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Listen to the update on Obamacare and the progressive critique on my radio show, ALTERNATIVE VISIONS, at:


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Dr. Jack Rasmus and guest, Dr. Margaret Flowers, provide a progressive critique of Obamacare and its growing problems of implementation and coverage. Dr. Rasmus explains how, and why, Obamacare will continue to unravel in 2014-15 and potentially implode, in whole or part, by 2016. Rasmus explains in detail how Obamacare has delayed and exempted businesses from participation in the program; why business penalties for failure to participate are in sufficient; why subsidies for individuals to participate are inadequate and won’t work; why enrollment will continue to seriously lag projections by wide margins in 2014; why the Act is the death-knell for union negotiation health plans; how businesses and health insurance corporations area increasingly ‘gameing’ the system. Rasmus explains how the Act is really a scheme for ‘moving the money around’, from those who now have coverage to those who don’t—where the money is moved first through the health insurance companies that skim off excess profits in the process—and how Obamacare should be understood as the extension of prior attempts to privatize health care via George W. Bush’s Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) in the past decade and Bill Clinton’s ‘Managed Health Care’ before that.

Rasmus and Margaret Flowers explain how ‘Medicare for All’ is the only real alternative that will work, showing how its initial enrollment process, benefit coverage, and costs have been, and continue to be, far superior to the Obamacare-Bushcare-Clintoncare market privatization approaches. Rasmus forewarns that as Obamacare continues to unravel the real fight will begin over ‘Medicare for All’ vs. total privatization of health care via ‘Vouchers for Some’ that conservatives are now preparing in the wings once again.


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Listen to Jack Rasmus’ archived radio show, Alternative Visions, for wednesday, July 10, on the Progressive Radio Network, for an analysis of the Obama administration’s decision last week to extend the mandate for employer participation in the new health care law for another year, until January 2015.

A more comprehensive analysis follows, addressing the growing problems with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ACA (Obamacare), including growing indications employers are preparing to convert full time workers to part time status to avoid the law; states continue to opt out of providing additional Medicaid coverage per the law; 34 states still refuse to implement health insurance exchanges; why health insurance premiums for both the working poor and middle income households will be unaffordable despite government partial subsidies; why health insurance premiums for healthy subscribers in the exchanges will double compared to their present coverage; why the long term care (nursing home) exemption from the law is now resulting in doubling of premiums; why the 40% excise tax on union negotiated employer health insurance by 2018 will result in escalating premiums and costs now; cuts in payments to safety net hospitals; and other elements.

Jack points out the historical connections between Obamacare, George W Bush’s health savings accounts (HSAs) pure privatization program, and Clinton’s ‘managed care’ and the 1990s anti-trust exemptions for the health care industry that set off runaway health care inflation.

Jack argues Obamacare will implode circa 2015-16, leaving a return to the fight over full privatization of health care (voucher system) advocated by corporations and conservatives vs. the only long term true solution of ‘Medicare for All’.

To listen or download the Alternative Visions show of 7-10-13, go to:


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