Americans are finally seeing (and feeling) the effects of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” People who voted for Obama and supported Obamacare wanted other people to pay for their health insurance. They are now discovering they are the “other people.”
Here’s something you need to understand: The U.S. government does not care about you or anybody else. It cares only about power and control. Obamacare was never intended to help people. It was intended to consolidate power and control at the federal level.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. While speaking at the 2013 Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson made a statement that many people found shocking. He said:
“You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said Friday. “And it is slavery in a way because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”
Constitutional Attorney: “It’s Worse than I Expected”
Michael Connelly is a retired Constitutional attorney and instructor from Texas. Unlike members of Congress who heeded Nancy Pelosi’s infamous hare-brained imperative that, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it” — Connelly actually took the time to read the entire text of the 961-page Affordable Care Act.
After he finished reading the legislation, he published a brief letter in June 2012. At the time, people may have thought his observations were too extreme. But today, we can see Connelly’s letter was frighteningly accurate. He wrote (in part):
Well, I have done it! I have read the entire text of proposed House Bill 3200: The Affordable Health Care Choices Act of 2009. I studied it with particular emphasis from my area of expertise, constitutional law. I was frankly concerned that parts of the proposed law that were being discussed might be unconstitutional. What I found was far worse than what I had heard or expected.
To begin with, much of what has been said about the law and its implications is in fact true, despite what the Democrats and the media are saying. The law does provide for rationing of health care, particularly where senior citizens and other classes of citizens are involved, free health care for illegal immigrants, free abortion services, and probably forced participation in abortions by members of the medical profession.
The Bill will also eventually force private insurance companies out of business, and put everyone into a government run system. All decisions about personal health care will ultimately be made by federal bureaucrats, and most of them will not be health care professionals. Hospital admissions, payments to physicians, and allocations of necessary medical devices will be strictly controlled by the government.
However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.
Keep in mind, Connelly made these observations nearly 18 months ago when many Americans were still high on the empty promises of Obamacare. Ultimately, he concludes, “This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights.”
Health Insurance Premiums Now Exploding
Facebook and news sites are replete with stories from people who’ve had their insurance canceled or have discovered their monthly premiums are doubling, tripling, quadrupling, even quintupling under Obamacare.
Where a family may have paid $200 or $300 a month for an insurance plan they were happy with, they will now pay $700 to $1,300 a month. Worse still, their deductibles under the new, more expensive plans will also be double or triple the deductibles on the old plans.
But let’s talk specifics…
A recent Forbes article found that Obamacare will increase health spending by $7,450 per year for a family of four.
One man in Texas discovered his premiums are going up by 539%. He will now pay an extra $13,734 in insurance premiums each year. Keep in mind this increase doesn’t include any actual medical or health care. It pays for insurance only. (See dozens of real cancellation and rate increase letters here.)
What if you can’t afford these new higher premiums? Then you will be without health insurance and the IRS will slap you with a penalty tax that by 2016 could be $2,085 (or more) for a family of four. This so-called “tax” provides you with nothing but financial hardship.
In spite of Obama’s promises that Americans would be able to keep their insurance plans if they liked them, about 16 million Americans are set to lose coverage under Obamacare. If they don’t want to pay the higher premiums or simply can’t afford them, they will be penalized.
5 Disastrous Consequences of Obamacare
During a recent WND Radio program, Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., whose specialty is family medicine, said the biggest threat to the economy is Obamacare. “It’s already destroyed jobs, it’s already destroyed our economy, and if it stays in place as it is now, it’s going to destroy America.”
So how specifically will Obamacare impact Americans? Let me count the ways…
#1. An Increase in Personal Bankruptcies: Millions of Americans are losing their health insurance coverage. Since medical bills are the #1 cause of bankruptcy, expect bankruptcies caused by unpaid medical bills to rise.
#2. Loss of Income Due to Identity Theft: John McAfee, the creator of one of the world’s most popular antivirus and computer security programs, says the online component of Obamacare is “a hacker’s wet dream.” He believes the security vulnerabilities of HealthCare.gov will lead to “the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities.”
#3. Inability to Get Treatment: “Good luck finding a doctor under ObamaCare” begins a recent NYPost.com article. There is already a shortage of primary care doctors, but it will get worse. As predicted, many of the top doctors and hospitals are already opting out of Obamacare. They will not serve patients with Obamacare plans.
#4. Higher Mortality Rates & Shorter Life Spans: If you can’t get quality medical treatment when you need it, what happens? Simple. Your risk of death goes up. In the short term, expect mortality rates to climb and lifespans to decrease.
#5. Fewer Full-Time Jobs, Lower Labor Force Participation Rate: Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are being forced to provide expensive healthcare insurance plans to their employees. The financial burden is simply too much for many small businesses to bear. Therefore, they are eliminating full-time positions and replacing them with part-time positions to avoid running afoul of Obamacare. Expect layoffs and fewer full-time jobs. The U.S. labor force participation rate is already at its lowest level since 1978. Expect it to go lower.
I’m sure that what I’ve shared here is only the tip of the iceberg. We won’t fully understand the consequences until 2-3 years from now when we have the benefit of hindsight.
One thing is for sure: The impact of Obamacare will be far-reaching and almost entirely negative. The only real winners here are the insurance companies (who will be raking in billions in extra profits) and the power-hungry politicians (who have voted to make themselves exempt from Obamacare).
Don’t be scared. Be prepared.