The latest news on the Health Care Reform Law has just come out, yet another chapter in finding out what is in the Law now that it has been passed. Former Speaker, now just Rep. Nancy Pelosi must be proud.
The news is another revelation, similar in many ways to the loss of food stamps that an estimated 344,000 Americans suffered upon the passage of the Obama Stimulus, where the desire to pass the Health Care Reform exceeded the logical need of politicians to actually read the law. The haste and deals that surrounded the votes on the Health Care Reform have been seen to create multiple problems, necessitating fixes that still need to be worked out.
According to the AP,
“Up to 3 million more people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That’s because, in a major change from today, most of their Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income for determining eligibility. It might be compared to allowing middle-class people to qualify for food stamps.”
Imagine that. 3 million people that could make up to 4x the poverty level may be allowed to get Medicaid, adding to the burden of taxpayers and States. People that were never intended to receive this benefit, and normally have the wherewithall to not need it. That’s on top of the 16 to 20 million new people that will be added to Medicaid by the Health Care Reform.
Medicaid is paid for, roughly by 60%, by the Federal Government. Which means taxes. Which means money that has already been spent by trillions.
Former Utah governor Mike Leavitt may have said it best
“The fact that this is being discovered now tells you, what else is baked into this law?”
Indeed, what else is in the Health Care Reform? What is the next thing that will be noticed? What new problem, or loophole, or impediment to business and individual lives will appear before or after the 2014 deadline for the Health Care Reform start?
We would suggest that Americans ask their politicians that voted for the Health Care Reform, why they voted for this issue. We would suggest that voters demand politicians that voted for the Health Care Reform ask what is in the law and about to affect them, their taxes, and the viability of their State. But we believe that far too many of those politicians are like our Congressman, Rep. Maurice Hinchey.
Rep. Maurice Hinchey, in his re-election bid in 2010, told the members of the Chamber of Commerce he attended several townhall meetings on the Health Care Reform. The conclusion of our fact check determined
“At best we can only say that Rep. Maurice Hinchey was scheduled to attend 1 town hall, and appeared at 1 event that Chris McKenna of the Times Herald-Record did not find to be related to the Health Care Reform debate.”
If the blatant lie (we still await a comment from Rep. Hinchey 8 months later) from Rep. Hinchey is indicative of the concern and validation that politicians that voted for the Health Care Reform have, asking any question is a waste of time.
Still to respond to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her enthusiastic retort to wait and see what the Health Care Reform will bring, we have to say that so far that what we have seen is not worth passing the law. Considering how it was passed and the lack of knowledge among politicians that passed the law, there is little reason to believe that the next surprise will be any better.
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