Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare
by Scott Kaufman
July 11, 2012

The House of Representatives has voted to repeal President Obama’s health care law by a vote of 244 to 185, mostly along party lines. House Republicans were joined by five Democrats. The vote marks the thirty-first time Republicans have voted on the health care law, with 29 votes to defund and one previous vote for repeal. However, Republicans lack enough votes in the Senate for repeal and the vote is seen largely as symbolic.

Debate leading up to Wednesday’s vote on Eric Cantor’s “Repeal of Obamacare Act,” the full repeal of President Obama’s health care reform law, was viewed by Republicans as an opportunity to put their opposition to the law on the record.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said, speaking of the Supreme Court’s ruling, “Obamacare is now the official law of the land,” but Rep. Sessions went on to say that “there is something this body can do to reverse the course and to prevent the job destroying aspects of this bill from taking effect, a complete repeal of the bill, we need to repeal Obamacare today.”

Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) said it was “clear the American people know what our Democratic leaders still to this day don’t want to admit.” Rep. Nugent claimed “Obamacare eliminates millions of American jobs; it cuts hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and puts in place 21 tax hikes, going to cost the American people more than 800 billion dollars over the next ten years,” but, “only pays for six years of coverage.” Nugent then went further to say, “what a scam.”

'Twilight' Zone
by Michael Walsh
July 12, 2012

This horror story by James Pethokoukis ought to scare the living daylights out of you and anyone else who cares about the future of the country soon to be formerly known as the United States of America:

The original purpose of Medicaid was to provide improved healthcare access for poor people, while not turning the safety net into a trap. Under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, Medicaid will be greatly expanded beyond what Congress originally intended.

In fact, as these bullets show, it has already expanded beyond what Congress surely originally envisioned and, in the process, has created a terrible fiscal problem for the United States. (These charts and graphics come from a briefing today here at AEI, conducted by Gary Alexander, secretary of public welfare for Pennsylvania.)

A few scary factoids:
  • In the 1960s, there were 18 workers per Medicaid recipient. Today that number is 2.5.
  • The number of Americans on disability has risen 19% faster than jobs created during this recovery.
  • There are just 1.2 private sector workers per 1 person on welfare or working for government.
  • There are now just 1.65 employed persons in private sector per 1 person on welfare assistance.



Now think about this: what happens to a nation when the Party of Take becomes bigger than the Party of Give?

And that’s just Medicaid. Medicare and Social Security are even worse; in fact, their trustees flatly say their trust funds will be exhausted in just a few years — Medicare by 2016, according to one estimate that factors in the double-counting under the deceitful ObamaTax. The national debt will soon be at 100 percent of GDP. And then what?

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