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Ralph

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Jan 11, 2013
 

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The New York Times (NYT) report is stirring both supporters and detractors of the President’s takeover of America’s healthcare system. From our point of view, what is extraordinary is the Times’ conclusion that calls for even more government control!

Simply stated, The NYT suggests that the double-digit increase in healthcare premiums is because federal regulators do not have enough power to control rates by insurers – although the written code of ObamaCare has over 2,700 pages of regulations, including ponderous guidelines for rates!

This doesn’t even take into consideration the thousands of pages of subsequent regulations that are being enacted by unelected bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Ascertaining that the federal government doesn’t have enough power yet is moving past a socialist viewpoint into full blown, iron-fisted communism!

More reasonable voices weighing in on the debate rightly contend that the rate hikes stem from ObamaCare’s new mandates, which cost the insurers more money – like providing free contraception and abortifacients – and forcing insurers to accept any pre-existing conditions.

The higher cost of these mandates is coupled with the fact that young people, who are the backbone of an insurer’s profit margin, are not buying health insurance.

++The ObamaCare “death spiral” has begun.

In 2014, when the full weight of ObamaCare presses down and as healthcare rates continue to rise, it’s likely that more and more young people – who don’t see themselves as needing health coverage – will likely pay the tax (penalty) instead of purchasing insurance. This will cause costs to spin out of control.
Ralph

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In 2014, when the full weight of ObamaCare presses down and as healthcare rates continue to rise, it’s likely that more and more young people – who don’t see themselves as needing health coverage – will likely pay the tax (penalty) instead of purchasing insurance. This will cause costs to spin out of control.

As Philip Klein, Senior Editorial Writer for the Washington Examiner, reported yesterday…

“Should premiums continue to rise, more and more uninsured Americans are going to choose to pay the penalty rather than purchase expensive insurance. And those who go without insurance are more likely to be the ones who can afford to do so – young and healthy Americans with limited medical expenses.

“Should this occur, insurers would have to raise premiums even more to subsidize the expenses of the sicker beneficiaries they must cover under the law. This, in turn, would cause additional people to forgo insurance and pay the fine. And so on. This is known in the health care policy community as the “death spiral” and it’s one of the biggest threats to the structure of Obamacare.”

The more ObamaCare is unveiled, the less Americans like it – and the more the healthcare industry is traumatized by it.

That’s why Nancy Pelosi said we would have to pass the law to find out what’s in it. It’s being written day-by-day by federal bureaucrats as we go! That’s why the best way of stopping it is in the courts.

If an ObamaCare “death spiral” would take ObamaCare to its knees, I would be all for letting it play out. But the administration clearly intends to write “fixes for fixes for fixes” to keep the new healthcare law’s implementation moving forward. And Obama's ultimate plan is to create a crisis and then have the government rush in and take over the entire healthcare system.

Right now, the greatest hope to shutting ObamaCare down is through the courts, and our lawsuit is the most comprehensive attack on its constitutionality in the judiciary today.

In a matter of weeks, my legal team and I will once again face off against the Attorney General’s hand-picked lawyers at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals – the outcome of which will likely send ObamaCare back to the Supreme Court.
Ralph

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OOOP's they made a mistake, it is going to be more expensive then they thought.
Louise P

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Jan 14, 2013
 
The Republicans "I-just-don't-care" policy for the past 20 years or so means the US has lousy health care. I thank God for ObamaCare.
" U.S. ranked near and at the bottom in almost every heath indicator. That stunned us."
Panelists were surprised at just how consistently Americans ended up at the bottom of the rankings. The United States had the second-highest death rate from the most common form of heart disease, the kind that causes heart attacks, and the second-highest death rate from lung disease, a legacy of high smoking rates in past decades. American adults also have the highest diabetes rates.

Youths fared no better. The United States has the highest infant mortality rate among these countries, and its young people have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and deaths from car crashes. Americans lose more years of life before age 50 to alcohol and drug abuse than people in any of the other countries.

Americans also had the lowest probability over all of surviving to the age of 50. The report’s second chapter details health indicators for youths where the United States ranks near or at the bottom. There are so many that the list takes up four pages. Chronic diseases, including heart disease, also played a role for people under 50.

“We expected to see some bad news and some good news,” Dr. Woolf said.“But the U.S. ranked near and at the bottom in almost every heath indicator. That stunned us.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/health/amer...
Ralph

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That's not true, compared to other nations the U.S. was far ahead on health care unless you count the one million two hundred thousand aborted babies from last year. Now we have more folks living below the poverty level.
Ralph

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A hospital in PA. is closing down the baby delivery business because of Obama care, just another thank you Obama.
Gorky

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Jan 17, 2013
 
Ralph wrote:
That's not true, compared to other nations the U.S. was far ahead on health care unless you count the one million two hundred thousand aborted babies from last year. Now we have more folks living below the poverty level.
We are rated as number 37 in health care, after Costa Rico, according to The World Health Organization.
http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.h...

We are ranked 24th in life expectancy.
http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthy_life_...
millie

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Jan 17, 2013
 
Louise P wrote:
The Republicans "I-just-don't-care" policy for the past 20 years or so means the US has lousy health care. I thank God for ObamaCare.
" U.S. ranked near and at the bottom in almost every heath indicator. That stunned us."
Panelists were surprised at just how consistently Americans ended up at the bottom of the rankings. The United States had the second-highest death rate from the most common form of heart disease, the kind that causes heart attacks, and the second-highest death rate from lung disease, a legacy of high smoking rates in past decades. American adults also have the highest diabetes rates.
Youths fared no better. The United States has the highest infant mortality rate among these countries, and its young people have the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and deaths from car crashes. Americans lose more years of life before age 50 to alcohol and drug abuse than people in any of the other countries.
Americans also had the lowest probability over all of surviving to the age of 50. The report’s second chapter details health indicators for youths where the United States ranks near or at the bottom. There are so many that the list takes up four pages. Chronic diseases, including heart disease, also played a role for people under 50.
“We expected to see some bad news and some good news,” Dr. Woolf said.“But the U.S. ranked near and at the bottom in almost every heath indicator. That stunned us.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/10/health/amer...
high infant mortality increases when the mother's age is under 18
we have many pregnant 12 & 14 year olds and an increased rate of infant mortality - just like 3rd world countries

It has nothing to do woth repubs - it has everything to do with parents teaching their 12 YO's to not have sex
Ralph

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Jan 17, 2013
 
How would the welfare folks get the money to by the new car?
Not on My Watch

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Jan 17, 2013
 
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How would the welfare folks get the money to by the new car?
another comment that we will file under

WTF?
Gorky

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Jan 17, 2013
 
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How would the welfare folks get the money to by the new car?
Just pretend like you did in post #6
Ralph

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Jan 17, 2013
 
Number seven kid says "I am the new car baby !' Number Six says 'I am the new wide screen T.V. baby!'
Ralph

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Jan 19, 2013
 
The latest report from the government on Obama care is it will destroy the United States economy.
Mel Renfro

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I am glad Ralph gets up early on Saturday. wish he would go do some charity work instead of drivel on Topix
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Jan 19, 2013
 
obviously he wouldn't run into you while doing charity work. that's motivating. cause your here on Topix criticizing people.
Ralph

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I thought I saw high rolls when I was passing out blankets to the helpless last night, poor thing can't stay on topic.

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