The information for this article was take from an article and video on http://www.youngcons.com dated November 13, 2013.
Obamacare was signed into law by the current president of the United States on March 23, 2010. I fear this is a day that will in infamy. I’ve always said: if socialized medicine/universal healthcare takes hold in this country, it will begin the decline of this country.
One of the traditional methods of imposing socialism on a people is through medicine. You control the people’s healthcare, you control the people. When challenged, advocates, in an effort to avoid honest debate which they know they will lose, get emotional. They spit out their venom, accusing you of not caring about those less fortunate, those who are sick and need healthcare, etc. The drill is always the same.
The current president told us that Obamacare was supported by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Of course, it would be supported by the far-left AARP. What the American people may not know is that 70% of all physicians disagree with the AMA’s position and 77% of all physicians say the AMA doesn’t reflect their views.
Furthermore, the AMA represents only about 17% of the nation’s doctors. Also, 35% of AMA members don’t support Obamacare.
In solidarity, doctors from all fifty states travelled to Washington to stand with the president on Obamacare. What most folks do not now is that these doctors were handpicked from an organization called “Doctors for America,” which had its origin in Obamacare.
Obama indicated that ACA was sustainable in that it would only cost $900 billion in ten years. This statement was made in 2010. But ACA wasn’t going into effect until 2014. Thus, there were no costs for the first four years of that 10 years that the president cited. The actual cost for ten years under Obamacare for ten years is $1.8 trillion. A little bit of difference there, I would say.
We were told that Obamacare would reduce premiums by $2,500 per year. With respect to the individual market for insurance, seventeen of the nation’s largest health insurance providers indicated that 45 states would see significant increases in premiums. Young people, especially young males would see their premiums increase the most.
As for the small business market, nearly all 50 states would see premiums increases. For small businesses, 40% could see a hiring freeze, 20% could see workers laid off, 18% could see hours cut, and 24% could possibly drop health insurance as a benefit for their employees.
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Remember the current president saying these things? We all know that these statements were lies. Even liberals know they were lies. I even had a liberal tell me that we’d soon get used to the higher premiums and the lack of doctor choice. It seems to me he was admitting that Obamacare was fraudulent.
In an interview conducted by George Stephanopoulos, Obama indicated that the individual mandate/penalty for not purchasing health insurance was not a tax. Well, Chief Justice, John Roberts, was the deciding vote in upholding Obamacare deciding that the penalty was a tax. So, we have a president who promises no tax increases on the middle class and a Supreme Court that upholds Obamacare by reason that it is a tax and because Congress has the power to levy taxes upon the American people, Obamacare is constitutional. So, it is a tax and that certain amount of income is 138% above the poverty level. That’s $15,852 per year which means that Obamacare is one of the largest middle class tax increases in U.S. history.
Furthermore, the IRS will be used for compliance; an agency that has systematically targeted conservative groups for the last three years.
If you earn over $46,000, you will get no help in paying your premiums. Rank and file members of Congress earn $174,000 per year and 75% of their premiums are paid (not by them). If you earn over $18,000, you are paying for members of Congress to get a bigger subsidy than they are allowing you to get.
We were told that Obamacare would increase access. People over 65 require more care than younger people. Every single day, 10,000 Americans turn 65. Over the next ten years, the supply of doctors will increase by 7% while the population of those over 65 will grow approximately 35%. Supply is lacking even without Obamacare factored in. Obamacare adds 30 million customers to the insurance market. Demand is boosted dramatically, but supply flat lines.
For those who need a refresher on the law of supply and demand, here it is: if demand increases, but supply remains the same, a shortage occurs, leading to higher prices. We have a shortage of doctors now. To you liberals, this shortage harms the poor and it harms minorities. Obamacare makes things worse with longer wait times, fewer visits, and lower quality care. A friend of mine, who is a medical professional told me that we’ll be seeing nurse practitioners for routine exams and treatment. Being able to actually see a doctor will be rare.
Obama claimed state run health care worked well in Massachusetts and indicated that his plan was modeled after the Massachusetts plan.
Per capita, Massachusetts has more doctors than any other state by a wide margin. It also has the longest wait times in the country by a wide margin. With the number of doctors in Massachusetts and the long wait times, how will other states be affected?
According to former Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius, illegal immigrants would not have access to tax credits or shopping in the market place. However Sibelius indicated that we needed comprehensive immigration reform. Should it happen, 11 million illegals would become eligible, making demands skyrocket. This, of course, will lead to rationing of care.
According to 2004 presidential candidate, Howard Dean, the IPAB (Independent Payment Advisors Board), a health care rationing body, by setting doctor reimbursement rates, will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them. Remember, Howard Dean is a doctor and rate setting has a 40 year track record of failure.
Obama promised that no government bureaucrat or insurance company will get between you and your doctor and the health care you need. But it looks like bureaucrats in either the public or private sector are making decisions without knowing the patient.
We have a shortage of doctors, 30 million new customers, a rapidly aging population, and bureaucratic rationing. And this leads to better access?
Obamacare was passed by the narrowest of margins by only Democrats, most of whom didn’t read the bill. Furthermore, bribes, threats and intimidation, plus every legislative trick in the book were used to pass it. And its true costs were hidden.
Government higher ups exempted themselves from the law and doctors opposed it. It increases premiums, kills jobs, and reduces access. It’s also a huge tax and 20 million Americans are uninsured. Half of its deadlines were missed and it’s administered by the IRS. Unions oppose it and Democrats are running from it.
A liberal told me that everyone would get used to it. Another liberal told me that I needed to do an in-depth study of the plan because just saying that it increases premiums, decreases access, kill jobs, and lowers the quality of healthcare wouldn’t be enough. Well, it sure looks like the liberals know the plan is evil.
Our founding fathers established the idea that you and I have, within ourselves, the God-given right and ability to determine our destiny. Obamacare certainly digs a hole in that.
Behind Obamacare will come other federal programs that will invade every aspect of freedom as we have known it in this country.
This Young Conservatives article was written in 2013 and we have already seen so many of our freedoms disappear. Even with a Republican majority in the House and Senate, we can’t stop what the is being done to this nation.