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What is Obamacare, Really?

What is Obamacare, Really?
Pat Dickson - Wed Jul 11, 2012 @ 07:34AM
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I don't know what Obamacare really is, what it does, how much it costs, if it can really work, or even if absent expense and feasibility considerations it promotes any social good.

Why am I so benighted?

I'm a very busy guy. I wake up at 4:00am to get my day started. I check my email for overnight client emergencies, write 1000 words towards my next novel, play Lumosity games, read 20 pages in the next unfinished book on my list, go to the gym, and then I spend the rest of my daylight drafting contracts, responding to discovery requests, preparing financial statements...

Oh, and don't forget: I write in this blog! Not every day, but I try.

So, just like you, by the end of the day, I'm spent. I don't have the energy or motivation to seek out or discover anything, let alone ask the really big question:

"What is Obamacare?"

By the time the sun is setting, I'm too tired to do anything more than plop down into my easy chair and flip back and forth between the two tabloid news channels. CNN, FOX, CNN, FOX, CNN, FOX.

Sadly, neither of these hallowed news channels (I believe CNN is secularly sacred to the Democrats and FOX is where the Republicans find divine guidance) have ever really told me anything substantial about Obamacare. What is it? Where is it written? How much does it cost? Who benefits from Obamacare and who is hurt by it? How? How, exactly?

I try to listen. Maybe I'll learn something?

Nay! Never such luck. Instead of being spoon-fed the knowledge I really desire, I swallow disappointment. I find myself hitting the "V" key on the television remote control because I get tired of so-called journalists incessantly yelling at one another over whether Obamacare is a good thing or a bad thing. Between the screaming and heated exchanges, it would be nice if just a few facts or objectivity were provided? Is this the fault of cable news being tied to commercial advertising? Perhaps this is a subject for another day!

"The sky is falling!" is all I hear.

"The country will collapse! It all depends on the results of the November Presidential Election!"

Is journalism not what journalism once was? Why do the skirts and blouses keep shrinking on the female news personalities? On mute I must say most of them look like supermodels. 

Now that I have ranted, I've run out of time to get into the real Obamacare facts. I've wasted my entire news segment giving you nothing but my opinions without having first done any homework. I am a hypocrite. Perhaps I should send my resume to both CNN and FOX? Depending on which channel offered me the highest pay, I'd finally decide whether I was a Democrat or a Republican!

But do not fret! Before I go draft a contract or something, I'm going to give you one real fact about Obamacare. Obamacare is officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA").

Maybe I'm a stodgy, old school lawyer, but in my opinion, I think the first step towards learning about Obamacare, and what it really is all about - my apologies, the PPACA - is to read the very text of the PPACA itself!

You can read it to! Just click the link above, and we'll both be doing some real homework!

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