Are You OK With This?

August 7, 2013


By:  Maria Solorzano
This past week our illustrious Congress has struck an incredibly hypocritical deal with the White House to get an exemption from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  This begs the question… “Are you OK with that?”  I can tell you for certain, I am not.  This is just another example of how Washington’s Elitists have put themselves first and the American People last.   I am simply amazed at the audacity of the Legislators to enforce such bad legislation upon the American People but exclude themselves from such consequences.  How dare they!  They dare because they can.  Such audacity forced upon the populous that they serve can happen because WE have allowed this to happen through our own apathy and disengagement.
You see, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) inserted into the original text a provision which said members of Congress and their aides must be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered through an exchange.” Until now, the Office of Personnel Management had not said if the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program could contribute premium payments toward plans on the exchange. If payments stopped, lawmakers and aides would have faced thousands of dollars in additional premium payments each year. Under the old system, the government contributed nearly 75 percent of premium payments.It was reported on the 31st of July that during a closed door session, President Barack Obama privately told Democratic senators he is now personally involved in resolving a heated dispute over how Obamacare treats Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers, according to senators in the meeting.  He assured them he was working to find a solution and that the administration will soon present its plan to top lawmakers in both parties.  “The president is aware of it,” said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the #2 Senate Democrat. “His people are working on it.”
Some lawmakers have privately threatened to push through a legislative fix, possibly attached to a must-pass spending bill  that would require the government to continue its contributions for health care premiums for Hill employees.  However, that could open a door for Obamacare opponents to try to unwind other parts of the 2010 legislation, and senior administration officials want to avoid that step or the accusation that lawmakers and Hill aides are getting any kind of special treatment.    Guess what?  They ARE!   The accusation that they are getting special treatment is factually true.
However, The Office of Personnel Management issued a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources.  A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations were issued right before Congress went to recess.
The Affordable Care Act  is one of the worst pieces of legislation rammed down the American’s throats in the history of America.  First of all, the Affordable part is NOT affordable.  Do you all remember the President making this statement?  “This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. And it will help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.”  He touted those “facts” back in 2010.  Well, the reality is just the opposite.    According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will spend more money, raise more tax revenue, and reduce the deficit less than the agency thought in 2010.   In an article written by Avik Roy for Forbes, he spells out each year’s CBO reports.  Here is a summary:  spending projections for 2013-2019 have increased by $124 billion; revenue projections for 2013-2019 have increased by $46 billion (tax increases);  Medicare cuts for 2013-2019 have decreased by $59 billion, but ten-year cuts now total $743 billion; and the deficit reduction for 2013-2019 has decreased from $140 to $4 billion.   Each year’s report gets worse and worse… higher spending, higher taxes, and more deficit spending.  Studies are also showing premiums could rise 14 – 40%.  Not to mention 30 million Americans will remain uninsured.
On top of the fact that the ACA is a detriment to our economy in cost, it very may well have another disturbing trend for the American people to think about and keep watching.  The jobs report for June showed a 360,000 increase in part-time workers to a record high 28.06 million. So far this year the number of part-time jobs has climbed by 557,000.   By contrast, the number of full-time U.S. workers fell by 240,000 in June. And they are only up 130,000 through the first six months of the year compared to the end of 2012.
We are on a time line.  If we want to stop this piece of legislation we have until January 1, 2014.  If the Affordable Care Act is as wonderful as the President and Democratic leaders made it sound, then why are they not on the plan?  Why do they feel they have to force us to use it or have the IRS tax and fine us if we don’t?  What right do they have to do that?!?  They don’t but they will get away with it if WE LET THEM.  I have already signed this petition and written letters to my Senators.  I encourage all of you to sign this petition and write to your Senators.
To quote President Obama:  “Make no mistake: The cost of our health care is a threat to our economy. It’s an escalating burden on our families and businesses. It’s a ticking time bomb for the federal budget. And it is unsustainable for the United States of America.”    Why thank you POTUS for putting it so eloquently.   Obamacare is bad for America.  It is a poorly devised plan that is too large, too complicated, and completely unsustainable.


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