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Chuck Pinkey

October 8, 2013

Put a stop to Obamacare while we can


As an example of the disaster-in-waiting, the figures always quoted for Obamacare coverage are for 70 percent with co-pay, which is the plan most are expected to receive. The figures sound high, though somewhat reasonable, but they are based on variables like massive signup, corporate participation, lower unemployment than we have today, willing doctors and hospitals, etc. … 

However, should you go to the hospital for bypass surgery or long-term cancer treatment, you could easily be presented with a $200,000 bill. Obamacare will pay 70 percent, and you will pay 30 percent or a mere $60,000. Should your spouse or child need major medical care, too, one could be facing hundreds of thousands in co-pay, or as it’s coming to be called, “cost sharing.”

Have you noticed that the IRS is in charge of health care? Seems strange, doesn’t it, but what better agency to ensure that Washington gets that 30 percent paid in full. The IRS will have access to your accounts, your 401k, your wages, your home and property, and your pension. Remember Sen. Ted Cruz wanting to abolish the IRS? Now you know why! 

Recently, he and other conservative Republicans have crafted a bill that defunds Obamacare, and funds the financial obligations of the United States. To make a long story short, the Democrats and President Obama will not accept this. Without that funding, the government recently shut down, but not really.

Essential services and essential personnel are still being paid, and separate bills have been sent to the Democratic Senate from the Republican House funding the National Guard and Reserve, our national parks, the National Institutes of Health, and other projects, but these bills were rejected by the Democratic leadership. What happened to compromise?

Now, the shameful games begin by the Obama administration. Remember, during the sequester, the “make it as uncomfortable as possible” routine? This time, hundreds of privately funded parks on federal lands were ordered closed, even though they have no federal employees. The “economy tanking” is being warned, and soon police layoffs and chaos will be predicted. 

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