Graves’ “Defund Obamacare” plan could save lives and our financial future

September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ThornerBy Nancy Thorner –

Why is the Graves plan supported by The Heritage Foundation and other stellar conservative advocate groups while Cantor’s plan is unacceptable?  Simply because the Graves plan offers two specific parts:

1) It passes a budget amendment (a rider) that funds the ENTIRE GOVERNMENT EXCEPT OBAMACARE and then

2) It attaches this amendment to the continuing resolution (CR) to fund government which expires midnight on Sept. 30. The entire government would get funded, soldiers, Social Security, air traffic controllers, food inspectors, etc., but not ObamaCare.

Should the Graves bill reach the Senate, members could vote only on the proposal itself and would be unable to add anything into it as the House originates spending bills.  The theory goes that if Harry Reid prevents a vote on an ObamaCare-free Continuing Resolution by Oct. 1st, in effect it would be Democrats who would be guilty of shutting down the government and not Republicans.

But woe be to House Republican leaders who think that any government shutdown would be spun by the media as the GOP’s fault, with the media enlisting individuals crying on TV that zoos will be shut down, soldiers won’t be paid, Social Security payments won’t go out, and food inspectors can’t do their jobs, etc!

A word to Republican leaders:  Even though a recent poll indicates that just 7% of Republican voters want Congress to take steps to defund Obamacare according to a Kaiser Health Track Poll for August, 2013, over four in ten Americans are unsure whether ObamaCare remains law.

Furthermore, since 51% of the American people are still in the dark abut ObamaCare and how it will work (not surprising as the government doesn’t know either!), wouldn’t this be the ideal time for House Republican leaders to stop being “fraidy” cats and instead show some gumption by supporting the Graves plan.  Perhaps by arguing the issues Republicans could actually start winning the debate of ideas in this country from time to time.

Pitfalls of Obamacare

Sentiments expressed by Dr. Tim Shepherd in a Heritage Morning Bell article of September 9th is akin to how many doctors feel.  Dr. Shepherd is dreading the layers of bureaucracy ObamaCare creates and is concerned about the impact of the law on the care he is able to offer his patients. As Dr. Shepherd told Heritage:  It makes it difficult to take care of the whole person if you don’t have the environment where you are free to do that.
  • ObamaCare will hasten Medicare’s demise, as it siphons away $716 billion from the struggling Medicare fund and gives it to a new board of 15 unaccountable bureaucrats who will have the power to control Medicare spending through cuts to health care providers, which is a sure prescription to rationing care.
  • Your future under ObamaCare is for big medicine to get even bigger.  Three major components to Big Medicine are already happening:  1) A wave of hospital mergers driven primarily by economic pressure, 2) Shift of doctors away from independent practice and toward becoming hospital employees so they can lower their costs and meet government mandates on electronic health records, and 3) Encouragement of hospitals and doctors to band together into largo ACO’s to contain Medicare health costs.
  • ObamaCare fails to reduce health costs for employer-sponsored health coverage.  A Kaiser Family Foundation survey illustrate how premiums will rise for many workers and firms next year due to the new benefit mandates imposed by the ObamaCare law.
  • Higher health costs don’t presume that Americans will get to keep their health plans, but tell this to those individuals who are being dropped from their health plans, either because their insurance company decided to leave the marketplace or because their coverage does not meet “government-approved” requirements.   On August 21 UPS announced it was dropping coverage for spouses of employees if they are offered coverage through their own employers.  Dropping spousal coverage will likely become a trend among employers due to continually rising health care costs.
  • An independent survey in August by Investor’s Business Daily broken down by states, indicates that 250 employers have already cut work hours or jobs or have already taken other steps to avoid ObamaCare costs.  With the ObamaCare employer mandate penalizing employers that do not provide the government-dictated level of insurance to their employees, penalties can be avoided if businesses have fewer than 50 full-time employees or if their employees work less than 30 hours a week.  Announced on August 30 is that Trader Joe’s is cutting health care benefits for anyone working fewer than 30 hours a week.  Almost daily occurrence are announced in the media of other companies doing likewise.
  • ObamaCare is one of the largest tax increases in American history.  There are 24 new or higher taxes that will pay for ObamaCare’s expansion of government spending and interference between doctors and patients. ObamaCare taxes everyone, even those earning under $250,000 a year!   Announced in September was that ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax (a new 2.3% excise tax) resulted in a Grand Rapids, Michigan company (Kalamazoo based Stryker) laying off over 1,000 people.
  • Obamacare navigators will have access to all sorts of personal, confidential information about the citizens they interview, but because Team Obama was 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.
Part 1: Avoid the calamity of Obamacare:  Rally ’round Graves bill

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