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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT JUST ISN’T AFFORDABLE FOR THESE PEOPLE

Earlier this month, we asked you to share how Obamacare has affected you.  Please keep your stories coming; we want to hear them so that Washington hears them. So far 446 individuals have responded.

Here are just a few of the stories we received.  We found that an overarching concern is increased premiums and healthcare costs as well as uncertainty about job security and costs in the future.

Ronald Nordberg of Wyoming said:

Currently, our health coverage is place and has not changed. We continue to pray that that stays the case and the threat of Obamacare is removed. My company has made other layoffs. I was informed on my review date that I should not expect a pay increase, and the uncertainty of Obamacare and continued taxes are the reason. Mean while, my cost of living continues to increase.

From Obamacare to Amnesty, Obama’s Goals Threaten U.S Economy

Congress just completed the first phase of a difficult but crucial battle against Obamacare.  This struggle is yet unfinished, but conservatives will continue to fight against Obamacare because it will harm America as long as it remains law.  Obamacare is a fiscal nightmare for our country, which is already saddled with $17 trillion of debt.  But leftist policy ideas that threaten the economy don’t stop there.  The next big battle will be to prevent amnesty, the vehicle for which may be the Senate’s Gang of 8 bill.

Under the Affordable Care Act, entitlement spending will increase massively, growing our nation’s debt; entitlement spending is already a massive source of our debt in America which will only be exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act.  And if the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States are granted amnesty, they will become eligible for entitlements as well.  This cost will be a massive burden to the U.S. economy and the American taxpayers.

Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Seem to Care Your Premiums Are on the Rise

Not everyone on the Left is in the same state of denial about the “success” of the Obamacare exchanges.  Some Liberal pundits and commentators have expressed their embarrassment and frustration.  Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the Obamacare rollout “excruciatingly embarrassing.”

But Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 15%, House Minority Leader, seems to be optimistic about the website’s failure.

She stated the obvious Thursday that the Obamacare enrollment website “has to be improved,” but her remarks give the impression that she isn’t really phased by the website’s failure… perhaps she hasn’t spent over two weeks like other Americans trying to sign up for a plan.

Action Alert: Watch and Share “Mike Needham on Fox News”

On Wednesday, Heritage Action’s chief executive officer, Michael A. Needham explained that we are still keeping up the fight against Obamacare. Later in the day, Congress announced a plan that would reopen the government, raise the debt ceiling, but it would do nothing to stop Obamacare from harming Americans.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Promotes Defund or Delay of Obamacare

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, remarked during an interview on the Frank Beckmann Show Wednesday that Congress cannot wait until 2017 to stop Obamacare; they should defund or delay the law to prevent further damage to the American people.

When asked whether he was “resigned to the fact that you’re going to have to let it just go forward in its current form and fall apart,” (i.e. wait until 2017 to do anything) Priebus stated:

My personal view is that I’d defund it, because it is not ready for primetime. That is not a groundbreaking comment, because Democrats have said the same thing. So I don’t think you should use taxpayer money and fund a program that we all know is half broken and not working. The employer mandate is already suspended; the small business mandate is suspended, so why dump money into something like this? At the very least defund it for now and deal with it later.

 

 

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  1. Mr. Needham stated the case perfectly. It was not ‘his ideas’, it was the reality that those of us who prioritize self-sufficiency and personal responsibility are outraged that the governing class is expropriating the credit and currency of the nation to pay for it’s illicit network of crony corporatist donors and lobbyists. When Congress can fund itself by stealing from generations of Americans as yet unborn (as they are now), we have no democracy.

    I believe we need a Constitutional Amendment which revokes Congress authority over the debt, negates any interpretation of the 14th Amendment which might be used by a President to create debt, or deliberately put the nation in default, and makes all expenditures by government subject to a pro-rata deferral to subordinated debt instrument, that is redeemed in FIFO order by government surpluses. In other words: prohibit deficit spending, and let the recipients of government expenditures (not including debt service) hold those obligations in abeyance, until government surpluses are sufficient to pay them off. Any new debt would be decided by a “College of Governors”, wherein the Congress would submit individual capital projects to this body, which would approve or disapprove them by line-item, with a requirement that 10% of each loan be paid back along with interest at the end of each fiscal year. And the votes of the governors on each line item would be sealed for 10 years, in order to negate politicizing their choices.

    The Heritage Foundation should pursue this initiative at the state level, by funding a series of “Article 5 Initiatives” wherein each state would hold it’s own Constitutional Convention, under a protocol which would allow all the states to first approve uniform language of an Amendment, and then vote individually for or against ratification “by approbation of the states”, a power which while not specifically stated in Article 5, is intrinsically conferred upon the states by the language describing ratification.

    Bottom line, no government has the right to bind future generations by using the fruits of their future labor and industry, to pay for entitlements it presumes to confer upon itself in the present. Jefferson summed it up this way:

    “The question [w]hether one generation of men has a right to bind another. . . is a question of such consequences as not only to merit decision, but place also among the fundamental principles of every government. . . . I set out on this ground, which I suppose to be self-evident, ‘that the earth belongs in usufruct to
    the living’ . . ..”
    (Letter to Madison, Sept. 1789 — http://www.conlaw.org/Intergenerational-II-2-3.htm)

    The scourge of entitlement politics have brought this nation (and the civilization which depends upon the legitimacy of this nation’s government) to the edge of global disaster. It is our obligation as citizens, and as humane beings, to act to prevent that disaster from taking place, even though it is certain that doing so will require all of us to endure a period of economic hardship in order to rebalance our government.

    This country paid a dear price in 1960-65 in order to do away with the scourge of slavery. The status-quo we face today is no less dire, and no less obscene than the one which faced us in 1860, and the consequences of allowing it to continue far worse on a planet shared by 7-billion souls.

    “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country [and our civilization].”

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