Skip to comments.Obamacare: "We Have to Pass the Bill So that You Can Find Out What Is in It"
Posted on 08/09/2011 7:11:05 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
They passed it, and now we are finding out what is in it. For over a year now experts have been painstakingly poring through the 2500+ pages of legislation and mandates created in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) and The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HR 4872) and the debate continues on whether to repeal or fix it. As the timeline rolls out for compliance over the next few years it will become increasingly clear that there are quite a few mandates thrown in that our representatives will deny having any knowledge of, since they did not read it! What we have seen so far from this disastrous monstrosity of legislation is that we and our physicians will be so tied up in bureaucracy; from mountains of paperwork, to bureaucrats getting in between our doctors and ourselves, to employers providing insurance that contains minimum essential coverage which has yet to be fully disclosed for their employees, to the policing of our coverage by the IRS to make sure we have purchased what the government deems to be acceptable health insurance coverage. Physicians will also be subject to fines for not providing care to their patients as dictated by a panel of bureaucrats.
The individual mandate in this bill is unprecedented in our history. The Cato Institutes Michael D. Tanner has published a comprehensive analysis of this heath care reform bill in his much more readable 61 page Bad Medicine: A Guide to the Real Costs and Consequences of the New Health Care Law. He states that what we are finding increasingly looks like it will leave Americans less healthy, less prosperous and less free.
In his analysis he breaks down the timeline of what provisions will go into effect and when. Already implemented:
This week we discovered that, effective August 1, 2011, according to the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services Under the Affordable Care Act, womens preventive health care such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services is covered with no cost sharing for new health plans. The list of services that are to be covered with no co-payare; well-woman visits, screening for gestational diabetes, human papillomavirus testing, counseling for sexually transmitted infections, screening and counseling for human immune-deficiency virus, contraceptive methods and counseling, breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling, and screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence. This will surely drive up the cost of health insurance premiums and cause more employers to opt out of providing coverage for their employees and pay the fines instead. The administration will vilify these corporations, calling them greedy, corporate jet-flying, profit-making millionaires and billionaires. It has structured the laws in such a way that in the long run it will be cheaper and involve less bureaucracy for corporations to opt out. Nationalized health care was the goal of this president and despite all of the opposition it is what we now have. Most Americans do not realize this yet, because of the extended timeline for the rollout of the various aspects of this bill.
The individual mandate takes effect in 2014. Failure to comply will result in a fine equal to 1% of income. Penalties increase to 2% in 2015, and 2.5% in 2016. The IRS will be able to withhold any tax refunds to pay these fines if you have not provided proof of acceptable insurance.
Michael D. Tanner states that the combination of taxes and subsidies in this law results in a substantial redistribution of income and it is a tax and regulatory nightmare. He also states More than 2/3 of companies could be forced to change their current coverage.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has already granted over 1400 waivers to corporations. The first waiver should have invalidated the entire bill.
Nanny State PING!
If those words do not cry out for ridding ourselves of the ruling class, then no words do. 2012 cannot come soon enough.
It’s the same logic that said, “we have to elect Obama before we can find out what he’s like.”
How many pages is the US tax code... and growing?
The states need to send 25 divisions to Washington so obuma can find out what their intention is.
The most infamous words uttered in a hell of long time. It had multitudes of hidden meanings. Alarm bells should have gone off nation wide. The MSM managed to silence the alarms and suppress the hidden massages. The houses of government pile drove the bill through makingoffers to key reluctant legislators offers they couldn't refuse. This is Democracy? No, it is tyranny and should be labeled as such, and set a a constant reminder.
Repeal ObamaCommieCare. Shutter HHS as totally unconstitutional.
Talk about a steaming pile of $h!t and there ain’t no diamonds in it either except for the ruling elite.
This is beyond government. And this is beyond what the public wants.
Government has to have limits. The government thinks in terms of limits for everything but itself.
Reverse all that only the sky is the limit.
So many of us already knew, yet we saw voters sleep walk to the polls to vote for a program of "America in Retrograde" I hope they enjoy the radical transformation that is spreading like wild fire.
Looks like the block diagram for an ARM11
“The individual mandate takes effect in 2014.”
They will be putting me in jail.
What’s the status of the court challenge to the individual mandate??? I haven’t heard anything lately.
I’ve heard comparisons of Barack “Fitzgerald” Obamo to Jimmy Carter. That’s unfair. At least Carter earned his Nobel Peace Prize by getting Egypt and Israel to sign a peace treaty. Obama got a prize from the panel for not being George W. Bush. Obama is not worthy to carry Carter’s jock strap.
When he is gone next year his only legacy will be deficits, downgrades...but at least there will be ugly pictures on cigarette packs and calorie counts on every menu. It will be like a tattoo to remind us of the consequences of liberalism.
Neither have I. Hope it’s on the way to the Supremes.
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The only remaining questions are, who has standing to bring charges of malfeasance...?
and... Is there a statute of limitations?
We certainly don't wand to allow the criminals who took the money and ran to get off scott free (Rangell comes to mind...)
This one has always struck me as blatant fraud in word if not in deed.
Regardless of how one feels about pre-existing conditions, you can't have the words "insurance" and "pre-existing conditions" in the same sentence, as this constitutes fraud, plain and simple.
That's like legislating the assertion that the Emperor Hussein actually IS wearing clothes.
But I still have no idea who has standing to prosecute this fraud.