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This summer the Supreme Court will be making the decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare. It is likely to be one of the biggest cases the court has heard in the last hundred years. It is not just the future of Obamacare that is at stake but the very status of U.S. citizens in regards to their government. The argument rest on whether the government can force you to buy something.
The question many people are also asking is, if a government can declare not only what a person can buy, sell and have but also what they must buy and have what can it not do? The Virginia Attorney General said if the states loose this case it is the “end of Federalism” and he is right. One could say with only some exaggeration that you might as well burn the constitution and the Supreme Court might as well resign. Why do we need such limitations for a governement without any? In the end if Obamacare’s mandate is declared constitutional, no matter how narrow they attempt to make the ruling, it will open up a Pandora’s box of nearly unlimited government power! Imaging being told you must take vitamins or your mandated healthcare cost will go up or told your family of three is not big enough to warrant the right to buy a mini-van, you must buy a small hybrid instead. Possible and maybe even likely scenarios if this law holds. (Just look what they are trying to do with the Catholic Church on the issue of birth control)
The mandate to purchase health insurance, no matter how intimidating it is, is arguably not even the most scary part of the healthcare bill. That prize goes to the bill’s requirement that so called Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). You probably thought you had heard the last of death panels after President Obama caved to Sarah Palin and her cohorts and decided to remove mandatory end of life counseling from Obamacare (no wonder he does not like her). What most people do not know that there was more than one form of death panel in the legislation. The IPAB will convene as soon as medical spending exceeds it spending threshold, something that it will inevitably do. The board’s job is to set the criteria on which it will be decided what procedures will be covered and which will not. For example whether grandma gets a pacemaker and lives many more years or is given a pill and told to go home and die. You may think calling it a death panels is a bit severe, unless of course you or you loved one are among those the panel deems not worth keeping alive.
There is now a group of doctors is echoing this concern in a new ad. The ad is a takeoff of an ad that was done to oppose Representative Ryan’s Medicare proposal. The main difference between the two ads was the Ryan ad was a baseless scare tactic whereas the AmericanDoctors4truth ad is scarier because it is based in truth! It poses the dilemma whether a woman is to receive a pacemaker and live or given some pain pills and sent home. The video uses Obama’s own voice to tell the woman to take a pill instead. If such a decision was made by the private sector there would be the inevitable lawsuit and bad publicity for the insurance company, a fact that weighs heavy on insurance company minds. In the Obamacare world no such remedy exists. Their decisions are nothing more than the setting of impersonal rules by which life and death decisions are to be made. The only hope would be years of court battles to adjudicate the justness of the rulings (by which time grandma or you will have been long buried).
Another thing the doctors hit on is the cost of Obamacare. Remember the ruse of Obamacare being revenue neutral? Reminiscent of President Clinton saying “I did not have sex with that woman”, this was glare into the camera and lie moment. The so called revenue neutrality was achieved by using chronically low ball numbers from the CBO, double counting savings, omitting administrative cost and of course stealing $575 billion form an already floundering Medicare. Even with all of this they could only say it was “revenue neutral” for the first 10 years which happens to correspond to when all the benefits become available!
Of course as facts come to light the CBO numbers come more in line with reality the estimate cost have skyrocketed. The cost of Obamacare has went from $940 billion to 1.76 trillion for the first ten years. Somebody needs to ask the President how his revenue neutral thing is working out?
Of course the lies propagated to get Obamacare passed are not relegated to accounting trickery. The president said repeatedly that those who like their present coverage can keep it. A promise he never intended to be kept. The truth is even in the short run millions will be cast off of their present plans no matter how much they like them. The chronically optimistic CBO says up to twenty million could lose their private insurance and be cast into the government system as Obamacare moves forward. The final number they say is likely to be lower but history and other studies tell us it is likely to be much higher.
The fact is Obamacare has be a ruse from the beginning. It was never meant to just augment the present system it was meant to destroy and replace it. It is obvious that businesses cannot afford it as witnessed by the huge numbers of waivers. Additionally insurance company’s are seeing their financial stability undermined and will see their customers slowly eliminated. The so called Patient Protection and Healthcare Affordability Act (better known as Obamacare) is a over 2 million word monstrosity that was design to do over time what could not be done at once; make health insurance a government run monopoly (either by directing all health insurance activities or all such activities being completely owned and operated by the U.S. government by the slow total elimination of private insurers).
The cost of this act for the American people is incalculable. It is by far the most destructive piece of legislation ever passed by congress. Financially it institutes an unaffordable entitlement that blows a huge hole in America’s already sinking finances. It robs and further destabilizes Medicare. It takes control of healthcare decisions away from individuals and places them in the hands of faceless bureaucrats. It creates new “rights” that supposedly out rank old rights like freedom of religion. It is driving doctors out of private practice with future doctor shortages likely to become a huge problem. It institutes cost on business that is already costing jobs and imperiling our economic recovery. It even puts at risk people’s right pursue what makes them happy. If what you like (fatty foods, high risk sports, smoking etc) has the potential to cost the system more money previous court rulings have already held the government can regulate it. In essence by entrusting the government to run healthcare the act will by default give the government nearly unlimited power over what you do and how you live your life. In the end it does all of this while not even accomplishing what it set out to do, eliminate the uninsured. As a candidate Obama put it in a 2008 debate with Hiliary, you can “no more solve the issue of the uninsured with an individual mandate than you could cure homelessness by ordering people to buy a home”
Like an octopus that is constantly growing new arms the total cost of Obamacare in dollars, government destabilization, lost freedom, economically, medically and other ways not even contemplated yet is still growing. As Obamacare celebrates its second anniversary and the Supreme Court is poised to review just one of its many tentacles the American people need to be reminded from where this monster comes and why it must be stopped
Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding Louis Brandeis
Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Because they have fallen for the lies and half trtuhs of the right.It surprises me that so many Americans seem not to be aware about Obama’s healthcare plans [a]. During the election, he campaigned for these changes stating that he felt it was unfair to have a system where insurance companies try to escape paying claims and was elected to bring in changes [b].First of all, too many people do not know that Obama wants to make insurance more available to all. His system is similar to that which works in Holland, Taiwan [c] and Switzerland. It works there and private healthcare companies provide most the insurance to the people there.FACT the USA spends more on healthcare PER PERSON than any other nation on the planet [d].FACT – insurance companies admit that they push up costs, buy politicians and do not pay out for many claims when they should [e].FACT the US has higher death rates for kids aged under five than western European countries with universal health coverage [f].That means that a dead American four year old would have had a better chance of life if they were born in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, Japan etc, all of which have universal health coverage. And no western European nation with universal healthcare has moved away from it. And the sad thing is, that the insurance companies have spent loads of money to fight these reforms [g] and loads of politicians are taking the thirty pieces of silver from them to fight the reforms, rather than fight for the health of the American people.Remember, I back my facts up with evidence. Those who say they are wrong tend not to. If they are wrong, e-mail me with proof and let me know.
A Conservative Mind said:
Andre, Sorry for the late reply, your comment was grabbed by the Spam filter. I assume you have heard there are three kinds of lies; Lies, Damn lies and statistics (Mark Twain). In answer to your FACTs see below.
Yes the U.S. pays more fore healthcare then any other nation but that is for two very good reasons. 1. The U.S. healthcare system utilizes a system that is based on standard co-pays which negates competition. This is the reason no one asks how much for that surgery or for a normal birth. Look at eye surgery where most people pay out of pocket, prices have fallen and service increased. 2. We do not have wholesale rationing, unlike Canada if you need a MRI you can get one and usually right away. Obama care is designed to fail on both of these issues.
Insurance companies do not want to pay more of their profits to hospitals but they do in fact push up prices but not in the way you insinuate. Again I will go by the numbers. 1. Their method of doing business (see No. 1 above) is naturally anti-competitve, of course consumers have gotten use to just paying co-pays so they would be resistant to changes in the system. 2. Without true competition on price hospitals try to compete on services alone which usually means increased costs. 3. Without true competition insurance companies try to control cost through expensive and labor intensive systems of codes, this has a huge impact on doctors offices as well as they have to have someone on staff to administer the massive insurance paperwork. 4. Insurance reform is necessary to make it easier to deal with cases involving breach of contract, IE: When an insurance company may be tempted to drop insurance on those who are terminally ill or similar situations. These cases are rare but do happen, at least now you can choose which company you want to deal with, not so in Europe.
Death rates under 5, seems an odd statistic to pick on, why not cancer survival rates? Maybe it is because that would be a true health care statistic and one the U.S. usually beats all other nations in. The under 5 statistic means nothing because it does not relate why or how? The fact is the current safety net as well as private non-profit system in the U.S. makes insurance coverage a non-issue as there is always insurance available for kids. It is also true there is no hospitals that would refuse treatment to a kid in need.
For kids who actually end up in the hospital good statistics are hard to find (many combine North America which means Mexico and Canada are mixed in the the U.S. Even when found they are hard to quantify. The empirical evidence undeniable, no one would want to send their sick child to Cuba or Canada for treatment nor are they likely to go to Europe. If they can they send them here.
Of course the problems with Obamacare are much deeper then its inadequacies regarding price control. The lose of personal control, the idea an impersonal bureaucracy is taking ever more control of your life and the loss of freedom that leads to are also problematic. The fact is Obamacare is a massive overreach that has implications far beyond just doctors visits. If it stands limited government is out the window as is the idea that the this is the land of the free.