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AP: Undoing O-Care Could Have Messy Effects

From a terribly concerned Associated Press:

Undoing health law could have messy ripple effects

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | June 11, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a silver lining. Even if the Supreme Court overturns President Barack Obama’s health care law, employers can keep offering popular coverage for the young adult children of their workers.

But here’s the catch: The parents’ taxes would go up.

Huh? (They try to explain this one below. It is quite laughable.)

That’s only one of the messy potential ripple effects when the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the Affordable Care Act this month. The law affects most major components of the U.S. health care system in its effort to extend coverage to millions of uninsured people.

Because the legislation is so complicated, an orderly unwinding would prove difficult if it were overturned entirely or in part.

How come we didn’t hear about how complicated this legislation was when it was being rammed down our throats? How come there were no messy effects to put it into place?

Better Medicare prescription benefits, currently saving hundreds of dollars for older people with high drug costs, would be suspended. Ditto for preventive care with no co-payments, now available to retirees and working families alike.

Partially overturning the law could leave hospitals, insurers and other service providers on the hook for tax increases and spending cuts without the law’s promise of more paying customers to offset losses.

If the law is upheld, other kinds of complications could result

Remember, this is supposed to be a news article.

"At the end of the day, I don’t think any of the major players in the health insurance industry or the provider community really wants to see the whole thing overturned," said Christine Ferguson, a health policy expert who was commissioner of public health in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor

Christine Ferguson currently writes for the Huffington Post. She is also the Director of the STOP Obesity Alliance. She was not a random choice.

The coverage for young adults up to age 26 on a parent’s health insurance is a popular provision that no one’s arguing about. A report last week from the Commonwealth Fund estimated that 6.6 million young adults have taken advantage of the benefit, while a new Gallup survey showed the uninsured rate for people age 18-25 continues to decline, down to 23 percent from 28 percent when the law took effect…

But economist Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute says many parents would pay higher taxes as a result because they would have to pay for the young adult’s coverage with after-tax dollars. Under the health care law, that coverage now comes out of pre-tax dollars

So this is one of the messy effects? Parents would have to pay for their adult kids’ insurance with after tax dollars! We cannot allow that to happen by any means!

Advocates for the elderly are also worried about untoward ripple effects.

If the entire law is overturned, seniors with high prescription costs in Medicare’s "donut hole" coverage gap could lose annual discounts averaging about $600. AARP policy director David Certner says he would hope the discounts could remain in place at least through the end of this year

This is absurd. As Forbes Magazine pointed out last month, Obama-Care only ‘fixes’ the "donut hole" by taking "hundreds of billions of dollars away from Medicare’s market-oriented Medicare Advantage program."

And, as we noted back in April, Medicare Advantage is so wildly popular that Obama is spending $8 billion dollars to keep people from finding out about the gutting of Medicare Advantage before the elections.

And we won’t even mention the fact that Obama-Care takes $500 billion dollars away from Medicare’s budget. Which is why so many seniors are adamantly opposed to it.

And you know the AP won’t mention it.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “AP: Undoing O-Care Could Have Messy Effects”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Alexander and the Gordian Knot come to mind.

  2. untrainable says:

    10 Camels… 20 chickens… how much is that in shiny beads and tree bark?

  3. Chinnubie says:

    I wish they would get this over with so the insurance companies can get back to running normally. I went to the doctor in December of 2010 and they didn’t pay the claim until this month, at the same time I’m getting a bunch of bills I’m unsure on whether or not to pay. They apologized for the delay but this stupid so-called law has really screwed things up for the everyday person just trying to get through life.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Time for the old fashioned fix. Some of you know what I mean.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Veiled threat from the AP which really means,

    “If O-care is struck down, our caterwauling and whining will become even more intolerable”.

  6. BigOil says:

    Never let a government generated crisis go to waste. I predict when the mandate is struck down – the Marxists will plow ahead with the remaining 2500+ pages of Healthcare chaos in place. All roads lead to a single payer healthcare system

    Mission accomplished.

  7. canary says:

    Mithrandir, I’d like a print easy copy of this. I can sneak copies into hospital waiting rooms and nursing homes. ;)

    I don’t think anyone that was sick under Obama’s term will vote for him.

    • Mithrandir says:

      I think you have to go to a print shop to get a poster size big enough to fit the diagram in.

      Also, if you want to clear out hospital and nursing home backlogs with heart attacks, then go ahead and leave the diagrams around where people can see them.

      CAN YOU IMAGINE THE HOLOCAUST of democrat operatives in the diagram, being appointed based on campaign contributions, political hacks being given high level positions when they have no health care experience?
      Collecting higher and higher taxes to be distributed to their voters (and the cost overrun will be the usual 10-fold from the original budget which is S.O.P. for Washington), every person in the system will make 6-figure salaries for LIFE with the usual 3% salary and benefit increase every year.
      Using the health care system (like they do with everything else) to HARASS those hostile to liberalism, to make life and death decisions based on political litmus tests, to hand out transplants based on “DIVERSITY” or other social justice memes? Conservatives dying while on a waiting list, but a democrat donor moved to the top with tons of excuses to accompany the decision?
      To give out gov’t contracts to suppliers who are sympathetic to the democrats, threaten and cancel those who aren’t.
      THE LIST OF MISCHIEF AND TYRANNY that this government system will befall on us will be on a scale we have never witnessed before.

  8. P. Aaron says:

    As if the Obama presidency hasn’t been messy?

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    But……but……but he’s only trying to destroy 1/6 of the economy. The rest will come later when he tries to steal a second term. (Thats another story)

  10. JohnTheBuilder says:

    Messy effects is right, but not for the reasons listed. Lots of mandates and price increases have already been implemented. Some employers have already dropped coverages. This law has created a mess that will not be easily undone. There is no way that things will simply revert back to 2009. I don’t think that can be done at this point.

    Once again, our government has foisted its will on the people, against their will, and we will be stuck with parts of it for the rest of our lives regardless of it being overturned.


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