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The Top 13 Reasons...
SOURCE: The American Policy Roundtable
April 19 2012

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"We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." -Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

On Christmas Eve 2009 the U.S. Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the U.S. media coined as “Obamacare.” The measure, passed on a strictly partisan vote, is over 2,400 pages long and is embroiled in multiple legal challenges.

The independent, non-partisan research team at the American Policy Roundtable has read this law multiple times along with the transcripts of the arguments presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. The following conclusions are just the beginning of predictable consequences for every American should this law go into full effect as scheduled in 2014.

The Top 13 Reasons why the Affordable Care Act/“Obamacare” will not work as promised:

  1. It does not solve the problem of the uninsured. The latest research from the Congressional Budget Office projects that 27 million Americans will remain without health insurance, in spite of the exhaustive attempts of this law to force everyone into mandatory insurance. (p. 3, accessed 4/12/2012)

  2. The plan captures one-seventh of the national economy and places it under the control of the federal bureaucracy. In the law the term “the Secretary shall” appears over 800 times. In every case, Congress is handing the unelected Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) power to make decisions regarding the health care of U.S. citizens.

  3. It taxes innovation, scientific discovery and will slow medical progress. Medical devices that have never been taxed before are suddenly being taxed to help cover the costs of this massive bureaucracy. [HR3590, Title IX, Subtitle A, Sec. 9009]

  4. The plan puts government bureaucrats between you and your doctor. People are furious with insurance companies that play the role of HMO dictators today. Just imagine when an MRI or other vital test or surgery that is desperately needed has to be approved all the way to Washington, D.C. [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle D, Part I, Sec. 1302]; [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle A, Part A, Subpart II, Sec. 2713]; [HR3590, Title III, Subtitle E, Sec. 3403]; [HR3590, Title IV, Subtitle B, Sec. 4105]

  5. Rationed care will be real. The law contains a series of panels that are commissioned to rate the necessity of certain kinds of care such as prostate and breast cancer screening. This is just the beginning of the government deciding who can get treatment and when. [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle A, Part A, Subpart II, Sec. 2713]

  6. The federal government will decide what shall be in every form of insurance plan. They will establish all the rules and determine what the plans will cost. The states will push the plans through “health care exchanges.” Insurance companies will basically administer the government paperwork. You can buy a government-controlled plan from the feds or you can buy it from the insurance company but it will basically be the same thing. [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle D, Part I, Sec. 1301]; [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle D, Part I, Sec. 1302]

  7. The plan forces everyone into the government system. The “individual mandate” requires that everyone be enrolled in a federal authorized plan. Anyone who refuses will be assessed an annual penalty. Failure to pay that penalty (enforced by the IRS) will result in a federal crime. [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle F, Part I, Sec. 1501]

  8. Large employers get slammed in this plan. If they don’t offer insurance to their employees and just one employee gets a tax-supported policy off the federal exchange, then the employer is given a tax penalty multiplied by all full-time employees. If employers do offer federally approved insurance and just one employee still decides to get a tax-supported policy off the exchange, the employer is penalized 400% times that assistance. Either way they will pay. [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle F, Part II, Sec. 1513]

  9. There is no place in the U.S. Constitution where Congress or the President are given the authority to run the U.S. health care industry. Already serious challenges based on the Bill of Rights have been brought against this law. Matters of conscience, free speech, privacy, and the right to personal property and contract are all in jeopardy. One seriously under-reported portion of this plan involves the universal storage of medical records, which will be controlled by the Federal Government. What happens to your privacy should someone hack the federal health care records database? [HR3590, Title I, Subtitle G, Sec. 1561]

  10. The government will decide how much is spent on health care. The purpose of this legislation from the start was to cut health care spending in America. What if new research brings promising new treatments (like autologous adult stem cells) that people are more than willing to pay for? Why should bureaucrats in Washington decide how much you can spend on your health or the health of a loved one?

  11. Doctors really dislike this plan. Talk with a doc who has been in practice since the late 60’s. He or she will tell you just how much government regulation has hurt the medical profession. If we have fewer doctors in the future, how will health care get better or less expensive?

  12. The U.S. Congress, the President and the U.S. Supreme Court have not READ the actual 2,400 page law. How can anyone defend a law of this magnitude when they have NEVER read it?

  13. It will drive up the cost of groceries and subject grocers to unfair federal penatlties. Regulations now require chain grocery stores to label unpackaged foods in soup/food bars and bakery with nutritional information demanded by the FDA. This may seem simple, but will require costly assessments and drive up costs for consumers. {HR 3590, Title IV, Subtitle C, Section 4205}

There are positive solutions to the challenges of health care in America. The Roundtable continues to promote a “Healthier Plan” alternative to elected officials at every opportunity. These positive reforms improve health care and save billions. Please check out Roundtable's “Healthier Plan.” You can also visit The Public Square® radio broadcast and hear several programs on a better way to health care reform.

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The American Policy Roundtable is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit education and research organization founded in 1980. It is supported by voluntary contributions from individuals across the nation. This research was not funded by the health insurance industry, any hospital or physician association, or political party.