If you read my article a few weeks ago or have been keeping up the ever-changing monstrosity that is Obamacare, you know one thing for sure: do not count on anything promised in this legislation.
Turns out, I am not the only one aboard the Obamacare hate train: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a democrat from Montana, was quoted recently as saying, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.”
Many people speculated that Baucus’ recent reaction to Obamacare would be detrimental to his political career. Turns out those speculators were correct. Max Baucus recently announced, after serving six terms as a senator, that he will not be pursuing more time in the Senate. I guess this announcement gives him the opportunity to share his true feelings.
Will this law be damaging to other supporter’s chances of reelection? John Cornyn, the Senate Minority Whip, sure thinks so. “”That is the price they are going to have to pay for jamming through a law that can’t work and we can’t afford.”
While Baucus what the first in his party to publically voice his dissatisfaction with recent developments in this healthcare mess, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller wasn’t far behind when he said that Obamacare has reached a point where it is beyond comprehension.
If Baucus and Rockefeller, both individuals who had a key role in the creation of Obamacare, are expressing dissatisfaction—if the men who wrote the law can’t even understand it—how do they expect the average American to understand this legislation? Not only is it unfair for lawmakers to pass legislation they don’t understand, it is even more unfair for them to attempt to exempt themselves from the expensive repercussions this legislation is starting to have.
In addition to bipartisan dissatisfaction, the inability to establish healthcare exchanges at the guaranteed time and talks of providing an exemption to lawmakers and their staff, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is now requesting even more funding, to the tune of $1.5 billion, in order to fund grants for the establishment of exchanges.
The Health and Human Services Department originally estimated the grants would set the government back about $2 billion—turns out, with recent developments, its going to be more like $4.4 billion—$2.4 billion MORE than originally estimated by the department itself.
These numbers are even more frightening if you add them to the $6.2 trillion deficit this bill is already expected to have.
Even more curious than the Democrats who continue to publically express dissatisfaction with the state of American healthcare or the continual need for funding from a government already “up to its eyeballs in debt” is the Department of Health and Human Services decision to award an $8 million contract to Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm who will work to promote the purpose and usage of healthcare exchanges.
You know you have a bad piece of legislation on your hands when you have to pay someone to convince people that it is a good idea.
I am sure you are tired of hearing about Obamacare—but guess what? So. Am. I. This is an issue that needs continual attention because the government keeps developing new ways to make the already passed legislation “better.”
I’m beginning to think that this is just the calm before the storm.
Mary Claire Couch | Belmont | @MaryClaireCouch