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AMAC: The Affordable Care Act May Crumble Under Its Own Weight As the Experts Take a Closer Look

AMAC Dan Weber The Association of Mature American Citizens AMAC‘It is a baffling behemoth of a bill that causes consternation and concern’ – 

BOHEMIA, NY, Apr 12 – “As the experts turn the pages of President Obama’s health care mega-law, they learn only one thing for certain: it is a baffling behemoth of a bill that causes consternation and concern,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.  “In fact,” he said, “the law may crumble under its own weight.”

Even the president’s chief health care surrogate Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, expressed frustration at the slow pace of Obamacare’s implementation.

As she put it Monday night at a Harvard University event: “There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we find ourselves having state-by-state political battles.”

Weber pointed out that Sebelius “of course, lays blame for the creeping failure of the law on political opposition.  But it’s the confusing complexity of the law, which might as well have been together by Rube Goldberg, himself, that’s causing all the pain and suffering.”

Fortune Magazine’s Washington columnist Nina Easton pointed out during a televised panel discussion this week that the administration promoted the most popular provisions of the law.  At first, they were telling the public that Obamacare would not impact your current health care coverage and that, in addition, your kids could remain on your family insurance plans until they turn 26, Weber explained.

“However,” he added, “things didn’t turn out exactly as planned.  Sure, your kids can utilize your family coverage, but there is growing fear that big companies will eventually opt out of providing insurance coverage and settle for paying the penalties instead.  Then both the consumer and their kids would be left without coverage.”

It’s a confusing law, at best, and, at worst, an onerous piece of legislation, particularly for the elderly, Weber said.

He cited this week’s “debacle” at a Long Island, NY cancer treatment facility where 5,000 patients were told that they would no longer be treated at that facility due to Federal Medicare cuts.

Meanwhile, the law is beginning to have serious economic implications.  A new Chamber of Commerce survey of small businesses shows that business owners list Obamacare as their number one concern, with 71% saying that the law makes it harder for them to hire new workers.  At least a third of the respondents in the survey said that they will likely be forced them to reduce the hours of current employees because of the law’s insurance mandate.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming put it this way: “It’s time for President Obama to finally admit that his health care law is dragging down the American economy.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or [email protected] to set up a call.

 

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The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.


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Bernie
9 years ago

People quit bicthing here , Write your Congress person a good bye letter. November is coming vote out all representatives that voted for this OB BOMB of Health Care. This is the only thing they understand, the FEAR of NOT being re–elected.

Rodney
9 years ago

For those of you on here commenting on articles from AMAC. President Weber made comments that the Sequestration will Create Havoc for seniors. The members comments section was nearly 100 % condemnation of his words…and most members were either canceling AMAC or not going to renew their membership. AMAC has already taken that article down before more members read it. I have informed them I intend to pound on AMAC for his comments until he is gone as the AMAC leader or until the membership drops so much that AMAC is no longer a viable alternative to AARP. The very fact they pulled this article this quickly shows how scared AMAC leadership is of the nearly 100 % condemnation that article was getting from the members. Now you know folks…until Weber is gone…AMAC can never be the conservative alternative to AARP. Demand Weber be replaced immediately. Demand the article be put back up for everyone to read…no hiding the truth about AMAC leadership. Do you see the article here on Mr. Weber page of articles. Or in the email they sent to members containing this article. NO…they pulled it very quickly after the membership condemnation.

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Gary Ross
9 years ago

Question to those who understand Obama(doesn’t)care;
If you simply cannot afford to purchase your own health insurance and you pay their fine, does that mean you get free medical care for the rest of your life?

PaulE
9 years ago
Reply to  Gary Ross

Define “free”. You can medical care from a hospital emergency room or a local clinic without insurance today. They will ask you to pay and if you say you can’t, you’ll be directed to their billing department. There you’ll have to prove you don’t have the means or assets to pay. No bank accounts, house, other tangible assets that could be accessed to pay the medical bill. If you truly have NO assets, then you qualify for what hospitals call charitable care, where the state picks up the bill or you are put on an installment payment plan.

Under ObamaCare, if you don’t have a federally approved health insurance policy, you’ll be fined each and every year by the IRS until you get insurance. How they intend to extract that payment fine from us will be clarified before 2014 arrives. I’m sure we won’t like it. After you’ve paid the fine, then you’ll be subjected to the same process that I’ve outlined above.

So if you’re completely broke or living from paycheck to paycheck, with no savings, assets, etc. and all this can be verified via copies of your pay stubs, tax forms, etc., then yes you would qualify for “free medical care” just as you would today. ObamaCare just adds multiple layers of complexity, cost and delays into the overall healthcare system, without adding any additional medical resources.

One caveat springs to mind though. If you have enough money to pay the annual IRS fine, you may not be considered truly lacking in assets by the state to qualify for charitable care. That opens up the question of how the state would treat someone who has enough money to afford the annual IRS fine, but not enough to purchase healthcare insurance. You could easily end up in a lose-lose situation of paying the IRS fine each year and NOT qualifiying for charitable care at the state level.

Gary Ross
9 years ago

If I recall correctly, Obama(doesn’t)care was voted down the first time it was brought up. Is this the way modern politics works now? To keep bringing it up until it passes? Or to learn what’s in it you have to pass it first? Mega shame on ALL the politicians who voted in favor of it and neglected or refused to read into this to see what a disaster it would become to Americans. They are supposed to be our best and brightest, and we trust them to make important decisions for us? They all should be deported, along with the man who sits in the president’s chair! And that $716B should be returned to Medicare immediately!

Complexity in government is a breeding ground for corruption.

PaulE
9 years ago
Reply to  Gary Ross

“They are supposed to be our best and brightest, and we trust them to make important decisions for us?”

They are usually neither our best nor our brightest. They are typically those that cannot cut in the private sector, so they run for public office. Yes, there are exceptions like Cruz and Rand and a few others. but the vast majority would starve to death, if they had to earn a living.

As for the trust part, remember Reagan said “Trust but verify”. Far too many people don’t bother to keep track of how their so-called representatives are voting on their behalf. They just keep re-electing the same people over and over again and wondering why things just keep getting worse.

Gary Ross
9 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thank you PaulE for your percise information on both of my comments! I really do appreciate that. I don’t mean to sound negative, but it sounds as if they are using our strengths against us. They being Obama and his supporters, and our strengths meaning our Constitutional government.

PaulE
9 years ago
Reply to  Gary Ross

Yes, Gary I do think Obama and many in his administration seek to use the internal structures of government to weaken and eventually change our government and society over the long run to fit their view of how America should be. That’s something that most of the Republican Party in Washington either fail to see or refuse to acknowldge. They keep treating Obama as just another politician that just happens to have different views from them. The old “nice guy, but just happens to have some bad policies”. Instead they need to realize that for him politics is merely a means to an end in order to achieve the so called “transformation” of our country. Use the system to break the system.

Robert M. Anderson
9 years ago
Reply to  Gary Ross

Not only was it voted down, it was voted in by cheating. The House of Representatives was COMPLETELY bypassed (the so-called “slaughter rule”, and only the (dem controlled) Senate voted it into law. Completely unconstititutional, both in terms of procedure and on the face of it. The SCOTUS ruling was, in a word, flat out wrong. The Federal government has only the ~35 or so powers GRANTED to it by the SOVEREIGN states; if it wants/needs a new power, the Amendment process is in place for that. Since the powers granted to the Federal government DO NOT include universal health care, then, by definition, they have no authority to pass it. SCOTUS knows this (or, if any member doesn’t – Kagan, Sotomayor, Breyer – they should be removed from the bench). I agree with those who say it will collapse under its own weight. Since, among other things, STATES would be required to spend funds they clearly lack, it cannot hold up. Also, as Chief Justice Roberts noted, STATES DO NOT HAVE TO COMPLY with the law (state nullification), As per the 10th Article of Amendment, the states possess any/all powers not granted to the Federal gov. And, as per Jefferson, State Nullification of Federal laws passed without authority is a valid legal procedure. Any state can nullify Obamacare legally; several have done so. 33 states have yet to set up “health exchanges'”, without which it cannot function.

Beverly
9 years ago

It was a sad day when they passed Obamacare, if you are 70 and older and his panel of 15, who have no medical
background will decide our fate and all the democrates went along with this program. Every person who is a member
of AARP should dump it immediately, they backed Obamacare., Shame on them..

Pete from St Pete
9 years ago

You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that well intentioned but not well thought out provisions such as requiring insurance companies to insure everyone in spite of preexisting medical problems and to force them to allow children to stay on their parents health insurance policy until age 26 were going to cause medical insurance rates to explode. And then add in the lack of any provisions to increase the number of doctors to serve another 20 million patients which will cause wait times to see a doctor to double or triple. Now you cut medicare reimbursements so doctors will decide it’s not economical to take any more medicare and medicaid patients and you can see that the primary burden will fall on us old people. Well done, Mr. Obama!

Bob Andretta
9 years ago

Just like many of our so called Republican politicians , there are too many apathetic Republican’s and are Republican in name only. If the Republicans who didn’t vote in 2012 had voted, Mitt Romney would have won the popular vote by 180,000 votes. Pathetic !!!

USCavalry
9 years ago

I live in a rural community. More doctors here are leaving the proffesion and or retiring just because of “GAYBAMACARE”. That should work out nicely –More people on the dole—Less Doctors and nurses. People are rejecting “GAYBAMACARE” AND MOST WILL NOT BOTHER TO FILL OUT 20 PAGES OF B.S.. I have no doubt this will “COLLAPSE” under it’s own weight. It will be another Socialist Failure. People do not want Socialism,that is why 1,700 citizens are leaving this country every month to live somewhere else. Must be a big success! Hear that “BIG” “S U C K I N G” sound that is your Liberty, money , and people being pulled out of this country.

Bob
9 years ago

We need to find out who voted for the affordable health care act and vote them out of office , they don”t need to be there.

KarenFaye
9 years ago
Reply to  Bob

It was primarily Dumbocrats who voted for it – under the cloak of darkness and locked doors. That’s how the Obama administration “rolls” these days. Sneaking around like the snakes they are. They’re ruining our schools, indoctrinating our children and grandchildren into progressive socialism; paying off the media loons to only report what they allow them to (except Fox news- who isn’t being bribed); the few GOP members who are trying hard to right the wrongs are too few, and being shut up at every turn; they want our guns, our health, and our money – so what is left???? The movie “2016, Obama’s America” was chillingly real, and I would advise ANYONE who hasn’t seen it to buy it and watch it; then pass it on to someone else. We’re being changed dramatically, and not in a good way. Sadly, many of us won’t live long enough to see America returned to her original greatness – but for our kids’ and grandkids’ sakes, I hope it happens.

PaulE
9 years ago
Reply to  Bob

ObamaCare was voted into law by the Democrats. No Republicans, other than maybe one or two RINOs in the Senate, voted for it. The people had the opportunity to get rid of a whole bunch of Democrats in the 2012 elections and instead chose to re-elect something like 95 percent of them. The problem isn’t just the Democrats that crafted this terrible law, but the people that keep voting for them.

Barbara
9 years ago

We have some information about the ACA. Single Payer Health Care is in our future if we DO NOT VOTE and donate Save your strength for the Washington D.C. march. In the mean time, make sure each of your Senators and Representatives know your positions on ACA and any upcoming legislation and ask for an answer to ALL of your questions in writing. Spend wisely! Keep informed. Join a group of other like minded people. Learn what the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and The Federalist Papers all say. Know your rights and do not settle. Spread the word. Talk with total strangers, as well as friends and family. First ask a simple question, “Have you heard what Congress (POTUS, Governor…) is about to do concerning __________?” Then ask what they think about it. Most people want to express themselves. Help them! MOST of all, BE PREPARED! Arm yourself with the facts. Stand tall with your beliefs. Arm yourself for safety and survival. VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION!!! Do not sit out any election because your party’s candidate is NOT PERFECT! See what happened in 2012 because of those who chose that path?

Larry Fox
9 years ago

I am waiting on my copy od Obamacare, I get a medicare book every year, so I guess that we all should get a copy of Obamacare, all 50,905 pages with a guide telling us just how we are being screwed for each item. I have found 3 persons this year who say that they voted for Obama because he gave then a free phone. All are inder the age of 25.

Gretta
9 years ago
Reply to  Larry Fox

Obamacare is going to destroy the American economy! Obama will never take responsibility for his failures. I think we all need to take an active part in sharing our views with our state and local representatives. We also need to get out and talk about our concerns with whoever will listen. Maybe we could just ask a question to those who don’t want to discuss it. Example question: What do you really know about Obamacare? Have you read it? If they are a senior, point them to other sources than AARP (who will be making over a billion dollars) for more information. Huckabee is having a discussion tonight about it, with both a panel who has experienced this type of insurance and audience questions. Americans have to take a stand and make our voices heard!!!

Gary Ross
9 years ago
Reply to  Larry Fox

Do you mean we’ll have to read a thousand pages a week for an entire year to understand the complexity of this?

Ralph L Mason
9 years ago

Reference “Jimj”, you must be one of those responsible for putting Obama in office. Obamacare and the Liberal Policies that go with it will bring this Nation down.

Greg R. Alley
9 years ago

This entire monstrosity was Obama’s attempt to do what the Clintons couldn’t do. The only difference is that Obama had a brain dead house speaker who peed on herself when in his presence and a senate majority leader that doesn’t have enough sense to pour urine out of a boot, with the toe cut off and directions written on the heel.

The ones that think Obama is the greatest thing since sliced bread must be rolling in money, but aren’t expected to have it long.

Rita Zinner
9 years ago

I say that employers and employees should ignor the Health Care Act and continue doing what we have been doing. What is congress going to do arrest everyone in the country. I applaud the Governors for not expanding Medicaid and implementing the exchanges. Than we citizens should march on Washington by the millions.

PaulE
9 years ago
Reply to  Rita Zinner

Nice thought Rita, but not practical. The government will love nothing more than to fine businesses into the ground. More money for Obama to waste on his spending initiatives and “freebies” to his supporters. HHS is adding new mandates weekly to what insurance companies have to include in the insurance they offer. The policy you have today won’t exist this time next year. They may call it the same, but it will be loaded with “mandatory enhancements” that will drive the cost up. It will be a more bloated, more expensive, more restrictive healthcare policy. Remember, ObamaCare is NOT supposed to work. It’s supposed to be a prelude towards driving the American towards single-payer. ObamaCare is nothing more than a plank in the socialist vision of a transformed America. A country where the government controls all aspects of your life.

By the way, I agree with you that millions should be marching on Washington.

Sarah
9 years ago
Reply to  Rita Zinner

You are right, Rita, companies should ignore the law. They need an army of lawyers just to sift thru the law. They will not be able to really get hold of the costs. Just look at the punitive awards inflicted on health care companies for some malpractice that will also increase the costs. After all, illegals didn’t obey our immigration laws. And they are reaping the rewards by getting drivers’ licenses, free tuition, subsidized housing, free medical care and food stamps; and they can vote, too. I just read about a lawyer who has been found guilt and given five years in jail for giving false documents to illegals: social security numbers, citizenship papers, false employment papers, etc. I am sure these people voted and, why not, they paid the lawyer $30,000 each for this service. Our country is for sale.

In the end, companies instead of refusing to obey the law, will opt out for the fine and the single payer system will eventually be implemented. That’s why the law is so complex and asking so much of companies; it’s meant to fail.

DrJCA1
9 years ago

I’m sorry, but we conservatives have given this nation over to the liberals. Every election cycle, we allow the lunatic fringe on the right to take the spotlight on what is important to the nation. Therefore abortion triumphs jobs, birth conrol triumphs the economy, and gay rights triumphs the national debt and yearly deficits. We have allowed the far right to steer our course with their holier-than-thou attitudes, along with their “I’m right and you’re wrong” mentality. If we keep this up, we’ll lose in 2014 and every election after that. Over the past few years, we’ve become a symbol, not of common sense and restraint, but of a bunch of religious fanatics who want to push their aganda onto everyone in the US.

Bob Andretta
9 years ago
Reply to  DrJCA1

If you were accurate in your tirade, the tea party would not have gained as much popularity as it has. It’s not what you refer to as religious fanatics that are causing the party to lose, it’s the apathetic middle roaders who couldn’t get off their butts and vote.

Jacquie Doty
9 years ago

Mess that it is, I predict Obama will, wrapped up his narcissism as he chronically is, charge full speed into the fray and drag us all along, to the point where the only answer will be a total one party payer system.

Phil
9 years ago

Most frightening words ever uttered in the english language: Hello. I’m from the federal government and I am here to help you!

MaryAnn
9 years ago

It isn’t rocket science. The Republicans we vote into office don’t give a damn about their conservative voters. Heck, a lot of these clowns are really Democrats finding a scam to get elected. Otherwise, they would’ve defunded Obamacare. They can do it right now; they’re a majority in the HOR. They can vote against extending any services that involve federal expenditure to non-citizens. Since employers need them that badly, they can pay all of the expenses of their being in the US. They can withold any federal money from schools, hospitals, subsidized housing, employers (their federal contracts) that don’t use EVerify. They’ll be wildly popular if they do this….jobs will become available, federal expenses will go down, and access to federal programs wouldn’t be strained.

Sounds impossible? That’s only because, face it, we vote for a constitituional conservative politician, and he/she supports the whims of the Cheap Labor Party.

Brenda Newman
9 years ago

In my opinion, the Health Care Bill, known as “Obamacare” is a colossal joke on all of the American public, promoted by common citizens that don’t have a clue what our government is trying to do. They believe the lies and support the liberal government in power and that includes the President and the Congressional members who support the implementation of anything that will give more power to a government already “drunk” with such. No, I don’t hate these people. But I do know that they and their liberal agenda are not what is best for this country. Taxing people more money to pay for a health care system that will be of little to no benefit to the American citizen, and then taxing businesses out of being able to provide common-sense insurance to employees does not make sense to me.

JP
9 years ago

I am in the mental health field. We have not had an increase for our services in years. As a matter of fact, we have suffered decreases in reimbursement. I, like most in the field, are working for about half of what we should. Obamacare comes along with more questions than answers. Personally, I am working my way out of the healthcare area and into other related areas of the field. Providers are in the dark. We are probably more frightened than the insured.

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