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Happy Birthday PPACA!


Nan Swift
March 23, 2012

President Obama’s terrible Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has finally reached its terrible twos.  The timing couldn’t be more poignant.  No sooner does  PPACA pass this milestone than it goes to face down the Supreme Court on Monday morning.  March 26-28 the Court will hear oral arguments for six hours, far more than the usual one hour allotted a case.  The fact that the Court has not held such a long hearing in 45 years is a very real indicator of the gravity of the case.

But we can’t pin all our hopes on this case.  Even if the Court were to rule against the unconstitutional individual mandate, it is still possible that they would let the rest of the law stand.  A lot hangs in the balance and it could be many months until we know how things stand freedom-wise.

That’s why it is essential that we continue to urge our legislators to repeal the President’s health care law.  Not only is the future uncertain regarding the Supreme Court ruling, but there are many components of the bill that are taking effect long before the “official” January 1, 2014 date when the majority of the bill goes into effect.  Already, states are being forced to set up health insurance exchanges with several targets to be reached between now and 2014, a very costly and time consuming project.  Insurers have been hit with burdensome new regulations that are raising health care costs.  The Department of Health and Human Services has been given all kinds of new, broad powers and has already doled out millions from an unlimited slush fund. Small businesses will soon see higher taxes and employers will now be disclosing the value of each employee’s health insurance to the IRS.

If there is some silver-lining to be found in all of this, it is that for those of us who have been fighting the good fight for several years now the recent CBO report is a giant “We told you so”-of-doom, full of “hard truths”  that even the law’s supporters are having to face.

Politico.com is admitting that:

1)      Some people won’t get to keep the coverage they like …

2)      Costs aren’t going down …

3)      It’s just a guess that the law can pay for itself …

4)      “The more they know, the more they’ll like it” isn’t happening …

Take Action now to help stop the coming Health Care O-pocalypse.


 

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