On the sixth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Unfair and illegal regulations. The law Congress passed included an employer mandate and an individual mandate, but Kathleen Sebelius decided not to enforce the employer mandate until 2015. Does Congress’s law give her the power to grant employers an extension that individuals don’t have the luxury of receiving? No. Does she care what the law says? Apparently not.
On the seventh day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Higher taxes. Obamacare includes 20 new tax hikes for a total of $500 billion over ten years.
On the eighth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Higher spending. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services estimate that Obamacare will cause health care spending to increase by $621 billion over ten years.
On the ninth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: A cancelled health plan. Obama said, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” That’s true – if you ignore the millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance plan because it doesn’t comply with Dr. Obama’s checklist of requirements you didn’t know you needed – like maternity coverage for a couple in their 50s.
On the tenth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: Higher premiums. According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, average rate increases for red states are rising by 78%. For the blue states that voted for Obama, the increases are hovering around 50%. I suppose that when it comes to having our insurance premiums skyrocket, Obama really has brought Democrats and Republicans together.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: An unprotected website. Virtually every expert says the Obamacare won’t keep your private information away from hackers and thieves. Of course, that’s not a problem until you find a way to log onto the website, which brings us to…
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Obama gave to me: A website that doesn’t work. In a typical model of government efficiency, Kathleen Sebelius had three and a half years to build a website not much different from Orbitz, and she delivered the technological equivalent of a rusted-out ’82 Pinto. Then, Team Obamacare told us we could call a hotline, which only directs us back to the website. If by some Christmas miracle you manage to select an insurance plan, you’ll likely learn that the payment processing portion of the website still isn’t built. .
Americans are heading into the Christmas season (which, with the most insincere of apologies to my friends at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, I’m not calling the “holiday” season) with no idea what their economic future holds thanks to Obamacare. Will they have insurance? How much will it cost? When will they be able to buy it on a website that works? For many Americans, Christmas is a stressful time. And for many of them, thanks to Obamacare’s twelve presents, it’s going to be worse than ever.
In fact, as my friend Rusty Humphries told the Tea Party House Caucus last week, Obamacare to most Americans is like The Glitch Who Stole Christmas.