Friday, June 18, 2010

The Real Cost of Healthcare Reform

Even though the passage of the Healthcare Bill has not remained a hot topic on the nightly news or 24 hour news cycle, the public justifiably remains focused on it. The issues and controversy surrounding healthcare reform are not over. President Obama and Democrat leadership predicted the American public would come to love this new law after it was passed and the details of the bill were unearthed. Instead, the opposite has happened. Now that it has become the law of the land and the details are being exposed to sunlight, Americans are shocked, angry and a bit confused.

A new poll shows 58% of Americans now want the healthcare law repealed. Rasmussen Reports’ latest national telephone survey on the new Health Care Bill found that:

“Just 24% of voters say the quality of health care will get better under the new plan. Fifty percent (50%) say quality will get worse, Fifty-four percent (54%) believe health care costs will go up under the newly adopted plan. Three-out-of-five voters (60%) predict that the health care plan will increase the federal budget deficit.”

Do you remember President Obama repeatedly stating, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan!” Headlines were made late last week when internal White House documents revealed that 51% of employers may have to relinquish their current health care coverage by 2013 due to ObamaCare. The numbers are much worse for small-business employers – 66% will lose their coverage. As it turns out, those are conservative estimates. Worst-case scenarios state 69% of employers and 80% of small business employers will lose their health care coverage under the new health law.

Businesses have announced record losses due to the regulatory changes in the healthcare law. Insurance companies are preparing their clients for massive increases in premiums due to the regulatory changes forced upon them. These increases will likely not take place until January 1, 2011, after the November 2010 elections.

Things that were promised to be in the bill, actually do not exist in the new law. We were promised that health care costs would drop: now it is announced the bill will force them to rise. Premiums were promised to be reduced; however, it is now pLinkredicted the law will force them to be raised on all families. The CBO has revised their numbers stating the HealthCare bill will actually cost $115 Billion more than originally predicted, bringing the estimated total cost to over $1 TRILLION.

Instead of being honest about the huge problems with the new health care law, the Administration & Democrat majority wants to double down on their reckless legislation for America.

As the anger over healthcare continues to simmer, it is evident that the American People were paying attention during the debate over health care last year. The Democrat majority that controls Congress refused to pay attention, brushing off their charged town-hall meetings last fall, and ignoring the polls. They knew the majority of American people did not want this bill. But not believing that voters will follow through during the November elections, Congress blew off their responsibility to the American public.

The elections in November are vitally important, because it will be time for the majority of voters to show Congress that they are responsible to “We the People.”

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