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Capital Hill Watch Alert

House to Vote on Repeal of  Obamacare 

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes (H.R. 596; To view visit: Text of Legislation ).

The measure calls for the immediate repeal of the law and would call on relevant congressional committees to submit legislation to replace it with a new law that would:

  • Foster private sector job creation and economic growth.
  • Through competition, reduce health care premiums.
  • If they like them, allow individuals to keep private insurance plans.
  • For individuals with pre-existing health conditions, provide affordable coverage.
  • To reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending that results when physicians fear lawsuits, enact medical liability laws.
  • Increase the number of insured Americans.
  • Protect the relationship between physician-patient .
  • To states to administer Medicaid,offer greater flexibility.
  • To encourage personal responsibility, expand incentives.
  • For abortions, prohibit taxpayer funds from being used.
  • Eliminate redundant government programs.
  • Keep from growing out of control federal entitlement programs. 

Americans Against Obamacare  

Before it passed into law, Americans were overwhelmingly against Obamacare polls showed.  As people continue to recoil from an unpopular law that deprives them of their freedom of choice in matters which are inherently personal - their health - their antipathy has remained constant.  Such decisions being made for them by their government is resented.  Furthermore, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, a recent Gallup poll finds.  

Associated Costs for Obamacare Escalate  

On the promise that it would help Americans who had no insurance, but all others would remain unaffected is how President Obama sold his lies of his health care plan. However, as President Obama promised, average premiums did not go down $2,500.   Instead across the nation millions of American lives were wrecked by Obamacare.  For example, individuals have seen the quality of care diminish, physicians vanish, benefits decline, deductibles escalate, premiums rise, and plans cancelled.  

According to a troubling report issued by the Commonwealth Fund on Thursday, January 8, 2015, titled “State Trends in the Cost of Employer Health Insurance Coverage, 2003–2013,” it was found that in every single state employer-sponsored health insurance premiums grew faster than income and that average premiums increased 28 percent of the median income of some states. Simply, to keep coverage some workers were forced to contribute 28 percent of their paycheck.  The report said, ““The costs employees and their families pay out-of-pocket for deductibles and their share of premiums continued to rise, consuming a greater share of incomes across the country. In all but a handful of states, average deductibles more than doubled over the past decade for employees working in large and small firms. Workers are paying more but getting less protective benefits.” 

Currently up in arms over their new higher-priced health care plans that take effect in 2015 are some of the same faculty members at Harvard who supported Obamacare, and the added costs are being decried as they say the changes are too burdensome to pay.  And “For years, Harvard's experts on health economics and policy have advised Presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar,” The New York Times reported on Monday, January 5, 2015. 

So far 42 significant changes to Obamacare have occurred of which the President unilaterally ordered 24 of them.  All these revisions underscore what an ill-conceived and poorly crafted law it was from the outset disregarding the question of the President's legal authority to order changes to Obamacare.

Furthermore, President Obama plea that the law would be fair was another one of his lies to gain support his plan.   For example, granting a myriad of waivers, exemptions, exceptions and delays for select businesses and unions who supported the President is hardly fair to those individual Americans the mandate is forced on.

On Monday, January 26, 2015, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealed, it would cost taxpayers $50,000 for every individual who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law. From figures buried in a 15-page section of the CBO's ten-year budget outlook the number comes. Compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) took effect the best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in 'between 24 million and 27 million' fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025 at a cos of about $1.35 trillion-or $50,000 per individual.   

The benefits of Obamacare do not outway the economic and human costs to Americans.  For example, President Obama vowed his health care law “will cover every American,” when he began his first term.  However, still uninsured are 41 million Americans.  And the CBO estimated over the next decade nearly 2.5 million workers could lose their jobs and the 10-year cost of the law eclipses $2 trillion.

Additional Reading:

1. Public Approval of Health Care Law

2. As New Enrollment Period Starts, ACA Approval at 37%

3.ObamaCare Pain Spreads To Middle-Class Families, Workers

4. Report: 28% of income going to health insurance premiums, average $16,000

5.Small Firms Dropping Health Coverage Because of ObamaCare

6.Harvard faculty, previously pro-Obamacare, up in arms over health cost hikes

7.Harvard Ideas on Health Care Hit Home, Hard

8.Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report

9. Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls, Survey Shows

10.ObamaCare could lead to loss of nearly 2.3 million US jobs, report says

11. CBO: Obamacare's 10-Year Costs Will Now Eclipse $2 Trillion

What Can You Do?    

Although the bill is a symbolic move because the President has vowed to veto it,   the measure allows new members to show their opposition to Obamacare.  There is no quick legislative fix to eliminate all the problems of Obamacare; it is beyond repair and must be repealed in its entirety.  Those that do not vote for the repeal of Obamacare must be warned that in the next election they will be voted out of office.    

Urge your representative to SUPPORT    to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes H.R. 596. 

Contact Information:    

Capitol Hill Switchboard Number: 202-224-3121 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

To find out who your representative is visit ... Find Your Representative 

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to Directory of Representatives

 

 

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