Three things the government doesn’t want you to know about Obamacare

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J. D. Heyes

Just when you think that you have heard all that you can possibly hear about what is wrong with the Affordable Care Act — from broken promises, underperforming enrollment goals and higher costs to millions who still lack health insurance coverage — there is more to report. Spoiler alert: You’re probably not going to like this, either.

Three things the government doesn't want you to know about Obamacare

You may have recently heard comments by Obamacare architect MIT Prof. Jonathan Gruber, in which he detailed to several panels how the law was purposely written to deceive voters and federal bean counters so they wouldn’t learn how much it was really going to cost taxpayers; that Americans were too “stupid” to really understand how the law was going to work, so they had to be lied to in order to get it passed; and how the law was crafted so as to be anything but transparent (remember then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comment, “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it”?).

You may have heard White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s recent comments blaming Republicans for failing to “be clear” about how they wanted to “change the law,” implying that the GOP was being deceptive about Obamacare, though a) not a single Republican voted for the law; and b) President Obama was the one who deceived the nation by lying about everything the law was supposed to do (cheaper rates, cheaper coverage, keep your doctor, keep your plan, yada, yada).

“The arrogance and condescension that has too often characterized the Obama administration’s policies have put the American public in the unfortunate position of having to learn about the health care changes the hard way, on their own,” Dr. Marc Siegel, M.D., recently wrote for FOXNews.com.

Well, he notes, there is more bad news on the way — and three additional things in particular that the president “clearly didn’t want you to know about,” he says:

— Not taxpayer friendly: Yes, unlike the president said — that the law would pay for itself — the fact is, it won’t. But it’s not for lack of trying. As Siegel notes, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which “scores” legislation for costs, reported recently that the latest Obamacare cost projections over the next decade will be just over $1.4 trillion; in 2009, Obama promised that the law would cost less than $1 trillion over 10 years. But no matter, the law adds more than 20 new taxes costing the nation $500 billion.

— More departments, more agencies, more federal control: The Obamacare law builds massive new bureaucracy — 159 new boards and agencies whose job it will be to essentially restrict your healthcare choices and govern how you get healthcare. Feeling better now?

— Not done yet: There will be even more bureaucracy in the future. Siegel wrote: “Dysfunctional state exchanges with high deductible policies, narrow doctor networks, including federally-run exchanges in 36 states which may not be allowable under the law (SCOTUS currently considering this case).”

But wait, as the commercials go, there’s more. There are three additional things coming next year that Siegel points out are going to draw the ire of consumers:

— Penalties, er, taxes: This year, people who do not have now-mandatory health insurance face a penalty (tax) of $95 per person, or 1 percent of their income. Next year, that penalty-tax more than triples, to $325 per person, or 2 percent of their income — whichever is higher (because, really, your money belongs to Uncle Sam anyway).

— Pay more for less: Major rate hikes are on the way — count on it — and it’s not because of “greedy insurance companies.” Fact is, according to Investor’s Business Daily, the coming rate hikes for the lowest-cost Bronze plan will rise by an average of 7 percent, the lowest Silver plan by 9 percent and the lowest-prices catastrophic policy by 18 percent. As Obamacare architect and MIT Prof. Jonathan Gruber has admitted in a series of recently released videos, in which he explained how the administration duped the American people into accepting Obamacare, insurance companies are going to be heavily taxed, so rates must go up to compensate.

— Employer mandate: The long-delayed employer mandate will finally take effect in 2015, and it will result in less full-time employment, as businesses with more than 50 workers (in 2016) and 100 workers (2015) will be required to provide health insurance coverage or face penalties of $2,000-$3,000 per employee.

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  1. Gary says:

    Here’s some data >> 12/17/13 my wife was injured by a driver in a Ford Excursion who was texting on his smart phone. Her car was destroyed and she was severely injured. She could no longer work. Shortly after, I got laid off. We went from two incomes to zero income in 5 months. In July 2014, I applied for SS (Age 62) Only income now for me is Social Security. Insurance for both of us retails for $1800 to $2000 per month. For 2015, our income will be about $22,000 SS and $10K IRA withdrawals for the year. Affordable Health Insurance for us worked out to $267 per month with $1190 per month subsidy. Without the AHCA, we would not have any medical insurance at all. I used the web site to find insurance carriers, contacted the carriers, verified in detail coverage, then enrolled on the web, I had some minor problems, called for help and finished enrollment on the phone. The car I bought for my wife just 6 weeks earlier was turned into scrap, we lost more than $10K on the mustang in 6 weeks. Our life changed from self sufficient to big problems. My wife is not likely to ever to return to work. 4 messed up joints in the back, surgery risk could turn her into a parapeligic or worse. Medical bills have been huge, car insurance companies fight you every step when you turn in some medical bills, refuse to pay, resorted to brining in injury attorneys. To date, not one single penny (medical claims) has been paid out by our insurance company or the drivers insurance, they stonewall you, fight you, and make your life even more miserable. Fortunately, my wife was hit, if she would not have been there, a car load of children in a mini van crossing in front of her would have been smashed in a T Bone collision. She was rear ended at a stop sign. >> If anyone has any better suggestions for health insurance, respond to this blog. I’ve worked non stop since I was 11 years old and am now 62. Went from self sufficient to dependency in 5 months. We are thankful that we have a paid off small house in a low tax are otherwise we’d be in bigger financial problems.

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