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What is Obamacare Exactly?

Obama Gave us ObamaCare: The Affordable Care Act

Obamacare is not about getting medical coverage to everyone

Obamacare is not about getting medical coverage for children

Obamacare is not about getting better medical coverage in the workplace

Obamacare is not about helping to prevent medical problems

Obamacare is about coercion of the individual by the government

Obamacare is supposed to ensure quality health care for all Americans at an affordable cost. But the exact opposite will occur: insurance premiums will increase and not decrease

Obamacare will be a disaster for taxpayers

Doctors are not in favor of Obamacare because it takes away their treatment prerogatives. Therefore, there will be fewer doctors. The New York Times reports that by 2015 there will now be a shortage of about 70,000 doctors in the US.

If tragedy strikes and special medical treatment is needed, and permissions must be sought from the bureacracy, the treatment will not be quick and the patient will suffer and die.

Obamacare will not make medical care better. Doctors will be forced to use the government's diagnosis and treatment rather than what they think is best for the patient. What Obama wants is to disallow surgery for prolonging the life of an elderly person and wants the elderly person to take a pain killer and die sooner. Listen to Obama himself make this statement.

Under Obamacare, there will be a politically appointed independent payment advisory board who will be empowered to limit spending for the care of the elderly. In other words, when the board decides your life is not worth a treatment that will prolong it, the board will order your doctor to let you die, untreated. This is what is called euthanasia. Doctors want Obamacare repealed. See American Doctors For Truth.

Obamacare is about Obama's philosophy that

Representative Paul Ryan devastates Obamacare in six minutes. Listen to his discussion in a bipartisan White House summit with Obama.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Ut.) stated that ObamaCare poses

A massive usurpation of power by the federal government that it has never exercised before and was never intended to possess ... It represents a threat to individual liberty in America that our founding era documents so carefully protect by splitting up power. [ObamaCare] overlooks limitations on Congress' power and it does so in a very reckless and dangerous manner.

Alternative Medicine

The worst side effect is that Obamacare isn't really about health care at all. The Obamacare system excludes natural medicine. There is no freedom to choose nutritional therapies, herbal remedies, naturopathic medicine or the Healing Arts. The entire system is focused on drugs, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. It's a Big Pharma monopoly that we are now forced to buy into.

Government Enforced Euthanasia

Obamacare will eventually bring us government enforced euthanasia. If you think this claim is extreme, please observe what is happening in the socialism medicine practice in Great Britain. There is a government established protocol call the Liverpool Care Pathway that is used in hospitals for patients who are thought to be terminally ill or expected to die imminently. Under the pathway, doctors are permitted to heavily sedate the patient and withdraw treatment, food, and water to help accelerate patient death. The patient has no choice. If you think this government enforced euthanasia is not widely used, think again. Almost one third of patients in British hospitals who die in British hospitals, (about 130,000 a year) die under the Liverpool Care Pathway. The pathway has become an assisted death pathway: government enforced euthanasia. With Obamacare that is exactly what will be happening in the United States: government enforced euthanasia.

You can also look at this economically. Obamacare gives health care to people who cannot pay for it. So health care costs for those who do pay must increase. What is the way to control this increase? Find situations to ration care and stop coverage. So if you older than 60 and get sick and need extensive health care, at this point you are not so valuable for society so the government can rationalize that there should be no health care coverage for you. The hospital is then left to provide relief for your pain, give sedation, withdraw expensive treatment and withdraw food and water to hasten your death. In simple language the policy is to make an early kill off of the elderly and extremely sick so that Obamacare will not have to pay for their expensive health coverage. We call this government enforced euthanasia.

More Health Coverage and Reduction of Federal Budget Deficit

ObamaCare offers massive new subsidies to provide health coverage to 30 million more people and at the same time Obama explains that it reduces the federal budget deficit. Common sense says this is ridiculous. The Charles Blahous report explains that Obama can say this because of double counting

The Affordable Care Act should be expected to increase federal spending obligations by more than $1.15 trillion over the upcoming decade and to worsen cumulative federal deficits by somewhere between $340 and $530 billion over the same period, depending on the degree of success with which future cost-savings provisions are enforced. (page 45)

Double Counting!!

Millions Will Lose Job-Based Health Insurance

Why is it expected that 20 million people will lose their job-based health insurance? A report from the House Ways and Means Committee finds that 71 of the nation's top 100 companies would find it far more economical to drop their health care plans and simply pay the penalty for not complying with the Obamacare employer insurance mandate.

Obamacare Costs More

The cost of healthcare services due to Obamacare is expected to rise 7.5 percent in 2013, more than three times the projected rates for inflation and economic growth. Because of Obamacare, the cost of student health insurance has doubled in a number of universities. In addition, most insurance carriers are hesitant to provide contracts for this insurance due to the unpredictability of the cost of the claims.

There are many new taxes buried in the 2000 -- plus pages of Obamacare, including:

For a full list of Obamacare taxes see the webpage prepared by Americans for Tax Reform.

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Obamacare Implanted RFID Chips

Obamacare requires an RFID chip implanted in all of us. This chip will not only contain your personal information with tracking capability but it will also be linked to your bank account. And get this, Page 1004 of Obamacare (dictating the timing of this chip), reads "Not later than 36 months after the date of the enactment". Therefore, it is now the law of the land that by March 23rd 2013 we will all be required to have an RFID chip underneath our skin and this chip will be link to our bank accounts as well as have our personal records and tracking capability built into it.

Implanted RFID chips violates our privacy rights. Take down Obamacare. Take down Obama.

Contraceptive Coverage Requirement

Finally, there is the Obama administration ruling that requires employers to provide health insurance plans that include contraceptive coverage. Catholic hospitals, colleges, and social services fall under the umbrella of institutions covered by the decision. There is a problem here with a dictate of government to provide certain kinds of health care. What health care to provide should be left to the employer and not to government.

What Obama Is Not Telling

Among all the items Obama is not talking about are:

This discussion of these five item is reproduced from the website.

Decreased Choice

Obamacare mandates that insurers cover preventive services recommended by the United State Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) with no cost-sharing. This has quickly turned the task force's recommendations for doctors and patients into requirements on insurers and employers that could lead them to cover only services that are required of them. This fear was proven valid in 2009 when the task force downgraded the strength of its recommendation for breast cancer screenings in women between ages 40 and 50. A controversy ensued that led Congress to overturn that recommendation through an amendment to Obamacare - before the legislation was even enacted. Before Obamacare was law, this type of change in recommendation would simply have been helpful advice for doctors and patients, but under Obamacare, it could mean the difference between coverage and no coverage.

Also, as Heritage has pointed out before, the United State Preventive Services Task Force is one of few government agencies legally allowed to take cost into consideration when deciding whether to recommend a medical service. As health care costs rise and the government's role in health care grows, this may mean that cost will more strongly influence coverage.

Higher Premiums

Obamacare's free preventive services will still be paid for by the consumer. Insurers and employers are not going to absorb those costs; they will simply pass them on to consumers through higher premiums. Indeed, the Administration's own cost estimates that accompanied its regulations implementing the preventive services requirements project that those new requirements alone will increase premiums by an average of 1.5 percent.

Mandating that some services be provided with no patient cost-sharing will further disconnect consumers from the actual cost of care and increase use of those services, raising costs and premiums even higher.

Blatantly Unjust Premiums

Obamacare's new age rating requirements allow a maximum variation in cost ratio of only 3 to 1 for adult premiums. However, Heritage research shows,

The natural variation by age in medical costs is about 5 to 1 - meaning that the oldest group of (non-Medicare) adults normally consumes about five times as much medical care as the youngest group.

Obamacare's rating system causes insurers to charge unnaturally low premiums for older adults and higher premiums for younger adults. Actuaries estimate that this will increase premiums for ages 18-24 by 45 percent and ages 25-29 by 35 percent, regardless of gender.

Obamacare Cuts Medicaid

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report makes a revision in their estimates of the ten-year Medicare cuts contained in Obamacare. It is not the $575 billion previous estimated. It is now up to $716 billion.

The Medicare cuts take two main forms: reductions in the amount Medicare will pay to providers for Medicare services and a gutting of the popular Medicare Advantage (MA) program.

Both cuts will lead to significantly reduced health care options for seniors on Medicare. The Medicare Trustees believe half of current MA enrollees will be forced out by 2017 and 40% of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies will be operating at a loss by 2040.

Increased Dependence on Government and its Bureaucrats

Obamacare expands the role of government and gives extensive authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. As an excellent symbol of the department's overreaching power, at yesterday's town hall, one woman expressed appreciation for Secretary Sebelius's "interpretation" of a particular provision in the law. Also, as depicted in "The Life of Julia," the Obama campaign envisions cradle-to-grave dependence on government for American women. Under Obamacare, more than half of all Americans will be dependent on the federal government for health care by 2020.

Violation of Religious Liberty

At the town hall, when discussing the women-specific preventive care mandate that requires insurers to cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs without cost-sharing, the Administration failed to mention that its regulations are a gross violation of religious liberty. The Administration exempts churches from this mandate but not religious hospitals, schools, or charities that find such products morally objectionable on religious grounds. That violates the First Amendment right to freedom of religion for all Americans - regardless of gender or faith.

On June, 11, 2012 over 150 faith-based organizations cosigned a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius expressing "grave concern" over the impact that the Obamacare mandate will have on religious freedom. It was signed by aid organizations, including World Relief and the U.S. branches of the Salvation Army and World Vision, Inc, as well as by the National Association of Evangelicals; the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; the Baptist Bible College & Seminary; and the North American Baptist Conference. Legal organizations involved in lawsuits against the Obamacare mandate, such as Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Law and Justice, also signed the letter. They wrote:

As leaders and supporters of faith-based service organizations, we write to express our grave concern about the two-class concept of religious organizations that has been created by your department and other federal agencies in connection with the contraceptives mandate of the health insurance regulations for preventive services for women.

We are united in opposition to the creation in federal law of two classes of religious organizations: churches -- considered sufficiently focused inwardly to merit an exemption and thus full protection from the mandate; and faith-based service organizations -- outwardly oriented and given a lesser degree of protection. It is this two-class system that the administration has embedded in federal law via the February 15, 2012, publication of the final rules providing for an exemption from the mandate for a narrowly defined set of "religious employers" and the related administration publications and statements about a different "accommodation" for non-exempt religious organizations.

On July 26, 2012, a federal district court in Colorado has issued an injunction against the government enforcing ObamaCare's abortifacient/contraceptive and sterilization mandate against Hercules, a private Denver-based heating and venilation and air conditioning company employing 300 full-time workers.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare under that provisions that Congress has the authority to tax. Obamacare is then a legal tax. It will be the largest increase in taxation on the people of the United States. To prevent this taxation increase, Obamacare must be repealed by Congress. Vote for your congressional candidates who will repeal Obamacare. Vote against Obama.

Texas Will Not Implement Obamacare

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on July 9, 2012 that Texas will not expand medicaid or establish a health insurance exchange. Theses are two major tenets of Obamacare. This implies that Texas will not be implementing Obamacare.

in a letter to U. S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Perry writes:

I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the PPACA power grab. Thank God and our nation's founders that we have the right to do so.

Neither a "state" exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better "patient protection" or in more "affordable rate." What they would do is make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.

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