Did you hear that Lindsay Lohan is leading an upcoming Christian youth retreat? Well, if the Obama administration is out arguing that Congress pumping trillions of dollars into a government takeover of healthcare will reduce an astronomical deficit itself caused by profligate spending, I guess anything is believable, eh?
But that’s exactly what the White House is doing, claiming that medical Armageddon would ensue if a full repeal occurred. Moreover, Obama himself dismisses the House vote to repeal ObamaCare as a symbolic gesture at this point, and nothing more. “What we can’t do is engage in the kinds of symbolic battles that so often consume Washington while the rest of America waits for us to solve problems,” he said.
The House repeal of ObamaCare should not be viewed as mere “symbolism.” Instead, it continues the process of reminding the public that ObamaCare violates every premise it was conceived on: lower costs, lower premiums, a reduced deficit, efficient medical care, and a jobs boom.
ObamaCare was built on a pack of lies.
And now the GOP must take the opportunity to expose those lies and build momentum for the 2012 election, after which a full repeal can occur if Republicans do take back the White House and the Senate.
Republicans should build their case on five straight forward points: The government takeover of healthcare explodes the deficit even further, delivers skyrocketing premiums, increases overall healthcare costs, suffocates job growth and micromanages the entire healthcare market because… well, because you must bow before the government and ask no questions, peasant.
1. The Budget Buster
White House officials brag that the multi-trillion-dollar health-care bill reduces deficit and, as a result, they argue that any repeal that goes into effect will increase deficit spending. But once fully implemented, ObamaCare will have the nation swimming in even more debt than we already are. When taxes and spending meet on the actual first 10 years of ObamaCare (2014-2023), the projected cost is $2.6 trillion, far above what the Democratic Congress promised. But there’s more. Also tack on an extra $200 billion for the Medicare “doc fix” portions and another $115 billion in discretionary spending needed to help execute the law. No wonder the Congressional Budget Office called the Democrats gimmickry in scoring ObamaCare “difficult to sustain for a long period.”
ObamaCare, from the get-go, was a budget buster.
2. Lower Thy Premium
Barack Obama promised to lower premiums by $2,500 a year for the average family. But now, in the real world, the cost of individual insurance will rise by $2,100 per year, says an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. $2,100! For the math whizzes at Obama’s side, that’s a gap of $4,600 per year, per family. Repeal ObamaCare, save $2,100 a year. Sounds like a good message to us.
3. Cost Control Fantasy
Hey, remember when Obama said: “If any bill arrives from Congress that is not controlling costs, that’s not a bill I can support. It’s going to have to control costs.” Well guess what? Costs are a-soaring! But don’t take my word for it. The chief Medicare actuary, Richard Foster, stipulated in an April 2010 report that ObamaCare will increase health expenditures “by a total of $311 billion” over the next 10 years. Lovely.
4. Jobs Killer
House Republicans call their effort: “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” And that’s spot-on. While the left is out chest-thumping that the Republicans should address the economy and not health care (the New York Times even called the House repeal effort a “ritual of self-glorification”), the likelihood of economic growth and ObamaCare are inexorably tied together. As one GOP aide put it, repeal means that “taxpayers will not face $569 billion in tax increases scheduled to take effect over the coming years—job-killing taxes that will harm an economy struggling to grow.”
These taxes hit individuals who choose not to purchase a government-approved insurance policy and employers—you know, job providers—who don’t provide workers with a government-approved insurance policy. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Other taxes dispensed from the font of ObamaCare included a 40% levy on “high-cost” insurance policies and new rules that ban Flexible Spending Accounts from being used to purchase over-the-counter drugs.
The question remains: How is ObamaCare not linked to economic growth? Only in the bizarre mind of a leftist does diminishing an individual’s purchasing power and making it more expensive to hire employees not impact economic trajectory.
5. Big Government Galore
Barack Obama likes to cloak his admiration for more government by making bureaucracy seem benign. “The question we ask today is not whether government is too big or too small, but whether it works.” Remember that line? Barack said it on Inauguration Day. Funny thing is, the size of government and its efficacy are blood brothers. And Americans know it, which is why they protested at town hall meetings across the country before the healthcare overhaul was made law. But the objections of the people were drowned out by the Democrats’ government-knows-best elitism. So with ObamaCare comes 159 new programs, bureaucracies and boards for Americans to look forward to.
The Bottom line is simple: The GOP must do all in its power to weaken and defang Obamacare until a full overhaul is achieved. Remember the Gipper’s sage warning: The closest thing we’ll ever see to eternal life here on earth is a government agency. And Obamacare gave us a whole new fleet of bureaucracies to worry about.