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Friday the 15th in Washington featured the 261 to 157 Congressional approval of the Upton Bill: a bill that would allow Health Insurance Companies to sell individually tailored plans to people while allowing past contracted Health Insurance contracts to continue.
The day before, on Thursday, the President reported to the press that his 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act, scheduled to go online in January of 2014, will allow another year of Individual Healthcare contracts to help smooth over the difficulties of the largest tax increase in US history. And he also promised to veto the Upton Bill should it pass the Senate.
A week later Connecticut joined a league of some 10 states barring insurance holders from holding on to their old insurance, including California and New York.
The Democratic party, it seems, has some explaining to do.
By voting 261 to 157 to allow the Healthcare Business to operate irrespective of Federal mandate, Congress sent a powerful message. 39 Democrats jointed the Republican machine to clip, nip and tuck the White House’s Healthcare legislation nightmare as the media told stories of a divided Republican Party that was splitting at the seams between Mike Lee’s and Ted Cruz’s Tea Party and Mitch McConnell’s and John McCain’s Republican Party.
Since the Democrat incumbent Obama won a second term, and took a hard-line position against changing fiscal initiatives that may put the Affordable Healthcare Act in jeopardy, Republicans have circled the Administration. They have begged to negotiate an unsustainable budget that promises the moon without pay.
So the October 1st Government shutdown, that almost closed some 400,000 jobs in Chuck Hagel’s Department of Defense, began as the Affordable Healthcare Act opened its website to the public. Two weeks of shutdown and unmitigated insurance failure seems to have been enough to get some Democrats from the Liberal Left to vote with the Radical Right.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s hometown newspaper – the Chicago Tribune – has in one year gone from endorsing the President to calling for a repeal of his historic Affordable Healthcare Act, once learning that ‘Obama Care’ disastrously separates the elderly from providers.
While 20 members of the House of Representatives are calling for the impeachment of the Administration’s legal head, Eric Holder, others decline Congressional demands to appear to answer questions on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Two Wednesdays past, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan commented to state that Nancy-Ann DeParle and Jeanne Lambrew responded negatively to a request to sit for Representatives: “The letter we got back… was they’re not gonna come.”
DeParle directed the White House Office of Health Reform and was already recognized as one of Obamacare’s chief architects. Lambrew has served as the White House Deputy Assistant for Health Policy since 2011.
Representative Jordan pointed to the fact that nothing in Obamacare instructed for the online Health Insurance Exchanges to open on October 1, and called DeParle and Lambew, “The ones who are ultimately responsible for putting at risk,” the personal information of Americans on partisan grounds to make sure that next year’s deadline for web-accessible Healthcare Exchange is fully operational.
As of Friday, the Affordable Healthcare website netted only 27.000 subscribers nationwide as 110.000 succeeded in signing up for Obama’s insurance packages. 4.2 million individuals lost coverage to a website that can’t seem to guarantee anything. A Congressional Budget Office estimate projects that tens of millions will lose their insurance in the name of Obamacare, while come think-tanks go as far as stating that 93 million will be forced into the forty-fourth President’s new Healthcare tax.
The President has already given big businesses and unions a year’s pass on his own law in order to help ease the economic strain.
He has yet to respond to needs of small-business owners, which according to the New York Times study of the California baker, ‘Baked in the Sun,’ may lose %65 of profits thanks to the President’s vision for free universal healthcare.
Small businesses, that reported in scores this summer that they will hire more part-time work to combat the ravages of the Healthcare tax, will have to accommodate the fact that the Affordable Healthcare Act’s section 1513 defines a full-time worker as someone who logs 30 hours a week.
The working poor will therefore lose insurance as middle and upper class premiums will go up, while some 14 million Americans who privately buy insurance will lose their right to choose their pursuit of happiness.
According to a Quinnipiac poll, Republicans have erased a nine point deficit since the Obamacare roll-out and are now tied with Democrats on an average likability scale.
Pollsters continue to document the popularity of the President at an all-time low.
Should a cry arise to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, by allowing for the Upton Bill to open a consumer Healthcare Market alongside the Federal one from within the ranks of the Democratic party, the President may be forced to admit that Universal Healthcare is a great principal that must be funded and not a Civil Right that must forced.
This is the same President that bucked pollsters to ‘save’ Detroit in 2009, only to witness his unpopular, short-term programs get sucked into the city’s bankruptcy.
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