Office of Rep. John Boehner: The Hits Keep Coming: Government Takeover of Health Care Already Off to a Rough Start
Yesterday, House Minority Leader John Boehner’s office released a short list of hiccups already facing Barack Obama’s brand new health care reform legislation. Some of these we’ve already covered here at America’s Right, but it’s still useful and good to have them in one spot. From Boehner’s office:
Washington, Mar 24 - Allowing the federal government to control our health care system is frightening enough in theory. Now that it’s law, Americans are already witnessing the broken promises and shady loopholes that come along with Washington’s massively-expanded role in health care. And with the government takeover of health care already overwhelmingly unpopular – mere 38 percent favorability in the latest Bloomberg survey – these stories aren’t likely to improve its standing.
• Gap in health care law’s protection for children. “Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children. Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.” (Associated Press, 3/24/10)
• Health bill may exempt top Hill staffers. “The health care reform bill signed into law by President Barack Obama Tuesday requires members of Congress and their office staffs to buy insurance through the state-run exchanges it creates – but it may exempt staffers who work for congressional committees or for party leaders in the House and Senate. Staffers and members on both sides of the aisle call it an ‘inequity’ and an ‘outrage’ – a loophole that exempts the staffers most involved in writing and passing the bill from one of its key requirements.” (Politico, 3/23/10)
• Premiums will go up, not down. “Obama says that once new competitive insurance markets open for business, in 2014, individuals buying coverage comparable to what they have today will pay 14-20 percent less. But the president’s assurance is based on a selective reading of a Congressional Budget Office report…And Obama skips over an important caveat: The budget office didn’t say premiums would be lower than currently. It said premiums for some people would be lower than they would have been without the bill. Premiums for others would be higher.” (Associated Press, 3/24/10)
• For young adults, there’s a hitch in health-care law. “At the White House, Obama repeated the promise he made to a cheering crowd at Arcadia University in Glenside two weeks ago. ‘This year,’ Obama said yesterday, ‘young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ policies until they’re 26 years old.’… the president’s promise may be premature. The bill Obama signed leaves a giant loophole…The law exempts current insurance policies from having to include coverage for the young adults.” (Philadelphia Enquirer, 3/24/10)
The federal government is famous for its inefficiency, and Americans are outraged that Democrats would hand something as personal as their health care over to Washington bureaucrats. Only a day into the government takeover of health care, this outrage is already looking well deserved. It’s only a matter of time before more and more of these unintended – and sometimes intended – problems will materialize. That’s why Republicans will fight to repeal the government takeover of health care and replace it with common sense reforms that lower costs and leave health care control where it belongs – with Americans and their doctors.
One of the funniest unintended consequences (and one of the consequences that could really spell trouble for the Obama administration), however, I’m hearing about from a personal friend. With any luck, he’ll be writing something for AR about his experiences, but for the sake of expediency, here’s a recap of our conversation yesterday:
“So, I’m headed to work a little later,” said my friend, Mike, an EMT who works part time in an Emergency Room at a hospital here in Philadelphia, “but I just got off the phone with one of the nurses down there, and she told me something that you’re going to get a kick out of.”
“Oh yeah? What’s that?”
“Well,” Mike said, “it seems as though she and other nurses have seen an influx of patients who, after getting treatment, are expecting the hospital or the government or someone else to pick up the bill because Obama passed health care reform.”
“No way,” I said.
“No kidding,” Mike said. “Here it is, only a day after the bill is signed, and there are people asking things like ‘so, does the Department of Human Services handle this now?’ and ‘so, do you guys just take care of the paperwork?’ and other stuff like that. The ink isn’t even dry, and these people expect their free stuff.”
And it’s true. And I’m not surprised in the slightest.