The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2009 in the midst of a massive controversy. Massive promises were made to push the bill through - you can keep your doctor, you can keep your insurance, health insurance rates would drop like the sea levels did during President Obama's first term. The bill itself was massive - over 2,000 pages long - and part of the ongoing controversy concerned the fact that most legislators who were expected to vote on the bill didn't bother to read it beforehand...but then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
assured us that if we only passed the bill, we would find out what is in it without having to worry about the bothersome controversy surrounding all of the language in the bill that raised Republican hackles.
But it seems that, despite Pelosi's reasoning, we still cannot know what is in the Affordable Care Act. Just the other day, a photo posted to Twitter by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went viral, showing all 20,000 pages of regulations that have been added since the Affordable Care Act was passed ' the stack of regulations stood over seven feet high.
And the best part: none of those 20,000 additional pages of regulations were part of the original Affordable Care Act. Those regulations are a gift to America from the bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services. They have not been read, nor have they been voted on by anyone in Congress, but instead are just one part of the broad new powers given over to HHS as part of the Act.
It's understandable that, for some people, the Affordable Care Act has been a good thing ' some who could not get insurance due to preexisting conditions have been able to now. But one of the main problems with the Affordable Care Act is that it is doomed to fail ' it is not a matter of if
, but of when
. In fact, according to the rubric of promises made in the lead-up to the bill's passage, the Affordable Care Act has already proved itself a failure.
One of the main selling points for the AFA was that it would not add to our deficits,
and would even present a cost-savings to the government. The initial analysis from the Congressional Budget Office showed that the AFA would be deficit-neutral, as scored according to the CBO's standard 10-year rubric. But a deeper look into the AFA showed that this 10-year score was achieved through various accounting shell-games.
After the conclusion of the Supreme Court case regarding the Constitutionality of the AFA's health insurance mandate, the CBO released a revised estimate showing that AFA would cost much, much more than originally estimated.
The big news recently is that President Obama and Speaker Boehner have been saying that we don't have an "immediate debt crisis." The Affordable Care Act goes a long way toward making the debt crisis an immediate reality.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court on Monday March 26, 2012 | Photo: Jacquelyn Martin |
While campaigning for the presidency, President Obama asserted that his plan for health care reform would save families $2500 in annual health insurance premiums.
But individuals, families, and companies across America have seen insurance premiums increase steadily since the bill's passage in 2009...and it only makes sense that we would see prices go up ' no industry anywhere in the world could possibly manage to lower their prices in the face of 20,000 pages of new regulations implemented over the course of four years; just the cost to read, interpret, and implement those regulations would necessarily require drastic price increases.
These are just some of the ways the Affordable Care Act has failed so far.
Most of the original provisions of the Act don't even kick in until January of 2014 ' then, we get to deal with the fines and taxes resulting from the mandate, as well as the exchanges that may or may not be happening in states across the nation. Many companies, realizing the damage these provisions would do, have already cozied up to the Obama administration so they could get exemptions from the mandate provisions'and the administration, which just loves to engage in cronyism, has granted dozens of these exemptions.
It seems that everyone who is in the know and is well-connected enough is doing whatever they can to stay away from the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, everyday Americans - both business owners and workers - are being saddled with a massive boondoggle that is more likely to tear our nation's health care system apart than it is to make anything more affordable. It is vital to our nation's future that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be repealed; whether you're in favor of socialized health care or privatization, ACA is a horrible law and is bad for America.