As you may have guessed, I am no fan of H.R. 3590–Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care. The bill is an un-Constitutional, non-economical, monopolistic, force-fed, government-run program that will lead to nothing but higher taxes, mismanaged health care, and a decrease in care overall. The Bill is a hiding place for all kinds of kick backs and funding for various special interest groups. The real reason we got this Bill was so that the President, his Party and all of their backers could get a pay-day. It has nothing to do with real Health Care reform or having your best interests at hand. Let me address just a few of the issues I have with Obama Care.
First of all the Bill is completely and totally un-Constitutional. Today a District Court Judge in Florida made the first great step in publically declaring the Obama Care un-Constitutional by saying it violated the Commerce Clause which is an enumerated power listed in the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). The enumerated powers are a list of items found in Article I, section 8 of the US Constitution that set forth the authoritative capacity of the United Stated Congress. What it says in a nutshell is that Congress may exercise only those powers that are granted to it by the Constitution, and subject to explicit restrictions in the Bill of Rights and other protections found in the Constitutional text. If that were not clear enough a definition to prohibit the Bill, then surely the 10th Amendment to the Constitution surely must be. The 10th Amendment states that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. If the Bill is not in violation of the Commerce Clause then it is absolutely in Violation of the 10th Amendment! If the challenge by 26 States that this Bill is un-Constitutional is not a clear enough sign to the Federal Government that it is indeed not a power delegated to them nor is it prohibited by any State makes it absolutely reserved to the State(s) and most assuredly reserved to the People!!! Health Care is not a right or freedom secured by or provided for by the Constitution. Therefore, I say again, Obama Care is completely un-Constitutional.
If the un-Constitutionality of the Bill were not enough the obscene cost to fund all of its convoluted policies and procedures should further unqualify it as a health care savior for the American people. Democrats must think we are all idiots. Why, you ask? Ok, I’ll tell you in pure simplicity. How can the Federal Government pass a Bill that costs $2,000,000,000,000.00 and proclaim, seriously, that it will decrease the National Debt by $1,500,000,000,000.00?? How? How does that make sense to anyone? Tell me how that math works please? I would love for it to be true that we could provide something for not only nothing, but that it could miraculously also save money!!! No way that will happen and if you truly believe that it will save the government and you money, here’s the hard truth, you and the Democrats you must support are idiots. At the very least you are piss poor at math. Understanding the true cost of this Bill is as difficult as reading the actual Bill (I’m in the process of reading and trying to understand it now.) But there are a few truths that I can relate to you. The Congressional Budget Office(CBO), which is a non-partisan appointed committee, projects that over the next four years, less than two percent of the bill’s alleged “ten year” costs would hit just $17 billion of the $940 billion in costs that the Democrats are claiming. In fact, the costs through President Obama’s entire presidency, should he be re-elected
(God forbid it!!), would be $336 billion. What would the president leave behind for his successor? According to the CBO, he would leave behind costs of $837 billion during his successor’s first term alone. I wonder what Democrats would say to a new Republican President who constantly blamed the previous President for his Economical problems…Hhhmmm? If his successor were to serve a second term, he or she would inherit a cool $2.0 trillion in Obama Care costs — about six times its costs during Obama’s own tenure. This legislation is a ticking time-bomb and not only will it blow it in that persons face, but the concussion from the blast is going to be felt in all our wallets.
To see the bill’s true first-decade costs, we need to start the clock when the costs would actually start in any meaningful way: in 2014. The CBO says that Obama Care would cost $2.0 trillion in the bill’s real first decade (from 2014 to 2023) — and much more in the decades to come. But $2.0 trillion wouldn’t be the total 10 year costs. Instead, that would merely be the “gross cost of coverage provisions.” Based on earlier proposals of the proposed overhaul, the total costs would be about a third higher making the total price-tag between $2.5 and $3 trillion over the bill’s real first decade! You see the savings here people, the debt reduction? If you do, you’re high!
How would we pay for all of this? According to the CBO, by diverting $1.1 trillion away from already barely solvent Medicare and spending it on Obama Care, and by INCREASING TAXES on the American people by over $1 trillion. Yep, you read that right, by INCREASING TAXES! Among the Medicare cuts would be cuts of $25,000 in Medicare Advantage benefits per enrollee — up from $21,000 in the previous scoring. We’d also pay for this through increased deficits. Under strict instructions from the Democrats, the CBO gave Obama Care credit for over $400 billion (from 2014 to 2023) in bullshit, phony savings that would allegedly result from cutting doctor’s payments under Medicare by over 20 percent and never raising them back up. As the CBO notes, one of two things could happen: Congress could either follow through on these severe pay cuts — in which case doctors would view all Medicare patients as if they have the plague — or, Congress could eliminate these pay cuts — as everyone in Washington expects to have happen under the so-called “doc fix” — in which case the CBO projects that this bill would raise deficits by over $100 billion from 2017 to 2019 alone.
So, after racking up higher deficit spending in two years than President Bush (or any other president) did in two terms, President Obama would leave his successor a 12-figure deficit related to Obama Care alone, never mind all the other damage he has done or will — for the period from 2017 to 2019 alone. That’s according to the CBO.
And what would we get for all of this? The CBO says that health insurance premiums would rise by 10 to 13 percent in the individual market, in relation to current law. For those of you out there that don’t understand what that means, it means it will cost you more money for Health Care for your shitty, Government run, bureaucratic Obama Care. The Medicare Chief Actuary says that the percentage of the gross domestic product spent on health care would also rise in relation to current law, increasing from 17 percent today to 21 percent in 2019. Again, I will translate for you…that means in addition to your individual cost for your awesome Obama Care, you will also be forced to pay more in taxes…awesome isn’t it!? And, as the CBO reports in its latest scoring, as of 2019 there would still be 23 million people in America lacking health insurance. Doesn’t Obama Care sound just like the savior of mankind!?
Finally, do you really want the Federal Government to run health care at all? Have you been to your local Drivers Licensing Agency lately or any other Government run agency for that matter? Lots of forms to fill out, 20 different lines to get in, none of which are the line you need to get in and a staff of 30 with only 6 of them doing any actual “work” at any given time. Is this the type of place you want to go to when you are sick or worse? What motivation would there be to become a doctor if after 8 years of school you become a doctor only to enter the Federal pay scale? Let me tell you from experience, the pay scale is far from compensatory for even your humble author much less some person who has 8 years of schooling and is entrusted with the care of another human being. You can say that doctors do what they do out of the goodness of their hearts, and that may be true for some, but I want someone who is paid well for such an important job. Sorry about the tangent…back to the Bureaucracy I promised. The Byzantine bureaucracy Obama Care would create in Washington would become the home of at least 31 new federal programs, agencies, and commissions to oversee the government-run health insurance regime. Because 32 “czars” isn’t enough, the Democrat plan would add another overlord to the Obama administration. The new “Health Choices Commissioner” would lead the new “Health Choices Administration” separate from the already existing Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Indian Health Service. Bet you didn’t know we had all those health care administrators did ya?
Because the government has done such an outstanding job managing the near bankrupt Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, the Democrats have proposed creating a “Public Health Investment Fund” and a “Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund.” The latter would create a “transparent and functional marketplace for individuals and small employers to comparison shop among private and public insurers.” Transparent…ha ha…, shop among private and public insurers….ha ha ha ha!! What a crock of shit all this is! It’s no matter that state insurance departments already operate such systems. The Democrats have insisted that health care must be “fixed.” The federal cure is this Bill that belongs floating in the toilet like the piece of shit that it is.
The Obama Care bill also creates a new “Bureau of Health Information” within the department of Health and Human Services. The BHI will be led by a new “Assistant Secretary for Health Information.” The new assistant secretary will coordinate with the recently created “National Coordinator for Health Information Technology” – who is responsible for monitoring the $19.5 billion in the stimulus law to implement “a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure.”
Here’s something for you. When I researched this and found this out it made me angry beyond belief. I cannot articulately express my feelings about learning this next bit without using curse words and multitudes of racial epitaphs myself. I wanted to share that with you in the interest of honesty..I have no hatred for other races at all, but this type of racial compartmentalism, and special interest does not foster any type of racial accord in our country and instead fosters the type of language you would have heard me utter in my living room a few hours ago. This is a slap in the face to any person, black, white, Hispanic, whatever who has any self-worth and is not busy trying to cash in on injustices that occurred hundreds of years ago. Anyway..back from another tangent, here’s what I found.
The Bureau of Health Information will house its own “Office of Civil Rights” and “Office of Minority Health.” The information czar will be required to collect health statistics in the “primary language” of ethnic minorities – and thus, the need for a new “language demonstration program” to showcase their efforts. Obama Care will also ensure “cultural and linguistic competence training” and establish “a youth public health program to expose and recruit high school students into public health careers.” Aside from the youth recruitment, I am appalled at the mere creation of this part of the Obama Care monster. It is sickening that the President would further increase the racial divide. If you’re not angry, or at least surprised, again, you’re an idiot.
Ok, so there can’t possibly be more bureaucracy…can there? Oh yes…there can and here it is. Providing more stimulus for taxpayer-funded jobs, the Democrats’ bill would add a new “Senior Advisor for Health Care Fraud” and require the Attorney General to appoint a “Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud Enforcement.” There’s already a national Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, but who’s counting right? You’re not, and that’s what the Democrats are counting on. To coordinate all the new bureaucrats, of course we need more overseers and/or Czars so…,Obama Care would create a new “Health Care Program Integrity Coordinating Council” to “to coordinate strategic planning among federal agencies involved in health care integrity and oversight.”
Let’s not leave out the individual States, at least the ones who have some vested monetary interest in all this, to make sure all the existing local and state environmental public health agencies don’t feel lonely, the Democrats’ plan creates a new “Coordinated Environmental Public Health Network” to “build upon and coordinate among existing environmental and health data collection systems and create state environmental public health networks.”
And finally, for now at least, a new “National Health Care Workforce Commission” will be “tasked with reviewing health care workforce and projected workforce needs.” New funding will be available for a “demonstration program to improve immunization coverage” that would enable government busybodies to send reminders or recalls for patients or providers, or home visits.”
And who will be looking out for you, you ask? The House bill creates a “public plan ombudsman” and a “special health insurance exchange inspector general” to police spending and guard against waste, fraud, and abuse. (Ha ha…waste, fraud and abuse…that is exactly what Obama Care is and why I titled this blog so.) Given the sad fate of aggressive watchdogs in the age of Obama, however, these positions will end up like every other new agency, commission, task force, and office created to serve the federal health care monster: lost in bureaucratic red tape. If that wasn’t enough Government bureaucracy for you then you must work at the Department of Motor Vehicles or you’re a sadist…or both!
I could go on, and I know all of you lovely people out there reading would love for me to, but the truth is that the amount of garbage to try to get thru regarding the insanity of this Bill and the psychopathic inner workings of it are immense. The fact that you and I can barely understand just what we are getting out of Obama Care should be alarming by itself, never mind the blinding truths about the cost nitemares it creates. In closing, I leave you with this observation:
Congress and the White House have pushed through a healthcare reform bill that has more pages than the U.S. Constitution has words. I guarantee you that not a single member of the House or Senate who passed this atrocity has a complete understanding of that legislation. Nothing should be that difficult to understand and anything that is we should all be weary of.