Former CA Lt. Governor and 24th Congressional District candidate Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold ObamaCare on the basis that it is a "tax" and pledged to support a bipartisan repeal and place of ObamaCare:
"We are a nation built on the right to be free and the right to make choices for ourselves and I believe that government should never force anyone to buy a service. The fundamental truth is that the American people want a health care solution that expands access to care, preserves choice and lowers costs.
"As it turns out, the "big gamble' Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) voted to pass without knowing what was in it, was in reality, a big tax on millions of middle-class American families and seniors. The Supreme Court's decision couldn't be clearer -- ObamaCare is a tax and the Congress has the sole authority to repeal that tax. I support a bipartisan repeal and replace of the ObamaCare tax.
"Across the country, small businesses and working families are struggling to cope with the crippling effect of the ObamaCare tax. I believe that health care decisions should be made by patients, families and their doctors, not by Washington bureaucrats who have forced upon the American people a $525 billion tax increase, a $575 billion Medicare cut for seniors and a 9% increase in premiums for working Americans."
BRONEN PROMISE: OBAMACARE WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT: PELOSI: " "The bill is fiscally sound, will not add one dime to the deficit,' Pelosi proclaimed." (Chris Good, "Pelosi: Health Care Bill Reduces Deficit, Spends More Than Senate Bill," The Atlantic, 10/29/2009)
MEDICARE TRUSTEE: OBAMACARE TO ADD AT LEAST $340 BILLION TO THE DEFICIT: (Lori Montgomery, "Health-care Law Will Add $340 Billion to Deficit, New Study Finds," The Washington Post, 4/9/2012)'
OBAMACARE TO COST $1.76 TRILLION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS: (Phillip Klein, "CBO: ObamaCare to Cost $1.76 Trillion Over 10 Years," The Washington Examiner, 3/13/2012)
BROKEN PROMISE: OBAMACARE WOULD LOWER COSTS AND FAMILIES COULD SAVE $2,500/YEAR ON PREMIUMS:OBAMA: "Coupled with comprehensive reform, this could result in our nation saving over $2 trillion over the next 10 years, and that could save families $2,500 in the coming years -- $2,500 per family." ("Statement by the President After Meeting With House Democratic Leadership," The White House, 5/13/2009)
BROKEN: FAMILY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS ROSE 9% IN 2011, WITH OBAMACARE PLAYING A ROLE:(Julie Appleby, "Cost of Employer Insurance Plans Surge in 2011," Kaiser Health News, 9/27/2011)
EMPLOYEES' SHARE OF PREMIUM COSTS HAS ALREADY INCREASED 9.3% FROM 2011 TO 2012, $235 PER PERSON: "Employees' share of premium costs increased 9.3% between 2011 and 2012, with the dollar burden rising from $2,529 to $2,764." ("Performance in an Era of Uncertainty," Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Healthcare, March 2012)
BY A MARGIN OF 8 TO 1, EMPLOYERS EXPECT OBAMACARE TO INCREASE COSTS: "By a margin of 8 to 1, those who believe Health Care Reform will trigger a cost increase outnumber those who believe Health Care Reform will create savings. Yet the survey responses re?ect that few employers have started to reframe employee expectations relative to Health Care Reform." ("The Health Care Reform Survey: 2011-2012," Willis, March 2012)
OBAMACARE'S MANY TAXES AND MEDICARE CUTS:
DEMS CUT $500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE: "It would cut an additional $60 billion from Medicare, bringing total cuts to the program to more than $500 billion over the next 10 years." (Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery, "With Senate "Fixes' Bill, GOP Sees Last Chance to Change Health-Care Reform," The Washington Post, 3/24/2012)
OBAMACARE INCREASES TAXES BY $525 BILLION: ("CBO's Analysis of the Major Health Care Legislation Enacted in March 2010,"Congressional Budget Office, 3/30/2011)
CARDIAC DEFIBRILLATORS, ARTIFICIAL JOINTS, AND MRI SCANNERS ALL FACE NEW TAXES: "The 2.3% levy applies to the sale of everything from cardiac defibrillators to artificial joints to MRI scanners. The device tax is supposed to raise $28.5 billion from 2013 to 2022, and it is especially harmful because it applies to gross sales, not profits." (Editorial, "Improvised Explosive Device Tax," The Wall Street Journal, 5/28/2012)
SMALL AND MID-SIZED BUSINESSES COULD BE HIT HARDEST: "Companies at make-or-break margins could be taxed out of existence, especially in an intensely competitive industry where four of five businesses are start-ups or midsized." (Editorial, "Improvised Explosive Device Tax," The Wall Street Journal, 5/28/2012)