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Is Obamacare on it’s Way to Repeal? We can only hope!

Posted on: May 12, 2010

Obamacare was passed but the Democrats are fast learning the cost in lost elections.  We the People are learning  what’s in the bill as Nancy Pelosi told us would when we passed it.  And we are also beginning to learn the costs  as more and more reports come in from different organizations and companies as well as the Congressional Budget Office CBO.  Here is what Heritage has to day about it.  (What we haven’t heard a great deal about are the special “deals”  some folks got and others didn’t.)  BB

Morning Bell: The Road to Repeal is Well Under Way

Posted May 12th, 2010 at 9:34am in Health Care with 0 commentsPrint This Post Print This Post

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told us just weeks before Congress passed President Barack Obama’s health care plan. Well, the nation’s post-passage Obamacare education continued yesterday when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed that the federal government will have to spend an additional $115 billion implementing the law, bringing the total estimated cost to over $1 trillion. The estimate had been requested before passage of the bill by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), but the CBO was too overwhelmed with the Democrats’ other constant revisions to the law to get back to Lewis before the final vote.

This is by far not the only nasty little surprise that has come back to bite Obamacare after passage. Shortly after it became law, U.S. employers began reporting hundreds of millions if dollars in losses thanks to tax changes in the bill. AT&T and Verizon alone pegged their Obamacare tax losses at around $1 billion each. At first, Democrats in Congress were outraged by the announcements and threatened to hold hearings persecuting these companies. But then the Democrats not only found out the companies were obligated by law to report their Obamacare related losses, but that the losses were a signal these companies might have to dump their employees’ and retirees’ health care coverage all together.

Then the Obama administration’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final cost projectionsThe CMS report also revealed that: 1) 18 million Americans will pay $33 billion in penalties for failing to comply with Obamacare’s individual mandate and still receive no health care; 2) U.S. employers will pay $87 billion in employer mandate penalties; 3) 14 million Americans will lose their current employer-based health coverage; 4) 7.4 million seniors will lose their current Medicare Advantage benefits; 5) 15% of all Medicare providers will be made unprofitable, thus “jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries.” for Obamacare, finding that, contrary to White House claims, the legislation will increase national health care spending by $311 billion  over the next decade.

Facing this onslaught of reality, the Obama administration has swooped into full spin mode, devoting the Weekly Presidential Address to explaining the “real benefits” Obamacare is “already delivering” to Americans. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius then sent letters to House and Senate leaders touting her “progress” in implementing the law. And then last night White House aides Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter briefed the House Democratic Caucus on the “tangible benefits” of the law. The sales pitch for all three events was the same: 1) “adults” age 26 and younger can be added to their parents’ plan (never mind that this drives up their parents’ health care costs); 2) new high-risk pools for Americans with pre-existing conditions (never mind that 19 states have rejected working with HHS since Obamacare massively underfunded the pools); 3) supplementing insurance for early retirees (never mind that the Medicare Advantage cuts and tax changes mentioned above are a big reason why seniors will need supplemental coverage).

Democrats know that Americans simply are not buying what they are selling. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) tells Politico: “It’s just like trying to explain the Encyclopedia Britannica.” And John Spratt (D-SC) adds: “You need to know what you’re talking about and this is extremely complex. It’s really difficult to remember, ‘was this in this bill, or was this in the bill Senate side.’” Maybe Spratt should have figured out what was and wasn’t in the bill before he voted for it.

Since the left can’t even figure out what is in the bill they are trying to defend, the latest Rasmussen Reports shows that 63% of likely voters now believe it will increase the federal deficit, and 56% now favor repeal. Not waiting for this November’s elections to change the leadership in Congress, states are leading the way on the road to repeal. According to The Washington Post 33 states have mounted legal and legislative challenges to the new law. Clint Bolick, litigation director of the Goldwater Institute, tells the Post: “This is going to be a long, protracted war of attrition and we haven’t even seen the first wave of regulations yet. … The initial challenges to McCain-Feingold were rejected. But since then, litigators found the vulnerabilities. Likewise, here I think you’re going to see a thousand flowers bloom in terms of lawsuits. I’m hoping that this will die a death of a thousand cuts.”

4 Responses to "Is Obamacare on it’s Way to Repeal? We can only hope!"

One of the main problems the Tea Party people and the Republicans have is the fact that the Obama machine is already in high gear.

Remember way back about 2 1/2 months ago, when someone in the White House made a conference call to a number of Advertisers, Hollywood writers, and copywriters at agencies asking them to pick a campaign and write a script into their weekly shows pushing his agenda and HIM?

Well if you watch a lot of weekly dramas at night you will see stories revolving around Health Care, Immigration and Kidnappings and if you watch “24” you will see stories about Terrorism. So, the White House has Hollywood definitely on their side. We need some of that on our side.

If you recall I mentioned about a week or two ago that the Right needed to get to work Nationally and now. I have seen what they are doing and it’s great, but they have to keep it up and keep it going and I have a feeling they just might.

I recently got an email from an Independent group that is collecting funds on the Internet and putting up Billboard ads all over the country. Some of them were really good. So, I would say we are on our way to success. Let’s just pray that they get a lot of backing and it keeps going into the elections. ss

The only TV I watch is FOXNEWS. But Lew watches these shows and he has commented on the same thing you have said. BB

This simply points out the degree to which the educational system in this country has fallen. Even the percentage of people for repeal is not a number that bolsters courage that the public is intelligent enough to see what’s going on. That number should be 85% to 100 % for repeal.
The members of Congress cannot understand and explain the bill, so how can we expect that Mr. and Mrs Citizen can understand it?
Where does everyone think the students of today’s schools are going to get jobs? They’re not learning any skill in school. They cannot even stand up for their country because of the revisionist view of Politically Correct History.
One hears about how the USA stole the southwestern states from Mexico. Hello? Where do you think the existing countries of the world got the territory they occuppy today? Conquest, killing, wars, treaties fair and unfair are the factual parts of the history of the entire modern world.
Did slavery start in the southern part of the USA, never mind how long the slave trade has been part African and Middle Eastern History, it has existed from the dawn of homo sapiens.
You think that the AFL-CIO built the pyramids or the Great Wall of China? Those were human slaves no matter what name you give to them. Those weren’t apiring hollywood actresses that populated the harems of India, and the Middle East. Those were young women given to the Rajahs and the Kings of ancient China.

If America is crazy enough to go along with this plan to re-distribute the wealth of the so-called “rich” the very people that today are cheering and in a love affair with Obama, will ultimately learn the meaning of the word “chattel” is. If they can read, they might want to learn of what the history of countries is where the government determines who gets what and what your rights are in such a society. Even the Hollywood gang, who feel that they will be loved and part of the “insider group” are in for a real shock when they find themselves in the soup line with everyone of the other “outsiders.”

Many of the so-called “better educated” as in college professors are Obama worshippers also. Obama has the support of the class that has become accustomed to living off of welfare and this “educated” class and no one else. The intelligentsia is what I call them and this class of people think that they are the only people smart enough to rule. Of course every dictator panders to and uses this “educated stupidity” to their advantage and then after the revolution they are the first people to be slaughtered by the new dictator. They haven’t bothered to read this history of their great and glorious Communist/Marxists heroes. BB

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