Just because the Supreme Court said Obamacare was constitutional, it doesn’t mean it’s a good law.
Before Democrats pop the champagne and celebrate, they should be reminded of the promises President Obama and others made about the 2,700 plus page bill.
The President sold this law to a skeptical American public with the promise that it would not raise taxes on middle and lower income individuals, would allow those who like their insurance to keep them, would not add a dime to the deficit, and would decrease the cost of our health insurance premiums. Two years after the law passed, the facts are in – and contrary to what we were promised – we’ve been duped into higher taxes, larger deficits, less choices and higher premiums.
In March of 2010, then Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.” Well, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee reminds us what exactly is included in this disastrous law (details here):
- $1,200 average increase in health care premiums for each American family.
- 1 million Americans at risk of losing their insurance plan because they were denied waivers from Obamacare.
- $569 billion in gross tax increases over 10 years.
- 65 million Americans estimated to lose employer based health insurance.
- $1.8 trillion price tag – nearly double the original cost.
- 9 in 10 seniors with retiree benefits expected to lose their retiree prescription drug coverage.
Given these facts, it’s easy to understand why 54% of Americans want Obamacare repealed, (according to a Rasmussen poll done earlier this month). The more Americans learn about what’s in this law, the less they like it.
The path forward is clear. This November we have an opportunity to remove President Obama and replace him with a man that has promised to repeal Obamacare. We also have an opportunity to keep out candidates like Tammy Baldwin and Rob Zerban who both believe that Obamacare was a “first step” towards their goal of single payer, government run, health insurance. We have an opportunity this November to remove a President and Senate majority that continues to be in the way of stopping this law from going into full affect.
Justice Roberts said it well in his opinion on Obamacare, “…decisions are entrusted to our Nations elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them.” I await the opportunity to do just that on November 6th.