The Unreported Secrets of ObamaCare

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often known as “ObamaCare”) is often heralded for its benefits, i.e. offering millions of people healthcare, making healthcare more affordable, and stopping insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. If you think adding more patients who don’t have to pay could somehow make premiums less¬†expensive, you should consider again how exactly that would be possible.

As Nancy Pelosi (former Speaker of the House)¬†once said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Well, now we are starting to find out some of the less glamorous components of the law. Here are a few of the unreported facts that you may not know….

1. The PPACA is over 3 times as long as the King James Version of the Bible and drastically expands government. When Medicare was first passed in 1965, it was 25 times shorter than PPACA, and yet it still led to 132,000 pages of regulations. Imagine how many regulations will be made from the 159 new agencies, boards, commissions, and offices created by PPACA. I find it extremely hard to believe that this drastic expansion of regulations, forms, requirements, and “red tape” for doctors, patients, and employers will truly make it easier for poor people to get healthcare.

2. The PPACA increases the deficit AND taxes
Recent reports by the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) indicate that ObamaCare will add $17 trillion to unfunded liabilities – much more than the $2.6 trillion that was first expected by the CBO. The $503 billion in new taxes (Joint Committee on Taxation) will not even come close to providing funding for this.

3. Polls have consistently shown that America is opposed to this legislation.
The New York Times reported that 47% of Americans oppose the law, while only 36% support it. In light of the Supreme Court forming a judicial review decision at the moment, it should also be noted that a poll by the AP-National Constitution Center found that 82% of people did not think the government should force them to buy health care or fine them for not having it. A Thomson Reuters study of physicians revealed that 78% of doctors believe the effects of PPACA will be negative for doctors, and 65% believe the quality of American health care will deteriorate over the next five years.

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  4. President Obama “conveniently forgot” to mention regarding the ‘American Affordable Care Act’…that has raised health care premiums over 50% in two years, since its enactment. So much for Affordability.

    Charles Krauthammer, a nationally known columnist, noted the following information regarding the release of new Congressional Budget Office cost estimates, the approach of Supreme Court hearings on the law’s constitutionality and the issuance of a compulsory contraception mandate.

    COST

    The Affordable Care Act was carefully constructed to manipulate the standard 10-year cost projections of the CBO. Because benefits would not fully kick in for four years, President Barack Obama could trumpet 10-year gross costs of less than $1 trillion — $938 billion to be exact.

    But now that the near-costless years 2010 and 2011 have elapsed, the true 10-year price tag comes into focus. From 2013 through 2022, the CBO reports, the costs of the Affordable Care Act come to $1.76 trillion — almost twice the phony original number.

    It gets worse. Annual gross costs after 2021 are more than a quarter of $1 trillion every year — until the end of time. That, for a new entitlement in a

    CONSTITUTIONALITY

    The Supreme Court recently heard challenges to the law. The American people, by an astonishing two-thirds majority, want the law and/or the individual mandate tossed out by the court.

    In practice, however, questions this momentous generally are decided 5-4, i.e., depending on whatever side of the bed Justice Anthony Kennedy gets out of that morning.
    Unlimited Government Intervention/Power:

    Ultimately, the question will hinge on whether the Commerce Clause has any limits. If the federal government can compel a private citizen, under threat of a federally imposed penalty, to engage in a private contract with a private entity (to buy health insurance), is there anything the federal government cannot compel the citizen to do?

    If the Affordable Care Act is upheld, it fundamentally changes the nature of the American social contract. It means the effective end of a government of enumerated powers — i.e., finite, delineated powers beyond which the government may not go, beyond which lies the free realm of the people and their voluntary institutions.

    The new post-health-care-reform dispensation is a central government of unlimited power from which citizen and civil society struggle to carve out and maintain spheres of autonomy.

    Figure becomes ground; ground becomes figure. The stakes could not be higher.

    COERCIVENESS

    Serendipitously, the recently issued regulation about contraceptive coverage has allowed us to see exactly how this new power works.

    All institutions — excepting only churches, but not excepting church-run charities, hospitals, etc. — will be required to offer health care that must include free contraception, sterilization and drugs that cause abortion.

    Consider the cascade of arbitrary bureaucratic decisions that resulted in this edict:

    (1) Contraception, sterilization and abortion pills are classified as medical prevention. On whose authority? The secretary of health and human services, invoking the Institute of Medicine. But surely categorizing pregnancy as a disease equivalent is a value decision, disguised as scientific.

    If contraception is prevention, what are fertility clinics? Disease inducers? And if contraception is prevention because it lessens morbidity and saves money, by that logic, mass sterilization would be the greatest boon to public health since the pasteurization of milk.

    (2) This type of prevention is free — no co-pay. Why? Is contraception morally superior to or more socially vital than — and thus more of a “right” than — penicillin for a child with pneumonia?

    (3) “Religious” exemptions to this edict extend only to churches, places where the faithful worship God, and not to church-run hospitals and charities, places where the faithful do God’s work. Who promulgated this definition, so subversive of the whole notion of godliness, so stunningly ignorant of the very idea of religious vocation? The almighty secretary of Health and Human Service.

    Today, it’s the Catholic Church whose free-exercise powers are under assault from this cascade of diktats sanctioned by — indeed required by — the Affordable Care Act. Tomorrow it will be the turn of other institutions of civil society that dare stand between unfettered state and atomized citizen.

    Rarely has one law so exemplified the worst of the Leviathan state — grotesque cost, questionable constitutionality and arbitrary bureaucratic coerciveness. Little wonder the president barely mentioned it in his latest State of the Union address. He wants to be re-elected. He’d rather talk about other things.

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