Things are rapidly getting out of hand for ObamaCare.
The House just voted to repeal it with a bipartisan vote of 245-189 (with three Democrats joining all the Republicans).
For the record, the vote in favor of repealing ObamaCare was far higher than the vote to pass the damn thing (219 – barely above the minimum necessary for passage).
26 states are now officially on board with Florida to challenge ObamaCare in federal court. The Florida State Attorney General said last night on Fox News’ “Greta” program that 2 more states have promised that they will be on board, and she has been in talks with several other states.
More than half the states now want ObamaCare tossed into the trash where it belongs.
Democrats and the mainstream media have routinely sneered about what a useless and time-wasting “symbolic” gesture this vote was. One can only wonder: during the dark and dreadful reign of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority during the last two years, more than 400 bills were passed that were not taken up in the Senate. And that was during a period in which Democrats RAN the Senate. Did the Democrats and the mainstream media come unglued over those “time wasting gestures”???? I don’t think so.
Americans for Tax Reform has compiled a long list of new tax hikes that ObamaCare is burdening the US economy with – in direct contradiction to Obama’s incredibly deceitful promise that “your taxes won’t go up one dime.”
These taxes include:
- Individual Mandate Excise Tax
- Employer Mandate Tax
- Surtax on Investment Income
- Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans
- Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
- Medicine Cabinet Tax
- HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike
- Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka“Special Needs Kids Tax”
- Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers
- Raise “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI
- Tax on Indoor Tanning Services
- Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike
- Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals
- Tax on Innovator Drug Companies
- Tax on Health Insurers
- $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives
- Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2
- Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting
- “Black liquor” tax hike
- Codification of the “economic substance doctrine”
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf recently spoke at the University of Southern California about the economic impact of Obamacare. He predicts that Obamacare will further depress the nation’s employment picture.
CBO’s analysis of Obamacare predicts that it will reduce the amount of labor being used in the economy by roughly half a percent. Elmendorf states that this impact will be small, but in reality the impact is small only in relative terms. For instance, a half-percent loss in jobs in the American economy today would translate into about 750,000 additional Americans losing work.
Just as serious for the economy is the fact that Obamacare will cause significant job losses for the U.S. economy. A study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) found that the employer mandate could lead to the elimination of 1.6 million jobs between 2009 and 2014, with 66 percent of those coming from small businesses.
And the Democrats loaded up ObamaCare with so many faulty assumptions that the actual numbers of jobs destroyed will undoubtedly be worse.
Democrats played all kinds of gimmicks to get a CBO score that created the illusion that ObamaCare will reduce the deficit. Because Democrats in office agree with fellow liberal Bill Maher’s take on the American people:
“Or take the health care debate we’re presently having: members of Congress have recessed now so they can go home and “listen to their constituents.” An urge they should resist because their constituents don’t know anything.”
But even “stupid” people are smart enough to know that claiming that ObamaCare will ADD 35 million people to the health care rolls and actually cost LESS MONEY is itself a stupid claim. They may not understand just how despicably deceitful Democrats were in manufacturing the numbers to get the CBO score (such as taxing ten years and only giving benefits for 6 years; such as double counting savings from revenue sources such as Medicare and Social Security; such as imposing all kinds of taxes that nobody knew about when this monstrosity was passed; omitting the so-called “doctor fix”, etc.), but they know something is very wrong.
Most Americans also know what the overwhelming majority of doctors know:
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed fear healthcare reform could worsen care for patients, by flooding their offices and hurting income, according to a Thomson Reuters survey released Tuesday.
The survey of more than 2,900 doctors found many predict the legislation will force them to work harder for less money.
“When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve,” Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.
The worm is indeed beginning to turn on ObamaCare, indeed.
And maybe the worm is beginning to turn inside Obama’s scrawny gut, too.