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Ron Johnson and Douglas Holtz-Eakin: Coming Soon: A Bigger, Costlier Obamacare

Posted on Jun. 20, 11 | 12:05 PM by Ariel Judah | Topic: Health Care Reform
Sen. Ron Johnson and Douglas Holtz-Eakin write in the Washington Post:

Obamacare poses two great dangers to our nation: lower quality of care and runaway costs. It will stifle innovation and lead to rationing. But the overwhelming cost and the damage it will do to our nation’s finances at a pivotal moment in our history deserve greater scrutiny.

The promises Obamacare supporters have made about the ultimate cost of the program are based on highly unlikely premises. Those who support the 2010 health-care law are betting that costs will remain under control largely because its central feature — health insurance exchanges, which amount to a centralized, government-run market of subsidized insurance policies — will not be all that popular. They are counting on the notion that when the government offers “free” money, there will be few takers. This is not realistic.

The history of entitlement programs is certainly not encouraging. Congress tends to overpromise and underfund. Medicare, for example, cost nine times more in 1990 than was expected in 1965 ($109 billion, instead of the $12 billion originally estimated). We don’t believe that the federal government has gotten any better at cost estimates or resisting the temptation to expand programs. And at a time of crushing deficits, we can’t afford to be that far off again.
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After ObamaCare, 30% of employers to drop health coverage

Posted on Jun. 07, 11 | 10:32 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Health Care Reform
MarketWatch:

Once provisions of the Affordable Care Act start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows.

While only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say they will “definitely or probably” stop offering employer-sponsored coverage, according to the study published in McKinsey Quarterly.
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Obama solicitor general: If you don't like mandate, earn less money

Posted on Jun. 06, 11 | 10:07 AM by Barney Keller | Topic: Health Care Reform
Washington Examiner:

President Obama's solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn't like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.
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Obama Made His Decision, Now Let Him Enforce It!

Posted on Feb. 02, 11 | 08:10 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
From National Journal ($):

Following a ruling from U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson that the health care law is unconstitutional, officials from at least two states party to the decision have announced they will not implement the health care law. Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida and Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen have said they believe the ruling effectively relieves their states of carrying out the law's edicts.
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McConnell to offer Repeal Amendment TODAY!

Posted on Feb. 01, 11 | 01:33 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Health Care Reform
Robert Costa of National Review is reporting that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will offer ObamaCare repeal as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill, now being debated by the Senate.

This comes one day after Sen. Jim DeMint announced his own repeal bill, identical to the House-passed repeal, had garnered the support of all 47 Senate Republicans. 

If McConnell's amendment strategy works, we should see an ObamaCare repeal vote this week.

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Judge Strikes Down ObamaCare

Posted on Jan. 31, 11 | 03:23 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
Breaking news reports are announcing that a Florida judge struck down ObamaCare today.  This is great news, but there's one detail that may get overlooked.  In rendering his opinion, Judge Roger Vinson said:

"because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void."

That's right.  He struck down the entire bill because of the individual mandate.  Most bills that pass Congress have a severability clause that allows the untouched portions of a bill to remain intact if a part of it is declared unconstitutional.  ObamaCare didn't have such a clause so if a portion of it is deemed unconstitutional, a court can declare the entire bill void, as Vinson did today.

Republicans in Congress are currently trying to get their repeal bill voted on in the Senate.  Vulnerable Democrats like Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill might want to use this ruling as their excuse to vote with the Republicans in overturning this hideous law.
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House Votes to Repeal ObamaCare

Posted on Jan. 19, 11 | 07:49 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
It passed 245-189.  All Republicans, plus the following three Democrats supported it.

Dan Boren (OK-02)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Mike Ross (AR-04)

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Year After Launching Pledge, Club for Growth Calls on House to Repeal It!

Posted on Jan. 19, 11 | 02:57 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Health Care Reform
WASHINGTON – One year after launching its Repeal It pledge, the Club for Growth today called on the U.S. House of Representatives, and especially the 118 representatives who signed the pledge, to vote to repeal ObamaCare.

"This time last year, even before Congress passed its health care takeover bill, the Club for Growth began building an effort to Repeal It,” Club President Chris Chocola said.  “Today the House of Representatives – including 118 members who signed the Club’s Repeal It pledge – will take another important step toward that goal.”

“We commend the House Republican leadership for making repeal their top priority,” Chocola added.  “And we urge all members to follow their lead toward a future of economic and health care freedom.”

The Club for Growth launched its Repeal It! campaign on January 14, 2010, before ObamaCare passed, to help build public support for undoing the federal health care takeover.  In 2010, more than 400 federal lawmakers and candidates signed the Repeal It! pledge, including 17 current U.S. Senators and 118 members of the House of Representatives.

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Milton Friedman on Socialized Medicine

Posted on Jan. 17, 11 | 09:49 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
 
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House Vote Set for Repeal of ObamaCare

Posted on Jan. 03, 11 | 05:12 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
The POLITICO just broke this news:

House Republicans will vote next Wednesday, Jan. 12, to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement. The repeal effort is not expected to succeed, given that Democrats maintain control of the Senate and the president can veto the legislation, but Republicans also plan to chip away at pieces of the law over the long term. 
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For First Time Ever, Most Voters Think Health Care Repeal Likely

Posted on Dec. 20, 10 | 01:47 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
From Rasmussen Reports:

For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the health care bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care plan will be repealed. Thirty-three percent (33%) view repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 16% who believe repeal is Very Likely and 5% who believe it is Not at All Likely.
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