Before you read this, please watch Kathleen Sebilus on Jon Stewart’s show saying that with ObamaCare, they are bringing western civilization to its knees. Yes, she said that—perhaps with sarcasm, but she’s speaking from her demonic heart.
After watching her smug undertone of describing ObamaCare as “private insurance,” and “market based” (certainly not free market-based), there is something terribly satisfying about watching the ACA get the negative reactions we are seeing from those affected by the Affordable Care Act. The inner child in me wants to say, “Nah, nah, nah, we told you so.”
The name itself is a joke and I have an automatic choking reaction when I see the words “Affordable Health Care Act” in print.
When it was first labeled ObamaCare, I kind of liked it because it was rather sarcastic and threw the big joke back on the liar who signed the bill into law— that is, until Governor Romney told Barack Hussein Obama in a debate that he used the term ObamaCare with respect, and Obama replied that he “liked the label”. Of course Mr. Narcissist would like it…
Before the twenty and thirty-something’s received their new premiums, I read they liked the name ObamaCare too, because they think Obama “cares about them”. (Choking again…)
And did you know that ObamaCare is now the “law of the land”? The political pundits for the Progressives will repeatedly tell you that over and over and over. Did you know that “both parties voted for it”? No? They’re telling us that lie, too. When it came up for a vote the first time, not a single Republican voted for it.
The lawsuits against the healthcare takeover continue because it doesn’t even resemble the law prior to the Justices’ rewrite. It can still be repealed. Polls show the majority of Americans do not want this “you can keep your own doctor,” “force a gun to our heads” law that has not only increased premiums and forced layoffs, but takes money from Medicare.
I digress. My personal opinion on taking money away from Medicare and having death panels that will determine whether seniors will get certain care or not, is to kill off the people who know history – the ones who remember Hitler and know who Karl Marx is and recognize their similarities with the actions of this administration. Seniors aren’t buying into the myth that the government is “here to help them” either.
Add to that Obama’s continuing changes unilaterally without the constitutionally mandated Congressional approval to render it illegal makes their “law of the land” mantra not only inaccurate, but also boring.
Other than the severe technical glitches that occurred the first week of ObamaCare launch, we began to hear some not so funny personal stories and an experience by a Republican senator who wanted to know what others were going through when they tried signed up. The White House is mum on any actual numbers, but if and when they do release them, they will be characteristically skewed – you can bet it will be in their favor.
From Tony Perkins’ Washington Update:
ObamaCare enrollment problems continue into day three of the partial government shutdown, as online error messages, delays, and other ‘glitches’ persist. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.) explained on the House floor how he tried to enroll online for ObamaCare himself, but after encountering web errors, finally resorted to calling the hotline. After waiting an hour and forty minutes, he got through to a young lady who told me she was from Louisiana. She said, ‘Why did you call?’ I said, ‘I’m calling to comply with the Federal law.’ She said, ‘I’m not going to be able to help you with that today. My system is down, too.'” Congressman Pompeo continued, “I asked her how long she’d been working on this.’ She said, ‘Quite a while.’
And this from a personal friend of mine:
I’ve had Blue-Cross/Blue-Shield of Michigan through my employer for more than 10 years. My first reality won’t really be felt until April, but it’s a doozy. With the implementation of Obamacare, my employer’s healthcare coverage is considered a ‘Cadillac’ plan. This means that I will be taxed on the net value of what my employer pays for my insurance plan. This happens to be about $12,000/year. I have been fortunate enough to pay nothing out of pocket for this premium, but it is part of the reason I took my job in the first place. However, now, instead of being taxed on my actual salary of $35,000/year*, I will be taxed on a salary of $47,000/year. Well, guess what? That pushes me into a much higher tax bracket. So, besides paying for my co-pay ($3,000/year) I’m going to have to pay the government more than $4,000 extra per year in taxes. So, where once I was paying $3,000 annually for medical expenses, I’m now going to be paying $7,000, $4,000 of which I will have to pay even if I don’t ever receive another medical service in my life again. Yet, my actual take-home salary will remain $35,000. So, how do you think this math works out for me and my family? Yeah, we’ll be lucky if we keep our house or we can eat….because $4,000 of my annual salary is now being redistributed to purportedly cover those who don’t have health insurance. Yet, now I can’t afford to eat!!! How many households in this country can just suddenly assume a $4,000 annual increase in expenses? Not many, according to the most recent polls that say more than 70% of Americans don’t even have savings equal to one month of expenses. Now, this is bad enough, but worse yet…” (Read more of her horror story here.)
King 5 television station in Seattle said people are complaining that the Affordable Health care act does not live up to its name.
For example, Eric Levy is a self-employed financial accountant in Seattle who pays a monthly premium of $541 for health insurance for his wife and two kids. A-self-employed financial consultant, Eric Levy, has a wife and two children. He pays $541 for a monthly premium.
That is, until he received a letter from his insurance company, Regence, last month advising him that his plan under ObamaCare will end on January 1, 2014, and recommended a replacement policy that would cost him nearly $300/month more.
“I thought, oh my god. I have to revisit budget items,” said Levy. So he visited the online Washington Health Benefit Exchange and a comparable plan was double his $541 existing premium
“It’s another $500 a month that you have to think about how you’re going to pay for,” said Levy.
Levy admits the new premiums ‘won’t break the bank,’ since he and his wife bring in about $150,000 a year. But they will force them to make sacrifices, like saving for college tuition, or providing music classes for their children.
Levy is now paying for plans he doesn’t want or need.
“The real thing that jumped out at me is all of a sudden I’m required to have maternity coverage,” he said.
Not surprisingly, we find a couple in San Francisco, Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura, who have been advocates for ObamaCare and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama. According to the San Jose Mercury News Cindy and Tom were stunned when they recently found out their existing insurance policies were being replaced with higher-priced plans. Why? To conform to the new Affordable Health Care Act.
Cindy is a 60-year old retired teacher who will pay $1,800 more a year for her individual policy. Tom is a 52, self-employed engineer who will have to pay $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.
#1 ObamaCare fan, Ezra Klein writes in his Washington Post blog on day 3:
But the federal marketplace is a bit of a black box right now. There’s been heavy traffic, with over 4.7 million visitors since the exchanges opened for enrollment on Tuesday. The White House says some applicants have signed up, but didn’t say how many. Rumors in the insurance industry hover in the single digits; several health plans say they are unaware of anyone signing up for their plan. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina says it has enrolled one person.”
Low information voters and progressive brainwashed graduates of higher learning institutions gave us this president. We can still hear those chilling and disturbing words during the campaign for his first term: We are five days away from fundamentally transforming America.
He meant what he said. It’s too bad that public servants like Senators McConnell, McCain and Graham have been somewhat complicit in helping him accomplish his goals. Speaker Boehner has temporarily reprieved himself with his latest strong stand against raising the debt ceiling without reducing part of the debt.
Rand Paul states, “Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts could go down in American history as the man who laid the foundation for the termination of the IRS, and ultimately ended ObamaCare. If ObamacCare is a, ‘tax,’ it is dependent upon tax enforcement via the IRS. How does America get rid of ObamaCare? Get rid of the tax. Remember the Stamp Act? The Tea Act? Once a tax, not always a tax.”
Hard, but not impossible to accomplish when we take back the Senate and maintain control of the house in 2014, then the White House in 2016 if our Republic survives.
As of this writing, there appears to be some hope. Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Republican Scott Pruitt, filed a lawsuit that doesn’t argue Constitutionality like the combined suit that was filed by 26 state Attorney Generals; instead it argues that the law makes no mention of a federal exchange, only a state one. Watch for more news on this–and thank you, Senator Ted Cruz!