Obamacare and the recent contraceptive mandate ruling are not just worrying Catholics, according to a panel of health and legislative experts at CPAC 2012.
“Regardless of whether you are religious or not, what it means is that your daughter could have complete coverage of contraception and sterilization procedures under your health insurance without you even knowing,” said Chuck Donovan, President, Susan B. Anthony List Education Fund.
Hal Sherz, M.D., President of Docs4PatientCare, agreed and said the new Obamacare regulations would not only affect patients and their rights but would fundamentally change her profession.
Sherz said under Obamacare, physicians will be required to undergo performance evaluations based on the amount of resources they use, such as how many CT scans they order, and the level of their adherence to the law.
Doctors who have low ratings, because they chose to practice differently than the law dictates, will have consequences in the form of decreasing payment for their practice.
It leaves doctors who disagree with Obamacare mandates the choice of either compliance or financial ruin.
Donovan compared it to the government requiring all Americans to purchase food, but also to be required to purchase the particular food that was in style for the government at the time.
He also said that Americans should not feel as if their rights are partially protected because they managed to get funded abortion out of Obamacare.
“It will be easy to integrate abortion funding in the future,” he said.
But Americans are not without hope.
“The states are leading the fight against this law,” said Christie Herrera, director of the American Legislative Exchange Council. “Many states have passed the Healthcare Freedom Act…even with a democrat majority in the legislature.”
The panelists unanimously agreed that if Obama is re-elected, Americans might have missed their last chance to get rid of Obamacare.
“November elections are our last defense,” said Heather Higgins, President and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice.