Monday, November 16, 2009

A deathblow for Obamacare from a federal agency .... wonder if heads will roll on this one?

The Heritage Foundation has slogged its way through a report released Friday by the non-partisan and independent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency in charge of running Medicare and Medicaid. The report blows the doors off the Obama administration claims about the ludricously named "Affordable Health Care for America Act."  Here is a list of its conclusions:
In other words, Obamacare bends the cost curve up, not down [snip]

...Obamacare will cause millions of Americans to lose their existing private coverage. [snip]

...18 million Americans will either face jail time or be forced to pay a new tax they will receive no benefit from. [snip]

...8.5 million seniors who currently get such services as coor­dinated care for chronic conditions, routine eye and hearing examinations, and preventive-care services would lose their existing private coverage. [snip]

...more than half the people who gain health insurance will receive it through the welfare program Medicaid. [snip]

...the Medicare cuts in the House bill are so out of touch with reality that hospitals currently serving Medicare patients might be forced to stop doing so. Thus making it much more difficult for seniors to get health care. [snip]

...those 21 million people who are gaining health insurance through Medicaid are going to have a very tough time finding a doctor who will treat them.
You can read the whole article here at the Heritage Foundation's Morning Bell.

Referencing the CMS report in today's Washington Post, Robert J. Samuelson writes:
The disconnect between what President Obama says and what he's doing is so glaring that most people could not abide it. The president, his advisers and allies have no trouble. But reconciling blatantly contradictory objectives requires them to engage in willful self-deception, public dishonesty, or both.
It's time to send a message to the President and the Congress that we will not abide this apocolyptic swindle.  Call your Senators now!

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