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Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?

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Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, stated the following in his Sep. 22, 2010 article, "Health Reform's Benefits Arrive," published in the Baltimore Sun:
"The new law will guarantee millions of Americans access to quality, affordable care regardless of health status; decrease rates of the nation's leading chronic diseases; control soaring health spending; and strengthen our battered public health infrastructure...
 
Health reform and its historic investment in prevention will help us achieve the promise we made to give our children a higher quality of life than we have. There are those in public life today who would seek to undo these historic reforms, or at least delay their implementation. But we can't delay, and we can't turn our backs on the tens of millions of people in this country who will live longer, healthier lives because of health reform."

Sep. 22, 2010 - Georges C. Benjamin, MD 

Michael R. McGarvey, MD, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, stated the following in his Sep. 23, 2010 article "Health-Care Reform Is Making a Difference," published in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"Six months ago today, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious and far-reaching reform of the health-care system in 45 years. In the months since that historic accomplishment, the public has been subjected to a relentless barrage of know-nothing, self-interested negativism from politicians and interest groups funded by the insurance industry, and the polls show voters are taking it seriously.

In the run-up to the reform vote, House Minority Leader John Boehner repeatedly crowed that the U.S. health-care system is 'the best in the world.' That is simply false. On every measure used to assess the effectiveness of health-care systems, the United States is outranked by more than 30 other nations. The first step to improvement is to recognize the problems.

I am a physician, and I spent 16 years of my career in and around the health-insurance industry, and I think the health-reform law is a huge step in the right direction...

The current clamor for repeal is a fool's mission.  Let's hope such talk dies a natural death as the benefits of the law become more concrete, begining today."

Sep. 23, 2010 - Michael R. McGarvey, MD 

Barack H. Obama, JD, 44th President of the United States, stated during his Mar. 23, 2010 "Remarks by the President and Vice President at Signing of the Health Insurance Reform Bill," available at www.whitehouse.gov:
"Today, after almost a century of trying... health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America...

This year, tens of thousands of uninsured Americans with preexisting conditions, the parents of children who have a preexisting condition, will finally be able to purchase the coverage they need...

This year, insurance companies will no longer be able to drop people’s coverage when they get sick. They won’t be able to place lifetime limits or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care they can receive.

This year, all new insurance plans will be required to offer free preventive care. And this year, young adults will be able to stay on their parents’ policies until they’re 26 years old. That happens this year...

Once this reform is implemented, health insurance exchanges will be created, a competitive marketplace where uninsured people and small businesses will finally be able to purchase affordable, quality insurance...

I’m signing this bill for all the leaders who took up this cause through the generations - from Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt, from Harry Truman, to Lyndon Johnson."


Mar. 23, 2010 - Barack H. Obama, JD 

Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives (D-CA), stated in an Apr. 27, 2010 speech to American Hospital Association titled "Pelosi to American Hospital Association: 'In Backing Health Reform, You Stood Up for the Well-Being of All Americans,'" available at www.speaker.gov:
"In passing this legislation, we made history for our country and progress for the American people. Others before us gave our nation Social Security and Medicare. This year, we added health care for all Americans...

This bill marks a giant leap forward for access and affordability. It will truly lead – as demanded in the vision of the AHA – to ‘healthier communities’ and enable millions more Americans to reach their ‘highest potential for health...

After a century-long struggle, health care reform is a reality for our nation."


Apr. 27, 2010 - Nancy Pelosi 

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) stated in its Mar. 29, 2010 "AAFP Letter Regarding Support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," available at www.aafp.org:
"Much has been written about the new law’s expansion of health insurance coverage to approximately 32 million of the uninsured. We commend Congress for responding to this critical deficit in our current health insurance system and also appreciate the many necessary reforms that the legislation makes to health insurance practices, like discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, imposition of coverage limits, and rescission of coverage because of sickness.

The law also benefits those with insurance by helping refocus the health care system on preventive health, chronic disease management and primary care. For example, for five years, the law will provide eligible primary care physicians with a 10-percent bonus payment for the primary care services that they deliver to Medicare patients. In addition, for two years, it will provide funding to states to make sure Medicaid payments to primary care physicians are on par at least with Medicare payments for the same services...

We have many suggestions for improvements to this large and complex law, but overall the legislation is a historic accomplishment that will improve the quality of health care in this nation and will invest in a system eventually based on primary care."


Mar. 29, 2010 - American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 

The New York Times stated in a Mar. 22, 2010 editorial "Health Care Reform at Last," available at www.nytimes.com:
"The [health care reform] bill... represents a national commitment to reform the worst elements of the current system. It will provide coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans, prevent the worst insurance company abuses, and begin to wrestle with relentlessly rising costs - while slightly reducing future deficits...

Over time the reforms could bring about sweeping changes in the way medical care is delivered and paid for. They could ultimately rival Social Security and Medicare in historic importance.

The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that does not provide or guarantee health care coverage for virtually all of its citizens. It is a moral obligation to end this indefensible neglect of hard-working Americans. The bill does not quite reach full universality, but by 2019, fully 94 to 95 percent of American citizens and legal residents below Medicare age will have coverage. The bill achieves that by requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance, providing subsidies to help the middle classes buy policies on new competitive exchanges, and expanding Medicaid coverage of the poor to include childless adults and others not currently eligible...

Just as Social Security grew from a modest start in 1935 to become a bedrock of the nation's retirement system, this is a start on health care reform, not the end."


Mar. 22, 2010 - New York Times 

The American Association of Retired People (AARP) stated in a Mar. 19, 2010 press release by Bonnie M. Cramer, available at www.aarp.org:
"After a thorough analysis of the reform package, we believe this legislation brings us so much closer to helping millions of older Americans get quality, affordable health care. For too long, our members and others have faced spiraling prescription drug costs, discriminatory practices by insurance companies and a Medicare system awash in fraud, waste and abuse...

For every American who has struggled without access to health insurance—and for all those at risk of losing their current coverage with the next job loss, illness or premium hike—this package presents the best hope to offer health security for them and their families. We understand that significant work remains even after this package becomes law, but we cannot lose the opportunity looking for a ‘next time’ that is doomed to be ‘too late.’"


Mar. 19, 2010 - AARP 

Kathleen Sebelius, MPA, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, stated in her speech "Health Reform and You: How the New Law Will Increase Your Health Security" delivered at the National Press Club on Apr. 5, 2010, available on www.hhs.gov:

"Now, I want to be clear: the Affordable Care Act is not a magic pill that will cure all the problems in our health care system. It will take time for all the benefits to kick in. And if you look at the history of major social legislation, you see that there are always revisions and adjustments along the way.

But this law is the biggest expansion in health care coverage since Medicare; the biggest middle class tax cut for health care in American history; the most aggressive health care cost-cutting law we’ve ever had; and the most ambitious health care innovation legislation I've ever seen, all rolled into one.

The more Americans learn about this legislation, the more they'll like it...

We have a great law. Now, we have to carry it out effectively."


Apr. 5, 2010 - Kathleen Sebelius, MPA 

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated on its web page titled "About," available at healthreform.gov (accessed June 25, 2010):

"The passage of health insurance reform legislation represents a historic victory for the American people – a victory over the special interests that have fought for decades to prevent families and businesses from having control over their health care or the health care of their workers. The legislation will:

Rein in the worst excesses and abuses of the insurance industry with some of the toughest consumer protections this country has ever known.

- Hold insurance companies accountable to keep premiums down and prevent denials of care and coverage, including for pre-existing conditions.

- Make health insurance affordable for middle class families and small businesses with one of largest tax cuts for health care in history – reducing premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

- Provide the security of knowing that if you lose your job, change your job, or start that new business, you’ll always be able to purchase quality, affordable care in a new competitive health insurance market that keeps costs down.

- Strengthen Medicare benefits with lower prescription drug costs for those in the ‘donut hole,’ chronic care, free preventive care, and nearly a decade more of solvency for Medicare.

- Improve our nation’s fiscal health by reducing our deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade, and more than $1 trillion in the decade after that." 


June 25, 2010 - US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 

Paul N. Van de Water, PhD, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), et al., wrote in a Mar. 19, 2010 article ,"Health Reform Package Represents Historic Chance to Expand Coverage, Improve Insurance Markets, Slow Cost Growth, and Reduce Deficits," available at www.cbpp.org:

"The health reform legislation now before Congress represents a historic opportunity to make significant progress in three critical areas: expanding the availability and affordability of health coverage, instituting much-needed improvements to the flawed health insurance marketplace, and taking steps to slow the relentless growth in health care costs.

Not only would this legislation produce the greatest gains in health coverage since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid 45 years ago and provide stability and security for tens of millions of Americans who now have health insurance, but its costs are also fully offset; the legislation would reduce budget deficits by $138 billion over ten years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). CBO estimates that the legislation would continue to reduce deficits in years after 2019, to a greater extent than under the Senate-passed bill by itself.

The Senate health reform legislation and the limited, but significant, improvements made to it in the accompanying reconciliation bill may represent the last hope, perhaps for many years to come, to enact comprehensive health reform legislation."


Mar. 19, 2010 - Paul N. Van de Water, PhD 

The Center for American Progress (CAP), stated in its June 28, 2010 article "Ensuring Health Care Reform Success," available at www.americanprogress.org:
"This year’s passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has ushered in a historic change in the way our nation’s health care works. The bill will allow 47 million currently uninsured Americans to enter into the health care system, and prevent health insurers from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions—major steps toward creating a fairer, higher-quality, and lower-cost system...

The passage of health reform was a major victory for American consumers. Yet all sides of the health care system will need to work together in order to make sure that these consumers are delivered the increase in quality of care along with the decrease in costs that they have been promised."


June 28, 2010 - Center for American Progress (CAP) 

Maggie Mahar, PhD, Fellow at the Century Foundation, stated in her Mar. 21, 2010 article "Day of Decision: The Final Countdown," available at www.politico.com:
"At last, Congress is about to take the first step toward transforming what we euphemistically call our health care 'system.' In the years ahead, the laissez-faire chaos that puts profits ahead of people will be regulated, with an eye to providing affordable, evidence-based, patient-centered care for all.

Today’s vote will represent the beginning of a process - and there will be no turning back. Conservatives will rail on about repeal. They'll scream 'unconstitutional' until they are hoarse. But this is major legislation, like Social Security or Medicare, and it will not be overturned. It's worth nothing that when Social Security was making its way through Congress, some insisted that it was unconstitutional to think about letting government go into the insurance business. Then, as now, the naysayers had no legal ground for their claims."


Mar. 21, 2010 - Maggie Mahar, PhD 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) stated in its Mar. 21, 2010 article "AAMC Hails Final Passage of Reform Legislation," available at www.aamc.org:
"Today we have taken the first step towards truly transforming health care in this country. This historic vote by the House of Representatives sets into motion long-overdue efforts to cover 32 million uninsured Americans and to assure their access to high-quality care. The nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals have expressed their full support for this bill to President Obama, and now stand ready to work with the administration and Congress to implement these significant changes to our health care delivery system...

Putting these health care reforms into practice will not be easy, but the AAMC and its members strongly believe that our nation needs to take this difficult first step towards meaningful reform. We are proud to be a part of this historic effort to reshape the future of health care."


Mar. 21, 2010 - Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 

Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD, James Madison Professor of Political Economy at Princeton University, wrote in his Jan. 20, 2010, "A Good Start," published in the Wall Street Journal:
"In the bill now working its way through Congress, an estimated 30 million or so lower-income, otherwise uninsured Americans are expected to gain adequate coverage with the aid of between $800 billion and $1 trillion in federal subsidies over the next decade.

That may appear a staggering sum, until one realizes that it is only about 3% or so of the $35 trillion or so now projected by actuaries to be spent on U.S. health care in the coming decade, even in the absence of reform.

The bill in its current state lays important foundations for obtaining better value for our health-care dollar—more research into cost-effective care, a move away from piece-rate (fee-for-service) payment of doctors and hospitals and toward bundled payments for entire medical treatments, and perhaps an independent Medicare Commission with power to control Medicare spending."


Jan. 20, 2010 - Uwe E. Reinhardt, PhD 

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) stated in a Mar. 2010 position paper titled "Seniors and Health Care Reform: Separating Truth from Fiction – How Reform Will Strengthen Medicare and Expand Benefits for Seniors," available at ncpssm.org:

"For the first time in history, the promise of universal health insurance that began with the creation of Medicare in 1965 will expand beyond seniors and the disabled to include all Americans. At the same time, Medicare will become stronger and more affordable for both seniors and the federal government. Seniors will enjoy expanded benefits and better medical care. And a health care system driven by insurance companies and their need for greater profits will truly become one where patients and their doctors can make the best informed decisions about their health care needs...

As with any legislation, the health reform bill is not perfect. But it is an important beginning toward making health insurance more affordable while improving the quality of care Americans receive..."


Mar. 2010 - National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) 

Gary Locke, JD, US Secretary of Commerce, wrote in his Apr. 1, 2010 opinion article "Dont Believe the Writedown Hype," published by the Wall Street Journal:
"President Obama began his campaign to reform the American health-care system focused on three goals: protecting Americans' choice of doctors and health plans, assuring quality and affordable health care for all Americans, and reducing costs for families and businesses.

The new comprehensive health-care legislation meets these goals, and will significantly benefit American businesses by slowing and eventually reversing the tide of crippling premium increases washing over our nation's employers.

These cost savings are real. They will grow over time. And they will make U.S. businesses more competitive."


Apr. 1, 2010 - Gary Locke, JD 

Stephanie Cutter, JD, Assistant to US President for Special Projects, wrote in a June 14, 2010 article, "A New Health Care Survey and the Affordable Care Act," available at www.whitehouse.gov:
"The Affordable Care Act is less than three months old, but it is well on the way to making the health care system better for all of us. The President has directed his implementation team to extend coverage to young adults early, and most insurance companies are already extending coverage. Small businesses are already taking advantage of the small business tax credit, the first round of $250 rebate checks to seniors who have hit the prescription drug donut hole have been mailed, and the employee retiree reinsurance program has been implemented before the law requires. In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to implement the law carefully to help make health care affordable and accessible for all Americans and give Americans more control over their own care."

June 14, 2010 - Stephanie Cutter, JD 

The Democratic Policy Committee (DPC), wrote in its June 10, 2010 article "Summary of Health Care and Revenue Provisions," available at www.dpc.senate.gov:

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and significantly reduce long-term health care costs. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has determined that these bills will provide coverage to 32 million Americans while lowering health care costs over the long term. This historic legislation will reduce the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years, with $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction in the following decade."


June 10, 2010 - Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) 

John Boehner, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, stated the following in a Jan. 19, 2011 press release "ObamaCare 'Will Increase Spending, Increase Taxes, & Destroy Jobs in America,'" available at www.speaker.gov:

"Over the last two years the American people have been discussing the issue of health care.  And the number one concern for the American people is the cost of health care – and yet what we see with ObamaCare is an increase in costs to the American people.  We’ve listened to the American people through our America Speaking Out project.  We came out with our Pledge to America  and our pledge was to repeal ObamaCare.  Why?  Because it’s going to increase spending, increase taxes and destroy jobs in America...

Yesterday, 200 economists came out with a report outlining how this will destroy jobs and increase costs.  I just think it’s time to listen to the American people and to do this the right way...

The Congress can do better in terms of replacing ObamaCare with commonsense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance and expand access for more Americans.”


Jan. 19, 2011 - John Boehner 

A group of 200 economists, including current and former officials at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), stated the following in a Jan. 18, 2011 letter to House Speaker Boehner, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Senate Minority Leader McConnell, available at americanactionforum.org:

"To promote job growth and help to restore the federal government to fiscal balance, we, the undersigned, feel that it would be beneficial to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). Too many Americans remain unemployed and the United States faces a daunting budgetary outlook. We believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a threat to U.S. businesses and will place a crushing debt burden on future generations of Americans...

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains expensive mandates and penalties that create major barriers to stronger job growth... The law also levies roughly $500 billion in new taxes that will enter the supply chain for medical services, raising the cost of medical services... these medical costs will translate to higher insurance premiums, further increasing the cost of operating a business in the United States...

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not constitute real health care reform... Congress should start with a clean sheet of paper and adopt initiatives that would encourage providers to offer higher-quality care at lower costs; reduce the cost pressures that threaten to bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid; and give every American access to more options for quality insurance."


Jan. 18, 2011 - Jan. 18, 2011 letter to House Speaker Boehner, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Senate Minority Leader McConnell (404KB)  

Ron Paul, MD, US Representative (R-TX), stated in his Mar. 22, 2010 article "Texas Straight Talk: Health Care Reform Passes," available at www.house.gov:

"[C]ongress finally cast a historic vote on healthcare late Sunday evening. It was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it...

[T]he most troubling aspect of this bill is that it is so blatantly unconstitutional and contrary to the ideals of liberty. Nowhere in the constitution is there anything approaching authority for the Federal government to do any of this. The founders would have been horrified at the idea of government forcing citizens to become consumers of a particular product from certain government approved companies."


Mar. 22, 2010 - Ron Paul, MD 

Physicians for a National Health Plan (PHNP), stated in their Mar. 22, 2010 press release "Pro-Single-Payer Doctors: Health Bill Leaves 23 Million Uninsured," available at www.pnhp.org:

"As much as we would like to join the celebration of the House's passage of the health bill last night, in good conscience we cannot. We take no comfort in seeing aspirin dispensed for the treatment of cancer.

Instead of eliminating the root of the problem - the profit-driven, private health insurance industry - this costly new legislation will enrich and further entrench these firms. The bill would require millions of Americans to buy private insurers' defective products, and turn over to them vast amounts of public money.

The hype surrounding the new health bill is belied by the facts...

[T]he Congress and the Obama administration have saddled Americans with an expensive package of onerous individual mandates, new taxes on workers' health plans, countless sweetheart deals with the insurers and Big Pharma, and a perpetuation of the fragmented, dysfunctional, and unsustainable system that is taking such a heavy toll on our health and economy today.

This bill's passage reflects political considerations, not sound health policy. As physicians, we cannot accept this inversion of priorities. We seek evidence-based remedies that will truly help our patients, not placebos."


Mar. 22, 2010 - Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) 

The Wall Street Journal stated in a Nov. 1, 2009 editorial "The Worst Bill Ever," available at online.wsj.com:
"The health bill... which President Obama hailed as a 'critical milestone,' may well be the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced...

[T]he bill creates a new and probably unrepealable middle-class entitlement that is designed to expand over time. Taxes will need to rise precipitously, even as ObamaCare so dramatically expands government control of health care that eventually all medicine will be rationed via politics...

The goal is to ram through whatever income-redistribution scheme they can claim to be 'universal coverage.' The result will be destructive on every level - for the health-care system, for the country's fiscal condition, and ultimately for American freedom and prosperity...

As Congress's balance sheet drowns in trillions of dollars in new obligations, the political system will have no choice but to start making cost-minded decisions about which treatments patients are allowed to receive. Democrats can't regulate their way out of the reality that we live in a world of finite resources and infinite wants. Once health care is nationalized, or mostly nationalized, medical rationing is inevitable."


Nov. 1, 2009 - Wall Street Journal 

Sarah Palin, former Governor of Alaska, stated in a Nov. 7, 2009 article "The Pelosi Bill Was Rammed Through on Saturday, But Sunday's Coming," available on the Sarah Palin Facebook page:
"We've got to hold on to hope, and we've got to fight hard because Congressional action tonight just put America on a path toward an unrecognizable country.

The same government leaders that got us into the mortgage business and the car business are now getting us into the health care business.

Despite Americans' decisive message last Tuesday that they reject the troubling path this country has been taking, Speaker Pelosi has broken her own promises of transparency to ram a health 'care' bill through the House of Representatives just before midnight. Why did she push the 2,000 page bill this weekend? Was she perhaps afraid to give her peers and the constituents for whom she works the chance to actually read this monstrous bill carefully, if at all? Was she concerned that Americans might really digest the details of a bill that the Wall Street Journal has called 'the worst piece of post-New Deal legislation ever introduced?'

This out-of-control bureaucratic mess will be disastrous for our economy, our small businesses, and our personal liberty. It will slam businesses at a time when we are at double-digit unemployment rates – the highest we've seen in a quarter of a century. This massive new bureaucracy will cost us and our children money we don't have. It will rob Americans of more of our freedom and further hamper the free market.

Make no mistake: we're on course to have government commandeer one-sixth of our economy. The people who gave us Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now want to run our health care. Think about that."


Nov. 7, 2009 - Sarah Palin 

Michelle Bachmann, JD, LLM, US Representative (R-MN), stated in her Mar. 19, 2010 article, "Politico: Obamacare Threatens America's Future," available at www.bachmann.house.gov:

"Most people today believe they have a better life than previous generations. But they are worried that their kids will be worse off. It is our children and our children’s children who have the most to lose under Obamacare.

If this bill passes, health care will cost far more than it does now, or ever did in the past. It will be more expensive for individuals and more expensive for businesses — and it will provide less service.

For centuries, the American dream has been to work hard, enjoy a high quality of life and pass on a better tomorrow to your children. Right now we are at a crossroads, and the future of the American dream is in doubt.

We can take this country on a path where entrepreneurship and investment flourish; where market-driven health care will provide more coverage to more Americans at a lower cost, and where new jobs that pay well are created by the private sector.

Or we can follow the path of more government that gives Washington more control over our lives. Obamacare is just the first step down this road.

As you read this, the fate of Obamacare hangs in the balance. We must do all we can to kill this bill in the next two days.

Keep those calls to Congress coming, and do all you can to stop this monstrosity. The future of America depends on what we can do in the next 48 hours to kill this bill."


Mar. 19, 2010 - Michelle Bachmann, JD, LLM 

Quentin Young, MD, National Coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), stated in an Aug. 11, 2010 email to ProCon.org:
"[T]he new legislation enhances the central role of private, for-profit corporations in our health system.

In fact, by forcing thousands of businesses and millions of individuals to buy health insurance from private corporations, and by subsidizing the purchase of this (often shoddy and inadequate) coverage, the new law is throwing an economic lifeline to a decidedly market-based model of financing care – one that puts profit maximization above the nation's health.

The new legislation was decisively shaped by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. These firms lavished hundreds of millions of dollars on Congress in the form of lobbying and campaign contributions over the past several years to make sure their profit-making enterprises were protected under any reform...

Even if the new law works as planned, at least 23 million people will remain uninsured in 2019, and tens of thousands will continue to suffer and die unnecessarily each year from inadequate access to care. Health care costs will continue to rise, and families will continue to face intolerable financial burdens from medical expenses."


Aug. 11, 2010 - Quentin Young, MD 

Newt Gingrich, PhD, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, stated in his Mar. 25, 2010 article "Americans Will Gradually Realize Truth About Health Care Reform Law," available at www.newt.org:

"I think there's a temporary boost for the Democrats by the act of passing something [Health Care Reform (HR 3590)]. People said, Well, they at least got something done. I think that'll last about a week. Then people will learn more and more and more about the bill. And gradually, they'll figure out how expensive it's going to be, how much it's going to weaken the system and how much, in fact, it's really bad stuff. And finally, you're going to have the Washington bureaucracy.

Remember, this bill creates 159 new agencies, commissions and bureaus. Now, the idea that the Department of Health and Human Services can implement a bill that has 159 new offices is just a fantasy. It's just going to - as it - it'll be like exactly what happened with the stimulus. As it drifts out and people see more and more about it, they'll be less and less happy."


Mar. 25, 2010 - Newt Gingrich, PhD 

The US Chamber of Commerce stated in its Mar. 19, 2010 letter "H.R. 3590, the 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,' and the Related Budget Reconciliation Legislation, H.R. 4872, the 'Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009'" to the US House of Representatives, available at library.uschamber.com:

"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes both the Senate-passed version of H.R. 3590, the 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,' and the related budget reconciliation legislation, H.R. 4872, the 'Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.' H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872 are fundamentally flawed as the underlying framework they would establish is the wrong approach to health reform...

The Chamber has expressed concerns repeatedly with H.R. 3590. The Senate bill would: impose job-killing mandates and penalties on businesses, increase taxes and burdens on small businesses, create dangerous new entitlements while cutting Medicare, create new plan requirements that will increase costs, and ultimately do little to control the long term spiraling of healthcare costs. H.R. 4872 is no 'fix' for the Senate-passed bill...

Congress must start over and create a new, bipartisan health reform bill. The Chamber strongly urges the House to oppose H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872."


Mar. 19, 2010 - US Chamber of Commerce 

Dana Rohrabacher, MA, US Representative (R-CA), stated in his Mar. 21, 2010 press release titled "Rohrabacher Statement on Historic Health Care Vote,” available at www.rohrabacher.house.gov:
"I don’t know what’s more odious... The consequences of this government takeover of our health care system or the way this legislation has been rammed through with backroom deals and procedural trickery.

The process put forth by the Democrats has made a mockery of all the pledges by the President of bipartisanship and transparency. I don’t know of any other legislation as consequential as this passed with such a partisan sledgehammer.

This trillion dollar monstrosity is not only an attack on every American’s freedom but will increase taxes and deficit spending in the middle of a recession when we cannot even afford the government programs we already have, all without bringing down health care costs.

This legislation is not the health care reform the American people want or deserve. All this will do is addict the American people to socialism and make us dependent on the federal bureaucracy.”


Mar. 21, 2010 - Dana Rohrabacher, MA 

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), wrote in its Mar. 29, 2010 post "Talking Points, AAPS Sues in D.C. to Overturn the Health Care Bill" on its website aapsonline.org:

"The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons ('AAPS') sued on March 26th to invalidate the massive health care bill, which passed the House by only 4 votes on a party-line vote (with 34 Democrats voting against it). Forcing patients to buy insurance that may not even cover the care they need is wrong for patients, physicians, and our nation, and is unconstitutional...

- Forcing people to pay money to insurance companies is unconstitutional under the Fifth and Tenth Amendments, the Commerce Clause, and the authority to tax

- Forcing physicians to buy low-deductible, non-HSA-based insurance for their employees is likewise unconstitutional

- Forcing patients to participate in Medicare Part A, at the risk of losing their Social Security benefits, is unconstitutional and harms physicians who operate surgery centers outside of Medicare"


Mar. 29, 2010 - Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. (AAPS) 

Charles Grassley, MA, US Senator (R-IA), stated in a Mar. 21, 2010 press release titled "House Passage of Senate Health Care Reform Bill," available at grassley.senate.gov:
"Congress had an opportunity, and still does, to enact something the American people can get behind. But congressional leaders and the White House seem so focused on making history they’ve stopped actually listening to the American people. All the backroom deals, budget gimmicks and broken promises made it clear they’re willing to go to any length to pass this bill. This legislation will raise taxes by half a trillion dollars, it will cut Medicare by more than half a trillion dollars and not to strengthen Medicare but to fund the creation of a new and unsustainable entitlement program, and it will cause health insurance premiums to go up even more than they already are increasing. Rather than bring the country together around some common-sense reforms, this bill has driven the country further apart, at the very time we need to come together, especially for economic recovery efforts. Health care reform legislation can and should be done with broad-based support."

Mar. 21, 2010 - Charles Grassley, MA 

Janice Shaw Crouse, PhD, Senior Fellow at the Concerned Women for America (CWA) Beverly LaHaye Institute (BLI) and former speechwriter for US President George H. W. Bush, wrote in her Mar. 26, 2010 article "What You Get with Free Health Care," available at www.cwfa.org:
"Congressional Democrats, disregarding the will of the people and dressing their action in high-sounding rhetoric, rammed through Congress their unpopular and disastrous plan for 'transforming' America into a Cuban, British, Canadian or French image...

...[I]n those countries where massive government intervention has replaced free market enterprise, the reality is far short of the utopian promises and the policies that have been spun out so recklessly and misleadingly. Price controls, inevitably, limit innovation. If that happens to medical research and technological advancement, the results will be disastrous.

Everybody wants affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care; there are proposals on the table for changes that would make significant improvements in those aspects of U.S. health care. Those proposals would unleash free market competition, improve quality, and lower costs for health care in the same way that it has done for other national industries and businesses...

But cost control is not the purpose of ObamaCare. ObamaCare is all about redistributing wealth and putting a vast segment of the economy under bureaucratic control...

Under ObamaCare, Uncle Sam becomes Santa Claus. But sooner or later, the bills come in and all those 'gifts' turn out to be pretty expensive after all."


Mar. 26, 2010 - Janice Shaw Crouse, PhD 

Orrin G. Hatch, JD, US Senator (R-UT), stated in a Mar. 21, 2010 press release, "Hatch Statement on House Passage of Health Bill," available at hatch.senate.gov:

"With trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, Americans are rightly asking how do we pay for this $2.5 trillion health care bill. The simple answer is we can't. With this deeply-flawed proposal, Washington Democrats are telling struggling middle-class families and small businesses who are clamoring for a job-creating agenda that their voices and concerns don't matter. The President and his allies have chosen instead to plow ahead with a job-killing bill that will raise taxes, increase our already sky-high debt, and slash Medicare for a new, unaffordable entitlement at a time when our economy remains weak. This makes no sense to Utahns and the American people..."


Mar. 21, 2010 - Orrin G. Hatch, JD 

Lawrence R. Huntoon, MD, PhD, Neurologist and Editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, stated in his Mar. 8, 2010 article "Putting Tyrants in Control of Health Care," avaialble at www.takebackmedicine.com:

"ObamaCare will make medical care:

- Less affordable

- It will destroy innovation in the insurance market

- Less accountable to patients

- It will discriminate against those who believe in self-reliance and working hard to get ahead

- It will put our budget and economy on a path of unsustainable debt and destruction."


Mar. 8, 2010 - Lawrence R. Huntoon, MD, PhD 

The US House Committee on Ways and Means Republicans, wrote in its June 14, 2010 article "Health Care Law Lands Devastating One-Two Punch," available at republicans.waysandmeans.house.gov:
"The promises made about health reform suffered two more hits this week as more and more troubling truths about the impact the Democrats’ recently enacted health care overhaul will have on the American people were revealed – health care costs are continuing to skyrocket and more than half of all Americans with employer-provided health insurance could lose their current health coverage...

No wonder the majority of Americans continue to oppose the health law. It spends one-trillion dollars, increases taxes, cuts Medicare to fund a new entitlement program, increases the cost of health insurance, and forces Americans out of the health plan they have and like."


June 14, 2010 - US House Committee on Ways and Means Republicans 

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