Interesting news this morning from the Morning Bell. According to analysts at The Heritage Foundation, not only will Obamacare not do what its proponents say it will, it will actually do things that its proponents say it won’t. Read the whole blog post – follow the links, if you think they’re making this up or trying to use scare tactics to prevent the government from “helping” people. Here’s a bullet-point list of the items identified:
- Costs go up, rather than down.
- Millions of Americans will lose their existing private coverage.
- 18 million Americans will either face jail time or be forced to pay a new tax they will receive no benefit from.
- 8.5 million seniors who currently get such services as coor¬dinated care for chronic conditions, routine eye and hearing examinations, and preventive-care services would lose their existing private coverage.
- More than half the people who gain health insurance will receive it through the welfare program Medicaid.
- Medicare cuts in the House bill are so out of touch with reality that hospitals currently serving Medicare patients might be forced to stop doing so, thus making it much more difficult for seniors to get health care.
- The 21 million people who are gaining health insurance through Medicaid are going to have a very tough time finding a doctor who will treat them.
This is all straight from the bill itself; it isn’t some made-up ploy to prevent people from getting access to health care.
What is even more troubling is the response from those who supported the House version of the bill – in my area, it’s Representative Bart Stupak from Michigan – who come right out and say that they don’t care if people don’t want this; they know better than we do about what is best for everyone in this country, and they’re going to do what they want to do, regardless of what we say.
I am appalled at that type of response from people who hold a public trust, but maybe that’s just me.
[Maybe it’s time to return to this – it couldn’t hurt and it might actually help. What do you think?]