Americans, even those not covered by Obamacare, will be seeing a new and increasing tax to pay for “affordable health care” beginning in September.
This Affordable Care Act tax will cost citizens $8 billion the first year, with scheduled increases to over $14 billion annually by 2018, says Twila Brase, the president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).
“By next Monday, August 31st—or possibly before—the federal government will tell each plan what portion of the health insurance tax they will be required to pay before September 30th,” Brase said yesterday. “And this tax, and therefore the increases to the insured, will happen every year.”
“A tax on our insurers is a tax on all of us, since Americans will see their premiums increase significantly, possibly by a double-digit percentage,” Brase continued. “In fact, one actuary estimates that individual premiums may increase $500 this year, while family premiums could be $700 higher.”
These increases are in direct conflict with the promise President Obama made to American families when he said they would be realizing $2,300 deductions in premiums each year.
Health plans, including those providing coverage for Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, that have more than $25 million dollars of premiums are included in paying for this massive tax. This will result in increases for state Medicaid costs, and Medicare recipients of federal Medicare.
“The Affordable Care Act was described as a law to ease the financial burden on Americans and improve their coverage and care,” Brase noted. “But neither has happened. Our care has been compromised and all of us—even those who didn’t choose Obamacare coverage—are paying the price. This is not affordable health care.”
The Daily Caller reports that in the next ten years, users will pay more than $145 billion for this tax. Some lawmakers are calling for a repeal of Section 9010 of Obamacare because this is where the tax was buried as a way to raise future funds to pay for the Affordable Care Act. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told the Daily Caller that the tax “is another example of how the president’s health care law was designed so the most painful parts of the law kick in years later.”
“Ironically,” the Daily Caller continued, “the elderly and the poor—those who were supposed to benefit most from Obamacare—will be adversely affected by the new tax, as will financially hard-pressed state governments.”
Physicians across the nation are having more than second thoughts about Obamacare since five years of history have revealed the myths, mistakes and delusions of the law.
Texas physician Kris Held, M.D., who has read the law says she will “will not implement, comply with it or let my patients live or die by it.”
Dr. Held, the mother of four daughters in San Antonio, Texas, says the medical profession, as far as doctors are concerned, “is on suicide watch.”
She points the finger straight at the “all-powerful” Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Matthews Burwell, “the government appointee who controls American medicine.”
Burwell is “not a physician, but a partisan politician, who after receiving degrees from Harvard in government and Oxford in philosophy, politics, and economics, served as a White House Aid during the Clinton administration and then as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff,” the doctor emphasized. “She was Director of the Office of Management and Budget before Obama appointed her Secretary.”
When discussing with or writing to other physicians, Dr. Held refers to Burwell as “the grader of our lost art.”
Dr. Held points out that the Internal Revenue Service “is now the Executive Branch’s “Enforcer,’ usurping powers, targeting individuals, and making law.”
“Doctoring just isn’t the same,” Dr. Tedeschi, who has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years, says. “The practice of medicine, its costs and medical policies, are now dictated and controlled by groups that don’t know the first thing about medicine, nor the people it serves.”
The AMA, who for decades made their money from physician dues, has been bleeding profusely with membership decline. Membership has declined by over 75,000 since 2002. But somehow, they are reporting growing revenues. In 2012 it was $239 million, with $70 million coming from “Royalty Revenue.”
The AMA is paid, in their partnership with the government, by the medical coding records system they created that is mandated for all doctors and hospitals. They are required to bill the government or private insurance through this system, but the constant changes of the bureaucracies and politics insures a continuing and ever growing cash flow. Forget that it is bankrupting our doctors, slowing our patient care, and creating a whole new variety of grim medical errors. By changing their position for Obamacare, the AMA may be losing credibility with doctors, but they are certainly earning more money.
“At one time, the practice of medicine in America was the envy of the world. Unfortunately, it has now been radically segmented,” Dr. Tedeschi, who lives in Morrisville, PA, indicated.
Dr. Tedeschi explains Obamacare is all about saving money and “where the money IS ultimately spent, is directed to special interest, profit-making organizations.”
The basis of Obamacare’s financial success depends on a formula devised by Ezekiel Emanuel. Emanuel assigns value to people’s lives to distribute health care money among us.
“Benefit to the patient is secondary,” clarifies the doctor. “And physicians have nowhere to turn for help.”
Dr. Tedeschi explained that this radical change has been so choreographed—“better than a Broadway musical”—it happened so “gradually you hardly notice it at first. It’s a slow and deliberate erosion, targeting your family doctor, someone who will soon become a thing of the past.”
“Thanks to politics, insurance companies, special interest groups and other organizations, medicine is changing: the way it’s provided; who it’s provided to; exactly who the providers are; their qualifications; how much it costs and, literally, ‘who lives and who dies,’” the doctor is adamant. “The old saying ‘follow the money’” has never been truer than it is today.
“We’re moving away from the mission of medicine and more towards the business of healthcare, and these two endeavors are not the same thing,” Brase observes. “We’re moving in the wrong direction.”
“When other people hold the dollars, the mission of medicine is compromised,” Brase reminds people frequently. “Whether it’s the government, or an insurance company, the agendas of the people with the money ultimately take precedence over the needs of the patient.”