Obamacare has already failed, and Americans hate failures

AP120326046410Socialized medicine (Obamacare) may seem like a good thing to you; unless you are sick, even less so if you are chronically ill.

We have been warning of the dangers, and the short comings, of socialized medicine for a very long time and now we have had it rammed down our throats by the democrats.  Remember — NOT A SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR OBAMACARE!  Nary a one!

Given a choice between healthcare run by the government and keeping my private insurance and paying the premiums and going to see the doctor I want to see, and not some civil servant working for the government healthcare system, I’ll take the latter any day. In fact, the choice for me is a “no-brainer.”

Since 1965 I have been hospitalized over 80 times. I have had numerous surgeries and I must see a doctor every four to six weeks of my life. See, I KNOW the value of a good healthcare system and I know, first hand, the value of having a doctor, in whom I have confidence, treating me. I know what it means to have a rapport with your physician.  That, alone, is tremendously important when you are chronically ill.

Unlike a lot of folks, when I think of nationalized healthcare, I perceive a threat to my life.  I have no doubt that the introduction of socialized healthcare (Obamacare) in the US will shorten my life and bring it to a termination much sooner than currently expected.  In fact, I have no doubt about it.  There are millions of Americans, just like me, who will have their lives shortened by Obamacare.

Nevertheless, it IS here.

The start-up problems with Obamacare are, I suspect, diverting attention away from what’s really going on.

Look. Obamacare is going to fail.   I know, I know.  But I assure you, it is not just wishful thinking on my part.

Obamacare was designed to fail.  It MUST fail for the complete program of socialized medicine in America to be established.

It was hoped that Obamacare, like a drug, would addict enough Americans that when it crashes there will be a ready made demand for a national healthcare system of some kind to replace it.

The replacement?  A single payer national healthcare system.  That is the second part of the assault on American’s healthcare.

Under a single-payer system, everyone in the country would have health coverage provided by the government, and private insurance largely would cease to exist. Like Medicare, the government would act as the insurer; doctors and hospitals would operate privately, receiving payments from public funds under such a nationalized health insurance system. SOURCE:  http://www.factcheck.org/2009/12/public-option-vs-single-payer/

A single payer healthcare system is what the socialist in the Democratic Party REALLY want.

I came across an excellent article entitled: “The Myths of Single-Payer Health Care” by David Hogberg that I recommend you read.  You’ll find it at:  http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php#1

In his article Mr. Hogberg explains:  ” Everyone in a single-payer system has health insurance, not necessarily health care.

While the government in a single-payer system will pay for everyone’s health care, it limits the access to health care. In a single-payer system, citizens often believe that “the government” is paying for their health care. When people perceive that someone else is paying for something, they tend to over-use it. In a single-payer health care system, people over-use health care. This puts strain on government health care budgets, and to contain costs governments must ration care.

Governments in a single-payer system ration care using waiting lists for surgery and diagnostic procedures and by canceling surgeries. As the Canadian Supreme Court said upon ruling unconstitutional a Quebec law that banned private health care, “access to a waiting list is not access to health care.”  SOURCE:  http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php#1

Just as predicted, Obamacare is a Frankenstein monster and growing uglier every day of its continued existence.  Already, it is taking a toll on the democrats.  The President’s approval rating is down, at this writing, to 37% and expected to fall even more.

Democrats claim Obamacare is “settled Law.”  I would remind you that Prohibition was settled law, as well.   It took us thirteen years to rid ourselves of that albatross. But we did it.  And – we can do it again. 

In the meantime, the one political party making an attempt to save America from the excesses of Obamacare is being savaged by Americans for shutting down the government in an attempt rescue America from Obamacare.

At the moment the GOP is being creamed — but– I have a hunch that when the smoke settles we are going to see a resurgent GOP as the American electorate FINALLY understands that all this pain was brought to them by the Democratic Party and ONLY the Democratic Party.  

In a little over a year, Americans will be going to the polls again.  By that time, they should be well — and truly — fed up with Obamacare and those who foisted it off on them.  If the GOP has any spirit left, it will do everything in its power to remind the electorate that the Republican Party stands ready to rid America of the plague of Obamacare.  

This will be a two-step solution.  Three years hence, the GOP should put forth a conservative candidate, not a moderate, not a RINO, but a CONSERVATIVE candidate for President to have any chance, at all, against Hillary Clinton.

As we said above, it took thirteen years to repeal Prohibition.  If the GOP can win in the next two elections they can overturn Obamacare in less time.  If not, it will take considerably longer and inflict far more pain on the American people.

Recent polls show that over 80% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the government is governing the country.  Congressional approval is down to only 5%. History teaches us that things happen when Americans get mad – and they/we are outraged.

In almost 240 years America has had numerous threats to her freedom and liberties. But we have never had a more dangerous threat than Obamacare.

We MUST remove this threat to our once great nation.

Even unions are fighting back against ObamaCare

If you want something laughably ironic, read on: According to the Washington Examiner, even one of Obama’s biggest supporters, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, are starting to fight back against the turmoil that the new ObamaCare legislation is bringing to their, as well as those of many others, workforce.

Believing that the union has been completely ignored in the rush to pass the health care monstrosity last year (and they were, along with hundreds of others), the union is arguing that the law will not only cause their staff significant work and resources to properly conform to the new regulations, but it creates “an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans.”

I hate to say “I told you so”, but hell, I’ll say it anyway: “I told you so”.  Whenever government involves itself in the business of private enterprise, costs NEVER decrease.  Despite the name “Affordable Healthcare Act”, the miles-long list of regulations wind up costing companies and workers significant time and money (millions, in many cases) as they scramble to comply with Washington’s feel-gooderies.

But this was no secret.  Even a cursory view into history provides ample evidence of this phenomenon.  Why would this union – or any other union or business, support such a bill anyway?  The fact is they did originally support it (God only knows why).  Now that reality has finally set in, they now get to feel what so many others have already felt, and why more and more companies and most clear-thinking individuals are running away from this incomprehensible behemoth.

Regal theaters newest casualty of ObamaCare

Regal Entertainment Group, the company that owns and operates the largest chain of movie theaters in the nation, announced to its workforce that it will be cutting back the hours of thousands of workers in response to the new standards set by ObamaCare and how the new health legislation defines a full time worker.

Due to the increase costs of complying with ObamaCare, the company wrote in a letter to be distributed to those effected, employees will be “scheduled in accord with business needs and in a manner that will not negatively impact our health care budget”.  In other words, hours will be cut back to 30 in order to put them under the new threshold established by the federal government that now requires companies to provide health coverage.

Once again, government regulations end up costing the American people.  Ironically, ObamaCare actually targets lower-income workers because, as hourly employees, it is this workforce that naturally feels the largest burden of working hour cutbacks.  Big government strikes again, and the American people are left shouldering the burden.

Which part of Obamacare do bumper sticker supporters love most?

obamacare21After the passage of Obama’s War on Health three years ago – otherwise known, laughably, as the “Affordable Care Act” – cute little “I [heart] Obamacare” bumper stickers have floated around communities throughout the United States as a way for people to pledge their support for rising costs of healthcare.  But inquiring minds want to know…which part of Obamacare do they love the most?

Do they love the fact that this law is forcing employers to cut the hours of unskilled workers so they fall below the threshold of “full time”, or cutting back on hiring because of the increasing costs of healthcare?  Part-time workers have increased by almost 20% in the last three years alone.  Coincidence?

Or maybe they love the planned layoffs that the costs associated with these new healthcare regulations are prompting many smaller businesses to consider as they cope with the known – and unknown – burdens of Obamacare?

They may love the fact that the younger and healthier population will be raked over the coals as Obamacare gets fully implemented, losing access to their low cost plans of today in favor of more expensive policies of tomorrow – as reported by the Huffington Post (yes, THAT Huffington Post).

Perhaps they love the wholesale increase in premiums and fees that are associated with Obamacare, like the premium tax now paid by insurers (and passed on to their customers, of course)?  Some estimates put the increase in premiums at a whopping 169% and, according to Forbes Magazine, an average of $3,065 per person.

obamacare-taxesBut maybe that’s not it.  I bet they love the fact that Obamacare will add another $6.2 trillion to our nation’s deficits over the coming decades, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Closely related, maybe it warms their hearts to know that the true cost of Obamacare is a whopping $233 billion MORE than the government advertised when the legislation was signed into law?

It is possible that lovers of Obamacare enjoy bureaucracy.  According to the Associated Press, applying for coverage and benefits under Obamacare is as complex as doing your taxes and requires a 21-page form to be filled out and submitted.

Another possibility is those who support Obamacare find hope in a recent survey that found 60% of U.S. doctors, due to Obamacare, are far less optimistic about the future of medicine and healthcare in the United States.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The congressional Democrats who crafted the legislation ignored virtually every actuarial principle governing rational insurance pricing”.  Do bumper sticker supporters of Obamacare love that part, too?

Now that is true love.

CBO: 7 million to lose health insurance under Obamacare

Article Highlights

  • Obamacare to cost 7 million people insurance coverage
  • Businesses struggle to keep up with new regulations
  • Obamacare to cost taxpayers $1.165 trillion over 10 years

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the costs required to meet the demands of Obamacare will cost 7 million people their insurance coverage as companies struggle to sift through the new law.  This was twice the original estimate.

“CBO said that this year’s tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so,” wrote the Washington Times.  “Instead, they’ll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade.”

Over the next 10 years, the new healthcare law will cost the government an estimated $1.165 trillion.

This comes as several governors, who had previously vowed to oppose the new government mandate, caved to federal pressure and promises of money.  Ohio governor John Kasich now supports the measure in his state, along with governor Jan Brewer of Arizona.  According to Kasich, his reason to now support the law was to avoid “leaving Ohioans’ federal tax dollars on the table and keeps the federal government from simply giving them away to other states.”

Free money.