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37 Reasons to Repeal ObamaCare

The Ways and Means Committee has come up with a list of 37 reasons to repeal ObamaCare and has sited to various reports and studied that substantiate their reasoning.  The list covers reasons such as costs, impact on job creation, the inability to keep your insurance and more.

The list is reprinted here in its entirety:

Individuals and Families Will Pay More for Health Care

1. Secretary Sebelius admitted premiums will increase for Americans.

2. The American Society of Actuaries estimates a 32 percent increase in the cost of covering people in the individual market as a result of ObamaCare.

3. The New York Times recently reported some states are seeing health insurance premium hikes up to double digits.

4. “Maryland health insurers … said they will need to charge more for health insurance to compensate for new risk and additional requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act.  CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, for example, has proposed a 25 percent rate increase to many of its plans in the individual and small group markets.  In the company’s filing, CareFirst — the region’s largest insurer — attributes the increase largely to new rules under the Affordable Care Act.”

5. A report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee reveals “consumers purchasing health insurance on the individual market may face premium increases of nearly 100 percent on average, with potential highs eclipsing 400 percent.”

6. The same report shows “small businesses can expect average premium increases in the small group market of up to 50 percent, with potential highs over 100 percent.”

7. Insurers agree.  According to one industry executive, “We’re going to see some markets go up by as much as 100%.” (Mark Bertolini, CEO, Aetna)

8. “We estimate that almost 80 percent of those ages 21 to 29 with incomes greater than 138 percent of FPL [Federal Poverty Level] who are enrolled in nongroup single coverage can expect to pay more out of pocket for coverage than they pay today – even after accounting for premium assistance.” (Oliver Wyman consultants)

9. Beginning in 2014, Americans buying coverage on their own or as an employee of a small business – whether inside or outside the Exchange – will be forced to pay a “user fee” totaling 3.5 percent of the monthly premium to fund the bureaucratic operations of the government-run federal Exchange.

ObamaCare Threatens Job Creation, Wages, and Hours

10. According to a recent report/survey, 70 percent of small businesses cite ObamaCare as a major obstacle to job creation.

11. USA Today and the Wall Street Journal have reported that many businesses plan to bring on more part-time workers next year, trim the hours of full-time employees or curtail hiring because of the new health care law.

12. According to a study by the Hudson Institute, in the franchise industry alone, ObamaCare’s employer mandate puts up to 3.2 million jobs at risk.

13. The Federal Reserve recently warned, “Employers in several [Federal Reserve] Districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff.”

14. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the amount of workers in the labor force will be reduced by 800,000 in 2021 as a result of the Democrats’ health care law.

15. Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announced they would be cutting the hours of thousands of employees as a result of ObamaCare.

16. The Wall Street Journal reported, “Several restaurants, hotels and retailers have started or are preparing to limit schedules of hourly workers to below 30 hours a week….  CKE Restaurants Inc., parent of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains, began two months ago to hire part-time workers to replace full-time employees who left….  Home retailer Anna’s Linens Inc., is considering cutting hours for some full-time employees to avoid the insurance mandate if the health-care law isn’t repealed….”

17. From the New York Times:  “There is another reason to believe that part-time employment will stay higher for longer, namely the incentives to employ part-time workers created by Obama’s health care reforms.”  (Paul Dales, senior United States economist for Capital Economics)

18. The ADP payroll survey shows U.S. companies added just 119,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months.  According to AP, “New requirements under President Barack Obama’s health care law may be prompting some small and mid-size companies to hold back on hiring.”

19.  In April, the city of Dearborn, Michigan announced it will cut hours of part-time and seasonal workers because of ObamaCare.

20. Citing added costs and the competitive disadvantage ObamaCare puts larger companies at, The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers has withdrawn its public support for ObamaCare and now favors its repeal.

21. “To date, employers are still missing key pieces of guidance needed to construct their systems, make plan design changes and communicate with their employees…the delay in issuing the regulations pertaining to the notice and reporting requirements is becoming increasingly untenable for employers.” (Employers for Flexibility in Health Care Coalition Comment letter to the Treasury Department, March 15, 2013)

You Can’t Keep the Health Plan You Have and Like

22. The State of Washington is considering a plan that “threatens to affect the federal budget and the pocketbooks of some part-time workers, as it would push a group of employees out of their current health care plans and into an exchange developed under the Affordable Care Act.”

23. Based on two separate analyses provided by CBO and Deloitteas many as 20 million to 65 millionAmericans might lose their employer-sponsored health insurance as a result of the Democrats’ health care law.

24. Secretary Sebelius has admitted up to 24 million Americans will lose the coverage they currently have and like.

25. The Wall Street Journal reported that annual premium increases and costs associated with the law, including a $65 per person coverage fee set to take effect beginning in 2014, are driving, and will continue to drive, up the cost of care and make it prohibitive to continue offering health coverage.  A result of such cost pressures is that employers are being forced to discontinue the offering of spousal coverage in employer health plans.

26. ObamaCare contains $308 billion in cuts to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, which the Medicare Trustees originally predicted could cut enrollment in MA in half by 2017.

27. Approximately nine-in-ten seniors with retiree benefits will lose their retiree prescription drug coverage through their employer under the Democrats’ health care law.

ObamaCare Is a Burden on American Families and Employers

28. Estimates from CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirm that the Democrats’ health law is a one trillion dollar tax hike on families and employers.

29. The law contains 21 tax hikes, and more than half of those fall on the backs of Americans earning less than $200,000 per year for singles and $250,000 per year for married couples – a clear violation of the President’s pledge to avoid tax hikes on low- and middle-income taxpayers.

30. According to the Obama Administration’s own estimates, ObamaCare will require American job creators, families, and health care providers to spend over 190 million hours per year on compliance.

31. The employer mandate penalty raises significantly the cost of hiring lower-skill workers, because the penalty is a higher proportion of their compensation than for high-skill workers.  Industries that have traditionally offered the greatest opportunities to entry-level workers – leisure and hospitality and restaurants – will be particularly hard-hit by the new law.

ObamaCare Is a Train Wreck

32. At a time when the IRS’s credibility is in serious question, the Obama Administration says it needs to hire an additional 2,000 IRS agents to implement functions related to ObamaCare.

33. Henry Chao, a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official, oversees the technology for the Exchanges and has downgraded his expectations for ObamaCare saying he just wants to “make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

34. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) both warned ObamaCare could become a “huge train wreck.”

35. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 35 percent of Americans view ObamaCare “very” or “somewhat” favorably.

36. The same poll showed that more than half of Americans “say they do not have enough information about the Affordable Care Act to understand how it will affect them.”

It Didn’t Have to be This Way

37. The House GOP alternative to the Democrats’ health care law was the only legislation that met the top health care priority of American families – lowering the cost of health insurance premiums.



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What Will ObamaCare Cost You?

Well, that depends. But, accoring to Grace-Marie Turner, “a family earning $120,000 will face a tax of $3,000 a year if they don’t buy health insurance with the government’s stamp of approval.” That  is just the tip of the iceburg. There is also a “new 0.9% surtax on Medicare taxes for those making $200,000 or more ($250,000 joint) plus a new Obamacare 3.8% surtax on “investment income” for those in the same income categories.”  All told, if your family income is $250,000 and you make a large portion of your income in ways disfavored by ObamaCare, you could pay an extra $18,000 a year in extra taxes.

Read more on this subject here.

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States Can Improve Their Business Climate by Rejecting Establishment of ObamaCare Exchange

Are there many ways that a state could shield businesses in their state from an onerous, job killing tax penalty? In most cases – no. But in the case of ObamaCare the answer is a definitive “yes!!!”

ObamaCare seeks to have states set up insurance exchanges or government controlled “markets” whereby federal subsidies are dolled out so that people can buy heavily regulated, government approved health insurance. According to this article from The Wall Street Journal, if a state establishes an exchange, ObamaCare allows the subsidies to be given out (see Section 1311). If a state refuses to set up an exchange, the federal government will do so but ObamaCare does not permit any subsidies for people who access the federal exchanges (see Section 1321).

So, a state that takes a pass on establishing an exchange (as many states have chosen to do) is effectively telling the feds, “we aren’t going to spend state tax dollars to do your dirty work – have at it.” But here is where a state that decides to take a pass can really benefit that state’s economy. Under ObamaCare, if someone receives an exchange subsidy, their employer is subject to a penalty under ObamaCare but if no employees receive a subsidy employers are not subject to the penalty. Get it? The bottom line is that states can protect job creators from onerous federal taxes if they refuse to create and set up an ObamaCare insurance exchange. That is a significant incentive for states to protect their economy and jobs. The alternative is to create an exchange, letting the penalty kick in, resulting in fewer businesses and fewer jobs which will create a double-whammy for state taxpayers. Taxpayer will have to foot the bill to deal with the further strain on a state’s social safety net resulting from higher unemployment and would end up footing the bill to finance a system to hand out federal bennies.  A bad deal all around for states, employers, employees and taxpayers.

Read more about this here.

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70,000 Michiganders Could Face ObamaCare Individual Mandate Fines

Michigan’s Mackinac Center reports that up to 70,000 Michigan residents could be subject to fines under ObamaCare as a result of failing to meet the law’s individual mandate requirements.

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1099 Repeal Poised to Become Law

The United States passed legislation to repeal ObamaCare’s onerous 1099 reporting provision by a vote of 87 to 12.  This small repeal relates only to a tax provision used to raise revenue for ObamaCare.  It is worth noting that the thrust of ObamaCare, including the individual mandate, remains intact.  The bill, having passed the House and Senate in identical form, now heads to the White House to be signed into law.

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Way & Means Committee’s ObamaCare Year in Review

Marking the one-year anniversary of ObamaCare becoming law, the majority staff at the House Ways & Means Committee issued a summary of the bad effects ObamaCare has had over the past year.  Their summary is similar to one put together by AHEC staff earlier this month and published at A Line of Sight.

The Ways and Means (WAM) summary contained the following:

  • March 2010: Higher Costs for Employers, Fewer Jobs for Workers & States Revolt
  • April 2010: Higher Health Care Spending & Seniors’ Health Care in Jeopardy
  • May 2010: Myth of Small Business Credit Dispelled as Employers & More States Join the Repeal Effort
  • June 2010: White House Admits You Can’t Keep What You Have and Like
  • July 2010: Entire States Seek to Be Exempt from the Democrats’ Health Care Overhaul, Americans Begin Paying Higher Taxes, & Individuals Start Losing Their Health Insurance
  • August 2010: Seniors Learn They Will Lose Retiree Prescription Drug Coverage
  • September 2010: Employers Forced to Get a Waiver or Cancel Insurance
  • October 2010: Workers Forced to Pay Higher Health Care Costs
  • November 2010: American People Back GOP Pledge to Repeal
  • December 2010: Law Declared Unconstitutional
  • January 2011: Law Again Declared Unconstitutional and Insurance Companies Stop Offering Coverage
  • February 2011: Administration Admits to Budget Gimmicks & CBO Says Law Will Mean Fewer Jobs
  • March 2011: While Employers Struggle, Unions & State Governments Get Help; Waivers Total More than 1,000

Details of the WAM analysis can be found here.

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Background Information on ObamaCare

Legislative Resources: ObamaCare Bill Text

The new law known as ObamaCare is comprised of two different bills that passed Congress:

  1. H.R. 3590 – The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” which became Public Law 111-148 when it was signed into law on March 23, 2010; and
  2. H.R.  4872 – The Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, which became Public Law 111-152 when it was signed into law on March 30, 2010.

Congressional Budget Office & Joint Tax Committee Resources

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) March 20, 2010 letter on H.R. 4872 & H.R. 3590 includes a detailed cost estimate of the new law.  Other CBO cost estimates can be found here. The Joint Committee on Taxation (JTC) analyses regarding the new health care law including the following (each link below will download the document):

  1. Technical Explanation Of The Revenue Provisions Of The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” As Amended, In Combination With The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act.” JCX-18-10 (March 21, 2010).
  2. Estimated Revenue Effects Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872, The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” As Amended, In Combination With The Revenue Effects Of H.R. 3590, The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate, And Scheduled For Consideration By The House Committee On Rules On March 20, 2010.  JCX-17-10 (March 20, 2010).
  3. Estimated Revenue Effects Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872, The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” In Combination With The Revenue Effects Of H.R. 3590, The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate.  JCX-16-10 (March 18, 2010).
  4. Estimated Revenue Effects Of The Manager’s Amendment To The Revenue Provisions Contained In The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act,” As Passed By The Senate On December 24, 2009.  JCX-10-10 (March 11, 2010).
  5. Estimated Revenue Effects Of The Manager’s Amendment To The Revenue Provisions Contained In The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act.” JCX-61-09 (December 19, 2009).

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