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Posted on 09/27/2013 7:01:32 AM PDT by SJackson
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America’s ObamaCare Crisis
Posted By Matthew Vadum On September 26, 2013 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 97 Comments
The 21 hour, 19 minute-long speech by Cruz, the junior Republican senator from Texas, that ended midday yesterday, served as a highly informative infomercial that detailed how the incipient entitlement program is boosting health insurance premiums, unemployment, and misery across the nation.
No one seems to think Obamacare is ready for prime time, except perhaps for the Obama administration and Democratic Party officials. An ABC/Washington Post poll shows 9 of 10 Americans don’t believe that the federal government, their state governments, and the health insurance industry are fully prepared to implement Obamacare. It is worth noting that in 16 ABC/Post polls since August 2009 Obamacare has never received majority support.
Moreover, six in 10 Americans (60%) now believe the federal government already has too much power, according to Gallup polls. Only 7 percent of Americans –that’s roughly one out of 14– believe the government doesn’t have enough power.
Yet President Obama sides with the statists who comprise the 7 percent.
This is the same President Obama who promised voters, If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.
Columnist and bestselling author Michelle Malkin laments that Obamacare has caused her family to get booted out of its health insurance plan.
Like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors. Or rather, we had such a plan.
Last week Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado notified the Malkins that they will not be allowed to retain their current insurance plan beyond its 2014 renewal date. The company blamed the loss of the family’s insurance on changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA).
“In short: Obama lied. My health plan died,” Malkin writes. Anthem’s cancellation letter said the entity will not be “selling new individual PPO plans, and the company doesn’t know what plans it will be offering in the future.
“We either will be herded into the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange regime (launching October 1), a severely limited HMO plan, or presented with costlier alternatives from another insurer. If they even exist,” she writes.
The same thing is happening to families across America.
Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Kentucky, recently learned that the insurance they buy on the individual market will nearly triple in cost next year, rising from $333 a month to a whopping $965. The insurance carrier blamed Obamacare for the jump.
“This isn’t a Cadillac plan, this isn’t even a silver plan,” Mr. Mangione said, in a reference to higher levels of coverage under Obamacare.
Even the New York Times has finally gotten around to covering the Obamacare crisis.
But the money-losing Old Gray Lady still manages to put a positive spin on the bad news.
Consumers will have to get used to much tighter, narrower networks of doctors and hospitals, the paper reports, quoting Adam M. Linker, a health policy analyst at an obscure left-wing pressure group called the North Carolina Justice Center.
That can be positive for consumers if it holds down premiums and drives people to higher-quality providers, Linker said in an interview at his office in La-La Land.
Remember that Obamacare was touted, however improbably, as a cost-saving measure.
Then-Sen. Barack Obama vowed in mid-2008 that, In an Obama administration, well lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year … Well do it by the end of my first term as president of the United States.
Government actuaries openly scoff at this claim. In its first decade, Obamacare will cause health spending to skyrocket by roughly $621 billion over and above what Americans would have spent without the imposition of Obamacare. “Between 2014 and 2022, the increase in national health spending (which the Medicare actuaries specifically attribute to the law) amounts to $7,450″ per family of four, according to Forbes magazine.
As it turns out, the average family of 4 has only had to face a relatively modest burden from Obamacare over the past four yearsa little over $125. Unfortunately, this years average burden ($66) will be 10 times as large in 2014 when Obamacare kicks in for earnest. And it will rise for two years after that, after which it [will] hit a steady-state level of just under $800 a year.
Last week the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight director Gary Cohen refused to give a congressional subcommittee a straight answer when asked if the health insurance exchanges mandated by the Obamacare law will be ready to accept enrollees on Oct. 1, as required.
Consumers will be able to go online, theyll be able to get a determination of whatever tax subsidies theyre eligible for, theyll be able to look at the plans that are available wherever they live, they will be able to see the premium net of subsidy that they would have to pay, and they would be able to choose a plan and enroll in coverage, beginning Oct. 1, Cohen said in the first round.
The questioner followed up. Let me rephrase the question: Will the enrollment process be ready on Oct. 1?
I have nothing further to add to my answer, Cohen said.
When asked whether the exchanges will be ready by Jan. 1, 2014, Cohen froze. Consumers will be able to its the same answer, Cohen responded.
Despite all this bad news for government-run health care, Democrats continue pimping Obamacare at every opportunity and pretending that everything is okay.
Once it is fully implemented Obamacare will be so wonderful that Americans are not going to want to let it go, Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said last week.
Not everyone is fooled.
As evidence of the ongoing collapse of Obamacare continues to mount, Cruz ended his 21 hour-plus speech against the hated government program around Noon yesterday, surrounded by a hostile media and enemies in both political parties.
But some Cruz allies did show up. Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), David Vitter (La.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), and Jim Inhofe (Okla.), joined Cruz on the Senate floor to support his bid to defund Obamacare.
Cruz was attacked by erstwhile conservative Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other establishment Republican lawmakers. “Elections have consequences,” McCain said on the Senate floor yesterday as he urged his fellow Republicans to accept his belief that Obamacare is here to stay.
Contrary to conventional Washington wisdom, it can be defunded as long as the Constitution continues to give Congress the power of the purse. Some have pointed out that funds have already been appropriated to implement Obamacare. Those funds can be rescinded.
The bureaucratic infrastructure already created could be easily dismantled and no one would shed a tear — except for the radical left-wingers who backed Obamacare in the first place.
MAKE DC LISTEN: TELL YOUR SENATORS TO OPPOSE CLOTURE ON H.J. RES 59
We must oppose cloture on H. J. Res. 59, so that Harry Reid and Senate Democrats cannot sneak in funding for Obamacare. We need you to call your Senators right now: tell them to oppose cloture on H.J. Res 59 and remind them that a vote for cloture IS a for funding Obamacare.
State Senator Party Phone
AK Mark Begich D (202) 224-3004
AK Lisa Murkowski R (202) 224-6665
AL Jeff Sessions R (202) 224-4124
AL Richard C. Shelby R (202) 224-5744
AR John Boozman R (202) 224-4843
AR Mark L. Pryor D (202) 224-2353
AZ Jeff Flake R (202) 224-4521
AZ John McCain R (202) 224-2235
CA Barbara Boxer D (202) 224-3553
CA Dianne Feinstein D (202) 224-3841
CO Michael F. Bennet D (202) 224-5852
CO Mark Udall D (202) 224-5941
CT Richard Blumenthal D (202) 224-2823
CT Christopher Murphy D (202) 224-4041
DE Thomas R. Carper D (202) 224-2441
DE Christopher A. Coons D (202) 224-5042
FL Bill Nelson D (202) 224-5274
FL Marco Rubio R (202) 224-3041
GA Saxby Chambliss R (202) 224-3521
GA Johnny Isakson R (202) 224-3643
HI Mazie K. Hirono D (202) 224-6361
HI Brian Schatz D (202) 224-3934
IA Chuck Grassley R (202) 224-3744
IA Tom Harkin D (202) 224-3254
ID Mike Crapo R (202) 224-6142
ID James E. Risch R (202) 224-2752
IL Richard J. Durbin D (202) 224-2152
IL Mark Kirk R (202) 224-2854
IN Daniel Coats R (202) 224-5623
IN Joe Donnelly D (202) 224-4814
KS Jerry Moran R (202) 224-6521
KS Pat Roberts R (202) 224-4774
KY Mitch McConnell R (202) 224-2541
KY Rand Paul R (202) 224-4343
LA Mary L. Landrieu D (202) 224-5824
LA David Vitter R (202) 224-4623
MA Edward Markey D (202) 224-2742
MA Elizabeth Warren D (202) 224-4543
MD Benjamin L. Cardin D (202) 224-4524
MD Barbara A. Mikulski D (202) 224-4654
ME Susan M. Collins R (202) 224-2523
ME Angus S. King I (202) 224-5344
MI Carl Levin D (202) 224-6221
MI Debbie Stabenow D (202) 224-4822
MN Al Franken D (202) 224-5641
MN Amy Klobuchar D (202) 224-3244
MO Roy Blunt R (202) 224-5721
MO Claire McCaskill D (202) 224-6154
MS Thad Cochran R (202) 224-5054
MS Roger F. Wicker R (202) 224-6253
MT Max Baucus D (202) 224-2651
MT Jon Tester D (202) 224-2644
NC Richard Burr R (202) 224-3154
NC Kay R. Hagan D (202) 224-6342
ND Heidi Heitkamp D (202) 224-2043
ND John Hoeven R (202) 224-2551
NE Deb Fischer R (202) 224-6551
NE Mike Johanns R (202) 224-4224
NH Kelly Ayotte R (202) 224-3324
NH Jeanne Shaheen D (202) 224-2841
NJ Jeff Chiesa R (202) 224-3224
NJ Robert Menendez D (202) 224-4744
NM Martin Heinrich D (202) 224-5521
NM Tom Udall D (202) 224-6621
NV Dean Heller R (202) 224-6244
NV Harry Reid D (202) 224-3542
NY Kirsten E. Gillibrand D (202) 224-4451
NY Charles E. Schumer D (202) 224-6542
OH Sherrod Brown D (202) 224-2315
OH Rob Portman R (202) 224-3353
OK Tom Coburn R (202) 224-5754
OK James M. Inhofe R (202) 224-4721
OR Jeff Merkley D (202) 224-3753
OR Ron Wyden D (202) 224-5244
PA Robert P. Casey D (202) 224-6324
PA Patrick J. Toomey R (202) 224-4254
RI Jack Reed D (202) 224-4642
RI Sheldon Whitehouse D (202) 224-2921
SC Lindsey Graham R (202) 224-5972
SC Tim Scott R (202) 224-6121
SD Tim Johnson D (202) 224-5842
SD John Thune R (202) 224-2321
TN Lamar Alexander R (202) 224-4944
TN Bob Corker R (202) 224-3344
TX John Cornyn R (202) 224-2934
UT Orrin G. Hatch R (202) 224-5251
UT Mike Lee R (202) 224-5444
VA Tim Kaine D (202) 224-4024
VA Mark R. Warner D (202) 224-2023
VT Patrick J. Leahy D (202) 224-4242
VT Bernard Sanders I (202) 224-5141
WA Maria Cantwell D (202) 224-3441
WA Patty Murray D (202) 224-2621
WI Tammy Baldwin D (202) 224-5653
WI Ron Johnson R (202) 224-5323
WV Joe Manchin D (202) 224-3954
WV John D. Rockefeller D (202) 224-6472
WY John Barrasso R (202) 224-6441
WY Michael B. Enzi R (202) 224-3424
Now that we have your attention, you sorry US Senators, keep in mind that we will replace you with those who will gladly correct your errors - - - .
So, scrub and clean by 2014 !
Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick
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In the Soviet Union Stalin collectivised the farms.
In the United States Obama collectivised the hospitals.
The result will be the same.
Same as yesterday...I just tried Bill Nelson, Fla.. The phone rang and rang. There is no answer. Obviously, they don’t want to represent the people who sent them to office. I was able to leave a message for Rubio yesterday at his Orlando Office. I know he is with us but I called anyway.
ObamaCare must NOT be delayed. I want voters feeling this kind of pain before the election.
They DO NOT GIVE A $HIT.
They are not effected by it. Its just like SS, isn’t it? And all the other laws that have been passed that aren’t applied to Congress.
When did the Constitution or the American people give them permission to give themselves raises and crazy pensions? Can someone educate me on that. I could be wrong, but it was supposed to be a part time job. When did they make it full time with truckloads of benefits and perks?