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Moran: Affordable Care Act beyond repair

November 22, 2013

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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran said Friday that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," is flawed beyond repair and that it's forcing businesses to look for creative ways of avoiding new requirements that they provide their workers with health coverage.

"The Affordable Care Act is a disaster," Moran told the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast meeting. And while the problems with the new program's enrollment website will eventually be fixed, he said, "the underlying problems of the Affordable Care Act remain."

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visits with Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little before speaking Friday at a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visits with Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little before speaking Friday at a Lawrence Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Moran, a Republican who was elected to the Senate in 2010 after serving 14 years in the U.S. House, acknowledged that many Americans are uninsured and have difficulty affording health care.

"But the plan that was forced through on a straight party-line vote, Christmas Eve (2009), in the Senate is not the approach that is going to work," he said. "This is a mistake."

Under the law, most individuals will be required to have health coverage starting next year. And businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will be required to provide health coverage to their workers. The law defines a full-time employee as one who works 30 or more hours a week.

Moran noted that he had recently toured a warehouse in Lenexa where the owner told him that he'd reached an agreement with another warehouse across the street to swap employees on a part-time basis. "They work here 29 hours a week, and they work there 29 hours a week," Moran quoted the warehouse owner as saying.

"In Parsons, a family tells me they own thee Mexican restaurants. They're closing two of the three restaurants so they get less than 50 employees in their total company," Moran said.

He also spoke of people who are now learning that the policies they had been carrying, typically low-cost, high-deductible plans with limited benefits, are being cancelled because they do not meet the minimum standards for coverage under the law, despite earlier assurances from President Barack Obama that nobody who had a policy that they liked would lose it.

"People come to me today, in emails and conversations, saying: 'Jerry, my wife has breast cancer, our policy is cancelled, I don't know what to do,'" Moran said. "My job is to have an answer and tell them what to do, and I don't have one. It bothers me. It's a terrible circumstance we're in. But you can't just waive the wand and make this work."

Moran acknowledged that many Americans cannot afford the cost of health care, and he faulted his fellow-Republicans for not offering a better solution.

"Many Republicans, including me, decry the terrible consequences of Obamacare," he said. "But we ought not fail to recognize there are serious and significant problems for many Americans related to the access and affordability of healthcare."

Moran said he thinks a better solution would be to invest more in community health clinics that offer low-cost treatment for the poor and uninsured. And he cited the Heartland Community Health Center in Lawrence as an example of one that works.

"Those are great opportunities for us to help people who have no insurance and no ability to pay," he said. "That's a different approach than trying to change, all in one fell swoop, the health care delivery and insurance system. In my view we ought to do incremental and common sense kinds of changes."

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Beator 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Does anyone know why it is harder for people to get a photo ID to vote, than it is to sign up for Obama's mandatory health insurance? Is it because of the penalty fine if you don't sign up for his health insurance that makes it easier?

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Bob Smith 4 months, 2 weeks ago

In other news: "…Remember Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who said he'd be more likely to "let nature take its course," rather than pay his 900 percent premium increase under ObamaCare? The crestfallen Obama voter who said he voted to re-elect the President entirely because he believed the Big Lie about keeping your insurance and doctors if you liked them?
The funniest darn thing just happened: he's getting audited by the IRS. Apparently his insurance broker is getting audited, too.
What a remarkable coincidence! I'm sure that's all it is, because President Obama constantly assures us he's not a dictator, and we don't live in a banana republic. And we all know that Barack Obama's word is gold, right?…" http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/11/30/Banana-republic-update-cancer-patient-who-complained-about-ObamaCare-gets-an-IRS-audit

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Grégoire Guillaume 4 months, 2 weeks ago

If we lived in a sane rational world the headline would read "Moran is beyond repair".

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Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Wall Street profiteers/stockholders will be the loudest voices against challenging the most expensive medical insurance in the world. Some of those profiteers/stockholders are elected officials according to the Washington Post.

If the country finally has Medicare Single Payer Insurance as a result of right wing nonsense the economy of the country will improve by leaps and bounds. Employment will pick up dramatically, cost of education will drop and government will cost wayyyyy less to operate NOT TO MENTION the USA business world will be money ahead.

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Richard Heckler 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Sen Jerry Moran is what is beyond repair. Obamacare is improved over the terrible status quo which Jerry Moran supports. GOP offer up nothing just get in the way.

What beats Obamacare? Medicare Single Payer Insurance for All.

I am for IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL absolutely!!! -- http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources --- Very Interesting facts : http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf

Make IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL available to all taxpayers as one of our choices.

I want my health care tax dollars spent on a useful endeavor not on:

  1. insurance over charges

  2. or obscene CEO salaries

  3. or CEO golden parachutes

  4. or shareholders

  5. or special interest campaign funding!!!

--- 21 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is better than ObamaCare http://www.healthcare-now.org/21-ways-the-canadian-health-care-system-is-better-than-obamacare

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Cait McKnelly 4 months, 3 weeks ago

So the ACA is "beyond repair", huh?
That's interesting, considering that health care costs have pretty much flat lined since 2010 (the year the bill was initially passed).
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/20/health-care-spending-growth/3650243/
Jerry Teabilly Moron is making statements worthy of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

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Chris Golledge 4 months, 3 weeks ago

"... to invest more in community health clinics that offer low-cost treatment for the poor and uninsured"

That isn't that bad an idea, but it would mean that the general public pays for low-severity, high-incidence health care, with subsidies handed out by the government, and I'm not sure that jives with the party line of less government.

Bottom line is still that you can have a system where services are mandatory and payment is mandatory, or a system where services are voluntary and payment is voluntary, but the old system where services are mandatory and payment is voluntary is not viable.

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Keith Richards 4 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm surprised anyone is still trying to defend this train wreck. A report on CNN, not Fox, CNN, released news that now the 20 somethings, the backbone of the ACA, are now finding out they are not all qualifying for the subsidies to offset the cost of the insurance. Even the democrats have stated without the participation of this age group the ACA will be a failure. This, along with good plans being dropped by insurance companies and doctors groups saying they will not participate in the ACA program, this plan will have a rough time being successful, time will tell. CNN also had a report on the Obama Propaganda Machine exposing the white house as being the most restrictive presidency in history when it came to reporters. The white house media leaks its own staged photos of the president and compared their behavior to that of Putin. Not good for democrats when CNN starts releasing that kind of news.

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Bob Smith 4 months, 3 weeks ago

"...So, if you want to understand the blindness and arrogance of the Obama White House in failing to appreciate the wave of rage and disappointment and disgusted wonderment that would hit them in the wake of the ObamaCare rollout, you need only consider these factors. He has always had the protection of his liberal base. He has always had the protection of Senate Democrats, who have not acted in any way to trouble him regarding these scandals and who have impeded aggressive investigations into them. And he has always had the protection of the mainstream media. As a result, Barack Obama and his administration have said what they felt they needed to say and done what they felt they needed to do for immediate political gain. They did so this time. But this time was different, because this time he was mishandling and discrediting the great liberal desideratum of our time — a national health-care system. This time he hasn’t gotten away with it. Yet…." http://nypost.com/2013/11/23/why-obama-cant-wave-away-this-scandal/

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Tom Huyser 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Zach...No fair rewriting history. The shutdown happened the day that the roll-out occurred, 1 October. So, the shutdown happened AFTER the site should have been ready to go.

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Richard Heckler 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Sen Moran Guidelines:

Knowing more about the enemies to public education, the working class and our communities is important.

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures

ALEX EXPOSED – The Koch Connection http://www.thenation.com/article/161973/alec-exposed-koch-connection

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/SourceWatch

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

Fred Koch was one of the founding members of the John Birch Society http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_C._...

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Chuck Wehner 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Jerry Moron as I like to call him is just making up lies as he goes. My partner just signed up with no problems at all, she got a better policy for $500 less than she was spending.

These business men that are trying to work around the law are just opposed to having less money for themselves they could care less about there employees being healthy because in there view they have no worth.

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Mike Ford 4 months, 4 weeks ago

the delay is so that superstitious doomsday imaginers can't use anymore nonsense like they have for a term and a half of Mr. Obama presidency to play politics with their often repeated half if any bit truisms that only people in the bubble believe anyway. please don't like facts that contradict repeated paranoia get in the way.

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Bob Smith 4 months, 4 weeks ago

"…Interviews with current and former Obama administration officials and specialists involved in the project, as well as a review of hundreds of pages of government and contractor documents, offer new details into how tensions between the government and its contractors, questionable decisions and weak leadership within the Medicare agency turned the rollout of the president’s signature program into a major humiliation.

The online exchange was crippled, people involved with building it said in recent interviews, because of a huge gap between the administration’s grand hopes and the practicalities of building a website that could function on opening day.

Vital components were never secured, including sufficient access to a data center to prevent the website from crashing. A backup system that could go live if it did crash was not created, a weakness the administration has never disclosed. And the architecture of the system that interacts with the data center where information is stored is so poorly configured that it must be redesigned, a process that experts said typically takes months. An initial assessment identified more than 600 hardware and software defects — “the longest list anybody had ever seen,” one person involved with the project said…."

Read the rest at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/us/politics/tension-and-woes-before-health-website-crash.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all&

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Beator 4 months, 4 weeks ago

If Obamacare is so wonderful, why is Obama moving two-year sign ups after 2014 elections? Why is he being so mean to the American people? Doesn't he like us? Even a foreign country like Britain see the game he is playing on us.....

'How nakedly political can you get?': Obamacare year-two signups delayed until after 2014 election Voters in the insurance exchanges won't know until 11 days after the 2014 election just how much they'll pay for coverage in 2015 The Treasury department has already delayed implementation of the employer mandate, and its fines, until Election Day has come and gone Millions of Americans are receiving private-insurance cancellation letters, with many experiencing sticker-shock when they learn their options One poll released Wednesday shows that 48 per cent of taxpayers now want the Obamacare law repealed

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511635/How-nakedly-political--Obamacare-year-signups-delayed-2014-election.html#ixzz2lTVQn44o Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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Richard Heckler 4 months, 4 weeks ago

What about Medicare Single Payer Insurance? let's be honest it won't be free. http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources Physicians for a National Health Program

more very important facts. http://www.healthcare-now.org/docs/spreport.pdf ( very interesting findings)

http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources Physicians for a National Health Program

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Richard Heckler 4 months, 4 weeks ago

What Obamacare has done is outlaw junk insurance which has been a big profit item for the medical insurance industry. Junk insurance won't be there when a consumer needs it…. can we say bankruptcy?

When the ACA was passed one city in the USA got the best medical insurance on the planet.

Tucked in the ACA legislation was IMPROVED Medicare Single Insurance for All to which Libby,Montana is privileged. Max Baucus would NOT allow Improved Medicare Single Payer Insurance representatives to the table…. in fact had them thrown out. Yes Libby has a lot of sick people thanks to WR Grace BUT the nation has millions of people with big problems such as cancer. This entire community is covered sick or not at zero cost.

I envy Libby,Montana and I do not want them to be without IMPROVED Medicare Single Insurance. I want the entire nation to be privileged to IMPROVED Medicare Single Insurance. Absolutely. Bring it on. All taxpayers deserve this.

Who is Max Baucus? Ask Bill Moyers.

“The people in favor of a public alternative can’t scrape up the millions of dollars Baucus has received from the health sector during his political career. In fact, over the last two decades, the current members of the entire finance committee have collected nearly $50 million from the health sector, a long-term investment that’s now paying off like a busted slot machine.” http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog/2009/10/bill_moyers_michael_winship_in.html#more

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Richard Heckler 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Moran speaks like a good ALEC soldier……

Jerry Moran wants to take the nation a few steps backwards to the lassiez faire approach to medical insurance where clients are victims and subject to daily abuse.

You know back to the point that the insurance industry makes all of the healthcare decisions based on how much victims can pay. Not real smart.

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Mike Ford 4 months, 4 weeks ago

as someone whose already applied been accepted and benefitted as a full time almost two decade worker locally from the ACA and will see silver level BCBS of Kansas coverage for a fraction of the cost I used to pay for myself alone for my wife and I call total balderdash on the fibbers about the ACA in Kansas. I feel like I'm listening to tent ministers screaming apocalypse to any fact and intelligence deficient people who will listen to such balderdash. You know you lost 46 times and in the US Supreme Court. Maybe the Nuclear Option should be used on the nonsense I hear.

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Bob Smith 4 months, 4 weeks ago

The time from the passage of the ACA to the website's go live was shorter than the time from the attack on Pearl Harbor to VE day. Every day more details of the totally horrible project management are coming out.

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Zach Davis 4 months, 4 weeks ago

When you cut off resources temporarily of key players just weeks before the big roll out and then they are rushed even more to put something of that scale in deployment what else would you expect.

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Jared Paslay 4 months, 4 weeks ago

The ACA will never work and be affordable. When the ACA goes broke like it will since the government is in control , 2 things the government will do to help make up the cost of this program .First they well raise your monthly premiums or just tax you to death.

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Dick Sengpiehl 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Senator Moran, like other GOP fellow travelers, offers nothing to replace the ACA. All he wants to do is destroy the ability of the 350,000 uninsured citizens in Kansas to have insurance. There is an EXTREMELY small percentage of Americans whose insurance does not have the guidelines necessary to meet the AFA requirements. And if those plans do not meet the guidelines which excludes preconditions, have extremely high deductables, etc, they are really not insurance at all.. You're fine until you get sick. Many of these citizens, may be eligible for subsidies and wind up paying less for insurance than previously. With no plan at all, the Senator should be working to improve the AFA instead of tearing it down. He should be voted OUT next time he comes up for election.

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Larry Sturm 4 months, 4 weeks ago

Did Moran help the ACA or did he hinder it?

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Larry Sturm 4 months, 4 weeks ago

did Moran help the ACA or did he hinder it?

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William Weissbeck 4 months, 4 weeks ago

This is the same GOP line. Maybe the problem is that we should not depend on employers to provide health insurance for their workers if one, they can't afford a full coverage policy, and/or two, their business model is designed around large numbers of part time workers without benefits. And to the resident with breast cancer having her policy cancelled. What policy did she have that was actually covering these treatments for anywhere near a reasonable premium and out of pocket costs? I keep hearing these stories, but the fact is that more people didn't have insurance because they were diagnosed with a serious illness. And as to community clinics - great idea so long as it doesn't end up like Medicaid - bearing the brunt of budget cuts. Set them up like VA's. Pay nurse practitioners to do much of the care. Watch where the objections come from. The difficult part is doing this without creating a two-tiered health care system. One for those who pay, and one that everyone shuns.

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