Skip to comments.Obamacare Must Go Regardless of Who is Obama’s Next HHS Nominee
Posted on 04/17/2014 4:11:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
At the end of the day, we all want Americans to have access to affordable, quality healthcare, but Obamacare is the wrong path to get to that goal.
As we begin to review the qualifications and record of President Obamas new nominee to become HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will have to answer a number of very important questions during her upcoming confirmation hearings before both the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. And while Ms. Burwell was unanimously confirmed to become OMB director, running OMB is vastly different from being HHS Secretary. Frankly, our current state in healthcare demonstrates a complete need to start overit is unclear whether Ms. Burwell or anyone else could clean up the Obamacare shambles.
Obamacares soaring premiums, lost coverage, and the questionable sign up numbers have all become familiar since the laws enactment. Families and young adults are routinely being priced out of the market, hourly workers are seeing their workweek slashed, and individuals are losing access to a doctor in their community. We know now the promise that if you liked your healthcare, you could keep it turned out not to be true, and even after sinking $1.4 trillion dollars into this program over the next 10 years, there will still be 31 million uninsured Americans.
Throughout this mess, my position has remained clearI am in favor of a complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. My voting record speaks for itself and I am proud of my position. I fully believe that the free market has the solutions that we need to help more Americans gain access to healthcare, and the last thing our economy needs is a more intrusive and controlling federal government.
Many on the left, including President Obama, have said there is no alternative to Obamacare. I am here to tell you that isnt the case. Among the alternatives is the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act by my colleagues Senators Burr, Coburn, and Hatch. Their ideas provide a conservative framework of guiding principles for making healthcare work for peoplebeginning with repealing Obamacare.
The CARE Act combines commonsense free market ideas, including giving small businesses more purchasing power, allowing more competition across state lines, increasing medical price transparency, and medical malpractice reform in order not only to expand healthcare access, but also to address the underlying causes of increasing medical costs.
At this point, $6.9 billion taxpayer dollars have been spent on the healthcare law, and no one, not the White House, HHS, or the members of Congress who voted for the bill, seem to have a clear idea where all of our money has gone. A full $2 billion has been spent just on efforts to boost enrollment and on Healthcare.gov. Of all this, not a single dollar has actually reached a doctor.
Obamacare seeks to make sure everyone has health insurance, though 31 million Americans are projected remain uninsured in 2024, but the negative side effects are huge, and there are a lot of aspects of the problem that it doesnt addressspecifically access to medical care, medical costs, and the formulas were using to pay for healthcare.
Healthcare should work for people, not politicians. I have and will consistently oppose Obamacare in my efforts to relieve the American people of the burden this bad law has imposedfor our families, our small businesses, our seniors, and our communities.
Insurance and law suits are the two largest cost drivers of medical care. The convoluted and excessively expensive FDA drug approval process is another huge driver. But those three things are so deeply entrenched that all politicians will do is decorate the edges of those problems.
Another huge cost driver are laws forcing hospitals to treat illegals and indigents to the same level of care everybody else gets and NOT CHARGE them. Those costs go someplace. They don’t disappear.
More central planning will not solve problems caused by central planning.
The Affordable Healthcare Act has made healthcare unaffordable to most Americans and is a great lesson in irony, how poorly the government manages anything it touches, and why socialism is not te answer. Free makets and capitalism where individuals are rewarded for their own efforts is a much better solution and worked for a long time to make this country the most powerful nation on earth. It’s too bad some idiots thought they would come in try to fix something that wasn’t broken so they could fool the “other “idiots into putting them into power and make themselves very rich which they did. The. “other” idiots are just too proud to admit they were fooled and made to look stupid now or are too racist to admit that the half-breed is a horrible president with evil intentions.
Hill-Burton legislation from decades ago demands any hospital receiving federal funds must treat anyone who walks in.