(It may kill you, but save them and the nation)
Wherever politics intrudes upon economic life, political success is readily attained by saying what people like to hear rather than what is demonstrably true. Instead of safeguarding truth and honesty, the state then tends to become a major source of insincerity and mendacity. – Hans F. Sennholz
Obamacare may be exactly what Republicans need to keep the House, grab the Senate in 2014, and even take back the White House in 2016. Sometimes gifts come in strange wrappings. Keep reading. You might be pleasantly surprised as to how a bad thing can cause something good to happen.
Americans didn’t want Obamacare when it was debated and finally passed on March 21, 2010. In spite of the public’s dislike of the Affordable Health Care Act it was passed and we are now forced to live or maybe die with it.
Today, if you believe the polls, Americans are mellowing on Obamacare and now tend to favor it. Personally, I think this is because people have only enjoyed some of the good parts of the program. They have not yet suffered the bad parts. In 2014, reality will set in very quickly. People still just don’t understand what is about to hit them and their pocketbooks.
A Humana Executive, Jerry Ganoni, President of Humana Small Business and Specialty Benefits who spoke at the St. Norbert College CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series, said this, “In 2014, the American public is going to wake up, and when they realize what Obamacare has done to them and what it’s going to cost them, there’s going to be an uproar.”
I hope you like surprises. There will be some whoppers coming your way in just a few months. Some of the neat little surprises wrapped up in the new health care law are higher premiums for you and me, even for Medicare recipients. This is for sure.
Obama, you remember, promised lower premiums. Hope no one believed him. He also promised that you could keep your own doctor and insurance company. Forget it. No you won’t, at least not for long.
Matthew Staver, this month reported:
In a shocking new revelation of yet more Obamacare broken promises, a recent congressional study projects that your insurance premiums could very well skyrocket from 100 to 200 percent!
A Congressional Report compiled by three different committees concluded this:
President Obama’s promise that premiums would decrease by $2,500 has been broken. Since 2008, the average family premium has instead grown by over $3,000. Even more shocking is the fact that these increases occurred even before Obamacare’s most costly requirements go into effect in 2014.
In a Wall Street Journal Editorial Karl Rove said this:
Either Mr. Obama was stunningly blind to these perverse effects when he promised people could keep their coverage, or he felt that admitting his plan would collapse employer-provided health coverage could keep it from passing. Either way—self-deception or deliberate deceit—health reform is going to turn out far differently than was promised. And because more workers will be dumped into subsidized coverage, taxpayers are likely to pay much more than the $1 trillion-plus price tag claimed by ObamaCare advocates for its first 10 years.
Oh, and you know how today, you can call your doctor and see him within a day or two, and sometimes the very same day? I still can. That will go the way of the hoola hoop, or maybe more recently the half pound cell phone and dial up internet.
To sum up, Obamacare may save the Republicans politically and save the nation from some of the more draconian aspects of Obamacare. But, it may just kill you in the process.
In 2014, there will be millions of new comers to the health care that which will over crowd doctor’s offices and reduce quality of care for everyone. Think of the poor Canadians who already suffer under universal health care. They will have no where to go. We will be like them.
Some of us will die, literally, while we wait for medical help.This always happens with socialized medicine. If you are going to get sick, please do it this year while a doctor can still be found and seen fairly quickly.
There are other financial landmines to navigate too. Employers will often reduce as many employees as possible to part-time status to avoid covering their health insurance. This is occurring now. It will be very difficult to get a full-time job in the future. People will have to settle for multiple part-time jobs with little or no benefits. Think of all the college graduates who now can’t find employment.
In my neck of the woods in North Georgia, one major employer has stated he will lay off 75% of his employees and his managers will have to manage multiple stores. That means more work for about the same money.
Don’t fret though. Uncle Sam is hiring more and more people to help run, or ruin, all our lives. The Feds are hiring 16,000 IRS agents to enforce Obamacare. I guess every cloud does have a silver lining. At least some Americans will have a good full-time job with benefits. They will have job security too because is is near impossible to fire one of them.
There is another troubling aspect to this. There will be a primary care doctor shortage in the near future. More medical school graduates are choosing specialities instead of primary care. This is not a good time for a doctor shortage. I’m sure you can figure out what this will mean to us all.
Now for the good news. I think Obamacare will make so many people unhappy, including many Obama supporters, that it may be the very thing that will shock people to reality. Physical and financial pain are hard to ignore and many will experience both.
As good a propagandist and responsibility-avoider as the President is, it will be almost impossible for him to blame this one on the Republicans or George Bush. Don’t think he won’t try. Obamacare is a liberal (Democrat) program that actually was thrust upon us. The Republicans fought long and hard to prevent its passage.
I relish the fact that those who voted for this bill are now reading the bill only to discover there are some horrifying aspects to it. Some liberals in Congress now realize that when their constituents get broadsided in 2014 it may mean the end of their career.
There is still a moderate chance that the Supreme Court may intervene and kill the Affordable Health Care Act. The Court, this May, will consider evidence as to whether Obamacare in its current form originated from the Senate. If it is determined that it did, it could be ruled as unconstitutional. According to Article 1, Section 7, of the Constitution all bills of revenue must originate in the House of Representatives.
To sum up, the good news is that Obamacare, if it survives, may in the end save the Republicans and eventually the nation. The bad news is that you may die in the process.