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Growing up , my friends used to tell me that the worlds
biggest lie was “the check is in the mail.” Since the election of
Barack Obama my friends were proven wrong many times over and most of those
lies were told in defense of the President’s signature program; Obamacare.
In the final days before affront to personal liberty was
passed the Congressional Black Caucus tried to gain a political advantage by
telling lies about the tea party, but those weren’t the worst lies. 
There was one truth–according to then Speaker Nancy Pelosi
we wouldn’t know what was in the bill until it was passed.  She was right.
In the two years since Obamacare was passed we learned exactly what was in the
bill, tons of lies.
Below are just some of those lies:
‘If You Like Your Plan, You’ll Be Able
To Keep It:
The
Wall Street Journal: “The law could leave more than half of employers
without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case
assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013.
New plans would have to comply with all the bill’s requirements; grandfathered
plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing.” (“Draft
Health Rules Set Hurdles,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/10)

Obama Administration: “Under this assumption, the Departments’ mid-range
estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large
employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013. The
low-end estimates are for 49 percent and 34 percent of small and large employer
plans, respectively, to have relinquished grandfather status, and the high-end
estimates are 80 percent and 64 percent, respectively.” (Federal
Register, Vol.75, No.116, P.15-16, 6/17/10)

The Law Will Protect Medicare:
“Ensuring
Medicare Sustainability… -156.6 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE
III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle E—Ensuring
Medicare Sustainability; 3401 Revision of Certain Market Basket Updates and
Incorporation of services Productivity Improvements into Market Basket Updates
that do not Already Incorporate Such Improvements (effect of productivity
adjustment for home health included in estimate for section 3131)… 2010-2019…
-156.6 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO
Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.14, 3/18/10)
“Medicare
Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE III—Improving
The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to
Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].”
(CBO
Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.13, 3/18/10)

“Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].”
“Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion
Dollars].” (CBO
Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)

CBO: Medicare cuts could “reduce access to care or diminish the quality of
care.” (CBO
Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)

Obamacare Will Lower Premiums:
CBO:
“Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be
roughly$5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the
proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for
family policies under current law. The weighted average of the differences in
those amounts equals the change of 10 percent to 13 percent in the average
premium per person…” (Emphasis
In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6,
11/30/09)

Wall Street Journal: “The health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose
sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the
$15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer
Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)

“The average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770
last year.” (“Employer
Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)

“…increase was tied to provisions of the federal health care
overhaul…” (“Employer
Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)

Obamacare Will Slow The Growth of
Healthcare Costs:
CMS
ACTUARY RICHARD FOSTER: “[W]e estimate that overall national health
expenditures under the health reform act would increase by a total of $311
billion (0.9 percent) during calendar years 2010-2019…” (CMS
Actuary Richard Foster, Memo, P.4, 4/22/10)

FOSTER: “The NHE share of GDP is projected to be 21.0 percent in 2019,
compared to 20.8 percent under prior law.” (CMS
Actuary Richard Foster, Memo, P.16, 4/22/10)

CBO: “The legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to
health care(the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax
preferences for health care) by $390 billion over the next 10 years.” (“The Effects Of Health Reform
On The Federal Budget,” CBO, 4/12/10)

Obamacare Will Not Change Federal
Conscience Laws
:
Archbishop
Dolan: “…on January 20, the Department of Health and Human Services
announced a decision to issue final regulations that would force practically
all employers, including many religious institutions, to pay for abortion
inducing drugs, sterilizations, and contraception. The regulations would
provide no protections for our great institutions—such as Catholic charities,
hospitals, and universities—or for the individual faithful in the marketplace.
The regulations struck at the heart of our fundamental right to religious
liberty, which affects our ability to serve those outside our faith
community.” (Archbishop
Dolan, Letter To U.S. Bishops, 2/23/12)
There Will Be No Tax Increases Because of Obamacare:
Sen.
Mary Landrieu (D-LA): “Yes, we’ve had to raise some taxes and fees to pay
for this bill.” (CSPAN’s Washington Journal, 12/22/09)

$50 Billion In Taxes On Employers “Penalty Payments By Employers… 2010-2019… -52 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO
Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Nancy Pelosi, P.8, 3/18/10)

$30 Billion In Taxes On Private Health Insurance Plans Tax On Private Health Insurance Plans: “32.0 [Billion Dollars].” JCT:
“I. Revenue Provisions 1. 40% excise tax on health coverage in excess of
$10,200/$27,500 (subject to adjustment for unexpected increase in medical costs
prior to effective date) and increased thresholds of $1,650/$3,450 for over age
55 retirees or certain high-risk professions, both indexed for inflation by
CPI-U plus 1%; adjustment based on age and gender profile of employees; vision
and dental excluded from excise tax; levied at insurer level; employer
aggregates and issues information return for insurers indicating amount subject
to the excise tax; nondeductible… 2010-2019… 32.0 [Billion Dollars].”(“Estimated
Revenue Effects Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872,
The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” In Combination With The Revenue
Effects Of H.R. 3590, The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act
(‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate,” Joint Committee On Taxation,
P.1, 3/18/10)

“The fee on health insurance providers… Taxes may be borne by: consumers
in the form of higher prices; owners of firms in the form of lower profits;
employees of firms in the form of lower wages; or other suppliers to firms in
the form of lower payments. … we estimate that eliminating this fee could
decrease the average family premium in 2016 by $350 to $400.” (Thomas
Barthold, Chief Of Staff Joint Committee On Taxation, Letter To Sen. Kyl, P.2,
5, 6/3/11)

$20 Billion In Taxes On Medical Device Manufacturers
“Excise Tax On Manufacturers And Importers Of Certain Medical Devices…
20.0 [Billion Dollars].” JCT: “Impose 2.9% excise tax on
manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices… 2010-2019… 20.0
[Billion Dollars].” (“Estimated
Revenue Effects Of The Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872,
The “Reconciliation Act Of 2010,” In Combination With The Revenue
Effects Of H.R. 3590, The “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act
(‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate,” Joint Committee On Taxation,
P.2, 3/18/10)

Obamacare Will Not Add One Dime to
the Deficit:

David Broder, The
Washington Post: “Every expert I have talked to says that the public has
it right. These bills, as they stand, are budget-busters.” (David
Broder, Op-Ed, “A Budget-Buster In The Making,” The Washington Post,
11/22/09)

Doug Holtz-Eakin & Michael Ramlet: “A more comprehensive and realistic
projection suggests that the new reform law will raise the deficit by more than
$500 billion during the first ten years and by nearly $1.5 trillion in the
following decade.”(“Health
Care Reform Is Likely To Widen Federal Budget Deficits, Not Reduce Them,”
Health Affairs, 6/10)

Nancy Pelosi was telling the truth, two
years after Obamacare was passed we know much more about it…and the more we
know the more we hate it.  A recent AP
poll found
35 percent of Americans support Obamacare while 47 percent
oppose it.  American’s are learning the
truth and the truth hurts.

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