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````````There is NO doubt, the Republicans in control of the Legislature, and all of state government in Arizona have funded Corporate Tax Dodges, Tax Cuts and special Corporation legislative favors on the backs of school children and with extreme reductions in funding for Public Education. The children of Arizona are expected to do with less educational opportunities so the elected GOP officals can pay back their wealthy campaign donors. ```````````````````````

Andrei Cherny, Arizona Democratic Party Chairman “Arizona Republicans hold all the power, and they’ve used it for all the wrong things. The result is that jobs are nowhere to be found, schools are forgotten, and our communities are silenced. We won’t stand for it, and we will hold them accountable in 2012 so Arizona can get back on the right track.”

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Protect Pima County from the Phoenix Tea Party

Protect Pima County from the Phoenix Tea Party:  Elect Nancy Young Wright, Supervisor, District One 

FRIENDS, WE’RE UP AGAINST TEA PARTY CANDIDATE Ally Miller, who now claims it’s “name calling” to say she’s a member of the Tea Party Patriots. The Tea Party would shrink government until it could no longer function and provide vital services. Miller opposes holding developers responsible for sewers, roads, and parks, and opposes conservation of our Sonoran Desert. She’s in favor of the Rosemont Mine. She wants to raise taxes and compromise our community’s health. At least three Independent groups with Maricopa County and developer connections will be sending out hit pieces against me. You know my leadership experience and my interest in representing all District 1 voters. Please double-down and support my campaign today — contribute if you can, and volunteer if you have time.

There’s too much riding on this election to let Miller win. Our roads, our water supply, GED funding, mental health facilities and much more are at stake.

 Please visit NancyYoungWright.com for more information.

From the DOV Sept, 2012, newsletter


ANDREA WITTE, “The Connect the Dots Lady”

ANDREA WITTE, “The Connect the Dots Lady” returns to the Democrats of Oro Valley with an all new presentation to help us understand the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCares). “All other industrialized democracies... have found different ways to cover everybody while spending far less than America and getting better overall results… Let’s examine the problems in our healthcare system and see how the Affordable Care Act addresses those problems and where it falls short.”

The presentation includes the “Affordable Care Act’s Top 10 Benefits already in Effect” and “Healthcare Around The World.” Find out what changes will be coming on January 1st 2014.

See Andrea Witte’s site: connectthedotsusa.com

From the DOV Sept, 2012, newsletter





JO HOLT CAMPAIGN CORNER: Ideology As Distraction in Arizona

JO HOLT CAMPAIGN CORNER: Ideology As Distraction in Arizona  

THE MAJORITY OF THOSE IN OUR STATE LEGISLATURE profess the belief that government has just become too big and too intrusive, and that they will work to “shrink government.” But, in practice, they keep pushing the state to take more and more control away from the federal government, even going so far as to ask the voters to support “state sovereignty” this fall. Of course, additional responsibilities require a larger state government than we currently have. Hmm, could it be that some lofty ideology is not driving the decision making process in Phoenix? Sure, the smaller-government mantra sounds good to many voters. But it also serves as cover for a well-worn political agenda focused on money and control.
Our legislators may want to defend their decisions with morals and ideology, but it’s time for the rest of us to simply follow the money instead.  

From the DOV Sept, 2012, newsletter

The REAL TEA PARTY: Not a revolt against taxation

The REAL TEA PARTY:  Not a revolt against taxation  

THE REAL BOSTON TEA PARTY was, in part, a revolt against the British Crown’s huge corporate tax cuts for the powerful British East India Company, (the Wal-Mart of its time) allowing them to dump cheap tea on America which would wipe out New England based tea wholesalers, mom-and-pop shops and take over the tea business in America. There’s more to it, for the fascinating details, check it out in any decent history book or online source! Confound your modern Tea Party friends and relatives!  

From the DOV Sept, 2012, newsletter



With November fast approaching, now is the perfect time for all of us to UNITE behind our Democratic candidates. Ann will fight to protect Social Security, Medicare, and the benefits that our veterans so honorably earned through their service. She recognizes the significance of investing in a sound public education system and in local infrastructure to jumpstart our economy. Ann is ready to stand up for the middle class and to serve Oro Valley and the rest of Arizona's largest Congressional District. She would like to thank DOV members for their crucial role in the success of the NW Democrats Office (200 W. Magee) and she invites you to stop by and meet Team Kirkpatrick any day of the week! 

The only way we can bring back rational discourse and common sense to politics in Arizona and Washington is with YOUR HELP. 


Contact Zak Royse: 602-999-5659 or zroyse@forwardaz.com. 

From the DOV Sept, 2012, newsletter

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dave Joseph Campaign for Arizona House LD11

Dave Joseph Campaign for Arizona House LD11

WITH ABOUT 90 DAYS TO GO, the campaign is going well! We have been knocking on doors and talking to voters about the issues that matter most to them. The response has been positive and we are happy to have the support of our party. We have a great group of dedicated volunteers but are still looking for more help!

To lend a hand, please sign up at DaveforLD11.com, email DaveforLD11@gmail.com, or call Jack DeLapp at 520-445-3112.

We need help reaching out to as many voters as possible. We have been approved for Clean Election funding, but we can take “seed money” donations up to $150 per individual.

Contributions are being accepted at DaveforLD11.com. If you can, please help support our campaign!

Follow us on Twitter @Dave_for_LD11 and ‘like’ Dave for LD 11 on Facebook to follow our progress! Thank you for your support.

DOV August 2012 newsletter



DISTRICT ONE IS THE THIRD LARGEST of the five Pima County supervisorial districts. With more than 475 square miles, 120,000 registered voters and with the highest voter turnout of the five districts, it’s quite a lot of territory to cover! Residents value our schools, parks, bike lanes, natural areas, hiking trails, and more than 10 public and private golf courses. 

Issues include:
Rebuilding our economy
Repairing our Roads
Strengthening our schools
Protecting our desert lifestyle
Annexation efforts by Marana, Oro Valley, or Tucson
Fire district annexations

 Thank you, DOV members, for your support! For updates, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, or visit www.nancyyoungwright.com

DOV August 2012 Newsletter

Sunday, August 12, 2012

David Joseph, For the AZ House, LD 11

David Joseph, For the AZ House, LD 11

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” —the Declaration of Independence

HAVING JUST CELEBRATED Independence Day, this passage inspired me to run. I am frustrated that our legislature ignores Arizona voters. I will listen, be inclusive and work to build a better Arizona for us all. Above all, I will respect the will of the voters. 

My two campaign priorities for July:

We are very close to reaching the number of Clean Election donations to qualify for funding. If you haven’t made your $5 donation, PLEASE DO SO TODAY! Access the forms at DaveforLD11.com. We also need “seed money,” donations of up to $150 per individual. If you are able, please give what you can.

Please sign up today at DaveforLD11.com, e-mail us at DaveforLD11@gmail.com or call Jack DeLapp at 520-445-3112.

Don’t forget to follow our progress– “Like” DaveforLD11 on Facebook! Thanks for your support.

DOV newsletter July 2012

Jo Holt Campaign Corner: A Victory for ALL!

Jo Holt Campaign Corner: A Victory for ALL!

THE SUPREME COURT’S RULING ON THE constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a victory for all Arizonans and all Americans. The individual provisions of Obamacare will continue to be implemented for the benefit of everyone. No one will be denied health coverage or charged a high premium due to a pre-existing condition. Young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. Millions of uninsured people, for whom all the rest of us pay, will now be covered. Premiums for middle income families will be kept affordable. I support Obamacare as a strong beginning for health care reform. It is now imperative that the Arizona legislature move forward, in the interest of our business environment, with its responsibility to establish the Arizona health care exchange. Engaging in partisan politics rather than consensus-building has become too expensive for Arizona businesses and families.

www.Holt4Senate • Facebook: Holt4Senate
Jo Holt, Democratic candidate for AZ Senate in LD11 

DOV newsletter July 2012

Nancy Young Wright Leads in Support: a study in contrasts

Nancy Young Wright Leads in Support: a study in contrasts

THE LATEST CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS from candidates running for Pima County Supervisor in District 1 reveal sharp contrasts between former LD 26 legislator and education advocate Nancy Young Wright and the four Republicans.  

Nancy Young Wright leads with the number of individual contributors, number of contributions, and petition signatures. Her average donation amount was $93.33, more than twice that of all the Republicans together. “I’m proud of the broad, grass-roots support I have from citizens of all walks of life in our community,” said Young Wright. “We’ll continue to work hard to get our message of smart economic development, infrastructure improvements, and natural protection out to the voters.” 

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Two of the Republican candidates made large personal loans to support their campaigns.
• Vic Williams reported a personal loan of $125,000 and Mike Hellon reported a personal loan of $24,900 to each of their own campaigns.

• Ally Miller’s report had not been posted as of the filing deadline. Her January report showed that she had $3,197 on hand.

 Brian, Clymer, Finance Chair for Young Wright, said, “These financial reports show that a wide range of voters throughout District 1 support Nancy Young Wright’s vision for our community. She is a strong candidate and a worthy successor to Ann Day.” Reports can be accessed at: electionfilings.pima.gov:8889/  

DOV newsletter July 2012

Jo Holt Campaign Corner: What Does “Pro-Business” Really Mean?

Jo Holt Campaign Corner: What Does Pro-BusinessReally Mean?

WHAT DO MOST small business owners identify as their biggest challenge in today’s post-recession economy? They have too few customers with too little buying power. Our legislature’s response to this situation has been deep cuts in public education and healthcare and increased spending on numerous tax incentives for specific businesses. Both of these tactics are damaging to our state. An effective “pro-business” approach begins with a solid public school system, quality healthcare, renewable energy, and a diversified revenue base that attracts and maintains businesses. Cuts to critical infrastructure, like public education, roads, and children’s healthcare, are tantamount to placing an additional tax burden on the middle class, because each of these cuts comes with costs. And that’s even more money out of the pockets of the middle class and our small businesses.
Support Arizona’s schools and you support local businesses as well.  
Jo Holt, Democratic candidate for AZ Senate from LD11

Published in the August 2012 Democrats of Oro Valley newsletter

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Democrats of Oro Valley Monthly Meeting, Monday, August 13, 2012

The Democrats of Oro Valley Monthly Meeting, Monday, August 13, 2012
DOV will host Nancy LaPlaca, Policy Advisor to AZ Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman.

Her presentation will focus on Arizona's Solar Future. Nancy's expertise includes electric, gas and water utilities and solar energy. Nancy was a congressional staffer for Mo Udall and Karan English; clerk for the AZ Court of Appeals; program manager for the AZ Supreme Court; and private sector management consulting. Nancy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a law degree from ASU.

The event is scheduled at the Oro Valley Library in the large meeting room. The library is located at the corner of La Canada and Naranja Drive. The meeting is open to the public at no cost and begins at 7:00 PM. Contact: Mike Dayton 742-3774

For more information, please visit www.demsov.org

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Is the Rosemont Mine Worth It?

Is the Rosemont Mine Worth It? 

By now, everyone has heard of the proposal to put an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. In addition, you’re probably aware of the amount of money Rosemont/Augusta is spending in the community to try to persuade us all that the mine is a good thing for our future. At the same time you may know that many jurisdictions and elected officials oppose the mine. Both of our members of Congress, Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords oppose it as do Pima County, Santa Cruz County, the City of Tucson, the Town of Sahuarita, the Town of Patagonia, the Green Valley Council, and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Of course, the Town of Marana and the Town of Oro Valley recently changed their positions. Marana changed from opposing the mine to being neutral to supporting it, while Oro Valley went from opposition to neutrality.  

So, the crux of the matter is, in this time of economic stress: Are 406 jobs worth the environmental and economic damage that will be caused? We know that 406 jobs would represent less than three-tenths of one percent (.3%) of total employment in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. We also know that Roche Pharmaceutical, with 500 jobs, just opened in Oro Valley without causing any impacts worth mentioning.  

GAYLE HARTMANN is president of the Save the Scenic Santa Ritas Association, a coalition of southern Arizona homeowner, business, environmental, and recreational organizations. She has worked as an archaeologist and archaeological editor at the Arizona State Museum, U of A, and for environmental consulting firms in Tucson. She has also been the editor of Kiva: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History. Gayle served on the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Steering Committee of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Gayle has lived in Tucson for 43 years.

DOV newsletter September 2011

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Five Obamacare Myths

July 15, 2012
New York Times

Five Obamacare Myths

ON the subject of the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, to reclaim the name critics have made into a slur — a number of fallacies seem to be congealing into accepted wisdom. Much of this is the result of unrelenting Republican propaganda and right-wing punditry, but it has gone largely unchallenged by gun-shy Democrats. The result is that voters are confronted with slogans and side issues — “It’s a tax!” “No, it’s a penalty!” — rather than a reality-based discussion. Let’s unpack a few of the most persistent myths. 
OBAMACARE IS A JOB-KILLER. The House Republican majority was at it again last week, staging the 33rd theatrical vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act. And once again the cliché of the day was “job-killer.” After years of trying out various alarmist falsehoods the Republicans have found one that seems, judging from the polls, to have connected with the fears of voters.
Some of the job-killer scare stories are based on a deliberate misreading of a Congressional Budget Office report that estimated the law would “reduce the amount of labor used in the economy” by about 800,000 jobs. Sounds like a job-killer, right? Not if you read what the C.B.O. actually wrote. While some low-wage jobs might be lost, the C.B.O. number mainly refers to workers who — being no longer so dependent on employers for their health-care safety net — may choose to retire earlier or work part time. Those jobs would then be open for others who need them.
The impartial truth squad FactCheck.org has debunked the job-killer claim so many times that in its latest update you can hear a groan of weary frustration: words like “whopper” and “bogus” and “hooey.” The job-killer claim is also discredited by the experience under the Massachusetts law on which Obamacare was modeled.
Ultimately the Affordable Care Act could be a tonic for the economy. It aims to slow the raging growth of health care costs by, among other things, using the government’s Medicare leverage to move doctors away from exorbitant fee-for-service medicine, with its incentive to pile on unnecessary procedures. Two veteran health economists, David Cutler of Harvard and Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund, have calculated that over the first decade of Obamacare total spending on health care, in part by employers, will be half a trillion dollars lower than under the status quo.
OBAMACARE IS A FEDERAL TAKEOVER OF HEALTH INSURANCE. Let’s be blunt. The word for that is “lie.” The main thing the law does is deliver millions of new customers to the private insurance industry. Indeed, a significant portion of the unhappiness with Obamacare comes from liberals who believe it is not nearly federal enough: that the menu of insurance choices should have included a robust public option, or that Medicare should have been expanded into a form of universal coverage.
Under the law, to be sure, insurance will be governed by new regulations, and supported by new subsidies. This is not the law Ayn Rand would have written. But the share of health care spending that comes from the federal government is expected to rise only modestly, to nearly 50 percent in 2021, and much of that is due not to Obamacare but to baby boomers joining Medicare.
This is a “federal takeover” only in the crazy world where Barack Obama is a “socialist.”
THE UNFETTERED MARKETPLACE IS A BETTER SOLUTION. To the extent there is a profound difference of principle anywhere in this debate, it lies here. Conservatives contend that if you give consumers a voucher or a tax credit and set them loose in the marketplace they will do a better job than government at finding the services — schools, retirement portfolios, or in this case health insurance policies — that fit their needs.
I’m a pretty devout capitalist, and I see that in some cases individual responsibility helps contain wasteful spending on health care. If you have to share the cost of that extra M.R.I. or elective surgery, you’ll think hard about whether you really need it. But I’m deeply suspicious of the claim that a health care system dominated by powerful vested interests and mystifying in its complexity can be tamed by consumers who are strapped for time, often poor, sometimes uneducated, confused and afraid.
“Ten percent of the population accounts for 60 percent of the health outlays,” said Davis. “They are the very sick, and they are not really in a position to make cost-conscious choices.”
LEAVE IT TO THE STATES. THEY’LL FIX IT. The Republican alternative to Obamacare consists in large part of letting each state do its own thing. Presumably the best ideas will go viral.
States do have a long history of pioneering new ideas, sometimes enlightened (Oregon’s vote-by-mail comes to mind) and sometimes less benign (see Florida’s loopy gun laws). Obamacare actually underwrites pilot programs to reduce costs, and gives states freedom — some would argue too much freedom — in designing insurance-buying exchanges. But the best ideas don’t spread spontaneously. Some states are too poor to adopt worthwhile reforms. Some are intransigent, or held captive by lobbies.
You’ve heard a lot about the Massachusetts law. You may not have heard about the seven other states that passed laws requiring insurers to offer coverage to all. They were dismal failures because they failed to mandate that everyone, including the young and healthy, buy in. Massachusetts — fairly progressive, relatively affluent, with an abundance of health providers — included a mandate and became the successful exception. To expand that program beyond Massachusetts required ... Barack Obama.
OBAMACARE IS A LOSER. RUN AGAINST IT, RUN FROM IT, BUT FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE DON’T RUN ON IT. When Mitt Romney signed that Massachusetts law in 2006, the coverage kicked in almost immediately. Robert Blendon, a Harvard expert on health and public opinion, recalls the profusion of heartwarming stories about people who had depended on emergency rooms and charity but now, at last, had a regular relationship with a doctor. Romneycare was instantly popular in the state, and remains so, though it seems to have been disowned by its creator.
Unfortunately, the benefits of Obamacare do not go wide until 2014, so there are not yet testimonials from enthusiastic, family-next-door beneficiaries. This helps explain why the bill has not won more popular affection. (It also explains why the Republicans are so desperate to kill it now, before Americans feel the abundant rewards.)
Blendon believes that because of the delayed benefits and the general economic anxiety, “It will be very hard for the Democrats to move the needle” on the issue this election year.
He may be right, but shame on the Democrats if they don’t try. There’s no reason except cowardice for failing to mount a full-throated defense of the law. It is not perfect, but it is humane, it is (thanks to the Supreme Court) fiscally viable, and it comes with some reasonable hopes of reforming the cockeyed way we pay health care providers.
Even before the law takes full effect, it has a natural constituency, starting with every cancer victim, every H.I.V. sufferer, everyone with a condition that now would keep them from getting affordable coverage. Any family that has passed through the purgatory of cancer — as mine did this year, with decent insurance — can imagine the hell of doing it without insurance.
Against this, Mitt Romney offers some vague free-market principles and one unambiguous promise: to dash the hopes of 30 million uninsured, and add a few million to their ranks by slashing Medicaid.
If the Obama campaign needs a snappy one-liner, it could borrow this one from David Cutler: “Never before in history has a candidate run for president with the idea that too many people have insurance coverage.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: July 18, 2012

An earlier version of this column referred incorrectly to one consequence of the 2010 health care law. While it is estimated to provide coverage to 30 million Americans who are currently uninsured, the estimate includes both an expansion of Medicaid and additional enrollment in private insurance plans, not only the latter.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Best Review of the Affordable Care Act

10 Reasons Most People Like Obamacare Once They Know What's Really In It

By Joshua Holland, AlterNet

Posted on July 4, 2012

There are two Affordable Care Acts. There's the legislation passed by Congress in 2009, and then there's the mythical Affordable Care Act – the perfidious “government takeover” decried and demagogued by so many conservatives (and quite a few liberals). The former is quite popular, the latter gets decidedly mixed reviews.

Don't take my word for it. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found Americans split down the middle, with 41 percent approving of the law, and 40 percent saying they didn't like it (PDF). But then Kaiser asked about 12 specific provisions in the legislation, and found that, on average, 63 percent of respondents approved of the nuts and bolts of Obamacare. Of the 12 measures they tested, only one – the controversial mandate to carry health insurance or pay a penalty – received the approval of less than half of Americans (35 percent).

Or consider this divide: while only 12 percent of Republicans had a positive view of the law overall, 47 percent, on average, viewed its specifics favorably.

And here's the kicker: Kaiser found that the most popular parts of the law were also the ones most Americans weren't aware of, and vice-versa. Almost everyone knows about the mandate, which most people don't like, but fewer than half of those polled knew about the law's tax credits for small businesses that offer their employees coverage, a provision that eight out of 10 people liked when they heard about it.

None of this should come as a surprise, given the level of mendacity of the law's opponents. If the Affordable Care Act did in fact feature “death panels,” resulted in deep cuts to Medicare, represented a "massive” tax increase and “Sovietized” our healthcare system, nobody would support it. Fortunately, none of that bears any resemblance to reality.

Obviously, the law should be judged on what it actually contains, but according to Kaiser, six in 10 say they don't have enough information about the details to understand how it will impact them personally. So here, in no particular order, are 10 things you may not know about the Affordable Care Act.

1. People Will Be Getting Checks

Call it a crazy hunch, but my guess is that the law will look a lot less tyrannical when people start getting checks in the mail to help pay for their insurance.

Folks making up to four times the federal poverty line will be eligible for subsidies. In 2012, that would mean a family of four making up to $92,200 (it's a bit higher in Alaska) would see some cash.

Those subsidies will come in the form of “advanceable” tax credits, meaning that people won't have to wait until they pay their taxes to get the cash, and they'll be fully refundable, so those who don't pay enough in federal income taxes will get a check in the mail from the IRS.

2. The Richest Americans Are Going to Pay More Taxes

Wealthy investors are outraged, but most people probably don't know that a 3.8% surcharge on investment income – dividends and capital gains -- kicks in this January for everyone with an adjusted gross income of over $200,000 ($250,000 for joint filers). So those currently enjoying the lowest rate on investments in our nation's history will pay for a decent chunk of the bill.

3. Insurers' Overhead – and Profit Margins -- Are Limited

For the past 18 months or so, insurers have been required to spend 85 percent of the premiums they collect on healthcare (80 percent for individual and small-group plans). If they spend less than that, they have to send their customers a rebate to cover the difference.

Forbes' Rick Ungar called it, “the true ‘bomb’ contained in Obamacare and the one item that will have more impact on the future of how medical care is paid for in this country than anything we’ve seen in quite some time.”

4. Much Ado About the Mandate

With the Supreme Court's ruling last week, the mandate is gone, but the penalty for not carrying insurance remains. If there's one thing Democrats, Republicans and independents agree on, it's that they don't like it.

And they shouldn't. But most people probably don't know just how modest the impact of the mandate really is. According to the Congressional Budget Office, just 1 percent of the population will pay the penalty, which maxes out at 1 percent of one's income.

A lot of conservatives are convinced that jack-booted gummint thugs will round them up and stick them in FEMA camps if they don't pay up. But as Timothy Noah points out, “the health reform law explicitly states (on Page 336): 'In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.'" They can only dock future tax refunds.

5. And Nobody Ever Talks About the Employer Mandate

Starting in 2014, companies with 50 or more full-time workers (two part-timers count as one full-timer for this purpose) will have to pay penalties if they don't cover their employees' health insurance. (This provision is a bit complicated -- all the details are here.)

6. Shaves the Deficit

Mitt Romnney says that “Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt, and pushes those obligations onto coming generations.”

That message appears to be sinking in. According to Kaiser, a majority of Americans – and a third of Democrats – think the healthcare law will increase the deficit. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, the law will reduce the projected deficit by $210 billion over the next decade.

7. Chicks Will Dig This

Many people are aware of the regulation requiring insurers to cover people with pre-existing conditions. It's one of the most popular parts of the whole. But fewer know that, beginning in 2014, insurers won't be able to charge women higher premiums than men.

Also coming in 2014: a ban on insurers placing annual limits on healthcare (lifetime coverage limits were already banned in 2010).

The Kaiser poll found that few people were aware of another popular new insurance regulation: since 2010, insurance companies can no longer charge co-pays or hold you to a deductible for preventive health services.

8. New Dollars for Community Health Centers

Kaiser didn't ask for people's opinions on this one, but it may be one of those under-the-radar provisions that actually ends up helping a lot of people.

Community health centers (CHCs) now serve the primary care needs of about 20 million Americans, and they have a proven track record. But the system is strained and underfunded.

The expansion of Medicaid will help alleviate some of the pressure, and the healthcare law also allocates $11 billion over a five-year period to build new CHCs and upgrade existing infrastructure. Most of the dollars will end up in poorer communities.

A lot of underserved people live in rural America, and the law also provides money to train and place 16,000 primary caregivers in rural communities over a five-year period.

9. Essential Benefits

Starting in 2014, in order for insurers to sell coverage through state-based exchanges – a place where a lot of the newly insured will likely end up – they will be required to cover a package of “essential benefits,” including maternity care, mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment, pediatric care, ambulance rides and hospitalization.

They don't have to if they don't want to participate in the exchanges, yet this measure is, according to many, at the heart of the supposed “government takeover” of our healthcare system.

10. It's Not So Easy to Repeal

There is no doubt that we'll hear lots of Republicans blustering about how they'll repeal Obamacare on day one if they win the White House and the Senate, but it's a lot less clear that they'd actually follow through.

As Igor Volsky notes, unless the Republicans were to win both the White House and a huge number of senate seats, they “can do little more than weaken Obamacare’s regulations and defund some of its provisions.” They also have nothing to replace it with, and would own our screwed up healthcare system for a generation. And they'd lose an issue that fires up the conservative base. They will, however, do their best to gum up the works as the law is implemented.

The takeaway to all of this is that the healthcare law is only going to get more popular as it's provisions kick in. People will see some tangible benefits, and the fearmongering will prove unfounded.

Like the idea of government itself, people are suspicious of the Affordable Care Act as an abstraction, but when it gets to the specifics they tend to like it a lot better.

Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet. He is the author of The 15 Biggest Lies About the Economy: And Everything else the Right Doesn't Want You to Know About Taxes, Jobs and Corporate America. © 2012 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
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