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February 27, 2013

By Darla Dawald

 

UPDATE:

WASHINGTON, February 26--At a Budget Committee hearing today, Ranking Member Sessions announced the results of a new Government Accountability Office report on the long-term deficit impact of the President's health law. The results are shocking: over the next 75 years, the law will add $6.2 trillion to the deficit in present value terms—not including the interest costs associated with the additional borrowing. This proves that President Obama's claim that he would "not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future" were false.

Over the past few months I've seen numerous headlines that suggest that Democrats are bit less enchanted with the law that 'you have to pass to know what's in it.' I don't believe that the majority of Congress actually know what's in it to this day or how devastating this legislation will be once it's fully implemented.

 

We've been hearing story after story of businesses that are reducing full time employees to part time to avoid providing their employees with insurance. Most have stated they would rather pay the fine mandated by ObamaCare. The layoffs and reduction of hours are just the proverbial icing on the cake of what fallout will actually entail.

 

Earlier this month the Hill Reported:

A bipartisan group of 180 House members — consisting of about 40 percent of the House — has reintroduced a bill to end the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that was imposed under President Obama's healthcare law.

That tax took effect at the start of 2013, and is expected to raise a few billion dollars a year in tax receipts for the government, and $30 billion over 10 years. But opponents of the tax say it will hinder innovation and job creation in the medical device industry.
"Placing a new tax on the backs of U.S. medical innovators and entrepreneurs who employ more than 400,000 Americans is not a prescription for economic growth or job creation," said Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), who sponsored the bill. "In fact, companies have already laid off thousands of employees as a result of this onerous new tax, and more jobs will be lost now that this tax is in effect.
"It's not only costing our country jobs and deterring innovation, but more importantly, it will reduce patient access to cutting edge medical products and treatments that save lives."
Paulsen introduced a similar bill in the last Congress. The latest version would repeal the tax without offsetting spending cuts.

 

Back in December as reported by the Daily Caller, 18 Democrats took on Harry Reid:

Eighteen Democratic U.S. Senators and senators-elect sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader last week calling for a “delay in the implementation” of the medical device tax in , the Wall Street Journal reports.

The provision’s 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device manufacturers has sparked panic within the medical devices industry. Indiana-based Zimmer Holdings, which manufactures hip replacement implants, laid off 450 workers in anticipation of $60 million in taxes in 2013. Michigan-based Stryker Corp., which also produces hip implants, laid off 5 percent of its workers in a bid to compensate for the $100 million it will pay in taxes next year.

The provision has proved to be problematic for Democratic senators from states with large numbers of medical device companies. Indiana Senator-elect Joe Donnelly and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow signed the letter alongside the next Massachusetts Senate delegation, Elizabeth Warren and John Kerry, whose state is home to more than 400 medical device companies.

Democrats sent their letter to Reid less than three weeks after dozens of medical device industry executives “swarmed” Capitol Hill in a lobbying push that resulted in more than 60 different meetings with legislators. The trade groups Advanced Medical Technology Association, Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance, and Medical Device Manufacturers Association led the lobbying effort to delay the provision.

The medical device industry has a powerful lobby in Washington. In the third quarter of 2011, when medical device manufacturers began their big-money push to stop the medical device tax, the industry spent more than $32 million lobbying Congress. Prominent political donor General Electric spent $5.7 million that quarter to lead all medical device lobbyists.

At a Hearing Last Thursday, February 16th, 2013,
The Senate Finance Committee turned into a Democratic Obamacare bashing-fest as four powerful Democratic senators “laid into” the administration’s top regulator on new health exchanges. Senators Max Baucus, Ron Wyden, and Bill Nelson, and Maria Cantwell all lambasted Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, for several snafus and screw ups in the ACA that would price millions of Americans out of health insurance coverage and make getting health insurance through the exchanges a nightmare. PJ Media
It appears it's getting ugly among the Democrats and I suspect it will turn a lot uglier by the time this law is fully in place. In fact once ObamaCare fully hits Americans via states, taxes, and the people that believed they were going to receive FREE health care, I believe we're going to see some major fallout of Democrats in office. Hopefully this will have a cause and affect (kick them out of office) especially for those Democrats responsible for pushing this unconstitutional law down our throats without perceiving the enormity of ruination as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (ObamaCare).

Cantwell questioned whether the administration was delaying the Basic Health Program until 2015 as a way to increase the number of people who buy policies in the online markets. That prompted a quick denial from Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. Cohen said the agency was working with states to come up with alternatives in the interim.

Nelson, meanwhile, faulted the administration for cutting funding for new consumer-owned insurance co-operatives that supporters said could help provide more affordable policies.

The fiscal cliff deal, approved by Congress on New Year’s Day, eliminated most of the more than $1.4 billion in remaining funding for the program. Nearly $2 billion in funding had already been awarded to co-ops in 24 states, but those in other states, including Florida, were shut out.

“The people of Florida are going to suffer,” he told Cohen. “I want someone to be held accountable for this.”

Cohen said he didn’t know why the White House had agreed to cut the funding as part of the deficit deal.

 

From Hot Air:

Are you as shocked as Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)?  Somehow, I rather doubt it, and I don’t think Jason Mattera is as surprised as the front-page pic suggests, either.  Confronted with the new CBO analysis that shows more than seven million Americans will lose their present health-insurance coverage from ObamaCare despite his repeated assertions that no one would lose their coverage, Rep. Engel tells Jason in this Andrea Tantaros Show video debuting exclusively at Hot Air that Congress can always go back and fix what’s not working.

We were warned by Nancy Pelosi that it would need to be passed before we could see what is in it and now Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) says it needs to play out so we can what? "Know what's in it?"
How’s that working out for us?  Not so hot, as it turns out, and it’s about to get worse for seniors in Medicare Advantage plans.  Avik Roy reminds us that CMS helpfully postponed the deep cuts to the program until after the election so as to remove all of that messy accountability that politicians despise, and “the boom” is coming:

Though Democrats denied it during the 2012 campaign, Obamacare cut Medicare by $716 billion in order to partially fund $1.9 trillion in new entitlement spending over the next ten years. A big chunk of those Medicare cuts came from the market-oriented Medicare Advantage program. Cleverly, the Obama administration postponed the Medicare Advantage cuts until after the election, so as to persuade seniors that everything would be just fine. But the election is over. On Friday, the administration announced that it would be significantly reducing funding for the popular program. Obama’s proposal, according to one analyst, “would turn almost every plan in the industry unprofitable.”

Democrats have long been hostile to the Medicare Advantage program, which allows seniors to get their Medicare coverage through plans administered by private insurers. Today, more than a quarter of retirees get their coverage through Medicare Advantage, and the program has experienced rapid growth over the past decade. Richard Foster, the recently-retired chief actuary of the Medicare program, has projected that Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage would force half of its current enrollees to switch back to the old, 1965-vintage Medicare program. Robert Book and James Capretta estimate that this will cost enrollees an average of $3,714 in 2017 alone.

The new rates proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a.k.a. CMS, will have the net effect of reducing payments to Medicare Advantage plans by 7 to 8 percent in 2014, according to Citi managed care analyst Carl McDonald. “This includes the 2.3% reduction in per capita growth rate announced by CMS on Friday, and estimated 2-3% drop as rates move to parity with fee for service…a 1.5% reduction associated with the change in coding intensity adjustment” and the 2% health insurance premium tax. “These negatives are partially offset by an estimated 1% benefit from improved Star quality ratings, re-basing, better risk scores, and fee for service normalization, resulting in an overall decline of 7-8%,” wrote McDonald yesterday in a note to clients.

Because the typical for-profit managed care plan targets profit margins of only 5 percent, and non-profits even less, the net consequence would “turn almost every plan in the industry unprofitable,” according to McDonald, unless CMS changes its proposal. “If implemented, these rates and the program changes CMS is suggesting would be enormously disruptive to Medicare Advantage, likely forcing a number of smaller plans out of the business and creating disarray for many seniors.” Hot Air

 

So if you like your plan you can stay with your plan right? Wrong... Kids will not be able to stay with their plan. You're gonna love this... NOT!

Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute highlights an issue that may have escaped notice to this point: under ObamaCare, children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program are going to be shifted around whether they want to be or not. For them, Medicaid is mandatory.

Gottlieb explains:

CHIP has plenty of flaws. It has increased the cost of coverage by limiting competition in the insurance market. But it can give kids a choice of private health plan models that are a lot better than traditional Medicaid. Right now, many states benchmark the benefits that CHIP must offer to the same standard Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan that’s available to Members of Congress in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP), or to the benefits offered to state workers, or to the most popular private health plan that’s already operating in a particular state.

Under Obamacare, any kid whose parents earn between 100% and 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will be forcibly moved off of CHIP and into Medicaid. That comes out to families of four earning $23,000 to $31,000 in annual income. It ropes in thousands of children. And it will unfold regardless of whether a particular state plans to expand its Medicaid program for adults to meet the 133% threshold.

But this provision is separate from the language that offers states enhanced matching funds to expand their overall Medicaid programs up to 133% of FPL. That means that the impact on the CHIP kids will take effect regardless of what the states choose to do with the rest of their program. It’s also not affected by the Supreme Court decision that gave states some flexibility to refuse the Federal Medicaid expansion. Read More Here

The hard cold truth is, there are so many provisions and mandates that will affect you, your family, your employer, your taxes, your state, your county, your town, and your federal government in a negative fashion. ObamaCare is the most intrusive tax ever imposed on the people.

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Patriots,

I was there in DC in the gallery above the House of Representatives when ObamaCare passed. I was there to hear the entire Democratic Caucus chant in unison "YES WE CAN" and I seriously felt ill as though I could lean over the railing and throw up. I spent hours, prior to the bill passing, on the side lawn of the Capitol with many of you chanting "Kill the Bill,"  yelling at the top of our lungs, encouraging them to vote NO. We created human NO on the lawn and other words to let them know the American people were against this bill.  But the Blue Dog Democrats holding out on Abortion met with Obama and folded. The House passed the bill with a vote of 219 to 212 on March 21, 2010, with 34 Democrats and all 178 Republicans voting against it.

The law has passed, it's being implemented, Governors are caving and taking the medicaid money and setting up exchanges in several states. We need to understand what this law entails, how it affects us, and what we can do to fight it.

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Thanks to all of you Patriot Fighters that stand in the gap and work hard to inform and equip others!

God Bless and God help us,

Darla Dawald, National Director

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were never going to be able to vote them out,,but they lied and thats should be a criminal offense,,they swore to protect America and the Constitution. We need a group of our best Conservative lawyers well versed in Constitutional law,to take all these liberals to court. This is beyong the lay person to get a grip on

I keep asking the same thing! WHO can take this on? With all of the hundreds of conservative orgs like PAN, Grassroots, Liberty Alliance, et al that they can't somehow band together and take this on?

One citizen can't, but a ton of orgs backed by millions of people could. So are they just hot air too? As informed as we are yet we do nothing! Very frustrating!

OMG!  I believe there are legions of us who DO want to fight this administration, but as you stated, there's no coordination, no strategy to pull us together as one cohesive group.  I'm in my 60's and would love to take on the MESS that's plaguing our nation, but how do we go about it? 

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Ohhh GEEE... they are "JUST NOW" realizing what they did??? Nanny pukelosi all over again....

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We warned them.

And tea party was astroturf for telling the TRUTH about it.

Many of us tried to tell the real costs of Obamacare before it was crammed through congress, but many would not listen. They instead listened to Obama's lies and think they will get free healthcare. Ha! Nothing could be farther than the truth! This was about power over healthcare. People will have trouble getting care, it will cost more, and people will die waiting for care.

Italy is in just as bad shape as Greece. Italy's decline can be directly traced to 1978, when they adopted national health care.. I truly believe it is Obama's desire to turn the US into Italy, economically. He's on the right track, IF he isn't stopped in his tracks.

When will people understand, there is no such thing as FREE>>>>

One thing wrong with the theory that some dumbocraps are catching on to oblowhole - They really don't care as they are exempt from every law they pass...They are exempt from oblowholecare, Feinstein wants them exempt from gun control, they are exempt from social security, and the list goes on.   That is why oblowhole is not impeached or deported.   Congress and Senate just DON'T CARE!  It doesn't effect them in the least.

...And SHAME on ANY seniors who voted for Obama!  Now, you'll get what's coming to you in the way of reduced benefits and less access to good medical care!  SHAME ON YOU!

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