Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act finally granted Americans near-universal access to healthcare. The law massively expands Medicaid, and makes the program more accessible while altering its funding mechanisms. Subsidies are also offered to those who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare. The law also requires all Americans to purchase or otherwise obtain health insurance.

Commentary

Health Care and Emergency Room

Crying Wolf -- The Same Old Song on Health Care and Unions

April 29, 2009

Cry Wolf Quotes

America is sinking under the crushing weight of the ever-expanding regulatory state. This burden threatens to disrupt our recovery, hamper long-term growth, undermine our global competitiveness, and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit so vital to America's success.

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Thomas Donohue, President of the Chamber of Commerce

One such troubling provision is a tax increase to pay for the $635 billion included in the budget for health care 'reserve funds.' Health care reform is desperately needed in America, but I'm concerned that $635 billion will be a down payment on socialized medicine, causing the impersonal rationing of health care and destroying the doctor-patient relationship.

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)
02/26/2010 | Full Details | Law(s): Affordable Care Act

[The stimulus bill funds] a bureaucratic structure for the government to begin rationing the health care of the American people. They can then lead a national, populist, grassroots movement to force Congress to pass the bill, and President Obama to sign it, educating the public along way about the intractable problems of socialized medicine.

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Peter Ferrara, who served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, American Spectator.
02/25/2009 | Full Details | Law(s): Affordable Care Act

[The healthcare bill is a] headlong rush into socialism….we will not stand for the Obama-Pelosi-Reid hijacking of our freedom and democracy so they can impose their socialist ‘utopia’ of higher taxes, restricted access, inferior quality, and deadly inefficiency on the best health care system in the world….You and the RNC are all that stand between the Democrats' scheme to take more of your hard-earned income to pay for this unsustainable, freedom destroying entitlement and an opportunity to work for real, truly bipartisan step-by-step solutions…

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Last minute “emergency” email to supporters, Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
03/18/2010 | Full Details | Law(s): Affordable Care Act