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America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

The Impact of Obamacare on Seniors

Like most seniors, Ann Lorenz relies on Medicare as she copes with serious health care challenges, including Parkinson's Disease. Ann sees a number of doctors and depends on a variety of prescription drugs and therapies to stay independent. She worries that Obamacare threatens her access to doctors, treatment options and insurance plans - and her neurologist shares her concerns.

The SolutionGive seniors greater choice of doctors, private health plans, and services under Medicare.

Obamacare Facts & Figures
  • Nearly one-quarter of all seniors rely on Medicare Advantage, the private health care option in Medicare. However, Obamacare makes such deep cuts to that program that half of those covered will no longer be able to keep the coverage they have.
  • New taxes on drug companies ($27 billion) and medical device makers ($20 billion), as well as new reporting requirements and regulations imposed on physicians, will make access to health care and services more costly and difficult for seniors under Obamacare.

America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

The Impact of Obamacare on Doctors

Dr. Martha Boone has been practicing medicine for 25 years. But under the new health care law, which reinforces the worst features of existing third-party payment arrangements in both the private and public sectors, she's unsure how much longer she'll be able to serve her patients.

The SolutionTo make the costs of health care more predictable and sustainable for providers, fix Medicare and Medicaid by allowing patients to choose coverage that best suit them.

Obamacare Facts & Figures
  • Obamacare expands government's role as the primary payer of health care by adding 18 million people to the Medicaid program, which on average reimburses doctors only 56 percent of the market rate for medical procedures.
  • Due to increased regulation and less reimbursement, 66 percent of doctors are considering no longer accepting government health programs.

America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

The Impact of Obamacare on Business and Economy

The new health care law will impose new compliance regulations, employer mandate taxes, and numerous indirect costs on small- and medium-size companies. For Scott Womack, the owner of a dozen IHOP restaurants in Indiana and Ohio, these are obstacles that will likely prevent him from expanding his business and hiring new employees.

The SolutionStop new tax increases, promote tax cuts that would expand private insurance coverage and grow the economy, and encourage portability of health insurance so that workers own their health care plan, regardless of their job status.

Obamacare Facts & Figures
  • $52 billion in new taxes will be imposed on businesses by mandating that employers provide health insurance.
  • On February 10, 2011, CBO Director Doug Elmendorf testified before the House Budget Committee that Obamacare will result in an estimated 800,000 fewer U.S. jobs.

America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

The Impact of Obamacare on States

The states have long been pursuing innovative solutions to meet the specific health care needs of their citizens. Governor Mitch Daniels knows that Obamacare will not only saddle Indiana with billions in new Medicaid costs, but its usurpation of state authority in regulating private insurance will lead to the probable demise of the Healthy Indiana Plan, which currently provides health insurance to 50,000 low-income Hoosiers.

The SolutionBecause no two states are alike, promote federal–state partnerships to accommodate the unique and diverse health care challenges facing the states.

Obamacare Facts & Figures
  • By 2019, over 80 million people will be on the Medicaid program—requiring billions of dollars from state budgets and taxpayers.
  • Twenty-one State Attorneys General have filed suits to protect their citizens from being forced, in violation of the Constitution, to purchase government-approved health insurance.

America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

The Impact of Obamacare on Famililies and Future Generation

Families should have complete control of their health care dollars and decisions. Instead, Obamacare reduces choice by expanding government-controlled health care, placing a heavy cost on future generations of taxpayers, to the disapproval of parents like Larry Patterson.

The SolutionRein in runaway spending and deficits. Rather than bureaucrats and lobbyists prescribing health care benefits and services, respect the role of families in moral and all other decisions involving their health care.

Obamacare Facts & Figures
  • Obamacare adds a trillion dollars in new health care spending, expanding prohibitively expensive entitlements and creating a subsidy scheme that discourages work and penalizes marriage.
  • New Obamacare spending includes $125 million per year for school-based health centers and a new program to reduce teen pregnancy, with no requirement to reduce abortions.

America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

The Impact of Obamacare on Uninsured

The SolutionGive tax relief or direct assistance and provide portability for those who buy their own health care coverage, allowing individual Americans to take their insurance coverage from job to job.

Obamacare Facts & Figures
  • Those who gain coverage will be enrolled in Medicaid, the welfare program for the poor, or in a health plan designed by the government.
  • The millions who remain uninsured will still depend on overcrowded emergency rooms for routine care.

A number of provisions in the health care bill will discourage the uninsured from seeking coverage and cause the insured to lose the coverage they currently have.

America's health care system needs reform, but not the sort of changes enacted under the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obamacare") asserts federal control over health care benefits and financing, establishes a complex one-size-fits-all health system, and centralizes America's health care decisions in Washington.

Repeal Obamacare

The Solution As stated throughout this report, there are policy solutions Congress should consider to get health care right. We should promote personal control through tax equity, ensure portability of health insurance, fix our financially troubled government health care programs, and engage in federal–state partnerships to address the particular challenges faced by very different states.

How to Reverse Obamacare
  • Congress must repeal the new law. Congress cannot build sound market-based health care reform on this crumbling foundation, which is utterly incompatible with consumer choice and free markets.
  • While working to achieve full repeal, Congress can block implementation at every opportunity by stopping funding for key provisions. For example, Congress could prohibit funding from going toward the Internal Revenue Service for enforcing the individual mandate.
  • Congress has a constitutional mandate to provide oversight to the executive branch. Congress should pursue fair, open, and thorough hearings on the implementation of the new law. For example, the Obama Administration's use of waivers and exemptions from its own rules deserves scrutiny.

Despite what was promised, Obamacare clearly does not establish a patient-focused health care system that saves money. But could America reform our existing system and get there? Absolutely.