Obamacare is Here: It’s Like Y2K, But Not Really

Remember when we all thought the world was going to end because of Y2K? Listening to our Republican friends and the uninformed lemmings who rely on right-wing intelligence, Obamacare, like Y2K, will also be the end of the world. There’s only one problem: the world is still turning and if you ask me, in some ways we’re better off today than we were back on December 31st, 1999 — so t’s have a party, yes?

The next time you encounter a right-winger or drunk uncle who still thinks Barack Obama is a Muslim who was born in Kenya and is the anti-Christ spouting lies about Obamacare, remind that wretched soul that Democrats won more votes than Republicans in the last general election.

This was true in the presidential campaign and in Senate and House races. So what does that mean? Tell them to shut up and get over it. Either that or move to a less socialist country like Canada where people are dying because of a lack of healthcare. Yep, because freedom and health insurance ain’t free, bitches. Of course I don’t expect everyone opposed to Obamacare to buy into the idea that the people — and the Supreme Court — have spoken. And no matter if some Americans polled favor the Affordable Care Act instead of Obamacare, it’s the law of the land and it will stay that way whether you like it or not.

Watch this to understand why:

Listen, much of the hysteria and push back from certain Republicans (i.e. the Tea Party types who are funded by Corporate Americas) as Ezra Klein points out is due in large part to the fact that wealthy Americans will see a tax increase as a result in Obamacare. For them, subsidizing and expanding healthcare coverage to the working poor at the expense of higher taxes, is too much like evil. As such, it’s imperative that this monstrosity of a public policy must be stopped. Why? Because America wouldn’t be America without the wealthy donor-class with all their current tax breaks shitting on the common man. Yep, that whole “get rich or die trying” thing isn’t just a Hip Hop thing; yep, who needs lower-than-expected health insurance premiums thanks to Obamacare.

This from Ezra Klein:

Obamacare_keep-your_politicsHere’s the biggest thing to know about Obamacare: Most people will never notice it.

If you get health insurance through your employer or the government — as 80 percent of Americans do — it’s very unlikely that you’ll interact with Obamacare’s coverage expansion at all. (There are other provisions in Obamacare, like some of the efforts to improve care quality or cut health-care costs, that could affect you. But that’s not the core of the law or the part that’s starting Tuesday.)

Obamacare mostly matters most for the 20 percent of Americans who are either uninsured or get insurance on the individual (or “non-group”) market. Anyone in those groups can get insurance through Obamacare. Those who make more than the federal poverty line, but less than four times the poverty line ($94,200 for a family of four), can buy subsidized insurance on the marketplaces. Those making less than 133 percent of the poverty line, and living in a state that has accepted the Medicaid expansion, can get Medicaid.

The Congressional Budget Office expects that the Affordable Care Act will cover about 14 million of the uninsured in 2014 and 25 million by the end of the decade. That still leaves about 30 million people uninsured. More on them here.

That said, in an attempt to counter the bullshit and lies of the Republican party, the good folks of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has put together a nice little video to explain just what Obamacare is all about and what it’s not. So, on the off-chance that you plan on retreating to your underground bunker pending the nuclear fallout that is Obamacare. It might be a good idea to check out the following video. Hopefully upon viewing the following you’ll understand that Obamacare is not the end of the world as we know it, nor will it ever be.