Thursday, September 25, 2014

September, 2014 Part 6 The Unfolding Disaster that is Obama Care: Illegally Funding Abortions, Disgruntled Doctors, and Higher Health Care Costs

Over the past few years, but especially over the past thirteen months, we have had to devote more and more posts each month to the unfolding disaster that is Obama Care. This legislation, without a doubt, is the worst piece of legislation ever passed, likely passed by the most inept and useless set of Washington politicians that this country has ever had to endure. The disasters from this law include at least the following downsides:
  • It has and will continue to increase the national debt.
  • It will leave tens of millions of Americans still uninsured ten years from now.
  • It has restricted overall economic growth.
  • It raised taxes on all Americans in dozens of ways.
  • It has reduced the job growth rate in this country.
  • It has turned many full time workers into part time workers.
  • It has generally increase the cost of health insurance, both premiums and deductibles, over what was available in the insurance market before it was passed.
  • The Constitution was violated any number of times when the Obama administration unilaterally and illegally changed components of the law without the permission of Congress or the American people.
  • The American people were lied to over and over, directly by the President and Democrats in Congress, on the ramifications of the law.
  • It has caused millions of American to lose access to the current insurance policies they had.
  • It has caused millions of Americans to lose access to their preferred doctors, preferred hospitals, and in many cases, current medicine treatments.
  • It has likely increased the volume of people visiting hospital emergency rooms.
  • It has caused thousands of doctors to retire early or change professions in order to not deal with the bureaucracy and idiocy of the law.
  • It has exposed the inability of the Federal government and various state governments to develop, launch, and operate a successful program.
  • It has exposed millions of Americans’ personal financial information to identity thieves.
  • It never addressed, and thus, never resolved, the root causes of our escalating health care costs in this country.
I am sure that I omitted some of the negative ramifications of the legislation but you get the idea. To review past discussions of past disasters from Obama Care, enter ”the unfolding disaster that is Obama Care” in the search box above.

Let’s continue slogging through the latest disasters from Obama care with the following fiascoes:

1) Although no Republican in either house of Congress voted to enact Obama Care, the fate of the legislation was in doubt in the House of Representatives since some Democrats did not want to support any health care legislation that used Federal tax money to support abortions. Without the votes of these Democrats and the guarantee that nothing in the Obama Care law would allow public financing of abortions the legislation would not be enacted.

President Obama was on record to support this position and was quite adamant about this: “Under our plan [Obama Care], no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” He denounced those saying otherwise as merely trying “to kill reform at any cost.”

When the legislation finally did pass, one of those Congressman, former Congressman Bart Stupak, proudly declared on the House floor that Democrats had “stood up for the principle of no public funding of abortions.”

Another Democratic member of Congress, Steve Driehaus, was so sure that his voice against public financing of abortions via Obama Care was a success that he actually sued the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List PAC under Ohio's political false-statement law after group posted a billboard that equated his vote for Obama Care to a vote for government-funded abortion.

But alas, according to a recent, Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, it looks like another Presidential lie and the duping of many members of Congress from his own party have occurred. The GAO report found that the Ohio billboard was indeed correct: Obama Care is subsidizing elective abortions, simply bypassing existing restrictions in the law, just as Obama Care's detractors predicted four years ago.

The GAO studied a sample of Obama Care providers and found that 83% of them are simply ignoring weak safeguards that were put in place against abortion funding in order to convince waffling House Democrats (like Driehaus and Stupak) to vote for legislation.

Obama Care would have passed if not for the false promise that if you like your current doctors you can keep your current doctors. 

Obama Care would not have passed if not for the false promise that Americans who liked their health care insurance plans could keep them. 

Obama Care would not have passed if not for the false promise that the law would lower premiums and health care costs. 

Obama Care would not have passed if not for the false promise that obtaining health insurance online would be a simple and pain free experience, with the threat of identity theft being an implied fantasy.

And Obama Care certainly would not have without the false promise that it would not help pay for abortions.

Obama Care passed not because it was needed and was a good plan, it was passed because of a pack of lies, with the abortion lie being just the latest duping of America and members of Congress.

2) A recent Washington Examiner article on September 17, 2014 by Phillip Klein examined the results of a survey of doctors done by the Physicians Foundation. Their results show that the whole doctor population in this country are not real happy about Obama Care either:

- 20,000 doctors responded to the survey so there is solid statistical validity to the findings.

- Forty-six percent of doctors surveyed gave he Obama care law a 'D' or an 'F'. 

- Only 25 percent of those surveyed gave the law an 'A' or a 'B.'

- Their written comments to the survey reveal the major problems they have with the legislation and how it is screwing up their lives:
  • "Get government OUT of healthcare."
  • "I'm a Canadian physician practicing in the United States. The politicians and policy makers need to understand that government involvement in healthcare never works."
  • "Health reform would be better served by removing many thousands of pages of laws and bureaucrats rather than adding many thousands of pages of laws and bureaucrats."
- Some doctors said they were planning to leave the profession, though it wasn't clear that it was necessarily due to the law, a trend that will reduce supply of medical care and increase the cost of providing care by fewer resources, simple economics of supply and demand but the exact opposite effect that Obama care promised:
"The system is broken and I am out of here as soon as I can. I am tired of being used, abused and lied to. Has anyone here woken up to the fact that we are always the last ones to be considered in the equation of change?" 

Could Obama and Congress have screwed up any more relative to ineffective legislating? Higher costs, fewer doctors, disgruntled health care providers, I think not.

3) One last set of bad news for today. A new analysis from the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and a team of nonpartisan economists has concluded that the nation’s health care spending will rise faster than expected in the coming years. The report was published in the Journal Health Affairs and found that the combined effects of Obama Care expanding coverage, faster economic growth and aging of the population will lead to increased health care spending for this year and the growing decade.

But did not the supporters of Obama care promise that the nation’s health care costs would go down, not up, as a result of enactment? Didn’t the President promise to “bend the cost line” while not increasing the national debt? Could this be yet ANOTHER broken Presidential promise? 

Higher costs, fewer doctors, broken promises, and secretly funding abortions. Another dreary day on the Obama Care front. We will try to wrap up this update to Obama Care tomorrow, not because we have run out of disasters but because it gets so darn depressing talking about the worst piece of legislation ever passed by the most inept set of politicians ever to sit in Washington.

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