CMS writing Obamacare's obituary

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may eventually prove to be instrumental in bringing Obamacare to a well deserved end.

Writing at the Heritage blog Morning Bell, Conn Carroll:

Last month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rammed through her version of Obamacare almost a week before the agency in charge of running Medicare and Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), could issue its non-partisan and independent analysis of the legislation. And for supporters of the President's plan, it's a good thing she did. The CMMS report eviscerated almost every single promise the President has made about his health care plan.According to that report, Obamacare: 1) raises health care costs; 2) causes millions of Americans to lose their current health care coverage; 3) forces millions of Americans to pay fines and still receive no health insurance; 4) causes millions of seniors to lose their Medicare Advantage plans; 4) places millions of Americans on welfare; 5) jeopardizes Medicare access for all seniors; 6) worsens health care access for the poor.

This past Friday, CMMS issued another report, this time on Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) version of Obamacare and the verdict was in many ways worse: 1) health care costs would rise by $234 billion; 2) 17 million Americans would be forced out of their existing health insurance; 3) 19 million Americans would pay $29 billion in taxes/fines and receive no health care in return; 4) 33% of all Medicare Advantage customers would lose their health care plan; 5) 18 million Americans would be put on welfare; 6) the $493 billion in Medicare cuts would force 20% of Medicare providers to become unprofitable thus jeopardizing access to care for all seniors; and 7) the explosion in Medicaid recipients would exacerbate existing health care access problems for the poor.

All of these drawbacks have been brought to our attention before, just never in one place nor issued by such a non-partisan body.

This is truly insane for the Democrats to continue pushing this monstrosity in the face of such extraordinarily dire effects. They must have an electoral suicide wish. More likely, they are waking up to the fact that the bill they have now is just not going to make it and they will have to scale back their plans drastically in order to get something passed.

That is, unless Obama forces them over the cliff at which point he insures not only their destruction but makes his own re-election much more problematic.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may eventually prove to be instrumental in bringing Obamacare to a well deserved end.

Writing at the Heritage blog Morning Bell, Conn Carroll:

Last month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rammed through her version of Obamacare almost a week before the agency in charge of running Medicare and Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), could issue its non-partisan and independent analysis of the legislation. And for supporters of the President's plan, it's a good thing she did. The CMMS report eviscerated almost every single promise the President has made about his health care plan.

According to that report, Obamacare: 1) raises health care costs; 2) causes millions of Americans to lose their current health care coverage; 3) forces millions of Americans to pay fines and still receive no health insurance; 4) causes millions of seniors to lose their Medicare Advantage plans; 4) places millions of Americans on welfare; 5) jeopardizes Medicare access for all seniors; 6) worsens health care access for the poor.

This past Friday, CMMS issued another report, this time on Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) version of Obamacare and the verdict was in many ways worse: 1) health care costs would rise by $234 billion; 2) 17 million Americans would be forced out of their existing health insurance; 3) 19 million Americans would pay $29 billion in taxes/fines and receive no health care in return; 4) 33% of all Medicare Advantage customers would lose their health care plan; 5) 18 million Americans would be put on welfare; 6) the $493 billion in Medicare cuts would force 20% of Medicare providers to become unprofitable thus jeopardizing access to care for all seniors; and 7) the explosion in Medicaid recipients would exacerbate existing health care access problems for the poor.

All of these drawbacks have been brought to our attention before, just never in one place nor issued by such a non-partisan body.

This is truly insane for the Democrats to continue pushing this monstrosity in the face of such extraordinarily dire effects. They must have an electoral suicide wish. More likely, they are waking up to the fact that the bill they have now is just not going to make it and they will have to scale back their plans drastically in order to get something passed.

That is, unless Obama forces them over the cliff at which point he insures not only their destruction but makes his own re-election much more problematic.


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