Morning Action: Obamacare Undermines American Values, Religious Freedom, and Doctors

AMERICAN VALUES.  The Heritage Foundation explains how Obamacare prioritizes non-citizens over citizens and able-bodied adults over the disabled, which does against American values.

Obamacare includes special provisions that allow many legal, non-citizen residents to qualify for federally subsidized insurance and, in so doing, offers these non-citizens more and better coverage options than American citizens.

A public safety net is necessary for those truly in need. But by spending more than $700 billion on its massive Medicaid expansion, Obamacare puts a greater emphasis on covering able-bodied adults than the disabled, which Medicaid was originally intended to serve.

SUPREME COURT.  Two challenges to Obamacare’s anti-conscience mandate have made it to the Supreme Court.  The Court should hear oral arguments this spring.  Heritage notes:

The challenges were brought by the Green family, who run Hobby Lobby, and the Hahns, who operate Conestoga Wood Specialties. The Court should hear oral argument this spring.

The Green family started Hobby Lobby over 40 years ago in their garage and now provides jobs for more than 13,000 individuals. The Hahns’ cabinet manufacturing company in Pennsylvania employs roughly 950 individuals. Both families seek to run their family businesses according to their deeply held beliefs—including providing employee health plans that align with their values.

Under the anti-conscience mandate, however, both Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood would be forced to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs such as the “morning after” and “week after” pills, regardless of their religious or moral objections to doing so. Unless these families get over their deeply held beliefs and get in line with the mandate, they risk steep fines of up to $100 per employee per day. That could mean $1.3 million in fines per day for Hobby Lobby and up to $95,000 per day for Conestoga Wood. This choice jeopardizes the family businesses’s economic future and all the jobs they currently provide.

DOCTORS.  Doctors – particularly specialists – are “rebelling” against Obamacare by refusing to participate in the exchanges:

Agents associated with the National Association of Health Underwriters were contacted in 16 cites across the country.

The agents were all certified by state insurance regulators to sell health insurance policies within and without the Obamacare exchanges.

Their responses provide an alarming picture of the profound changes Obamacare is forcing on patients and health care providers.

In parts of California, for example, low reimbursement rates have resulted in a doctor rebellion, as nearly seven out of 10 doctors refuse to participate in the exchanges.San Diego broker Neil Crosby told the Examiner that “65 to 70 percent of the providers have declined the reimbursement schedules the carriers are offering. They will not be providers in the exchange marketplace.”

Similarly, agent David Fear in Sacramento said, “Roughly a third of the doctors are going to be accepted in the networks. I’m finding very few specialists in either the Anthem or Blue Shield networks.”

 OBAMA.  President Obama’s approval rating has hit another all time low:

The botched rollout of Barack Obama’s signature health care law continues to take a political toll on the president. The latest evidence is a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning showing the president’s approval rating hitting a record low of 34 percent in Ohio. Obama’s disapproval rating has jumped to an all-time high of 61 percent. This represents a significant decline from Quinnipiac’s last poll in Ohio on June 26, when Obama recorded a 40 percent approval rating and a 57 percent disapproval rating.



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