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PPACA/Obamacare

I've devoted a lot of attention to "Obamacare" and health care reform over the last couple years, the attention someone long interested in economics and who's at leisure can devote to something. So if you've got questions about how it will work, feel free to ask.

Free facts: 'will' is the right word; the interesting bits, especially the mandate, don't take effect until 2014. This is one reason you haven't noticed any really big changes; they haven't happened yet.

Major differences between Obamacare and Romneycare? None whatsoever. So yes, Romney has to somehow run against his own chief accomplishment as governor, without actually disavowing it. Fortunately for him Romney is willing to lie continuously.

How's Romneycare working out? Pretty well, thank you! I'm happy with it. State finances could be better but that's more about the Unnecessary Depression we're all in.

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Links about the ruling: what's up with the Medicaid expansion
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/06/28/medicaid_what_s_the_deal_.html
http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/live-coverage/scotus-healthcare#sha=46a8dad46
(in short, Congress offered both carrot and stick, and Roberts removed the stick; some states may choose not to expand Medicaid to everyone under 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL), despite the Feds paying for 90% of the cost.

Senator Rand Paul (R-Gold) says SCOTUS isn't in charge of what's constitutional: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/28/1103965/-Sen-Rand-Paul-says-Supreme-Court-isn-t-the-boss-of-what-s-constitutional

Sip their tears or marvel at insanity:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/people-moving-to-canada-because-of-obamacare
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201206280004
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/demint-obamacare-still-unconstitutional-states-should-refuse-to?ref=fpblg
impeach Roberts
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77947.html
fire my liberal employees
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/06/28/1103977/-Freeper-s-Response-to-SCOTUS-Ruling-Fire-his-Obama-supporting-employee


CNN fuckup
http://i.imgur.com/kHBVV.jpg
Obama Dewey moment
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6c3mtyrEA1qzs5cqo1_1280.jpg

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