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Obamacare: An expensive ‘train wreck’

Question: What will cost most of us at least $2,500 next year, will raise taxes, is illegal to implement in South Carolina, is considered a “train wreck” by its architect, has been rejected by 33 states, will have the IRS collecting its premiums and penalties from us, will negatively affect employees and employers, and is unknown by 42 percent of the population?
Answer: Obamacare.
Many will be shocked when Obamacare goes into full effect next year and they realize this un-read 2,700-page law now contains more than 15,000 pages of regulations.
Those who don’t have health insurance will be required to buy it or pay a fine of $2,500.
Those who do have it will see premiums go up.
Small businesses with more than 50 employees will be considering whether to provide all employees health insurance, pay a $2,000 fine per employee, or reduce the number of full-time individuals they employ to 49 or less, which is becoming the more common option where possible.
Those working part-time will be limited to 29 hours or less, again to avoid forced Obamacare costs.
The law was designed like swiss cheese, containing more than 700 policy holes to be filled by unelected bureaucrats with regulations defining how we will receive health care, and who, what, and where we will pay.
It seems they are making it up as they go, and having to adjust because many states are refusing to set up exchanges and suing for relief from the law.
South Carolina’s “Freedom of Health Care Protection Act” is the most direct, intending to “prohibit certain individuals from enforcing or attempting to enforce such unconstitutional laws; and to establish criminal penalties and civil liability for violating this article.”
The law moves the government, with its 15 panel Advisory Board, between us and our doctor; between us and our religious beliefs; and between us and our wallets.
Masked as a Cost Oversight Board, a group of political appointees will, in the end, determine the care we will get.
Further, the government will require churches and Christian businesses to adhere to the government belief system related to issues such as abortion and birth control as it pertains to health insurance.
And the costs are piling on, growing from $1 trillion toward $3 trillion and more.
More and more groups want permanent waivers, even repeal.
This includes unions, former advocates who don’t want to lose the very desirable health plans enjoyed for decades, businesses which have low cost mini-med plans for their employees, states that don’t want the increased long-term costs added to their over burdened budgets and others.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) referred to its implementation as a “train wreck” and is retiring while some of our Senate and Congressional representatives are trying to exempt themselves and their staffs due to impact of the high costs on them.
Enough said.
In the end, it is the law of the land, the law that many wished for, cheered for, and will pay much more than they bargained for.
As the 42 percent of people become aware of its impacts, maybe they will realize that destroying the most successful health care delivery system in history is not the best way forward.