It’s a lucky thing that Obama’s Affordable Care Act finally gave Washington an excuse to stop losing money to health care entitlement fraud. Look for federal officials to go out of their way to prove to the public that they are delivering what the White House promised, even though they will never tell us why we need new bills and more spending to deal with old problems.
Should health care be an issue of personal choice or government responsibility? Does the answer still matter? The Affordable Care Act is a done deal. Republicans failed to get rid of it. Despite raising issues ranging from the legality of the individual mandate to whether we should make exceptions for employers’ religious beliefs, the core provision of Obamacare remains unchanged. Americans better carry health insurance, or else.
The recent Supreme Court decision on contraception requirements in the ACA argue in favor of an employer’s choice over government mandates. On the individual level, how can the government justify assuming the responsibility for our health care under threat of punishment when it is fundamentally incapable of administering a program of this scale? Medicare and Medicaid are rife with fraud and wasteful spending and we already have federal inspector general reports questioning the reliability of the eligibility data for those who signed up for Obamacare exchanges. Given the disastrous rollout and our government’s proven inability to make technology work, will anyone but the residents of the White House try to explain these problems as anything but another failure of big government?
Despite talk about socialized medicine, the Affordable Care Act did not give us a European-style health care system. Far from it. Instead of a public option we expanded Medicaid for low income Americans, a copout from Democrats who couldn’t make the public option fly. The result was a two-tiered health care system, private insurance overregulated by the government for people with money and poor people’s health care paid for by taxpayers. Is this the enlightened 21st century system we were promised?
For all their votes to get rid of Obamacare, Republicans still bear guilt for doing nothing to improve American health care when they had the chance. Nothing was done during the majority years under George W. Bush. Conservative lawmakers were content to ignore problems that should have been solved, like preexisting condition exclusions, until it was too late and Democrats seized their advantage. Now we have a behemoth we don’t want that is not going to do what we were promised but will cost us lots of money. That is the state of America's health care system and the focus of this category.
UPDATE March 26, 2017: seven years of promises and votes to repeal the ACA and Republicans still don’t have a replacement they can agree on. The House spent two days last week showing the nation just how divided they can be when it comes to making our lives better. Democrats will step in to fill the vacuum as the GOP continues its quest to anger the nation and hand the left a victory in the 2018 midterms.
Wasted government spending is more than just waste. It is an excuse to keep federal employees on the job tracking down lost tax dollars. It also enriches those doing business with the government, an expensive perk and part of using and abusing programs that are too large, too expensive, and too unwieldy to administer.
Health care entitlements already waste tens of billions every year, but get ready.
Your taxes are going up. If you think being part of the middle class or supporting Barack Obama will save you, you are dead wrong. There is a lot more going on with the federal budget than fiscal cliff tax rates. Obamacare taxes, state budgets in crisis, and all the trappings of a planned economy are ready and waiting to bleed you dry.
Do Democrats classify small companies by the ease with which their earnings can be turned into tax revenue by applying the Obama fair share principle? Explaining what happens when small businesses hire their 50th employee, this is how the Obamacare resource, HealthCare.gov, separates small companies from large companies:
You are generally considered a large business if you have more than 50 employees.¹
The Small Business Administration defines a small company a bit differently:
The Offce [sic] of Advocacy defines a small business as an independent business having fewer than 500 employees.²
The Republican Party was comfortable with the 500 employee benchmark in its Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2012, the 20% tax cut for small companies that met its demise in Harry Reid’s Senate.
Americans have always hated the idea of a national health care system. Socialized medicine is even harder to choke down because it reeks of government control over an area where at best bureaucracy will make things horribly expensive and at worst can kill us. Most Americans have figured out by now that we don’t have to worry about socialized medicine and certainly not universal coverage.