Beyond the vast, obvious ideological differences that separate supporters of Obamacare from those who are against it are the cold, hard facts that prove the new law is harmful to the country and to individual citizens. The law even hurts the very people it supposedly intends to help.
The conservative problem, of course, is that Obamacare is a direct attack on free markets and limited government. It is not that conservatives and libertarians are against helping the poor and needy get healthcare, even insurance if they want it, but that there are numerous ways to do this without restructuring the entire American system of healthcare, which in general functions very well.
These matters have been widely discussed already. But the main focus as of now is the fact that we have raw data coming in that prove that the warnings of impending disaster if Obamacare is implemented were true all along.
Further, we have proof that Obama lied about the new law along with his minions in Congress who sold the country a bill of goods based on nothing but smoke and mirrors.
The first and most obvious problem that has emerged is sticker shock. According to Breitbart, the government's own Obamacare Facebook page was inundated with complaints about the new costs of healthcare insurance, which have skyrocketed even within the Obamacare insurance exchanges that are being run by the states or the federal government.
"I am so disappointed," wrote one woman. "These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!" The comment received 169 "likes."
But the most poignant complaint came from a single mother of two who works full-time:
A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living "75% below the poverty level." She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. "Are you F'ing kidding me????" she wrote on the government's Obamacare Facebook page. "Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this 'bronze' health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening," she wrote.
And then there is this report concerning the premiums small business owners will have to pay:
The information is not very complete as I don't see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the "Premium." It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.78 a month!!!! So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $945 a month. This is only only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me to see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!
These are not rare, anecdotal examples of glitches here and there where people are falling through the cracks. Enough of these complaints have come in that they indicate widespread shock and dismay concerning the true costs of the new healthcare law, which neither Obama nor Democrats in Congress bothered to mention when the bill was rammed through Congress in the middle of the night at a time when Democrats had supermajorities in both the Senate and the House.
But perhaps the most damning fact of all is that the New York Times -- which has never been accused of being a propaganda tool of conservatives -- published an analysis showing that the very people Obamacare was supposedly designed to help are getting the shaft. Two-thirds of poor blacks and single mothers and over half of low wage workers who do not have insurance will be left out in the cold under the new law. The "help" they were promised will not be available at all.
This prompted The Market Ticker to issue a response, particularly given that hundreds if not thousands of warnings were issued from conservatives and libertarians about the train wreck that is Obamacare:
This is what you voted for.
This is what you asked for.
I told you to go to the store and buy Vaseline if you let this crap become "law."
You didn't, and you didn't stop this from happening either.
Now you're going to get it hard, dry, and daily.
And by the way, it's not******because you not only consented you explicitly asked for it.
Not only did multimillions of Americans ask for it but they made sure they reelected to office those who would give it to them.
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