Wednesday, March 23, 2011

One Year Anniversary of Obamacare
March 21, 2011
 One year after signing ObamaCare into law and numerous White House PR blitzes, the President’s government takeover of healthcare is more unpopular than ever.
• Poll after poll show a majority of Americans support repeal of this job-destroying law.
 More than half the states—28 and counting—are challenging the law in court, saying that it violates the constitutional rights of their citizens.
 Already, two federal courts have struck down Obamacare’s Individual Mandate as unconstitutional.
I. President Obama promised a transparent legislative process. But President Obama and his congressional allies used closed-door deals and manipulated the legislative process to ram through a $2.5 trillion health care takeover the American people didn’t want.
• At the time of passage, Democrats failed to acknowledge the true cost of ObamaCare – only since have we found an additional $115 billion needed to implement the law and over $500 billion in additional budget gimmicks.
• HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius even admitted during congressional testimony that the law double-counts Medicare cuts, therefore hiding the true cost of the law.
II. President Obama promised his health care law would reduce costs. But Medicare’s Actuary testified that ObamaCare will do the opposite, ensuring that the federal government will continue to spend even more money that we don’t have.
• The federal government is predicting that national health spending will increase by an average of 6.3% a year over the next decade.
• A Senate study found that as a result of ObamaCare, budget-strapped states face at least $118 billion in unfunded mandates during the first 10 years.
• The costs of ObamaCare are set to explode when employers opt to drop coverage and send their workers to the new, federally-subsidized health exchanges for coverage.
• Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has selectively handed out nearly 1,100 waivers, including 240 to unions, allowing a chosen few to escape some of the burdensome new regulations.
 The growing numbers of waivers proves that this law has not achieved what it set out to do and is in fact a job-destroyer.
• The Congressional Budget Office expects the price of a family policy to be $2,100 higher by 2016 than it would have been had the law not passed.
III. President Obama promised that patients would be able to keep their current plan if they liked it. But again Medicare’s top official testified that the legislation most likely won't let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it.
• ObamaCare pulls the rug out from the most vulnerable Americans, leaving seniors and children at risk of losing access to physicians and medical care
 By 2017, an estimated 7.4 million seniors will lose their plan because of ObamaCare’s $206 billion in Medicare Advantage (MA) cuts.
 An estimated, 9 out of 10 seniors will lose their retiree prescription drug coverage.
 In at least 34 states, it's now impossible to buy child-only health insurance because of Obamacare’s onerous new regulations.
IV. President Obama promised his healthcare takeover would create jobs: But the Director of CBO testified that Obamacare will reduce employment by 800,000 jobs by 2021.
• According to a NFIB study, the employer mandate in Obamacare could eliminate an additional 1.6 million jobs by 2014 (66% of those jobs losses coiming from small businesses).
• Removing these barriers through repeal will provide job-creators with the certainty they need to hire new employees and get our economy back on track.
V. President Obama promised that he wouldn’t raise taxes on the middle class. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, 4 million households would be hit with tax penalties under his health care law for failing to buy insurance.
 Republicans are committed to repealing Obamacare because it hurts the quality of health care, destroys jobs, raises taxes, allows government to get between you and your doctor, increases the cost of health care, and spends even more money we don’t have.
 Republicans are committed to enacting real medical liability reform to help solve our country’s medical liability crisis which has imperiled patient access and imposed tremendous costs on our health system.
 Republicans are committed to repealing Obamacare so we can end the government-funded elective abortion coverage included under this massive new government funding stream.
 Republicans are committed to bringing down costs by expanding state high-risk pools, and allowing individuals to buy health care coverage outside of the state in which they live.
 Republicans support preventing insurer discrimination based upon pre-existing conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Talking Points and Research: