Nancy, you told us you had to pass the bill to know what's in it. Now we know and we still don't like it (a majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed). Beginning in 2018 (not that far off, really) the tax on so-called "Cadillac" plans kicks in, $11 billion in the first year, $32 billion four years later (Congressional Budget Office numbers). According to the Pioneer Institute based in Boston over half the state's workers on private plans will be affected. A school teacher enrolled through GIC would pay an additional $20,807 over ten years. A police patrolman would pay an additional $53,907 over ten years. Small business owners would pay an additional $86,905 FOR EACH EMPLOYEE over the same time period. So much for the President's assertion that premiums would DECLINE. Besides the additional cost, Jeffrey Anderson writing in The Weekly Standard points out that the Obamacare legislation delegates defacto lawmaking power to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other unelected federal officials. That's where the decree making it "illegal for anyone in America (with the narrow exception of houses of worship) to freely sell or buy an insurance plan that fails to offer free birth control and sterilization. But this ban is nowhere to be found in the 2,700 pages of the law itself. Rather, it came as a decree from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius." Additionally, Anderson points out millions of Americans with employer-provided health insurance will lose that insurance; millions of current seniors will lose their Medicare Advantage plans (according to the Congressional Budget Office); employers will be incentivized to place their employees into insurance exchanges; and the young will be subsidizing the elderly who in many cases are more affluent. Employers will be dis-incentivized to hire additional workers. The IRS estimates it will take Americans 79 million man hours to comply with Obamacare obligations with over half those hours accruing to small businesses. Obamacare bans new physician-owned hospitals and it promotes cronyism (HHS has already granted 1,200 waivers to politically well-connected labor unions and corporations). Finally, Obamacare forces all Americans to buy federally approved health insurance whether they want it or not. Obamacare is one more reason, and a heck of a big reason at that, to vote for Romney - to ensure repeal of this costly administrative monstrosity of a bill that a majority of Americans never wanted and still don't want and that was rammed through Congress without sufficient study and discussion. Cheers. See ya 'round the campus. Pete Laird Sr. Member, Dover Republican Town Committee Views expressed are my own
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