About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Healthcare By The Numbers

Congressman Frelinghuysen passed along his version of healthcare stats (below) that show how the first stages of the implementation of BO's massive government takeover falls short with respect to costs, premiums, preserving Americans' existing coverage, and providing full transparency and accountability.  Data out last week show that the price of healthcare insurance is rising even faster than before, the number of uninsured Americans is spiraling upward (ask McDonalds mini-med covered employees who are in jeopardy of losing their coverage or parents of the one million children who no longer can buy "child only" insurance), & the choices people have of doctors and health plans will be sharply constrained as a result.

But you can look to the current election campaigns for the best indicator - tell me one person running for office in November who voted for BO's healthcare bill that points that out in their campaign appearances?  Conversely the few Democrats that didn't shout this from the rooftops.

Healthcare Implementation by the Numbers:

4,103—Pages of regulations issued on the healthcare law from March 23, 2010 through September 17.

12—Number of final regulations not subjected to public scrutiny before taking effect.

40,000,000—Companies subject to the health law's new 1099 reporting requirements, which the National Federation of Independent Business called a "tremendous new paperwork compliance burden."

9—Regulations released to date that will increase premium costs for individuals and employers, according to the Administration's own estimates.

750,000—Reduction in the American labor force due to provisions in the law that "will effectively increase marginal tax rates, which will also discourage work," according to the Congressional Budget Office.

$310,800,000,000—Projected increase in healthcare costs as a direct result of the legislation, according to the Administration's own actuaries.

7,400,000—Reduction in Medicare Advantage enrollment as a result of the health care law, resulting in a loss of choice for seniors and millions of beneficiaries losing their current health plan.

51%—Percentage of American workers who will lose their current health coverage by 2013, according to the Administration's own estimates.

22—States that have joined legal actions to block all or part of the law from taking effect.


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