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OBAMACARE – WHY DID WE NEED IT?

IS ANY AMERICAN WHO WORKS BETTER OFF?

ARE SENIORS BETTER OFF?

IS ANYONE BETTER OFF?

WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MEDICAID?

ASK YOUR DEMOCRATIC SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE THESE QUESTIONS.

A very good friend of mine shared a message he appeared reluctant to send to his son. I am lucky that six of my seven children have enough sense to recognize that America is being trashed. Unfortunately, I also have some extremely well educated granddaughters and spouses who will wake up someday and realize how they were so wrong. When their kids can’t look forward to a life equal to them they will then feel sorry for who has to pay for this “government gone wild” spending binge and destruction of the finest healthcare system in the world.

I would send each of them a copy of this message to but I am certain it would not be read as my friend’s son will likely ignore it also. I will not change a word he wrote as I think it is one of the most heartfelt letters I ever read. I will not disclose any names, even to my family.  C Brewer 

THE LETTER!

“We’ve kept our e-mail exchanges out of the political arena lately.  Unfortunately, it’s not easy to ignore the 1000 pound gorilla in the room, as well as every newspaper, TV newscast and talk show, even the CMA show last night, touched this subject and what a response it got.  So, against my wife’s advice, I’m going to open this can of worms and ask your opinion. I have written down my thoughts and conclusions.  I don’t think I will change any one’s mind; however, they are food for thought.

I understand you position as it relates to our President; it is shared by many millions of loyal and upstanding US citizens (and illegal aliens).  

What I don’t understand is the way the press and those same millions of supporters let him get away with claiming he either didn’t know about any of the recent issues of confidence, the Administration has faced in the past four years.  He claims he didn’t know about: Fast and Furious, the security warnings in Libya (Benghazi), or the extent of NSA eavesdropping on US citizens, welfare and voter fraud, the spying on foreign leaders or the IRS targeting of political action groups. 

(Plausible deniability?) 

As our President, yours and mine, does he still have credibility and your support?

He is claiming he didn’t say things like…..”If you like your health care plan, you can keep it, Period!”  OR, “If you like you doctors or hospital you can keep them.”

It turns out Obama knew that upward of 93 million Americans would have their health insurance canceled, the whole time he was claiming that wouldn’t happen. And, worst of all, it was a political decision, on the advice of White House political advisors, to perpetuate the scam. That is factual!

Even without the 2010 Health and Human Services (HHS) report admitting those 93 million Americans would lose their health insurance, anyone with half a brain (which is a pre-existing condition) knew that millions of Americans would be thrown off their insurance plans under Obamacare. It was also detailed and printed in the 2010, Congressional Record.  That’s how the opposition got wind of some of the potential problems.

Under the law, our federal overseers, led by HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, know what’s best for us. The Secretary is to determine what every health insurance plan must cover; and any plans that don’t are illegal.  And, she had the sole discretion to determine the October 1st, Roll Out date.  Why did she choose to go “live”, without having the programs adequately tested? One theory is the Administration wanted to blame any problems on the Republicans, as the Administration was blaming them for shutting down the government; so, that is what she claimed.  

What is often lost in the fog of war is that Senator’s Cruz and Lee were trying to work up bi-partisan support to delay the implementation, so that the system could be tested and delay any penalties for not enrolling in a program (that wasn’t accepting the vast majority of enrollee’s), for a year.  That ironically is just what at least 14 Democrat Senators (who are up for re-election in 2014) are now proposing.   

You’ll remember that the Act passed both the House and the Senate, without a single Republican vote.

Some of the supposedly unintended consequences of the law are: gay guys are now going to be forced to buy plans that cover maternity care. Mormons will have to buy plans that cover gambling addiction therapy. Elderly couples can buy only insurance that includes pediatric dental care. Catholic hospitals will be required to provide birth control and abortions.  Why?  Because the program needs the young taxpayers to pay the premiums that will support the medical costs of an aging society.  Again, ironically, unemployment is high among 20 and 30 year olds and many young people can’t afford the new plans.  Many of them, along with the poor and elderly are resorting to Medicaid, as their first option, because they don’t have to pay anything up front. 

Health insurance premiums are going through the roof with all these federal mandates. The Cato Institute reports that health insurance premiums will be higher than before Obamacare in at least 45 states — an astronomical 256 percent higher in some cases. The Los Angeles Times says middle-income families in California will pay 30 percent more for health insurance, even with the subsidies, not the $2400 reduction in premiums for most families, as was claimed, during the 2008 election campaign and thereafter. 

Policies are being canceled because any old plan — the one you probably shopped for and liked — is now illegal.  The President is blaming the insurance companies for discontinuing policies that the Act made illegal.

According to the Administration, it is our duty, as a caring human being, to buy an expensive health care plan we don’t really want?

While campaigning for national health care in 2008, candidate Obama repeatedly claimed that a doctor would rather amputate your foot or leg and make $50,000 than treat you for diabetes because “if that same diabetic ends up getting their foot amputated, that’s $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 — immediately the surgeon is reimbursed.” (Leaving aside Obama’s slander of doctors, Medicare reimburses a surgeon $740 to $1,140 for a leg amputation.)

Under Obamacare, you’ll get a nice, nurse practitioner to attend to your needs — provided your needs are limited to birth control and psychotherapy. Many existing doctors are saying they will retire because they can’t make enough to pay their staff or pay the rent on their suite of offices. We will see a dramatic shortage of qualified doctors and specialists in the next ten years if something isn’t done to correct the situation.

It’s the homework requirement that is the most annoying aspect of Obamacare. Millions of Americans will lose their health insurance and be forced to buy plans they don’t want. And many, many millions will no longer be able to go to the doctor of their choosing — or any doctor at all!

What if Americans don’t want to spend weeks, online, figuring out their new insurance options? What if we don’t want to provide the government with reams of personal information, simply to be able to buy health insurance? What if we just want to pay our doctor directly for a yearly checkup? Why do we have to examine HHS regulations to find out how much that’s going to cost us in fines and taxes? 

Eighty-five percent of Americans were happy with their health care before Obamacare, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, higher than almost any other product or service polled, with even Amazon.com, coming in at 88 percent satisfaction. Even uninsured Americans were as satisfied with their health care as Canadians were with their national health care.

What about those of us who don’t want to be in a constant state of agitation just to get the health care of our choice? Not everyone is better off in a world where the pushy win and the quiet and unassuming die because their rare diseases didn’t attract a band of noisy lobbyists.

No group of government bureaucrats can substitute for hundreds of millions of Americans making individual choices about their own lives and their own health. It would be as if the government took it upon itself to tell us whom to marry.

Only someone who went to Harvard would think central planners should do that. 

The smart people in the Soviet Union tried to centrally plan the nation’s agriculture and the result was 50 years of “bad weather.” And, they were dealing with inert objects — land, seeds and crops.

Our central planners think they can direct something infinitely more complex than farmland: human beings and their individual health needs.

Under Obamacare, as written, the pushy and the connected win, everyone else loses.

Anyway, that’s what I think. It is long and detailed but it is my opinion and opinions are like a** holes, everyone has one!!”

Later,

Dad

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2 thoughts on “OBAMACARE – WHY DID WE NEED IT?

  1. Baxter Henderson on said:

    Despite all the mess the introduction of your ACA has caused, and I do not doubt it has, one could argue that you had the ‘best health care system in the world’ Not when my sister who is in her sixties was afraid to go to the doctor because of what it may cost. It may have been best for many, but not for everyone.

    I’ve stopped watching Fox and have started watching PBS News Hour. What do you think of them?

    Bax

    _____

    • BAXTER, PBS IS THE MOST BIASED LEFT WING NEWS SOURCE IN AMERICA. THEY ARE FARTHER LEFT THAN MSNBC. WHY WAS YOUR SISTER AFRAID TO GO WHEN EVEN ILLEGALS GET FREE CARE?

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