I could not see the place from my window where grandma was pushed off the cliff in a wheel chair as part of the ads over the new Affordable Health Care Act.
Nor can I see the Supreme Court building where a confused court upheld the law in a split 5 to 4 vote.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “We have to pass the bill to see what is in it.” Reading it has not cleared up much. The court decision just heated up the battle.
No group of voters will be as impacted by Obamacare as those seniors over 65 and the older you are the more the impact. And most seniors are either not paying attention, totally confused or working with much conflicting information.
Some things are fact but not generally known or understood.
For most individuals, the key is what is happening to the care they now have and what is going to be the cost.
Experience with auto insurance should provide some truths.
First, auto insurance is mandatory and enforced, yet 20 percent of drivers across the country are NOT insured. There may now be fewer than 20 percent currently without some kind of health coverage, including, Medicare, Medicaid, and Chip. That experience with car insurance means forcing every one to have health insurance is not possible, no matter the law.
Second, good drivers pay lots less than drivers with accidents or caught drinking or with poor driving records. The cost depends on the risk factor of the driver. Risk pools with high rates are there for bad drivers.
Obamacare prevents insurance companies from charging more for high risk individuals. The healthy young man will pay the same as the individual with cancer, heart issues or in drug rehab.
That makes it certain insurance rates will go up for healthy individuals. Insurance companies that do not collect enough money to pay the bills of doctors and hospitals will go out of business.
The Congressional Budget Office or CBO, before the act was passed 2 years ago, said Obamacare would cost $900,000 billion
A year later CBO estimated the cost would be $1.8 TRILLION or twice as much.
This year the CBO raised the cost estimate to $2.7 TRILLION and the full program does not go into action until 2014!
Third, auto insurance rates have gone up because getting the car repaired is no longer the primary cost. Lawyers suing for injury and suffering has become the major cost of the auto insurance.
Suing doctors and hospitals is already a major cost of healthcare and would sky rocket with more deep pockets to pay the bill.
Obamacare, the so-called Affordable Healthcare Act, also cuts $500 million per year from Medicare, a program already headed to bankruptcy.
The popular Medicare Advantage program for seniors ends Oct. 2012 putting millions of older individuals in need of supplemental insurance to cover the 20 percent or more not covered by Medicare.
Rates for payments to doctors and hospitals are set to decrease making it more difficult to find a doctor.
Permission for many procedures will depend on age so the older you get, the less likely a hip or knee replacement will be approved.
Much of the law has not yet been given rules and procedures. Unelected boards and staff in Washington will continue to write the rules. That means many more surprises like forcing Catholic hospitals, schools and social services to pay for birth control for employees and violate their Christian beliefs.
No one knows or can know what Obamacare will look like when those Washington bureaucrats get through writing all the regulations for a 2,700 page bill no one read.
It is certain many of the surprises will come long after the Nov. 2012 election.
Why would President Obama force through an expensive universal health care program in the first year of his time in office and leave almost all the program to be started two years AFTER the time when a second term would even begin?
This monster changes America in ways no one can predict and most of the changes come AFTER he leaves office.
If the program is so great and the people are so much in favor of it, why did President Obama not start the program at once rather than after his reelection bid?
Care enough to become an active and informed voter this November.