The ‘Fine Print’ in ObamaCare
A month ago, Ralph Reiland began an op-ed in Investor’s Business Daily by writing:
“Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all wound up in March 2010 about the passage of ObamaCare and told the assembled conventioneers at the National Association of Counties that the bill's reforms were going to make health care in America "very, very exciting"?
“To lift "the fog of controversy" off the legislation, all Congress had to do, she explained, was "pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it."
Now we learn just how important it is to follow former Speaker Pelosi's admonition to "read the bill." More than a year after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to use its formal name according to Wikipedia, the Associated Press tells us this evening (HT Drudge Report) that:
“President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed.”
“The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.
“Up to 3 million more people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That's because, in a major change from today, most of their Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income for determining eligibility. It might be compared to allowing middle-class people to qualify for food stamps.”
AP also reports this situation keeps Medicare’s chief actuary awake at night. Taxpayers needn’t worry about staying up at night since they’ll just have to pay the bills.
Since H.R. 2 passed the House of Representatives on January 26, 2011 (according to the U.S. Congress' Thomas system) to repeal ObamaCare, what is the U.S. Senate doing? Zilch! Nada! Nothing! However, as Rassmussen Reports (TM) reported yesterday:
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, while 42% at least somewhat oppose it. Those figures include 38% who Strongly Favor repeal and 27% who are Strongly Opposed.”
Do America’s political elite need another wake-up call in November 2012 in order to repeal ObamaCare? In the meantime, Arlington County taxpayers can call Senators Mark Warner or Jim Webb. The switchboard number on Capitol Hill is (202) 224-3121.