The incessant push by the Democrat controlled House and Senate to pass anything labeled health care to claim a legislative victory, leaves open to question the logic and comprehension of those wielding the big stick. The impending disaster continues to dominate talk across the country.
IBD collated the main reasons why Obamacare is not in the best interests of America. The entire post is a must read. The essence.
- They don’t begin to cover everyone. The latest leaves 24 million of the 47 million uninsured uncovered by 2019, well after the program starts, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Still, trillions will be spent to take over 17% of our economy and pad the deficit by hundreds of billions a year. The CBO further estimates 10 million will lose their private insurance. By forcing millions of Americans into government run health plans, it will ultimately lead to a single-payer health care system.
- Medical costs will soar. Estimates range from $1 trillion to $6.25 trillion, thanks to mandates requiring you to buy insurance. Even a pared-down version would add $290 billion to the yearly deficit, CBO data show. The real budget-buster is letting 3 million Americans ages 55 to 64 buy in to Medicare, an expansion of nearly 30%. Medicare is already, by government and private estimates, as much as $100 trillion in the red in coming decades.
- Taxes will also go up. The proposed overhaul contains at last count 13 tax hikes. Democrats talk about “free” health care. In fact, as numbers from the Joint Tax Committee show, 17.8 million of us will pay lower taxes, while nearly four times as many — 68.4 million — will pay higher taxes.
“A family of four making $54,000 would pay more than $825 per month for one federally managed plan…even after a $10,100 government subsidy,” wrote Daniel Foster on NationalReview.com.
- Bureaucracy will explode. At last tally, the overhaul would create 108 new bureaucracies, ranging from an Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee to our favorite, the Program of Administrative Simplification. Thousands of new government workers will be needed — but think Post Office, not Mayo Clinic.
- Health outcomes will worsen. The biggest lie about government care is that it will make us healthier. Yet, a 2008 study by the British medical journal Lancet shows government-run health care systems in Germany, France, Britain and Canada have higher rates of death from breast, prostate and colon cancer than the U.S. — due largely to substandard government care.
Americans have greater access to MRI, tomography and other sophisticated diagnostics — and more lifesaving drugs. The waiting list for surgery and other treatment runs to 800,000 people in Canada and 200,000 in Britain, notes health care analyst Sally Pipes. Thousands die each year from lack of care in Europe and Canada. The U.S. has virtually no waiting lists.
- Reform as envisioned is unconstitutional. Proponents love to cite the Constitution’s Commerce Clause as justification for government control of nearly everything. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has never said that’s the case — and isn’t likely to.
Also, the U.S. government has never forced citizens to buy something — which is exactly what health reform would do. As the CBO noted: “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action.” It won’t pass high-court scrutiny, nor should it.
The final argument, that the “general welfare” clause of the Constitution’s Article 1, Section 8, permits programs such as this, is based on a misunderstanding. That clause deals with the government’s right and obligation to take care of its own finances. It has nothing to do with “welfare” as commonly construed.
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