, there's an even more pronounced 36-point difference, 65 to 29 percent.***

    http://www.npr.org/2017/06/28/534602973/trump-fails-to-reach-beyond-base-as-independents-disapproval-grows

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    1. I think it means a lot of Americans think Trump is failing at his job.

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    2. But self serving polls mean nothing...how do we fix the problems this country has?

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    3. Impeach Trump.

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    4. Even better, Pence would make a far better President...not sure the libs would think so...

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    5. The Malevolent Q-Tip.

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    6. Maybe he could clean the orifice that is Washington?

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    7. He'd have to bend over backwards.

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    8. Then he'd run into his own Democrat.

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    9. Are you suggesting Mike Pence has gay sex?

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    10. Yes, with you...

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  5. "Eight in 10 Republicans support repeal…."

    I'll bet nine in 10 Republicans would support Obamacare if it were called Reagancare or Bushcare.

    They just still can't stomach the immutable fact that yes, indeed, a black man was President of the United States of America. Even their alt facts can't change that.

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    1. A lot of Republicans are easily impressed fools.

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    2. And the Democrats still can't stomach that Hillary lost.

      Even a false Russian narrative can't change that.

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    3. I think we are going to see just how false that narrative is. America's first traitor president could end up spending the rest of his useless life in a federal pen.

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    4. With Hillary and Bill in adjacent cells....

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    5. That and a warm bottle of milk will get you a nice nap.

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    6. They are all crooks, you just don't get it.

      Why did the Clinton Global Initiative shut down as soon as they had nothing to sell?

      Trump's no better...

      Politician = Crook

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  6. Is this now CNN fake news. Members of Congress were exempt from the Bill when they past Obamahell. Even if he left office he can use the special program set up for member and former member. He made his own choice to leave.

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    1. Fox News is all fake. And their biggest names have all been leaving for being sexual deviants.

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  7. 11:46am. So "you" judge a person by the color of their skin, what is that? Fake White Guilt?
    Repeal and replace Obamacare would be great; but America is now stuck with mandates, which do nothing to lower premium's or give freedom to choose their own insurance at affordable rates.
    If you dont have insurance, then "you" get to pay large penalties.
    Thanks for helping out Americans and as posted by blogger 11:46am; it was because "you" are black, that insurance companies should not pull out of the market!

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    1. Make America Great Again. Dismantle MediCare and kill off old people.

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    2. Quit grovelling

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  8. Bill Kristol sent out a tweet today calling Donald Trump "a pig." Not much unity on the right these days.

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  9. POTUS: Over the next eight years.
    We are on the cusp of a true energy revolution in U.S.
    Can't let other Nations take away our Sovernity.
    Moving at a record pace to cancel energy regulations.
    NEW petroleum pipeline to Mexico, under the wall!
    Golden Era of American Energy is now underway.

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    1. Petroleum is old and failing technology. Why are our tax dollars being used to prop up Trump's petro pals?

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    2. But what about the oil workers? The coal miners?

      If we don't learn from history, history will repeat. Don't believe me? Look what happened to the buggy whip and wagon wheel makers! We must save the oil workers and coal miners!

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    3. This state-run news article was brought to you by Betamax

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    4. Coal and oil dirtiest least efficient great investment

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    5. By the way the "NEW petroleum pipeline to Mexico, under the wall!" Is oil from Canada going to Mexico,bypassing the USA,"Golden Era of American Stupidity is now underway".

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    6. Energy is really cheap right now. Why even squander america's reserves for pennies in the dollar? Best to just sit tight, buy up everyone else's resources while the price is right. Then when the time comes everyone will want what we got and we'll have what we need

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    7. Donald has investors he needs to reward.

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  10. Let me ask you a question. If there were a magic button that if pushed would put $1,000 in your bank account and kill a random person somewhere in the third world, how many times would you push the button?

    It's quite clear from the immorality of the proposed healthcare bill that Trump, Ryan, McConnell, et al. would push it all day long.

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    1. Even worse, they're killing people here in our own country (although to be fair, Arkansas pretty much is the third world).

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    2. Great comment, 1:01.

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    3. Then why don't you offer to pay for it?

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    4. I would prefer that you pay for it. Then I could have free health care on your dime.

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    5. It's always easier to spend someone else's money...until you run out.

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    6. How do you do that? I'd love to live off other peoples' tax money, but I can't figure out how that is done.

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    7. It's easy, become a politician.

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    8. Why the trolls so obsessed about healthcare spending but not at all military spending?

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    9. Ah, 2:16, that's at the heart of all politics - what shall we spend this money on.

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  11. 1:27pm. If "YOU" have Obamacare, you are living off of other people's tax money! Duh.

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    1. Do you receive Social Security or govt. medical benefits? Do your parents?

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    2. If you have any insurance claim you are living off someone else's contribution.

      Learn to be an American and consider being a Christian

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    3. Sadly many so-called Christian conservatives are among the most ungiving people in America right now. They would never admit to that, of course. I doubt Jesus will receive them in the way they think they deserve.

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    4. If you use a street,highway,freeway,bus,train,airplane go to school,a park,a campground,a beach,use the internet,watch TV etc,etc,etc you are living off someone else's contribution.

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    5. I have Medicare, am still working and making my payroll deductions. No one else has paid for my benefits.

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  12. As much as I dislike trump and his band of traitors I put up my American Flag today to honor the birth of our great nation.After this weekend it will not fly again until something changes. I never in my life thought I would be compelled to rationalize flying our flag.We can get through this.....

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  13. 2:34pm. Figures that you would put out your American Flag today. American's will be putting out their flags on July 4th; although most fly them every day.

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    1. Do you have any business of your own to mind?

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  14. Obama Care. Socialized medicine.
    All choices of health insurance are taken away from individuals.
    Medicaid; "you" have signed up to get on a government list; to die.
    * Two bills passed today:
    Kate's Law & Withhold Federal Funding for Law Enforcement agencies not following immigration laws.

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    1. You're fulla crap.

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    2. Don't forget the death panels!

      Idiot

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    3. SInce socialized medicine will take away your freedoms, you, of course, don't use, either directly or indirectly, any of our socialized roads, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, shipping ports, water and power infrastructure, police, fire departments, ambulances, hospitals, CDC, NIH, national defense, banking system, capital markets, courts, etc.

      Because, ya know, you're free.

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