The Comedian-In-Chief insists that his scheme is about making health care more affordable for all. If you rupture your spleen laughing, you may wait three months for care and then settle for a nurse-practitioner. But let’s talk about all those cost reductions….
1): 16,000 new IRS agents and a $10-billion expansion of the IRS for health insurance ownership reporting and enforcement.
2): Bribe to big Pharma: extended patent protection, thus reducing and delaying lower cost generic drugs.
3): New, hidden taxes on everything that can be classified as a ‘medical device,’ making purchase of such devices by hospitals and doctors more expensive, creating higher costs to be passed through to somebody.
4): Insurers compelled to accept everyone with pre-existing conditions. Place no lifetime caps on consumption, and even let “kids” up to age 26(!) ride on parents’ policies. How can this do anything but send everybody’s premiums soaring? (What would happen to car insurance rates if everybody could let their kids stay on their policies until age 26, and companies couldn’t refuse, cap or cancel coverage for drivers having accident after accident after accident? I doubt rates could go down.)
5): Umpteen unfunded mandates on state governments already teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, soon faced with further declines in tax revenues from businesses re-locating, shrinking or closing and unemployment skyrocketing. Which means – as futile and destructive as it may be – imposition of new and higher taxes on any and all who remain. So you will make a lot less and be taxed a lot more. EVERYBODY will.
6): An explosion of lawsuits against doctors, hospitals, medical equipment manufacturers and drug companies, as 20-million new potential litigants flood an over-burdened, under-doctored, under-staffed system, vulnerable thanks to zero tort reform in this bill. That’s Obama’s gift of billions to trial lawyers. Malpractice insurance premiums will also skyrocket, forcing many doctors out of practice, discouraging new from entering, worsening the shortages. Up, up, up go health care costs.
All this “more affordable” Obamacare will make every individual, family, business and nation as whole poorer – especially when you consider it is piled on top of all that “affordable” health care the government already admits to grossly mis-managing and operating rife with waste and fraud. And all that “affordable” housing created via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ticking money bombs certain to require trillions when they explode. Can you feel the weight on your chest? If not, you will.
Sadly, most of the media let the Messiah and his minions blithely get away with yammering on about making health care more affordable, never demanding confrontation of the scheme’s certainty of making living unaffordable. Derisive laughter is the only appropriate response to this nonsense.
Giving it the dignity of serious discussion is like viewing Seinfeld’s Marriage Ref television show for real relationship advice. It is sick comedy at our expense, and those responsible are laughing at us behind our backs. One can only imagine their derisive mocking of a news media buffaloed, bamboozled and turned sycophant; at voters who placed a conservative Republican in Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat for specified purpose of stopping this madness. The voters thought they might actually count for something and organized an entire Tea Party movement to demand brakes applied to Toyota-acceleration-like spending and expansion of government. Those voters actually hoped their demands of their employees in
Not only are you the target of a giant tax and power grab scheme, but you are laughed at and ridiculed, believed ignorant and impotent. How does that feel? That’s your first government health freebie. Your proctology exam.
Dan Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur, adviser to business owners, sought-after speaker and author of 13 books. More information about Dan can be found at www.NoBSBooks.com, and a free collection of his business resources including newsletters and webinars at www.DanKennedy.com.<?xml:namespace prefix = u1 />