The obamacare minefield

Remember when the Wicked Witch of the West (Nancy Pelosi) said that we’d have to pass obamacare to see what’s in it? Well now that it passed, it looks like this economy-killing bill is a veritable minefield of nasty surprises. (more here from Investors Business Daily)

Many thought Nancy Pelosi was joking when she said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” But the more we learn about her 2,400-page horror, the more we realize the joke’s on us.Barely a day goes by without some new revelation of what the health care bill contains — and how its provisions are already starting to hurt millions of people. The overhaul has already begun tearing down our old health care system — the best in the world — and replacing it with something mediocre, bureaucratic, costly and even dangerous.

Only now are these stories coming to light from the state-run media. Among the recent revelations:

  • Despite promises that ObamaCare would cut costs for average Americans, we now see a front-page headline in the Los Angeles Times that tells us “Health care overhaul won’t stop premium increases.” Why? “Although Democrats promised greater consumer protection, the overhaul does not give the federal government broad regulatory power to prevent increases.”
  • An IBD/TIPP Poll last summer showed that as many as 45% of practicing physicians would consider retiring or giving up their practice if ObamaCare was passed. That’s bad enough. Now comes this tidbit from the Wall Street Journal: “At current graduation and training rates, the nation could face a shortage of as many as 150,000 doctors in the next 15 years, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.”
  • Along with fewer doctors, we’re now about to see fewer hospitals — all thanks to ObamaCare. The new law essentially forbids doctor-owned hospitals from expanding, and makes it nearly impossible for doctors to open new hospitals.
  • The rules of the new bill (with 2,400 pages plus 153 of amendments) are byzantine in their complexity — so much so that even members of Congress still have no idea what they passed.
  • Then there’s the promise that only those earning over $200,000 — you know, the “rich” — would be taxed for Obama-Care. In fact, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, those making less than $200,000 will pay taxes of $15.2 billion over the next 10 years — despite what was promised.

These are but a few samples of what this bill has in store for us. Remember this when you vote in November…

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