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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I hope the Heritage Foundation opens a website that publishes what republicans voted to exempt their staffers.
How many republicans voted FOR the Vitter Amendment ?
(to eliminate congress and their staffer from being subsidized for Obamacare)
Jim DeMint is also a backer of Lindsey Graham. That’s why I never listened to him that much. I am surprised that he is considered part of the Tea Party considering his Graham advocacy.
but we've won a few in the past, we got the rinos to stop amnesty,hillary care , gun control in the past. if we give up and don't try to get them to stop amnesty this time we are much worse of with 50 million new 3rd world maggots invading the USA and taking away our jobs
it's a long shot but we have to try to stop amnesty
Tucked away in your essay is this gem of truth. The American people are burning themselves to death; they just can't see the flames yet.
I wish I understood why the GOP is so inept at messaging!!! This should be a fairly simple script, that even the dimmest of bulbs in the party can repeat:
“The question shouldn’t be why we’re still working to keep Obamacare from going into full effect. It should be why WOULDN’T we be doing everything we can to stop it.
When the Dems conjured up the ACA:
- We said it would kill jobs; they said it wouldn’t. Well now we have proof - it kills jobs, particularly middle-class jobs that are the backbone of our economy. Employers are cutting full-time jobs, and making them part-time. And they’re taking part-timers, and limiting their hours to ensure their costs of providing medical insurance don’t skyrocket.;
- We said it wouldn’t reduce medical or insurance costs, and would almost certainly drive those costs up. They said it would reduce costs - insurance, care provision, everything. Well now we have proof - it is driving costs higher.
- We said it would reduce care options, as individual doctors, doctor groups, and other care providers would retire, close down, or limit patient access. The Dems said this wouldn’t happen, and we were fear-mongers. Well now we have proof - we were right, and medical care choices are now more limited.
- They said medical insurance premiums would drop - not just for a few, but for everyone; we said there was no way to insure an additional 10 million people, and not have premiums increase to cover costs. Again, we were right, as people across America are seeing the devastating effects of higher premiums for mandated coverage they don’t want or need.
- They said we could keep our existing plans if we liked them. But, as millions of Americans have learned, this also is a falsehood. Individual policy-holders in the millions are being told their plans aren’t available under the ACA, tne their replacement plans are sometimes 2 or 3 times more expensive than their canceled plans.
- They also said we could keep our doctors, but doctors and doctor groups are refusing to participate in the least expensive plans, because of the dramatic shift in reimbursement rates they would receive for providing care.
You see, the Dems were not straight with the American people when they rammed this legislation through. There was a reason not a single Republican legislator voted for it in the House and the Senate. We knew it, and said it at the time. We were ridiculed by them, and by the press. But we were right - and the proof is there for all to see now.
All of America would be well served to see this terrible legislation repealed. But, at the very least, we should hit the pause button. There literally is no good reason to continue down this path, and it’s why we’re fighting so hard to mitigate its negative impacts.
So again, the question isn’t why we’re against it. The question is: “Why would any reasonable person be for it?”.
The biggest concern to the Fedgov is long life times. People retire at 62, go on SS, and live to their 90’s. With the demographic winter coming, that is not sustainable.
A single payer system, with managed care, will lower the average life span. Big corps are for it, because they want to get out of the health care side of things, and they are worried about all the 401K’s being drained out of the market when the Boomers cash out.
My grandparents lived till their 90’s. My parents are in their 70’s. With what is coming, I don't expect to reach either mark.
Where are the five states that will have premiums that go down? Is he factoring in illegal Mexicans who will get free insurance?
Agreed. We will keep working until this program is repealed.
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Your welcome to your opinion, but DeMint’s voice was much more powerful as a leader in the senate.
Now think about how informed the average American would be. Its pretty scary how easily they can be manipulated.
You're right. Honest to goodness, reading the comments on this thread has been depressing as hell.
You keep trying and crawling out of the woodwork. DeMint did not support his 2008 campaign.
There must be quite a few on this thread that do not belong to the Heritage Foundation or follow what they do or are against the Heritage Foundation.
They arent going to get 60 seats. I think we can all agree there.
Nothing will happen even if they had 70 seats.
Elected Tea Party conservative republicans should pull a Joe Lieberman now and change parties. Let the GOP lose some seats now.
I keep asking Heritage how much they’re paying Demint. Crickets. I’ll pay more attention to him when he discloses what the deal with Heritage is? I’m just natchurly suspicious that he’s a big money front name ala Lizzy Dole/Red Cross with no real participation/action.
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