12 Shocking Truths About Obamacare

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There's more in Obamacare than you might think. I recently embarked upon an arduous task to find out what those things might be by reading the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- all 906 pages of it. I'll admit that my eyes did tend to glaze over quite a bit, but I slogged through it. And while there was plenty of language describing provisions we have all heard about, like the individual mandate, I discovered several items in the law that were a bit strange and surprising. Here are 12 shocking provisions hidden in Obamacare.

1. Music to the Fool's ears
The Motley Fool has long promoted the importance of teaching youth about financial matters. Section 2953 of Obamacare is like music to the Fool's ears. The section specifically calls for educating adolescents about financial literacy to prepare them for adulthood. That's the good news. What's the bad news? The government teaching anyone about financial matters is like Lindsay Lohan teaching personal responsibility. 

2. Size matters
Next time you get your explanation of benefits from UnitedHealth (NYSE: UNH  ) , check out the font size. It better be at least size 12 font, or the company is violating the law. Yes -- Obamacare mandates that insurance companies use that font size or greater. This specification is part of a section intended to ensure that customers can read and understand the documents sent by insurance companies. Maybe cartoon drawings could help, too.

3. A nod to Charlton Heston
Late actor and National Rifle Association president Charlton Heston famously said that he would only give up his gun when it was pried from his cold, dead hands. Mr. Heston would probably have liked at least one part of Obamacare. Language in the act specifically prohibits companies operating health and wellness programs from collecting information about gun ownership or usage.Obamacare protecting gun rights. Now that's shocking.

4. Patrolling deep health care waters
Who would you expect to be included in Obamacare's Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality? If you said the Food and Drug Administration or the National Institutes of Health, you'd be correct. However, you would also be right if you mentioned the Coast Guard. Yep, listed among the agencies responsible for determining how to improve health care quality is the guardian of our nation's waters. With stress contributing so much to health care problems, I'd think that one of the biggest causes of stress for Americans -- the IRS -- might be a better agency to include. 

5. What's good for the goose
If you have ever complained about Congress passing laws that don't apply to themselves, you might be surprised to find out that our senators and representatives must enroll in an Obamacare plan like everyone else. Well, nearly everyone else. The White House wasn't mentioned in the section requiring Congress to use approved health plans. However, an administration spokesperson indicated that President Obama will voluntarily participate in a health insurance exchange established by his signature legislation.

6. It's fine if the dog eats their homework
Nearly three pages of Obamacare provide excruciating detail about reports that the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, should submit to Congress. What if they don't do their homework? No problem. If IPAB doesn't do what it is required to do, Obamacare says that the Secretary of Health and Human Services must create the report instead. Government accountability at work, folks.

7. Add IPAB to your Christmas list
Speaking of IPAB, Obamacare specifically states that this board charged with determining how to control health care payment costs can take gifts. No limitations are given. In case you can't think of a good gift, the legislation mentions that services or property are fine to donate also. IPAB can by law sell anything you give them, though, so be forewarned.

8. Sense and nonsense
Language is included in section 9023 that "the sense of the Senate" is that nothing should be done related to the legislation that would increase taxes on the middle class. I suggest reading Dan Caplinger's excellent summary of new Obamacare taxes impacting all Americans before deciding if the "sense of the Senate" is better described as nonsense.

9. Funny money
In case you didn't think Congress was funny, they stuck a provision into Obamacare that specifies that humor can be used in a marketing campaign about preventive care. How much was allocated to be spent? Only $500 million. My guess is that someone's laughing all the way to the bank.

10. Protecting the 1%
Drugmakers got slapped with billions of dollars in new taxes and fees -- but not for the most expensive drugs of all. Orphan drugs are excluded from new fees. This means that companies like Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALXN  ) won't have to pay the extra fees on sales of $440,000-per-year Soliris. Obamacare protects the 1% -- of high-cost drugs, at least.

11. The greatest tax of all
While there are plenty of new taxes in Obamacare, it might be surprising what gets taxed the highest. If you have a really great health plan, you get hit with a 40% excise tax. Too much health care must be a bad thing.

12. Ironic
Last, but not least, Obamacare prohibits false statements or representations about any Obamacare-approved plan. The provision itself isn't surprising, but the irony is. Section 1501 states unequivocally that Obamacare "will lower health insurance premiums." Aetna (NYSE: AET  ) CEO Mark Bertolini, though, said recently that premiums will rise as a result of the legislation, with some premiums doubling. Even Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted not long ago that some premiums would rise with Obamacare. Ironic indeed.

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  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 3:49 PM, cretree wrote:

    The only truly shocking thing about this is that these scummy Liberal politicians were allowed to pass this travesty in the first place.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 3:51 PM, Michaellaborde wrote:

    Obama doesn't care about what is in Obamacare. Either he is too busy playing golf or going on vacation to know what is in it. All Obamacare is for Obama is a feather in his cap for "helping the poor" and picking the pockets of the job providers and the working class. Those who love Obamacare are those who don't work, not because they can't , but because they want the full amount of freebees that they can suck out of the socialist Obama government. Obamacare had to be passed to find out what was in it so that they could tax job creators to death for the socialist Obama/democrats that can spend without end tax money that is invisible.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 3:59 PM, jlviolette wrote:

    Why are you worried about this now? It's been law for 3 years. Now that the liberal, socialist media has helped re-elect the dictator, they want to find fault. The media is equally to blame.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 3:59 PM, LTCOwner wrote:

    Very good article. This information needs to become more mainstream and I believe it will be once the Unaffordable Healthcare Act starts kicking in to mandatory coverage for everyone. The whole thing is a logistical mess and nobody really knows how to implement it. It's a Dr. Strangelove scenario and one needs to have more of a sense of humor about it. I'm the eternal optimist that most if not all of this thing gets struck down once the public freaks and gets more confused. Remember the general American public has a very short attention span and to ask them to mandatorily fill out endless forms and provide personal information? Yeah that's gonna happen right?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:15 PM, motley74012 wrote:

    Very good article and congratulations for the full read. We need this. In all states. I will pay a little more to get the uninsured insured. Now the attitude is "if you cannot afford it, tough". How many deaths has this caused? This is so wrong. I am so glad to see the legislators will have the same coverage as I will have. We will have in house watchdogs. I suspect those who are really against it have free or low cost employer contributed insurance or government insurance which does not discriminate as to age and physical condition. Good for them. But, that is surely going to change anyhow, with some employers already requiring people to give up private information and go on exercise and work out plans. We need a level playing field. Bring it on. We can tweak it later if need. Better than nothing.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:31 PM, yolandamosby wrote:

    Very humorous! ROFLMBO!

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:32 PM, howdoureallyfeel wrote:

    It's too bad we don't have models all over the world to refer to for universal healthcare. Oh wait....apparently all your readers are Republican. I can't wait to get bashed. Where were all of you when insurance companies and pharmacuetical companies took control? The majority of America wants this. And Obama. Work on finding a better candidatate in 2016. We're all tired of this.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:33 PM, MadamDeb wrote:

    The NRA lobbied long and hard to get that gun language in the bill. They are all over our government, in every bill. Their fingers are in every pie.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:34 PM, smoky57 wrote:

    why is this a surprise? Nancy Pelosi said we'd have to pass the bill to see what's in it. The fools that voted for it didn't even bother reading it.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:39 PM, fordelit1 wrote:

    >>Obamacare protecting gun rights. Now that's shocking

    it was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, an NRA-supporter, who added the wording to the bill back in 2010.

    Please learn the facts before you blame everything on Obama ..its not like Obama wrote the whole bill or that he approved each line in it .. I am not a Obama supporter, but we all know how politics work and how much this law was debated and how things get added to laws when it is about to pass .. so better not comment on things we do not know of...

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:46 PM, Gowithit wrote:

    Interesting you felt the need to vent your politics on an investing site. I find it difficult to believe anything you say due to the fact that you're not intelligent enough to post in appropriate areas. Ironic you're able to point out others flaws but you're not bright enough to see your own. Next time, try staying on the point of the site, it's not that difficult if you have an IQ over 90...Oh wait.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:51 PM, Cutolam wrote:

    Obama's supportors....Is this the change you really want to get.......from bad to worse. Is this a Bush's fault? Be honest with yourself, can you still blame on previous Adminstration for how long or start to think whoelse you should blame for.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 4:54 PM, Henry612 wrote:

    I hope all of the idiots that are working and paying taxes realize what you have done by re-electing the Czar that crammed this down the American taxpayers throat. You will realize it when your paycheck becomes smaller with all the new taxes about to be forced on you. Oblama could care less about the taxpayers he catered to the ones already receiving evrything they could from the Goverment, the Goverment being you the taxpayer. Good Luck Fools!!

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:05 PM, bugmenot wrote:

    Congratulations America! You elected and then reelected this trash.

    Worst president ever in US history.

    You'll curse this man's name before it is all finished.

    Now enjoy the consequences of your poor choice. Love your parents while you have them, because Obama will give them a "pill" instead of expensive treatment when the time comes.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:14 PM, mcmolloy wrote:

    Number 7. isn't that called a bribe?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:30 PM, RobertPhoenix wrote:

    The people who read Motley Fool must be interested in investing, so why would they think Obama is so bad when the Dow has doubled during his first four years ?

    Was it better to have a Republican during whose presidency the stock market had its biggest ever crash ?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:40 PM, oneforthethumper wrote:

    OK. All of America now knows what the "Change" in 08 really is, and they elected him on that. The "Change " is that when he is completely done with his two terms that is all that will be left in your pocket is "Change" and from your pocket to the fat cats & him in D.C. and now the richest counties in the United States, How would you like your "Change"? I'll take mine in pennies, oh I forgot that they are worth more than a penney. Health Care is going to only for those on the dooll. The main stream Media has sold this country down the river, just wait untill China and the rest of the world we owe Trillions come to collect.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:44 PM, Houmd1 wrote:

    You fools need to read this:

    Also, Obama didn't really embrace the Affordable Care Act, he had to settle for it. He wanted Single payer. Also it sure is better than what we have today, and better than the Republicans HC plan..............Oh wait, they didn't/don't have one.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:46 PM, sillyboypop wrote:

    Bahahahaha.....You should love our free Obamacare.....So just shut up, stop your wining and pay your fair share ...Then pay some more....bahahahha .... sidenote too....we need to legalize all the undocumented democrats in our great nation......bahahaha....we need higher gas prices so we can have free green energy and save the planet.....bahaahaa ......It's all George Bush's fault....that evil rich guy....He did it.....Obama is here to save the middle class....we need higher taxes too....oops I mean revenue.......bahahaha....

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 5:48 PM, HerosPlay wrote:

    The return on my investments have hit new highs under this administration. You people can complain all you like, but for my money I would like to see twenty more years of Obama's policies. He's making me rich!

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 6:01 PM, oneforthethumper wrote:

    Forget how good it use to be when Bush was President, those days are gone for good, that is as good as it will ever get.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 7:41 PM, deecravens wrote:

    This is one of the most "Foolhardy" and astonishingly poorly articulated diatribes against the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) ever written. And coming from a financial news letter that aims to help people understand their economic position better... makes it even more appalling!!!

    The truth is, and as most states are now figuring out, ObamaCare is all about cutting cost and improving health outcomes of individuals.

    The Fool should love it, because at the core of ObamaCare is a set of metrics that measure the health care outcomes of their patients and either rewards the healthcare provider or financially penalizes them for their failures economically.

    As any economist, financial analyst, hospital or physician knows, the US healthcare cost is 18% of our GDP compared to just 3% of GDP in Europe, where people live longer, have fewer serious aliments, enjoy a higher level of wellbeing, have significantly lower birth and childhood deaths and women don't pay anymore for care than men.

    Here's one major cost cutting example of ObamaCare. Hospitals readmissions cost will top $25 billion in 2013, driven largely by poor discharge procedures and inadequate follow-up care, nearly 1 in 5 medicare patients discharged from hospital is readmitted within 30 days!!!

    Under ObamaCare, Stage Two, Meaningful Use requirements hospitals will be financially penalized for readmissions in first 30 days of discharge. Why? because the research clearly shows that the hospital just didn't take care of their patients through followup after discharge. It's one expense that is simple to cure.

    We have a name for it in our Free Market World, which the "Motley Fool" knows very well, is called "Pay for Performance." Which is exactly the same way the Motley Fool gets paid!!! Perform, or know one pays for their service.

    Also, please be aware that for every dollar you spend on insurance premiums the insurance company takes 30 cents out of every dollar received from you to hold up shareholder value. That means your insurance company and their shareholders get their "financial shot in the arm" before you or your health provider gets there's.

    Now, if you believe that your health should be for insurance and shareholder profit then go ahead and keep paying the sky rocketing premiums. (In the last 18 months we have paid for two premium increases for my wife totaling 29% and that is with a $2,500 deductible. And she is perfectly healthy).

    On the other hand, if you don't believe your health should be for insurance and and share holder profits, then ObamaCare is a whole lot cheaper, it's a better economic solution and your chances of staying alive and healthier is measurably better than the "Fool" would have you believe.

    At the core of ObamaCare, as I said, is pay for performance metrics, which will bring down cost, shrink the amount the US pays in GDP and make any free market capitalist feel really healthy.

    I would not trade my country for any other country in the world, but I would trade the 18% of GDP that our country spends on healthcare for the 3% Europe spends and achieves much better health outcomes for each of their citizens.

    That's a 15% gain, which the "Fool" should love! That same 15% savings translates into trillions of $$$$ that could be better invested into education to keep us globally competitive, create a better prepared military, expand tax credits to entrepreneurs that in turn will expand our production and idea output, increase exports and add millions of new jobs. And that means we'll all enjoy a healthier nation.

    ObamaCare is good economic medicine and is based on what free market analyst and investors love the most... The NUMBERS!

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 7:49 PM, foolme1946 wrote:

    The Obamacare laws will effect costs, simply because it is being launched with very little about malpractice suits. Again, because this is a

    Federal Government Plan, technically you cannot sue the government nor it's agent's (Doctors, Hospitals, Drug and Medical Equipment Mgf.) So,

    when the attorney's figure this out, their money tree may come to an end on over rewarded claims. That alone will save trillions over 10 years.l

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 7:55 PM, lenglish2 wrote:

    From the blatantly biased article to the hateful comments, this should really be on CNN. I have to wonder if I want to have anything to do with Motley Fool anymore.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 8:25 PM, seattle1115 wrote:

    Wow. Really?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 9:04 PM, CluckChicken wrote:

    " I have personally discussed Obamacare with the President of one of United Healthcare's regional offices and he told me what I already knew, this is going to cost employers and employees mucho money"

    I am sorry but I have also spoken with United Healthcare and I find it very difficult to believe that you got any useful information from them. In Nov I got a flu shot at a local Walgreens since then I have gotten 4 explanations of benefits, 3 of them advising me to get a flu shot free at Walgreens. The statements have said that I owe Walgreens values between 18.95 and 38.95 (note that Walgreens charges $20 without insurance). Calls obviously haven't helped as those that answer the phone are as clueless as the day is long.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 9:11 PM, shebasercue wrote:

    I been working as an partime faculty at a community college, been there for almost 6 years. Ive been getting 13hrs per week (basically 2 classes). Thanks to obama care, dean of the college called me in and said starting 2013 fall, I will only be allowed to take 1 class, otherwise they need to pay me benefits. So basically, my paycheck is cut in half. I thought, atleast this obama bill would mandate employers not to fire/ cut hours for employees they already hired; I work in govt sector (community college) so atleast I hoped he wouldve made this as a manadate in the govt sector.

    So my fulltime colleague said, by cutting my job in half, its helping to create a job for another, so instead of 40 adjunct faculties, 80 adjunct faculties, good gimmick by obama, yes he did boost our job market by robbing the middle class.

    When they introduce such a bill, do we have morons in washington, who cannot think through what employers might do to protect thmeselves? or they are doing this on purpose? Anyway, let GOD be the judge.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 10:03 PM, leerich1 wrote:

    Latest Progressive Program early results

    1st - ObamaCare is about Health Insurance coverage - it does nothing about reducing health care costs

    2nd - many of the 1$T in taxes that were included in ObamaCare Law - will in fact INCREASE Health Care costs and Insurance Premiums - such as the 2.9% Medical Device Tax and eliminate jobs.

    3rd - ObamaCare takes 306$B from the Medicare Advantage Programs that 29% of seniors use to escape the traditional Medicare Plan and obtain modern private insurance. This will increase premiums or lower benefits between 6.9 – 7.8% for people in these plans. Obama wants to kill the Advantage plans and force everybody into the traditional Medicare – where government exercises total control.

    4th - Obama is taking 717$Billion from Medicare to help finance ObamaCare.

    5th - The HHS will dictate all of the things that have to be covered in all Insurance Policies. Example: Abortions and Birth Control pills/devices have to be covered. For employees of Chatholic Charitiies etc - there will be a phony exemption in that there policies supposively will not include a stated premium for these things BUT as every company has to recover ALL of their costs - the costs of these items will In Fact be included in their base cost that is reflected in their Insurance Premiums.

    6th - The CBO has now states that ObamaCare will increase costs by 2.8$Trillion.

    7th - The IPAB panel established in ObamaCare is a Rationing Board (Death Panel). They will decide what things are covered these so called Recommendations can only be overridden by a 2/3 Majority of both Houses of Congress. This will never happen - in the last 100 years only Democrats have had Filibuster proof Majorities in both Houses and even then they did not have 67 of the 100 Senators that would make a 2/3 majority.

    8th - ObamaCare mandates that Insurance Premiums for older people can not be more then 3 times that of younger people. What this will do is dramatically increase the cost of Insurance for younger people. (this will kill opportunities for our kids and grandkids to advance to higher Income levels) or cause them to drop insurance and just pay the Penalty. Most of these younger people are healthy and don’t even need Health Insurance and many don’t buy it now because of the expense – but now they will have to buy it at even higher rates or pay a penalty- does that make any sense??

    9th - The CBO now states that between 32 and 40 million citizens will not be insured after ObamaCare becomes effective (2014). Supposedly the big reason for ObamaCare was to make sure everybody was insured including the 30 million uninsured – ObamaCare doesn’t even accomplish that!

    Look at some of the early results of the ObamaCare Mandates

    1) Restaurants and colleges are decreasing the hours of their workers and professors to under 30 so they won't have to pay for their insurance - which means the government will have to subsidize more people - more cost - means we have to pay higher taxes, premiums etc.

    2) Small companies trying to stay below 50 employers - same thing.

    3) Many companies are now making changes to their plans so that they will drop spouses and children and Only insure the employee.

    4)The IRS Says in 2016 the least expensive Insurance Policy for a family of 4 will be $20,000. Yea Obama!!

    I predict that within the next 10 -15 years ObamaCare will be replaced with a Single one-payer plan - basically the entire Health Insurance Industry will be Nationalized, America will no longer be inventing new life saving devices and drugs, and we will have a 10 -20% VAT Tax to pay for this.

    The American people have been sold a phony bill of goods and we have been jetted into becoming a European type Socialist nation.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 10:11 PM, ColinJohann wrote:

    No other country is like ours. None. To compare "universal" healthcare or to examine some other country is like comparing Apples to Steak. England is nothing like the US. Germany is nothing like the US, but is closer than England. We are unique. When the Administration said Healthcare would go down, he forgot to mention: "Oh yeah...the insurance companies are not our buddies. They're going to squeeze even more profit out of this."


  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 10:34 PM, myrln69 wrote:

    Why has no one mentioned anything about the mandantory embedment of a RFID chip in each and every enrolled member of the OBAMACARE REGIME ? Is this the Mark Of The Beast ?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 10:37 PM, myrln69 wrote:

    What about those who can't even afford the premiums, i.e. Homeless, unemployed?

    Are they still eligible for health care ?

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 10:50 PM, Dadw5boys wrote:

    Yes cost will go up for the Insurance Companys as they are charged with spending more on actual medical care and refunding part of the fees if the consumer remains healthy and does not require a lot of expensive care.

    I can't agree with many of you profiting off other illness or misery is disgraceful.

    My son had a surgey delayed by a Insuance Company by 4 days and when it became "Medically Neccessary" the time has passed when he would not have brain damage.

    But hey it was the end on a Quarter for the Insurance Company and they had to show a big profit for all the Mutal Funds invested with them.

    So what if my son no longer talks and walks with a limp and is almost potty trained now at 16 years old.

    That delay they caused has handed the U.S. Taxpayers a huge bill for his care when I am gone. So they saved $24,000 just for that 4 days.

    Then 4 days later the Medflight to the Hospital and Emergency Surgey only cost a little over $190,000 so yeah Good Job Brownie saving the Insurance Company money. Maybe they hoped he would have died.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 11:24 PM, bbafool wrote:

    Please don't let the biased and hateful comments discourage you about the Motley Fool. I have been a member for many years and this is really the worst that I have seen. I think many people are fearful about the changes that are and will take place in healthcare.

  • Report this Comment On April 03, 2013, at 11:26 PM, birdybill wrote:

    A disastrous monument to Barry O's enormous ego, and doomed to be one of the biggest boondoogles in the history of this country.

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 12:35 AM, hmghost wrote:

    Everyone is totally missing the point. Who cares if they can't ask about your gun ownership or the band of your shoes or if you were ever visited by aliens.

    If you do not participate in Obamacare, you will be hit with a fine (tax). The result of not paying taxes is prison. The poor and jobless, who are praising this treasonous health care program, will be the first to feel the backlash.

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 2:44 AM, giljatsby wrote:

    If this is the best B.S. the opposition can come up with to get rid of Obama Care, it's pathetic.

    Let's see Obama Care in a Nutshell:

    Everyone can go to the doctor

    Everyone can get the help they need

    Doctors and insurance companies can't screw everyone anymore.

    So, excuse me please? What's the issue here?

    Oh! I forgot! The billionaires might have to pay tax in the US to make this happen!

    What a travesty!

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 9:12 AM, firelight0909 wrote:

    Here are some other interesting facts; Obamacare doesn’t apply to the politicians who created it, hospitals, Medicaid are broke because they are mandated to care for illegal aliens, who do not contribute, premiums went up and will continue to increase and from what doctors are saying (at least mine), care will decrease!

    Could anyone tell me why the American public would vote for politicians who create and enact policies that would decrease the preservation of the public? Some of you complaining on here voted for these very same politicians. Just like the current amnesty, previous amnesties failed and have only contributed to this current enormous problem and burden cast upon us, yet you do nothing?

    If you would only take as much time as you spend writing on computer sites and address your elected official with your opposition to these atrocities, then maybe we wouldn’t be here discussing and complaining about the negative effects!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 11:20 AM, golfntech wrote:

    Note the polarization among the writers - vehement supporters and vehement opposers. The biggest offense in the ACA is that it removes the element of choice. Normally, people are allowed to accept or reject a service. The ACA is forced on people. Those who embrace ACA justify this forced approach as "everybody needs to participate in order for the system to work". Those who oppose ACA and want no part of it ... well, you have no choice.

    The result is a policy that polarizes the people - just what America doesn't need.

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 1:09 PM, Mathman6577 wrote:

    Does this surprise anyone ?

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 10:43 PM, SaveAmerica wrote:

    JUDGE KITHIL is the 2nd official who has outlined the most egregious pages of Obamacare. Here is what Judge Kithil wrote:

    ** Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.

    ** Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.

    ** Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - ACORN).

    ** Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. (How could anybody in their right mind come up with that?)

    ** Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.

    ** Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age.

    ** Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.

    ** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years. (Death counseling..)

    ** Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 10:44 PM, SaveAmerica wrote:

    Bet you didn’t know that ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be "gambling", "risk-taking", and "usury" and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.

    Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. This is Dhimmitude.

    How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivable, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health insurance needs paid for by the de facto government insurance.

    Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. This is Dhimmitude.

  • Report this Comment On April 04, 2013, at 11:28 PM, SaveAmerica wrote:

    If you believe your health should be for insurance and share holder profits, then ObamaCare is for you. The Death panels will be more than willing to sign your death certificate.

    Do you really believe the core of ObamaCare, is pay for performance metrics, which will bring down cost, shrink the amount the US pays in GDP? Take a second look! The IRS reports that in 2016 the least expensive Insurance Policy for a family of 4 will be $20,000.

    I would not trade my country for any other country in the world. Do we Americans want to end up like Europeans who spend and receive such sad health outcomes for each of their citizens, the seriously ill come to America for treatment instead of waiting to die in hopes of even getting an appointment and treatment at home.

    Barack LIED when he presented ObamaCare as good economic medicine based on free market needs. Remember this - Obama doesn’t care that he told you this wasn’t a tax. Obama doesn’t care that this will create 159 new bureaucracies. Obama doesn’t care that this will create 47 new agencies and 67 new grant programs. Obama doesn’t care that the IRS will have to hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the ‘penalty’ portion of this. Barack’s goal is to create a Democratic Socialist America and he doesn’t care how many Americans die for him to meet his goal!!

  • Report this Comment On April 07, 2013, at 1:28 AM, 2eb wrote:

    I agree with SaveAmerica but why do we have this Obama Care rammed down our throats and be forced to buy it. That in itself is against the American way. I like to see a sensible, affordable health care program for all. Even under German Socialized Health care are different premiums and choices according to income. Our government seems to embrace the communistic motto " all for one...." and forgotten that this never worked

  • Report this Comment On April 11, 2013, at 5:02 PM, lenglish2 wrote:

    @saveamerica - stop posting stuff from viral emails. They've been debunked. They are THE worst source of information. Do yourself a favor and stop reading them. And, "all for one" comes from the 3 Musketeers, not communism.

  • Report this Comment On April 11, 2013, at 5:40 PM, NewAlchemist wrote:

    Does anybody think Obamacare might be delayed or repealed at this point?

    I still find it hard to believe that in America you will have to do something or pay a tax and if you don't pay that tax you go to jail.

  • Report this Comment On October 29, 2013, at 3:08 AM, Jess wrote:

    Very well said. What needs to be seen now is if the Republicans will bring this and more to light and make the people of America see what they are getting into. The idea is not to look at the short term seemingly rosy picture, but to have a long term vision and realize that you might end up paying more.

    And what will happen to the economy of the US? I wonder if people have given it a thought. We will know by November, I guess.

    I found a good informative blog called Why The Republicans Love ObamaCare! You all might find it an interesting read well.

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