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REPEAL, REPEAL!!

Statement by Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, about the Initiative Petition to repeal the individual mandate in the universal health care law in Massachusetts.

Today, as a group of extremely concerned citizens, from a variety of walks of life, we will file the necessary paperwork with the Attorney General’s office to give the voters of Massachusetts the chance to repeal the most onerous portion of the state’s universal health care law. — the individual mandate.

Further, we hope to have a conversation with the voters of Massachusetts about the real impact of the universal healthcare law and what it portends for the future of our citizens.

We know from talking to people across the state that there is a large coalition of voters representing a wide variety of viewpoints who oppose the individual mandate.  Today we are launching a massive campaign to gather the signatures necessary to place this question on the ballot.  We will also be launching a website: http://repeal-romneycare.com/in the very near future to keep the public informed about our progress and to give groups the resources they need to help with this very important effort.

We want quality, affordable, and ethical health care for all. We are deeply concerned withinformation which has been published in the past two years which shows that the state health plan is running out of money and assumes that rationing is the solution. We in Massachusetts already have the highest premiums and the longest waits for doctors in the country and things are getting worse.

We at Massachusetts Citizens for Life have worked very hard over the past two years to prevent and then defeat Obamacare. Once Obamacare is overturned, the rest of the country will be fine but we in Massachusetts will still have to live under its prototype. Repealing the individual mandate is a start toward better health care in Massachusetts.

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 For more information about the Pro-Life cause in Massachusetts or to get involved   please visit our website at massprolife.com.

And . . . Spread the word.  Counter the ACORN/SEIU mob taking to the streets to take over your health care.  Resistance must be met not just in the halls of Congress, but in your neighborhoods, at the grocery store, in your car window, everywhere at the grass-roots level.  Michelle Malkin  •  June 9, 2009

The ravages of Obamacare “reform,” continued

Propaganda: “No one is going to lose their coverage.” – Obama administration, November 2010

Reality: Firms to cut health plans as reform starts: survey; 30% of companies say they’ll stop offering coverage – MarketWatch, June 2011

Once provisions of the Affordable Care Act start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows.

While only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say they will “definitely or probably” stop offering employer-sponsored coverage, according to the study published in McKinsey Quarterly.

The survey of 1,300 employers says those who are keenly aware of the health-reform measure probably are more likely to consider an alternative to employer-sponsored plans, with 50% to 60% in this group expected to make a change. It also found that for some, it makes more sense to switch.

Propaganda: Obamacare will lower premiums, save money! – Peter Orszag, November 2010

Reality: Out-of-pocket medical expenses skyrocketing, May 2011

Carol Schaub of Madeira Beach is thinking about dropping her health insurance because she can’t afford the $500 monthly premium. Bob Shah of Seminole increased the deductible on his family’s plan to $5,000 to keep his rates affordable. Janet and David Quinn of Brooksville have put off needed treatments and medications for financial reasons.

These are a few faces of a trend that has seen the amount of money American families shell out for health care more than double over the past decade, according to a new study.

The report, released this month by the industry consulting firm Milliman, found that average out-of-pocket health care costs for a family of four with insurance have ballooned from $3,634 in 2002 to $8,008 this year.

And that’s for families who get coverage from their employers. If you’re paying COBRA premiums like Schaub, or buying on the individual market like the Shahs, the costs are often much higher.

Health experts and advocates say that rising heath costs will force more people to the ranks of the uninsured or force them to skip necessary care and medications.

Propaganda: You can’t seriously question the constitutionality of Obamacare! – Nancy Pelosi, October 2009

Reality: The constitutional challenges keep on coming. Latest from Richard Epstein and Mario Loyola in the WSJ today:

The constitutional battle over ObamaCare has largely focused on the constitutionality of the individual mandate. Namely, does forcing individuals to buy health insurance violate the commerce clause? But as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear Florida v. United States, a second issue is of equal importance: Was District Court Judge Roger Vinson correct to rule that the federal government can force states to expand their Medicaid programs as a precondition for continuing to receive matching federal funds for the program?

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states have a choice: Expand their Medicaid rolls or bear the full cost of caring for their state’s current Medicaid population, while continuing to subsidize the Medicaid programs of other states. The constitutional danger of such a scheme has long been recognized. In 1936, the Supreme Court warned in U.S. v. Butler that if conditional federal grants were not restrained, the taxing and spending power “could become the instrument for the total subversion of the governmental powers reserved to the individual states.”

And yet the government is comparing this Medicaid requirement to a “voluntary” contract. Does anyone believe that a person is entitled “voluntarily” to continue his journey so long as he pays for all poor people who use the roads? The government’s action is plainly coercive because it necessarily conditions the exercise of one right upon the conscious surrender of a second.

This just in:

http://americaswatchtower.com/2011/08/10/obamacare-migrant-farm-workers-to-be-covered-under-healthcare-reform/

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5 comments on “REPEAL, REPEAL!!

  1. MH
    August 4, 2011

    Can’t wait to sign for the end of Romneycare it’s about time!

  2. Guy Brandenstein
    August 16, 2011

    This is a letter that I have sent to Deval Patrick, Mitt Romney, Pres. Obama, and my Representatives in the State Legislature:

    Mr. Governor,

    I have contacted your office a number of times on a subject that I feel very strongly about.  This subject is the Individual Mandate associated with the Health Care Reform law that was put into place by your predecessor and, so far, I do not feel that I have been taken seriously regarding my concerns (one young lady actually laughed at me).

    I have been out of work for over a year, my previous employer was unbelievably generous with a separation package for me.  Due to this package, I have had Health Insurance and/or a COBRA package up to this point.  My COBRA increases from $174.00 to $499.00 as of August 1.  I cannot afford this increase.  Also, due to the amount I earned last year, I do not qualify for the State programs. I definitely cannot afford private insurance.

    As I have told the people on your staff, I have a very powerful immune system (I haven’t need to go to the doctor due to illness since 1992).  The only reason I have needed to go to the doctor in the last twenty years has been due to injuries and for checkups (my doctor actually joked “why was I wasting his time” because my test results were so good).

    Now, due to the Individual Mandate, I have been backed into the corner of having to choose between a) Paying my Mortgage (which I need), or b) Buying Health Insurance (which I do not need).  If I choose to pay my Mortgage, the State will fine me and/or take me to court.  If I choose to buy Health Insurance, my bank will Foreclose on my home.

    Now, I realize that in the mantra of the defenders of the Individual Mandate they will insist that it has increased the number of people that have Health Insurance to 97%, this was a single-digit increase from before it was in place (not something I would crack open a bottle of champagne for).  But that increase was gained by threatening people.  That is no better than extortion.

    I, honestly, cannot believe that any of this States political leaders would feel that a law is legitimate if it puts even one citizen in the position of possibly losing their home by forcing them to purchase a product.

    You, and the Legislature have the Power and Ability to correct this miscarriage.  The question is, do you have the will.  Which is more important, the PEOPLE of this Commonwealth or a mis-guided AGENDA?

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