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A Scorecard of the President’s and Congressional Democrats’ Broken Promises
(Prepared by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce)
Promise: “Coupled with comprehensive reform… that could save families $2,500 in the coming years - $2,500 per family.”
Reality: Despite President Obama’s repeated promises that families could save $2,500, the average family premium has instead grown by over $3,000 since 2008.
Promise: “If you like your current health care plan, you will be able to keep it.”
Reality: Obamacare incentives employers to drop coverage in response to new regulations and the availability of subsidized insurance in the new exchanges. According to a new economic report from the Congressional Budget Office, 7 million people will lose their employer-sponsored coverage, nearly double the previous estimate of 4 million.
Promise: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.”
Reality: In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office calculated that the ten-year cost of Obamacare, in terms of its spending increases, was $940 billion. In 2013, CBO’s ten-year spending estimate was $1.88 trillion. By 2015, the CBO’s ten-year spending projections are likely to exceed $2.5 trillion. Our federal debt exceeds $16 trillion today. A recent report by the GAO suggests that, under the most realistic scenarios, Obamacare will end up adding $6.2 trillion to the deficit over the next 75 years.
Promise: “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see their taxes increase…not any of your taxes.”
Reality: According to a March 5, 2013, Joint Committee on Taxation report, Obamacare includes 21 new or higher taxes that will cost taxpayers roughly $1.1 trillion over the next decade. The IRS will impose new and higher taxes on medical devices, prescription drugs, health coverage, high-premium health plans, and health savings accounts that will affect the average American.
Promise: Vulnerable Americans would be helped through 2014 by a temporary program that “makes health coverage available and more affordable for individuals who are uninsured and have been denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition.”
Reality: The Obama administration just announced additional sick Americans would be shut out from the “Pre-Existing Condition Program.” House Republicans said that health reform should tackle the biggest problems first – lowering health care costs, increasing access to patient care, and prioritizing funding for chronically ill Americans. House Republicans reiterated that priority in a recent letter to the president.
Promise: “So this bill is not only about the health security of America, it's about jobs. In its life it will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”
Reality: According to the Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare will reduce the labor force by 800,000 over the next decade and the cost to American businesses due to inability or failure to comply is estimated to be $52 billion. Additionally, a 2012 Gallup poll revealed that 48 percent of business owners cite the potential cost of health care regulations in their decision not to hire additional workers. A March 2013 Federal Reserve report on Current Economic Conditions acknowledges the health care law slows hiring, stating, “employers in several Districts cited the unknown effects of the Affordable Care Act as reasons for planned layoffs and reluctance to hire more staff.”
Promise: “I will protect Medicare.”
Reality: Instead of making the program stronger, Obamacare raided $716 billion from Medicare to fund its $1.9 trillion in new health spending over the same period. Included in these cuts are significant reductions in payments to Medicare Advantage plans, which could disrupt coverage for the 14 million Americans enrolled in the program today.
Promise: “No federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
Reality: HHS released a mandate that requires employers to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization procedures at no cost to their employees. The latest proposed rule expands the definition of institutions that could qualify for “religious employer exemption,” but does nothing to fundamentally alter the mandate itself. The administration’s proposal makes a minimal change to the mandate’s religious exemption, but it still allows only formal houses of worship and their integrated auxiliaries a reprieve from the mandate. This change does nothing to help countless individuals and employers who will now be forced to violate their conscience as a direct result of this Obamacare mandate.
Promise: “You see, part of the genius of our Founders was the establishment of a federal system in which each of our states serves as a laboratory for our democracy…our approach has been to give you the flexibility that you to need to find your own innovative ways forward.”
Reality: Obamacare tramples state flexibility. States that have or wish to implement market-oriented exchanges cannot because of Obamacare. State exchanges must comport with what HHS dictates and comply with hundreds of pages of rolling requirements coming from bureaucrats in Washington.
Promise: “I’m willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.”
Reality: The president did not include medical liability reform in his massive overhaul of the health care system, and he has repeatedly ignored attempts by congressional Republicans to work together on this issue. He ignored the fact that defensive medicine contributes as much as $200 billion a year to rising healthcare costs. According to the CBO, comprehensive
medical liability reform would reduce the budget deficit by at least $48.6 billion and as much as $57 billion over 10 years.
Promise: “The Affordable Care Act is designed to make it easier for younger Americans to obtain and maintain health insurance.”
Reality: Young adults can stay on their parents’ plan until the age of 26, but those without access to a parent’s plan or those between 27-39 are facing steep increases. Young, single adults who make about $25,000 a year or more will face premium hikes of 42 percent in the individual market. Single thirtysomethings who are ineligible for exchange subsidies will be affected as well, with their premiums likely to increase by 31 percent.
Prepared March 2013
More on ObamaCare Impact
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after reports found that premiums for Obamacare’s benchmark plans are set to increase by an average of 25%. Additionally, consumer’s coverage choices will be drastically reduced in many areas.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after reports surfaced that health insurers operating in New York’s Obamacare exchanges requested premium rate increases by as much as 89%.
WASHINGTON — Several Republicans Thursday heaped blame on the Obama administration for the failure of more than half of the cooperatives set up under the health law to infuse competition into the insurance market.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement after a Democrat and Chronicle report that MVP Health Care is dropping two of its five Medicare Advantage plans. As a result, subscribers will face, on average, a 44.8 percent increase in premiums. The changes will impact approximately 17,000 Rochester-area subscribers and 19,800 people across the state.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement in response to a study showing Obamacare has forced seniors in New York’s 27th District to have their Medicare Advantage cut by 16.43 percent.
WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today released the following statement following BlueCross BlueShield’s (BCBS) announcement they would be terminating Medicaid coverage for 53,000 Western New York participants.
“The tangible negative effects of Obamacare are now directly impacting individuals and their families,” said Congressman Collins. “Last week we learned of the upcoming rate hikes for individual’s premiums and now it is clear that fifty three thousand Western New Yorkers will be removed from BlueCross BlueShield’s Medicaid coverage.”
Congressman Chris Collins today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.).
The Coalition for Medicare Choices publicly thanked Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) today for fighting to protect Medicare Advantage. Collins strongly opposed the 5.9 percent rate cut the Obama administration proposed in February of this year.
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) released the following statement regarding today’s report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that determines ObamaCare will reduce the number of full-time workers by approximately 2.3 million people through 2021.
After pressing for answers for months, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) says the IRS will not force volunteer fire departments to comply with ObamaCare’s expensive employer mandate.
The Department of Treasury sent a letter to Congressman Collins this afternoon clarifying its policy.
For months, the IRS and Obama Administration refused to answer if volunteer fire departments would be subject to ObamaCare regulations, as volunteers are classified as employees by the IRS for tax purposes.