In the aftershocks, Lady Libertas is asking for YOUR help. Let’s get the list going of our favorite candidates and elected officials that have promised to REPEAL THE BILL … because that is our focus!
Lady Libertas would like to point out TWO of our great Florida candidates, Allen West and Brian Reilly that have both committed to Repeal this SOCIALIST MONSTROSITY!
And for all the Moonbats that have been making fun of us for months using the word “SOCIALIST” – here it is right out Al Sharpton’s mouth – I mean, why should they hide it anymore? A Vote for Obama was a Vote for Socialism – remind me to Thank my neighbors. Straight from the horse’s … errrr donkey’s …..errrrr Socialist’s mouth!
Our focus RIGHT NOW must be on the support of the campaigns of candidates that will Repeal this Bill – Leave your favorites in the comments!
Allen West – Press Release & Promise to Repeal the Bill
Brian Reilly – Op-Ed Piece and Promise to Repeal the Bill
Some Salient Points From the Op-Ed:
The Healthcare Reform bill will be the vehicle for an unprecedented expansion of the federal government. The expansion is being funded on the backs of the already fatigued American taxpayer and by deep cuts in Medicare benefits for our Seniors.
Time and again we have heard from supporters of the bill that “You will be able to keep the insurance that you currently have”. What these supporters, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, have failed to publicize sufficiently is that this bill contains a mandate that all Americans must purchase healthcare insurance and that this insurance must meet standards designed by the federal government. The IRS is the chosen enforcer for the healthcare reform bill and has been authorized to spend an extra $10 billion in new enforcement resources.
- IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage
- IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”
- IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans
- IRS can confiscate your tax refund
- IRS audits are likely to increase
- Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of poverty ($66,150 for a family of four.)
- IRS is prohibited from imposing these same taxes and penalties on illegal immigrants
For those who cannot afford to or choose not to comply with this mandate to obtain health insurance, there is a projection of $17 billion in tax revenue. Supporters of this bill are counting on Americans not being able to afford to comply or making a free choice to not comply. There is also $52 billion in new taxes on employers who do not provide acceptable or affordable coverage – acceptable by standards set by the federal government. This will be an immediate negative impact on employees and employers and those least able to pay.
Here in South Florida, in Broward County 21.8% percent are uninsured and in Miami-Dade, 28.1% are uninsured (almost double the national average of 15%). The new insurance mandates put forth by the healthcare reform bill will force many residents of South Florida onto Medicaid which puts the fiscal burden on our state of Florida.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said the mandate would cost Florida at least $1.6 billion in Medicaid alone. The impact of this mandate and strain on the state of Florida to come up with this money will be felt throughout the state in cuts to education, social services and law enforcement simply to comply with the federal mandate.
Medicaid patients are already struggling to find doctors and dentists that will treat them. Nationwide, 28.2 percent of physicians refuse to accept new Medicaid patients. The reimbursement rates for Medicaid are already at a horrifying low. Florida Medicaid pays only 56% of what Medicare pays and Medicaid costs consume 26% of the state of Florida budget. How can we expect an already struggling government agency to accommodate the tens of thousands that will be forced onto Medicaid just in South Florida as a result of the healthcare reform bill? Add to this the number of physicians that are increasingly refusing to take Medicaid, long wait times and limited access for patients which are already occurring today and we are facing a crisis of monumental proportions here in Florida alone.
The healthcare reform bill affects our Seniors as well. With more than 300,000 seniors enrolled in the Medicare Advantage plan in South Florida, the impact is dramatic. The cuts in Medicare are so deep even the President’s own chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said he could not fully analyze the cost of the legislation before the vote and predicted that providers might end their participation. Most of these cuts will be in reduced cost-sharing that senior citizens receive through Medicare Advantage. There will be more than $520 Billion in cuts from hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, home health programs, and Medicare Advantage. Medicare reimbursement rates will also be cut for psychiatric hospitals, labs, medical product suppliers and prescription drugs.
The cost and negative impact to the residents of Florida and throughout the United States begins immediately while the supposed “benefits” of the healthcare reform bill will not be activated until 2014. There are $520 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage and healthcare providers, as well as the $560 Billion In taxes that will affect Medicare patients, small businesses and more that will begin as soon as the bill is signed into law by President Obama.
Multiple states, including Florida are taking dramatic steps to stop the healthcare reform bill in its tracks.
“The health care reform legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last night clearly violates the U.S. Constitution and infringes on each state’s sovereignty,” said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, “On behalf of the State of Florida and of the Attorneys General from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota and Alabama if the President signs this bill into law, we will file a lawsuit to protect the rights and the interests of American citizens.”
As I stated before, I am not here to debate the need for heathcare reform, but given the cost to Floridians and Americans, I cannot support the kind of healthcare reform that was pushed forward by my opponent Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. We need solutions not cuts in benefits and increases in taxes. My commitment to District 20 and America is that I will work to repeal this bill and create the solutions that America needs without the burden of cost and radical expansion of government.
As a candidate for US Congress in District 20, I am here to listen to my constituents and to take into consideration the most positive steps for those in my District and in America. The healthcare reform bill was opposed by 59% of the American people in a CNN poll over the weekend. Multiple backroom deals were cut with various Representatives to benefit individual states and not our Union as a whole. The Democratic leadership utilized parliamentary tactics to avoid debate and pass the most partisan entitlement bill in the history of the United States. The White House and Democratic leadership, including Chief Deputy Whip Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, ignored the outcry from the American people and lawmakers to slow the process down and work in a bipartisan way to achieve real reform that would not cost the American people or tax an already overloaded system.
The next steps for the healthcare reform bill lie with the Senate, the Supreme Court and the States. As Americans, we need to meet with our elected officials over Easter recess and have them defend their decision to support this flawed bill or discuss ways to overcome the negatives until after November 2010. Part of being an elected official is being accountable for actions that affect all of our lives and addressing the concerns of their constituents.
Keep the Faith Patriots! and send me those Candidates! THANK YOU!