The Obamacrats have made it clear they are not going to do the right thing by us and repeal their disaster of a healthcare law. Obama went so far as to say there was NO WAY the law would be repealed as long as he is in office.
That’s not technically true.
- PPACA (aka, ACA) could be repealed by Congress with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate, though the latter won’t happen with a Democrat majority under Harry Reid running the Senate.
- If Republicans win the Senate majority next fall, they could pass a law overturning Obamacare.
- Obama would certainly veto this law, but a presidential veto can be legally overturned by a two-thirds majority vote in Congress.
Keep in mind that “Obamacare” includes not just the ACA, but also the bazillion heinous regulations subsequently inflicted on us by an unelected band of pro-abortion Obamacrats.
There are signs of hope!
- Eleven Republican physicians are running for U.S. Senate on a “Repeal Obamacare” platform.
- South Carolina and Georgia are moving to outlaw Obamacare within their own borders. Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano says the states do have the power to do that.
- A legal challenge has targeted the unconstitutional origins of the PPACA itself. SCOTUS ruled that the ACA’s penalty for non-compliance is not a fine, but a tax. The Constitution says tax laws must originate in the House. The PPACA originated in the Senate.
Another avenue open to individuals is to refuse to participate in the exchanges. If a majority of us do so, maybe the damn thing will collapse under the weight of its own pretensions.
The Washington Examiner did a survey and found a majority of doctors and hospitals are refusing Obamacare:
- San Diego and Sacramento, CA: 65% to 70%
- Las Vegas, NV: The majority
- Roanoke, VA: 70%
- Lynchburg, VA: 100% of doctors and all 3 hospitals
Insurance providers are also saying Hell No.
- United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna and Coventry are not participating.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield is in, but is excluding many doctors and elite hospitals.
Obamacare policy holders will not be welcome at:
- Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai
- New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering
- NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Physicians Regional Hospital, Naples, FL
In Georgia, Humana exchange patients will have a big fat choice of ONE hospital …. in the entire state!
March 2010: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
PPACA Section 1312(d)(3)(D) (enacted as public law 111-148) requires all members of Congress and congressional staff to get Obamacare.
(D) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE EXCHANGE-
(i) REQUIREMENT – Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are:
I) created under this act; or
II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).
July-August 2013: President Obama, Members of Congress and Karen Archuleta – Obama’s appointed head the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – meet in closed door sessions to discuss the troubling (to them) fact that under Obamacare, they would not only lose their gold-plated healthcare coverage, but they’d also lose the hefty percentage of the premiums that taxpayers kick in as “employer contributions.”
Sept 2013: OPM issued a 17-page document unilaterally overturning Section 1312(d)(3)(D) of the Obamacare LAW, so Members of Congress can stay on their cushy plans-with-benefits and not have to endure the odious high costs and rotten coverage that PPACA is forcing on the rest of us.
Do these people need taxpayers helping out with their premiums? Hmmmmm, let me think.
- Annual salary for President Barack Obama (D) = $400,000
- Annual salary for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) = $174,000
- Annual salary for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): $193,400
- (These amounts are ONLY their personal salaries. They do not include the additional moneys allocated for staff, travel and other perqs.)
Senator Vitter (R-Louisiana) responded to this OPM law breaking with Senate Bill 1497: “No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act.” Co-sponsors of the bill include Ted Cruz, Ted Inhofe, Michael Enzi, Ron Johnson, Dean Heller, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Lee.
- In order for this legislation to be brought to the floor of the Senate, it must be approved by the Senate Majority Leader.
- The current Senate Majority Leader is Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) who routinely blocks any bill presented by Republicans, even if they’ve been passed in the House by a bi-partisan majority and are popular with the people.
- Senator Reid has refused to allow Vitter’s bill to even be DISCUSSED by the Senate, never mind brought to a vote. As long as the Democrats hold a majority of the seats in the Senate, this situation will not change.