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From National Review Online by Grace-Marie Turner

Not one of its major programs has gotten started, and already the wheels are starting to come off of Obamacare. The administration’s own actuary reported on Thursday 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:

1. People losing coverage: 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. Half of all seniors on Medicare Advantage could lose their coverage and the extra benefits the plans offer.

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Indiana and HSAs

From Opinionjournal.com by Mitch Daniels, Gov. of Indiana

As Washington prepares to revisit the subject of health-care reform, perhaps some fresh experience from Middle America would be of value.

When I was elected governor of Indiana five years ago, I asked that a consumer-directed health insurance option, or Health Savings Account (HSA), be added to the conventional plans then available to state employees. I thought this additional choice might work well for at least a few of my co-workers, and in the first year some 4% of us signed up for it.

In Indiana’s HSA, the state deposits $2,750 per year into an account controlled by the employee, out of which he pays all his health bills. Indiana covers the premium for the plan. The intent is that participants will become more cost-conscious and careful about overpayment or overutilization.

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By Jeffrey Anderson via National Review Online

For an administration that says it’s committed to using empirical evidence to determine “what works,” and a president who says he’s “not an ideologue,” Obamacare’s marketing sure does rely on a healthy dose of fiction. The central inference behind the supposed need to pass Obamacare is that insurance companies are shamelessly gouging us and disproportionately driving up the costs of our entire health-care system. This is demonstrably false. But the Obama administration’s failure to recognize — or to admit — this inconvenient truth, largely explains why its proposed remedies would not only fail to drive health costs down, but would instead raise them up even further.

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From National Review Online by Dr. David Gratzer

Today, President Obama will meet with congressional leaders for a summit to discuss reforming American health care. The White House is expected to tout aggressive measures to reign in spending, and then contrast the president’s ideas with the smaller and — in the administration’s view — less substantive Republican proposals. And while the White House may or may not be successful in persuading Americans during the televised event, data from around the world suggests that White House proposals are unlikely to do much to “bend the curve” of health costs, to use the president’s favorite expression.

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A test of wills

It is hard to decipher whether the administration’s doubling down on healthcare reform today is a result of tone-deafness, arrogance, stupidity, or ideological rigidity. Best to conclude it is a mixture of all of the above. Regardless of the reason, there is only one response for freedom-loving people- gird yourself up and prepare to fight, again.

This escalation by the President puts the lie to his talk of bipartisanship and destroys the announced premise of the upcoming healthcare summit. Most would have expected the Democrats, given recent electoral history, to back off their proposals. Instead they are ratcheting up their proposals and their rhetoric, hoping to intimidate those who disagree into surrendering. It is time to fight…AGAIN!

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Despite what many may think, the Democrats are not giving up on healthcare reform this year. Check out this post from National Review’s The Corner blog

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By Scott W. Atlas from National Review Online, December 14, 2009

Trumpeting the straw-man argument that “doing nothing is simply unacceptable,” U.S. lawmakers continue to advocate a frighteningly sweeping government takeover of American health care. Those Democratic senators who dare to hesitate a bit before voting for this takeover are characterized as “moderates.” Yet their initial votes — made a whole three days after the unveiling of a 2,000-page bill that pushes a radical overhaul of the world’s most advanced health-care system, a bill opposed by the majority of American voters, and at a cost of a trillion dollars paid by massive taxes, penalties, and cuts in coverage — in the end were a loud and unanimous “yes” to proceed. Ultimately, these “moderate” senators merely wish to tinker with a grossly flawed plan that hemorrhages money, rather than thoughtfully consider alternatives and preserve the excellence of our medical care.

All the while, several obvious, commonsense reforms that would benefit American citizens have been stonewalled. Reforms that can bring health costs down without imposing government restrictions and mandates are being ignored, as if they just don’t exist. Americans should ask their elected officials why commonsense reforms that would increase health-insurance competition and reduce costs are being disregarded. Let’s consider six such reforms.

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