With the much anticipated release of the Supreme Courts Ruling on Obama-Care and while surfing the web last night while watching television, I stumbled upon an article entitled “Three Reasons The Supreme Court Should Overturn Obama-Care’s Individual Mandate”.
David Whelan, Contributor to Forbes , had an article on three simple reasons as to why the
Supreme Court should rule against The Affordable Health Care Act.
Obama-Care Is Intrusive
You probably know that the bill forces you to buy insurance or pay a $700 penalty. The penalty is $2,000 (per worker) for a company that doesn’t offer employees a plan. The bill also dictates what kind of insurance you must buy. You have to buy expensive first-dollar coverage for virtually everything–even if you’re young and healthy. Let’s say you don’t want to insure yourself against the possibility of needing drug rehab. Or you’d rather pay for primary care out of pocket and just insure against an expensive hospital stay. You don’t have those options. The bill will also intrude into your benefits at work. ObamaCare encourages your employer, in some cases, to withdraw insurance in favor of pushing you into a government run exchange where you will likely have to fend for yourself.
Obama-Care Is Unaffordable While Not Achieving Its Own Objectives
Last year we had a $1.3 trillion budget deficit. This year it falls to $1 trillion but the federal government will spend 31% more than it takes in. That was without ObamaCare. Given the likely to never-be-enacted Medicare cuts andother financial contortions that were used to score health reform’s future deficit effects–coupled with our country’s inability to otherwise raise revenue–we’re digging ourselves into a major hole. Meanwhile, the bill will still leave 25 million uninsured, fails to control aggregate health spending in any meaningful way, and raises private health premiums substantially.
Obama Care Will Politicize The Doctor-Patient Relationship
Since the health care exchanges will be run at the state level, specific decisions about what health insurance covers and doesn’t cover will be made in reaction to lobbyists representing various medical industries, patient groups, political causes, and so forth. The lamentable birth control debate was only the first round. Get ready for California to ban circumcisions but cover New Age healing, for the Deep South to impose the abortion debate on top of its health exchanges, and for more liberal, spendy states to mandate that insurance cover anything and everything. And if that’s not enough mixing of politics and health care, there’s always the IPAB. The federal independent payment advisory board will get to decide when to block coverage for certain medical procedures deemed either unproven or too expensive. Then, Congress will rush to the rescue, aided by lobbyists. Left behind in all this are patients and doctors, who will rapidly lose control of their health care decision-making ability to a group of strangers.
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