"Replace" is Code for Expanding Healthcare Entitlement

The GOP is talking replacing Obamacare with unconstitutional expansion of healthcare subsidies thru tax deductions and funding of more redistribution thru healthcare exchanges for folks who can afford their own health insurance coverage. This is another unconstitutional manipulation of the tax code and State and individual subsidy respectively that harm the American economy and People.

http://townhall.com/columnists/johncgoodman/2012/07/07/health_contr...

What John Goodman overlooks is that businesses pay as compensation health insurance and hence it is like all other business' compensation expenses, deductible against the income of the business. We have regulated and subsidized ourselves into a regulatory, redistributive gordon knot and must deeply cut spending and regulation to make our way out of certain bankrupcy.

 

Medicare is unconstitutional. I realize that private Medicare plans with means tested subsidy is a possible step in the right direction but it is a continuation of unconstitutional spending and should end altogether. All Federal mandates for health insurance coverage should be eliminated so that those who choose not to partake in Medicare have alternative policies in the market. It is a State's responsibility to ensure insurance markets. The only way to encourage States to repeal their insurance coverage mandates that have created this affordability issue is to allow across State border purchase of health insurance. Privatization and the elimination of the anti-trust excemption for insurance purchases will go farther to drive down costs and provide choice than further unconstitutional manipulation.

 

HSAs (Health Savings Accounts) and exemption from income tax for employer paid health insurance like retirement tax preference manipulates the market and doesn't permit folks the possible best use of their money for consumption or investment. These preferences add unnecessary costs in time and regulatory compliance to the consumer. Just as all income should be treated the same way so too all uses of ones income.

The GOP should revise HR 4224 and REMOVE all funding for State Healthcare Exchanges, remove health insurance purchased by business as income tax exempt along with a flat tax alternative. Any Bill should NOT expand entitlement or redistribution in anyway but should in fact be comprised of the Repeal of the unconstitutional regulatory and subsidy errors of the past. 

 

See how Freedomworks is aiding the expansion of entitlements and redistribution buried deep in the bowels of the legislation they are promoting.  http://teapartywdc.ning.com/profiles/blogs/freedomworks-and-trojan-...

 

We must read carefully all proposed "replacement" of Obamacare for in calling it a replacement they have admitted to expanding unconstitutional entitlements.

 

In liberty,

Lisa Miller

Tea Party WDC

www.TeaPartyWDC.ning.com

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Comment by Lisa Miller on July 10, 2012 at 9:13pm

Expansion of entitlements is the bottom line. What liberalization they are proposing can be clawed back or negotiated out. Number one point: "Ensure full funding for state high-risk pools and reinsurance programs."

Comment by David Shipp on July 10, 2012 at 9:03pm

In response to concise. 1. HR 4224 does that 2. Insure full funding means more government. Get Government OUT of the insurance business!! 3. Hr 4224 does just that by freeing up the market, unfortunately not completely , but it is a good start. Get Government OUT of the Health care!!  4224 allows opting out. 4 In crease consumer choice by ending regulations on insurance and Health care.  5 Phase out and End Medicare. 6 Give people greater control by freeing up the market. 7 Encourage States to get out of the business of regulating.    The free markets will work if we allow them to. 

Comment by Lisa Miller on July 9, 2012 at 6:15am

A Concise Agenda for Replacing ObamaCare

1. Make participation in tax-subsidized health coverage more voluntary and portable.

2. Ensure full funding for state high-risk pools and reinsurance programs.

3. Lower prices through greater transparency and competition.

4. Increase consumer choice in federal health programs.

5. End Medicare price controls and prevent rationing. 

6. Give individuals greater control and security through strengthened HSAs. 

7. Encourage states to lower costs and increase competition.

Comment by David Shipp on July 8, 2012 at 8:29pm

Where do you see Replace. I see repeals. SUMMARY AS OF:
3/20/2012--Introduced.

Offering Patients True Individualized Options Now Act of 2012 or the OPTION Act of 2012 - Repeals Title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (provisions related to health insurance and health coverage expansion) and any amendments to such provisions made by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Restores provisions of law amended or repealed by such provisions.

Amends Internal Revenue Code provisions relating to health savings accounts (HSAs) to: (1) eliminate the high deductible health plan coverage requirement for HSA participants, (2) increase to $10,000 the maximum dollar amount of the tax deduction for payments to an HSA, and (3) permit Medicare (title XVIII of the Social Security Act) eligible individuals to contribute to an HSA.

Permits: (1) the tax deduction for medical expenses without the gross income percentage limitation, and (2) physicians a tax credit for providing charity care.

Extends continuation coverage under COBRA (health insurance continuation benefits under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985).

Amends title II (Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Benefits) of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a procedure to enroll a Medicare Part A beneficiary in the Medicare Reform Premium Assistance Program to buy private health insurance.

Amends Medicare provisions to allow certified medical professionals to assess the nature and extent of an emergency room patient's illness or injury to determine whether an emergency medical condition exists.

Amends the Public Health Service Act to allow the sale and purchase of health insurance policies across state lines. Sets forth requirements for and restrictions on such policies.


It allows opting out, it reduces restrictions on Health savings accounts, It does not subsidize, it allows people to keep more of their money . Cutting a tax is NOT a subsidy.  This is a good Bill, and it removes Government restrictions even back further the the Clinton debacle., which he and Hillary called the Patient Bill Of rights.  Unfortunatly, it does not do any where near enough to help Medicare, But it Repeals ObAMA cARE.

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