ObamaCare Update: Yes, it's getting worse

It's beginning to seem like one could write a book (or at least fill a number of pages comparable to the length of the original bill) with reports of how ObamaCare doesn't do what Democrats said it would, how it does do what opponents said it would, and how it's going to result in other consequences that weren't predicted (which, itself, was predicted).  Got it?

Well, here's the latest:

The true cost of ObamaCare (the details they left out)

Remember how a big part of Obama and the Democrats sales job for their health care bill was that it would save money?  Well, guess what...  They were wrong.  Of course pretty much everyone who took a realistic look at their plan said the same thing, but that didn't stop them from marching forward.  Well a few days ago the Director of the Congressional Budget Office took to his blog and posted the following:

The central challenge is straightforward and stark: The rising costs of health care will put tremendous pressure on the federal budget during the next few decades and beyond.

In CBO’s judgment, the health legislation enacted earlier this year does not substantially diminish that pressure. In fact, CBO estimated that the health legislation will increase the federal budgetary commitment to health care (which CBO defines as the sum of net federal outlays for health programs and tax preferences for health care) by nearly $400 billion during the 2010-2019 period. Looking further ahead, CBO estimated that the legislation would reduce the federal budgetary commitment to health care in the following decade—if the provisions of the legislation remain unchanged throughout that entire period.

Usually, this is where you say something like, "better late than never", but that doesn't make this go down well at all, considering it was the "gamed" CBO numbers that Democrats used to back up their bogus claim that this thing would "save money".  And of course we can pretty much rest assured that this new government program, just like every other before it, will metastasize and grow in scope...and exceed cost projections.

If you like your plan, you can keep it (maybe...)

Of course we all remember how we were told repeatedly that "If you like your plan, you can keep it...", a statement that was meant to make everyone who liked their current plan more likely to sit out the debate and not call their members of Congress.  And who knows, maybe that was a large part of why it passed by just a few votes in the end. 

But now, as many predicted, we're finding out that that may not be true after all.  Especially when it comes to Health Savings Accounts (HSA's), which usually come with high deductibles...which are enjoyed by many of the self-employed.  (Via Heritage)

Unfortunately, Obamacare threatens to render HSA/HDHP plans a thing
of the past.  It’s a regulatory thing. It all depends on how the
Department of Health and Human Services decides to calculate the
actuarial value of HDHPs.   According to Roy Ramthun of HSA Consulting,
if HHS opts not to “count” contributions to HSAs as part of the
actuarial value, then “HDHPs, many of which have actuarial values below
60 percent (or whatever the final standard becomes) based on the
insurance coverage alone, could no longer be sold.”

Will HSA contributions be included in these calculations?  HHS Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius will be The Decider on that one.  If she rules “no,”
then high-deductible health plans including HSAs will no longer be
viable… and you can kiss such plans good-bye.

So much for keeping your plan if you like it...much less if it's all you can afford.  And if that happens, where do you go?  Why, the government, of course.

Planned Parenthood pushing for "birth control" coverage under ObamaCare regulations

One of the (many) problems with the law is that most of the details of "how" it gets implemented aren't even in the bill - they get passed off to unelected bureaucrats, which makes it easier for liberals to get the law to do more of what the politicians who actually voted on it said that it wouldn't do.

In this case, Planned Parenthood is lobbying for regulations that will force insurance companies to give complete coverage for birth control and "preventive services".

Beginning Sept. 23, six months after the reform law passed, many health
insurance plans will be required to provide free preventive services
coverage, with no co-pays or out-of-pocket costs. During the reform
debate, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) added an amendment that specified
guaranteed “additional preventive care and screenings” specific to
women’s health would also receive coverage.

What remains to be determined is what will make the “preventive
services” list. For women’s health specifically, the Health Resources
and Services Administration has been tasked with drawing up
“comprehensive guidelines” on services to be included.

And from the Washington Examiner:

Meanwhile, a coalition including the Center for Reproductive Rights is
seeking to find justification to extend this mandate to include free
emergency “contraception”
as well.

Any doubt what that will eventually be regulated to include?  In other words, we will eventually be looking at federally subsidized sex lives.  One more reason to avoid "comprehensive" bills whose details are specifically voted on in the light of day, but are farmed out to bureaucrats.


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