Monday, September 10, 2012

Say it Ain't So Mitt -- Love Liberty, not Any Little Tiny Bit of ObamaCare

It's bad enough when our candidate's flunkies throw out the odd references to RomneyCare. But when our candidate endorses even teeny tiny bits of ObamaCare, it makes me want to pull my hair out:

(CNN) – Mitt Romney gave the appearance of taking a stunning new position Sunday when it seemed he was embracing parts of Obamacare, a law he's vowed – vehemently and repeatedly – to repeal if he wins the election. "So you'd keep that part of the federal plan," NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked the candidate, referring to ObamaCare provisions about pre-existing conditions and coverage for young adults. Romney replied, "I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I'm going to put in place."
As is always the case with the Clinton News Network, they aren't telling the whole story.

Note to Mitt: Ronald Reagan, you ain't but you ARE the Republican so that means you have 666 tattooed on the back of your head under that perfectly formed head of hair. They are going to distort everything you say anyway, so don't throw them any easily distortable quotes like "there are a number of things I like in health care reform that I am going to put into place" for God's sake! This gives them an opening to do exactly what they did which is slice off this tiny piece of the truth and throw it out there like red meat for the ObamaBot Zombies to distort even further.

The simple fact of the matter is this: There is NOTHING about ObamaCare that is worth a stinking pile of crap. It all needs to be repealed and the only thing that needs to replace it is liberty and free markets.

Here are some facts about health care:

1. Health care costs have risen over the past 70 years chiefly because of the separation of the costs and the recipient and have skyrocketed in the last 50 years due to government involvement in healthcare. The best way to drive health care costs down is to have LESS government involvement, not more.

2. RomneyCare is bankrupting Mass. much like ObamaCare is beginning to bankrupt us (along with all of the other profligate spending this president engages in). To the extent Mitt DOES talk about RomenyCare (and he shouldn't unless he absolutely has to) he claims it's a state’s rights issue and he is correct. But a true conservative wouldn't have sign the bill with Teddy the swimmer looking on (or any other drunken lefty for that matter). Just because a bunch of leftist nuts want to commit fiscal suicide, the Republican governor doesn't have to be an accessory to it.

3. We are already seeing the effects of ObamaCare on prices and they are soaring. When you throw a whole bunch of mandates on health insurers, it makes costs skyrocket and some employers are eating vast majorities of the cost right now. But they can't do it forever. College students are already getting huge increases to the cost of their healthcare because of all of these mandates. ObamaCare relies on the least risky to pay for the most risky.

4. When you do things like empower Americans to control their own costs -- HSA, high deductibles, rewards for healthy behavior, policies tailored to the health of the individual -- costs go way down. Another factor in reducing costs would be to broaden the risk pool by allowing interstate underwriting of health insurance policies, but the feds won't allow this. Likewise, large risk pools could be used to help spread the risk to cover high-risk lives.

5. ObamaCare robs from seniors and the young to pay for everyone else. It robs from seniors by reducing the payments to their providers which drives providers out of the plan. Fewer providers reduce care for seniors. It robs from young people by forcing them to pay for coverage they may not need and fining them for not purchasing coverage. ObamaCare relies on low users to pay for high users.

6. ObamaCare, just like every single other government entitlement, is going to cost far more than projected. In 1965, Medicare was projected to cost 12 billion in 1990. The actual cost in 1990 was 109 billion -- nearly 1000% more. ObamaCare's projected costs have gone up 100% in just two short years. What will the actual cost be 25 years from now if it survives?

The answer is we can't afford for it to survive. Rather, our kids and grandkids can't afford for it to survive. Because its survival means their enslavement to a bureaucracy that has already proven to be inefficient, reduce the quality of care and worst of all, drive their costs through the roof. We can't have our candidate even hinting that there is anything about this horrific law that he likes.

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