What could only be described as an Armagedon-sized economic tornado waiting to happen was depicted accordingly by President Obama in his weekly address on Saturday, August 18:
So I'm going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it's supposed, because in the United States of America heath insurance isn't a privilege -- it is your right. And we're going to keep it that way.
So along with Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, health insurance is now a right as administered through ObamaCare in accordance to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called ObamaCare, passed in the dead of night in the House on March 21, 2010, with not one Republican vote, and signed into law by President Obama on March 23rd, 2010. obamacarefactscom/obamacarebill.php
ObamaCare not only aims to confiscate 1/6 of this nation's economy, but it has as its goal the creation of a federal healthcare one-size-fits-all entitlement program, irregardless that so many parts of America's health care system were working fine. In that 85% of the American people had health care prior to The Affordable Care Act, the Democrats were willing to overhaul the entire system, punishing those 85% in order to accommodate the 15% who did not, as the first step in achieving what had been a long-held Democratic dream -- a federally-run health care system.
Imagine this, if ObamaCare is fully implemented on January 1, 2014, with regulations still being written, ObamaCare with its current 33,000 pages of regulations would reach seven feet high if placed in a stack. It is a given that implementation of ObamaCare will become a bureaucratic nightmare with some 159 new government agencies and programs attempting to enforce the thousands of pages of regulations.
Is it any wonder why many of us are concerned that ObamaCare is a disaster-in-waiting for America? If you are among those who don't trust our government and the IRS to handle or to enforce the monstrosity of ObamaCare, the following talking points can be used when contacting the 5 renegade Illinois Republican U.S. congressmen (Rep. Randy Hultgrin has signed on to the Meadows letter. Thank him.) and Senator Mark Kirk. Local offices telephone numbers: Senator Mark Kirk, 312-886-2117; Representatives Rodney Davis, 217-403-4691; Randy Hultgren, 630-232-7174; Adam Kinzinger, 815-431-9383; Peter Roskam, 630-232-7393; Aaron Schock, 217-670-1806, John Simkus, 217-446-0670. And don't forget Majority Speaker John Boehner at 202-225-0600.
Economic destruction. We are facing the end of the 40 hour work week. This means the end of the middle class. ObamaCare punishes business by imposing ridiculous rules resulting in a business retracting or at least, not growing over 50 people.
Taxpayer dollars. Employers are cutting back hours and creating more part-time positions in order to get around the Obamacare mandate and punishment on growth. America cannot survive and thrive with a nation full of part-time workers. Even worse, a new study argues that ObamaCare could grow the welfare state as between 500,000 and 900,000 workers leave the workforce and go on welfare instead of keeping their jobs just for healthcare.
Elitists’ benefits, with no consequences. Congress exempted themselves from the crushing premiums of Obamacare, voting instead for YOU, THE TAXPAYER to pick up about 75% of their tab. That’s about all you need to know!
Affected lawmakers and their staff still have to enter the exchanges beginning in Oct. 1, as set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but, unlike private sector employees, they will not lose their employee contributions for their health plan's premium costs.
Rising premiums. ObamaCare is anything but “Affordable,” which is how they labeled it. And if so many of us are taking advantage of subsidies or losing our jobs due to ObamaCare, who will ultimately be stuck with the bill for all of us?
The IRS is enforcing it. I don’t know about you but I do not want one of the most corrupt agencies in this administration in charge of fines and enforcing ObamaCare. If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine, nothing will.
Being hired by the IRS to go after American citizens who refuse to pay the ObamaCare tax (or is it a penalty) are up to 6,500 tax enforcers.
Privacy concerns. ObamaCare is Ground Zero for a hack attack…not just by outsiders, but also government agencies who will concoct whatever reason necessary to “hack” your data and use it against you. Everything you talk to a doctor about will be kept in an untested database that is accessible to anyone in government who asks for it—and all your personal information will be readily available for hackers with sinister motives.
Thousands of "navigators" are being hired through a $54 million slush fund controlled by the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. These "in-service assistants" and counselors will propagandize and enroll ObamaCare recipients in the government-run health insurance exchanges and will have access to highly personal data from potential "customers" to asses their "needs," such income levels, birth dates, addresses, eligibility for government assistance, Social Security numbers and sensitive medical information. Small businesses will be targeted along with individuals.
Because of time constraints, HHS has cutting back on the requirements to become a navigator, meaning they're not going to be doing background checks nor fingerprinting those they hire, which will make it easier for a person's private information to fall into the wrong hands. What if a navigator has been convicted of committing identity theft or grand theft prior to being hired by HHS?
It is predicted that with the coming of ObamaCare will come the con artists. According to Monica Lindeen, Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, "There are fake exchanges already up and running on the Internet." Getting an early jump on national health care reform, scam artists since last year have been calling, faxing and emailing people across the country claiming to be with Medicare, ObamaCare or some agency of the federal government.
Lower standards of care. This presents a problem for current patients, as well as all the new ones on the insurance rolls. Are you on Medicare or Medicaid? If so, it’s getting really hard to find a doctor and once you get in, you may not see an actual doctor, but rather an assistant who has limited medical training. You may wait months for a test. The government may refuse to treat some illnesses, resulting in even more medical bills or even death.
On Saturday, August 11, an article by Thorner was posted at Illinois Review which noted straw-man arguments being used by congressmen as reasons why they couldn't sign the Meadows letter in the House to defund ObamaCare.
Here are two more excuses with countering information should congressmen try to tell you that the following undesirable consequences would happen should the government be shut down.
1. During a government shutdown the activities of our Armed Forces would halt.
NOT TRUE: Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, are permitted to continue certain exempt, “emergency” activities deemed “essential” including, “providing for the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security or the safety of life and property.” In past shutdowns, the Pentagon has instructed all active duty military personnel to report for duty, exempting them from furlough. Some non-essential activities will cease, but exempt activities have been interpreted broadly with substantial discretion given to local commanders to decide what is necessary.
2. During a government shutdown military personnel would not be paid.NOT TRUE: All exempt personnel reporting for duty would eventually be paid in full, and Congress has historically paid furloughed (non-exempt) employees retroactively after the conclusion of past shutdowns. However, the pay would be deferred until the standoff ended and appropriations enacted. Since many personnel are paid at the end of the month, they would be insulated from the initial onset of a government shutdown. The President—in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief—could of course end any standoff, at any time, simply by signing into law a CR that funds the entire government (minus ObamaCare) or a separate CR pertaining only to defense (if such a bill was sent to his desk by the Congress).
On October 1st Americans will be putting their identity, their lives and the future of America in jeopardy when ObamaCare begins enrollment in the exchanges unless Congress does something about it now, while they still can.
Are we going to allow Congressmen to tell us that they want ObamaCare gone but then act like there is nothing they can do about it? Baloney! All they have to do is grow a spine and refuse to fund it.
Most importantly, we are not asking the President to shut down the government. That is President Obama's threat if ObamaCare funding is denied, further becoming Obama's cross to bear. We are simply asking Members of Congress to fund everything but ObamaCare.
Part 1 of this expose "Heritage Action defund Obamacare tour rolls out Monday"