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Obamacare Creator Sen. Max Baucus (D) Calls Affordable Care Act a "Train Wreck"
Obamacare is Awesome?
Is the Affordable Care Act Really Awesome?
In America, we pride ourselves in having a Constitution, giving us unalienable rights with freedoms that many people in the world only dream about.
However, these rights are slowly being taken away under the guise that our country is "Moving Forward."
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare" is a prime example of what happens when people that we have elected have turned against the people and taken away our rights to choose for ourselves.
Editorial Comment: Some people argue that we need Obamacare to take care of those without healthcare insurance, supporting the ideal that it is okay to take money out of the pockets of some, to help the poor.
While the Robin Hood mentality may seem noble to these folks, why don't the Robin Hoods band together and form the Merry Men and pay for the poor without stealing from others?
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare will be discussed in depth as Democrats are very worried that their precious baby has grown into a monster that enjoys feeding on U.S. taxpayer money.
Pres.Obama Signing Affordable Care Act
Senator Max Baucus (D) Montana
It's Gonna Cost How Much?
Politico states: "...the new White House budget, from the time the exchanges open in 2014 to 2021, the administration expects to spend about $606 billion on subsidies, a massive commitment of federal resources."
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal editorialists have been clear that they have been against the Affordable Care Act from start to passage, calling it "a fiasco for the ages."
The Washington Times
The Washington Times editorialists publicly issued an apology to its readers here, pointing out that they "weren't critical enough" of the Affordable Care Act.
President Obama Quote on Medicare and Medicaid
“It is not sufficient for us simply to add more people to Medicare or Medicaid to increase the rolls, to increase coverage in the absence of cost controls and reform, another way of putting it is we can’t simply put more people into a broken system that doesn’t work.”
-President Barack Obama
Source: Carrie Budoff Brown, “Barack Obama stresses health care as an economic necessity,”Politico, June 3, 2009, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23268.html
Are You Concerned About the Impact of Obamacare?
Democrats Worried About Their Own Legislation
Who would've imagined that the party that used "cloak and dagger" politics to force one-sided legislation through would now be worried about its impact on the U.S.?
That's irony for you.
The Democrats have admitted that the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare is an approaching train wreck, at best. Their words, not mine.
Retiring Democrat Sick of His Own Party
One of the main authors of the Affordable Care Act, Democrat Senator Max Baucus (on right) of Montana, is retiring. Senator Max Baucus was instrumental in creating and passing Obamacare through the Senate. In March 2013, he called the Affordable Care Act "a huge train wreck coming down."
A Boston Globe article also pointed out internal frustrations with his own party. Senator Max Baucus criticized the Democratic Leader Harry Reid, after sending an online sales tax bill to the Senate floor without first submitting it to the Finance Committee. By the way, Max Baucus was on the Senate Finance Committee for 30 years - the very committee that Harry Reid bypassed.
This sounds awfully familiar to the tactics used to pass the Affordable Care Act. Their motto should be: "If you can't get other people on board with your legislation, bypass them completely."
Senator Max Baucus is Worried About Obamacare
With retirement on the horizon, Senator Max Baucus can be candidly honest about the impact of Obamacare on the U.S. because his re-election hopes are not on the line.
Senator Baucus is very concerned because the Federal Government is behind schedule in setting up online insurance exchanges in 34 states by October 2013.
This Politico article shares that the White House estimates that setting up these exchanges will cost $240 Billion more than originally projected.
Where is this money going to come from?
Editorial answer: Your pockets, of course! I know you have a billion just lying around the house.
How The Supreme Court's Ruling Impacted the Cost of the Health Care Exchanges
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court found that forcing states to uphold the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion was not constitutional. While the Medicaid expansion remains in the health care law, it is optional for each state.
The Congressional Budget Office - a nonpartisan analysis for the U.S. Congress - has found that 3 million less people will be covered in 2022 because individual state decisions not to expand Medicaid. Therefore, the Supreme Court ruling will save the U.S. government an estimated $80 billion by 2022.
Politico points out that millions of Americans are concerned about the increased cost of health care required by insurance companies. Something that nobody knows until we receive the first bill.
Why the White House is Delaying the Employer Mandate
The Obama Administration is postponing the enforcement of the employer mandate.The U.S. Treasury posted a statement on their blog on how the Obama Administration is postponing the enforcement of the employer mandate out of thoughtful concerns for U.S. businesses.
Editorial Comment: In reality, it is because enforcing the mandate will be costly, and they are not prepared to take on such a task.
But hold on, this Forbes article suggested yet a more in-depth answer. Forbes contributor Robert Book thinks that by delaying the employer mandate, that the enforcement of the individual mandate will also be delayed.
Robert Book points out that without the collection of information needed to enforce the employer mandate, that same lack of information will prevent any efforts to enforce the individual mandate.
Very astute observation, Mr. Book.
Affordable Care Act Information Collection Ran by the "Unbiased" IRS
The Affordable Care Act requires insurers and employers to provide health coverage reports as well as which employees that opt to decline health care coverage, when they were eligible to receive it.
All of this information will be collected by the IRS, the department of the government that has been targeting conservative and religious groups at the request of U.S. Democratic Senators. (My article on the IRS being caught red-handed can be read here)
Is Your Information Safe With the IRS?
What is even more troubling is that the IRS recently exposed tens of thousands of Social Security numbers on public government websites. This is the agency that is going to be collecting even more information on everybody with the Affordable Care Act.
Don't think for a second that your information is secure and confidential once the Affordable Care Act starts up.
- Sununu, John. "A determined Max Baucus, now unleashed." The Boston Globe.
- Pruden, Wesley. "PRUDEN: Obamacare called 'The fiasco for the ages'." The Washington Times.
- "A Guide to the Supreme Court's Decision on the ACA's Medicaid Expansion." The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
- "Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision." Congressional Budget Office.
- "Continuing to Implement the ACA in a Careful, Thoughtful Manner." U.S. Department of the Treasury.
- Book, Robert. "By Delaying Obamacare's Employer Mandate, Did the White House Also Delay the Individual Mandate?" Forbes.com.
Is the IRS Incompetent?
- The IRS Admitted to Violating the First Amendment Un...
Evidence has been brought to the public that the IRS has violated the First Amendment under the Obama Administration. This has been happening for years. We are only starting to learn of the corruption taking place at the request of the Democrats.
- IRS unwittingly exposes thousands of Social Security numbers | Yahoo! News - Yahoo! News
If it weren’t in enough hot water already, the Internal Revenue Service has slipped up again, reports the National Journal. The IRS unwittingly exposed tens of thousands of Social Security numbers on public government websites.
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