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  • Obamacare Is The Public Option

    According to recent reports, the Medicare buy-in compromise that Majority leader Reid (D-NV) and President Barack Obama heralded as the grand health care compromise just last week, is now dead. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is being credited with killing Reid’s deal, and some are even suggesting that the entire idea of a public option is dead. But do not be fooled.

    Through incremental expansions of government programs like the State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP) program the left has been slowly moving us closer to single payer government run health care system for decades. Obamacare will only accelerate that trend; the only question is how fast. You can’t take the public option out of Obamacare. Obamacare is a public plan. Here are five reasons why:

    1. Obamacare Raises, Not Lowers, Health Care Costs. According to President’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency in charge of running Medicare and Medicaid, both the House and Senate health bills raise overall health care spending in the United States. The House bill would raise national health expenditures by $289 billion and the Senate bill would raise them by $234 billion.

    2. Federal Regulation of Health Insurance. Both the House and Senate bills would result in sweeping and complex federal regulation of health insurance that will create a one-size-fits-all federal health plan that will drive up (not down, as promised by the President) the cost of health insurance.

    3. A Ticking Entitlement Time-Bomb. Both the House and Senate would dramatically expand eligibility for Medicaid and extend generous taxpayer-funded subsidies to the middle class. Combined, such commitments are the biggest cost items in the bills would result in scores of Americans dependent on the government to finance their health care. Both bills hide their true costs by claiming cuts and program restrictions that are unlikely to stick. In this regard, the Senate bill is far worse, creating staggering discrepancies between what families with the same incomes would pay for health insurance based on who they bought their insurance through. When future Congress’ “fix” these inequalities, the true cost of Obamacare will skyrocket. According to a recent analysis by the Lewin Group (for the Peterson Foundation) just by adding in the doctor fix (which they should), the Senate and House bills will add to the deficit — $196 Billion in the first 10 years and $765 increase in the second decade under the Senate bill.

    4. Employer Mandates. Both the House and Senate bills would impose penalties on many employers. An employer mandate would hurt low-income workers and would stifle much-needed economic growth. Our country does not need a job killing employment tax at a time of 10.2% unemployment.

    5. Individual Mandates. Both the House and Senate bills would require virtually all people to obtain health care coverage or pay a penalty, an unprecedented an unconstitutional first for the federal government. Those individuals who do not purchase government qualified health care coverage would be subject to new tax penalties and in some cases jail time.

    Heritage Foundation Director, Center for Health Policy Studies Bob Moffit comments: “If the public option goes, it will have only a marginal influence on the substance of the bill. The whole bill is a public option: a massive transfer of power and control over health benefits and financing to Washington.”

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    16 Responses to Obamacare Is The Public Option

    1. Stirling, Huntingdon says:

      Of course it's the public option. There has never been a doubt since the video of obama came out with his saying that his goal was a "Single Payer System." Anything passed is just a step toward that.

    2. John B. San Diego says:

      Reserving the right to object to “Obamacare”, I object on the basis of "the role of government overall." The President wants to overstep the bounds of the federal government’s authority by encroaching on constitutional rights of The States and American Citizens with mandates. To me the most objectionable reason of the five reasons listed above (5. Individual Mandates) a citizen whom is otherwise law-abiding could end up with assets seized or worse behind bars for failure to purchase“Obamacare.”

      What is that, the IRS will have more power than ever before, Mr. President? I object Mr. President!

      This distant of conditions apart from what our Founding Fathers intended to pass down to us is centralizing one size fits all overbearing rule… I express strong objection to this draconian type of rule.

      Find a better way to lower cost and provide individuals or families with health care other than this outright assault on freedom!

      I continue to reserve my right to object.

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    4. Joel, Ocala,FL says:

      Plenty of Republicans have supported the creation of SCHIP and then its expansion.

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    6. Bobbie Jay says:

      Why is it called a "Public Option" when GOVERNMENT IS IMPLEMENTING WITH FORCE?

    7. Nicole, Kansas says:

      Excellent observations, thanks.

      Can you imagine the underlying horror of Obamacare?

      Instead of encouraging people to work hard, go to college, get a good job so you can provide well for your family … the new mantra will be this:

      I'd like to get a job that pays me more, but then I would lose my government-subsidized health insurance. If I improve myself, I will no longer be subsidized.

      How many employers are gonna immediately stop paying health coverage for their low-earning workers, and just pay the fine?

      In the end, this bill will cause millions to lose their private coverage. It will change the incentives in this country forever.

      It's horrible.

    8. Daver Ft. Worth says:

      Some of you folks obviously missed Obama's jobs summit where he brilliantly observed that "employer's need to stop thinking out of the box and stop worrying about profits."

      Losing private coverage IS the goal! How can the government attain total control if you still have options like private healthcare and ultimately private sector jobs?

      Listen to Charles Krughammer–don't listen to what he says, watch what he does!!

      I think it's funny that Reid, Nelson, Lincoln, Snow, and others are running so fast so they can throw themselves over the cliff for Obama–as he's busy warming up the bus for all the "blue dogs" he needs to runover.

      Have I mentioned lately for the first time in my adult life I am no longer proud to be a citizen of this government?

    9. DiAnne, Minneapolis says:

      But, Nicole, we're on the precipice of making history! The unfortunate part is that it's the wrong side of history. Make no mistake, I agree with you 150%. Stand up and be counted! Keeping writing letters!

    10. Gary, Dallas, Texas says:

      This Health care bill is just another example of many that is

      best described as the "Legal Plunder" of its citizens by the U.S.Government.

      The Government produces nothing of its own. What they offer is no better than a 'protection racket' offered by gangsters. They terrify the population and blackmail them through fear to squeeze more money out of them.

      "Legal Plunder", nothing more, nothing less!

    11. John B. San Diego says:

      One thing I keep hearing from the members in the majority both houses of congress is this; America as the richest nation on earth should be able to provide healthcare for all of it's citizens and join the modernized free western countries enjoying some type of universal care that is affordable.

      I find most of those type statements incredible.

      First, we Americans may have a large economy but we are certainly not rich we owe huge sums of money our government has no income, they leach off our incomes.

      Second, free nation are you kidding they rob us of some freedom there in the Capital nearly everyday and the western countries they seek to join are largely socialistic, we don't want to become a dependant class of citizens.

      Third, no politician has described how government adds dozens of bureaucracies and millions of healthcare recipients and keeps things affordable.

      They are either naive or they can't add and subtract or…..

      OR these snakes in the grass are deliberately trying to taken down the last hope of true freedom left in this world;

      Our United States of America the land that I love. A great man once said “give me liberty or give me death.”

      I don’t want “OBAMACARE” so under current conditions I will take death.

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    13. Jerry from Chicago says:

      John B., San Diego — You are 100% correct sir.

    14. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Obama doesn't want Health Care for the poor or needy, he just wants to see the total end of America.

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