The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare
Posted January 21, 2013on:
This sad day when Obama is sworn into his second term as President of the United
States seems appropriate for this article concerning how even the Democrats who voted for but never read the freedom destroying monster that is Obamacare, are now trying to dismantle it.
I was especially “heartened ” today to hear in the President’s speech that he was devoted to the protection of Medicare. Of course it is his Obamacare that takes $575 billion plus a year from the Medicare program to pay for Obamacare! He didn’t mention that did he? Americans pay into the Medicare program and it is supposed to be used for the Medicare program but Obama and his Democrats are raiding the Medicare program in order to partially pay for their evil monster that does little to nothing to control the costs of or improve the health care problems that we do have in the United States. Nor did he mention the 18 new taxes in the Obamacare package that are to be placed on the backs of Americans to fix a problem 80% of the population doesn’t have since they have medical insurance thru their employers. But our President is going to stand firm against those nasty Republicans who are going about to snatch our entitlements away from us Americans! Well my fellow Americans you can free safe and stand down your watch now because our President while protecting our entitlements from those thieving Republicans he will also be working really hard to take away our freedoms—one by one by one! and make us all slaves on ‘Uncle Sam’s Plantation’. Sincerely, Brenda Bowers
You might find this article interesting to see how those who were so eager to push this thing down our throats regardless of the massive protests around the country are now trying to back pedal. Be sure and go to all the referred sites. BB
Things aren’t going so well for Obamacare.
Even Democrats in Congress aren’t huge fans any more. It seems after passing the law and finding out what’s in it, the allure has faded—so much so that Congress actually repealed part of Obamacare in the fiscal cliff deal last week.
That’s right—part of Obamacare has been completely undone. It was the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, essentially a new entitlement program for long-term care. But this new government program for people who end up needing assisted living or other long-term services was poorly designed and bound to fail, as Heritage’s Alyene Senger explains.
“CLASS was a bad deal for both taxpayers (who would likely have had to bail out the program) and beneficiaries (who would be better served by choosing among private options),” Senger wrote.
The program was so poorly designed that one of its own administrators warned Congress in 2011 that the program could collapse.
This is just one example of how poorly thought out Obamacare was—but this example so captured Congress’s attention that it spurred action. Another part of Obamacare that just took effect, the medical device tax, started making some Senators uneasy before it was scheduled to begin.
A group of 18 Senators, including such outspoken Democrats as Al Franken (MN), John Kerry (MA), Charles Schumer (NY), and Debbie Stabenow (MI), asked Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to delay the tax, which falls on every item used in medical treatments, from stents to syringes, IV tubes, and prosthetics.
As Heritage senior policy analyst Curtis Dubay noted, this tax will mean more than just higher prices:
Depending on how these businesses pass the tax on, it could result in higher prices for their customers (e.g. patients), lower returns to their shareholders, or fewer jobs for their workers. As we explained earlier, evidence is mounting that it is their workers that will bear the brunt of the tax.
More taxes, higher prices, and lost jobs—no wonder the Senators wanted to delay it! If only they had considered those effects before many of them voted for Obamacare in the first place.
The medical device tax is only one of five of the new taxes that start in 2013 and one of the 18 tax hikes spread throughout Obamacare. Many of these tax hikes, like the medical device tax, will hit hard-working Americans.
Even Democratic governors are unsure about this law. Many governors are weighing the costs of setting up a state health exchange and expanding their already troubled Medicaid programs. The nation’s governors, like the U.S. Congress, are figuring out that Obamacare is an unworkable monstrosity.