Obamacare Loopholes Revealed

Posted on May 24, 2013. Filed under: Obamacare, Politics | Tags: , |

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I make a lot of fun of the President and his penchant for travelling the country to campaign for legislation he can’t otherwise get passed through Congress. That’s okay. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get the people involved.

However, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he uses this tactic. It seems to have escaped everyone’s notice that a campaigner is who and what Obama is. It was brought up in 2008, but has since been ignored or unnoticed. His only real experience in politics is that of a community organizer. He knows how to play on emotion, how to rile people up. That’s the job of a community organizer.

However, he has been unable to convince the people that his signature healthcare law is a great and wonderful thing, especially as people start seeing the new hidden taxes and the rate increases.

According to a Fox News poll, 56% of people surveyed want to go back to the pre-Obamacare healthcare system, while only 34% want to maintain the status quo. That’s a pretty wide margin of skepticism.

Fifty three percent of respondents think they will be worse off under the new law, while only half as many, 26%, think they will be better off. Young voters and seniors are the most skeptical. Young people should be, because it is their premiums that will be used to subsidize others.

But there is a new wrinkle that has developed in the run up to full implementation.

Some insurance companies are now offering what they call “skinny” coverage (AKA low-benefit plans) to employers.

What this does is it allows employers to sidestep fines from the IRS, who is now in charge of enforcing Obamacare, by offering plans that only cover certain things.

Hospital stays? Nope.

Surgery? Nope.

X-rays? Nope.

Prenatal care? Nuh-uh.

Emergency room visits? Probably not.

The new plans offer only minimal coverage, meaning that preventative care (with a limited number of doctor visits per year, AKA rationing), and probably generic drugs are covered.

Here’s the kicker. If you work for a large company, you will probably get one of these plans, because it is much cheaper than what large companies are currently paying, and much cheaper than the IRS fines.

Small businesses, however, still have to provide a minimum coverage that larger employers don’t have to, like mental health services. In other words, the whole Obamacare idea is going to be funded, not by larger businesses, but by small business. What a way to screw the people, there, Obama/Pelosi/Reid.

“We wouldn’t have anticipated that there’d be demand for these type of Band-Aid plans in 2014,” the Journal quotes former White House health adviser Robert Kocher. “Our expectation was that employers would offer high-quality insurance.”

Spoken by someone who is obviously ignorant about how business works and the constant search for ways to cut costs and boost profits. For those who believe these businesses are just being greedy, the whole point of owning a business is to make money, grow it and make more money.

It’s the American Dream that has come under attack in the last 50 years.  We are constantly bombarded with how business owners are greedy and evil.

Why are those with that point of view so greedy they want to take other peoples money?

Still, larger businesses that have more cash flow will likely be able to afford premium healthcare plans for employees, and that will give them a competitive advantage in attracting a smarter, better workforce.

Now that it is being implemented, neither the Democrats nor the president will back away from it, for good or ill.

The AARP is still 100% behind the plan. Why? Because they stand to make about $2.8 billion in revenue from Obamacare. This is the organization that is supposed to be looking out for seniors. Instead, they look out for their own pocketbook.

The closer we get to full implementation, the worse it looks. The American public was never sold on it to begin with. We were told that was because we weren’t “educated” about it, and recently HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been soliciting companies for money to help sign people up for Obamacare and educate the public about it.

Some have referred to this as a fourth Obama “scandal”, but I am not going to go down that road at this time.

The government believes that we have not been educated (read: indoctrinated) enough about the law. Those without insurance will benefit greatly, but those with families, the young and seniors will pay the price. Illegal immigrants stand to gain the most, as the current senate immigration bill allows illegals access to Obamacare.

House Democratic leaders are uneasy with the idea of blocking undocumented immigrants from accessing publicly-subsidized care – such as health coverage if they have to be treated in an emergency room. That could have the effect of deporting the immigrants if they can’t afford those expenses, Democrats worry.

Why do Democrats worry about illegals self-deporting? I though the Democrats claimed that the government couldn’t deport everyone, so isn’t self-deportation a cheaper alternative?

Or is it because if they self-deport, they can no longer count on their vote. After being told repeatedly that illegals don’t vote and there is no voter fraud, it seems awfully suspicious that Democrats are worried about illegal aliens self-deporting.

Honestly, I don’t think that Obamacare was ever about bringing healthcare to the poor. I think it was always about the illegal alien vote.

There is so much that is bad in Obamacare that it greatly outweighs the good that is in it, and it has some good ideas in it. The problem is that Congress never read the 2700 page monstrosity, and it is still unknown exactly what is in it; more and more is being discovered every day. How long before more loopholes, like that which allows “skinny” coverage, are discovered?

 

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