Did Barack Obama lie to us when he told us we could keep our health insurance after the Affordable Care Act was passed? What he actually meant was we could keep our health insurance if we can afford to pay all the new taxes Obama and the Democrats now have in store for us!
Obamacare is unconstitutional if it were to be enacted via the Commerce Clause, but not if it’s simply a tax, Justice Roberts wrote in his decision to support Obamacare. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
In so doing, Justice Roberts has just busted Campaign 2012 wide open. The high court’s ruling leaves in place 21 tax increases costing nearly $700 billion. Of those taxes, 12 would affect families earning less than $250,000 per year.
Now that Obamacare’s penalty is a “tax,” not a “fee,” Mr. Obama is breaking a 2008 campaign pledge not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $250,000. This new “tax” will hit across the economic spectrum, despite his campaign declaration that health care should “never be purchased with tax increase on middle-class families.” Now, Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats have enacted the largest tax increase in history.
Chief Justice Roberts has given Mitt Romney a key attack: The president is a tax-and-spend liberal bent on expanding government to unprecedented levels. And the presumed Republican nominee knows it: “If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama,” he said from a rooftop in Washington overlooking the Capitol. “What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president.”
Obama in 2009 'Absolutely Not a Tax Increase'
One of the main points the president made in his statement was that if you have insurance, you will be able to keep your insurance. While this is theoretically true, the reality is that costs will rise. Because of this, many families will have to change their insurance in order to find the best bargain. That’s a reality that already happens today. And when you change your insurance to the most affordable option, you often have to change doctors as well.
Another point the president brought up is how you will not be dropped if you have a pre-existing health condition. This is also true, but what may end up happening is that insurance providers may limit the services they cover concerning those pre-existing conditions.
Obama also talked about how important preventive care will be – how all mammograms will be covered by insurance, for example. That’s good, but take into account how often the government’s medical task forces change screening recommendations and guidelines, confusing the public as to when these should be done. So if you’re 40 years old, and the federal government decides you should get mammograms done starting at age 50, guess you’re not going to get it.
Young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ health plan, the president said. Good. Great -- but at the end of the day young adults use a very small percentage of health care dollars a year.
On the prescription side, seniors will be able to get discounts on the medications they need. Well, seniors get those discounts nowadays anyway, and a major concern is that we’re seeing more and more shortages of medication in the U.S. than ever before in our country’s history. Now, with even more people insured, it’s likely the problem will be even more compounded, and of course, the reform doesn’t address that issue.
Finally, Obama addressed the 30 million uninsured people that utilize emergency services and how we’ll pay for them with higher premiums in our own insurance. That’s partially true, but he failed to mention how all hospitals across the country take a major financial blow on bad debt that the federal government does not reimburse to hospitals or physicians for charity care. This leads to hospitals declaring bankruptcy, health care professionals being laid off, and even the decimation of community hospitals in the U.S.