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It’s Not Just the Mandate: 0bamaCare’s Other Infringements

RJ~PWCM~JLA 2012/03/30 11:18:49

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Good summary!

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ObamaCare supporters were hit with more bad news recently when the Congressional Budget Office announced that the health care law would cost nearly twice the original estimates: $1.76 trillion over ten years rather than $940 billion. Of course, such “unexpected” cost overruns are nothing new for government programs. When Medicare was passed in 1965, it was predicted to cost $12 billion by 1990. In reality, it cost a whopping $110 billion, almost 10 times more than predicted.

But the escalating economic costs of ObamaCare will pale in comparison to the escalating losses of freedom.

The infringement of personal freedom receiving the most attention lately has been the “individual mandate” requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. This issue is at the heart of the current legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. But ObamaCare imposes numerous other mandates and controls, including the following:


  • Insurance companies must offer numerous
    “free” benefits
    , including various preventive health services, birth
    control, and coverage of “children” up to age 26.
  • An Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) of unelected bureaucrats will set prices for Medicare services that will lead to de facto rationing.

The administrative costs associated with complying with these regulations will accelerate the trend of doctors leaving traditional private practice. Instead, doctors will increasingly work for large Accountable Care Organizations where they’ll practice according to government protocols, with their compliance monitored by the mandatory electronic medical records.

As Dr. Donald Berwick (President Obama’s former head of Medicare) once noted:
The primary function of regulation in health care, especially as it affects the quality of medical care, is to constrain decentralized, individualized decision making.

In other words, restricting physicians’ freedom to practice is not some “unintended consequence” of ObamaCare, but rather an explicitly desired goal.
Simultaneously, ObamaCare will also squeeze private insurers out of business. In a recent Forbes article, Sally Pipes notes:

ObamaCare effectively forces insurers to pay out more generous benefits but limits their ability to raise the revenue needed to do so. Consequently, many firms will go out of business.

The decline has already started. Aetna has pulled out of the individual insurance market in Colorado and Indiana and out of the small-group market in Michigan. The Iowa-based Principal Financial Group stopped selling health insurance entirely, leaving 840,000 people without coverage. And Unicare has stopped selling policies in Virginia.

Once the private insurance market has been destroyed, Americans will be forced to buy their health insurance on government-run “exchanges” where the government decides which health services should or should not be covered.
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  • wicked soda boy 2012/03/30 15:19:15
    wicked soda boy
    +3
    Great post! The individual mandate may be the most vulnerable aspects based on constitutionality, yet is one of the LEAST objectionable parts of Ovomit-care, when compared to some of these other whoppers!

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  • Fred 2012/04/03 17:58:29
    Fred
    +1
    scrap it and work on the cost of medicine
  • TheTruth1313 2012/03/31 06:13:06
    TheTruth1313
    +1
    This socialist policy needs to be repealed with extreme prejudice!!
  • Ken 2012/03/31 01:07:37
    Ken
    +1
    If deemed to be Constitutional, Obamacare will destroy America.
  • Farnsworth 2012/03/30 19:32:31
    Farnsworth
    +1
    Highlights of the law

    People are reduced to numbers on government expense lines in the budget
    Unelected policy wonks will decide by an actuarial formula who gets what
    You will wait and wait and wait on doctors, medical procedures ect et al
    Dems want older Americans to die quickly.
    The financial system will collapse in less than 5 years due to cost over runs.
    We will all be in poverty...but Obama will be sit'n pretty along with the government potentates.
  • frank 2012/03/30 16:25:56
    frank
    +2
    I see that the Congressional Budget Office is finally reading the bill.
  • Striker 2012/03/30 15:25:00
    Striker
    +1
    This is a dandy article, but I don't really care anymore about all the myriad details.

    SCOTUS must declare this entire "law" unconstitutional and void. I am very concerned tho with having a "justice system" owned and operated by Government. We the People have no role in the so-called balance of powers. Why else would Pseudo-Prez still reign?
  • wicked soda boy 2012/03/30 15:19:15
    wicked soda boy
    +3
    Great post! The individual mandate may be the most vulnerable aspects based on constitutionality, yet is one of the LEAST objectionable parts of Ovomit-care, when compared to some of these other whoppers!

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