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Revelations of Obamacare

Posted: December 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 27, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Christmas’ respite with feelings of joy, good spirit and warmth of home, hearth and family have passed, and now we face the reality of much uncertainty focused on our families’ health care.

Despite a vast majority of Americans voicing their satisfaction with their health insurance plans, Democrats were fanatical about passing the Patient Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass the bill to find out what is in it.” Democrats obeyed; every one of them voted for it, and now America’s finding out what’s in it.

There are valid reasons to be suspicious of Obamacare’s true intent. Many assert the intent is to gain federal government control over a sixth of America’s economy.

Before the critics pounce on that tenet, consider all of the occurring realties and the actions of this president and his camp. They are making the case for the anti-Obamacare side.

President Obama insisted the Affordable Care Act is not a tax, yet his solicitor general, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., argued the exact opposite before the Supreme Court of the United States. Verrilli succeeded. SCOTUS ruled Obamacare is indeed a tax and made it law.

Purportedly the aim was to insure 47 million uninsured American citizens, with the rest of us keeping our plans, care and doctors. “Period.” Now Obamacare has triggered 6 million additional uninsured.

The Congressional Budget Office’s and the Joint Committee on Taxation’s joint study concluded: “Despite all the new government regulations and bureaucracies, taxes and subsidies created by Obamacare, there will still be 30 million uninsured people in the United States a decade from now.”

Christopher Conover, a well-credentialed health care economist, gives an equally dismal report in concluding that with Obamacare’s full implementation, 18 million to 50 million “will literally lose coverage ...” and the rest will pay more for Obamacare’s mandates.

Obamacare’s survival requires 7 million paying people signing up by March 31, 2014. That goal is woefully failing and the desperately needed 18- to 29-year-olds are rejecting the Affordable Care Act.

Two recent polls conclude that only 13 percent to 20 percent of that age group will enroll. (The 2013 Harvard Public Opinion Project and Harvard Institute of Politics poll studied by Evan Feinberg, president of Generation Opportunity.)

Revealing personal information to acquire coverage is risky.

The original title of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act has dropped the “Patient Protection” part with good reason.

A privacy rule was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1996 called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Its major aim is to “assure” every patient’s medical records privacy.

But recent congressional hearings revealed a hidden source code — words not visible to the user — in the application for the Affordable Care Act. It reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.” Thus the Affordable Care Act violates

HIPAA law while Obama continues with whimsical and unilateral, if not illegal, changes to the act.

Obama and his supporters call the health plans that Americans have chosen for their families “bad,” “substandard,” “junk” or “crappy,” “subpar”, etc. However, in past days, Obama has “urged” insurance carriers to keep issuing the old policies into 2014.

If they are so crappy, why would Obama want them back for us?

Obama’s camp blames insurance companies for the bedlam, but CNN’s Anderson Copper’s segment with reporter Drew Griffin dropped a bomb on that castigation.

Griffin revealed the White House pressuring insurance companies into silence on Obamacare’s fallacies. He reported, “Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet.”

There were “clarifications made to the Affordable Care Act after the law was passed” that are “forcing the insurance industry to drop insurance plans that do not meet Obamacare requirements”Obamacare hails keeping “children” on parents’ policies to age 26 and eliminating the exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

HIPAA Law, effective July 1, 1997, provides for coverage of pre-existing conditions and if Obamacare is affordable with better coverage, why would 26-year-olds need Dad’s policy?

Coverage pitfalls could have been addressed without throwing every responsibly insured family into chaos.

Republican offers of medical savings accounts, interstate policy sales and more are ignored by recalcitrant troublemakers.

Healthcare.gov is only for acquiring a subsidized plan. All the rest of Americans who do not qualify will pay in full their own increased premiums and deductibles, others’ subsidies and for the calculated 30 million uninsured.

“Affordable Care” is neither.

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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