President Obama seems to think that Americans love his universal healthcare plan and that it’s “working fine” — despite evidence to the contrary.
The POTUS held a special White House press conference on Tuesday and was asked about the implementation of Obamacare — something Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the bill’s chief authors, worried could be a “train wreck.”
“A huge chunk of it has already been implemented,” Obama responded. “And for the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance — they’re already experiencing most of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, even if they don’t know it.”
Obama also conveniently ignored the increase in healthcare premiums that many American will face.
“But I think the main message I want to give to the American people here is despite all the hue and cry, ‘sky is falling’ predictions about this stuff, if you’ve already got health insurance, then that part of Obamacare that affects you — it’s pretty much all in place,” he said.
Sadly, this spring marks the third anniversary of the signing of Obamacare — and it’s definitely not “working fine.” Yet once again, the Senate voted not to repeal the health care law. Since the vote in March was estimated to be the 39th time Congress has chosen not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, we thought Washington might need a few reminders about why exactly it’s such harmful legislation.
So here are five reasons to repeal Obamacare.
1) Only 37 percent of Americans approve of it
According to a March 2013 poll by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, only 37 of Americans approve of Obamacare, while another 40 percent disapprove. The remainder, 23 percent, declined to offer their opinion.
2) It’s a massive tax increase
The Supreme Court said it best last summer when they upheld the law and called it a tax on the American people — a tax that will increasingly prey on middle-class Americans.
3) The costs of it are passed on to the consumer
Last August, John Schnatter, the founder and CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, threatened to raise the price of his delivery pizza to offset the costs of Obamacare. And in March, the burger joint Five Guys franchise owner Mike Ruffer announced that he will be raising the costs at his restaurants as a result of the law.
4) Employees work fewer hours
Many companies, including restaurants like Olive Garden and Wendy’s, have reduced employee hours or stopped offering full-time status to their staff in order to escape having to pay for their healthcare benefits. In fact, a study conducted by human resources consulting firm Mercer found that 12 percent of companies nationwide plan on reducing workers’ hours to avoid the Obamacare penalties.
5) It undermines religious freedom
Employers with a religious or moral objection to providing contraception to their employees are not at liberty to refuse the service. As of late March, 13 state attorney generals were calling for broader religious exemptions to Obamacare, noting that it infringes on constitutional rights.
There ya go, Congress. Here’s hoping the 40th time is the charm!