In August 2012, a candidate for Illinois State Senate, District 18, Dr. Barbara Bellar thought she would start a fund-raising event with a lighthearted tone. She claimed that she could describe Obamacare (ACA) in one sentence, one verrrry long sentence.
Because Dr. Bellar so accurately portrayed the current national sentiment about ACA , a video of her speaking her very long sentence went viral. As of 10/7/12, it had received 2, 434, 958 hits on YouTube.
This is what she said, verbatim. [Bullets were inserted by this author.]
“We are going to be gifted with a health care plan [ACA]:
We are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t;
Which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people
Written by a committee whose Chairman says he doesn’t understand it;
Passed by a Congress that didn’t read it; but
Exempted themselves from it; and
Signed by a president who smokes;
With funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes;
For which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect;
By a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare;
All to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese; and
Financed by a country that’s broke.”
Funny, to be sure, but here’s the scary part. It is all true!
“We are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t.”
How many Americans think it is proper to be taxed because we choose not buy something, like insurance? Is this not an unconstitutional assault of freedom?
“Which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single new doctor…”
ACA may “cover” 10 million more people but they won’t be able to find a doctor. The President’s statement – “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” – was an empty promise.
“but provides for 16, 000 new IRS agents.”
Dr. Bellar cogently shows that the ACA is, at its core, a massive money transfer from patient care to expansion of bureaucracy.
“Written by a committee whose Chairman says he doesn’t understand it; and passed by a Congress that didn’t read it.”
Is there an American who will forget the immortal words of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “We will have to pass the Bill to find out what’s in it?”
“but exempted themselves from it.”
Why is ACA the right answer for We The Patients but not for people in Washington? When asked directly if he would accept government-mandated healthcare insurance for himself and his family, President Obama said, “I will have to think about that.” Translation: Are you kidding? We in the White House and in Congress have percs that are way beyond anything available to ordinary citizens like super-Cadillac insurance plans and generous, guaranteed pensions after only one day at work.
“Signed by a president who smokes.”
Should not people in authority provide role models for those they control? Should a teacher be ignorant? Should a policeman ignore the law? Should the person who claims to reform our healthcare system to improve our health then engage in one of the most unhealthy habits known to medical science? These were, quite obviously, rhetorical questions.
Is the message in this photograph “approved by Barrack Obama?” Is this the example by which the President wants to lead America?
“With funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes;”
A Secretary of the Treasury who fails to pay his fair share of taxes – whether by forgetfulness, confusion, or intentional tax evasion – is not fit for his office.
“For which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect;”
This is a government lay-away plan you and I wish we could have. Imagine if you got paid in advance, today, for work you may do (or may not) four years from now. Sweet deal!
“By a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare;”
Most people know that both programs are headed toward insolvency. Most people do not know why they are. Social security is simple: excessive promises made that cannot be kept because we are all living longer and government did not invest our money wisely.
The reason for Medicare impending bankruptcy is theft: Congress stole our money. They ignored the lockbox concept in the original Medicare legislation; broke open the “lockbox” and told out the money. They replaced the hard cash with IOUs. You can invest real money to make it grow. You cannot do that with IOUs.
The result is what we have now: a health insurance plan that you and I paid into for decades called Medicare, where Congress absconded with our funds.
“All to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese;”
Dr. Regina Benjamin, a Family Practice physician, was appointed Surgeon General in July 2009. She certainly is entitled to eat when and how much she chooses. However, when obesity is the #1 preventable illness in the US, is this the image our national chief doctor wants our youth to emulate.
“Financed by a country that’s broke.”
I keep wondering how President Obama can say what he does with a straight face. How can he promise to reduce the deficit and still defend ACA, his signature achievement that spends well over $1 trillion? These are dollars that our country does not have and must either print or borrow. Either way, his ACA spending throws gasoline on our already exploding national deficit, and he knows it.