posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 05:12 AM
I love all of the people citing Media Matters "report" that this is a hoax. The report is real and the numbers are real. The only mystery now
involves the HHS career official that leaked the information.
Richard Foster is quickly covering his tracks by denying this claim that the report was ready before the vote. He claims that the report was not
available until after the vote based on the numbers they had to work with.
An online article in The American Spectator about the most recent analysis by the CMS Office of the Actuary of the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act is completely inaccurate. We began working on the reconciliation bill for the health reform legislation once it was publicly
issued on March 18 – three days before the House vote took place on March 21. Because of the details and complexity of the legislation, it wasn’t
possible to estimate the package before the Senate vote. We began work on the estimates right away, but we didn’t finalize them until the afternoon
of April 22. We finished our memorandum on the health reform act later that same day and immediately sent it to those individuals and organizations
that had requested it, including Congressional staff, HHS staff, and media representatives.
His story is plausible. I'll work with that for now. So, I ask this question as have many others. Why was this bill rushed to vote knowing that the
results of this report were still pending?
Let's say he is wrong and the timeline does not match and the leak was accurate. Naturally, he will deny it just as any leak is denied.
Now for the report itself. No hoax here just cold hard facts that should have been presented prior to the final vote on this mess. Simple facts that
support the basic common sense math that for some reason stumped congress and Obama.
The administration's own actuary reported on Thursday (April 22) that millions of people could lose their health insurance, that health-care
costs will rise faster than they would have if the law hadn't passed, and that the overhaul will mean that people will have a harder and harder time
finding physicians to see them.
The White House is trying to spin the new report from Medicare's chief actuary Richard Foster as only half bad because it concludes that, while costs
will increase, only 23 million people will remain uninsured (instead of 24 million previously estimated).
But looking at the details of Foster's report shows the many, many danger signs for Obamacare and how many of its promises will be broken ...
About 14 million people will lose their employer coverage by 2019, as smaller employers terminate their plans and workers who currently have employer
coverage enroll in Medicaid.
Businesses will pay $87 billion in penalties in the first five years after the fines trigger in 2014, partly because they can't afford to offer
expensive, government-mandated coverage and partly because some of their employees will apply for taxpayer-subsidized insurance.
The new "CLASS Act" long-term-care insurance program will face "a significant risk of failure ... there is a very serious risk that the problem of
adverse selection will make the CLASS program unsustainable."
Under the new law, national health spending will increase by $311 billion over the coming decade. And instead of bending the federal spending curve
down, it will move it upward "by a net total of $251 billion" over the next decade.
An estimated 23 million people will remain uninsured in 2019, roughly 5 million of whom would be undocumented aliens; the remainder would be the 18
million who decline to get coverage and who will pay the penalty.
A significant portion of those newly eligible for Medicaid will have trouble finding physicians who will see them, and the increased demand for
Medicaid services could be difficult to meet.
Less coverage, fewer choices, hospitals closed, higher costs, and 23 million Americans still uninsured. Sounds good Obama
The actual report:
[edit on 28-4-2010 by jibeho]