Background: On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the unaffordable, unpopular and unconstitutional Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The massive government takeover of health care, commonly referred to as Obamacare, will have major ramifications – limiting choice, increasing the deficit, raising health care costs, expanding government bureaucracy, discriminating against low-income workers, mandating insurance coverage and stunting economic growth. It is no wonder that a majority of Americans are in favor of repealing Obamacare.
Status: Despite two court setbacks and a bipartisan vote to repeal the law in the House, the Obama Administration is busy crafting new regulations to implement Obamacare. Although some of the law’s minor provisions have already come into force, most of the major changes are delayed until 2013 and 2014. And despite an unnecessarily partisan repeal vote in the Senate, conservative lawmakers in both chambers will continue the legislative battles as the legal battle heads to the Supreme Court.
Bring the Heat: Heritage Action supports immediate and full repeal of Obamacare. A bipartisan majority in the House agrees, as do all Republican Senators. Keep building the momentum!
- Plainly Unconstitutional. A mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance is an unprecedented form of federal action, which is why two successive federal courts have ruled the law is unconstitutional. The government cannot require people to buy a good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States.
- Increases the Deficit. Obamacare will increase our nation’s deficit and dramatically increase government spending on health care. Only through Washington-style accounting gimmicks can President Obama claim his legislation decreases the deficit. Despite massive tax increases, some estimate the law will increase the deficit by trillions of dollars.
- Reduces Choice. Obamacare gives the federal government sweeping powers to shape private health insurance plans. As a result, most plans will look similar and cost more, depriving patients of real choices and stifling innovation. New rules will also increase doctor dissatisfaction, exacerbating our current physician shortage. Fewer plans and fewer doctors.
- Destroys Jobs. Increased debt and regulation stemming from Obamacare will harm the economy and further weaken the job market. In a letter, 200 economists criticize the law’s combination of expensive mandates and penalties, higher taxes and massive new spending.
- Cost Curve Increases. Obamacare will increase overall health care spending. The $2.5 trillion bill fails to bend the cost curve and actually drives up insurance premiums in the non-group market to increase by 10 –13 percent.
Take Action Now: Encourage your Members of Congress to keep pushing for full repeal. If they support repeal, thank them. If they opposed repeal, kindly ask them to reconsider.