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  • Morning Bell: Six Months Closer to Repeal

    Before Obamacare was passed six months ago today, former President Bill Clinton promised a leftist horde at the Netroots Nation convention: “The minute the president signs the health care reform bill, approval will go up, because Americans are inherently optimistic.” Fast forward to last Sunday, when, after Meet the Press host David Gregory played a clip of Clinton’s promise, the former President responded: “I was wrong.”

    It is rare in Washington that a politician admits they were so very, very wrong about such a huge issue, but the evidence that the American people have completely rejected Obamacare is overwhelming. Rasmussen Reports, Gallup and CNN all put opposition to Obamacare somewhere between 56% and 61%. The law is so toxic that hardcore leftists locked in tough election fights like Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) ignore the law altogether in the health care section of their campaign websites.

    Anyone who has been following the news since Obamacare’s passage already knows why the law is so unpopular: billion dollar employer losses, exploding spending estimates, higher health care costs, fewer doctors, fewer choices, fewer jobs, etc. The following are just some of the specific groups that have been hit hardest by Obamacare:

    Employers: The White House likes to trumpet the small business tax credits and bailouts for retiree coverage in the bill, but anyone who actually runs, or has ever run, a business is not impressed. Obamacare’s punitive employer mandates, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, and burdensome regulatory compliance regime are already thwarting our nation’s economic recovery.

    Doctors: In order to make a trillion dollar new entitlement look deficit neutral, you have to game the system. Obamacare accomplished this by pretending to cut doctor Medicare reimbursement by 23%. Congress already added to the deficit by delaying these cuts through this December. But a massive pay cut is just the beginning of the pain Obamacare has inflicted on physicians. The law also makes it next to impossible for doctors to establish their own hospitals, burdens them with thousands of hours of new reporting requirements and overburdens emergency rooms. Then there is the massive expansion of Medicaid which reimburses doctors at only 56% the rate in private practice. No wonder studies show that Obamacare will be 300,000 nurses and 100,000 doctors short of what is needed by 2020.

    Consumers: Remember President Obama’s promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan”? Don’t believe it. Do you like your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending accounts (FSAs)? Well those provide you with too much economic health care freedom for Obamacare to work, so Obamacare regulates both out of existence. Do you like your current employer coverage? Sorry, studies show that Obamacare’s regulations are likely to incentivize employers to dump 35 million Americans out of their current health care plan. And once they are in the new marketplace, other Obamacare regulations and mandates are already sending health insurance premiums through the roof.

    States: Medicaid spending already represents on average about 21 percent of the typical state budget. Obamacare will significantly expand that number. Of the 34 million Americans who gain health insurance through Obamacare, over half (18 million) will receive it through the welfare program, Medicaid. This impending state budget crisis was what the Cornhusker Kickback was all about. Obamacare attempted to appease states by bailing them out through 2016. But by 2017, state taxpayers will be on the hook for an ever-expanding share of Medicaid dollars. If state Medicaid spending increases by 41 percent as projected, then by next year Medicaid could end up consuming nearly 30 percent of the average state budget. Already, 44 states report that they have exceeded projected Medicaid enrollment and spending targets for this year, and Obamacare will only make those numbers worse.

    Seniors: : The President’s own Medicare Actuary projects that the record-breaking payment reductions due to hit hospitals, home health agencies and nursing homes will make 15 percent of these providers unprofitable and possibly “jeopardize” seniors’ access to care. On top of that, payment cuts to Medicare Advantage plans will hit seniors especially hard. Enrollment in these plans is expected to drop from 14.8 to 7.4 million. By 2017, the average annual per-capita cuts for Medicare Advantage enrollees will be about $3,700 — a 27 percent reduction from today’s levels.

    When Obamacare first passed six months ago today, Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner promised: “Obamacare is today’s Intolerable Act. And just as the colonists banded together to enact change after those acts were passed, so should America respond to Obamacare. This law must be repealed.” In Heritage’s “Solutions for America,” we note that, “The easiest way to address all these grievances: repeal Obamacare.” That is why it is so encouraging to see conservatives in the House embrace the repeal cause in their new document: Pledge to America. And our sister organization, Heritage Action for America has announced bipartisan support for Discharge Petition #11 which would force a vote on repealing Obamacare. The Road to Repeal is well on its way, thankfully.

    Quick Hits:

    • Join Heritage Action for a chat with Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) about the Obama tax hikes tonight at 7:30 PM EDT.
    • Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina and senior adviser David Axelrod are expected to join Christina Romer, Lawrence Summers and Peter Orszag in a pre-election exodus from the Obama White House.
    • Unable to unify behind President Obama’s massive tax hike, Senate Democrats are considering abandoning plans for a pre-election showdown with Republicans over the issue.
    • The Bell, Calif., city council doubled taxes on residents in order to pay for their six figure salaries.
    • Sign up to see the Honorable John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, give the Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lecture on September 28th at The Heritage Foundation.
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    38 Responses to Morning Bell: Six Months Closer to Repeal

    1. Mike Brosch says:

      Bill Clinton has been wrong about most things. I still hear people praise his administrations accomplishments, and to only thing I can see that he did was to fill all the handicapped parking spaces with Cadillacs and set Chinese/American relations back 20 years.

    2. Matt, Ohio says:

      Where is the research that demonstrates regulation hurts productivity/profit in health care or any sector? Business interests seem to want an unfettered hand to do anything, and if a few private citizens get screwed, so be it is the attitude. The Obama health care bill is not a great bill. However, I have good insurance now, while I educate myself in graduate school, whereas I wouldn't have otherwise.

      Instead of barking for a wholesale repeal, perhaps conservatives should have participated in the debate, and made compromises in the amendment process, rather than offering nothing/party line amendments without compromise.

    3. Mary.... WI says:

      Repeal!!

    4. B&T in Flyover C says:

      Alright then, this is a good start — get rid of Obamacare, give me back the sort of health care I enjoyed before March, 2010 and we'll talk about some of the other stuff. First — my health care. Then, we'll see.

      I am a one-issue almost-senior and I don't care how I'm flamed by those of you who want us to just roll over and die. We paid into this stinking system and had nothing to do with how our money was extricated from us and then squandered on "others" who didn't pay into it.

      I am not willing to die so that other people can get "free health care — wheee." Not gonna happen.

      B & T

    5. migaluchi, IL says:

      wink…i know this is absurd…and daydreaming…but i really would like to see the end of all lobbyists, especially the banks and big pharma

    6. Kritisa Baxter Shebo says:

      It Has to be repealed.

    7. gary sheldon AZ says:

      I wonder if the insurance Commioners for the various states could have helped mitigate the problems inherent w/ Medicaid and other programs had they been on top of the situation from the beginning (way before nightmare Obamie the commie and his elitists saddled U.S. with).

    8. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Bill Clinton admitted he was wrong about Obamacare. It's not the first time he admitted he was wrong. It's the second. The first was when he said he raised our taxes. Whereas George W. Bush's popularity is going back up, Obama's is going down like the Titanic, Britannic, the Lusitania, the Athenia, and the Andrea Doria.

      Obama's sinking fast. He's so narssistic that he can't even admit when he's wrong.

      Who does Barack Obama remind you of? If you're old enough to remember the period between 1977 and 1981, then you remember Jimmy Carter. Welcome back,

      Carter.

    9. Alan says:

      The comments of an irrelevant ex-president notwithstanding, conservatives and republicans must hold fast and stay true to our convictions. It is expected real and meaningful results will be realized with the election of a new majority in Congress. This means not being cowed by the dishonest pressure groups who feel the responsibilities of charity should be outsourced to the U.S. government. After nearly 80 years of federally run philanthropic endeavors which have failed, people should make a genuine effort to direct their money to the charitable organizations of their choice rather than submit to the assumption that income confiscated by the IRS will be spent responsibly.

    10. Bruce J. Kolinski says:

      Obamacare cannot be fixed. The new Republican "Pledge" is not enough, but could be a practical "start". Most likely it's just the other side of the coin telling voters, "here's your crumb. Now shut up for a minute".

      The 1994 Republican "Contract" lasted about ten minutes. We've heard these patronizing platitudes from pseudo-conservatives before.

      SHOW ME THE MONEY!

    11. JOE GREER, PLAINVILL says:

      I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL RECENTLY INFORMING ME THAT A LITTLE KNOWN PROVISION OF OBAMACARE IS A 3.8% TAX ON THE SALE OF HOUSING BEGINNING IN THE YEAR 2013. ANOTHER MIDNIGHT ADDITION. I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS PUBLICIZED ELSEWHERE AND BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE ON EVERY NEWS PROGRAM AND IN EVERY NEWSPAPER.

    12. Ace Sez Bishop, Cali says:

      While the coveragre of all thats bad is pretty good–you.ve neglected to inform readers that the most nefarious clause in the healthcare bill is the one that allows gov't hirelings to 'electronically access every American's bank account;'

      My opinion is that this scary part of the healthcare bill is the most dangerous item of all–can you imagine beauracrats having direct access to you savings account-0-0thje devilment they could cause you–never knowing if you still had ANY money in the bank?

    13. DANNY, HERMANN says:

      Goes to show that you can state facts all day long and can still lies overwhelm the truth. I just hope that Americans are paying attention now and don't repeat the same mistakes in the future. All we can do now is Vote in November to replace dishonest politicians with honest people who can straighten out this mess. VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

    14. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      I was figuring out how Obamacare fits in with the Kloward Piven scheme to bring down America. These fools need violence, and we Americans are more patient than they think. We know that Right Wing violence will justify Government Reprisals, so part of their scheme is like that bomb in Times Square, a dud. It isn't that Americans will not fight Domestically, we are smarter than that. Ours is a Cold Revolution, it has been that way for a hundred years, vis a vis the Communists. Vote first, then take real action. Truth is the Captive Media is powerless if we don't watch it. The Communists are powerless if we don't vote them in.

      The overarching strategy is to bombard the Americans with chaos, attacking everything America is simulteneously, and importantly, corollary to Kloward Piven, strip away Americans' safety nets. Progressives and their blind RINO buddies raided Social Security. The piled on more and more programs to be paid out of our retirement funds, literally pissing it away. The American Psychiatric Association did more than sit on the insanity diagnosis for Cold War Communist Indoctrination (that's so we can't get Nancy the help she needs). The APA has released diagnoses for Americanism, patriotism, self reliance (survivalist mentality), Religious convictions, auditory memory, reading failure (the teacher's fault mostly), Constitutional Convictions, Anti-Communism and raw intelligence. And now Nancy has her dream, the Government will piss away more money treating normalcy with super high cost "treatments." Parity.

      Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance and now Health Insurance! Don't you see? They are tearing down our safety nets and wasting vast sums on incurable diseases, testing, and government 'administration.' Ignorance is not bliss, I think I'm going to be sick!

    15. Allen Baxter, West C says:

      It is apparent to me that this President is deliberatly destroying our Rebublic so that a Socialist government is formed that will be a part of the Global community.

      What concerns me is that our congress is allowing this to happen. Vote in Nov.!

      God Help us.

    16. Peggy, Massillon, OH says:

      You can measure the toxicity of this bill by the fact that insurance companies are even considering retiring from the field. If insurance companies feel they must close their doors due to the requirements and cost of this legislation, then we know this bill should be repealed. As we learn more about what is in this bill and see the regulations being released by Sec. Sebelius, is it any wonder that insurance companies are thinking about closing up shop?

      Without repeal, the ultimate outcome desired by the president and the radical progressive supporters will be realized. If this bill stays in effect and insurance companies are forced to close, the only option will be the dreaded "public option". I believe this was the intent of the authors.

    17. Drew page, lL says:

      Mr. Obama has said a great many things that are untrue. To him, the end, whatever it turns out to be, justifies the means, regardless if those means include lies, bribery and demonizing the opposition.

      He neither knows, nor cares about the costs of his health care reform legislation, or its impact on business, health care providers, or the public whose interests he professes to serve. How could he/ He never read the 2,309 pages of the bill. The bill has been turned over to staffers who, so far, have drafted over 4,000 pages of regulations regarding the implementation of the bill and they have just started. Since no one who voted for the bill read it in its entirety either, no one will be able to say if the regulations that are being written by staffers to implement the legislation bears any resemblence to original congressional intent, whatever that was. The people writing these regulations are the ones who will ultimately determine what health care reform really is. This gives the Democrats who voted for the bill the ability to say, "I never voted for that". In truth, none of those voting for this bill, nor the president who signed it still really don't know what is in it, nor how that will change by the time the regulations are written.

      He wanted Health Care Reform legislation to be the legacy of his presidency.

    18. toledofan says:

      I still don't know if anybody really knows what's inside this monster. I don't think we'll understand the unintended consequences for years to come, but, one thing is for sure, it's going to be less user friendly, it will no doubt cost more and even after I just heard Obama say you can keep your doctor, but, at what price. I think there were alot of different options and there could have been bipartisan support except the Democrats failed to consider any other ideas. They own this mess and already people are being dropped, policy prices are going up and some insurers aren't willing to take on any new business. Sure doesn't sound like good first steps.

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    20. Lil, San Diego says:

      Let us hope by November 4 this monstrosity will be on its way out! Repeal this thing and bring in real and genuine change: tort reform, portability, exchanges that work!

    21. J.M. Cartwright, Cav says:

      When will the foundation publish the responses from representatives asked to indicate support for rescinding?

    22. J STANEK, PA says:

      What you failed to mention, with regard to former President Clinton's remarks, is why he feels he was wrong.

      He does not admit his failures; however, he mentions two reasons why it has failed to be popular:

      (1) Obama care was not properly presented to the American people after it was signed into law.

      (2) He blames the conservative press for criticizing the bill.

      It just goes to show, what an arrogant, self absorbed creature, Bill Clinton has become.

      He will not admit the failure of this legislation was due to its high cost and its attempt to redistribute wealth.

    23. Jason, Ohio says:

      Matt, conservatives in congress had many ideas, including Tort reform, expanding competion by allowing insurance to be bought across state lines, etc. The problem was Pelosi and Reed's stallinistic leadership, and not even allowing republicin INTO the debate. They locked themselves behind closed doors to do their scheming.

    24. Craig, Sacramento says:

      Sure hope repeal of this ungodly socialistic horror will come to pass.Indeed it would be an absolute disaster for those of us who are Seniors. I for one am beginning to look at the possibility of relocating somewhere off shore where there is decent medical care! I want no part of the rotten Dummycrats, Obama or any of their abominable Socialistic legislation and ideas. If this bunch is so hot on Socialism, let them all move to Europe where they can pick and choose among many failed or failing socialized medicine plans with all of the rules and high taxes that go along with that kind of garbage. Kick the Democrats out in November or wind up losing your country!

    25. Jason, Ohio says:

      I also remember hearing something about 'affirmative action panels" in the bill.

      What do you think thtose will be for? Hmmm….

      Don't think for a minute decisions about who gets what care and when won't be made politically, by a progressive-leftist beaurocracy. Who do you think will end up in the back of the line? This is so insidious there are no words to describe it. And we probably don't know 1% of the evil in this bill, and the financial bill they passed (mandated diversity quotas in private businesses), and so on…

    26. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      I read a big chunk of the House version. I said it almost a year ago on this blog site "The horrifying take-down of American Medicine, the license to kill any (or every) Medical establishment," and "takes all the joy out of the practice of Medicine." I meant it. Drew Page is a brilliant writer, I've read his stuff for years (Thank you for your patriotism) but the whole point of this Act is the actual destruction of American Medicine. These cartoon clowns really want pure chaos, and I think violence is justified in self defense. We won't be marching to the ovens, exactly, the exact parallel can be found in the Anti-gun folks. It is like Stalin taking the Russian Peasants' seeds, we know guns save millions of lives. These guys really, really want to kill us and have no intention whatsoever of paying the National debt.

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    29. Brandon, Philly says:

      I have a feeling that we are saying the same things as the opponents to the "new deal" and what ever Lyndon Johnson's monstrosity was called. Face it, if this thing Obamanites have created leads to the expansion of the feeding trough which progressives have hooked a growing number of "americans" to we will never see it repealed. Though, I think there is a chance that in their exuberance to pass yet another social program the Pelosi/Reid/Obama faction may have not done due diligence in creating a bill that benefits people quickly enough for them to start becoming addicted to government beneficence. Also, I believe that we will start seeing an immediate impact of this bill on the economy. Not so with social security. There had to be a greater amount of retirees to workers before that pyramid scheme collapsed (bet good ole FDR didn't see that one coming)

      Remember, Milton Friedman said the true rate of taxation is government spending

      …Well my children are screwed, thanks progressives.

      bwootoninvestor@gmail.com

      trying to retake philly!

    30. Dave Shelton, Detroi says:

      REPEAL IT!

      The "Dummycrats" (to borrow a word from above) standard line is "you will learn to like the new healthcare laws" because we know what you need better than you do. Well I am here to say NO YOU DON'T!. All one has to do is look at Massachusetts where the liberals "have had their way" with the damsel healthcare for 2 years now. The system is already in large deficit and every small business in the state is paying far more now for a lesser level of care for its people. If you are self- employed and dare to go against the system, MA will tax you hard for it. That's way more than Socialism.

      When limited resources within a bad economy are scammed into the government how does that allow the creators of jobs to hire and pay people better? Throw it out!

      Choppingup the best system in the world to cover the chronic non-contributors brings everyone to a new low. Look at Canada – waiting years for needed surgery. If you are a senior, like I am, bureaucrats make decisions for us as to whether we are worth a certain treatment or not . . and guess what? Most of us are not.

    31. Bruce Olson, Atlanta says:

      Amazing that the misrepresentation campaign goes on in such a public forum of a group that supposedly tries to be a fact-based supporter of Conservative causes.

      This entire article is a factless diatribe, pandering to fears and totally ignores benefits such as being able to insure my son until he's 26.

      I like to review Conservative sites to see if there is any "there" there, and I continue to find an absence of facts and a plethora of fearmongering.

      Congratulations on your continued effort to dumb down debate in America.

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    33. Earl, QUEENS, NY says:

      Of course it’s good that the GOP wants to repeal Obummercare or ‘health care deform’. But we should also be more specific. That is – the GOP will work to repeal this health/hell care lemon. As evidenced by the 2006 and 2008 elections, there are many ignorant voters who may misunderstand the GOP’s pledge. The fact is – it will take more than the 11/2/2010 election to repeal Oblunder-care. Even if we take back both the House and Senate this year, we WON’T have the 2/3 majority needed to override a veto by the Marxist-in-Chief BHO of any bill to repeal ‘health care deform’. We need to take back the White House in 2012, and perhaps get 60 senate seats to avoid possible filibusters by the Democraps. Of course, if the GOP at least wins back the House this year, it can vote against funding and stall the implementation of this hell-care lemon, so let’s insist that they do so!!!!!

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    35. Mike, Chicago says:

      The problem with barry's policies is that they discriminate against people who have paid their fair share. He wants to raise taxes on those who already pay excessively and give more handouts to those who don't. His policies are discriminatory. Repeal asap and impeach after.

    36. Eri says:

      They couldn't see this coming. Because it worked so well here in Massachusetts

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