Obamacare is in the news again and like so many previous stories, this one is scandalous, too.
The accusation, commonly called the Senior Swindle, is that to salvage votes from seniors, a large and reliable voting population, the Obama administration constructed a temporary payment program to funnel $8 billion to them between now and 2014. The payments hide the effects of Obamacare’s $200 billion in Medicare Advantage cuts. It’s the classic political game — pay them now, get their vote and stiff them later.
Now House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, Darrell Issa, is squaring off with Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The reason for Issa’s beef is the reluctance of the Department of Health and Human Services to supply his office with documentation requested months ago. This is eerily similar to Issa’s confrontation with Attorney General Eric Holder during the investigation of Fast and Furious. Holder refused to provide documentation and it lead to a contempt of Congress vote against him. Obama stepped in and used executive privilege to provide additional cover for his keystone cop.
As for the bonus program, the administration says all is well.
“The quality bonus payment demo is providing incentives to more (Medicare Advantage) plans to improve care, giving more patients high-quality choices in the program,” said a written response to Fox News. “It is consistent with previous demos.”
Except the Government Accountability Office doesn’t necessarily agree with that outlook. Earlier this year the GAO questioned the legal authority of the program. The shortcomings highlighted by the non-partisan watch-dog included a lack of a control group, paying “bonuses” to average performing plans and an excessive focus on 2012 payments. Go figure.
The Weekly Standard reported in July, “the GAO also previously observed that the demonstration “does not…conform to the principles of budget neutrality.” That’s a polite way of saying that the administration is running up the national debt by another $8.35 billion in order to boost Obama’s reelection prospects.”
Chairman Issa claims the bonus payments mask 71% of the Medicare Advantage cuts that took place this year as required by Obama-care. In a demand letter to Sebelius, the chairman stated she had until Thursday to provide the documentation or his committee will move to subpoena.
This legislation is a disaster. There is no other way to say it. Against the will of the people, rabid, over-zealous liberal-progressives made back-room deals and twisted-arms to get votes to make this happen. Even today, more than 60% of Americans are still against it.
Obamacare has hurt the economy because employers have decided not to expand or hire since few people know the true ramifications of the behemoth law. And how could they? It wasn’t even written when it was passed. And the select few that do know the details are politicians willing to lie to the citizens to cover for the law.
Most doctors and nurses are against it. Virtually all medical industry endorsements for Obamacare were manufactured by sweet-heart deals. The law is so expensive unions and businesses that are Democrat supporters demanded — and were given — exemptions.
As Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney point out, it robs Medicare of about $700 billion. It introduces some 20 new taxes which represents perhaps the largest tax increase ever. This hurts citizens and businesses.
We now know there will be a shortage of doctors, premiums are increasing, companies are dropping their existing plans and death panels, pardon me, bureaucrats rationing heath services to keep costs down were part of the original plan.
Obamacare is a horrifically profane law sold to Americans with blatant lies. It is bad for the country and was fashioned by perverted politicians that care more about themselves and their progressive-socialist political ideology than the well-being of the America.
Like it or not, with his ruling this summer, Chief Justice Roberts forever tied the fate of Obamacare with Barack Obama. In order to rid yourself, your family and your country of this nightmare law known as Obamacare, you must rid yourself and your country of this nightmare politician known as Barack Obama.
It is that simple.
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