Background: Earlier this year, President Obama signed a massive government takeover of health care into law. The new law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, will have major ramifications – limiting choice, increasing the deficit, raising health care costs, expanding government bureaucracy, discriminating against low-income workers, mandating insurance coverage and stunting economic growth. It is no wonder that nearly 60% of Americans are in favor of repealing Obamacare.
Status: The Administration is hard at work crafting new regulations to implement Obamacare. Some of the law’s provisions come into force this summer, while most of the major changes are delayed until 2013 and 2014. Fortunately, it is not a given that Obamacare will be fully implemented as conservatives in Congress are pushing to repeal the law.
Bring the Heat: Conservatives need to push back against the Washington special interests and arrogant liberal elitists. Make it a point to ask your Senators, Congressman or neighborhood liberal hard questions about Obamacare. Then tell them why you support a full repeal.
- Will Obamacare actually reduce the deficit? President Obama promised his government takeover of health care would not add “one dime to the deficit.” On paper, Obamacare was deficit neutral and only cost $940 billion. However, those estimates relied on questionable budget gimmicks. As it turns out, Obamacare will add to the deficit, increase taxes and, by one estimate, spend nearly $2.5 trillion over the next 10 years.
- Does Obamacare bend the cost curve? Despite all the promises that this “reform” would reduce health care costs, the exact opposite is true. The law will increase overall health care spending in the U.S. by $222 billion between now and 2019. Even worse, the law will cause premiums in the non-group market to increase by 10 –13 percent.
- Is Obamacare a good deal for seniors? Seniors will suffer under Obamacare. They will have fewer plans and physicians to choose from while paying higher taxes. Amazingly, Obamacare levies a multi-billion dollar tax on many of the brand name prescription drugs that seniors rely upon.
- How do doctors fare under Obamacare? No class of American professionals will be more negatively impacted by Obamacare than doctors. They will be subjected to increased regulation from a vast, powerful new health care bureaucracy while becoming increasingly dependent on an unreliable government reimbursement system. Recent polling suggests physicians are increasingly pessimistic about the future, which should concern anyone who goes to the doctor’s office.
- Is Obamacare constitutional? A mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance is an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy a good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. Such a mandate is unconstitutional. Legal challenges, spearheaded by law-abiding Attorneys General, are moving forward.
Take Action Now: In June, Congressman Steve King of Iowa filed a petition that would force the U.S. House of Representatives to vote on repealing Obamacare. We must repeal Obamacare, now! Tell your Member of Congress to sign the petition to repeal Obamacare.