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Un-universal Universal Healthcare by grassroothawaii
July 16, 2010, 10:37 am
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By Carson Hensarling

Referring to Bill: H.R. 4872 (The Healthcare bill), Nancy Pelosi notable stated back in March that, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”  Well, the bill has been passed, however, the majority of the public still do not know what is in the bill.  To help educate the public, the Cato Institute released a great report on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, entitled Bad Medicine.  The author Mike Tanner focuses on the Act’s certain failures, specifically in regards to individual and employer mandates, aggressive penalties and fees, heavy tax increases and the un-universality of the coverage.  I strongly encourage taking a look at piece

When politicians take a ‘pass first, ask later’ stance, such as Pelosi’s, it begins to scare me.  And do not worry the bill, now the Affordable Care Act, does not disappoint.  It is just as shady and scary as Pelosi made it out to be.   One shady provision is the unprecedented individual mandate, requiring all residents of the United States to purchase/hold health insurance.  This mandate seems like the government is obviously overreaching its power.  Thus, it should be no surprise that The Congressional Research Service has not been able to conclude whether or not it is constitutional.

According to Tanner, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act imposes more than $669 billion in new or increased taxes over the first 10 years.”  With a Healthcare plan as expansive as the Affordable Care Act, increased taxes are expected, but it does make me wonder if this may be too big of a blow for the American people to sustain in the current economic state.  It would make sense that an Act this expansive, mandating tax increases this large would at least accomplish its intended purpose of providing universal healthcare.  However, ACA even fails in this regard.  The Congressional Budget Office predicts that even in the year 2019, the Act will leave us with over 23 million uninsured, with 15-16 million being legal, non-elderly U.S. citizens.           Well now that the bill has been passed, at least we know what’s in it.


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