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Tuesday
Aug132013

Despite Sebelius’ claims, ObamaCare continues as ‘bait and switch’

ObamaCare will require paperwork similar to filing taxes. (Snip: CDC)Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Monday that ObamaCare [the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] is not a “bait and switch” when it comes to promises the federal government made to states about Medicaid funding.

Should state governments trust the feds about that “boatload” of federal money ObamaCare supporters like Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan promised states will get for Medicaid expansion?

Thus far, it’s hard to trust anything Democrats promise about ObamaCare.

President Barack Obama guaranteed Americans, in speech after speech, that if you like your doctor, you can keep him under ObamaCare.

Not. HHS uses this language on the government website, as noted by The Weekly Standard [boldface added]:

"Depending on the plan you choose in the Marketplace, you may be able to keep your current doctor."

Obama also told Americans there’d be a limit on out-of-pocket expenses:

“We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick…”

Just as he delayed the employer mandate, now the president is delaying those limits on out-of-pocket expenses—until 2015.

Democrats promised the law was suitably funded. Not.

Dems have already joined Republicans in repealing a number of tax provisions designed to pay for a bill whose full costs we still cannot gauge. Discretionary spending is hard to determine if you buy groceries. When you decide to apply a one-size-fits-all approach to government run healthcare, accurately predicting discretionary spending is like trying to predict the exact temperature on a given day five years down the road.

Dems also made sure, along with select Republicans, that lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill get to keep their sweet deal subsidies to pay for ObamaCare. You and I won’t get subsidies from anyone.

From repealing numerous provisions designed to tax and spend on ObamaCare, to granting waivers to labor union cronies, to delays for promises made about out-of-pocket costs, the Democrats’ healthcare bill is most definitely a “bait and switch” deal.

Sebelius pointed out the bill is the “law of the land” as leftwits like to say.

If it’s the law of the land, rap Democrats across the knuckles for racing alongside their president to waive, delay and renege on promises they are not likely to keep.

If a corporation sold you a product based on promises about it and then didn’t keep them, officers would face legal proceedings.

States may want to hedge against a bait and switch when it comes to federal dollars. What the central powers give can be taken away by fiat and regulation as we have seen time and time again with this administration.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/August 13, 2013)

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