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Repeal of Obamacare? by grassroothawaii
January 10, 2011, 6:20 pm
Filed under: Health Care, Limited Government

by Frances Nuar

Last Friday the new Republican Congress set into motion their plan to repeal Obamacare, approving the rules to debate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 236-181. Originally scheduling the vote for this coming Wednesday, Congress has delayed the vote indefinitely in light of the Arizona tragedy.

What can we expect to come? Our state representatives will almost surely vote against the repeal, as both Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Rep. Mazie Horono voted against the Health Care Repeal Rule. And to revisit what the bill as it stands means:

“Despite the president’s reassurances, [consumers] are not going to be able to keep their current health insurance, even if they like it. They understand that outside experts now predict that Obamacare will cost at least $2.7 trillion over its first ten years of actual operation, not the $950 billion originally predicted, adding more than $350 billion to the deficit over that period, despite massive new taxes. They’ve seen their insurance premiums skyrocket in response to the law’s new mandates and regulations. Their common sense tells them that imposing the employer mandate will increase the cost of hiring workers and mean fewer jobs at a time when unemployment is still a national crisis. They oppose the unconstitutional individual mandate as an assault on their personal liberty. And they are rightfully concerned over how the law will affect the quality of the care they receive.”

To sum: much less choice, much higher costs.

As the WSJ pointed out the other day, if you believe that a new entitlement will save money, you will believe anything— so much for the “affordable” part of the act. It’s time to return to the principles of individual liberty and the free market–giving power and choice back to the consumer. Here are eight ways to lower the cost of healhcare–all without Obamacare.


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