Oct. 30, 2013
Say that a year from now, after great angst, huge costs, and significant renovation, www.healthcare.gov works well. The technical problems have all been resolved. People can access the site without difficulty; it works like a charm.
So what? The substance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is destructive and dangerous.
There are many studies showing how the PPACA will hurt businesses, economic growth, lower-income families, private health insurers, and so forth. Since the implementation of Obamacare on October 1, two million Americans have been told that due to the provisions of the PPACA, they will lose health insurance, and it's going to get worse:
Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a "cancellation" letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don't meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience "sticker shock."
Yet, the deepest problem with Obamacare remains its mandate that persons of traditional Judeo-Christian faith have to surrender their convictions concerning abortion and the sacredness of personhood from conception onward. For a comprehensive review of how the "conscience mandate" (you have to provide access to health plans that provide abortions and abortifacient drugs whether this acidifies your conscience or not), see FRC's letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in April.
Moreover, most Americans won't be able to find out if their new health plans cover abortion until after they sign-up for a given plan. As FRC President Tony Perkins wrote earlier this month:
If an insurer decides to cover abortion in its plan, and the government subsidizes people's premiums in that plan, every single person is required to pay an extra abortion surcharge! Adding insult to injury, the same section also requires that all information about the abortion coverage and surcharge only be given at the time enrollees receive their overall benefits package.
U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) have introduced the "Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2013," which would "ensure full disclosure of abortion coverage, requiring prominent and transparent disclosure of abortion coverage for each plan offered on an exchange."
On the grounds of fiscal, administrative, organizational and ethical concerns, "Obamacare" makes whatever problems (real or imagined) it attempts to fix worse. No "user-friendly" computer program will ever correct these inherent faults.