Skip to comments.The Unaffordable Care Act
Posted on 03/25/2013 12:19:00 PM PDT by Starman417
The third birthday of the monstrosity known as the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has come and gone. It's been about three years since Nancy Pelosi uttered those immortal words:
But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out whats in it....
Three years and we're still finding out what's in it.
Three years later Obamacare is less popular than ever:
According to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March, only 18 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of independents, and 58 percent of members of Obamas own party, have a favorable opinion of Obamacare. Overall, Kaisers polling indicates that only 37 percent of Americans like Obamacare down 9 points from Kaisers tally in the month immediately following Obamacares passage.
By about 2-to-1 margins, Kaisers respondents now say that, under Obamacare, they expect the cost of American health care to rise (55 percent), rather than fall (21 percent), and the quality of American health care to fall (45 percent) rather than rise (24 percent). By more than 3-to-1 margins (57 to 16 percent on costs, 55 to 18 percent on quality), independents share these same low expectations for life under Obamacare.
Moreover, Kaiser adds, The intensity of opinion on the law still lies with the GOP. It writes, About half of Republicans (53 percent) say they have a very unfavorable view, compared to three in ten Democrats (31 percent) who say they have a very favorable view (italics in original).
Three years later and 67 percent still haven't found out what's in it for them.
But we have found at least ten things which the law will do:
Boost insurance costs.
Push millions off employer coverage.
Cause premiums to skyrocket.
Cost people their jobs.
Tax the middle class.
Add to the deficit.
Cost more than promised.
Be a bureaucratic nightmare.
Exacerbate doctor shortages.
Leave millions uninsured.
We're finding out that there are lots and lots of taxes:
But regulators decided to impose a 3.5% surcharge on insurance plans sold through federally run exchanges. There's also a $63 fee for every person covered by employers. And the law adds a "premium tax" that will require insurers to pay more than $100 billion over the next decade. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation expects insurers to simply pass this tax onto individuals and small businesses, boosting premiums another 2.5%.
And we;re finding out that Obamacare is anything but affordable:
Leading, nonpartisan budget and tax authorities, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), have confirmed that the Obamacare will levy over a trillion dollars in taxes on an unsuspecting public. Families and small employers cannot afford this. Nor can they afford the 21 tax increases contained in the lawhalf of which will impact families and business owners earning less than $250,000 a year ($200k for individual filers). Not only does this violate the President's pledge to avoid tax hikes on low- and middle-income taxpayers, it breaks trust with a community of job creators most of whom file as individuals.
Job creators will bear the biggest burden of one of these taxes, which is cleverly disguised as a "fee" in ACA jargon, will burden main street job creators the most.. According to the JCT, "a very large portion of the insurance industry fee [will] be passed forward to purchasers of insurance in the form of higher premiums." And "eliminating this fee could decrease the average family premium in 2016 by $350 to $400." Yet, this more than $100 billion tax on small businesses and families was somehow avoided by unions, which were exempt from the discriminatory Health Insurance Tax. Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin has estimated that the average American family will see their healthcare premiums increase by approximately $500 per year because of the tax no small sum for hard-working Americans.
And just trying find out what's in it will cost a fortune:
(excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...
We’re insuring an additional 35 million people, the IRS is handling the enforcement and the federal government is running the program. What could possibly go wrong?
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