Susan Brown: Obamacare: A tangled web of lies and loss
As the chaotic healthcare enrollment period grinds to a halt, it is clear that Obamacare has changed America.
No one really knows how many Americans actually have coverage through Obamacare. Maybe 6 million -or maybe not; whatever the case, it’s probably not enough to prevent costs from increasing as early as next year. And there’s no telling how many of those were previously uninsured.
We do know some things: Lots of people are uninsured and many of the insured have discovered it’s almost impossible to get policies that don’t restrict the latest medications or availability to top-notch hospitals. Millions of low income Americans once covered by states through Medicaid are now uninsured. Millions of policies people liked were cancelled and replaced with plans they didn’t want and many cannot afford. Far too many had work hours cut back or lost their jobs altogether.
Liberals blame the Medicaid problem on states, policy cancellations on the insurance companies, and lost jobs and shortened hours on employers. Democrats systematically crushed America’s healthcare system with a steamroller and now blame everyone except Flat Stanley and themselves for not fixing it fast enough.
The dust has settled temporarily — just long enough for many to realize that of all the things they’ve lost, their freedom is missed the most. Gone are the days when people were trusted to make their own choices about healthcare.
Dare to disobey Obamacare regulations and the IRS will come collecting. But an IRS penalty is nothing compared to the unprecedented assault on our religious freedoms. Hobby Lobby owners David and Barbara Green’s case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby was argued before the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) March 25.
Hobby Lobby generously provides employees with health insurance, including birth control, but that’s not enough for the administration, which demands they provide drugs the Greens religiously object to, believing they cause abortions. In the America we once knew, that would be enough.
Hobby Lobby’s choices are minimal and costly. The Greens are forced to crucify their consciences on the cross of Obamacare or pay big-time. During the hearing, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested religious business owners like the Greens could drop coverage for all employees and pay a $2,000 “tax” per employee. Another alternative is to provide their generous health insurance plan as-is, and dole out a $500 million fine --per year. That is why they are fighting like hell and praying for God’s favor.
If Hobby Lobby prevails based upon the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), as many suggest, Democrats will have their favorite president to blame. Ironically, at RFRA’s signing ceremony President Bill Clinton jokingly said, “The power of God is such that even in the legislative process, miracles can happen.”
The 381,517 word bill Obama signed bears little resemblance to the 11 million word Frankenbill unelected Obama officials have created. So let’s put things into perspective. At 4,400 words, the U.S. Constitution is the shortest, oldest constitution of any major government in the world. It has withstood civil war, legal challenges, and thus far, the Obama administration. Yet it still stands immovable, thanks to God’s grace and a few good men who warned us about what happens when the government gets too big...this big.
The time has come to elect people who agree with the founders about the government’s size and put this toxic piece of legislation to rest. May its epitaph soon read: Herein lies Obamacare, the lie that grew from here to there; Twas laid to rest one happy day, when Americans united to put it away.
Susan Stamper Brown writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email her at email@example.com.