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The Uninsured Rate Is Plummeting And Many On The Right Are Not Happy

In ACA, http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post, Obamacare, The Uninsured rate, Uninsured rate is plummeting on November 12, 2015 at 4:30 PM

During a recent discussion of the Affordable Care Act, GOP propaganda regarding the US uninsured rate, former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) insisted, “It has not plummeted.” Basically, Gregg stated his belief the ACA has not reduced the number of people covered by some for of medical insurance coverage. A remark that is so far outside of accurate it cannot even be considered a lie.  

Data and visual representation of data are the most effective way to deal with people who obviously get all of their news from Breitbart dot com, The Baze, The Daily Caller and various AM Talk radio stations. Let’s view a few graphs that place Greggs rhetoric in perspective.

Percentage uninsured in the U.S., by quarter

http://whatifpost.com/the-u-s-uninsured-rate-continues-to-drop.htm
uninsured risk timeline

To put Obamacare’s reduction of the uninsurance rate into perspective, let’s compare it to something a bit more recent. There was a huge outcry over people losing their plans as a result of the new law, but a study from the Urban Institute found that the total was fewer than a million policies were actually canceled. Meanwhile, that 6% point reduction in the uninsurance rate since the passage of Obamacare means that at least 16.4 million people without insurance now have coverage- an amount that is expected to double over the next few years.

Cary Fiorina continued her bizarre utterances regarding the ACA (and other issues) with typical Fiorina non-sense.

RH Reality Check dot org

Excerpt 

Prior to Tuesday’s debate, the ACA has received surprisingly little attention during the primary debate season. During Fox News’ first Republican debate, the topic didn’t rank among the most prominent issues discussed, and even Democratic debates and forums have largely skipped over it. 
This means the public isn’t getting answers from candidates about their views on health care. “The result … is that the public is not learning much from these widely viewed events about what candidates would do regarding one of the country’s most divisive issues should he or she be elected president,” Kaiser Family Foundation President Drew Altman explained in an analysis for the Wall Street Journal. 
On Tuesday, Fox News debate moderator Maria Bartiromo finally pushed a candidate to talk about the ACA: Carly Fiorina. When Bartiromo asked Fiorina whether she supported the health-care law’s employer mandate, which requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance, the candidate launched into a speech blasting the ACA for failing to truly help anyone, claiming that it needed to be rolled back because “it’s failing the very people it is intending to help.” 
Fiorina’s assertion that the health-care law has failed to help Americans is a stretch, if not an outright falsehood. According to Gallup polling, the ACA has resulted in a dramatic 5.5 percent decline in the rate of uninsured persons in the United States. In 2014 alone, the ACA enabled more than ten million people to gain access to affordable health-care coverage. Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that this trend has continued into 2015, with 7.5 million fewer Americans than the year before finding themselves uninsured in the first six months of the year. 
“Just to be clear, you want to repeal Obamacare … but, what’s the alternative?” Bartiromo pressed after Fiorina’s answer. 
Fiorina’s response was again composed of more fiction than anything else. “The alternative is to allow states to manage high-risk pools for those who really need help. Look, I’m a cancer survivor, OK? I understand that you cannot have someone who’s battled cancer just become known as a preexisting condition. I understand that you cannot allow families to go bankrupt if they truly need help. But, I also understand that Obamacare isn’t helping anyone,” said Fiorina. 
The high-risk pools Fiorina outlined as part of an ACA replacement strategy refer to state-sponsored health plans for those unable to obtain insurance in the private market due to preexisting conditions. According to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, these plans do not provide a good alternative for those with preexisting conditions, as research based on the 35 states in which such programs previously existed found that the coverage they provided was expensive and created “a greater burden on individuals with expensive medical conditions who have already spent large amounts of their income on health care.”


Spewing re-establish rhetoric may work well with a Fox News debate panel and conservative audience, but Fiorina flop once e fact-checkers and analyzers go to work after the debate.
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OBamaCare Impacts A Nation; The GOP "OOPS"

In ACA, GOP, Health Care cost, http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post, Obamacare on August 18, 2015 at 11:52 PM

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Now that we are moving towards the end of president Obama’s sixth year in the White House we often think of how very often the GOP has been on the wrong side of issues critical to the great society. The list is long and the list is historic. Yet, there is one area that the GOP and conservative politicians will forever wear the sticky collar of failure: The Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCare).

Reports are the rate of uninsured (medical coverage uninsured) is at an all time low.  


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The projected cost of ObamaCare: lowered

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes ran a short segment on the GOP major political “butt-pucker”, or “Oops” If you prefer.

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And, to think we actually have a millions acorss the nation who follow the Koch brothers abhorrence for national healthcare and channel votes to politicians who literally wasted $90 to $100 million on frivolous congressional ACA repeal votes. 

SCOTUS ACA Vote Sheds More Negative Light On GOP Anti-ACA Strategy

In 6-3 to uphold, ACA vote, CNN, GOP presidential candidates livid, Marketplace Dot Org, Obamacare, SCOTUS on June 25, 2015 at 1:56 PM


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SCOTUS vote to uphold tax credits for ObamaCare  enrollees: 6-3 to uphold!

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In March of this year, the Congressional Budget Office estimated a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would result in a $210 billion to the deficit.  John Boehner and his House of Representatives know the CBO estimate and filed the data away behind a wall labelled “winning elections.”

In 2012, Marketplace Dot Org estimated the cost of House of Representative votes. Marketplace came up with a figure of $2 million each day for a session of Congressional voting. 
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About our math: We calculated the cost of a vote by totallilng the annual salary of 435 House members. Then we added that to the total amount of annual allocations each House office receives. Finally, we divided that by 366 days in 2012 to determine the total cost per day. Click here to check our math (link may not work properly).

A CBS Miami affiliate posted the following in May 2013. The CBS affiliate estimates House cost per vote at $1.4 million per vote.

May 16, 2013 – The Congressional Research Service said it costs $24 million to run the House for a week, so the first 33 votes cost taxpayers approximately $48 million. The numbers translate to approximately $1.45 million per vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House of Representatives.

As of February 2015, the GOP Tea Party infested House voted 56 times on a ‘message vote regarding ObamaCare. “Message vote?” The John Boehner House with all GOP elected representatives knew their votes would never pass the US Senate. Yet, they persisted for sake of sending a message about their disdain for the Affordable Care act. I also feel they worked to send message to their major anti-ObamaCare constituents: Uber wealthy Wichita oligarchs, the Koch brothers their Million-Dollar Donors Club supporters.

The math is clear. The House frivolously expended (56 X $1.4 million) = $78.4 million on messages to conservative America.

Despite reliable and verifiable data mentioned above John Boehner took to the microphone and uttered as follows.

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 House Speaker John Boehner

“The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety.”

 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

“Today’s decision makes one thing clear: Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Obamacare has not only limited choices and increased health care costs for American families, it has made it harder for American businesses to hire.”

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Despite the fact 16 million healthcare enrollees have opted to enroll int he aca, despite the fact millions of pre 26 years of age derive medical benefits via their family coverage and despite the fact seniors derived pharmacy ad donut hod relief via the ACA, the GOP charges on with effort to repeal.

Today we are actually watching the destruction of a party for sake of ‘message.’ We are hearing what amounts to electoral threats of “full repeal” with a GOP win of their White House in 2016. GOP leaders know as well as any sane American a full repeal of the law will induce all aforementioned personal and budget horrors, they charge on.  Is there any real value in continuing to message uber wealthy oligarchs for campaign contributions?

We await a credible fact check of Boehner’s claims of economic personal and corporate doom with the proliferation of ObamaCare.
  

US Senate (GOP) Scramble To Save Political Face!

In ACA, Obamacare, Talking Points Memo on April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM


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After 67 frivolous repeal ObamaCare votes at a total estimated cost of $94 million against the US House operating budget, the GOP laden US Senate is now playing “re-election” with the law. Thus, the GOP is playing with the well being of millions via initial and lingering obstruction to healthcare reform. On the other hand, the GOP plays Badminton with the law out of fear induced by recognition the SCOTUS could gut states subsidies: the heart of the law.

Earlier today, Talking Points Memo reported on GOP Leadership support for a bill extending ACA subsidies. 
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Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. 

The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov tax credits at stake inKing v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. 

The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). Another cosponsor is Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), the chairman of the conference’s electoral arm. 

Such a move would seek to protect the GOP from political peril in the 2016 elections when Democrats would try to blame the party for stripping subsidies — and maybe insurance coverage — from millions of Americans in three dozen states. A defeat for the Obama administration in aKing ruling would likely create havoc across insurance markets and pose a huge problem for Republicans, many of whom have been pushing the Supreme Court to nix the subsidies. 

“This bill is a first step toward reversing the damage that Obamacare has inflicted on the American health care system,” Johnson said.

He recently explained the rationale for the legislation, warning that Democrats would swarm the GOP with attacks and horror stories about “individuals that have benefited from Obamacare” and lost their coverage.

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How can the GOP continue to meander around consumed with obstruction as subservient stooges to dark money brokers promulgating policy that would make gnat dizzy? We now have GOP attempts to policy-out of a predicament that aversion to the ACA has as a pending ruling from the SCOTUS.

Is this governance for the people, by the people?

Progressive Women’s Movement of America: Five Years Of ObamaCare

In ACA, Five Years of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Progressive Women's Movement of America on March 23, 2015 at 1:41 PM


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Watch: Here’s What Five Years of the Affordable Care Act Means for America


Five years after the Affordable Care Act passed, 30 million young adults can
no longer be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, 105 million
Americans no longer have a lifetime limit on their health coverage, and 76
million Americans are benefiting from preventive care coverage.

Better with Obamacare:
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed a historic law that has
transformed the lives of millions of Americans.

Tomorrow, the Affordable Care Act will celebrate five years of significant
progress. That’s a fact that people across the country can see in more
affordable coverage, higher quality care, and better health, thanks to
Obamacare.

After five years of the ACA:
More than 16 million
Americans have gained health coverage

Take a look back at history in the making:
9.4 million
 People with Medicare saved a total of more than $15 billion on prescription
 medications
 76 million
 People are benefiting from preventive care coverage

105 million
People no longer have a lifetime limit on their health coverage 

Up to 129 million
People with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied
coverage

ZERO

Death panels were created

ACA 2015: 11.4 Million enrollment; 30 Plus Million Benefiting; House Repeal Votes Tally…$90 Million

In 11.4 million new or renewed enrollments, ACA Signups.net, House Speaker Boehner, Obamacare, VOXObamaCare Facts on February 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

After reading the meme, it is critical to note conservative dark money-brokers and the GOP House (Under House Speaker Boehner) have enacted 56 repeal ObamaCare votes in the the party infested 113th and 114th Congress.   

Reports are a house vote cost the US tax payers approximately $1.6 million per vote.  “The math” does not show well for a practice that Einstein would have commented: 


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein


The Math: $90 million USD rounded up for $89.6 million. The votes are either insanity or a blind devotion to payback to the dark-money brokers who abhor national healthcare; or both? If we view the votes in penultimate reality, the votes are GOP examples of “big government” wasted.

After two years the ACA finished the 2015 open enrollment period with 11.4 million new or renewed enrollments. 

The national uninsured rate has dropped to a historic low. 

Gallup…..

ObamaCare facts offers a plethora of facts and data regarding ACA enrollment. The White House website, also offers good data related to enrollment. But, my personal ACA data and review preference, is Charles Gaba’s ACA Signups.Net .

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As of February 29, 2015, Gaba reports as such:


Confirmed 2015 QHPs: 11,634,654 as of 2/20/15 Estimated: 11.67M (8.98M via HCgov) as of 2/20/15state-level targets (revised) Estimated 2015 ACA Policy Enrollment: 31.4M(18.0M Paid QHPs (10.0M Exchange-based +8.0M OFF-Exchange), 13.4M Medicaid/CHIP)




FINAL 2014 QHPs (as of 11/14/14): 6.7M Current / 8.4M PAID / 9.6M TotalTOTAL: 6.7M Exchange QHPs, 8.0M Off-Exchange QHPs, 10.7M Medicaid/CHIP, 2.0M assorted




Continued efforts to repeal the ACA is truly insanity that verging on political malfeasance. The lede meme depicts eight ways the ACA as proved its critics wrong. Follow this link to VOX for point by point delineation of the eight GOP policy killers.


VOX Updated by Sarah Kliff on February 19, 2015.

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Additional Resource point: ObamaCare Facts

ObamaCare Open Enrollment Period 2015…..Viva La ACA

In ACA, ACASignups, Charles Gaba, Obamacare, Open enrollment on February 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM

As the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) approaches Charles Gaba has updated his long running ACA enrollment tracking charts. The ACA continues to help people well over 10 million Americans with medical care coverage, lower cost medial care coverage, coverage for millennials through age 26, or the prospect of lower cost coverage if the person wishes to give-up on high risk high deductible plans.

If you are not a strict follower of the ACA signups website or a Gaba Twitter follower, the following glossary may help understand the charts.


Glossary

  • QHP: Qualified Healthcare Plan. These are ACA-compliant healthcare policies which may be purchased either via the Exchanges or Off-Exchange.
  • SHOP: The ACA’s Small Business Health Options Program. Basically this is similar to the individual/family exchanges, except for small businesses. Only available in a handful of states right now, but the policies purchased via the SHOP program are fully ACA/QHP compliant.
  • Woodworkers: People who already qualified for Medicaid even before the ACA expansion rules kicked in (even in non-expansion states), who have enrolled since 10/1/13 but didn’t prior to that due to either not knowing they qualified, not knowing how to enroll, being embarrassed/fearful of a stigma for signing onto Medicaid, etc. These people have been “drawn out of the woodwork” since October to enroll. Hard to quantify since it involves guessing at individual motive, but definitely there from the increase of Medicaid tallies even in non-expansion states.
  • #OE1 & #OE2 (Open Enrollment 1 & Open Enrollment 2): #hashtags that I’m hoping will trend in order to distinguish the 2015 ACA Open Enrollment Period from the 2014 period.


ACA EXCHANGE Qualified Health Policy (QHP) Enrollments:


ACA-Enabled MEDICAID/CHIP Enrollments:



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60 Minutes Gives McConnell And Boehner a "Soft" Stage (Didn’t Work Too Well)

In 60 Minutes, Boehner, McConnell, Obamacare, Scott Pelley on January 25, 2015 at 9:33 PM

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The charade goes prime time. 

60 Minutes offered GOP Congressional leadership and opportunity to “shine” in the glory of last November’s election wins.  They not only did not shine, they sat and spewed talking points (“patient centered medical care”; “ObamaCare costing jobs.”) like Polly wanting a cracker while failing to thoroughly answer  question.

Watch as the two answer a direct questions from Scott Pelley related to GOP designs on repealing ObamaCare.


How about an alternative to ObamaCare since 20 plus million have received some form of benefit one way or another?
Whats your alternative? (Now Scott why did you ask that questions?)

The bottomline is…The Kochs are not supporters of the ACA, BIG Insurance and Big Pharma are not supporters and the GOP does not give damn about the millions who derive benefit from the law. Thus, the dark money is on the side of no ACA and that is an impetus to waste millions upon millions fighting a law that is working its way into all fabrics of our nation. Yet, the GOP Paleozoic dinosaurs continue to fight the inevitable.

The culmination of an interview from hell. “We have done everything we can to help this nation!” Really? How about wasting $86 million on repelling Oabamcare. How about a federal government shutdown that handed the national a $28 billion hit to GDP? How about a lowered credit rating via Stand & Poor’s with Boehner stating on camera, he got 90% of what he wanted. How about not allowing a jobs bill vote over the full course of the Obama presidency? How about refusal to consider increasing the aluminum wage to benefit minority employees, women employees and older Americans who work to supplement federal aid programs?



Seriously how about this….The Daily Kos November 25, 2013.

The Caucus Room Plot

Newt Gingrich, “You will remember this day…you will remember this day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

……on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, “invitation only” meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America’s Economy.

 FACT 2:Draper wrote the guest list included:
The Guest List:
Frank Luntz – GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).
Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich – Failed GOP candidate for President

CBA provided a 13:37 segment of teh broadcast. You may find it interesting. I personal found it a sham and Pelley was nothing shy of “soft” on the Republican congressional leaders.



All said, progressive American and the Democrats are singularly responsible for the 114th Congress. Milennials are reported to have voted at the meager leve of 13%, African-Americans stayed home and Latinos literally boycotted the vote. Democrats who convinced Obama to avoid addressing immigration until after the election doomed the nation to a 114th Congress bursting at the seams with elected official who are beholden to constituents with deep pockets, not the voters.

Elizabeth “Betsy” McCaughey: De-mic’d Herself And Walked Off The Daily Show Interview

In Elizabeth “Betsy” McCaughey, Obamacare on January 1, 2015 at 9:05 PM

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It is the first day of 2015.  How about another quick hit that broadcast across the airways just before Christmas 2014?

Where else would I find the perfect year ending quick hit than The Daily Show. Jordan Kleeper somehow secured an interview with a noted Anti-Obama, ObamaCare hater,   The interview ended in a manner that should have surprised no one.

When asked about he success of ObamaCare and the reality many detractors are suffer sphincter contractions (my phraseology), the interview guest didn’t deploy the more common over-talk and deflect technique successful employed by most conservative politicians; she immediately de-mic’d herself and walked off the set.


Is there a “Child-like” litmus test for card carrying conservatives and Obama haters?

Megyn Kelly: Fox News Hatchet Woman And GOP Repeal Of The ACA

In If You Only News, Obamacare, The Kelly File on November 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM


When I think of Megyn Kelly, I think of these Fox News episodes: Pepper Spray and white Santa.

I have embed and linked the two episodes. If you are like me it is impossible to watch a full clip of Kelly and Bill O’Reilly, but shorter clips were not to be found.
Pepper Spray
White Santa (white Jesus)

Now that we have established (or reminded) Kelly as a highly compensated mouthpiece who will follow any script handed to her by Fox News managers and producers, let’s take a more look at Kelly regarding the Affordable Care Act. It should be noted the GOP is riding the white horse of power since liberal, progressive and independent voters stayed home for the midterm elections.

If You Only News via Creative Commons License…

The Kelly File host claims Obamacare was passed based on a ‘lie’

I know the feeling, Megyn Kelly. I get the same feeling when a conservative clutches to their tired, debunked spin on the subject of Obamacare.

Kelly sat down with Democratic strategist and pollster, Bernard Whitman, on The Kelly File to debate a recently unearthed video featuring Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) economist, Jonathan Gruber. In 2010, Gruber helped write the Affordable Care Act but in a panel discussion in October 2013 that is now circulating conservative media, said the law relied on the “stupidity of American voters” that helped it’s passage in 2010.

In the video, Gruber reiterated that he would rather see the ACA in place rather than the old system.

Kelly’s guest tried to explain why the law was legitimate and needed political nuance to ensure it’s passage, saying:
Obama campaigned on this law for two solid years. The law was debated for an entire year. He risked his presidency on the law. We lost the House because of the law. I think everyone knew exactly what they were getting. The Chief Justice last year of the Supreme Court, Roberts, right, pretty smart guy? He said it was clear there was a tax. Politically speaking he couldn’t call it a tax law, so they called it a mandate. That is called political artifice.”

Mandate a ‘lie’ that made it through Supreme Court? No.

Kelly tried to argue that the ACA was anything but transparent and that nobody paid attention to the “controversial” decision by Chief Justice Roberts when he declared that the individual mandate was clearly a tax.

Whitman went on to educate Kelly about what taxes do for our society; they provide defense, they build infrastructure but was cut off in his explanation when he got to the part about 10 million Americans now insured because of the law. Basically, the Teabaggers would have latched onto the word ‘tax’ had they included it, so they called the tax an individual mandate so that uninsured Americans could get their health care.
The terminology essentially kept blowhards in tricorn hats with Celestial Mornings hanging off of them from stifling the ACA by minimizing it as a tax issue. Most rational Americans agree that health stability creates financial stability but the climate in 2010 was anything but rational.

Kelly, who disintegrated into a malfunctioning Foxbot, could only yell that “Americans were lied to” and “that the ends don’t justify the means!”

By ‘ends’ Kelly meant the  millions of Americans who are now able to see a doctor, not be denied care or charged sky-high rates for pre-existing conditions and gave women equal coverage. I’m just really confused on why the mandate most people knew about has become so hotly debated. Oh right, majority  GOP Congress (wink).

In another interview with Trey Gowdy, Kelly calls the unearthing of Gruber’s videos “the smoking gun we’ve been waiting for.”
Not exactly, but there’s no doubt Fox will try to paint it as such.

Watch Gruber’s comments that have the right wing so outraged and ready to repeal American health care (20:25):
H/T: Huffington Post  Photo: The Kelly File (Screenshot)

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