Obamacare: Bureaucrats and Boards, Commissions and Czars
I’m John Raese – and I’d like to talk to you about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – better know as Obamacare.
I won’t hide from or change my position on Obamacare. I am against the implementation of this dangerous and damaging law and I would vote to repeal it if elected to the United States Senate.
Simply put – we cannot afford Obamacare and we can find a better solution. This isn’t simply about extending health insurance coverage – this is about fundamentally changing the relationship between the citizens of this great country and their government. Changing that relationship in a most profound way in which we, the people, give up choice and freedoms for outcomes and decisions made by faceless bureaucrats.
Does that sound like the America envisioned by our founding fathers? More importantly does it sound like the America you see for you and your family?
I believe that answer is a resounding no!
Opponents of Obamacare back in 2009 protested that the new law would cost far more than advertised by the President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. In reality, the financial damage was under estimated by nearly 40-billion dollars by the critics.
Despite numerous attempts to explain the faulty scoring of the proposed legislation during the debate three years ago, very few heard – or wanted to hear – the cold, hard facts that the Obamacare numbers were rigged by implementing the tax increases associated with the law long before the outrageous spending was scheduled to kick in.
It’s like you getting a full salary for several years before you had any expenses – like a mortgage, food, education, a car payment or gas. It’s obvious that you would see savings in the short term, but the expenses would quickly catch up. This phony accounting is really at the heart of what makes Obamacare a financially unsustainable program.
If the cost of Obamacare inflates at 6 percent per year between 2014 and 2023 – a number suggested by the Congressional Budget Office or CBO – the cost of the program would be just over 2-trillion dollars for that period, and that’s in an America that is already generating trillion dollar annual debts under President Obama and his staunch supporters like Joe Manchin.
With the new information that is being released and analyzed nearly everyday on this government grab of nearly one-seventh of our economy it now appears that what was projected by the Obama Administration to be an 8-billion dollar “savings” between 2017 and 2019 is now thought to be at least a 453-billion dollar deficit.
We haven’t even started this takeover and estimates of the costs associated with Obamacare have already doubled – and that, once again, is according to the non-partisan CBO.
Once Obamacare is fully in place it will account for anywhere between 50 and 72-percent of the budget deficit, and corresponding increase in the national debt, in any given year. Our government, with Obamacare in full operation, would represent 50% of our economy. The United States as essentially a nation of free enterprise would be a distant memory.
And how many times back in 2009 did President Obama promise and reassure American’s that if they liked the insurance they had now they could keep it? It was his best and most used selling point to inch this massive legislation through Congress and to his desk.
That is clearly not the case.
President Obama and Joe Manchin, one of his strongest supporters and campaigners on the issue three years ago, knew better at the time but still sold this government program through classic deception. As Nancy Pelosi famously said, we’ll find out what’s in the bill after we pass it. What a preposterous way to make laws.
A recent survey indicates that as many as 52% of employers who offer their employees insurance now would drop that coverage if and when Obamacare is fully in force. They would elect the simplicity of a penalty instead of participating in the uncertain and rough waters of regulators, conflicting insurance plans and uncontained costs.
The solution to offering universal coverage was not to destroy the peace of mind and health coverage of the vast majority of Americans. It’s to allow more resources and decisions to flow back to the states – back to where services are needed and provided.
America can only be strengthened through economic recovery – by eliminating a hostile business environment – and by shifting our national spending priorities to rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and achieving energy independence. That means jobs, growth and prosperity for all who seek it.
Now is the precise time to begin unwinding this bloated and ineffective federal government. We must shift major issues like health care and education back to the states where it belongs – where we, as active participants, can shape these important programs locally and be responsible for our personal and collective outcomes.
There are some who think America’s finest hour is past us. There are some who laugh at the idea of American exceptionalism. I am not one of those people.
Senator Barack Obama ran on the theme Change We Can Believe In back in 2008 – and despite Hillary Clinton’s 40-point win in the West Virginia primary – Democratic “super delegate” Joe Manchin threw his support behind Barack Obama.
This year change we can really believe in is someone new in the White House, someone new at the EPA and a new Senator from the great state of West Virginia.