, Corbin, KY


August 7, 2013

Republicans must work to repeal, replace Obamacare

CORBIN — The Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is made up of layers of mendacity wrapped in fabrication and tied with disingenuousness. Speaking plainly, Obamacare is a pack of lies sold to voters as an attack on “greedy insurance companies and greedy drug companies.”

In reality, it was passed by using massive giveaways such as the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback and the Florida Flim-Flam.

The “Cornhusker kickback” was added to the bill to buy the Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson’s vote, giving Nebraska “a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska,” causing American taxpayers to have to pay an additional $45 million in the first decade.

The “Louisiana Purchase,” part of Obamacare, is the inclusion of $100-$300 million in added federal aid for Medicaid recipients in Louisiana, home state of Sen. Mary Landrieu.

John McCain described the “Florida Flim-Flam” as “a deal to grandfather Medicare Advantage enrollees in Florida — approximately $5 billion.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “You’ll find a number of states that are treated differently than other states. That’s what legislating is all about. It’s compromise.”

Obamacare promises free preventive health screening. The law requires insurance companies to cover all applicants within new minimum standards and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex, and free contraceptives for women.

Insurance companies are not charities. Insurance companies are businesses that must show a profit in order to continue as a business. Every free action promised by Obamacare must be paid for by someone.

Affordable insurance? No. The American Society of Actuaries estimates claims costs for the individual insurance market will rise by an average of 32 percent over the next three years. Rising medical care costs will cause higher insurance costs. Simply stated, rising health-care costs mean higher premiums. The “free stuff” promised in Obamacare will drive premiums up.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits some Americans will face higher premiums, especially the young and healthy. “It’s sort of a one-to-one shift. Some of the older customers may see a slight decline, and some of the younger ones are going to see a slight increase.” (A slight increase of up to 169 percent, according to a survey by the American Action Forum.)

Our Republican congressmen and their colleagues in the House of Representatives must continue to work for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. They must expose the lies and the actual costs of the “free stuff.”

Charles Hayes,


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