Skip to comments.Jim DeMint: We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare
Posted on 10/17/2013 11:19:12 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
We know that premiums are going up due to ObamaCareAmericans are getting notices in their mailboxes every day. On Wednesday, Drew Gonshorowski of the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation published research that shows exchange premiums are going up in all but five states. In North Carolina, for example, many consumers will find their premiums almost double when shopping on the government exchanges. The hardest-hit states, such as Georgia, Arizona, Vermont and North Dakota, will see premium increases of up to 150%.
Mr. Gonshorowski's research shows that the hardest hit by the increases will be young adults. "A state that exhibits this clearly is Vermont," he writes, "where the increase for 27-year-olds is 144 percent and the increase for 50-year-olds is still 60 percent, but far less. All states exhibit this relationship."
We also know that, once established, the cost of ObamaCare's new entitlements will not fall. Historical evidence suggests the opposite. Nearly 50 years ago, at the time of Medicare's enactment, it was projected that the federal government would spend $9 billion on Part A hospital services in 1990. Actual spending in that year totaled $67 billionan increase of 644% compared with initial estimates.
Likewise, government officials originally projected that Medicare Part B physician services would require "federal appropriations of about $500 million a year from general tax revenues." Last year, the federal outlay for that program was $163.8 billionovershooting the original estimate by more than 4,400%.
Given this track record, the Congressional Budget Office's projection that ObamaCare will cost "only" $250 billion (you read that right: a quarter-trillion dollars) a decade from now seems far-fetched.
There's a reason Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently claimed that ObamaCare will lead to a single-payer health-care system: It happens to be true.
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...no one believes you Mr Demint.
Not the liberals.
Not the media.
Not the people who vote for you.
Ummmm... Seems to me they already did.... It’s just talk now.
Jim De Mint is not holding elected office. He is with the Heritage Foundation which has been fighting the good fight against Obamacare.
Vote? Um, I think the party you want to ring up is Tim Scott. Tim on the CR last 25 September. Check.
Jim Demint retired from the Senate and now heads the Heritage Foundation, where he's trying to do his best to get the word out. I suggest you get behind him.
And he means it...He won’t back down!.-———Thank goodness he won’t back down!———He is right where we need him!
I am more encouraged than I have been in a long time!
Thank you Jim , Heritage, Ted, Mike and all who won’ t back down.
I agree with you wholeheartedly. Go Jim, Mike,Ted and WE THE PEOPLE!
Keep up the fight Mr DeMint.
“There’s a third reason not to stop fighting. Forget the consultants, the pundits and the pollsters; good policy is good politics. If the Republicans had not fought on ObamaCare, the compromise would have been over the budget sequester. Instead, they have retained the sequester and for the past three months ObamaCare and its failings have been front and center in the national debate. Its disastrous launch was spotlighted by our defund struggle, not overshadowed, as some contend. With a revived and engaged electorate, ObamaCare will now be the issue for the next few years.”
Jim, you already did.
“With a revived and engaged electorate, ObamaCare will now be the issue for the next few years.”
As the ObamaCare “tax” is implemented, I hope this is an issue that comes back to haunt the Dems. However, after reading about the role subsidies play, I suspect that they’ve done their homework and 50.1% of people will end up with “free healthcare” (enough to guarantee a permanent majority at the polls). They’ve been cleaning the Repubs’ clocks when it comes to elections over the last few years, and with their media saturating ignorant people 24/7 they will continue to do so.
"50.1% of people will end up with free healthcare
Better go tell the people over at DU and KOS because they can't find anyone who will get it for free. They're all complaining about losing their plans and how much the deductibles are.
Amidst all the blather about Republicans going over the cliff and taking the world with them, a tantalizing bit of truth was spoken on today's Morning Joe. Doomsaying notwithstanding, the GOP is actually positioned to do OK in 2014." "Making the comment particularly surprising was its source: Barack Obama's former senior adviser himselfDavid Axelrod."
Then there is liberal Nate Silver who thinks we have a good chance of taking the Senate in 2014.
A race-by-race analysis of the Senate, in fact, suggests that Republicans might now be close to even-money to win control of the chamber after next years elections. Our best guess, after assigning probabilities of the likelihood of a G.O.P. pickup in each state, is that Republicans will end up with somewhere between 50 and 51 Senate seats after 2014, putting them right on the threshold of a majority.
I guess we'll have to wait and see but I feel pretty good about 2014.
“What elections are you referring to? Over the last few years would include 2010. Surely you’re not referring to that election.”
Has anything convinced you that the Dems lost the House? It certainly doesn’t seem that way. Obama’s re-election showed just how desperate and ignorant voters are, and I don’t see Republicans doing anything constructive about that. They are talking at graduate school levels to voters with 8th grade diplomas.
“Better go tell the people over at DU and KOS because they can’t find anyone who will get it for free. They’re all complaining about losing their plans and how much the deductibles are.”
I’d imagine they are in income levels above $30K. All of those striking fast-food workers that want a raise? They aren’t on those websites, they aren’t on welfare/Medicaid, and they’re all going to get free health care from us.
“I guess we’ll have to wait and see but I feel pretty good about 2014.”
If people see the true impact of ObamaCare by election time, then the Repubs should do well; if not, then the media will continue convincing them things are great (despite their individual miseries).
I certainly have immense respect for DeMint; however, he could have more of an impact on the front lines (in Congress) rather than from his back row cushy chair at Heritage. Alas, DeMint chose the chair...
We need front line soldiers - not back row cheerleaders preaching to the choir!
LOL! They deserve to feel the pain of this tyrannical that they voted for.
DiMint’s successor, Tim Scott, backed the shutdown to the end.
(Starting a meme. See my tag. Please make it yours.)
I’m curious, what exactly do you see happening if indeed the Republicans “take” the Senate in 2014?
They aren’t going to get 60 seats. I think we can all agree there.
I don’t see anything changing at this point. Sure, there’s going to be a lot of rhetoric to fire up the base (on both sides) but for the Republicans the rhetorical speech will be (and already is) quite empty. I do not see an end game here that rids the nation of Obamacare. All this talk of “fighting” seems to me to be coming from people who simply refuse to accept the fact that it’s over.
Convince me I’m wrong. I’m absolutely willing to hear of a solid plan; not some empty rhetoric though along the likes of “we’re continuing the fight”. Because stuff like that, to me, just sounds like trying to get various campaigns off the ground (ie donations).
DeMint was my Senator. I believe he believes he can reach more people from The Heritage Foundation than he could from an SC. Senate seat. You should read his book about what he went through as a businessman turned junior senator and from his own party. It will let you in on what any conservative newby must go through when they try to fight the good fight.
Riiiiiiight..And they just did what on Wednesday?
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