And The Beatdown Goes On

   Three years ago, Nancy Pelosi said that we had to pass the bill to see what was in it. Well, those who weren’t paying attention back then are now finding out why we had to pass the law first, before the people could find out what terrible things were in the bill. Many of us knew what was to become of the best healthcare in the world and were ignored or worse. To paraphrase Barack Hussein Obama’s pastor, the chickens are coming home to roost.

   We were told by every Democrat that if we liked our plan, we could keep it. Obama told us that after the bill passed, then later campaigned for re-election on it. He continued that until the insurance companies started sending out the cancellations and placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of Obamacare. I remember one of our senators, Kay Hagan, proclaiming the same thing in speech after speech. She repeated the mantra that Obamacare was going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread and that everybody would greatly benefit from the law. Many other democratic congresspeople were declaring the same thing. Well, so far, 5.9 million people have lost their policies, with more to come. The democrats are so alarmed that Obama has delayed, unconstitutionally, the small business mandate. When all the delays are finished, there will be as many as 125-150 million cancelled policies, resulting in new policies with premiums three to four times more and much higher deductibles. All this so that 30 million uninsured could get insurance. Estimates are that after the dust settles around 30 million people will be uninsured.

   Besides not being able to keep our policies, we are finding we can’t keep our doctors. Many doctors are retiring or closing their offices due to the low rate of pay under Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare. By 2015, the rate of pay for doctor services will be 16 cents on the dollar. To top that off, many doctors are being overlooked or ignored by Obamacare. Inclusion in the Obamacare networks is by invitation only huge numbers of doctors, and indeed hospitals, were not invited. If a doctor finds that he wasn’t invited, nobody can tell them how to get invited. The obvious result of this will be massive wait times for even simple treatments. Didn’t we point this out even when Hillarycare was being talked about in ’93? I remember pointing out the example of Canada and their wait times.

   Now, we find out that, beyond plans, doctors and hospitals, we can’t keep our medicines. The list of approved prescription medications is highly abbreviated, whole classes of drugs not available under the Obamacare policies. You may be able get those drugs, but it will be out of your own pocket and the price doesn’t apply against your deductible. You remember that purple pill for indigestion that used to cost you $20 under your prescription policy. How are you going to like paying the $138 per month  for the same thing, or more? What about the costs of drug cocktails for cancer or HIV? How will people be able to afford the drugs required to fight the life-threatening diseases that are being fought today?

   Yesterday, the news broke that volunteer firefighters were going to be the latest victims of Obama’s government-run healthcare law. According to the IRS, the Obamacare Gestapo, the volunteers, whether paid or not, for the purposes of Obamacare, are to be designated as employees, therefore required to be enrolled in Obamacare. Many rural areas rely exclusively on volunteers to fight fires. Many volunteers come to help regular fire stations. But, now, some, if not all, of those volunteer fire departments will have to be dropped as being too expensive to operate, posing considerable loss of property and life in the process.

   The more we know about Obamacare, the more we realize that it is an assault on almost everything we have, from our health, our life and our property. This goes beyond a wealth redistribution; it’s an affront to our Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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