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AMAC Urges Lawmakers to Stay Focused on the Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare

‘The Senate, the House and Mr. Trump have put Obamacare at their top of their to-do list’

WASHINGTON, DC – “One of the principal motivations that inspired the creation of the Association of Mature American Citizens was to overturn the Affordable Care Act and return control of healthcare to we the people.  The unilateral creation of Obamacare by Democrats in Congress and their ideological leader, Barack Obama, was an overt attempt to put the way Americans care for themselves firmly in the hands of Big Government and it did just that,” says AMAC president Dan Weber.

Weber adds that the senior advocacy organization has not lost sight of the goal of repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act and AMAC is delighted that the new Republican leadership in Washington is now in a position to do just that.

“Despite the naysayers, it can be done, as the Republican Congress proved in 2015 when it actually passed legislation to repeal the most egregious provisions of the law.  Our representatives on the Hill knew that President Obama would veto the measure but the legislation gave us hope that it could be done.   We are mindful that it will not be an easy process and that it may take longer than we might like to see it happen but now – under the leadership of President-elect Trump – there is real hope.”

Recently, the Conservative Action Project, an organization made up of the CEOs of over 100 organizations including AMAC, sent a clear message to lawmakers calling on Congress to deliver on the mandate the American people gave them in November to repeal Obamacare completely.

The memo reads, in part: “For the last six years, Americans have endured extraordinary hardship under Obamacare, a thousand‐page law of broken promises and failed policies.  Sadly, millions of families and individuals have had their insurance plans cancelled and access to their doctors and drugs limited.  And they have lacked affordable insurance options.  Those Americans who are stuck with Obamacare are facing skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and shrinking health care networks.  Tragically, many of our most vulnerable citizens, who were participating in safety‐net health programs long before implementation of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, must now wait interminably to see overwhelmed health care providers ‐‐‐ and some of those people die while they wait.  It is true, of course, that some people have benefitted from the President’s law, but given the money spent, it would be extraordinary if there had been no benefit at all.”

Weber notes that the Senate, the House and Mr. Trump have put Obamacare at their top of their to-do list.

“Congress and President-elect Trump have a daunting task ahead of them, but we are confident that they will be able to overcome the many challenges they face.  The Affordable Care Act is loaded with landmines, but we know where they are and with a little ingenuity they can – and they must – be disarmed.  What’s at stake here is not the promises of repeal that helped the GOP regain the reigns of government; it is the future of our nation.  Obamacare not only did great damage to the healthcare infrastructure of America, it put the entire economy of the country at great risk.”

Weber concludes by saying, “Despite the mistake by the Supreme Court in allowing this law- calling it a tax- the fact remains the Constitution never intended for the federal government to control our individual freedom by dictating how we may provide for our health care”.

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R. Frank Bruck
4 years ago

The act in question was first stated to protect 10% of the population, then it quickly changed to 20%. So to protect this later stated 20% the administration attacked the entire 100% citizenship and with enforcement by the IRS. Shame on Pelossi who never read the plan. Shame on those we elected who voted for this mess.
FIX ? All the intelligent representatives we have reminicent of humpty dumpty. What about an assigned risk plan whereby each insurance company is required to take on the people such as I whom have a pre-existing condition. So then we are back to the free enterprise competition system. Now the 10% NOBODY is ever going to make them comply so why not place them on a public know who list in hope they will try. There will also be a few totally incapable of any action which all societies have.
It is difficult, issues as we have created, a society of people who think only of I, me, I am entitled to everything without obligation or achievement by I or me.
You have money, I want money but I, me, not willing to put forth the effort just give it to us. They march in protest destroying innocent peoples property, smashing windows, stealing, burning cars other property such as businesses harming innocent citizens. They are now covering their faces so not to be recognized. They want free medical, free abortions, little or no rent just lots of time to chill out. As you move about look around you will see them, not the real homeless begging, these moochers seem to have lots of free time , no ambition, may have trust fund monies mommy and daddy set up for them to squander, no desire to work hard to earn things they want. but give them a few dollars and they will march, steal and burn for your PAC (Political Action Com) I get carried away thank those who read this. “Help, All OF YOU TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY “GREAT AGAIN”

Ralph
4 years ago

Also, controlling ALL immigration and removing those not entitled to services for citizens goes a long way to controlling costs for hospitals and all involved.

Ralph
4 years ago

I keep hearing Repeal and Replace. I just want this travesty repealed but not replaced. Anything congress does to “replace” will mean the government is still involved. Put it back the way it was, eliminate artificial state barriers, allow spending accounts, limit frivolous lawsuits and that’s it. I realize, however, that the third element will be a hard sell to greedy trial lawyers.

Mumsy
4 years ago

ObamaCare has already accomplished its real goal: to destroy the previous health care system. However, the solution is not to replace it with a new government program. Now is the time to admit that the system is completely broken and scrap it. Let the government get out of the way more completely. That means getting rid of the employer health insurance tax break that ties insurance to employment, which will make insurance personal and portable and give individuals a place at the bargaining table. Many Americans are best off with high deductible catastrophic insurance, which leads to more provider accountability as patients ask what procedures cost before agreeing to them. People with pre-existing illnesses should be insured by programs that can be run and subsidized by charities such as the Children’s Cancer Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, etc.

HAM
4 years ago

Off subject but has anyone read the article posted Jan 11th about HACKING of SOROS files talking about his trying to influence Europe elections in 2014, giving Clinton marching orders on her job as Secretary of State and other issues? You can look for below on previous pages below.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  HAM

HI HAM,

Yes I read the article and have known that he has done that for years. It is well known overseas, that this is how he makes his money. Take large short positions on a country’S currency or several sectors of the country’S economy. Then create or fund existing groups or individuals to create social or economic chaos. All of which drives the value if his short position way up. He then cashes out and either tries to repeat the process again in the same country or he moves on to another country to victimize. His most famous manipulation of a country was when he managed to engineer the crash of the British pound years ago. He gets away with it, because he finances others to create the problems from which he benefits. So no direct finger prints per se. That and his personal fortune of $40 billion dollars has managed to keep him out of jail.

Some very good articles come out during the week, but never make it to the weekend edition. The weekend edition is basically just the same three subjects repeated over and over and some health tip stuff.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  HAM

The shorter answer is: What do you think the millions given to the Clinton Foundation were for or the $6 million donated to the 2016 elect Hillary PAC was for? Soros is a global player who makes his money betting on chaos and destruction. As SoS, Hillary was well positioned to create both. Not politically correct, but there is no nice way to paint what Soros does.

Maria
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, and the latest is that Soros lost 1Billion dollars on the Clinton campaign and also, the Clinton Foundation is closing its doors due to low foreign nation contributions coming in. Their office in NYC will be closed and all 22 employees are being laid off. This is news that came from One America News (OAN), which is an all-news station 24/7. I like listening to them as they report the news from throughout the world and they don’t “sugar-coat” anything.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Yes Soros lost $1 billion on Hillary, but still managed a 5 percent positive return on his investments. So negative bets placed elsewhere paid off for him in 2016.

On the Clinton Foundation, even the Democrat prosecutor for NY has said that the CF never complied with disclosure or filing rules since it was started. Hundreds of millions of dollars that were supposed to go towards charitable endevors can’t be accounted for. Lots of investigative groups are sniffing around the previously off limits Clintons. With her election loss, the foreign big money donations have dried up to the CF. So the Clintons are folding up the tent and trying to sneak away before investigations uncover too many “problems”. The blood is in the water and the sharks are starting to circle. However, I don’t think either Bill or Hillary will ever face any consequences. Too politically connected for justice to be done. Some CF flunky will be hung out to dry if necessary as a scapegoat.

HAM
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

True but the scapegoat will be veery well compensated.

PaulE
4 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Of Course. The person has to be very well paid to keep his or her mouth shut, compensation for all the legal bills and any prison time served in taking the hit for the Clintons, as well as going through the rest of his or her life with the public ridicule and scorn of being the person who “stole all that money from all those poor children that the CF was set up to help”. Very well paid indeed.

Dan
4 years ago

What is keeping our free-market system from operating in the healthcare industry? Maybe this should
be where we use our brain power!

Jarhead
4 years ago

Repeal AND DEFUND obamacare that is raising cost of all Health Care…….also DEFUND the massively corrupt VA Health Care System.

Dan
4 years ago
Reply to  Jarhead

We need to let our elected officials know what we want them to provide for us, and then be
prepared to pay for these services!

Donald Feland
4 years ago

There is so much work to do to try to fix what that J**K A** s did while serving 2 illegal terms !!!!!! I hope all of you realize that the main stream media is poison !!!!! We also need to continue to get the politicians out of office that are part of the establishment. They have NOT had our interests as citizens at the forefront of their interests. They only care about their own interests (and pocket books). I have no doubt that the democratic leadership (including Potus) should be tried on treason charges !!!!!!! IOt’ WAY past time that we reign in the out of control governments (local, state, and federal). A good starting point would be to educate the Millennials!!!!!! they don’t know their b***s from second base. WHAT A MESS THIS COUNTRY HAS GOTTEN INTO !!!!!!!!!

Sharon Clark
4 years ago

Where in the U.S. Constitution is there provision for healthcare to be provided by our government? Congress should repeal Obamacare and get out of the healthcare business – NO replacement.

Dan
4 years ago
Reply to  Sharon Clark

Healthcare is NOT a right, but rather a PRIVILEGE! Just like living in a fine home, or making any
purchase. Socialism has been tried, and not proven particularly successful.

robert fulton
4 years ago

The promise was and the demand was/is REPEAL. It is not a big deal. Congress wrote it and can “unwrote” it. Do not replace it. We do not need nor is the federal government authorized to meddle in our health PERIOD. Let’s cut to the chase and demand the Act be repealed and the peoples’ money stolen to support it be returned promptly.

Phil Bronner
4 years ago

There is NO Constitutional authority for the government to run the health care industry. That is 1/6th of our economy. The ONLY question the SCOTUS responded to was as to whether the government could FINE non compliance with the mandatory requirement for coverage. SCOTUS illegally re-wrote the law and deemed the fine a “Tax”, which made it “legal” for the government to collect “fines”.
The broader question, which should have dumped the entire process immediately, as to there being no Constitutional authority for the government to provide healthcare and REQUIRE all citizens to participate was never addressed.
The Constitution is a written contract between the states and the people…and the federal government. As Justice Scalia said….”it says what it says, and it doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.” I wonder how many Liberals would enter into a business or other contract, and find it acceptable when the other side decided to invent “extensions”, or “penumbras” etc…and decide that those would be acceptable to them!!!!
There is a method (enumerated in Article V) for making changes or additions to the Constitution….EVERY branch of government has violated the Constitution repeatedly…INCLUDING the SCOTUS….It’s time they all were held to the written words that are….the Highest Law in the Land….and the document the people and the States initiated to LIMIT the power of the federal government.

R. Y. G.
4 years ago

I would like to suggest that AMAC employ a proofreader. A writer’s misuse of common words, such as “reigns” in the seventh paragraph, undermines his credibility. This is far from the first time I have seen usage errors in an AMAC article; there is frequent confusion between “its” and “it’s”.

John Higgins
4 years ago
Reply to  R. Y. G.

It appears the writer wanted to use the word “reign”, meaning ‘the period of rule’ , and boy do we need a new period of rule, of the people etc.

Maria
4 years ago
Reply to  R. Y. G.

Unfortunately, even if there is a proofreader for AMAC, if this person did not really pay attention in his/her English class, he/she would have a problem on when to use “its” and “It’s”, and also like “their” and “there”. Some also don’t know when to use “don’t” and “doesn’t”, properly. I hope our schools are doing all they can to teach the students the basics in all subjects, and especially in English and Grammar. It tears me up to see a well-dressed person open his/her mouth and hear such poor usage of the English language and incorrect grammar….that is no excuse.

Maria
4 years ago
Reply to  Maria

I might want to add too, on the 2nd line on my post above, with “their” and “there”, the word “they’re.” Thank you.

Deb
4 years ago

Affordable…what a joke! The insurance my daughter was able to afford does not exist this year and very few pediatricians even accepted it. The cheapest she can find now is 19% percent of her pre-tax income, high deductible, and 2 docs in the metroplex are the only ones who take it. Her husband has the VA, but she and her children are out of luck!

Maria
4 years ago
Reply to  Deb

Hi, Deb, I hope new changes will be able to help you out better as too many people have had to suffer through Obamacare and that was a disaster. Also, I don’t understand WHY the VA isn’t able to or won’t accept the family members of veterans for services in their facilities, or do they do this only if the person is on active duty?? Has anyone questioned the VA on this? I think it would be far easier if the VA could accommodate the entire family of veterans instead of them being separated into different insurance policies, which can only add to hardships. I know there are thousands of veterans out there who are in need of medical services who also have family members, so why not include them too, although I think they may have to limit the ages of children (18 and younger) for coverage. This is my opinion and I think it would really be a big service to our vets if the VA can extend their helping hand to eligible family members too.

Jim Shedd
4 years ago

There are many issues facing President-elect Trump and the new Congress, including this and restoring law and order across the nation, such as border security, support for law enforcement and, of course, healthcare reform. I believe he and the people around him can tackle all and hope the Congress will stand with him to get ’em done. It’s time for our elected people to work for us, not their own self interests.

Lynn Fpugner
4 years ago

I agree-please stay focused and repeal and replace Obamacare but after that stay focused and bring down our national debt before spending more money.

John Davis
4 years ago

The Republicans need, and should have already had, an alternative to implement when they repeal ACA. If they don’t they look like fools.

Frugalone
4 years ago
Reply to  John Davis
Joe McHugh
4 years ago

John Grimaldi, the author of this article is inadvertently perpetuating a liberal con-job.
“We are mindful that it will not be an easy process and it may take longer than we may like to see it happen…” Hey John, the Congress could accomplish this task in one daily session if it wants to.

What Grimaldi is doing is buying into the falsehood that health care insurance is some kind of right that every citizen is entitled to. Try as I might, I can not find that article, or amendment in the Constitution of the United States that gives the government that right to tax me, or overprice me in order to pay for another citizen’s health care insurance.

Health care insurance is a commercial service that has a cost. The last time I looked, constitutional rights do not cost money and cannot be withheld if one does not have discretionary income.
Medical care, on the other hand is available at any hospital that can request taxpayer money for such care for the indigent.

I suggest that we return to the time when each competent adult American was expected to earn the money to buy the commercial service or product that they wanted to have. The commercial health insurance companies could easily dust off their actuarial table charts and quickly offer insurance that was tailored for each customer.

The liberal reader might be thinking about those “disadvantaged” people who “aren’t as fortunate” as some, and cannot afford health care insurance. So what’s the point? Those same poor people cannot afford to buy Cadillacs either. Again, health care insurance is a commercial service that is the description of what a domestic maid provides, namely a “commercial service”. The key word is “commercial” meaning someone has to pay for it.

If the government can mandate healthcare insurance, why can’t it mandate that the people buy broccoli because it is healthier than eating Twinkies? There is no limit to how intrusive the government will become under Democrat control. This is the thing, we are witnessing a great battle between socialism and individual freedoms. Socialism is exactly like arsenic in one respect, a little bit of either, is toxic to life as we know it.

Jerry Layne
4 years ago

I’m sure mine is a common story: Because of Obamacare, as a Medicare recipient (long paid for by auto payroll deductions), I and my wife lost my employer sponsored premium supplemental insurance coverage, we lost my doctor of 38 years who took the ‘concierge’ route, my services were significantly reduced, and my supplemental insurance premium and co-pays went up. I just retired at 75, have worked all my life. I am not inclined to be forced to pay for free-loaders by the Feds who steal from us, using the money to buy votes. Obamacare is worse bill ever passed by Congress and signed by a manipulating and dishonest President!!!

Maria
4 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Layne

Wouldn’t you agree, Jerry Layne, that Obama should be brought up on charges on this once he is out of office? And that should include all those politicians who are still in Washington already to defy Trump from day one. I can name names but I think most of you who are reading these posts know just the people I am referring to. These are the TRUE DEPLORABLES and they certainly did we, the people, a complete disservice as well as cheated us. Obama should be brought up on charges for a lot of other things besides Obamacare and I hope this new administration doesn’t let it go…we deserve justice, Don’t you agree? Afterall, NO ONE is above the law, president or not! Being president doesn’t give that person the right to deceive, cheat or steal from its citizens and get away with it just because he is president. There are consequences for all wrong-doing, big or small. Mr. Layne, I hope the new administration will be able to help you and your wife as well as thousands of others who went through the same hardship you did. And I’m glad Obama will finally be out of our faces and possibly facing charges instead.

Dan
4 years ago
Reply to  Maria

I heartily disagree! We have more than enough hatred and vitriol flowing in our nation.
I say let us lead by example and compassion. Let’s pray for our leaders, at all levels of
government, and enable them to perform their responsibilities by the grace of God and
our personal influence!

Bonnie Lundblom
4 years ago
Reply to  Dan

I agree that all of our government workers from the newly elected 1st term members to those who have been serving for decades need our prayers as they start on this new journey under president elect Trump.
I hope and pray that hard work and collaborative efforts will help to put in place a better healthcare system to help all Americans.

R. Frank Bruck
4 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Layne

LBJ once said the more free loaders we get on government aid the more votes we get. The free loaders are upset by the recent election as you see the protesters burn, steal, pillage. Now the social security recipients have gotten a well publicized increase and where did it all go, Medicare. We worked many years for our social security and the fed has been taking the money and without transparency spending it. Clean House in Washington. Go Donny Go.

Wayne Peterkin
4 years ago

Good article and I agree. One of the great ironies is that with the skyrocketing deductibles, many of those who now have health insurance can’t afford to use it! If someone could not afford health insurance in the past, what makes us think they can afford a $5,000 deductible to use it now? It’s madness, not to mention the billions added to our national debt as taxpayers are forced to subsidize health insurance for others. Regarding reform/repeal, the very first priority should be very serious Tort Reform to help bring down actual medical costs by elimination to huge cost of liability insurance rates for all healthcare providers. For example, when a doctor is forced to pay $100,000 – $200,000 out of pocket each year for malpractice insurance and that is added to his costs for office space and staff, it is obvious why medical costs have risen so fast. They are justified. So help reduce those costs by preventing ambulance chasers from getting rich off our medical fees.

Tom Wilde
4 years ago

Yes, by all means flush that blatantly Communist PPACA government power grab down the toilet where it belongs? Repair the damage and move on.

But replace it with a GOP version? We’d still have government run national health care!

I can’t help but look back 8 years and laugh at Liberals for their endless barrage of commentary about how they had to clean up George Bush’s “mess”. The mess they’ve piled up makes a New York City garbage strike look like a piece of litter blowing by in the breeze by comparison. What Trump has to clean up now qualifies as a labor of Hercules! But – cleaning up the mess while shoveling more dirt back out is not the answer.

NO OBAMACARE AND NO TRUMPCARE EITHER.

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