The author claims that although the Supreme Court saved Obamacare by deeming the law’s individual mandate a ‘tax,’ the law violates the Constitution’s Origination Clause, which says all tax bills must originate in the House, not the Senate. Letting the law stand sets a dangerous precedent.
The author quotes congressmen of both parties who are worried about the implementation of ObamaCare. The author explains how the health-care law’s rollout is going to be rough. It will also administer several price (and other) shocks to tens of millions of Americans.
The antithesis of government-centered Obamacare is what the author calls “Patientcare.” Patient-centered health care involves tax fairness, insurance portability, health savings accounts, end government monopolies, end frivolous lawsuits, help the needy and give patients the freedom to voluntarily enroll in premium-assistance programs like Medicare Advantage, where they own their own policies, rather than being subject to the rationing whims of unaccountable bureaucrats.
The author says the Obama Administration will introduce a new three-page exchange application for individuals. There will be a seven-page application for families (11 including the appendix), but even that one will be far better designed than the initial effort. “We did a lot of work testing words, to come up with simpler language,” an Administration official told the author, “and we did time tests. Our average was seven minutes to fill out the paper version and even less if you do it online.” This compares favorably with applications for private insurance plans, which average about 17 pages (and can go as high as 35).
The Politico website broke the story that Congressional leaders wanted to exempt themselves and their staff from ObamaCare. House Speaker John Boehner twittered after the Politico story appeared, saying that he’s not “sneaking any language into bills to solve” a problem for Democrats. He added that full repeal of the law is “the solution to this & other ObamaCare nightmares.” The larger truth here is that this story goes back to 2009, when Democrats who passed ObamaCare tried repeatedly to exempt themselves or their key aides.
Republicans in Congress continue to attack Obamacare, and recent polling shows that Obamacare remains controversial, with most Americans not sure how the law will impact them.
Democrat and Republican Congressional leaders are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul (“Obamacare”), sources in both parties said.
Alyene Senger, reporting from the Heritage Foundation, outlines at least 10 myths about the Affordable Healthcare Act, put forth by advocates. These include that Medicaid is free money to the states, and that states can trust Uncle Sam to keep its funding promises. Another myth embraces the misconception that Medicaid is quality healthcare. Heritage’s Kevin Dayaratna has written: “By further expanding this broken program, Obamacare only exacerbates the situation by adding millions of low-income Americans to a failing program.”
Medicaid generally results in diminished access and worse health incomes than private insurance.
AP story about a bill to prevent coverage for most abortions under the insurance marketplace being set up as part of the federal health care overhaul is on its way to the Pennsylvania Senate after approval Tuesday by the House. The House voted 144-53 in favor of the proposal that would provide exceptions only for rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
Republican-backed legislation meant to alter a piece of Obamacare has picked up some unlikely opponents: conservatives. The Club for Growth, ForAmerica and the Heritage Foundation have come out against the bill, which the House is expected to debate this week. The critics argue that the bill would prop up a program that should be killed. The measure would move $4 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which was created under the health care law, to the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program, which ran out of money earlier this year.