Obamacare Lives….

This has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry. The American people do not want to go down this path.

                                                                                           -REPRESENTATIVE JOHN BOEHNER (House Speaker)

In a landmark week for President Obama, the Supreme Court made its ruling on two of the most controversial issues that this administration has vowed to fight for and the GOP has deemed unfit and wants to dismantle. The high court in a 5-4 ruling voted that President Obama’s healthcare program via the power of Congress, to impose the right to implement taxes as part of law that makes it mandatory that Americans obtain health insurance or pay a tax. By 2014 under the new healthcare law called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will expand the Medicaid health insurance program that will eventually bring affordable health care to about 50 million Americans that are uninsured. Also, they voted that three of the four statutes in the state of Arizona’s immigration law was deemed unconstitutional. 

The new plan signed into effect in 2012 by President Obama will go down for the first time in history as one of the biggest overhauls of U.S. healthcare system in 60 years. The 2.6 trillion dollar price tag for the new program has members of the GOP in limbo as scratching their heads as conservative Chief Justice John Roberts voted in favor of the ruling. Roberts stated the law’s “requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax.” He later added “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”

As the GOP has spent the last couple of days on the ‘anti-Obamacare’ plan, you may be wondering what this all means to the common joe who’s working hard just keep a roof over your head just like me! Here’s what will happen to you in layman’s terms: 1) ALL insurers must eliminate annual caps. 2) Most families will be allowed to keep their children on their insurance plan until they reach the age of 26. 3) States that offer insurance exchanges MUST lay out and explain to the uninsured how to carefully choose and purchase any subsidized insurance plans. 4) ALL insurers MUST and will cover preventive services that will include no ‘out of pocket’ expenses. 

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney in the upcoming November 6th presidential election responded to the ruling by saying “If we’re going get rid of ‘Obamacare’ we’re going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that.” Yet, the real irony in Romney’s case is that while he was governor of Massachusetts he pushed and spearheaded the overhaul of the healthcare program similar to President Obama’s current program. In 2006, he signed into law the Massachusetts health care insurance Reform Law in which “mandates that nearly every resident of Massachusetts obtain a state-government-regulated minimum level of healthcare insurance coverage and provides free health care insurance for residents earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level(FPL).[3] ” Under this mandatory law the state also as what called the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority. This authority is similar to what President Obama is going to try to implement under his healthcare law. Their role is to provide the insurance plans that the uninsured are allowed to choose from as well as give them payment options to the plans they qualify for. The Authority also provides insurance to those not working or unemployed, are self-employed or part-time workers, and those who aren’t qualified under the larger employer plan.

According to a report released by the Cato Institute titled “Lessons From the Fall of RomneyCare” states that his plan has failed miserably and its costing Massachusetts tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars. “The Massachusetts plan might not have achieved universal coverage, but it has cost taxpayers a great deal of money. Originally, the plan was projected to cost $1.8 billion this year. Now it is expected to exceed those estimates by $150 million. Over the next 10 years, projections suggest that Romney- Care will cost about $2 billion more than was budgeted. And the cost to Massachusetts taxpayers could be even higher because new federal rules could deprive the state of $100 million per year in Medicaid money that the state planned to use to help finance the program. Given that the state is already facing a projected budget deficit this year, the pressure to raise taxes, cut reimbursements to health care providers, or cap insurance premiums will likely be intense. Romney likes to brag that he accomplished his health care plan “without raising taxes.” Unless something turns around, that is not likely to be the case much longer.” 

Yet Romney rarely talks about the major flaws in healthcare program while he’s campaigning. But the biggest question I have for him and members of his party is, how do you support Romney when the Supreme Court’s decision supports a universal healthcare program that was similar, if not closer to the one you started in Massachusetts? What Romney considered his biggest victory while he was governor is now something that he wants to strip our current president of! In a 2006 video released by American Bridge, a special outside Democratic interest PAC, shows the republican governor commenting and praising the healthcare mandate. Romney states “With regards to the mandate, the individual responsibility program which I proposed, I was very pleased to see that the compromise from the two houses includes the personal responsibility principle.” 

This whole thing now comes down to the GOP and all it stands for. They are against what President Obama stands for and has kept the country at bay due to their resistance to change. In the last four years the GOP has tried to throw salt vertically and horizontally on the President via the Supreme Court ruling, funding of the Super PACS, and now the blatant attack on Attorney General Eric Holder. And then the attack of the Supreme Court decision by House Speaker John Boehner on CBS’s Face The Nation on Sunday added to the divisive artillery of further trying to move this country forward. Medical care and unemployment are two of the biggest issues that the country has got to face head on. Unfortunately we still live in a country where race and a ‘ass-backwards’ mind-state prevails at a time when change is needed! 

The Revolution Will Be Televised,

Brian Pace

The Pace Report   




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