The Worst Part Of Obamacare


obamacare supreme court-cropped-proto-custom_28If you were to ask a group of Americans to name the worst part of ObamaCare, you undoubtedly would get a wide variety of answers.

Trying to pick the worst aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a daunting task. There isn’t enough space in one article even to list all of its problematical aspects, but let’s mention several.

Surely, it’s sad to see the growing number of American hourly workers whose employers are cutting their hours to less than thirty per week to avoid triggering Obamacare expenses. Another bummer is that millions of Americans are finding—surprise!—that their health insurance premiums are rising smartly, despite Obama’s campaign promises that this wouldn’t happen.

I suspect that many voters are really ticked that Obama has colluded with Congress to exempt them and their high-income staffs from Obamacare. This brazen double standard—government officials being exempt from the very laws that they impose on citizens—is an egregious departure from the principles of American government.

Also worrisome is the noticeable increase in physicians planning to take early retirement. Doctors don’t want to deal with the oppressive bureaucratic heavy-handedness of Obamacare. Who can be happy about a healthcare-related law that shrinks the number of practicing physicians, thereby making health care less available?

While Obamacare is shrinking both the number of practicing physicians and the work weeks of many Americans, we must acknowledge that this law has some positive impacts on employment, too. The law calls for hiring 16,500 additional IRS agents and as many as 40,000 additional federal employees to manage the mountains of Obamacare-related paperwork. Golly, doesn’t that make you feel healthier already?

We should all feel uneasy about the arbitrariness inherent in the language of the law and in Obama’s implementation of it. Hardly a week goes by without the president unilaterally announcing that he has suspended this or that provision of the PPACA. And in regard to whatever parts of the law actually do take effect, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will have discretionary authority to determine what hundreds of ambiguous phrases in the law actually mean.

One of the least popular provisions of Obamacare involves the so-called death panels. Despite Team Obama’s vigorous denunciations of such a characterization of the Independent Payment Advisory Board that will handle the unpleasant task of rationing health care resources, but what else would you call an unaccountable, unelected panel whose budgetary mandate inevitably will lead to decisions to withhold treatments from patients who consequently will die? It may take awhile for IPAB to “advance” as far as its United Kingdom counterpart whose decisions to withhold care, according to some reports, are responsible for close to one-sixth of all deaths there.

In case you think that Team Obama is too compassionate to let such cold-blooded calculations enter into public policy, you should recall the administration’s policy towards Honduras about three years ago. The Honduran Congress and Supreme Court, acting in accordance with the clear language of their country’s constitution, removed from office President Manuel Zelaya. It turns out that Zelaya, apparently aspiring to be the next Castro or Chavez in Latin America, was organizing a campaign to rewrite the constitution to pave the way for him becoming “president for life.” Zelaya told Hondurans that those who refused to sign his petition would be denied access to government-funded health care. Obama, Clinton, and the rest of the administration energetically backed this monster. Do we really want such people to control American health care?

Another troublesome aspect of the PPACA is how it already has warped our own constitution with the complicity of the Supreme Court. I am referring, of course, to Chief Justice John Roberts’ astounding Supreme Court decision a few months ago, in which he affirmed Obamacare in such a way as to pave the way for the federal government to use its taxing power to exert evermore control over our economic life.

Indeed, the implementation of Obamacare has ridden roughshod over the very concept of the rule of law. Avik Roy’s Forbes blog on August 18 revealed the existence of an unpublished Congressional Research Service study showing that Team Obama already has missed half of the 82 explicit deadlines stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. Once again we see an ugly double standard: Government officials that fail to meet legal deadlines get a free pass, but private individuals or businesses that miss such deadlines are penalized, often quite severely.

Another glaring defect of Obamacare is that those who apply for Obamacare subsidies will not have to provide documentation of their income, other health insurance options, and other information that influence how much of a federal subsidy they qualify for. HHS bureaucrats will simply take them at their word. The Wall Street Journal astutely compared this policy to the “no-doc liar loans” that helped to inflate the housing bubble in the previous decade. How much do you want to bet that many of these “helpful” bureaucrats will be ACORN retreads and Democratic partisans?

Investors Business Daily has been all over several disturbing developments that recently have come to light. Government employees, called “navigators,” will steer people into what supposedly will be the best decisions regarding their health care insurance. I have a close friend who is an insurance agent, and I know how hard he has to study to pass rigorous examinations demonstrating extensive, thorough understanding of an insurance product before he is licensed to sell it. Obamacare’s navigators, by contrast, will have Mickey Mouse training before they are turned lose to “help” you.

Another problem with the Obamacare navigators is that they will have access to all sorts of personal, confidential information about the citizens they interview, but because Team Obama is in a hurry to get the ball rolling, they have waived criminal background checks for these workers. Combined with the fact that Obamacare is moving full speed ahead on mining huge amounts of such data, and that the “Hub”  where all this information will be stored has not been tested for security, it could be that Obamacare will prove to be a bonanza for identity thieves and computer hackers.

It’s time to bring this to a close with my own choice for the worst aspect of Obamacare. While all of the above-mentioned aspects of the PPACA are disturbing, the most pernicious effect is all the brouhaha and confusion that Obamacare has caused. Why? Because Obamacare has been one gigantic distraction that has kept us from addressing the most crucial economic issue of all—the ticking fiscal time bomb that is Medicare and Medicaid. Federal spending on health care is projected to more than double from approximately $771 billion this year to $1.59 trillion in 2023—a mere ten years away. While we fuss and dither over Obamacare (which itself would add another $200 billion to annual federal health care spending) Medicare and Medicaid expenditures continue to soar, speeding us to the fiscal train wreck that will put the big hurt on us all.

That’s just my take on it. Feel free to enter your choice for the worst aspect of Obamacare under “Comments” up by the title of this article.

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  • Independent

    Re the Supreme Court’s decision: since Obamacare was not presented to the congress which passed it as a “tax” then the law which congress passed is not legal.

    Why don’t our stupid Republican and so-called “conservative” congress people do something about this?

    I heard that someone has instituted a lawsuit about this but mum’s the word as far as our “conservatives” are concerned. Where is the publicity about this? Where is the outcry?

    • davarino

      Your right. As I’ve said before, the repubs have been infiltrated, blackmailed, and bought out. They only put up a minimal amount of opposition so it looks like they are still alive, but they are dead.

    • tjke

      Agree. Obamacare is the worst form of Health care in Communist Europe.
      It willb e nightmare for people who are 60+ because Obama like the Communists want elder people to die by not allowing more expensive medicaments to cure dangerous diseases like cancer, stroke etc.
      He nad his cronies will get the best care as the KGB tops and members of the governments in Eastern Europe.
      Repeal it!!

      • WW4

        Sounds like you know absolutely nothing about it, which is par for the course for most people.

        • 73stnglkabee

          Look, dude, shouldn’t be forced to buy health care if your healthy. Matter of fact you cannot force an American to buy anything. You need to study the Constitution more in depth friend.

          • BongBong

            I agree. And the part most people won’t like to hear is if one chooses to not purchase their own health care, hospitals should be under absolutely no obligation to take in or treat a person, which is one of the biggest reasons for out of control costs. If a person cannot pay cash, get an immediate loan, voucher from a charitable organization or collateral, they should be sent away with no legal repercussions, even if the patient dies as a result.

      • Patty MacDonell

        He nad his cronies? Where did you hear that?

      • weref

        Elderly, special needs, babies! Your value is based on your contribution to your government. And that would be healthy people 25-45 years of age.

  • Rochel

    Make aliyah.

    • tjke

      I am thinking about it. Isrsael has much better Healthcare and they help everybody, because if you save one Life you will sava the whole World.
      But of course, a muslim like Obama loves Death cult, so a human Life is nothing to him. See what he wants to do in Syria to help his sunni terrorists.

    • Bert

      This suggestion may seem a bit flippant just now. However with the decline of America and rising Antisemitism it is quite possible that in time some American Jews will feel it necessary to emigrate to Israel. In Europe we already see a small but steady flow of Jews moving to Israel. Most of these are not moving out of ideology but out of necessity.

      • Sigi

        Maybe if you do you can help make the way a little easier for Gentile Americans to immigrate as well? Some of us even have Jewish ancestors but don’t count as Jewish because we’re Christians and mutts. Still, we’d make better neighbors than those exercising their “right of return” and excelent citizens.

  • weref

    Predetermined treatment – elimination of individual care.

    • Patty MacDonell

      What is predetermined treatment?

      • weref

        Treatment determined by best practice/outcomes rather than individual based treatment.

  • Don Carlson

    The majority of Americans have a positive view of Obamacare and will strive to benefit from it, even though it amounts to free mercury poisoning. Until a serious and courageous candidate is willing to tell Americans thaqt most them are fools–and explain in what way they have failed the political intelligence test–there will be no hope of saving the American political heritage,and,so, the country will probably be lost.

    • WW4

      I’ll tell you the no. 1 reason why Americans are fools: The idiotic notion that mandatory coverage somehow eliminates freedom more than, say, being bankrupted by disease or catastrophic event. The Republicans did a bang-up job of appealing to the dumbest among us (derrr… “death panels!” derrr…) in their objections to the ACA. Very few of them raised the RIGHT objections, and fewer to none offered a solution to the health care crisis (I can think of one serious congressional GOP alternative–shot down by the leadership).

      Now we have the TEA party out there, making fools of themselves in their 11th hour objections to the ACA that are about as well-thought out as Operation Wall Street.

      Had conservatives done two things: 1. Recognized the imminent crisis of healthcare costs and 2. Offered a solution that wasn’t a band-aid, I might give them some credibility. Alas: they truly did neither, and fought to keep things on the unsustainable path they were on, while their presidential candidate was forced to object to a system he helped devise.They lost–and look like losers thanks to these “objections.”

      Mandatory coverage is a must. The expenses incurred without it are too great. This shouldn’t be any more controversial than any other kind of insurance and yet it was whipped into a dumb, foaming frenzy. Had conservatives started with this and had a viable solution, maybe I’d have some sympathy for them now. But at this point? Cry me a river.

      • BongBong

        I already can see the buying behavior changes of health care consumers wrought by Obamacare. For one, most who fall into the punishing “middle” end up overpaying for so-so coverage with very high deductibles. Second, these people will end up going to “cash only” doctors for their regular treatment to lower their expenses, then save their costlier coverage for major medical expenses (cancer, emergency surgery, etc.). This only makes sense as the more punishing the system, the more people will figure out how to avoid or defeat that system.

    • Patty MacDonell

      If all you had to do was tell someone to stop being stupid to get them to stop being stupid, then people wouldn’t be comparing healthcare to mercury poisoning. You have to explain, using real life examples, why Obamacare is so awful. This is tricky because it doesn’t go into effect until 2014.

      • BongBong

        It has already gone into effect by drastically affecting our health care payments. Minus Obamacare there would be absolutely no reason why rates have doubled and tripled over the past year.

  • WW4

    “what else would you call an unaccountable, unelected panel whose budgetary mandate inevitably will lead to decisions to withhold treatments from patients?”

    Um–an insurance company?

    It’s true: Obamacare is pretty lousy in many if not most respects, which I’m happy to go along with discussing. However, some of the hew and cry over premiums going up is either misguided or disingenuous. Premiums were going up whether Obama, Romney, or Mickey Mouse got elected president. Why? Because in the 35+ years of talking about health care reform, we never reckoned seriously with the costs we incur. Quality of care? Yes–we had that. Cost of care? At least double that of any other comparable nation. We’ve been insulated or shielded from those costs, and now we have to reckon with them.

    Under Obamacare as we know it, premiums should go down once companies begin to compete for our insurance dollars in earnest, rather than exact one last gouge before it kicks in. That’s not exactly earth shattering good news, but there should be calm after the storm of adjustment. It’s the other stuff: the enforcement, the bureacracies that worry me.

    • BongBong

      It’s an expansion of already overwhelming government intrusion into our lives. If Republicans fail to defund and stop it’s implementation, it’s going to get very ugly in America. Not everything is the president’s or Congress’ fault (dangerously unbalanced population trends have been a known factor for decades). They have contributed to and increased the severity of these problems.

    • Gaius Wickser

      There were Repub alternatives offered, They were shut out and the lapdog
      media didn’t report it. 3 simple things for starters: 1) portability 2)
      tort reform 3) HSAs. Instead we have a convoluted bill fashion to
      tailor to liberal wishlists with all kinds of mandates and arbitraries that don’t work in a free market. But that was probably the point.

  • Drifter12

    Obamacareis going to decimate the medical delivery system. No one will be exempt…

    • WW4

      In what way?

      • Gaius Wickser

        Less people covered, as they opt out due to sticker shock. Part time nation. Medicare explosion, which pay doctors peanuts and overwhelm them with gov’t paperwork. That’s just for starters. The young and healthy won’t sign up, cheaper to pay for fine then sign up when they get sick, remember the pre-existing conditions clause? This thing, if it ever gets off the ground, will collapse on the weight of its own ill-conceived design. The Dems see it coming, a big political price to pay when it does.

    • Patty MacDonell

      How. Explain. Cite your arguments. Use real life examples.

  • Patty MacDonell

    You make a lot of serious claims but don’t cite them.

    • BongBong

      Not surprising considering there are 2,700 pages of pork, special interest favors and associated incursions against the American people in that horrendous, unconstitutional law.

  • Patty MacDonell

    The worst part of Obamacare is that it isn’t single payer.

  • Guy UK

    you say that in the UK one in six people die due to NHS refusing treatment? where did you get this information from?

    also surely if you only provide health care through insurance then you get the same thing? you have a company deciding if you will get health care treatment based on the treatment and its cost benifit? if i am wrong that that can not happen then i would like to know how it is carried out by the big companies?

    You also say that many doctors are leaving the industry because of Obamacare, do you have actual figures on this against previous years? i ask this because if your later statement about the potential for a money bubble is true i find it hard to imagine doctors would be leaving right when they are about to make more money? most people i know when there is more paper work to do hire someone who is an administrator to do it and don’t have the doctor do it. but i am eager to here the study that shows otherwise. i do see that there are issues in terms of security and information retrieval and i hope that these get sorted out as fast as possible but i don’t see the massive difference between the government running health care compared to a private company running it. any help you can give me to see the issues i would be grateful to see. even the issue with President Manuel Zelaya is not an issue as you showed he wasn’t able to do what he wanted because the government and courts stopped him, which i am sure would also happen if at some future time a president was elected who was so out of touch with reality and had so much power over the military and all the normal voting Americans who work in it that he tried to become an American dictator.

  • Vicki

    What about the micro chips to be implanted?