Action Alert: Defund ObamaCare
Sep 3, 2013
Dear AAPS members and Friends,
The coming ObamaCare train wreck is set to destroy American medicine and the American economy. It's not too late to avert this disaster by immediately defunding and delaying implementation of ObamaCare.
Let your voice be heard TODAY! Add your name to either the physician petition or patient petition below.
Physician Petition: CLICK HERE TO SIGN
My job, duty, and mission is to care for my patients, and Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes it impossible to fully fulfill my obligations.-------------------------
Therefore, as a medical professional I support the full repeal of Obamacare, and I oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.
Patient Petition: CLICK HERE TO SIGN
I rely on the patient physician relationship to serve my best interests, but Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, forces the physician-government relationship to be placed ahead of me in the exam room.-----------------------------
Therefore, as a patient reliant on good medical decision making and a responsive medical market I support the full repeal of Obamacare, and I oppose any bill or budget resolution that provides funding to implement or enforce any part of it.
Additional Background Information:
ObamaCare Chugs Toward Disaster
By Charles Sauer - The Market Institute
Lots of people, including one of its architects Max Baucus, are predicting a train wreck ahead for ObamaCare. But the drivers of the train, Obama and Reid, are determined to steam on. Maybe they even want a train wreck for American medicine and the American economy, to facilitate the endgame of total government takeover.
At the moment, the train is wheezing and coughing as it struggles up a steep grade. It’s full throttle, no brakes, but still behind schedule. More than 50 percent of the mandated deadlines in the law have been missed, notes Avik Roy, based on a previously unknown Congressional Research Service report that he uncovered.
But Roy also writes: “We should make one thing clear. The law isn’t going to ‘collapse unto itself’ or any such thing that conservatives appear to pine for. For every missed deadline or White House waiver, there are nine aspects of Obamacare that are being implemented as we speak.”
Obama is jettisoning some of the weight: the CLASS Act, the extra millions of 1099s, now the employer mandate, the verification of eligibility for subsidies, and requirements to keep health information secure.
Once the train is past the peak, it will all be downhill. Likely right over the cliff. Possibly obvious in retrospect, the signs of a future derailment are often overlooked or denied: the dot.com crash, the housing bubble, the implosion of Anthony Weiner’s comeback campaign, for example.
But many see the derailment ahead, and while they may not be able to keep Obama from crashing the locomotive, they are decoupling themselves from the train.
Employers, for their part, are doing what employers do. They are making decisions that allow them to survive or to expand their businesses, despite the Affordable Care Act. Many employers are moving toward a 30-hour work week for their employees or contemplating dropping insurance altogether. Breaking the link between employment and insurance is not necessarily a bad idea.
The insurance companies, for their part, are doing what insurance companies do. They are providing only products with a profit potential, even if they are non-profits. This has caused some interesting decisions that the Administration, which assumed that businesses would just keep providing a product, no matter what. Anthem Blue Cross, United Health, and Aetna among others have all decided that they won’t participate in some state exchanges because they can’t make a profit. Aetna even pulled out of the exchange in Connecticut—its home state.
It remains to be seen what the young invincibles will do when faced with the sticker shock of premiums.
ObamaCare cannot succeed unless employers, insurers, and individuals buy in. And unless Congress comes up with the funding.
Congress faces a major hurdle at the end of September. On Sep 30, the continuing resolution that is currently providing the authority for the federal government to spend money runs out. Republicans like Senator Cruz are calling for funding only those parts of the government not involved in implementing ObamaCare. Even moderates are now finding ample reasons for at least a partial defunding of Obamacare.
This train has momentum and is scheduled to spend $1.9 trillion over the next ten years. Once it has millions of citizens dependent on the subsidies, there may be no way to contain the damage when the program crashes and burns. The only solution is to immediately defund the implementation of the law and the public relations and advertising campaigns to enroll people, quickly pass a delay of all of its provisions, and then have a long debate about what is causing the real problems in American medicine and how to heal them.
Also don't miss "Obama, the Great Defunder" by AAPS Executive Director, Jane Orient, MD