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A brief list of some of the horrors of Obamacare, courtesy of the internet intelligentsia:
No matter what the cost: Health insurance for all! Hooray! At what cost? New taxes, of course, and of which, as Forbes reports, there are at least 20. This means BILLIONS of dollars. Just ask Rep. Jeff Duncan from South Carolina.
You pay either way: Don’t want insurance? Don’t need insurance? Can’t afford insurance? That’s fine, you’ll be fined. $750 annually for the “privilege.”
More Medicaid! Medicaid is expanded under Obamacare. Medicaid is paid by state and federal money. State and federal funding come out of your pocket. Forbes: “One-third of American households received Medicaid, food stamps, or some other means-tested program in 2010,” and Obamacare will only make that number go up. Dramatically.
Is there a doctor in the house?! The Daily Caller reported two fun facts last year:
“Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.”
“America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020.”
Why are the doctors hanging up their stethoscopes? The government is stingy with your money.
From the Washington Times: “32 million people are expected to be added to the health care system as a result of Obamacare, half of those as a result of the expansion of Medicaid. Many doctors already refuse to accept Medicaid patients because the government reimbursements for services rendered are well below the market rates.”
In sickness and in health: Under Obamacare, you can’t be dropped or denied coverage. As stated perfectly by Investor’s Business Daily: “This means insurance companies have to charge more for everyone. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor.”
Goodbye, job. In 2015, businesses with 50 full-time employees must provide healthcare coverage. If they don’t, they’ll pay a fine, so small businesses have begun cutting hours and employees.
Silver lining: If you are way past due for a job and still live at home in the basement, don’t sweat it. “Kids” can stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26. See SNL skit:
“Wow! I am so relieved that my dumb, lazy, good-for-nothing son has full health coverage,” the dad said. “We kept telling him, ‘Hey, idiot, you have to get a job to earn health care,’ but Mr. Obama here, he made sure that my son will never have to lift a finger to get insurance.”
Just in case: You never know when you will turn into a pregnant woman with a serious addiction. With Obamacare,
“You must buy a policy that covers ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services; chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.” (IBD)
If Sebelius says, “yes.” Health insurers can’t raise premiums to meet costs unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services deems it “reasonable.” So insurers have to accept people with pre-existing conditions but can’t raise their prices to pay for them. Makes sense.
Chaos at the doctor’s office. Another thing about Obamacare: nobody really understands how it works (probably because it won’t), and millions of people have been lied to. I pity the secretaries and customer service reps who will have to deal with, as Peter Ferrara puts it, “the public (as they) come to realize how badly they were lied to during the first Obama term to win passage of Obamacare.”