Roskam Releases Statement on Obamacare

Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) releases a statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law.

Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling examined the Constitutionality of the health care law, but the Justices could not take into account the practicality or effectiveness of a government takeover of our health care system and one-sixth of our economy—on that score, the verdict was in long ago. 

“The American people are disappointed in this law and fearful of its full effects because so far, the rhetoric does not match up to the reality. Remember when the president said, ‘If you like what you have, you can keep it?’  Some estimates say up to 30 percent of employers will definitely drop their employee health coverage, forcing many into state exchanges. 

“Remember when we were promised the law would lower costs? Family premiums have already increased by 9 percent, with costs predicted to rise for years to come.  And what of the promise that the law would bend the cost curve down? Recent studies show that government spending is expected to explode to half of all health care spending in the United States.  One of the few promises that came true was when then Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, ‘We have to pass the law to find out what’s in it.’ 
“President Obama’s takeover not only made our health care system more complex and expensive, but stalled our already tepid economic recovery by creating tremendous uncertainty for job creators and small businesses.
“The House of Representatives is as committed as ever to full repeal of the disastrous health care law, and replacing it with common-sense, patient-centered solutions that families can afford. The American people deserve better than what President Obama’s health care law provides.  We can do better and we will do better.”

Mark Garrity June 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
This is nonsense. The law won't even go into full effect until 2014 and it's stalled the economic recovery? Roskam makes a lot of claims but he doesn't name one study he cites. The non partisan Congressional Budget Office scored the bill just before it passed. It will cover 32 million more Americans and lower the budget deficit by $118 billion over the first ten years and by a trillion over the second ten years. One way Obamacare does that by getting more people into the insurance pool. Hospitals are already cutting costs by implementing electronic record keeping and simple measures like hand washing before touching patients which cuts the spread of infections and resulting readmissions tremendously. Despite the scary rhetoric Obamacare is very much like Romneycare in Massachusetts. That policy was based on a proposal made by the rightwing think tank Heritage Foundation in 1989. Republican Senator Lincoln Chaffee introduced a plan just like it in the senate with Bob Dole's blessing in 1993 as the GOP alternative to Hillarycare, complete with the personal mandate. It's time for Republicans to stop making stuff up about Obamacare and help implement the law.
Carol Johnson July 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Yes, Mark, the economic recovery is stalled because of Obamacare. Small business owners (and their current employees) are faced with increasing monthly health care costs already. Parts of Obamacare have already been implimented (not waiting till 2014) and those few changes have health care costs on the rise. Small business owners are reluctant to hire new workers because of the economic uncertainty this administration has created (Obamacare is only one aspect). I do not think you are in the medical field from your comment about hospitals. Electronic recording has been in the plan for implimentation long before Obamacare! And honestly giving Obamacare credit for hand washing in hospitals...really? Are you kidding? LOL! Yes, it would be nice if Democrates would "stop making stuff up" about what Republicans say. Mark, please take some time to ask your friends and family members how Obamacare is already impacting their medical costs. I am certain you will find that our President was incorrect when he told us that we can keep our current coverage without raising the cost. My family is paying a huge monthly increase already and I do not want to see Obamacare implimented! The costs to the middle class only seem to keep increasing.
Mark Garrity July 03, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from the law. Small businesses with more than that get generous tax credits to buy insurance. If they instead put their employees in the exchange the employees get generous tax credits to buy it. . I watched a neurologist examine my father's head in the emergency room with his bare hands at Good Sam in DG after he had a bad fall. He didn't bother to put on gloves or wash his hands until he'd gotten blood on them. Both my parents were in that hospital at various times in the late 2000s. Washing hands, masking up were not SOP at that place back then and both my parents acquired infections that required numerous readmissions and heavy regimens of antibiotics.
Mark Garrity July 03, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Every single time either one of them were admitted not just to the emergency room but to any test clinic inside or out of the hospital I, as the person with medical power of attorney had to sit down with a clerk and regurgitate the same name, contact info, address, Medicare and insurance numbers so they could hopefully get it right by scrawling it on a form by hand to file it away in some cabinet. In contrast at Hines VA where my dad got most of his care it was simple matter to bring up all of his medical records in the system, what meds he was on, what treatments he'd received, when his upcoming appointments were (we tried to schedule them all on the same day if we could) by giving his name and the last 4 digits of his Social Security number. None of that was available at Good Sam in 2008 and if it wasn't for Obamacare wouldn't be available at all. Why is beyond me, Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich even agreed back in the early 2000s we should have one admittance form instead of dozens of different insurance documents to fill out that required doctors to hire 2 or 3 clerks per practice just to navigate the maze of rules and regs insurance companies churned out to deny and delay care to keep their costs down.
Mark Garrity July 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Because of a provision in Obamacare called the Medical Loss Ratio insurance cos will have to spend 80% of the premiums they collect on actual health care or rebate the difference (85% for large group insurers mostly from major corporations). No longer will they be able to skim 30% or more off the top for shareholder profits, wildly inflated CEO pay packages, lobbying congress, armies of death panel clerks who specialize in denying care and delaying payments to keep their costs down, general overhead and advertizing to tell us how wonderful they are. Seeing as insurance companies are going to get a whole new slew of young patients as customers who don't require much medical care this is going to be a real cost saver.
Tom Williams July 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Our medical insurance is through our work at a medium sized regional bank(not a small company). Our costs are going up 22%. They are not even waiting until the next benefit year, they are raising it midyear. I don't see where my cost savings are coming from. That is real out of pocket money, directly as a result of Obamacare. I am a proud republican, and I am not making this up.
Mark Garrity July 05, 2012 at 03:34 PM
You are a proud republican, and are not making this up. And yet proud republicans make up nonsense all the time. Remember how they said Saddam Hussein had WMD? Global warming is a hoax? Tax cuts pay for themselves? Obama is a communist, Muslim, follower of Rev. Wright? Three contradictions in that one right there. Just yesterday the GOP propaganda machine was trying to tell America Obama was in Paris for the 4th raising funds for re-eelection when in fact he held a naturalization ceremony for US soldiers who earned their citizenship serving in the US military and held a BBQ for them and other soldiers on the White House lawn last night. So no Tom, you're gonna have to provide some proof, name the bank and show me the statements before I believe you. As one famous republican once said, "trust but verify".
Lisa August 16, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I'm a small business person and am excited for all the benefits of The Affordable Care Act to start! This is exciting! Imagine Everyone covered?! It's like a dream. No one dying or turned away because they don't have insurance! Did you know that hospitals are hassling patients about their bills while in the ER?! How can a person rely on no insurance and using the ER? Eventually that catches up with you. People are dying because they can't afford medicine and seniors (and others) are rationing pills because they can't afford the cost. No, this is going to stop and I vote YES!


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