- Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food.
- Americans smoke too much.
- Americans do not exercise enough.
- The healthcare industry in this country needs serious tort reform.
- Federal government crop subsidies lead to our food chain being infested with unhealthy sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
- Current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, lose upwards of $100 billion a year to waste and criminal fraud, billions of dollars that could be used to reduce other healthcare costs in this country.
- Cross state line insurance competition needs to be made easier to do.
- The Obama Care effort never “followed the money” to actually map out where the high costs paid by Americans for healthcare actually end up.
- "This should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn't even have been taken up." In other words, Supreme Court justices, you are going to look stupid if you rule against me since you never should have gotten involved in the first place.
- In another setting Obama said it's safe to "assume" the court will do what most legal scholars expect and "play it straight." Obama said it has been well-documented that Congress never intended to exclude people who went through the federal exchange. But if they never intended to exclude people, why did they clearly write legislation to say those that got policies via the Federal exchange would not receive a subsidy?
- To rule the other way, the President said, would be a "contorted reading of the statute" and a "twisted interpretation." No, it would be straightforward reading of the English language, there would be no twisting involved.
- If the Court rules against his pet law, "that throws off how that exchange operates" and millions of people would lose subsidies. "It's a bad idea." Whether it is a bad idea is a matter of opinion which does not matter. We are talking about a matter of law and how the executive branch is not allowed to change an enacted law based on the executive branch’s opinion or whim. The executive branch is vested with executing laws as they were written, not whether it is a subjective “bad idea.”
- But really, who are we kidding. A primary Obama Care architect Jonathan Gruber, infamous for saying the law passed thanks to the "stupidity of the American voter," has repeatedly and publicly stated that people living in states that do not have their own exchanges cannot receive tax subsidies for Obama Care. He's argued multiple times the law was deliberately set up to force states into setting up exchanges: "I think what's important to remember politically about this is if you're a state and you don't set up an exchange that means your citizens don't get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you're essentially saying to your citizens, you're going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that's a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges and that they'll do it, but you know once again the politics can get ugly around this.”
2) What are the likely consequences of the Supreme Court rules against the law:
- According to the government, over 6 million Obama Care policy holders lose their Federal subsidies.
- According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, those 6 million people will see an average increase in insurance premiums.
- Florida residents will have the most Obama Care policy holders lose subsidies, with 1.3 million people losing about $400 million a month in subsidies.
- Texas ranked second in customers losing their subsidies, 832,000 policyholders losing $206 million a month.
- Average insurance policy premiums could decrease by as much as 44% for young adults and 7% for near retirees.
- For young adults this is not surprising since the whole strategy of Obama Care was to force younger, healthier Americans pay for the health care needs of older, less healthy Americans.
- At the state level, the Heritage analysis estimated that in Arizona, insurance premiums could drop by as much as $1,044 for a 21-year-old and $402 for a 64-year-old.
- In iowa, premiums could decline by as much as $1,068 for a 21-year-old and $486 for a 64-year-old.
- In Ohio, premiums could be reduced by as much as $1,125 for a 21-year old and $633 for a 64-year old.
- He promised that American families would see up to a $2,500 decrease in their annual health insurance premiums. That is false.
- He promised that if you like your current insurance policy, you could keep it. That is false.
- He promised that if you like your current doctors, you could keep them. That is false.
- He promised the legislation would not add a single dime to the national debt. That is false.
- He promised that obtaining an Obama Care policy via the online exchanges would as simple as ordering something from Amazon or getting an online plane ticket. That is false.
- He implied that identity theft would not be a factor in the online exchange processes. That is false.
- He promised that Obama Care would make America healthier. That is false.
- He promised to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land when in was sworn in. Given the number of times that his administration unilaterally ignored the tenets and schedule of Obama Care, this is false.
For the past two months, Minnesota officials have celebrated how health insurance rates in the Twin Cities will be among the lowest available in the country next year.
KYLE - ARKANSAS
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