Amid Obamacare train wreck, there is at least one solution

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Three years ago, President Obama touted his 2,700-page health care plan as the solution to our nation’s health care needs. Promise after promise was made to the public: Obamacare will cut the cost of your health care; Obamacare will not increase the deficit; Obamacare will create jobs; Obamacare will allow you to keep your doctor and health plan if you like them.

But since that time, statistic after statistic proved these statements false, causing the president’s promises to fall flat.

ACCORDING TO A report released by the Government Accountability Office, Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion. Insurance premiums are expected to double on average in the individual market, while some rates may increase by more than 400 percent. Worst of all, numerous businesses already are cutting benefits for employees, leading the administration to publicly state on their health care website that Americans in fact might not get to keep the doctor they prefer.

Not only have these harsh realities struck fear and worry in both doctors and patients, but our president has demonstrated his own lack of faith in the law through the delay of the employer mandate and a number of other delays. Time is running short, and soon Obamacare will begin to go into effect – raising premiums, cutting workers’ hours and driving up costs that will be added to our record deficit.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Americans deserve health care that is accessible and affordable, while putting patients’ needs first. That is why I have introduced House Resolution 2900 – the Patient OPTION Act – which will revitalize American health care and give the American people full control over their health care decisions. In contrast to Obama’s 2,700-page regulatory nightmare, my Patient OPTION Act would make several important reforms to lower costs and increase the quality of care in just 77 pages. It will make health care less expensive for everyone; increase access to coverage for all Americans; and save Medicare from going broke.

FIRST AND FOREMOST, my Patient OPTION Act rips Obamacare out by the roots and repeals it in full. It makes all health care expenses 100-percent tax deductible, and gives families the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, increasing competition in the marketplace and naturally lowering costs. In addition, it
will make it easier for groups
to establish Association Health Plans, which would allow small businesses and organizations to band together to negotiate lower costs for their employees or members.

My Patient OPTION Act will save Medicare from going broke by transitioning it to a flexible, premium assistance system, where seniors will have full control over their own care, without the
government setting policies and prices. Also, it would block-grant Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program funds to the states, allowing states to fund the priorities and initiatives related to low-income health care that will work best for their own residents.

It also will create tax incentives for physicians who provide care to patients who cannot afford to pay for health care, and a tax credit for donations to hospitals and clinics for indigent patient care. This will empower communities by rejecting the notion that the government must be the provider for those in need.

Unfortunately, very soon, American families and young adults will be paying the cost of Obamacare, while big business and big corporations will receive a break under Obama’s employer mandate delay. Various businesses already are bracing for the effects of Obamacare, some announcing that they will be dropping coverage for employees’ spouses. At the same time it is estimated that younger, healthier individuals will see their premiums increase by more than 40 percent. With the multitude of exemptions, delays and unexpected costs, it is clear that this law is not only unworkable and unaffordable, but it is downright unfair.

AMERICANS DESERVE a health care law that is free of mandates, bureaucracy, and hidden costs, and instead, focuses on delivering patient-centered care. My Patient OPTION Act offers just that, while tackling many of the fundamental problems associated with health care. We don’t have much time, but through the voices of “we the people,” Americans can work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a solution that will empower Americans when it comes to making their own health care decisions. That solution is my Patient OPTION Act.

(The writer, a Republican, is the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 10th House District, and a physician.)

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GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 09/29/13 - 01:37 am
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Broun and the Republicans are
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Broun and the Republicans are jokes that only seek to benefit the doctors and the insurance companies...but then, I guess he needs a new Mercedes, and Republicans agree.....

carcraft
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carcraft 09/29/13 - 06:59 am
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Aw..same the old ad hominem attack

Anything to dispute the facts Broun brings up? The IRS can't account for $600 million dollars of Obamacare funds. The cost of this program isn't affordable, if it was why would congress members and staffers need a 75% subsidy so they can keep their health care plans? Don't forget many of these people make over $100,000.0 to $150,000.00/ year and are millionaires. Oh never mind, doesn't even bother you that insurance companies wrote much of the ACA. As long as you can tar republicans with lies it is OK. So please refute one of Paul Brown's statements. Prove Republicans only want to Benefit insurance companies and Doctors...

JimS
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JimS 09/29/13 - 07:23 am
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"The American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchist
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"The American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists."
coup d'état - noun: a sudden attempt by a small group of people to take over the government usually through violence {in this country, once U.S., shirking the peoples responsibility, knowing the military, nor the huge majority of the people, will not join and would fight any armed civilian insurrection, by collapsing the treasury to rebuild a private corporate takeover for profit}

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localguy55 09/29/13 - 08:03 am
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JimS, Congress approved the

JimS,
Congress approved the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq whcih was made up of Dems as well as Repubs. There was international approval as well. Obama has has tacked on 7 trillion to the debt, he has added Obamacare which will Bankrupting this country, which by the way was passed by Dems. only. No jobs, higher taxes, Obama's war on coal and oil. The tragic Benghazi scandal, Obama's Chaotic foreign policy, the CIA spying scandal, the IRS scandal, Fast and furious, and no accountibility of his Administration.
JimS, you can ramble on with meaningless words all you want but facts are facts and I just wrote down a few. Go ahead and defend any one of them.

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CobaltGeorge 09/29/13 - 08:22 am
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JimS

even disgraces the American Flag in his avatar. Show his feeling for the country he lives in.....

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chascushman 09/29/13 - 08:44 am
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"even disgraces the American
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"even disgraces the American Flag in his avatar. Show his feeling for the country he lives in....."
It is very sad but Marxists & communists have taken control of the democrat party and brainwashed the rest of the poor ignorant members. This started in the 60s & 70s. One example is how the communist used young ignorant white girls to seduce black men into join the communist party. A good example of the results is in the WH.

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Bizkit 09/29/13 - 08:48 am
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Now you can read Obama's

Now you can read Obama's lawyers arguments why he can unilaterally decide which laws are "unconstitutional" and refuse to execute them. So despite Congress representing the will of the people into law-we will now have every president deciding which laws to enforce as they see fit. Sure sounds like he wants to be dictator. So we have a dictator and extortionist.

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chascushman 09/29/13 - 09:32 am
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'So we have a dictator and
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'So we have a dictator and extortionist.'
Bizkit, which is typical for a Marxist/communist

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carcraft 09/29/13 - 09:45 am
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Good grief! You can argue

Good grief! You can argue that, perhaps Iraq was an unnecessary war, but Afghanistan? Please! Ben Laden had bombed the World Trade Center twigs, blown up two Embassies in Africa, bombed the USS COLE, and bombed Kobar towers all orchestrated from his out house hide out called Afghanistan. Of course to the rabid left blaming everything on Bush is part and parcel! Funny Bush got more support for both those conflicts than Obama got for Syria ...BWAHAHAHAHA

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soapy_725 09/29/13 - 10:26 am
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Mr. Broun. Why did we not just expand MEDICARE? It was
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already in place. All politicians are the same egomaniac, narcissist.

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TrukinRanger 09/29/13 - 11:30 am
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It's funny that someone in
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It's funny that someone in the house of representatives doesn't even know the name of the health care act... The Affordable Care Act. For an actual elected official to try and rebut the act he should at least try and use it by it's official name. That just shows the nit-picking and lack of understanding of the act itself. I'm tired of republicans bowing to the insurance and pharmaceutical companies who line their pockets and for once try and help ALL Americans have healthcare. I know the affordable healthcare act isn't perfect, neither was social security or medicare when they were created. It will take a while to get things in order but this do nothing approach by republicans is sickening.

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Fiat_Lux 09/29/13 - 11:42 am
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If they're already on the dole, don't expect them to

oppose another handout at taxpayer expense.

Why should they care if the rest of us suffer? It doesn't cost them a thing to get ObozoCare.

Stupid fools can't even see that their meal ticket is about expire. No longer getting what they seriously believe they are "entitled" to as a right will send them out into the streets and then into the places where people who used to foot their bills live and raise their own families.

We may have some really, really bad stuff ahead and it would be well to heed what Broun says, even if skeptical. ObozoCare could be the final straw. The War of Northern Aggression may end up looking like a momentary unpleasantness by comparison, and we sure don't have the quality of leader around anymore who could pull us back after that kind of breakdown of civilization.

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mooseye 09/29/13 - 01:39 pm
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have a problem with the first statement. ": Obamacare will cut the cost of your health care;". I have no cost for health care beyond the couple hundred buck I spend on a shot for sinus infections or a tooth extraction.
If it cost me over say, $400 a year, it is not cutting the cost for me.
I thought I was born into a free country where choices were just that. No mandatory ruling can be considered a free choice. We are, correction, were not communists. Maybe the folks that think this is a good idea should move to Russia or China!
I want my free country back!

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localguy55 09/29/13 - 01:58 pm
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Mooseeye, the only way we can

Mooseeye,
the only way we can reverse the destruction headed our way is to defeat these people and never allow them power to do this sort of insane thing again. Every conservative must sit aside any small opposition to a conservative canidate and vote so we can get those freedom destroyers out.

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Bizkit 09/29/13 - 04:58 pm
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Well the only way

Well the only way conservatives can win is by winning over Moderates (and interest groups) as the minority Progressives have done with the Dem political machine and Obama (if Rep could win over just half of Moderates they would win every election-but they can't----wonder why?). The Rep party needs to reflect on their strategy if they want to survive politically cause they fixin' to be extinct. Remember there use to be a Federalist and a Republican/democratic party. Now we have these two parties with the names but no resemblance to their respective parties. I don't know what the heck to call this but like thing 1 and thing 2. The more moderates, and special interests groups are entrenched in the Dem party it will be difficult for conservative to ever win except in few areas, and most conservatives are Baby boomers who are dying off so their voting block decreases and more youths turn Dem. Like SONY learned the hard way you can fight the correct and legal fight (with the law and everything on your side) and still lose the battle.

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carcraft 09/29/13 - 05:09 pm
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Bizkit, it is easy to explain

Bizkit, it is easy to explain why Reps can't win over moderates, the press ignores liberal Democratic scandals and blows conservative scandals out of the water 24/7. Look at the Valeria CIA agent brouhaha. Turns out it was a Democratic appointee who had outed her. Now Obama has outed missions, mission personal and given movie producers access to classified data. Not a peep from the mainstream media! Take the Democratic ad showing Paul Ryan shoving granny over a cliff and the lies about Romney ran by Obama. Not one question from the media challenging Obama on his promise to change the tone of rhetoric in DC. Remember Candy Crowley covering for Obama during the debates on Benghazi? Next day she corrected her self. With about 4/5 of the media covering Obama's rear end and ignoring the corruption it is pretty hard for conservates to win.

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carcraft 09/29/13 - 05:18 pm
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Even on this issue Democrats

Even on this issue Democrats are linking killing Obama care to ending Social Security and medicare, see Greenbaum's letter in the paper the other day. Do you think the press will call the Democrats on it? The press will probably reinforce the message! The other day thier was a syndicated article on skepticism and "global warming " . It never mentioned the reasons for the skeptically feeling among people. No warming for 15 years and the "scientific " predictions and models are failing. The article leaned toward the "settled science " of man made global warming!

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KSL 09/29/13 - 05:25 pm
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Nancy Pelosi

Said there was nothing left to be cut in government. Yeah, right.

http://www.newsmax.com/US/congress-spending-spree-fiscal/2013/09/29/id/5...

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Humble Angela 09/29/13 - 06:40 pm
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I notice none of those
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I notice none of those supporting this horrible law, and the horrible person that signed it into law, have ANYTHING to refute any of the facts presented. Just the same old ad hominem attacks.

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Humble Angela 09/29/13 - 07:54 pm
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Perhaps one of you libs who support this abomination can explain something. The law will not work unless lots of young, healthy, uninsured people get insurance. That is a mathematical fact. That being said, what on Earth makes you think they would spend $80 a month (the cheapest estimate on the exchange) when they could just pay the $95 a YEAR fine for not being insured? You might say that they suddenly realize that having insurance is a good idea, in case you get sick......well guess what.....you can wait until you get sick, THEN get insurance, thanks to the "no pre-existing conditions" clause. You guys have fought for, supported, and got your leaders to ram-rod through, the perfect non working system.....and for some reason you still support the law and the man who called for it.....inconceivable.

edit.....I see a thumbs down.....with NO retort.....So typical of the liberals....attack, attack, attack....but present NO facts. What cowards they are.

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carcraft 09/29/13 - 09:04 pm
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Humble Angela, you are

Humble Angela, you are correct. The young peoples are going to fund the care for the elderly and sick. I have repeatedly stated that these young people have college debt, starting families or careers,or working in entry level jobs. These people can least afford a greater debt burden!

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Augustaisdying 09/29/13 - 10:45 pm
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Nice tinfoil hats
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GOP freaks abound. Thank God you folks are a such a tiny fringe. Good Lord!

KSL
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KSL 09/30/13 - 12:09 am
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Humble Angela

Is always correct.

KSL
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KSL 09/30/13 - 01:51 am
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If Obamacare is so great, why

If Obamacare is so great, why so many exemptions, why delays for some, but not all? Why the weakness in identity theft prevention? Why are union members turning against it? Why are people losing their jobs or having their hours cut to part time? Why are premiums increasing? Why are doctors retiring?

I could go on, but I know those in favor of the ACA will not respond with any reasonable rebuttal.

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