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 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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