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Democrats opposing and criticizing ObamaCare

A few recent articles about Democrats opposing or criticizing ObamaCare:

Are Democrats Starting to Regret Obamacare?: “Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat and chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which did much of the heavy lifting on early drafts of Obamacare, now thinks that passing the law in its current form was a mistake.”

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer: Democrats Made a Mistake Putting Health Care Reform Before the Economy

Barney Frank on the White House Rollout ofhttps://patientpowernow.wordpress.com/wp-admin/themes.php Obamacare: “They just lied to people.”

(I should add more if I see any.)


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What Do Actual Doctors Think About Obamacare Now?

At Forbes, Scott Atlas, M.D., writes:

Meanwhile, contrary to those doctors selected to legitimize ObamaCare in the staged media event (where the White House actually handed out white lab coats to generate the image of official credibility), an overwhelming 70 percent of doctors said, even back in 2011, that they disagreed with the AMA’s position on health reform, while only 13 percent agreed with it. In fact, almost half of doctors in that survey even went so far as to say that the AMA stance on ObamaCare was the factor causing them to drop AMA membership. …

Last month, in answer to the question “Which of the following best describes your feelings about the ACA?” 55 percent of more than 3,000 doctors chose “repeal and replace” whereas 40 percent said “implement and improve” it.

What Do Actual Doctors Think About Obamacare Now? – Forbes.

via FIRM

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Democrat Evan Bayh exposes ObamaCare’s dangerous medical device tax

In the Wall Street Journal, former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh (D) writes:

Medical devices have contributed to remarkable advances in numerous areas: artificial hips and knees, and devices used in the treatment of cancer, and for angioplasty, vascular surgery and in-vitro fertilization, to name a few. Many of these devices have not only improved the quality of life for patients, but also produced health-care cost savings—for instance, each time an angioplastic balloon made open-heart surgery unnecessary.

All of this is now threatened by the only law that is guaranteed to pass in Washington: the law of unintended consequences. …

For a typical company, [the] 2.3% tax on revenues equals a 15% tax on profits. W Many marginally profitable businesses will then hemorrhage red ink, since they’ll have to pay the excise tax whether they are making money or not. …

As a result of the looming device tax, production is moving overseas, good jobs are going to Europe and Asia, and cutting-edge medical devices will now be produced elsewhere for import into the U.S. …

If Congress acts soon, however, most of the harm can be forestalled. There is hope. The House—233 Republicans, joined by 37 Democrats—voted in June to repeal the tax. In the Senate, 33 Republicans are on record in support of doing the same. While no Democrat has stepped up to co-sponsor the legislation, several speak favorably in private. Even Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senate candidate from Massachusetts and a staunch progressive, has now come out in favor of repeal.

Read more: Evan Bayh: ObamaCares Tax Raid on Medical Devices – WSJ.com.

(via NCPA)

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White House economist: third-party payment increases health care spending

Last week I noted that President Obama does not know what health insurance is, and decries real insurance while praising prepaid health plans masquerading as insurance.  I also posted about how ObamaCare, HR 3590, threatens real insurance policies, that is, HSA-qualified plans. Maybe the President should listen to one of his economic advisors.  From the Wall Street Journal a few months back:

One liberal sage noted in a 2007 paper that “four decades of empirical research” have shown that insulating people through third-party insurance coverage “from the full cost of health care has been responsible for anywhere from 10% to 50% of the large increase in health expenditures.” Ultimately, he concluded, increasing cost-sharing would give individuals a direct stake in more prudent purchasing, as opposed to today’s invisible health dollars that vanish as more expensive premiums, foregone wages and higher taxes.

Those are the words of Jason Furman, now the White House deputy economic director who seems to have been put into witness protection. Every serious health economist in the country recommends reforming the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored insurance, perhaps by converting it to a deduction or credit. Cost control will never stick unless it is extricated from politics and transferred to individuals to make their own trade-offs.

(Via EconLog)

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A Democrat’s case for opposing Obama Care

Michael Cannon at Cato pulls some choice quotes from David Goldhill’s piece in the Huffington Post, includes a video of Goldhill interviewed by Cato, and links to Goldhills’s eye-opening Atlantic Monthly article.  Check it out at Cato-at-Liberty: David Goldhill: “A Democrat’s Case For ‘No’”.

My short take on Goldhill’s Atlantic Monthly article: His diagnosis of what’s wrong with health “insurance” in the U.S. is correct, but his reform proposals are not.

For a summary of arguments against Obama Care and specifically the Senate Bill, see my post from earlier this week:
Health care “reform” bill is immoral & won’t work.

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The conceit of Obama’s insurance price controls

President Obama has wants empower the federal government to forbid insurers from increasing their premiums more than the authorities allow.  Two reactions to this part of the president’s health care proposal:

Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek on price controls:

What cool adventures await us if Mr. Obama succeeds in giving Uncle Sam power to control insurance rates?  Reduced coverage?  Hidden fees aimed at skirting government regulations?  Surly service?  More trouble and delays collecting on our policies?

And guess who wrote the following in 1994?

…History clarifies that choice: Previous government efforts to regulate prices in peacetime have invariably failed. Moreover, government attempts to control prices in the health care sector would undermine concurrent efforts to restructure the marketplace…

The idea of controlling costs by government fiat is seductively simple. But it rests on a conceit as persistent as it is damaging: that government bureaucracies can allocate resources more wisely and efficiently than millions of consumers and providers pursuing their interests in the marketplace.

It was David Kendall Progressive Policy Institute.  Thanks to Michael Cannon for posting this quote – see Cannon’s post about Obama’s plan for a longer quote and more critique:Obama’s ‘Best’ Idea? Rationing Care via Clinton-esque Price Controls.

(Thanks to John Stossel for pointing our Boudreaux’s post.)

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Joe Lieberman on the public health plan

“It doesn’t help one poor person get insurance who doesn’t have it now. It doesn’t compel one insurance company to provide insurance to somebody who has an illness.  And . . . it doesn’t do anything to reduce the cost of insurance.” — Joe Lieberman, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 5 2009

This means a lot coming from a former Democratic Party vice presidential nominee.

(Via Scott Harrington)

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