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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 jpgrimaldi@verizon.net 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

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

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… Read more »

Gary Ross

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?

Gary Ross

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.

Beverly

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

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

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

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

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.

Barbara

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… Read more »

Larry Fox

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.

Ralph L Mason

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

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

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.

DrJCA1

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.

Jacquie Doty

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

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

MaryAnn

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

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

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.