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  • SLIDESHOW: Obamacare's Impact—in Pictures

    As health care becomes an increasingly debated topic, it is critically important for every American to understand the impact of Obamacare. The Heritage Foundation’s newly updated “Obamacare in Pictures: Visualizing the Effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” shows through charts and graphs Obamacare’s far-reaching negative effects on all Americans. (continues below slideshow)

    Here are a few examples of what the chart series depicts:

    • Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare. Obamacare cut $716 billion out of the Medicare program to pay for new spending in Obamacare. These cuts come from Medicare Advantage, hospice services, nursing homes, and more. Taking this money out of Medicare will have serious implications on seniors’ ability to access care. For instance, the Medicare Actuary predicts that by 2017, 50 percent of the seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage—7.4 million—will have to leave their private plans and move into traditional Medicare—which offers less generous benefits, no cap on catastrophic costs, and separate plans for drug coverage.
    • 18 new taxes and penalties. Obamacare includes 18 new taxes and penalties that will cost Americans $836 billion by 2022. Many of these will fall heavily on the middle class, including the much debated individual mandate tax. Nearly 70 percent of those responsible for paying the individual mandate tax will have incomes below 400 percent of the federal poverty level, even a family of four making less than $24,600 a year in 2016 could be subject to this egregious tax.
    • The states’ cost of a Medicaid expansion. The Obama Administration is pushing states to expand their Medicaid programs to the new Obamacare level. This graphic shows how much an expansion is likely to cost each state—and it certainly isn’t “free.”
    • Premiums continue to rise. One of the boldest promises President Obama made when advocating his health care law was that premiums would significantly drop for American families. Thus far, that hasn’t happened. Premiums have increased by almost $2,000 for families with employer-sponsored coverage over the last two years.
    • 30 million Americans will remain uninsured. Obamacare’s main provisions expand health coverage by increasing enrollment in Medicaid and offering subsidies in the new government exchanges. Despite spending $1.68 trillion on these coverage expansion provisions over the next 10 years, Obamacare leaves 30 million Americans uninsured in 2022.
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    7 Responses to SLIDESHOW: Obamacare's Impact—in Pictures

    1. Shirley Moore says:

      Why does Obama and Biden try to scare the seniors into believing that their way of doing things will make life better. for all, but I can already tell differences in my Medicare coverages. Back in March I had a ecocardigrarm onmy heart which showed that my left venticle had a hole in it and was enlarged and the artery coming out of it had tightened up causing me to have a heart murmur. I was first told to have it rechecked in 6 mos.,but now I can only have it checked once a year or longer. THANKS OBAMACARE!!!!

    2. RennyG says:

      2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and "heal their land!"
      What more needs to be said?

    3. historianMI says:

      This "Obamacare" seems to have a hidden two-part goal in it: 1. An eventual totalitarian government through increasing laws and regulations governing diet, exercise, "education, etc." 2. Rationing of health care through budget limitations ("global budget") and limiting of drugs, services and devices by "age-limit" laws and regulations. All this with waivers and exemptions for preferred groups and individuals.

    4. While the facts and figures are disturbing enough, what is most disturbing is what it means for the drastic drop in longevity and quality of life for every American, rich and poor, young and old alike.

    5. this is bob says:

      America is America because of our compassionate use of our military. We are (were) more respected than feared. We must restore our position of power. We must restore our position as the feed basket of the world. we must restore our position of energy independence. We cannot do any of the musts with a welfare mentality that Obama has. We need to raise up and vote the democrats aka lefts progressives liars, George Soros's puppet.. We the People must take control of our country. We can with just one accomplishment.Just one! Petitione the law makers for an investigation into George Soros,under the RICO statutes. We the People are not reactionaries, We are a learned force. Read about Soros,RICO, and our rights to petition. We do not need followers we need leaders.

    6. steve h says:

      Your slide showing the huge boost in jobs between Jan 09 and April 10 is all Obama and Biden need to show to prove how great the stimulus worked. Is this a pro-ARRA slide?

    7. Justin Kerns says:

      Affordable care until no one can afford it. Man if only we had gotten a health care reform rather than a terrible attempt at health insurance reform.

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