Editor's Note: This article was originally published under the name "Nicole Bailey" due to an error. The article's author is Rebecca Hagelin. We apologize for the confusion.
Obamacare is a disaster—not because of the clunky, costly, inoperative website, but because President Obama and his HHS minions have grabbed control over our personal health care decisions and they won’t let go.
First, the top-down control means that the President and his know-it-all bureaucrats mandated that every adult purchase health insurance, even if they don’t want it. (The Supreme Court’s ruling that the mandate is only a “tax” provided helpful cover for the Administration.)
Second, the Obama Administration asserted control over religious organizations and private companies, dictating the contents of their insurance plans. The move, requiring coverage for birth control, sterilization, Plan B, and (in many cases) abortion, was never about ensuring better care for Americans. It was about payback—payback to the reproductive rights crowd for their support for Obama’s re-election campaign. Planned Parenthood and its allies wanted “free” birth control for all, supported by subsidized ‘access’ to abortion. And they got it. (In her recent testimony to Congress, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius dodged questions about Obamacare’s lack of transparency regarding abortion coverage, saying “I don’t know” if pro-life subscribers can see which plans on the exchanges cover abortions. As it stands now, Obamacare effectively requires pro-life folks to pay for other people’s abortions.)
Third, it’s now clear that the Obama’s hunger for control extends beyond the contents of individuals’ private policies. He hopes to strip Americans of those private policies altogether. And he’s succeeding. This past week the news broke that way back in 2010—while the President was stumping around the country promising everyone that, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” — the Obama Administration knew that many insurance plans would be cancelled because of Obamacare. In fact, they predicted in 2010 that “93 million Americans will be unable to keep their health plans under Obamacare.”
At the news broke this past week, the Administration dissembled (i.e. lied). They argued that Obamacare would result in only a small percentage of Americans (a mere 15 million people, holders of ‘inadequate’ individual plans) losing their health insurance. But that’s not the case. Millions and millions of Americans are losing their employer-based healthcare as a result of Obamacare.
The Administration knew—three years ago—that the top-down control of Obamacare would cause “massive disruption” of the insurance market—not only individual plans but employer-provided plans. The HHS regulations ensured that few existing plans would be “grandfathered” in and allowed to continue.
They didn’t care then, and they don’t care now.
They don’t care about the pregnant mom who lost her private insurance and must now pay double—for less coverage—through the healthcare exchanges. They don’t care about the 100,000 New Yorkers who lost their plans or the 800,000 New Jersey residents who lost theirs.
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So what’s to be done? Two things: In the short term, keep the pressure on your congressional representatives and senators. Let them know that the Obama plan for top down control over our lives is unacceptable—and it’s un-American. Insist that they do everything that’s politically possiblewrecking ball.”
The long-term solution, however, can only be a complete repeal of Obamacare. And that’s only possible if we “un-elect” in 2014 every politician who voted for it.
The American people deserve better than excuses and half-baked damage control. This is our Republic, our money, our families, and our lives. It’s time we served notice on Washington that they are not in charge of us—they work for us. And if they don’t do the right thing, then we will.