Although I have been watching today's events like a freight train running toward a brick wall, the finality of the vote still leaves me speechless. For the first time in my lifetime, I have witnessed the most divisive partisan legislation pass the final hurdle towards law. A 2700-page bill rife with backroom deals and pork that will cost taxpayers an admitted 600 Billion dollars, will require young people who do not have insurance to purchase it themselves and will ultimately experience cost overruns that will make the whole budget-neutral concept laughable.
How do I know that this bill is not budget neutral? Because it isn't. First of all, the Doctor's Fix was taken out of the bill to make the numbers fit. Secondly, even as the CBO was scoring the bill, President Obama was on the news stating that ANY state with a natural disaster would get the same deal as Louisiana (an obvious attempt to make that backroom deal seem legit after-the-fact...if it were legit, then Mississippi would have gotten the same deal). So with Hawaii (according to POTUS) gets the same bill, how do you "score" that? That factor was not presented to the CBO who can only score based on the presented details. Third, when has the CBO effectively calculated any cost? They are historically low on every set of numbers they have ever scored. Fourth, how can something be budget neutral when you only get six years of service for ten years of payments? Fifth, enormous tax increases mean that there is nothing "neutral" about this bill. Sixth, the CBO and POTUS still have not reconciled the concept that the 500 Billion dollars CUT from Medicare were double counted. They were counted once toward extending Medicare solvency and again towards expenditures like closing the "donut hole" in the prescription Medicare Part D. In short...this bill is going to bankrupt America. That is a heavy price to pay for an ideal.
For the first time in history, Americans will be compelled to purchase a good or service just to breathe. Although the Supreme Court has historically sided with the Federal Government on Tenth Amendment challenges (States Rights), this Bill is very different from prior challenges. The Supreme Court decisions have been founded on the principal of the Commerce Clause. However, one basic right provided by the Constitution is LIFE (liberty and the pursuit of happiness). It is the most basic premise of that document. When you exercise the privilege of driving a car, you must have insurance. When you work, you pay taxes. When you exercise your privilege to fly, you undergo strict security measures before boarding the plane. Drawing breath is not a privilege. It is a right. It is a right not endowed by the Constitution, by Congress, the President or the Supreme Court. It is endowed by the Creator. It is inherent. We are born with that right and our Constitution says it cannot be taken away. So how can that right now be taxed, fines levied, etc for failure to purchase a good or service simply for being alive? It will be an interesting argument to see before the Highest Court.
I am deeply saddened by this Bill. Congress has voted against the majority of Americans. They have mandated many things without regard for the consequences of their actions. As a registered Independent, I feel that Health Reform is necessary. However, there are many approaches to reform that will bring many more people onto the roles of health care without the government seizing control of twenty percent of our economy. If health care is going to be run like Amtrak or the Post Office we are in serious trouble. And how do we pay for our coming watered-down health care? Higher taxes for all. Lucky enough to have good coverage? Well...you are going to find that long lines and rationing are right around the corner AND pay a luxury tax on your policy.
Another question I have that no one seems capable of answering regards the 32 Million new health care recipients. Is that 32 Million people that get free health care? That is what the House would have you believe. Not so. If they are requiring people to get health care then a good portion of that number are actually going to be paying for it themselves! It's like car insurance...if you want to drive, you have to pay. But we aren't talking cars here. We are talking basic human rights, not privileges. So the pie in the sky altruistic butterflies and puppy dogs window dressing on this Bill hides the stark reality. The government isn't giving anything away. They are taking it. They are eroding our rights and seizing power over a major portion of our economy.
So what is next? I already expect the outrageous taxes and rationing of care. If you don't think its coming, then I hope you don't live in a rural area. Because you are going to be hit the hardest. Go ask Canadians that live in remote areas. There are decade long waiting lists for family doctors there and sixteen hour waiting room visits for urgent care if you don't have a primary physician. But what OTHER costs are there going to be? How about freedom? Are we going to be told what we can eat? Are we going to have to pay riders for engaging in sports? Oh, little Johnny wants to play little league baseball? That's extra. Oh, you want to eat Twinkies? You have to pay a sin tax.
No amount of voting in November is going to fix this. It is done. It cannot and will not be undone. A horrendous ugly piece of Frankenstein legislation that was forced unilaterally through Congress without true bipartisan debate is now law. It is a black day in American history. Mark this day on your calendar as the day the final nail was driven into the economic coffin.
Helping others is morally good. However, when a government which is broke or on the verge of bankruptcy goes beyond and put every part of its country deeper into debt, that's totally insanity and dangerous. The U.S. is on its way to 'solve' its problems by simply printing money and pumping money that was otherwise not there to begin with? Not to mention the interest it has to pay for its sovereign debt? I don't get it! It's a no way out situation at all. What does the Obama administration … more
There has been a lot of false advertising about this bill. This is an attempt to cut through a lot of this and give to the best of my ability a fair review of the changes of law. The major issues the health care reform laws were intended to tackle were the rising cost of care and rising health insurance rates. I can tell you my family has been without health insurance for over a year because the rates were suddenly raised on us 50% from one year to the next. … more
As a student so many of my friends Facebook statuses and Twitter updates included some form of the phrase "I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE". Well that's nice. But once I graduate in May I still won't get health insurance. Why? Well I won't be a full time student (going to grad school is not worth it) And my job over the summer (well half of June through the first half of August) pays me well … more
So there you have it. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats have gotten their way. The 2700 page 2010 Health Care Reform Care bill will become law. Had the Democrats played by the rules and managed to get this legislation passed I would have been upset but I could have lived with it. That is the American way! But as we have come to discover all too often over the years Democrats rarely play by the rules. These ideologues … more
The Senate passed the healthcare reform bill and you're probably asking, "now what?" There are a lot of questions being asked and many people who are confused, wondering how does this affect me? It will be a law that all Americans are required to have health insurance and it does remedy the problem of the millions who are uninsured. By the year 2014 all Americans will be required to have some form of health insurance or face being fined. … more
Personally, what started out as an initial opinion of excited promise has since turned into a much less hopeful one. Reading up on different perspectives has revealed more cons over pros than I first thought existed. Maybe we didn't need this one after all. I'm hoping I'm wrong.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Along with the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, the act is a product of the health care reform agenda of the Democratic-controlled Congress and the Obama administration.
The bill was originally drafted by the U.S. Senate as an alternative to the Affordable Health Care for America Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives two months earlier on November 7. However, after the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate on January 19, 2010, the House decided to pass the Senate version and amend it with a third bill. This will allow the Senate to pass the amendments via the simple-majority reconciliation process.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed the Senate on December 24, 2009, by a vote of 60–39 and passed the House on March 21, 2010, by a vote of 219–212, with no Republicans in either house voting for the bill. At the time of the vote, there were 4 vacancies in the United States House of Representatives.