Please note the update posted 7/3/2012 below this popular article.
Progressives bought into the pitch Democrats used to sell the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare, but as Main Street learns more about what’s actually in the bill most Democrat legislators did not read before signing, those concerns aren’t so easily dismissed.
Five very big negatives are built into the bill President Barack Obama can’t bring himself to part with:
1. The mandate requiring everyone to purchase a health insurance policy. This will present a serious challenge to those who are self-employed. Besides that, it’s unconstitutional—if the bill stands, you can kiss future freedoms goodbye because the government is, in essence, insisting you purchase something that is directly related to your body—your personal, private property. If you don’t buy the policy the government will fine you—after all, the bill is a revenue bill.
2. The ridiculous cap on flexible spending accounts—at present it stands at $2,500 a year. These accounts are held by people who take the most responsibility for their health and budget accordingly. Democrats saw an opportunity for a back door tax and they took it as usual.
3. Forget holding premium costs down and don’t be too sure you’ll be able to keep your current plan. Medicare’s chief actuary told Congress on Wednesday: “The landmark legislation probably won't hold costs down, and it won't let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it, Chief Actuary Richard Foster told the House Budget Committee. His office is responsible for independent long-range cost estimates.” (The Weekly Standard)
4. The 1099 requirement—businesses will have to identify companies, contractors or anyone else who has received $600 in payments for goods or services. Even Obama’s said he wants to get rid of this.
5. The government will intrude deeper into the practice of healthcare. This is the most troublesome aspect for me—I think all government healthcare should be zapped. We should take care of those who are truly poor or disabled. But if the private health market expanded rather than contracted and real competition was permitted, we’d all be better off. You would of course need regulatory standards in place.
Democrats rushed to push PPACA through because the party’s socialism-loving faction has pushed for government healthcare for all for years.
Progressives often say everyone “deserves” healthcare.
Obama said healthcare premiums are too high.
Yet progressive energy policy has sent (in accordance with Obama’s wishes) electricity rates “skyrocketing” and food costs have risen.
If I deserve guaranteed healthcare, don’t I deserve guaranteed food, shelter and maybe an annual vacation as well? How about a car? Or a bigger house?
The bill is so bad it’s led to 733 companies, labor unions and others to obtain waivers. The government is challenged to fix social security, Medicare and Medicaid. Yet Dems came up with another entitlement program even as they criticized the Bush administration for a smaller entitlement program. Go figure.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 27, 2011)
This article remains very popular with readers and search engines. I thought it a good idea to update it for that reason:
1. The 1099 requirement has been repealed. Democrats realized the political risks of that provision, apparently, and voted with the GOP to remove it.
2. The Supreme Court upheld PPACA/ObamaCare based on an interpretation Dems didn't have for the original bill. SCOTUS ruled the mandate "penalty" is in fact a tax. Under the Commerce Clause, the bill was unconstitutional. However, a liberal assumption enabling it as a tax meant it could be upheld. President Barack Obama says the mandate is not a tax. He is not being truthful. If it's not a tax, the bill is not constitutional. As an alleged constitutional expert, he knows that.
3. As of July, 2011, more than 1,500 waivers had been issued to labor unions, groups and employers. Labor unions lobbied aggressively for this bill and some believe unions had direct input into writing it.
4. Americans for Tax Reform list 20 direct taxes in the bill, including the medical device tax. Granny will pay more for her wheelchair and patients getting any other kind of medical device taxed will pay more for those.
5. Not a single politician has talked about the characteristics of the uninsured. The bill was obviously not passed to help anyone who receives health insurance through an employer or through self-employment.
6. A number of states, including Florida, have said they will not implement ObamaCare. This is perfectly legal despite the SCOTUS ruling through a process called 'nullification.'
7. The Obama campaign has compared ObamaCare to the Massachusetts healthcare bill the Democrat Legislature passed and Gov. Mitt Romney signed. The Mass. bill was a state bill, not a bill designed to provide one-size-fits-all insurance for a country. Romney's approval and support for the bill were well within his responsibilities as a governor. However, no president has the right to force healthcare on U.S. citizens, and worse, to force a tax on those who may make a little too much to qualify for poverty but don't make enough to afford it. Communities traditionally have handled the uninsured poor with charity. Now the uninsured poor will pay.