To the Editor:
What if Obamacare does come to Wisconsin? Between 2014-2019 Obamacare could cost W isconsin taxpayers $1.2 billion. That translates to an average premium increase of $1,631 a year to those 19 to 29 years old who have individual insurance. A family can expect a 28 percent increase.
In the Washington Post, Gov. Walker said that Obamacare will have a devastating effect on Wisconsin and its residents, lead to higher insurance premiums, dropped coverage, and greater dependency on the government and taxpayers. Data shows that Obamacare will increase the cost of health care for most residents. Add that on to family budget busters of $4/gallon gas and rising food costs. Gov. Walker is not alone, 26 states have sued the federal government to stop implementation and 45 states are crafting legislation to limit it.
Wisconsin now ranks second in the nation for quality of care, and third in the nation for the number of insured citizens, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An Affordable Care Act study found that 100,000 people in Wisconsin will lose their employer health coverage. Nationally, 30 million will be uninsured in 2021.
Job growth stalls out because businesses don't know the new rules. If you owned a business, want to expand and provide more jobs, but see a threat of new taxes of unknown scope; would you a) go blithely ahead not caring if you went bankrupt, b) hunker down and wait, or c) close up shop and retire. Choice "a" is never the answer.
According to www.DoctorsAndPatients.org, 80 percent of doctors say Obamacare will reduce the quality of care for their patients. And 80 percent would not recommend the medical field to their offspring. 43 percent are contemplating retiring within five years because of the changes. Reduced quality and fewer doctors. Sounds like a lose-lose situation.
The Medicare Advantage program allowed seniors to choose coverage from private health plans. It has outperformed traditional Medicare showing how competition improves quality.
According to the CBO, $716 billion has been looted from current Medicare recipients to pay for non-Medicare items, even though Medicare faces $37 trillion in unfunded obligations. For perspective, keep in mind one trillion seconds is over 31,688 years.
The American Thinker has a good article on the Cloward & Piven Strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. Hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Tommy Thompson says Obamacare is an unprecedented, budget-busting government takeover of one of the largest sectors of our economy.
Congressman Duffy authored a new solution. Duffy said. "The Patient Centered Healthcare Savings Act will increase accessibility, make health care more affordable and put the decisions back in the hands of patients - not unelected Washington bureaucrats. Vote Republican on Nov. 6 for free-market healthcare reform.