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GOVERNMENT-ONLY HEALTHCARE

As bad as Obamacare appears to be, it is even worse than it seems.  Passage of the Affordable Care Act was not the completion of a plan, it was the first step, a Trojan horse.  Read what Rick Unger had to say in Forbes on Dec 2, 2011.  Mr. Unger is not a Tea Party activist lamenting the coming end of patient controlled health care and Obama’s false promise of Choice.  Unger is a firm supporter of Obamacare.  He is not lamenting the end of private health care insurance; he is confirming and applauding it.

This is the true ‘bomb’ contained in Obamacare and the one item that will have more impact on the future of how medical care is paid for in this country than anything we’ve seen in quite some time.  Indeed, it is this aspect of the law that represents the true ‘death panel’ found in Obamacare—but not one that is going to lead to the death of American consumers. Rather, the medical loss ratio will, ultimately, lead to the death of large parts of the private, for-profit health insurance industry.

Why? Because there is absolutely no way for-profit health insurers are going to be able to learn how to get by and still make a profit while being forced to spend at least 80 percent of their receipts providing their customers with the coverage for which they paid.

In other words, the new law caps insurance company gross profit from insurance operations at 20%.  What a company manages to net out of that is up to them.  Unger acknowledges that it may not be enough to survive and he cries halleluiah to that!  The end of private insurance.

Today, [Dec 2, 2011] the Department of Health & Human Services issues the rules of what insurer expenditures will—and will not—qualify as a medical expense for purposes of meeting the requirement.

Not a chance-and they know it. Indeed, we are already seeing the parent companies who own these insurance operations fleeing into other types of investments. They know what we should all know – we are now on an inescapable path to a single-payer system for most Americans and thank goodness for it.

Note that it is the Department of Health & Human Services that sets the rules.  That means HHS can change the rules if their objective is not being met.  An act of Congress is not required.  SOTUS says Obamacare is a tax.  Taxation without representation, anyone?

If you thought that the Obama Administration chickened out on pushing the nation in the direction of universal health care for everyone, today is the day you begin to understand that the reality is quite the contrary. ~ Unger

As you heard Barney Frank and Barack Obama say in the video, single payer (government only) coverage is the ultimate goal.  As you will learn if you follow our upcoming coverage of the book Radical-In-Chief, the progressive’s strategy is incremental stealth.  If single payer is the goal, debate over percentages is pointless.  No private enterprise that needs a profit to survive can compete with a government that doesn’t.

The only way to stop government-only health care is to stop Barack Obama.  Come November, don’t let you vote go to waste.

OBAMACARE IS IN! WHAT’S NEXT?

The libs get excited, rightly so.  Obama’s ratings get a blip up, but will they hold?  The House will vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare, but it won’t pass the Senate.  Karl Rove takes his wife out for a beer —  no champagne and caviar tonight.

Now the ball is in Romney’s court.  On the Tuesday before Thursday’s announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision Romney said “If it is deemed to stand, then I’ll tell you one thing: We’re going to have to have a president, and I’m that one, that’s going to get rid of Obamacare.  We’re going to stop it on Day 1.”  To accomplish that Republicans will need to win control of the Senate as well as the presidency.  If they do, then expect some form of repeal and replacement.

The Supreme Court’s decision that the law is constitutional is not an endorsement of its advisability, only a decision that it is legal.  Chief Justice Robert’s opinion was explicit about that.  Obamacare will rival jobs and the economy as the number one issue between now and November.  That is not a plus for Republicans.

On a brighter note a greater threat was averted.  During the debate prior to the Bill becoming law, the President emphatically denied the mandate was a tax.  Coming before the court, however, the administration’s attorneys argued the opposite; that the mandate is a tax.  The court agreed, more or less, more more than less.  The opinion read that the mandate ‘could be’ seen as a tax, in which case it ‘would be’ constitutional.  If the court had ruled that Obamacare could stand under Commerce Clause, such a decision would have gutted the Constitution setting a precedent that almost anything would be allowed under the clause.

Rumors are abounding that a deal was made or that Roberts bent to intimidation.  I don’t think we have sunk that low.