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Let us remember the history of Obamacare which is now before the Supreme Court where opinions are being written.
  • The House & Senate wrote separate bills (presumably with Obama inspiration ) but they would not both pass their respective chambers. The house one was negotiated into being & the Senate was deemed passed so that a "reconciled version" could be signed by the President. 
  • The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tells her representatives we will have to pass the bill to find out what was in it ; the rush to get it to the president was of such urgency.
  • The final bill ended up being about 2500 pages which few actually read, if any, before voting on it. I am fairly certain that the bills were not both read between the House & Senate by a single member of congress.
  • Most of the bill refers to various cabinet secretaries doing the detailed regulations so the final details are as yet not written for all of the bill.
  • The supreme court this last week heard arguments as to why it is within the government's rights to enforce the bill as a valid law.
  • The justices both remarked that the 8th amendment (unreasonable punishment) was a consideration in not having to read the law in its entirety to find out the impact of striking down the portion of the bill variously called the mandate upon the rest of the extremely complicated & long bill.
  • Justice Breyer of SCOTUS on Obamocare: "I haven't read every word of that, I promise."
  • Last week the CBO projected that the cost of the bill would double in the next 10 years but the cost was made to look much less because it didn't get fully implemented until 2014 when benefits might be taken.
So nowadays we have the legislative branch of government passing extremely long, complicated & convoluted - costed inappropriately bills which they vote on without reading & which if read are incomplete passing the buck to the executive branch which is still writing the rules & regulations which actually affect the people & for which the people & future generations will pay for dearly &  which could be a matter of life & death. Meanwhile the Judicial branch doesn't want to read them either but will rule on their constitutionality without doing so.
WTF!!!!!


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Mark de LA says

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bloombergwashington-post-obamacare-1-trillion-windfall-insurers_645029.html -
WaPo: ...

“The majority of [insurance companies’] loss [as a result of Obamacare’s repeal] — $880 billion — would be from the 16 million Americans expected to purchase coverage on the individual market. Two-thirds of that revenue would be in the form of federal subsidies, for low- and middle-income Americans to purchase coverage. The rest would come from individuals, responsible for whatever part of the premium subsidies do not cover.”

The Post adds, “Another $220 billion would be lost from [Obamacare’s] Medicaid expansion, where states have often turned to insurers to manage the entitlement program.”

This report simply helps confirm what has long been apparent: President Obama may like to villainize health insurers, but his signature legislation would require Americans to buy insurers’ product under penalty of law and would subsidize the purchase of that product with truckloads of taxpayer dollars.

In that vein, the Post concludes by quoting Bloomberg Government health care analyst Matt Barry, who says, “It kind of makes you scratch your head a bit to wonder why insurers initially opposed [Obamacare]. But maybe after it passed, they finally ran the numbers and realized what was at stake.”

...
O, really?  & nobody thought while it was all going on in Congress that it had nothing to do really with health care, eh?

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