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Ten inconvenient truths about Obamacare
Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2010 | Susan Ferrechio

Posted on 03/23/2010 11:58:12 AM PDT by rhema

President Obama, with Vice President Biden at his side, makes a statement Sunday night following the final vote in the House for comprehensive health care legislation. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama is promising a massive campaign to sell the health care plan just approved by Congress -- starting with his signature on the Senate version of the legislation on Tuesday. The sales pitch begins even as the Senate considers a raft of modifications to the plan already approved by the House. But as the president makes his pitch, critics will be looking to knock down many of the central claims he and other Democratic leaders have made. Here are 10 inconvenient truths that could dog the president:

1. The cost of coverage will rise for the middle class.

According to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a health care scholar at the free-market American Enterprise Institute, the new bill will actually make it more costly for middle class families to buy health insurance by forcing those who shop on the individual market to buy generous, but expensive plans mandated under the new law. Middle class families earning $88,000 or more a year won't qualify for health care subsidies. A family earning $100,000 would end up spending nearly a quarter of their net income on health care.

2. Health insurance premiums will go up for nearly half of Americans.

Health care premiums for those in the individual insurance market will rise 10 percent to 13 percent by 2016 under the plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office. While the cost of premiums will be subsidized with taxpayer dollars for 57 percent of those enrolled in the new government-run insurance exchanges, the 43 percent of enrollees who do not qualify for assistance will have to pay higher costs.

3. Health reform is unlikely to create new jobs.

The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, says that the health care reform bill will create "between 2.5 million to 4 million additional jobs over the next 10 years." But the fiscally conservative Beacon Hill Institute, part of Boston's Suffolk University, conducted its own analysis and found that in response to higher taxes and mandates on companies to provide insurance, "firms would be induced to fire or lay off workers" to the tune of 120,000 to 700,000 employees by 2019. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, found that the new taxes would kill 690,000 jobs per year.

4. Federal funding may cover abortion.

Obama agreed on Sunday to sign an executive order to reaffirm the Senate bill's "consistency with long-standing restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion." But pro-life groups say the executive order does not carry the force of a law and will do nothing to curb the provision in the bill they believe will allow taxpayer dollars to cover the procedure. "The president cannot amend a bill by issuing an order, and the federal courts will enforce what the law says," the National Right to Life Committee said.

5. Four million people will lose their employer-based plans.

The new health care law will impose a list of benefits each health care plan will have to offer if they are to remain in business. The Congressional Budget Office also estimates that about 4 million people would lose their employer-based plan and be forced to buy plans on the new government exchanges.

6. Medicare will cut services along with costs.

The bill makes $528 billion in cuts to Medicare, including a $136 billion reduction for Medicare Advantage. The Medicare Advantage cuts will force 4.8 million seniors off the popular plan by 2019. An additional $23 billion in cuts to Medicare will come from a panel charged with slashing Medicare spending.

7. The bill will not pay for itself.

The CBO found that the bill would reduce the deficit by $138 billion over 10 years, but the savings was achieved by leaving out a $208 billion provision lawmakers will have to enact later to ensure doctors are adequately paid for treating Medicare patients. When the "doc fix" is included in the bill, it runs $59 billion in the red over the next decade. And former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin said that "if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games" the 10-year deficit would exceed $560 billion.

8. Higher Medicaid costs will gradually shift to the states.

The health care reform bill expands Medicaid to all non-elderly individuals up to 133 percent of the poverty line. The federal government would foot the bill for this expansion, but only until 2016. Beginning in 2017, states would gradually begin paying a portion of it. By 2020, states would cover 10 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion.

9. Doctor shortages could lead to rationing.

A survey conducted by the Medicus Firm, a medical recruitment company, found that 46 percent of physicians said they would quit or retire if the Democratic health care reform bill becomes law. The survey noted that "even if a much smaller percentage such as ten, 15, or 20 percent are pushed out of practice over several years at a time when the field needs to expand by over 20 percent, this would be severely detrimental to the quality of the health care system."

10. The bill raises taxes for many individuals and businesses.

The bill imposes a 40 percent excise tax on insurance plans costing $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families. It also raises revenue by increasing the Medicare payroll tax for those earning more than $200,000, plus a new 3.8 percent tax on unearned income for these earners. The bill also imposes new taxes on drug makers, medical device manufacturers and health insurers that are likely to be passed on to consumers.


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhofascism; deathpanels; democrats; healthcare; liberalism; obama; obamacare; romney; romneycare; romneycareplus; socialisthealthcare; taxes

1 posted on 03/23/2010 11:58:12 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

#11 - Democrats will be in power forever.

Good luck repealing this.


2 posted on 03/23/2010 12:02:07 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: rhema

That’s the plan. When the chaos reaches a fever pitch, then the takeover. It’s a leftist tactic.


3 posted on 03/23/2010 12:02:30 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: rhema

Don’t need ten.
Only need one.

It is “involuntary servitude”, prohibited by the 13th Amendment.


4 posted on 03/23/2010 12:02:31 PM PDT by djf (Health care? Guess what! If you have to PAY TO BE FREE, you're NOT!!)
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To: rhema

It sounds like I might benefit from asking for a cut in salary. That would be crazy.


5 posted on 03/23/2010 12:06:32 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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An additional $23 billion in cuts to Medicare will come from a panel charged with slashing Medicare spending.

Death Panel.

6 posted on 03/23/2010 12:10:07 PM PDT by vollmond (I'm an issues voter. If you're a Democrat, I've got issues.)
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To: rhema
4. Federal funding may cover abortion.

O, contraire!!!! Representative Stupack has saved us!!!!


/sarc

I agree with djf. It is “involuntary servitude”, prohibited by the 13th Amendment. Plus, it violates the 10th Amendment possibly more egregiously than already been done over the last 50 years.
7 posted on 03/23/2010 12:10:19 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: rhema
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, found that the new taxes would kill 690,000 jobs per year.

As a small business owner, it's just more incentive for us to hire skilled labor as independent contractors. IOW, negotiate a fixed price for their labor and let them pay their own taxes, health insurance, etc.

8 posted on 03/23/2010 12:11:02 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: djf

>It is “involuntary servitude”, prohibited by the 13th Amendment.

I wont pay. The violation of the 10th is clear.


9 posted on 03/23/2010 12:13:42 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I don’t think this fits what you were looking for, but I’ll send it anyway ping.


10 posted on 03/23/2010 12:20:11 PM PDT by Ingtar (Congress: proof that Entropy trumps Evolution)
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To: rhema

Doesn’t sound too bad:

1. Cost of coverage will rise: of course, better coverage to more people (so they say).

2. Health care premiums will go up for nearly half of Americans: means premiums will not go up for the other half.

3. Health reform unlikely to create new jobs: That’s not its purpose

4. Federal funding may cover abortion: I personally don’t care about this issue.

5. Four Million people will lose their employer-based plans: may be good since I want health insurance to be totally independent of employers.

6. Medicare will cut services and costs: this has got to happen one way or another regardless of the new healthcare plan unless we’re to become a soggy welfare state.

7. The bill will not pay for itself: maybe not, but the government is overspending far beyond the additional costs of this plan. No politician ever talks about how to really cut costs. Nothing new here.

8. Higher Medicaid costs will gradually shift to states: I’m not greatly concerned about who will pay as ultimately it all comes out of my pocket.

9. Doctor shortages could lead to rationing: won’t happen. Changes will be made to accommodate doctors.

10. The bill raises taxes for many individuals and businesses: covered by an earlier item.


11 posted on 03/23/2010 12:32:59 PM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: rhema
A family earning $100,000 would end up spending nearly a quarter of their net income on health care.

I'd like to ask my in-laws how much they like the "change" now!

12 posted on 03/23/2010 12:35:47 PM PDT by Shelayne
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To: frposty

Interesting tagline you got there. And apparently accurate I’m afraid.
As far as this bill goes, you, like so many others, are lost in the weeds.
And, to use a worn out metaphor, you cannot see the forest for the trees.


13 posted on 03/23/2010 12:41:12 PM PDT by Paytriot (Never be afraid to try anything new, Remember amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titani)
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To: frposty

We already have the form of Obamacare in my state. We also have the highest medical premiums in the country and the highest healthcare costs in the country. And Masshealth is now 1/3 of the state budget and growing.

This is what happens when you give an entitlement to people who are not paying into the system. The taxpayer gets left with the bill.


14 posted on 03/23/2010 12:45:41 PM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: Paytriot

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2477870/posts


15 posted on 03/23/2010 12:47:33 PM PDT by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord!)
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To: OPS4

thanks


16 posted on 03/23/2010 1:13:46 PM PDT by Paytriot (Never be afraid to try anything new, Remember amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titani)
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To: Ingtar
The bill makes $528 billion in cuts to Medicare, including a $136 billion reduction for Medicare Advantage. The Medicare Advantage cuts will force 4.8 million seniors off the popular plan by 2019.

I actually have one of those Advantage plans, which is going to be cut. I told that to my relative, but she didn't believe me.

17 posted on 03/23/2010 1:18:21 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: rhema

3. Health reform is unlikely to create new jobs.

I don’t know about that; didn’t the IRS just add 165,000 agents to enforce its provisions? And since nearly half the nation’s doctors will retire or leave the profession soon after it is instituted, those jobs’ll be open.


18 posted on 03/23/2010 1:39:35 PM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: rhema

Plan B:
http://www.LivingInThePhilippines.com


19 posted on 03/23/2010 1:56:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (If we're an Empire, why are Cuba, Iraq, the Philippines, Japan & Germany independent?)
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To: outpostinmass2
This is what happens when you give an entitlement to people who are not paying into the system. The taxpayer gets left with the bill.

Too many pigs for the teats. - Abraham Lincoln

20 posted on 03/23/2010 2:08:20 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Light up the Planet! Use lots of power during "Earth Hour;" Sat. March 27, 8:30 PM.)
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To: rhema

Obamacare Ping


21 posted on 03/23/2010 2:14:39 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: rhema
When the "doc fix" is included in the bill, it runs $59billion trillion in the red over the next decade.

Fixed.....

22 posted on 03/23/2010 2:16:32 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: frposty

Doctor shortages could lead to rationing: won’t happen. Changes will be made to accommodate doctors

DREAM ON MY DEAR, DREAM ON-the doctors I know are closing out their practices-they want NO PART of this baloney


23 posted on 03/23/2010 2:45:46 PM PDT by okokie
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To: okokie

“Doctor shortages could lead to rationing: won’t happen. Changes will be made to accommodate doctors

DREAM ON MY DEAR, DREAM ON-the doctors I know are closing out their practices-they want NO PART of this baloney.”

I’d be very surprised to see that. Wait until they try to make money doing a real job. Besides, the only thing stopping us from having more doctors is a shortage of medical schools. We certainly have an excess of people who want to be doctors. It would be easy enough to double the number of medical schools in this country, if the government authorized it.

But that’s not the real problem, though it would help. Why not make it easier to get medical help without going to a doctor, which most countries in the world do? When you get sick in the Philipines, or Mexico, or Thailand, you go to the local pharmacy and buy the medicine you need. The pharmacist provides assistance. You don’t have to go to the doctor. Besides, half the time we already know what we need. It’s for the same thing we had last time.


24 posted on 03/23/2010 3:02:25 PM PDT by freethinker_for_freedom
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To: rhema

May I suggest we start calling them Rep. and Senator “Babykiller” So-and-So.

They call us raaaaacists, we call them Babykillers. As their middle name.

For example, Representative Bart “Babykiller” Stupak.

Also, from now, let’s not call it health care, but let’s call it CRAP CARE.


25 posted on 03/23/2010 3:15:11 PM PDT by bergmeid (Gas up the truck and pedal to the metal!)
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To: rhema

Color me “mean” but I have little to no sympathy for some of the people who are going to be severely impacted by this legislation.

I do feel sorry for those of us on FR, who are engaged citizens and who fought the good fight, and to the people with little schooling and/or intelligence who have not been able to follow political developments. But as to those who could have understood what was going on and chose not to, well, I harken back to the proclamation of Pericles. This Greek philosopher said it best: “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”


26 posted on 03/23/2010 3:16:11 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: rhema
4. Federal funding may cover abortion.

Obama agreed on Sunday to sign an executive order to reaffirm the Senate bill's "consistency with long-standing restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion." But pro-life groups say the executive order does not carry the force of a law and will do nothing to curb the provision in the bill they believe will allow taxpayer dollars to cover the procedure. "The president cannot amend a bill by issuing an order, and the federal courts will enforce what the law says," the National Right to Life Committee said.

Obama lied to a joint session of Congress when he claimed that abortion would not be federally funded in his plan. He wouldn't need to "correct this" if it was already there.

Obama also lied as there has not yet been a new Executive Order signed.

27 posted on 03/23/2010 3:52:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Funny, the same Leftists who denied Obamacare is "Socialist" are calling its critics "Fascist".)
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To: djf

You are not losing your freedom...it is being taken away.


28 posted on 03/23/2010 4:26:27 PM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: rhema
On Sunday afternoon (21Mar10), one Congressman slammed down three reams of paper a declared those 4900 some pages the legislation that was being voted on. The various summaries of ObamaCare I've seen including the ten points above seem woefully inadequate or the product of a super genius who reads and comprehends very quickly. Don't delude yourselves. There is much more to ObamaCare than any of the lame journalists are willing to write about. Mental weakness throughout America brought us to this unhappy point in American history.
29 posted on 03/23/2010 5:41:20 PM PDT by sefarkas (Why vote Democrat Lite?)
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To: frposty
2. Health care premiums will go up for nearly half of Americans: means premiums will not go up for the other half.

Even though they might neither need nor want that insurance - nice friend of liberty you make. It's apparently ok with you to shaft half of the populace.

5. Four Million people will lose their employer-based plans: may be good since I want health insurance to be totally independent of employers.

Cancelling the tie between employers and health insurance is a reasonable position for a conservative, but the approach to tie it even tighter to the government than it was to the employer is not. It would have been a lot easier and cheaper to just give everybody or nobody the same tax status for insurance payments.

6. Medicare will cut services and costs: this has got to happen one way or another regardless of the new healthcare plan unless we’re to become a soggy welfare state.

Maybe Medicare needs to be cut because it's a financial nightmare, but how is that a reason to put every citizen into the same mess?

You are simple. On one side you are saying that Medicare needs to be cut because it don't have enough money for all, yet on the other side you are ok with a plan that forces insurance companies to have no limits on coverage. If government can't manage that, why do you think insurance companies can?

And then there's the criminal position of allowing folks to buy 'insurance' after the event. This just rips off the folks who bought insurance before the need and built up the insurance reserves. Once again, government punishes folks dumb enough to have saved or who otherwise actually prepared for the future.

30 posted on 03/23/2010 7:49:16 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard to be cynical enough in this age.)
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To: rhema
Lindsey Graham said on Greta that college students will pay $1700-1800 more for their student loans to help pay for ObamaCare.
31 posted on 03/23/2010 7:53:59 PM PDT by yellowhammer (ABORT ObamaCare before the third trimester!!)
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To: rhema

32 posted on 03/23/2010 8:26:29 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: JimRed
I don’t know about that; didn’t the IRS just add 165,000 agents to enforce its provisions? ...

That's 16,500.

33 posted on 03/24/2010 1:37:13 AM PDT by dread78645 (Evolution. A doomed theory since 1859.)
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To: slowhandluke

That was a tongue-in-cheek reply. I was against the bill and hope it can be repealed or altered. Make sure you read this Mark Steyn article: http://article.nationalreview.com/428996/tattered-liberty/mark-steyn


34 posted on 03/24/2010 4:24:49 AM PDT by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: dread78645

165,000, 16,500: Same kind of math errors they make in their health care cost calculations, in the other direction!


35 posted on 03/24/2010 6:28:25 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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