The Pryor Times

December 12, 2013

Not so fast on Obamacare fix!

PRYOR, OK — The Administration announced it will kick off a diversionary tactic to try and turn our attention away from the ever-unfolding flaws in Obamacare. Emphasizing different themes each day until December 23, this smoke and mirrors approach is further evidence that if a law needs all of this effort to remind people why it was forced upon them, there might be a problem with that law.

With skyrocketing premiums, delays, broken promises of being able to keep your current health plan if you like it, and now questions on website security, there will be no happy ending for Obamacare.

A November Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll on the favorability of Obamacare showed only 33 percent of respondents reported a favorable view of the government-run program. Forty-three percent of the poll respondents said they believe the law will leave the country worse off.

The dysfunctional website has cost nearly $1 billion. While improvements were made for website users on the front-end, problems with the website accurately delivering an enrollee’s information to insurance companies persist. The Washington Post reported as many as one-third of the site’s transmissions about enrollees is arriving to insurers with errors in the data - putting people in a strange position of not having the insurance that they thought had signed up for.

Now the Administration wants to spend even more taxpayer dollars to offer insurance companies an “incentive” for keeping those insurance policies that were cancelled starting next year despite the President’s promises.

Starting next year, the backbone of America’s economy will take a hit from a tax designed to help fund this unsustainable bureaucracy.

The Obamacare annual “fee” is levied on health-insurance companies and expected to bring in $8 billion next year, reaching $14.3 billion by 2018. It is aptly called the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explained how the new tax will actually be paid for by small businesses and other consumers like the self-employed who purchase their own health insurance policies in the market because the fee will be passed through to consumers in the form of higher premiums for private coverage.

I have repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare and am a co-sponsor of H.R. 763, legislation to eliminate the HIT. As a business owner and private sector job creator, I know that more costs passed on to small businesses will be absorbed by not expanding, not hiring, not giving raises, reducing employee hours or even cutting jobs.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses calls the tax, “One of the largest single assessments ever aimed at Main Street, the tax will fall on 12 million workers and self-employed entrepreneurs who purchase their own insurance as individuals, as well as 26 million more workers whose small employers pay their medical benefits.”

The President and his supporters in Congress told us they had to pass Obamacare in order to see what was actually in it. Americans are finally getting a look at how bad it really is, and will be able to see through the haze of the upcoming Obamacare publicity stunts.