Obama to spend $684 million to market Obamacare

21NewTaxesAlthough the law already passed Congress, the Associated Press reports that our president plans to spend (read: waste) over $680 million dollars of taxpayer money advertising Obamacare, the healthcare law that puts government first, raises costs and re-affirms the innate bureaucratic mess that accompanies virtually every government initiative.

Targeted at our nation’s uninsured, advertising agencies are tasked with finding a way to connect with lower-income people to show them how wonderful and exciting taxpayer-funded healthcare can be.  According to polls, very few of our nation’s uninsured know about Obamacare.

One thing is certain: Our nation’s pompous and reckless executive branch is out of control, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a law that already passed Congress.  Not only are the American people forced to fund this monstrosity through the corrupt Internal Revenue Service, but now, Americans are also forced to fund a marketing campaign designed to make people believe in the law’s supposed virtues – in carefully-selected swing states I’m sure.

Once again, our nation’s taxpayers are forced to shoulder the excessive burdens of D.C.’s unwavering desire to control virtually all facets of American life.  When government controls healthcare, they control a very large segment of the voting population, solidifying their own political careers and the omni-present federal government in the lives of each one of us.

Let’s sum up all of this: Obamacare passed Congress.  Obamacare has already forced many companies (and even local governments) to cut hours to save on the law’s new costs.  Speaking of costs, Obamacare is demonstrably raising costs for many, and polls routinely find that the majority of Americans would repeal Obamacare if they could (Republicans can’t).

But yet, the government is forcing the American people to shoulder the burden of marketing this clearly unpopular monstrosity by throwing more of our money around with reckless abandon, ignoring its constitutional limitations and reinforcing the clearly-evident fact that Washington D.C. is the biggest, most irresponsible and downright corrupt government that we have ever seen.

Improper controls cause hundreds of millions in payments

According to public numbers, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid paid more than $125 million for treatment of thousands of our nation’s prison inmates and illegal aliens between the years 2009 and 2011, a cost that could have been prevented if proper controls were in place.

“The federal government is generally prohibited from providing Medicare services to incarcerated individuals or aliens who are unlawfully present in the country under the Social Security Act,” reported the Washington Free Beacon.  “But CMS’s screening methods were not able to detect and recoup payments that violated the Act.”

Had the controls been in place, much of the improper payments could have been prevented.  Instead, government bureaucracy fails again, costing the American taxpayer millions.

According to the Free Beacon report, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid launched a nearly $80 million plan to improve their computer systems.  The center claims the new system saved over $100 million in 2012 alone.

$1 trillion in new Healthcare taxes hits Americans Jan 1st

Among the wide ranging new regulations, taxes and costs associated with Obamacare, a portion of its effect hit Americans today in the form of twenty new or higher taxes.  Highlighted below are some of the more devastating increases to the tax burdens of typical Americans.

Starting today, a new 2.3% tax will hit medical device manufactures.  “In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from pacemakers to artificial hips more expensive,” wrote the Americans for Tax Reform organization.

Americans who enjoy a Flexible Spending Account to help pay for basic healthcare items will now face a new $2500 per year federal cap on expenses.  No cap on FSA spending was enforced at the federal level last year, although employers typically enforced their own spending caps (~$2500 for individuals and ~$4000 for families).

Last year, Americans were allowed to deduct from their taxes medical expenses that exceeded 7.5% of their Adjusted Gross Income, or AGI.  Today, that deduction threshold has been increased to 10%, requiring Americans to pay more for medical expenses before deductions can be made.

Lastly, Americans earning more than $200,000 annually (or $250,000 for married couples) will see a 3.8% increase in Medicare taxes, which will directly effect self-employed workers and small business owners in the United States.

Once again, Americans who already pay the majority of federal income taxes will shoulder the majority of the new burdens imposed on Americans for “cheaper” healthcare under the new Obamacare law.

Health care ruling re-defines American life

Yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that allows the U.S. government to essentially compel the American people to engage in commerce via a tax fundamentally changes the American concept of freedom and individual liberty.  It short, it radically destroys it.

George Will said it best when he wrote, “The health care legislation’s expansion of the federal government’s purview has improved our civic health by rekindling interest in what this expansion threatens – the Framers’ design for limited government.”

To be clear, Obamacare was cleverly designed.  The bill essentially forces people into obtaining health insurance in some way and penalizes those who don’t with a tax that is to be collected by the IRS. Because the concept of taxation is constitutional, this mandate then — collected by the “constitutional” IRS — is therefore permitted to stand. To the Supreme Court, so long as the mechanism to collect is constitutional, so is the dictate. To me that’s nonsense, but I’m also not a judge on the Supreme Court.

Even if you believe that the government has the right and obligation to force people into commerce (via a tax or otherwise), nobody has reasonably made the argument that Obamacare somehow reduces the size of government or limits government authority. Of course it doesn’t. I’m afraid that all the Revolutionary War did was enable us to replace a tyrannical government abroad with one right here at home. Compulsory commerce in this country? This is flat unreal.

The court did find, however, that the individual mandate of Obamacare did not pass constitutional muster using Congress’s ability to regulate interstate commerce.  The Supremes found that the Commerce clause relies on commercial activity to pre-exist before it can be regulated.  Obamacare “compels individuals to become active” in commerce, and therefore, does not apply under the Commerce clause.  Although the court found a way to constitutionally-rationalize the individual mandate using the pretext of a “tax”, at the very least, we found that limitations still do exist within this abused portion of the Constitution.

We know from history that any time the federal government meddles in the affairs of the people, costs rise.  Bureaucracy skyrockets. Confusion mounts. Health care will be no exception. Most of it doesn’t take place until 2014, so it gives the people time to make any adjustments necessary as the working population of this country bend over once again to take it up the rear in support of yet another social program.

Are you ready for Obama’s health care rationing?

Have a sick child? Then you’d better get used to a government waiting list.  That’s because while Barack Obama is trying to sell his proposed federal takeover of the entire health care system with promises of lower costs and more choices, it’s about as honest a pitch as that ad in the back of comic books for x-ray glasses.

The truth is his scheme outlaws private insurance (page 16 of the 1,018 page draft bill,) sends government employees to your home to monitor your parenting (page 838) and forces the sick and elderly to submit to “end of life counseling” (page 425.)

On page 167, and elsewhere throughout the draft, it also calls for compulsory “shared responsibility payments,” clearly defined as a “tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage.” The government would confiscate thousands of dollars from your paycheck if they don’t like your choice of coverage. In other words, you have no choice.

And those are just a few of the atrocious provisions of the draft bill. The Congressional Budget Office has found the plan is economically unsustainable. Since “free” care leads to people using the system every time they get the sniffles, it cannot work unless you are put on a miles-long waiting list or get approval from the government to meet your doctor.

That’s commonly called “rationing.”

As more and more information leaks out, Obama’s approval ratings are plummeting. His “strong approval” rating has plunged to a paltry 29 percent. His “strong disapproval” rating has ballooned to 40 percent. A majority of Americans oppose his health care plan.

But Obama will not be deterred by such facts. Why?

Just look at the mail senior citizens get right before an election. With many dependent on the socialized Medicare system for treatment, Democrats use their very lives as campaign fodder.

Every election year, senior citizens are inundated with mail, phone calls and personal visits from Democrat campaign personnel warning them if they don’t show up on Election Day and vote Democrat, the other side will cut off their access to health care and – literally – leave them to die. Terrified because government controls their access to care, most show up to cast their votes for the Democrat…any Democrat!

Obama would love to extend that campaign ploy to all Americans. His goal is a nation where Democrats can make people vote for them simply because Democrats hold their access to medical care in their iron grip, as they already cruelly do to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid recipients.

That’s why your Libertarian Party is leading the charge against the Obama health care takeover. We’ve launched an aggressive media campaign to inform millions of Americans of this expensive, ineffective and ultimately dangerous scheme to force an entire nation onto rationed welfare care.

It’s working. The Kansas City Star admitted the LP is helping defeat Obama in way that can “cling tightly to its principle and still fit comfortably in the political mainstream.

“That’s why our job is hard,” wailed a Democrat pollster. “It’s always easier to use words to defeat something.” For the record, our “words” were nothing more than the facts about the Obama plan.

Even Rush Limbaugh is now reading from Libertarian Party press releases on the air. Dr. Richard Kerr, a West Virginia Libertarian Party member and retired 36-year doctor is publicly asking Obama to apologize to doctors after the president publicly accused them in his press conference last week of deliberately giving the wrong treatments to sick children to make more money.

No matter what you think of Limbaugh, his 22 million listeners are politically active — and many are independents and libertarians. They’re looking for someone, anyone, to fight back. It’s not like the Republicans, with their profligate spending and Bush Medicare prescription drug entitlement, are much of an alternative.

That kind of media campaign is why we’ve seen a spike in candidate inquiries and e-mailed questions from interested independents, libertarians and former Republicans this week.

We’ve also made it abundantly clear we will hold supporters of the Obama plan accountable the only place it counts – at the ballot box. Libertarian candidates will campaign on their support of proven free-market reforms to make health care affordable and accessible. And they will hold their opponents’ feet to the fire for supporting a radical government takeover that bloats costs, degrades the quality of care and leads to waiting lists and rationing.

As it stands right now, the Obama plan will probably pass in Congress. But you can do something to change it.

Will you join the Libertarian Party’s growing citizen army against the Obama health care takeover?

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