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My turn: The new year of Obamacare

From page A4 | January 01, 2014 | 37 Comments

A great tragedy is now unfolding across America as we prepare for the new year. Millions of Americans are losing their health plans; millions more are facing staggering price increases; millions more are having hours cut or seeing their salaries pared back at work because of Obamacare.

Sadly, this is just the beginning. In coming days, millions of employer-provided plans face cancellation, multiplying this disaster many fold.

The administration recently held a contest for videos to promote Obamacare. Its grand prize winner featured this message: “Don’t worry about the price tag.”

“Don’t worry about the price tag?”

Isn’t that helpful and compassionate advice to the millions of Americans who are struggling through the fifth year of Obamanomics and who are now also facing the reality of seeing their premiums double or triple? Just “don’t worry about the price tag,” skip the house payment and cough up the extra cash.

Many millions of Americans who had health coverage on New Year’s Eve will not have it on New Year’s Day because of Obamacare.

What awaits those who actually can sign up?

According to the government’s own numbers, about two-thirds of the exchange applicants have been forced into Medicaid. That includes many on limited incomes who’ve maintained bare-bones policies because they’re desperately trying to stay out of Medicaid. Some have found that merely by looking at prices they’ve ended up trapped in this dreaded welfare program.

A major study documents that Medicaid patients have worse health outcomes than those without any insurance. If you doubt that, see how long it will take you to see a Medicaid doctor — if you can find one at all — for a bad cold.

If you are part of the one in three exchange applicants who escape this fate, the next problem will be to find a doctor — any doctor. The president of the California Medical Association reports that 70 percent of California doctors will not accept Obamacare patients.

That means the remaining 30 percent will be overwhelmed, resulting in life-threatening waiting lines. As patients desperately seek doctors in emergency rooms, actual emergencies will go waiting. Top-flight, specialized doctors and facilities will become completely inaccessible as they opt out of the system. The Cleveland Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, Sloan Kettering are just a few of the facilities that have already withdrawn from the Obamacare networks.

Those patients who actually can get an appointment may then discover that there is no record of their policy because the government hasn’t been able to connect patients with their new insurers.

Patients will next face the cold reality of sky-high deductibles and co-payments that many will be unable to pay. Many hospitals that serve large populations of the poor can only do so through supplemental payments, but Obamacare is phasing those out. Some hospitals will be forced to close their doors.

Those Obamacare patients fortunate enough to stay well in this brave new world can expect a highly elevated risk of identity theft in what the founder of MacAfee Security Software calls a “hacker’s … dream.” And there’s no need to wait for hackers, in some cases, the government has already accidentally released patients’ private financial and medical information.

Since so many people — particularly the young — are choosing not to pay inflated prices to subsidize others, we can expect another major round of rate increases next fall on those remaining in the system to make up for the shortfalls

That is what the new year will bring to our country. Many of us in the House warned of this coming train-wreck and tried at least to delay it. For this, we were called arsonists, terrorists, jihadists and demagogues. But now those warnings have proven entirely accurate.

This program has already devastated the lives of millions of Americans. This damage cannot now be undone by delaying it or tinkering with it. It must be repealed and replaced with the patient-centered plan proposed by House Republicans,  a plan guided by individual freedom of choice and open competition.

This will only happen if there is a massive change of heart by the Congressional Democrats who imposed this nightmare on our country. Now is the time for all Americans whose lives have been upended by this folly to share their stories with their representatives and to pray that they actually can touch some hearts and change some minds during this holiday season.

Otherwise, I am afraid that New Year’s Day will be nothing to celebrate.

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, represents the 4th Congressional District, which includes part of Placer County, all of of El Dorado, Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Madera and part of Fresno County.

Tom Mcclintock


Discussion | 37 comments

  • James E.December 13, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    A great tragedy???? Tom, you, a Tea/Republican from Elk Grove, are the great tragedy serving only the Tea Party.

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  • James E.December 13, 2013 - 12:21 pm

    But, I have to say that your great tragedy article will play great in EDC.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 7:47 am

    James, every time I read on of these letters, no matter who it is from, I can't help but recall the speech on election night 2010 from the weeping cheeto john boehner. What an utter disgrace to the position of House Speaker. He is on par with his loonatic predecessor for believing this country exists and advances only because of the federal government. The thing that sticks in my mind the most is the fact that during his whimpering, sniveling speech about himself is he never ever mentioned the people in harms way in some 9th century desert 10,000 miles from home. A silence shared by all of Washington, the leftist media, the formerly anti-war left and virtually everyone else except the families of those serving. I just fail to see how providing birth control to a bunch of people who don't want to pay for it became the priority of those who spent so much time and energy opposing "Bush's illegal wars". What changed James which caused the left to become mute?

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  • EvelynJanuary 01, 2014 - 8:13 am

    . . . speaking of the media, when last did we see reporting like this?

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Eve!yn, I have always found it interesting some of tactics used in a campaign the politicians had no intention of winning. This would fall under "the fog of war". Unlike WWII where Patton left nothing standing and made the church bell tower the first target in every town he came to the new tactic seems to be some conglomerate of waging war without offending anyone.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 10:28 am

    Eve!yn, have you read about the 40,000 new laws? Or perhaps the 40,000 less freedoms depending on which side of the political isle one finds themselves on. Happy New Year!!!

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    HELLO James, I have inquired previously to you directly on this specific phenomenon and did not receive a reply of any kind. Does this subject cause you to misplace your keyboard?

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 7:09 am

    The great tragedy is the spineless GOP, who, if given the opportunity to will continue to expand the ever reaching power of the federal government. Leaving those who cherish freedom and liberty with no representation in Washington DC. ocommycare will collapse because the math doesn't work and it was never intended to provide healthcare. It is just another gigantic government welfare giveaway program that will be funded by printed money stolen from the unborn. The GOP will more than likely benefit electorally from this utopian nightmare but they won't do anything to reign in government. Just more smoke and mirrors. When we finally reach totalitarianism it will only matter to the koolaid swilling lemmings whether we rode in on a donkey or an elephant. To the rest of us, it will still be Marxism.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Everything even remotely connected to leftism will always and forever yield the opposite results as intended and promoted.

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  • kggJanuary 01, 2014 - 9:12 am

    still spitting into the wind, tom?

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 9:30 am

    This is what "spitting into the wind" looks like.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 10:00 am

    Unbelievable, the media has stumbled onto something to report on that has nothing to do with Mitt Romney's adopted grandchild. Although this story doesn't mention the greatest single obstacle to middle class retirement....TAXATION.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 11:11 am

    Phil??? Paging Phil, crop circle alert!!

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 01, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    LINK - It's too late, Cookie. "THEY" have already taken the heartland. Kansas is a goner.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 11:11 am

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Some lite reading to go with your Rose parade nuptials.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 01, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Why is our Congressional representative MORE worried about the 700,000 people who have to pay .07% more of their paycheck for health care? (and STILL have food on the table for their families)............ and........ TURNS his back on 1.3 million people who lose Unemployment Benefits (No food on the table in 1.3 million homes)?................ He says it has to be paid for.........OK............ Take away CROP SUBSIDIES for ONLY the farmers who work MORE than 160-acres...... the CBO says that would SAVE $30 Billion ..... That would cover more than the $23 Billion for the Unemployment Benefits...... (26,600 people lined up for 600 jobs at Wal-Mart... Washington Post 12-15-2013)

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  • Pat SnellingJanuary 01, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Dink, the more people talk about "Obamacare" the less time the public will notice the families that will lose their homes (less rent checks to Landlords) and more children will go hungry. It's another blow to this no job-growth economy. The "Obamacare" rant is a flashy object for the low-informed voter who can't see beyond Breibart's spin.

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Didn't pelosi call that a badge of honor?

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  • Becky McIntyreJanuary 02, 2014 - 6:15 pm

    Dink, where are you getting your numbers about Obamacare? What .07%? Millions of people lost the coverage they wanted and are now facing premiums that are 2-3x higher. The ACA supposedly created because 48 million people were uninsured. So where are the millions that were supposed to sign up? What we've seen so far is people going on medicaid (welfare) and a smaller percentage getting subsidies (also welfare). But the number of newly insured is a fraction of those who lost insurance. Blue Shield, one of or possibly the largest health insurer in the U.S., just raised rates 3.6% nationwide for small plans. That increase was simply to cover the estimated cost of the subsidies and newly insuring high risk employee. That is only the tip of the iceberg. You previously mentioned union workers not experiencing any increases. Why? Became Obama gave unions an exclusion! And why is that? For their votes! Is that somehow fair? Small businesses are already screaming bloody murder, and so are their employees. Was it better to have millions lose coverage so a small fraction could gain coverage at the cost to others? Seriously? You're screaming about 1.3 million people who've already been on unemployment for months losing what is likely only part of their income (they aren't losing their food stamps -- which is what puts food on the table of families (a typical lefty line, btw). Do I feel sorry for them? Yes. But you are talking apples and oranges. And we can't have people on unemployment indefinitely. We already have millions on welfare.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 01, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, PAT! ~~~ BTW ~~~ Pray for rain.

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  • Pat SnellingJanuary 01, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    Amen, Phil. Amen

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Some of the undiscussed taxes buried in ocommycare.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 01, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    FYI - LINK - The Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    Solar field tax? It doubles in years of neutrality. Wait until everyone has solar panels on their house and congress votes to tax solar radiation. “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time congress meets.” – Will Rogers

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 01, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Well . . . I suppose with th' sun flipping now they're gonna have to rewire all them panels?

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 01, 2014 - 3:35 pm

    Cookie --- Arizona approved ALEC proposal 6350 to apply "Fees to Renewable Energy" (Solar Field Tax) ..... (AZ a Republican controlled State Legislator calls it 'Grid-Connection') ......... This 'Solar Fee' or 'Grid-Connection Fee' was originally introduced by the "Heartland Institute"..... ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council..... Tom McClintock has been a major spokesperson for ALEC since he was a CA Legislator. (His website says it) ....... By Taxing Solar panels (ALEC proposal 6350) oil-companies can stop or slow down the competition (you know that Open Market stuff where you block the completion).... and the Heartland Institute is a major GOP think-tank and run by Oil Companies executives....

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  • OU812January 01, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    and dinky has a really really tiny... you know. brain

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    dink, based on the notion that CO2 is detrimental to the preservation of life on earth and therefore legitimate to regulate through carbon credit taxation to corporations AND the population of the United States combined EXHALES roughly as much CO2 every 24 hours as multiple coal fueled power plants, how can you, with any intellectual honesty believe it is legitimate to tax some business and not yourself????????? Look forward to hearing back from you on this topic around the same time you offer your explanation as to how the oceans of oil and mountains of coal got in the ground in the first place. Normally I wouldn't put you on the spot like this dinky, but I just feel like it.... Happy New Year..

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    dink (nicknamed for the sound coming from his coconut husk cranium when ever he comes to an abrupt stop and his pea gravel size brain collides with the back of his forehead) must have lost his internet connection.

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 01, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Cookie, I really do think Dink is on that Antarctic ship. . . . sketchy internet . . .

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  • cookie65January 01, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    My thought was there was no need to pick them up since the science was settled and the only question was which spf sunblock they should have with them. I wonder if dink has donated all of his winter wear to charity since we will no longer need it? I sure hope we don't see him around town in a speedo.

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  • cookie65January 02, 2014 - 5:10 am

    Phil, UFO sightings.

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  • cookie65January 02, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Now the rescue ice breaker ship is trapped too. I guess they don't possess the courage of their convictions because they don't want to wait for it to thaw like they are telling everyone it is guaranteed to do. I suggest martyrdom to their religion and pseudoscience.

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  • cookie65January 02, 2014 - 6:37 am

    Another blow to paganism.

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  • johnJanuary 02, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    Mc Clintock's ideological predecessors said SS would destroy the country, then they said unemployment insurance would, then it was Medicare's turn to do us in. Mc Clintock is a reactionary libertarian whose philosophy espoused by Ayn Rand comes down to: I got mine so screw you and die. Real Christianity, Teahadist-style, in all its evil glory!

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  • Dee#1January 03, 2014 - 9:22 am

    Dear Representative McClintock, Happy New Year! The same old, same old, Leftists are still using the same old, same old accusations of against you using the same old, same old lies. Well, this is to thank you for the courageous stands you take that emphasis your commitments to the residents of your District. We appreciate you keeping your campaign promises and will continue to support you in your coming election. Again, Happy New Year and thank you.

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