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The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare

Posted by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM
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The Slow Dismantling of Obamacare

by Amy Payneobamacare_1

Things aren’t going so well for Obamacare.
Even Democrats in Congress aren’t huge fans any more. It seems after passing the law and finding out what’s in it, the allure has faded—so much so that Congress actually repealed part of Obamacare in the fiscal cliff deal last week.


That’s right—part of Obamacare has been completely undone. It was the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, essentially a new entitlement program for long-term care. But this new government program for people who end up needing assisted living or other long-term services was poorly designed and bound to fail, as Heritage’s Alyene Senger explains.
“CLASS was a bad deal for both taxpayers (who would likely have had to bail out the program) and beneficiaries (who would be better served by choosing among private options),” Senger wrote.
The program was so poorly designed that one of its own administrators warned Congress in 2011 that the program could collapse.


This is just one example of how poorly thought out Obamacare was—but this example so captured Congress’s attention that it spurred action. Another part of Obamacare that just took effect, the medical device tax, started making some Senators uneasy before it was scheduled to begin.


A group of 18 Senators, including such outspoken Democrats as Al Franken (MN), John Kerry (MA), Charles Schumer (NY), and Debbie Stabenow (MI), asked Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to delay the tax, which falls on every item used in medical treatments, from stents to syringes, IV tubes, and prosthetics.


As Heritage senior policy analyst Curtis Dubay noted, this tax will mean more than just higher prices:


Depending on how these businesses pass the tax on, it could result in higher prices for their customers (e.g. patients), lower returns to their shareholders, or fewer jobs for their workers. As we explained earlier, evidence is mounting that it is their workers that will bear the brunt of the tax.
More taxes, higher prices, and lost jobs—no wonder the Senators wanted to delay it! If only they had considered those effects before many of them voted for Obamacare in the first place.
The medical device tax is only one of five of the new taxes that start in 2013 and one of the 18 tax hikes spread throughout Obamacare. Many of these tax hikes, like the medical device tax, will hit hard-working Americans.


Even Democratic governors are unsure about this law. Many governors are weighing the costs of setting up a state health exchange and expanding their already troubled Medicaid programs. The nation’s governors, like the U.S. Congress, are figuring out that Obamacare is an unworkable monstrosity.

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cbk_mom3
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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Good article, thanks for posting. Very interesting read. It's pretty sad when your own minions have doubts about your health plan. 

gsprofval
by Gold Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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Yes, but it's a good thing that even the dems are now admitting obamacare won't work and is too costly.

It's just wrong to tax the medical device companies any way. We have a lot of them around here who provide medical devices around the world and are good places to work.

Besides, no one can even tell us exactly what is in it and what we have to do to even get any healthcare with obummercare.

cbk_mom3
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM
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I know, you are right on everything you said. It's not that they CAN'T tell us what's in it, it's that they WON'T tell us, because then we'd all know it's just like Obeyme, phony through and through, and about as good for America as Socialism.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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I should start a drinking game.  Every time cbk_mom3 says "minions" or "Obeyme", I take a drink.  When she says both in a post, I take two drinks.

Weekends I will play this with liquor, and be drunk in an hour.

Woo hoo, the fun!

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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How many drinks for "obummer"?

Quoting romalove:

I should start a drinking game.  Every time cbk_mom3 says "minions" or "Obeyme", I take a drink.  When she says both in a post, I take two drinks.

Weekends I will play this with liquor, and be drunk in an hour.

Woo hoo, the fun!

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cbk_mom3
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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I'm sure your kids would love to see their mom drunk over a stranger on the internet. How proud you would make them!

Quoting romalove:

I should start a drinking game.  Every time cbk_mom3 says "minions" or "Obeyme", I take a drink.  When she says both in a post, I take two drinks.

Weekends I will play this with liquor, and be drunk in an hour.

Woo hoo, the fun!


romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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Quoting JakeandEmmasMom:

How many drinks for "obummer"?

Quoting romalove:

I should start a drinking game.  Every time cbk_mom3 says "minions" or "Obeyme", I take a drink.  When she says both in a post, I take two drinks.

Weekends I will play this with liquor, and be drunk in an hour.

Woo hoo, the fun!

That can be a bonus.  You have to drink from the opposite side of the cup.

romalove
by SenseandSensibility on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:31 PM
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Quoting cbk_mom3:

I'm sure your kids would love to see their mom drunk over a stranger on the internet. How proud you would make them!

Quoting romalove:

I should start a drinking game.  Every time cbk_mom3 says "minions" or "Obeyme", I take a drink.  When she says both in a post, I take two drinks.

Weekends I will play this with liquor, and be drunk in an hour.

Woo hoo, the fun!


I'll share with them.  I'm a good mom like that.

hhhanna
by Member on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM
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A bad plan from a horrible president, where's the surprise?

CarolinaGirl725
by on Jan. 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM
Hey girl! Can I play that game with you? I will bring a big bottle of Captain Morgan. By the time we find all the posts trashing Obama, we should be hammered! Please refresh my memory. Who won the election in November?


Quoting romalove:

I should start a drinking game.  Every time cbk_mom3 says "minions" or "Obeyme", I take a drink.  When she says both in a post, I take two drinks.

Weekends I will play this with liquor, and be drunk in an hour.

Woo hoo, the fun!


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