Author writes that liberals’ support of the troubled Obamacare law relies on tactics he calls S.I.N. – they shift the subject, ignore the facts, and name call.
He believes Obamacare supporters are focused on government control of healthcare, and not the healthcare of the people.
The Internal Revenue Service is unable to account for $67 million in spending related to the implementation of ObamaCare, according to an IRS watchdog report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration ib Wednesday, Sept, 25, 2013.
The money was part of a $488 million fund established to cover implementation costs between 2010 through 2012.
The $67 million in unaccounted-for spending was associated with “indirect” implementation costs, which can include providing employees with workspace and information technology support.
Under Obamacare, depending on where you live and what kind of plan you select, the insurance rate you’ll pay will vary greatly. For example, a 40-year-old earning $50,000 and choosing the medium-priced “silver” plan would pay, on average, $328 a month. Some will pay a lot more, some a lot less, depending on their location. But addition to the state-to-state differences, rates vary from city to city within the state. In New York City, a 40-year-old making $50,000 a year would pay an average of $415, but upstate in Ithaca, N.Y., the average is $446, or $372 more a year.
On October 1, 2013, new insurance marketplaces will launch in most states, marketing and selling Obamacare-compliant plans and distributing subsidies to help low- and middle-income Americans afford coverage.
Here are three expected outcomes for those shopping in the exchanges:
An hour after his 21 hours and 19 minutes of speaking on the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program to complain about the “defeatist attitude” among his fellow Republicans and their empty “show votes” that are a expedient though ineffectual way to deceive their consituents into believe that they are fighting against Obamacare.
Cruz believes that both political parties harbor politicians who “have barely veiled contempt for the American people.”
“Unfortunately, there’s an alliance between the Democrats, who certainly don’t want to discuss the merits of Obamacare because it is such an abysmal failure, and many of the Republicans who are scared of this fight,” Cruz said. “They’re scared that it won’t work and that Republicans will get blamed and there’s political risk.
The U.S. government on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, scaled back its projections for Obamacare’s impact in 2014, saying the law would generate slower healthcare spending growth and provide coverage to only half as many of America’s uninsured as anticipated last year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now expects 11 million uninsured Americans to obtain coverage next year, down from about 22 million projected a year ago.
Democratic leaders increased their efforts on Tuesday, September 19, 2012, to scuttle an amendment sponsored by Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, that would prevent Congressional members and staffers from receiving exemptions from key Obamacare measures.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry announced that it will partner with advocacy groups, including Enroll America and Families USA, to help the Department of Health and Human Services promote Obamacare in 30 cities in 14 states during the coming weeks.
Support by SEIU comes with the Obama administration under pressure from other labor unions to change some health law rules so that workers covered through multi-employer — or Taft-Hartley — plans are eligible for subsidies.
GOP leaders are trying to avoid a confrontation over Obamacare with a government funding proposal that makes repeal optional for the Senate. Under the proposal floated on Tuesday, September 13, 2013, the House would pass a continuing resolution to keep the nation running at sequester levels, along with an amendment to defund the health-care law, and pass the package to the Senate. The Senate culd approve the amendment or (far more likely) vote it down. In either case, a resolution goes to the president, and everyone avoids a government shutdown. Absolutist conservatives such as Ted Cruz (who spoke during a rally against Obamacare on September 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. ) hate this.
House Republican leaders on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, defended a proposal for a temporary spending bill that essentially puts the contentious issue of “defunding” ObamaCare in the hands of the Democrat-controlled Senate. It is a legislative strategy to vote on the spending measure and defunding, then send the package to the Senate. This strategy would enable Republicans to say they voted to defund ObamaCare while keeping the government open. Congress must agree on a temporary spending bill before October 1, 2013, when the government technically runs out of money, forcing a temporary shutdown.