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Betty Arenson: Defunding Obamacare

Posted: October 1, 2013 8:32 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2013 8:32 a.m.
 

A primary component of Obamacare is the funding of it. That is a mega-daunting task.

Presently the nation is experiencing yet another crisis in a political show-down to go deeper in multi-trillion-dollar debt, including that funding, with politicians heatedly battling each other.

Days ago the House of Representatives passed a Congressional Resolution to fully fund the government’s financial obligations and liabilities — minus Obamacare. Whether or not that resolution leads to a government shutdown is yet to be determined.

Keeping in step with the CR, Democrats are declaring that Republicans will be wholly responsible for not funding (adequately or at all) Obamacare.

Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says the written law of Obamacare has funding already built in. If that is correct, what’s all of the fuss about?

The details on Obamacare are as clear as mud. That makes prudent people appropriately suspicious and wary, leaving many conflicted on the future of that massive health-care system.

It began as the Patient Protection Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA). “Patient protection” is gone, and so is any curiosity surrounding that term considering the scandals of the IRS and NSA involving the privacy Americans thought they had.

As for “affordable,” that word translates in the minds of many as “free.” But for a mere handful of geographic areas, those who are trying to buy coverage or hold onto what they have are finding massive increases in premiums, deductibles and co-pays and often with less coverage.

President Obama said his plan would cost $890 billion over the next decade. Not so.

The Congressional Budget Office says that cost will be $1.8 trillion.

Medicaid rolls will increase by 13 million and at least 7 million workers will lose employer-based health insurance coverage.

Those are just today’s figures. Stay tuned. Recent history proves the numbers on all fronts only worsen with time.

There’s Nancy Pelosi’s famous and idiotic statement “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Well, Nancy, we’re getting dribbles and drabbles of what’s in it, and most don’t like it — whether it’s individuals or companies, irrespective of size.

Most telling are the loudly voiced rejections of Obamacare by IRS employees and the Democrat-faithful and powerful unions.

The funding of Obamacare is in jeopardy for several reasons.

The administration is aware that the younger and presumably healthier demographic will not buy health insurance.

The coverage for a pre-existing condition was meant to be a positive but it provides a gaping hole that allows for people to not purchase insurance until they are sick. They enjoy a free ride, then are welcomed into a program when they’ll generate the most expense.

That penalizes everyone who responsibly sacrificed to always have insurance.

Obama recently changed the rules for anyone applying for the federal subsidies. He does not want the applicant’s declared income to be verified.

The less income reported, the more taxpayer money they’ll receive for their premiums. It’s the same “honor system” we experienced with the home mortgage applications a few years ago.

That proved to be a gargantuan disaster.

Union leaders are openly expressing anger upon learning the adverse effects of Obamacare on unionized workers. That wasn’t the deal they made with the administration when they enthusiastically promoted passing Obamacare in 2010.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, Terrence O’Sullivan, president of Laborer’s International Union of North America and Unite Here’s President D. Taylor are unhappy on multiple fronts.

They do not want the “Cadillac Tax” on the gold-plated plans unions enjoy; they demand that their workers get the subsidies that are designed only for the impoverished, and they are angry with Obama’s unilateral decision to postpone the enrollment mandates for businesses with 50 or more employees.

The latter allows businesses to drop the once-offered health insurance benefit with no penalty. With that, Obama reaps the largess of his design to drive people into exchanges and unions lose a coveted perk.

Recognizing the long list of waivers to special groups to not participate in Obamacare, the loopholes, the “unintended consequences” and President Obama’s at-will changes in the Affordable Care Act law that result in many people not paying into the program, all calculate to millions of dollars each year not being collected to pay for the ACA.

So who is really responsible for defunding Obamacare?

Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident, has lived in the SCV since 1968 and is active in a local Republican club.

 

 

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