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  • Obamacare Frankenstein Is Scarier Than “Zombie Legislation”

    In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Henry J. Aaron, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, writes that rolling back and defunding Obamacare would create “zombie legislation … [i.e.,] a program that lives on but works badly.”

    If Aaron is looking for a B horror movie reference to describe the state of American health care under Obamacare, “Frankenstein” would be a much more appropriate choice. Obamacare is a slipshod, pieced-together monster made of bad policy and covered in bolts and scars from the legislative process.

    Though proponents of the health care law may still be heard shouting, “It’s alive! It’s alive!,” the truth is that conservatives and liberals alike recognize that, as Aaron puts it, “successful implementation poses remarkable challenges and will require adequate funding, enormous ingenuity, and goodwill from federal and state officials, as well as cooperation from private insurers, businesses, and private citizens.”

    All that’s a long shot, as we’ve already seen.

    According to Aaron, if Obamacare opponents “gain a majority in either house of Congress, they could not only withhold needed appropriations but also bar the use of whatever funds are appropriated for [the law’s] implementation. … They could bar the use of staff time for designing rules for implementation. … They could even bar the [Department of Health and Human Services] from writing or issuing regulations or engaging in any other federal activity related to the creation of health insurance exchanges.”

    Aaron and other liberals recognize the sound of voters punching ballots for what it is: the death knell of their monstrous creation. Aaron’s article makes it clear that apprehensiveness abounds as liberals become increasingly aware that the fight to take down the monster is anything but over.

    To read more about the prospects for ending Obamacare, click here.

    Co-authored by Charlie Adair. Adair is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    2 Responses to Obamacare Frankenstein Is Scarier Than “Zombie Legislation”

    1. Michael, Kansas says:

      Have a look at how well Obamacare-less is working out for me -

      FIRST HEALTH – COVENTRY PART D RX CHANGES 2010-2011

      File will monitor Obama care changes to healthcare. Started 10-23-10 – as a result of going to the pharmacy and discovering Rx plan has doubled my cost for a Rx untill I contact my Physician and ask her office to stop what thier doing and contact my plan administrator to request a "reauthorization" for a medication I have been taking regularly for months; This is not the first time there have been disappointments, surprises, interuptions in care, care it what you will and it won't be the last by any means. I have NEVER taken a hand out for anything in my life, I worked hard for these benefits and contributed regularly during my entire adult working life – in healthcare no less.

      COST ^ FROM $31.20 TO > $33.00

      DEDUCTABLE FROM $150 TO $150 (duble check)

      TIER 1 MEDS ^ FROM $7.00 TO $8.00

      TIER 2 MEDS ^ FROM 18% TO 20%

      TIER 3 MEDS ^ FROM 36% TO 42%

      80% PLUS INCREASE OVERALL ON PRESCRIPTIONS

      2ND YEAR OBAMA GIVES ZERO COST OF LIVING INCREASE – PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE ALONE HAS INCREASED LET ALONE OTHER AREAS OF HEALTH CARE, HOW HAS MY COST OF LIVING NOT INCREASED?

      CORPERATIONS CANNOT AFFORD HEALTHCARE FOR EMPLOYEES ANY LONGER – HOW IS THIS COSTING ANYONE LESS AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW ALL THATS IN THE HEALTHCARE BILL.

      AND – IN AN ATTEMPT TO AT LEAST MAINTAIN MY STANDARD OF LIVING I HAVE SACRIFICED FURTHER AND STUDIED HARD EVERYDAY SO I COULD NOW PAY TAXES ON THE SMALL YET PRECIOUS AMOUNT OF SO CALLED "UNEARNED INCOME" THAT I EARNED EVERY RED CENT OF.

    2. Werner ,San luis Obi says:

      WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN

      Congress and the White House should stop squandering the people’s money and use savings to improve quality of basic invested entitlements. Preserve the 2010 tax schedule. Congress should improve basic Medicare. Vote opponents to this “out”. Citizens come first.

      It is time the U.S. reduces its human rites and police activities for the World by lobbying the United Nations, NATO and Interpol to “take on more”. 800 bases in 63 countries across the world should be reduced. Starting with Iraq, continue training for self reliance. After a surge in Afghanistan repeat above and remove corruption starting with monitoring accounts, substituting minerals mining and food crops for drugs. Decrease forces in selected areas such as Germany, Bosnia and Okinawa.

      Cut bloated federal bureaucracy. Combine CDC, EPA and FDA. Combine the FAA, NHTSA and Transportation Department. Combine GAO and CBO. Phase in outsourcing. Departments should eliminate “must spend all”. Return “unused” yearly budget to the treasury.

      Eliminate all 32 CZARS Mr. president. Reduce your 469 member staff which makes nearly 39 million per year! Halt first lady $180,000 air force one vacation trips. Cancel $ 20,000,000 executive order ( HB 1388) to relocate key Hamas members to U.S.

      Contribute to only one of: The World Bank or International Monetary Fund or U.S. Agency for International Development.

      Reduce foreign aid bribery. For example, no aid to oil rich -Iraq. $37 billion and increasing with $8.6 billion of Iraq development funds not accounted for.

      Charge bailed companies (TARP) for their huge executive bonuses at taxpayer expense. Government should sell its shares to recoup for taxpayer. About $154 billion owed.

      Congress should reduce the “stimulus” and monetary expenditures by halting: over budget projects, non relevant earmarks and vote bribery. Do not pay student loans for congressional staff. Please- no private or military jets for congress including Pelosi’s family at taxpayer expense. $2.1 million for Pelosi over 2 years. Congress should set commercial travel cost standards and controls.

      Reduce medical cost by: allowing purchasing from any U.S. corporation, “tort reform”, and reducing “red tape”. Trace funds to local medical groups for expediting billing cost speed, doctor/patient verification and fraud reduction.

      Federal government should enforce existing immigration laws. Complete the improved fence. Entitlements or benefits should be for only citizens. Deport criminal “illegals”. Only workers on a Visa Program qualify for needed medical benefits

      Improve medical expense tax deduction for citizens reaching age 65. Provide corporations tax reduction incentives for hiring with healthcare.

      The savings will improve funding for:” Medicare”, “Medicaid, and “Veteran’s Affairs”.

      Healthcare quality should be at least that for Congress or the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Additional benefits are: dental coverage, improved visual coverage, no drug “donut hole”, no deductibles and co-pays except for extended skilled level nursing.

      These actions will allow aid for unemployment compensation and Social Security with reinstated cost of living increases.

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