Jun 17 2010
When candidate Obama discussed health care he generally gave the impression he could cover the uninsured, lower costs for everyone and enhance the quality of health care without disturbing anyone’s current health care plans.
The proof he lied is now coming out as the real impacts of Obamacare begin to be put in place. The grim reality – no one is going to keep their current health care:
The number one question on my patients’ minds as the new health reform bill passed was whether they would be able to keep their current health care plan, like the president promised. This past week, when the new 83-page draft of regulations was released jointly by the IRS, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Labor, an answer was offered. Unfortunately, it’s a resounding no.
In fact, the regulations impose a major vise on private insurance, restricting a company’s ability to increase cost sharing (such as coinsurance, deductibles and out-of pocket limits) as well as copayments (“more than the sum of medical inflation plus 15 percentage points or $5 increased by medical inflation”). So it is unlikely that many insurers will be able to remain viable without raising premiums (not restricted by the regulations) or slashing services.
Internal White House documents reveal that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. That numbers soars to 66% for small-business employers.
The documents â€” product of a joint project of the Labor Department, the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS â€” examine the effects new regulations would have on existing, or â€œgrandfathered,â€ employer-based health care plans.
And those White House numbers are the rosy side of the estimate. It seems safe to say most plans (except those union plans exempted by liberal special interests groups) will be affected before all is said and done. And it will not be cheaper when the dust settles:
Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.
For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more, the consulting firm said in a report released to The Associated Press.
Anyone who believed the fantasy promises of the liberal democrats was kidding themselves. Obamacare is going to completely change health care as we know it. And given how well these clowns have dealt with the gulf oil spill, it will clearly not be a change for the better.
Voters need to understand they need to jettison as many Democrats as possible from Congress this fall. Â The GOP needs to have the numbers to not just stop Obama and his Mad Hatters from doing more damage with other brilliant ideas, but also so they can put the breaks on all this mess our young, lame duck leader has already bullied by.
This strategy has the same odor that stank up the final stages of health care reform. After the voters of Massachusetts elected Scott Brown to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat, the President refused to take the hint. Instead, he employed budgetary reconciliation – a technically legal legislative parlor trick that, had the shoe been on the other foot, would have provoked howls of outrage from the left and especially from our holier-than-thou President – to jam through a bill that the public had expressed sustained and significant opposition to.
For somebody who seems detached from the details of policy and largely uninterested in legislative wrangling, Barack Obama sure does come across sometimes like a political bully. But this is not bullying some obstinate backbench legislator. Instead, this is bullying the American people. With health care reform, he basically told the country that he didn’t care what it thought. The fact that people opposed the bill was proof they didn’t know what they were talking about. Now, apparently, the evolving strategy on energy is the same. Don’t like cap-and-trade? That’s your problem, not his. Plan to vote out Democrats in favor of the idea? Like he cares. He’ll pass it anyway.
Obama has run out of political capitol, though he has yet to run out of sympathy (which is the next to go). But that too is draining quickly as left and right pan his failures in the face of the Gulf Oil crisis. What he and his party are doing now is attracting anger and frustration (the opposite of good will or political capitol). It is one thing to have your support go limp and apathetic.
It is totally different to create a massive backlash of anger. Right now, the anger level is sucking up the remnants of all the capitol and sympathy and it becoming focused on November 2010.