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Editorial: Death panels are part of the (un)Affordable Care Act




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July 31, 2013 | 3,235 views | 26 comments

A recent poll concluded that most Americans are still uncertain about Obamacare. I take issue with that conclusion, because Americans actually are quite certain about Obamacare.

They don’t like it, and have been vocal in their opposition to the drastic changes being brought about by the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. As then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi so infamously said before the bill was passed: “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it.”

Americans are finding out more about it every day, and they are not happy. Even as the president himself admits to uncertainty, and arbitrarily postpones portions of the bill, confusion abounds. There is no doubt that most Americans are uneasy about the future of their insurance and their health care, as the majority of changes and effects of Obamacare are yet to be discovered.

Even as the president has postponed the employer mandate for a year, he’s provided no such relief to private individuals. It remains that individuals must have insurance by January, or they face fines. To counter the negativity, the administration has begun a national advertising campaign, no doubt using money that could be going to health care instead of his campaign.

He is trying to convince, or coerce if necessary, people to sign up for Obamacare, telling people to request government subsidies on premiums without proof of income. The subsidies were intended to help low-income people pay for their premiums. How is this for total confusion? If everyone is encouraged to sign up, as more sick people come on board, the added costs of their medical expenses must be offset by cutting back elsewhere -- by signing up healthy people. That is where the campaign to get celebrities and high profile people to convince people that Obamacare would be a good thing comes in.

The campaign is using uninsured people such as Nawash Alakhras. Alakhras didn’t say why he had no insurance, but when he suddenly found himself with end-stage liver disease, he was able to get insurance despite a pre-existing condition because of Obamacare. With insurance, he was able to get a liver transplant. There was a half-page ad in a local newspaper showing his support. Obviously, he is pleased with the outcome, but someone now has to pay for his insurance, his liver transplant, and his ongoing medical treatment.

Since this very sick person is now covered by insurance, it stands to reason that the cost of coverage for other policies issued by that insurance company must be increased to offset the added expense.

One area that is being cut is for kidney dialysis. I have a friend who has continued to be productive with his career by taking dialysis treatments at home. He’s just received notice that his Medicare allowances are going to be cut by 10 percent. Just what this means to him and how his treatments will be affected remains to be seen. But one thing is sure. If it means his dialysis treatments will be reduced by 10 percent, he cannot survive.

As all of us wait to see how we will be affected by forced changes to our medical care, we do know one thing. Obamacare is not free and neither is our health care. Someone has to pay. For the guy who gets a new liver, Obamacare is good news. But for my friend, who must have kidney dialysis to survive, it appears that he may be forced to pay the ultimate price.

This could be what Sarah Palin meant by the death panels. They are here.
 

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Untrue Resident  
Floresville  
August 7, 2013 10:14am
 
Just to point how people use information to misrepresent the truth. The initial vote or question was Aye or Nay to H.R.3590:To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of ... More ›

 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
August 7, 2013 9:57am
 
Really Facts? As usual, you present bogus facts and have no credibility of presenting anything that is truthful. Prairie is right as usual. In fact, I don’t think you have ever got a fact right on any of your posts. You ought ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 6, 2013 2:19pm
 
Facts only please.....I agree with Chief.....couldn't have said it better. New Guy......Spoken like a dyed in the wool democrat. If it's free, take it.

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
August 6, 2013 1:29pm
 
Facts only please......There are many ways to lie. Regardless of the method, it's still a damn lie and you know it. Because Obamacare raised revenue, it was required by the constitution to be originated in the house. So ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
August 6, 2013 12:06pm
 
New guy, you are wrong....I pay $105/month for insurance that covers meds, and meds only.

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
August 6, 2013 11:06am
 
4th: Becasue of ObamaCare your meds are free!!! Take them.

 
Facts only please  
TX  
August 6, 2013 11:05am
 
PRAIRE: Introduced in the House as the "Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009" (H.R. 3590) by Charles Rangel (D–NY) on September 17, 2009 Committee consideration by: Ways and Means Passed the House on October ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 4, 2013 11:04am
 
4th Generation Texan....Obamacare is just the result of socialized health care started by Medicare in 1965. It was reinforced in 1986 when a law was passed requiring hospitals to treat patients regardless of the ability to ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
August 4, 2013 10:02am
 
obviously, you have not understood any of my comments. I don't think there is anyone in the USA that opposes obama and obamacare more than me. If your statement was facetious, ix nay the above!

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 4, 2013 7:11am
 
4th Generation Texan......what part of the US constitution authorizes the seizure of money from one citizen to pay for the health care of another ? You are starting to sound like our current president. Have you switched ... More ›

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