Just this past week I was able to attend a local Town Hall meeting where my congressman from Georgia’s 14th District, Rep. Tom Graves (R), was on hand to answer questions from his constituents. The meeting lasted over an hour, and of the thirty or so questions that Representative Graves answered, at least a third of them focused on Obamacare and its repercussions. Several locals who work in the medical industry asked questions and voiced concerns about the upcoming implementation of the law. They know that even broke down and busted Obamacare is still coming, and it could make life very, very hard. The tenor of most of the discussion was, in a word, fearful.
My fellow citizens are scared about what will happen once we are forced to actively engage with Obamacare. The confusion over the legislation is the fault of the Obama administration. So much of Obamacare has been delayed or tossed out that it’s practically impossible to know what parts of the law are still in effect. All of this uncertainty is causing havoc in the insurance market and in the business world by extension.
I wrote recently about just a few cases of Obamacare remorse that will affect thousands of people.
“Hey remember when Obamacare was supposed to be all daisies, rainbows, and unicorns? Yeah… it’s not so much anymore. The University of Virginia and UPS will both be dropping THOUSANDS of spouses from their healthcare coverage. They aren’t the only employers who are sweating the coming Obamacare destruction… a lot of other companies are cutting hours, cutting jobs, and freezing hiring.”
At the Town Hall I attended one man spoke of receiving a letter from his insurance provider letting him know that they would no longer be providing group coverage. In California and other states, insurers are simply leaving – deciding it will be easier and more profitable to simply not operate in certain states.
Remember when the President said this?
“I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage – they like their plan and they value their relationship with their doctor. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
The entire statement was an outrageous lie. What he left out was that millions of Americans would see their companies drop health coverage, thousands of doctors would retire, insurance companies would simply stop operating, and in general there would be havoc in the healthcare industry. The law hasn’t even gone into effect yet, and MILLIONS of people have been forced out of their insurance and lost their doctors!
Well, it seems that the townhall I attended wasn’t the only place where these questions were coming up. Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation has been conducting a series of Obamacare Townhalls and wouldn’t you know it… they’ve been drawing hundreds of people. People who are just as angry at Republicans as they are at Democrats. It seems that most conservative voters think that the Republican Party should be united in defunding Obamacare, and yet we still have Republican legislators like North Carolina Senator Richard Burr who said that defunding Obamacare was, “The dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of.” Mr. Burr should listen to his constituents a little more closely. One member of the crowd at DeMint’s most recent Town Hall in Tampa said, “We don’t want people up in Washington who pay lip service and say, ’I’m opposed to Obamacare, I’m opposed to Obamacare,’ and then vote to fund it.” Exactly.
Obamacare is a disaster of epic proportions, and Republicans should be using every maneuver they can imagine to try and derail this mess. It’s already a terrible mess and a terrible burden… imagine what will happen when it actually goes into effect.
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