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The following is a ” Letter To The Editor ” contributed by Barry Momyer.
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Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare
Written by: Barry J. Momyer
Vice Chairman Harrison County Republican Party
Last Thursday the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), stating something we knew, in spite of the President’s denials, that it is a tax and the government has the authority to tax. This new program will cost the taxpayer 1.76 trillion over the next ten years, up $820 billion from the original estimate. We don’t have the money to pay for this monstrous program; our debt is now at $15.8 trillion and climbing without any sign of slowing down. Since this legislation passed there have been companies, unions and states applying for exemption because they couldn’t afford the increased coverage mandated by the government. Spending to Medicare will be cut by $500 billion over the next 10 years. Additional money for ACA funding is expected by cutting fraud to Medicare – really why haven’t they done that already?
The government now has control over approximately one fifth of the economy identified as Healthcare. Now that the cat is out of the bag it makes perfect sense why the IRS is the policing agency for the ACA. Refusal to purchase insurance will be grounds for fines/penalties/imprisonment – just like not paying your taxes. You will have coverage but will you have healthcare? Many physicians are already planning early retirement once this takes effect and there are not enough new doctors to cover the increased participation. In an effort to control costs, the ACA created a panel that will determine a course of treatment based on cost effectiveness rather than the patient centered approach that we now have.
And the biggest affront to our Constitutional liberty is the attack on religious freedom. Institutions will be mandated to provide birth control/abortion coverage with their healthcare policy. The 1st Amendment provides us with freedom of religion and yet they will be forced to purchase something that is against their religious beliefs.
What can we do? Educate ourselves and vote. Then don’t let it end there – our elected officials need to know that we are watching and how we want them to vote. Senator Sherrod Brown voted for Obamacare, he voted against the ban on abortions based solely on the sex of the child, he voted for the bailout, he voted against a resolution that would have stopped the war on coal, and his votes go on, and on. President Obama will veto any repeal of Obamacare and he his quite pleased to have Senator Brown’s votes.
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