Senator and doctor Barrasso: Obamacare bad for patients, terrible for taxpayers
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:19PM
Kay B. Day, Editor in GOP, Obama, Obamacare, Sen. John Barrasso, Sen. Ted Cruz, US Healthcare, US Taxes

Sen. Barrasso; photo from Senate websiteSen. John Barrasso, M.D. (R-Wyo.) spoke to Fox News on Wednesday as his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in the final stretch of his not-a-filibuster speech about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Barrasso said there are “big problems ahead” in implementing Obamacare. He said Congress should keep government open, but he will not vote to fund the law Democrats passed.

The Wyoming Republican said there are still 20 taxes in Obamacare even if the bill is defunded. He said, “We need to repeal it and replace it with patient-centered care…affordable quality care.”

Barrasso believes it’s a good idea to delay the individual mandate for at least a year. He noted President Barack Obama had already given employers a one-year delay and had issued numerous waivers to groups and corporations. Obama also delayed the Cadillac Tax, a move that indisputably benefited his Big Labor allies. The individual mandate delay is not a new idea. Barrasso said a similar measure had passed in the House with bipartisan support.

Barrasso also said an amendment sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) would make sure Congress lives by the same law they subjected taxpayers to. The Vitter amendment would remove subsidies for federal employees who get approximately 75 percent of their insurance premiums funded by taxpayers. Americans who face price increases for health insurance will not get such assistance unless they are poor.

Barrasso said Cruz had “done a wonderful job” of bringing attention to Obamacare. Barrasso also said the healthcare law is “bad for patients…and terrible for taxpayers.”

Although what now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan described as “boatloads” of federal money would be sent to states to help defray Obamacare costs, those funds are not permanent and ultimately, the U.S. debt would increase. Kagan voted on the Obamacare decision although she was a known supporter of government healthcare.

Although Obama promised the PPACA would not add to the deficit, the general consensus is that it will. Investors Business Daily said:

“[I]nstead of a $124 billion deficit cut from 2010 to 2019, ObamaCare will likely add about $18 billion in red ink over those same years. And that assumes nothing else changes in the years ahead.”

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Sept. 25, 2013)

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