A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
When Obama signed Obamacare into law he promised Americans the bill would only cost us 940 billion dollars over ten years. We scoffed at those numbers then and continued to warn that when the real figures were in we would learn the extent of the boondoggle Obama and his socialist medicine scam would cost American taxpayer. We told you then it would be far more than the projections we were assured where accurate.
Well, Tuesday March 13th, 2012, the Congressional Budget Office released their new estimate for Obamacare over ten years. It is almost double the cost Obama gave us way back when he signed the bill into law.
The CBO says Obamacare will cost us 1.76 TRILLION dollars and not the 940 BILLION dollars Obama promised over a decade (2013 through 2022). When the even more accurate estimate from the CBO is released next year we will have the true estimate of the cost of Obamacare over that decade. As of today, it is expected to be well over 2 TRILLION DOLLARS.
There is no way American taxpayers can afford it. The drag on our economy alone will be devastating.
The Supreme Court of the US is set to begin deliberations on that portion of Obamacare which forces Americans to purchase healthcare insurance later this month. They must decide if that portion of the law is constitutional. Many expect the court to strike down that requirement as unconstitutional. I, on the other hand, do not.
The only way America will get relief from this government over-reach is to repeal Obamacare. To do that we will need to control both houses of the Congress and the office of the Presidency.
With only seven and a half months left until Election Day, I am not seeing nor hearing the fervor from the American electorate, nor the candidates for office to repeal Obamacare.
I am not surprised. When our government really wants to do something they know will be unpopular with the voters, they simple use the old "frog in the pot of hot water" approach. It is tried and true. We call it “Incrementalism.” A little bit at a time may be a better explanation of the strategy. Obamacare is set up to suck in the less observant, the less knowledgeable, and the Americans who are wards of the state (and actually believe government largess is FREE.) To them, Obamacare is another "free cheese program. Heck, go get in line. The cheese is FREE!
Obamacare was "front-loaded" with a smattering of "goodies" such as the ability to keep your child on your insurance until be is old enough to draw his social security. Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration. The child can on it stay on the parents insurance until the age of 26.
Heck, by the age of 26, I had been in the military, had been married twice, had a career, and a family of my own, my own problems as a career/family man ... and my own insurance!
Different times, you say? Yes, they were. Oh, HOW different they were.
Back to the subject at hand.
I have concluded that if the Supreme Court does not overturn that portion of Obamacare they will soon be deliberating, America is going to be stuck with this law from hell.
Why do I feel this way? Because I have a gnawing feeling that even the republican candidates are not sincere about repealing Obamacare.
Look. Governing is all about power. Obamacare gives the government control over 1/6th of the US economy. THAT is a LOT of power and politicians tend to get drunk on power. Once in Washington they become addicted. We've seen it a thousand times. Experience tells me we have no reason to believe the current crop of candidates, whether republicans or not, will do a single thing to actually repeal Obamacare once they get the election past them.
Yes, it IS frightening. There is absolutely NOTHING on planet earth that offers a better example of eternal life than a law passed by the US Congress.
China will have to finance our adventure into socialized medicine. I shutter to think what will happen when China demands payment in full of all the money the USA already owes them. Maybe China will accept California, Oregon, and Washington State as a partial payment and allow us more time to sell off our territories around the globe to scrape up a few more dollars. No, it is NOT FUNNY. It’s not much of an exaggeration, either. The USA is in hock to China and, at some point, they're going to call in that debt.
The reality of the cost of Obamacare to American taxpayers is only one part of the gigantic problem. Another is the damage it will do to healthcare in America.
Sally Pipes, in an article at realclearpolitics.com, back in August of 2010, entitled: “Why ObamaCare Must Be Repealed,” said the following: “Today, Canadians familiar with America's new healthcare law are recognizing remarkable similarities between our healthcare future and their healthcare past. Obamacare adheres closely to the Canadian rubric for how to nationalize a formerly private healthcare system."
In that 2010 article ms. Pipes said: "Republicans can stop this march back to the future if they win control of the House and Senate this fall, take the presidency in 2012, and commit to repealing Obamacare quickly and completely. Anything less will consign the United States to repeat Canada's 50-year journey toward socialized medicine.” (SOURCE)
Ms. Pipes went on to say: “If Republicans take control of Congress this fall and the presidency in 2012, they'll be well-positioned to repeal Obamacare before the most egregious government controls kick in. If they don't, American health care in 2050 will bear a striking resemblance to Canadian health care in 1950. Ms. Pipes' article is still posted -- and we recommend you read it at: (SOURCE)
In the same article, Ms. Pipes said this: "To pay for all this new coverage, Obamacare introduces a number of new taxes on individuals and businesses. Once the Treasury has its hands on all that new revenue, it's unlikely that it will ever be able to let go. Those taxes will be here to stay."
I am concerned that the light we see at the end of the Obamacare tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train. America allowed Obama and his socialist minions to paint us into a corner.
No matter what the Supreme Court rules on Obamacare, I will not feel safe from its nation killing fangs until "Repealed" is stamped across its cover page.
J. D. Longstreet