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Learn about the Affordable Care Act at info fair

Original post made on Sep 26, 2013

Congressman George Miller (D-Martinez) and State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-10) invite you to learn how the Affordable Care Act and the Covered
California Health Benefits Exchange will provide expanded coverage and improve affordability for Californians. The Health Coverage Information Fair will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Ambrose Community Center, (3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point). RSVP at Web Link For more information, call 942-6082.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 4:46 PM

Comments (17)

Posted by larry
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2013 at 6:34 am

I wonder if George Miller and Mark DeSaulnier will be signing up themselves.

Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2013 at 11:05 am

No need to wonder, larry. With one exception, Obamacare doesn't apply to anyone who has adequate health insurance through their employer. Since state employees like DeSaulnier already have health coverage, he won't be signing up. The exception is members of the U.S. Congress and their staff, who, contrary to what Fox News and the rest of the right wing disinformation machine would have you believe, are not only not "exempt" from Obamacare but in fact are **required** by a special law to obtain health care through the new exchanges. So Congressman Miller will be signing up.

Pretty simple, really. And not even the slightest bit mysterious.

Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Learn about Obamacare!

• Obamacare increases the insurance rates for the young and healthy so the old and sick can have their insurance rates decrease.

• Medicare will be bankrupt by 2026, yet somehow we’ll be able to pay for the new $1 trillion Obamacare entitlements without cutting Medicare or raising taxes on the middle class, and buy the Brooklyn Bridge for only $10.

• We could have insured every single person with a pre-existing condition for a mere $5 billion per year. Web Link Democrats have used this popular issue to justify government intrusion into the ENTIRE $2.7 trillion healthcare industry.

• Obamacare gives costly tax credit subsidies to people making up to $92,000 per year, even though our government can’t even pay its current bills, let alone pay for these new tax credits.

• If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until Obamacare gives “free” healthcare to an extra 32 million previously uninsured people. Consider this, insured people spend more than twice what uninsured people spend on health care. Web Link

• Don’t worry. Obamacare won’t cause your personal health information to get leaked to anyone.

• You can keep your existing health plan. Honest! Other people might not be able to. But yours is probably safe.

• Medicare has $60 billion of fraud annually. Not to worry. There won’t be any fraud with Obamacare.

• Only the millionaires and billionaires who earn more than $200,000 per year will pay for Obamacare. If you make less than that, it’s a free lunch!

• Employers won’t cut your work hours to less than 30 hours per week so they can avoid the Obamacare penalties. Your job is probably safe.

Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

spcwt, I have just one simple question for you: who do you think is paying for the health care that is provided for the 316 million people in the country right now? Fairies?

I'm happy to watch you participate in the desperate disinformation campaign being waged by those who are obviously deathly afraid that people will see how Obamacare actually works - and like it. You guys are so over the top that it's actually pretty amusing. But I'm still waiting for the naysayers to come up with a proposal - any proposal - for a viable alternative.

"No." isn't a plan. It's a two-year-old's mantra.

Posted by Truth
a resident of Diablo
on Sep 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

Miller and his staff will sign up with the Exchanges but will receive a subsidy of 72% paid by his constituents, that's US. Such a good deal!

Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Sep 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

"Truth" - federal employees, including congressmen and their staffs, have enjoyed employer-funded health care coverage for decades, just as most employees of state and local government, large corporations and charities have. The whole point of Obamacare is make it possible to extend the coverage enjoyed by most of us to the rest of us.

What's your point? Or are you just joining the right wing "if Obama's for it, I'm against it" bleating?

Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Sep 30, 2013 at 8:52 am

I had to watch Faux News this AM -- only treadmill available. They had a four-person frowning split screen, and one-by-one they first mis-characterized the ACA as a government take-over, then lumped every other, utterly irrelevant Bad Thing about healthcare into it (high costs, doc paperwork, defensive medicine, etc.).

Then they dredged-up an over-matched liberal commentator on one screen (African American, natch) all the while looking properly skeptical about the poor fool who been duped by his racial kinsman.

And THEN, in ironic triumph, they showed a poll that indicated that the public is still confused about ObamaCare! It would be hilarious, except that they are screwing with people's very lives here. They are really good at what they do, and what they do is plainly evil.

Posted by Truth
a resident of Diablo
on Oct 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

The whole premise of the ACA is to provide affordable health care to the poor and the 30-40 million people who don't have health coverage. That's what Nancy said. If Congress can't afford to pay for their own health care without a subsidy, how can the average citizen afford such am program? HUH!

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Oct 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

While everyone is debating Obamacare and whether it will work or not the health care exchanges have already leaked many social security numbers - by mistake of course. Just wait until they have all of your personal health information in their database. They will be able to really deny healthcare then. It won't be pretty and everyone will lose whatever privacy they had. Stay healthy.

Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Oct 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

Dear Louise,

It is quite likely that the Medicare administration already has all of our social security numbers, access and full transparency to the number of pharmaceuticals that we take on a regular basis, the amount of times we or a spouse have been hospitalized as well as fairly rigorous statistical projections on just how long we will be 'this side of the grass' based on our utilization of 'government provided resources'.

Amazingly, all of this has apparently been happening under our noses since LBJ signed it into law in '65 (Web Link

Based on your dire warning to our more youthful readers, how has your privacy and health been managed since the government got involved? Perhaps you would like to argue that grandparents born into the late 19th century had better prospects for healthcare? Conversely, should we just highlight that the '60s legislation with tweaks throughout the decades got it right, at least for us, and the key to change should simply be thrown away?

Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Oct 1, 2013 at 10:36 am


We need to stop calling it ObamaCare. (He'll be gone in months and he never cared anyway.)
We should call it DemoCare or LibCare.

This is all about Democrats and Liberals extending the scope of Big Government into more field and industries. Now they are in the medical business with new big taxes on the books.

If YOU don't participate as you are required, you'll be the criminal!

Posted by Huh?
a resident of Danville
on Oct 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

"Truth" [and I've got to give you props for the in-your-face irony of using that name while dishing out low-grade disinformation] I'm pretty sure that the millions of Americans who have their health insurance costs paid in significant part by their employers would be pretty cheesed off if that "subsidy" were suddenly removed. If federal employees (including Congressmen and their staffs) had not only been required to get their health coverage through the ACA exchanges but also had the share of that cost which their employer paid suddenly eliminated that would amount to a significant pay cut. I'm sure you'd be fine with that, but the fact remains - Congress and their staffs are getting the exact same health care contribution from their employer under Obamacare that they got under the old system. Nothing more, nothing less.

There's no HUH! to it. The fact that you can apparently find one there speaks to the level of your indoctrination into far right wing orthodoxy.

Posted by family of 5
a resident of Danville
on Oct 1, 2013 at 3:53 pm

We got a letter yesterday from our healthcare provider. Our plan for which we pay $700/month no longer exists. The cheapest replacement option is $1500/month. This option carries a $1500 higher deductible but a smaller copay after we pay the $5000 deductible. Thanks President Obama.

Posted by Farmer Dave
a resident of another community
on Oct 1, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Farmer Dave is a registered user.

@family of 5,

If in fact your health insurance provider is doubling your premium (and there's no justification for this), I suggest you quickly point your web browser to where you will find much less expensive coverage on the California Healthcare Exchange.

Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 2, 2013 at 12:25 am

The 'network' wasn't working a major problem. There are SIX massive agencies to exchange information. The political IRS for incomes, social security for ID numbers, INS for security, etc, experts say they is no way to sync all that info...there will be security glitches, info leaks, etc. Your weight, issues, etc will be shared with the world.

Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Oct 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

My weight issues are already obvious to the world. The biggest 'glitch' in Day One of this new program is that the websites are so overloaded with interested applicants that they are bending under the strain of that popularity.

No amount of scare tactics, lies and other disinformation will derail the ACA. You lose. Thanks for playing. Now please pass the budget.

Posted by family of 5
a resident of Danville
on Oct 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Farmer Dave

The lowest level bronze plan is more than $1400 and has a $1500 higher deductible than our old plan.

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