Obamacare Explained as Simply They Can: Our 4 Favorite Overviews

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It remains to be seen if Obamacare (or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) will actually make the average American healthier, but one thing is certain: It has already been a shot in the arm for the pundit class and the explaining-stuff-entertainingly industry. Across the Internet, a thick crop of Obamacare explainer sites have cropped up, promising to simplify the notoriously confusing policy change. Here are a few of the highlights:

Bruce Watson is DailyFinance's Savings Editor. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.

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BCBS is terminating our policy Jan 1 2014 so we have to go to the Marketplace to find a new policy. So much for keeping what you have. Also went to fill prescription for pravastatin that was $13 in March and now $110 and this was at Costco. Very scary.

October 15 2013 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Nancy Jean

I received a letter from BCBS and they are raising my monthly payment $200. They said that it was because of Obama Care. What is this? I thought if you had Insurance you wouldn't be affected.

October 07 2013 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Gram, Ty&Dill

After a call to our state's (PA) obamacare info line, I found out some interesting things. I am 57, disabled, get medicare and I have a wraparound policy thru Geisinger. I pay $99 a mo. for medicare, $41 a mo. for the other policy. Hubby is 61- no ins. To cover him they base it on total household income, approx. $35,000 , his wages+ my SSDI. The subsidy is only based on coverage for him, does not include what I pay for my coverage. Why is my income used but the cost of my coverage not included in total ins, cost for figuring the subsidy? It ends up costing us way more than we can afford.

October 02 2013 at 6:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

How about a free market aproach....make obamacare optional.

October 02 2013 at 6:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

93% of EPA employees are non essential.

October 02 2013 at 5:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

CNN has no clue why ratings are so low,!!!!!!!! I grew up in the 50,s,,,60,s,,,,thinking NEWS Reporters TOLD THE NEWS AND ECT......Now,,,it is shamefull..............News stations had no oppinions,,,,,,,,they told both sides.......
NOW,,,THEY HATE REBUBLICANS ARE ANYONE WHO SPEAKS UP FOR THEMSELVES... It is sad..........they should be taken off the air.....I would rather watch ANIMAL Planet than main stream news.!!!!!!!!!

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President Barack Obama is using the government shutdown and lack of cooperation with Republican lawmakers to divert attention from his failed policies, former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan says.

"The president wants to have this fight. He doesn't want to talk about the failures that we're having with a very, very weak economy . . . the failures that are happening as Obamacare rolls out . . . his failures on foreign policy," Hoekstra told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on TV.

"His poll numbers have been going down for the last few months because of the ineffectiveness of this administration. He believes that [the shutdown] is going to be able to enhance his numbers. . . . He wants to win the House back. The only way this guy can govern is if he controls all branches," Hoekstra said Tuesday.

Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "want it all . . . I hope the Republicans don't cave and walk away from this fight. There'll be a lot of folks around America who are going to be disappointed by it. "

He said there was a good spirit of compromise and negotiation on Capitol Hill in the 1990s — something that is severely lacking now.

October 02 2013 at 4:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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One of the BEST POST I have read.!!!!!!!! THANK YOU.!!!!!!

October 02 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What politician wouldn't want to control both chambers for their party affiliation? I'm not saying Hoekstra isn't entitled to his opinion, but the 90's were hardly just smooth sailing in compromise.
First, the Rep's controlled both chambers during the shutdown with Clinton, he had to negotiate on the budget. But it didn't last long, cause the rancor from the Clinton scandal, ended in an impeachment trail.
Many Presidents find it easier to govern if they control both branches. Hardly a revelation. And if you want to believe Hoekstra as gospel for you, fine. But what you're lacking is knowing that its so much bigger than that.

October 02 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to theycallmeroy3's comment

There were two shutdowns in 1995, with the 2nd one going 21days, into 1996. There was a general election in 1996 and the GOP picked up two senate seats, they kept control of the house, and we had a balanced budget within three years.

October 02 2013 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

same to you

October 02 2013 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you don't like Obama's Commie policies you are labeled a racist. I'm almost ashamed to be a liberal.

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