CBO Report Exposes Massive Cost Increases In Obama Care For Middle Class And Working Poor

The following was released by the Congression Budget Office. You can read the CBO release here: http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=363 , http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/106xx/doc10618/09-22-Analysis_of_Premiums.pdf 1). The Government will offer diferent plans at different prices- better coverge will cost you more ….. 2). Obama Care will include deductibles and co-payments – they won’t be called copays or deductibles – they are calling that “cost sharing payments” – how cute – “cost sharing” – we all like to share don’t we ….. FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE CBO – The analysis focuses on enrollees who purchase one of the low-cost “silver” plans offered in the exchanges because federal subsidies would be tied to the premiums of those plans. Such a plan would have an actuarial value of 70 percent, which represents the average share of costs for covered benefits that would be paid by the plan. Under the proposal, premiums would vary by geographic area to reflect differences in average spending for health care and would also vary by age, but the table shows the approximate national average of premiums—about $4,700 for single policies and about $14,400 for family policies in 2016. Enrollees could purchase more extensive coverage or a more expensive plan for an additional premium. (NOTE: These are “average” costs based on geographical region – certain areas will pay significantly more) Under the proposal, the maximum share of income that enrollees would have to pay for a low-cost “silver” plan in 2013 would range from 3 percent for those with income equal to the FPL to 13 percent for those with income equal to 300 percent of the FPL. Those with income between 300 percent and 400 percent of the FPL would have the same 13 percent cap. After 2013, those income caps would all be indexed so that the share of the premiums that enrollees paid (in each income band) would be maintained over time. As a result, the income caps would gradually become higher over time; they are estimated to range from 3.2 percent to 13.9 percent in 2016. A family of four, for example, would have to pay premiums of about $1,400 if its income was $30,000 (about 125 percent of the projected FPL in 2016), or $8,300 if its income was $66,000 (or 275 percent of the FPL). Plus deductibles and co-pays. $8,300 – for the “low cost plan”. CBO also estimated the sum of enrollee premiums and average cost-sharing amounts (co-pays & deductibles) for the middle of each income band and the average share of income that such spending would represent. For single enrollees, premiums plus cost-sharing payments would range from about $1,200 for those with income of about $14,700 (8.1% for those with an income of $14,700 – th epoorest in the nation) , to $6,300 for those with income above $34,000 (or 18.5% of that income). For families, premiums plus cost-sharing payments (co-pays and deductibles) would range from about $2,900 for those with income of $30,000, to nearly $20,000 for those with income above $96,000 (or 21% of a family income of 96,000) – for the low cost “silver” plan. A family of 4 with an income of $96,000 is not rich – how can they possible afford a $20,000 premium – for the “low cost” silver plan. http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=363 , http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/106xx/doc10618/09-22-Analysis_of_Premiums.pdf

Victims and Villians – Obama’s Health Care Reform Address To Congress Tonight

Obama will pend 30 minutes speaking to Congress tonight, trying to repackage and sell his stale health care reform plans that have failed to sway the American People.

What will Obama say tonight – Here are the 10 main themes he will relay to Congress and try to sell to the American people .

1).  The Public Option won’t impact the availability of Private Insurance. The President refuses to acknowledge this is simply not so. The Public Option will eventually take over the whole marketplace, which is, after all, exactly what Candidate Obama claimed he wanted in the 1st place. Obama wants “everybody in – nobody out” of Government run health care. He has already said so …..

2). The “Public Option” or Government run health care doesn’t lead to health care rationing. Obama will tell us that claims to the contrary are falsehoods. Despite the fact that every “Single Payor” system in the world rations health care – President Obama will continue to deny that fact. As we now know, contrary to the Presidents previous claim, AARP states it has not endorsed this plan. 

3). That the current proposals don’t call for death panels – despite the fact that the plan, while not calling the panels “death panels” provides for panels to “set the criteria ” for ” health care rationing” and that the proposal does not guarantee that “age” or “disabling condition” won’t be used as the basis of denying care to individuals. While the President is correct, the proposal does not say “and death panels will deny care” the act does say that panels will be established and that those panels will set the criteria for who gets care and when. This is happening in the “Government run” health care plan in Oregon. Watch the interview of the “Chairman” of Oregon’s Death Panel. The legislation may not call them “death pamels” – but that is what the panels hand out – death. Yes, this woman sucumbed to her cancer and no, the State didn’t reverse its position but instead it continued to deny her care.

4). That the Government Run Health Care Program won’t increase our taxes or the National debt – that it pays for itself ……. that reports from the Congressional Budget Office that the plan will cost Trillions is false ……

5).  That the proposal doesn’t shift payments from Medicare and Medicaid – despite the fact that it does exactly that. $500 Billion will be cut from the Medicaid program or nearly $5,000 for every senior in the Country. ($500 Billion divided by 100 Million Seniors is $5,000 per Senior – how can that amount not be noticed).

6). That the proposed “Government Run Health Care” doesn’t pay for the treatment of  illegals – when it does exactly that …… “Are the American Taxpayers expected to be the HMO to the World?”

7). That “Obamacare” doesn’t allow for the use of Federal Tax Funds to pay for abortions …. even though factcheck.org says this,

“The truth is that bills now before Congress don’t require federal money to be used for supporting abortion coverage. So the president is right to that limited extent. But it’s equally true that House and Senate legislation would allow a new “public insurance plan” to cover abortions, despite language added to the House bill that technically forbids using public funds to pay for them. Obama has said in the past that “reproductive services” would be covered by his public plan, so it’s likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that. Low- and moderate-income persons who would choose the “public plan” would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies.”  The President may or may not recycle his “false witness” allegation tonight. http://www.factcheck.org/2009/08/abortion-which-side-is-fabricating/

8). That only special interest groups and Insurance companies are behind opposition to his Health Care Reform ……

9). That Republicans have no alternative – that is right – despite the fact that the Republicans have had 800 amendments rejected by the Democrats – the President will continue to claim that the Republicans have offered no alternatives – 800 rejected amendments including 8 that would have specifically prohibited using Federal Tax Dollars to fund abortions.

Do you believe the White House hasn’t seen this Commercial?

10). The President will also spend time demonizing Republicans, Insurance Companies, Conservatives, The Right Wind and Doctors, demonize anyone who has a different vision.  THE PRESIDENT WILL SAY SOMETHING STRIKINGLY CLOSE TO THIS – “THERE IS NO  TIME FOR ADDITIONAL DELAY- EITHER THE REPUBLICANS JOIN US NOW OR WE WILL ACT WITHOUT THEM”. Ignoring the fact that the American People have spoken out against his plan while knowing full well it is his, Obama’s, party that is blocking meaningful reform. Listen closely, the President is telling the American people that “he knows what is best”.

The Question that will be answered over the next weeks? Will moderate Democrats allow the President to force his extreme changes on the American People without their consent?   

Same old movie, same old rerun – just a new time slot! 

This has been the Obama storyline to date and Obama will be sticking to it tonight.   

Three things you won’t hear tonight:

1). We will embrace the Republican’s suggestion and address tort reform, an idea embraced by the the American People and America’s Doctors.

2). That America’s doctors will be invited to participate in this process and that Obama will pledge to stop demonizing our Doctors as a bunch of greedy individuals who have no interest in our wellfare and are only in medicine to make money by doing unnecesssary surgery and tests. (http://www.takebackmedicine.com/petition , http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Sermo-Announces-10000-US-bw-3617439464.html?x=0&.v=1 ).

More than a bit of exaggeration here,  Medicare pays a surgeon between $740 and $1,140 for a leg amputation. Is the point  “preventaive care” or the fact that Obama doesn’t bother to check his numbers before he makes his claims?  

3). That we will open up competition between the existing 1300 insurance companies and let them compete in every state, that we will cut the administrative costs caused by current government reporting, that we will get the Government out of its current position where it stands between patient and doctor, that what is needed is less Government not more Government.   

Lastly, you will never hear the President explain why his top medical advisor,  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of  Obama’s Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a champion of the movement to deny care to chronically or critically ill patients and let them die, as a legitimate way to reduce medical costs in this Country. The Group in this video is discussing how to organize the so called “death panels” that Obama claims don’t exist.  

The Hastings Center, mentioned  in the Video, to which Ezekiel Emanuel belongs is, according to its own Web Site,  “The Hastings Center, founded in 1969, as an independent, non-profit bioethics research institute based in the United States. It is dedicated to the examination of essential questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment.” “The center’s projects, carried out by interdisciplinary research teams, range from “stem cell politics“, to “globalization” and its impact on health status, to “science in the age of big pharma”. Primary research areas include genetics and biotechnology, health care and health policy, ethics, science, the environment, and international science ethics. The center strives to frame and explore issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy.

“Hastings Center Guidelines on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying” can be read here. http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Research/Detail.aspx?id=1202

 Hasting Center activities on “Designing Life” can be read here: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Research/Detail.aspx?id=3276

The Hasting Center On Going to Meet Death: The Art of Dying in the First Part of the Twenty-First Century, can be accessed here: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/HCR/Detail.aspx?id=3728 – another tome on the benefits of assisted suicide.

The Hastings Center on “Enhancing Humans, Controlling Evolution” can be read here: http://www.thehastingscenter.org/Publications/HCR/Detail.aspx?id=3730

The hidden agenda of the President’s Health Care Reform? Read what his advisors write!

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