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Bryan Preston

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October 16, 2013 - 8:00 am
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The U.S. government is partially shut down. The debt ceiling may be breached, and the Obama administration threatens to default on the nation’s creditors. Washington’s standoff enters its third week, after the government shut down privately managed parks, war memorials, and even tried to corral the sea off Florida to make the shutdown visibly painful.

The federal government outsourced construction of a multi-million dollar website to a Canadian firm on a no-bid contract — and that website, Healthcare.gov, doesn’t even work.

Workers across the United States are losing their jobs or having their full-time jobs downgraded to part-time so their employers can avoid expensive new government mandates. Big Labor is deeply worried that the traditional 40-hour work week is being destroyed.

Sticker shock is setting in, as millions of Americans either lose their health insurance or find that they’re being charged as much as 300% more than they previously had to pay, and now face massive co-pays and deductibles.

How did we get here? Is it really all Ted Cruz’s fault?

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It’s tempting for journalists to play the both-sides-did-it blame game, but in the case of Obamacare, only one side really is to blame.

America had a problem that had been amped to a crisis: About 10 to 15% of us lacked health insurance. That many of those who did not have insurance were healthy young Americans who did not need insurance hardly ever entered the debate. That many uninsured are illegal aliens who should not be here at all is almost never mentioned.

We got where we are now because Democrats have wanted to impose a national health care system since the Truman administration. The American people resisted. But the Democrats persisted.

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The issue bubbled along for decades. In the 1980s and 1990s states found various ways to deal with the health insurance issue. Some, like Massachusetts under Gov. Mitt Romney, imposed a system of mandates to force their residents who had not bought insurance to buy it, or pay fines.

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It's not about 'healthcare'. It never has been. It's an info & power grab by the statists.
A part of the 15% of uninsured people that was not mentioned is those whose priorities do not match those of the more responsible people in the country. The ones who choose to buy cars, tvs, and vacations instead of medical insurance.
And now, they will simply pay the small tax penalty until someone in the family actually gets sick. THEN they will purchase the insurance, since they can't be denied for preexisting conditions.
The people this is going to hurt is those who have been consciensious and bought their own insurance all along. THEIR premiums are ramping up to horrendous amounts to cover those people who have always been, and will continue to be, deadbeats.
Thank you, Washington DC.
It's time for a revolution.
44 weeks ago
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Brilliant summary. How the heck does this country get to this place? I feel like I'm living Atlas Shrugged; it was supposed to be fictional.
44 weeks ago
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That throw-away line from Obama about universal healthcare is what spurred the movement to deny Hillary, what was seen at the time, as her inevitable nomination. I don't think she knew what hit her at first, but after all, she had tried in the '90's and hadn't succeeded, but here was a man of the Left and, best of all, the first viable black candidate. Maybe this time it could happen. The siren call of the Left's wet dream for over 50 years, was the animation that elected Obama, there is no way the Left is going to give this up without a fight.
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Maybe some dems are aware of this; I doubt if many are: the only reason why they have not yet crashed the Federal government is because the semi-feeble hand of the GOP has been enough to restrain their worst excesses. But guess what dems? You might just do it anyway with Obamacare. Happy 2014 Midterms.
44 weeks ago
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Obamacare is tyranny. It is the final nail in the American standard of living.
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A great piece of work. A+ for lucidity.
44 weeks ago
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It's not about 'healthcare'. It never has been. It's an info & power grab by the statists.
A part of the 15% of uninsured people that was not mentioned is those whose priorities do not match those of the more responsible people in the country. The ones who choose to buy cars, tvs, and vacations instead of medical insurance.
And now, they will simply pay the small tax penalty until someone in the family actually gets sick. THEN they will purchase the insurance, since they can't be denied for preexisting conditions.
The people this is going to hurt is those who have been consciensious and bought their own insurance all along. THEIR premiums are ramping up to horrendous amounts to cover those people who have always been, and will continue to be, deadbeats.
Thank you, Washington DC.
It's time for a revolution.
44 weeks ago
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Actually, enrollment is limited to open enrollment periods, just like employer-based insurance is, so if you get sick in June, you can't get covered until the next January, because open enrollment only happens in October or November for coverage that starts the next year. This turns out to be true for the exchanges as well. Of course, with the deductibles these plans have, buying insurance is very nearly like NOT buying insurance because you are unlikely to get past the deductible limit (around $6350 per annum for an individual, and twice as much for spouse or family coverage) in any given year, unless you have a lot of medical problems. So the ACA has essentially turned all health insurance into catastrophic insurance by the clever means of high deductibles. But it's extremely expensive catastrophic insurance.
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"America had a problem that had been amped to a crisis: About 10 to 15% of us lacked health insurance. That many of those who did not have insurance were healthy young Americans who did not need insurance hardly ever entered the debate. That many uninsured are illegal aliens who should not be here at all is almost never mentioned."

You are ALREADY PAYING FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS' HEALTH CARE. When illegal immigrants go to the emergency room, the hospital has a legal obligation to provide services regardless of whether they can pay. This is a federal law (EMTALA) that was passed under the Reagan admin. Thus, whenever anyone goes to an emergency room and cannot pay, YOU THE TAXPAYER FOOT THE BILL.

The individual mandate, which was originally a conservative idea developed by the Heritage Foundation, was a fix for this: make everyone carry health insurance, so that poor/illegals/uninsured will have access to early preventative care that will catch an growth before it becomes stage 4 cancer, and by that time, Mr. Poor or Mrs. Illegal will go to the emergency room and get very expensive, catastrophic care.

This is where we stand - either we pay a little bit more at the front end to pay for health care, or we pay heavily at the back end when Mr. Poor/Mrs. Illegal goes to the emergency room needing late-stage dialysis. This should be a no brainer, but no thanks to ridiculous, puerile, pants-wetting articles like this, we have a sizable percentage of the country being deluded into thinking of this as the legislative equivalent of stabbing Gramma in the back with a rusty dagger.

And then this gem: "many of those who did not have insurance were healthy young Americans who did not need insurance hardly ever entered the debate".

Are you for real, Mr. Preston? Is this what passes for personal responsibility in the conservative movement these days? I'm in my 20s, lift and run every day, and FFS, the idea of not having health insurance is just plain moronic. If I didn't have health insurance, I could be an accidental injury away from the poor house, despite that I take home nearly 100k annually. I shudder to think of the people who are uninsured, they are literally gambling not only with their lives, but with the lives of their loved ones, spouses and dependents. This "young people don't need insurance" bull is the height of irresponsibility. If I thought you were capable of feeling shame, I'd say that you ought to be ashamed. But we both know that folks like you are wholly incapable of such emotions.
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No, your tax dollars are not paying for EMTALA care. EMTALA had NO funding provisions, and still doesn't. Your insurance dollars are paying for this or your private pay dollars. Hospitals get compensated by no one for EMTALA care, not the feds nor the state. They may be able to get the patient on Medicaid after the fact, but for the most part they "cost shift" to other payors. They can go after the patient for payment and sell the "bad debt" to a collection agency, then they get maybe 10 to 15 cents on the dollar for charges. So they and the MD's who provider the care eat it. They can write it off their taxes but when your deductions exceed your income, you usually have a problem.

Had they repealed EMTALA, THAT would have been a spur to buy health insurance, but it would have been too harsh and heartless.
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"You are ALREADY PAYING FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS' HEALTH CARE"
and how does the ACA change this? I don't remember anything in there that retracts the EMTALA, compensates emergency rooms for their charges, or forces illegal aliens to purchase insurance.

"many of those who did not have insurance were healthy young Americans who did not need insurance hardly ever entered the debate"....
Your comment is irrelevant. Healthy young adults need emergency insurance, not full-up health care. They don't need all of the bells and whistles required by the ACE - which are only in place to support the free health care (via subsidies) of the poor and other Democrat voters.

The ACA has little to do with health care and much to do with income redistribution.
44 weeks ago
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Great job Bryan. Keep updating this - the history and common sense factual explanations as this rolls out and you will have created a valuable resource on PJ Media, just like the IRS Update from Paul Caron.

Younger voters are not like the welfare dependent traditional low income voters. Tech savvy Millenials and Gen Y have the ability to follow links and searches, and a significant majority are NOT stupidly drinking the bathwater - they will find these facts and become educated about how they have been scammed by the Democrats. And let down by the RINOS.
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Brilliant summary. How the heck does this country get to this place? I feel like I'm living Atlas Shrugged; it was supposed to be fictional.
44 weeks ago
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Well done Bryan, a fine summary. Fortunately for Obama and the Democrats they do not have to put up a fight for this abomination. The opposition party is not willing to engage. The GOP takes up its historical role of tweaking Democratic legislation and policy, following from behind.

Senator Cruz may be the political analogy to John Brown.

With no government austerity, political policies like Obamacare that squash productivity, a broken Fed interest rate lever precluding any meaningful deleveraging, massive increases in debt and TARP having precluded any real restructuring, the Depression is upon us and it will get much much worse.

An enlightened GOP opposition will seek to increase productivity (abolish Obamacare and reform medical care completion as you discuss in your fine summary), reduce the influence of the Fed to precipitate deleveraging, and establish policies that restructure existing debt to facilitate rising incomes for citizens not working for the government, the financial sector, and crony capitalist firms. Perhaps an impossible task for the Republican Party, as is apparently self-evident.
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