The nightmare that is Obamacare is starting to kick in and become one big hangover for all Americans—including 16 Senators who actually voted for it, but are now trying to delay its consequences.
The 2.3 percent medical devices tax is scheduled to take effect January 1st, and now 16 Democratic Senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that the tax be delayed, as it is “job-killing” according to Senator Al Franken; and they say it will hurt American competitiveness.
You don’t say?
Their letter to Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid reads in part:
“…we write to request a delay in implementation of the medical device excise tax. [W]e must do all we can to ensure that our country maintains its global leadership position in the medical technology industry and keeps good jobs here at home. [W]e urge you to support delaying enactment of this provision in a fiscally responsible manner.”
We have told you before, this legislation is a nightmare for America and the reality is just beginning to creep in as 2013 looms on the horizon. The medical device tax is just one spoke in the wheel of the bus called Obamacare that is about to run us over.
The Heritage Foundation published “The Case Against Obamacare,” a policy series for the 112th Congress. In it, they outline the many threats Obamacare poses to our society, and our economy, including:
• The mandate to purchase insurance, which violates our liberty
• The myriad taxes coming our way, which will hurt consumers and our economy
• The burdens on businesses, which will destroy jobs
• The insurance benefit mandates, which will raise our premiums and reduce patient choice
• The Medicare cuts, which will damage seniors’ coverage options and jeopardize access
• The government’s role in health care and ethics, which will weaken the protection of life and give sacred decision-making authority to the state
Get ready, America: The private health care market is about to experience a complete takeover by the federal government and every American citizen is going to be forced to buy insurance. It is killing jobs, raising taxes, destroying choice and limiting freedom. We need to repeal it, now. Even Democrats who overwhelmingly supported it are beginning to change their minds.
Sixty percent of Americans disagree with the health care takeover, and that is a large enough percentage to join our voices together and fight for repeal. It doesn’t matter that Obama was re-elected, or that the Supreme Court ruled on loophole language that all Americans could be forced to buy insurance (although they have allowed Liberty University’s lawsuit to go forward, questioning whether the law blocks religious freedom); it doesn’t matter because there are still ways to hinder the government takeover and stop Obamacare from taking full effect.
Obamacare needs state-run health insurance exchanges—huge government bureaucracies—in order to operate. But, Obama’s bill can’t mandate that states create exchanges. So, states can fight back by refusing to set these up and thus, crippling the legislation. And some already have, such as Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and Oklahoma.
A majority of Americans don’t want this atrocity to stand, so we have to do everything we can to block it. Sitting back and admitting defeat is the worst thing we can do, because once all the tentacles of Obamacare are locked into place, it will be impossible to get rid of it. Right now, there are still ways to stop it.
Daniel Horowitz at RedState wrote:
“If Obamacare is allowed to survive, then our Constitution has no meaning and our Republic is finished. It will engender a takeover of 1/6 of our economy, create permanent dependency, induce unsustainable inflationary pressure on the cost of health care and health insurance, and saddle the next generation with crippling debt.”
If any politician is interested in salvaging their integrity and truly looking out for the middle class in America, they will do whatever it takes to defund Obamacare policies, disrupt implementation (especially at the state level) and work on repealing it. They have to know we are still upset over this nightmare and we will not stop until it is gone.