February 13, 2016

Health care reform a failure by all accounts

Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator
As then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said about health care reform, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”
Friday, March 23 marks the second anniversary of the new law’s enactment.
In two years, we’ve found out the law cuts Medicare, raises billions in new taxes and increases premiums for families by $2,100 a year.
We’ve found out many employers are dropping, and still more are planning to drop, the coverage they provide, so if you like what you have now you may not be able to keep it.
We’ve found out the law is so unpopular that the government has granted more than 1,700 waivers to exempt labor unions and others from participation.
And, we’ve found out the law’s mandates may be unconstitutional.
Kansas and other states are challenging them before the Supreme Court later this month.
That’s why I am working to repeal health care reform. It’s one anniversary I don’t want to observe again.

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  1. Conservative Values says:

    Gotta say, this is one of the most inane things I’ve ever seen a senator write, and that’s saying a lot.

    Yes, we desperately needed, and still need, health care reform. Obamacare may or may not have been the best of all possible choices, but it was a step in the right direction. Senator Roberts, please work to improve health care for everyone; don’t make it worse by trying to roll back what little progress has been made.

  2. State of Affairs says:

    Nurse called into local talk radio stating that she resents that seniors (who have paid all their lives) have benefits cut while she and co-workers have to run their tails off administering legal drugs to drug seekers on public fare. (Good sources back this information up.)

  3. State of Affairs says:

    “Nancy Pelosi: “we have to pass the health care bill so that YOU can find out WHAT is in it”.

    Perhaps, just perhaps, Senator Roberts and his staff have studied the over 2100 pages of ObamaCare and know WHAT is in it.

    Healthcare corporations have to adhere to Government regulations. Doctors have to have a contract with the healthcare corporation. Therefore, the Government is telling doctors how to practice thru the healthcare corporations. Then, it trickles down to how nurses, all healthcare entities, including food service how to practice. Patient satisfaction has to be 100% satisfaction 24/7, including the food; or the hospitals don’t get paid or may have to pay a fine. Now, who has not eaten out and has not liked the food? How long do you think hospitals can operate under these stipulations? (Information from good sources. Just ask a healthcare professional.)

    Further, local news stated that the KU Med Center may loose accreditation to practice re: the abortion issue, abortion teaching.

    Catholic hospitals may close re: abortion issue. Some doctors have stated they would rather go to jail than be forced to perform abortions.

    The Democrats controlled Congress: both House & Senate and the Oval office passed this bill thru with all the add on stipulations for them to take home what they wanted for their vote of “YES”.

    True healthcare reform would involve both parties after much research, thought, and discussion. Doctors know how to practice medicine, not politicians, unless they are doctors. So, doctors should make the policies and procedures.

    Crack down on fraud and lawsuits. Would be the start of reform.

  4. Agreed.

    The Nancy Pelosi comment was something she said while trying to push for passage of Obamacare (during the time when Democrats controlled Congress). They spit out the 2100 page bill and wanted it passed right away, with almost no debate. We had to wait until after Democrat majorities passed the bill to find out what they were dumping onto us.

  5. State of Affairs says:

    “Mr. President, you’re conspicuously absent from the 2-year anniversary of your “greatest accomplishment” (described by your VP as “a big f***ing deal”). Where’s the party? Concerned citizens around the country recognized the 2-year anniversary of Obamacare by protesting its attack on religious liberty. Oral arguments on Obamacare start next Monday, March 26, before the Supreme Court”.–Governor Palin

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