The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, announced this week it will roll out a series of anti-Affordable Care Act billboards on New York City’s 42nd Street.
The six-story billboards will feature the following message: “Warning—Obamacare may be hazardous to your health.”
The billboards will be unveiled later this week, according to Heritage president and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
“It’s part of The Heritage Foundation’s continuing public education campaign to inform the American people about the dangerous side-effects of this unfair, unaffordable and unworkable law, and how it can be stopped,” DeMint said in an opinion piece on FoxNews.com.
Despite having helped shape a similar law for Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the conservative group has long fought against President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law.
And the group’s president believes its opposition to Obamacare is well placed.
The bill, DeMint argues, will do real harm to Americans.
First, he said, it will lead to many Americans losing their current coverage and getting cut off from the physicians they know and trust.
Additionally, the new law will put “bureaucrats” between Americans and their doctors, DeMint charged, and impose penalties on physicians who do “not satisfactorily submit data” that meets the standards the bureaucrats lay out.
And yet another potential problem posed by the massive bill, according to DeMint:
ObamaCare dumps millions of patients onto Medicaid—a health program so bad that not even Medicaid patients call it “real insurance.” An analyst for the liberal Consumers Union once admitted that a Medicaid card is but a “hunting license”—“a chance to go try and find a doctor” that actually accepts Medicaid patients.
Lastly, DeMint said Obamacare’s reductions in Medicare spending could “undermine the health system for millions of seniors.”
Indeed, according to the Medicare actuary, the law’s spending reductions could cause 15 percent of hospitals to become unprofitable by 2019. Also, DeMint noted, the Medicare actuary projects that a full 40 percent of hospitals could become unprofitable in the long term.
“These hospitals could face the choice between shutting out seniors or shutting their doors for good,” DeMint wrote.
For these reasons, he said, Congress must act defund the law before it has a chance to do real damage to the nation’s health care system and its finances.
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