voted for President Obama in 2008 because he promised us hope and change. I
knew little of his past or present ideology. He was an attractive candidate and
promised hope. The New York Times never
went into depth about his past, past interests or past performances.
trusted him and voted for him. He looked like and acted like the candidate of
hope. I trusted him to lead America on the right path.
he even said in one of his stump speeches “you
know me and you know you can trust me.”
after his inauguration America was confronted with an $800 billion dollar
stimulus package that promised to produce millions of shovel ready jobs.
weren’t many shovel ready jobs. He baled out some companies and not others. All
the bale outs were at taxpayer expense.
few things developed that made me suspicious of President Obama’s ideology. President Obama is dedicated to big
government and big spending even though it is inefficient and not directed
toward its original goal.
the media is the message and 171,000 new jobs sounds like a big number that is
better than expected. It gives the illusion that the economy is improving on
President Obama’s watch.
Americans are not
stupid. The New York Times is trying much too hard to get President Obama re-elected.
Obama has generated mistrust by Americans for the promises he made about Medicare
and Obamacare. The amount of money spent, so far, by the President Obama on
Obamacare is not available to the public.
analysis of the increase in middle class taxes already in place as a result of
Obamacare are not discussed by the main stream media nor by President Obama.
are 10 hidden taxes on citizens making less than $250,000 a year i.e. the
Medicare payroll tax. This tax is going up from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent. There is an additional 3.8
percent Medicare tax added to investment income. Together, this will cost
taxpayers $318 billion from 2013 to 2022. These taxes were not obvious to the
impact of future Obamacare taxes on the middle class is going to be
overwhelming. The new taxes were written into Obamacare but not presented to
the public. This serves to increase the mistrust for President Obama and his
promise for transparency.
one thing I learned from Hayek is that you cannot manipulate the economy by
edict or force without limiting freedom. In a “free” society “ the unintended
consequences and costs are certain to get out of control.
can be controlled in a level playing field competitive free market. The
consumer driven market is non-existent. Consumers must start to understand
their power in society.
should make rules that level the paying field for all and then get out of the
way. No spinning the facts and no non-transparent activities. No favoritism to
lobbyists, associations or unions.
should be made for the benefit of the people in a competitive environment.
premiums and deductible expenses for senior will raise not decrease as promised
by President Obama. Out of pocket expenses will rise.
Seniors’ standard Medicare
Part B monthly premiums will jump from $99.90 to $128.20 at the low end of the
means testing while their Part B deductibles will rise from $140 to $180. Seniors’ Medicare hospital deductible on admission will
increase from $1,156 to $1,336, while their daily hospital
coinsurance will climb from $289 to $334 in out of pocket expenses.
have pointed out that Obama care’s main feature, ACO’s, will be impossible to
execute and will subsequently fail. This will lead to greater distortions of
the healthcare system.
result will be a decrease in choice, a decrease in the freedom to choose your
physicians or recommended care, a decrease in access to care and rationing of
care once the government has total control.
does not included increases in costs to seniors and the middle class that has
been scheduled by Obamacare.
the stakeholders have taken advantage of the healthcare system in its present
form. The stakeholders are the healthcare insurance industry, the hospital
systems, the government, the patients and the physicians.
healthcare system needs a new business model in order to survive. President
Obama’s business model is not the one. The public does not trust it.
actions of the stakeholders are natural as these stakeholders try to survive.
It is government’s job to make the rules so
these dysfunctional survival methods cannot flourish.
Obama cannot be an effective leader in the future. The public does not trust
him any more.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone