The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was rammed through Congress — the President and Democrats refused to negotiate. Thus, the bill passed in 2010 with only Democrats voting for it.
The costs of this law are staggering. Here's a by the numbers breakdown:
$2.6 Trillion — The latest Senate Republican Budget Committee estimate — using Congressional Budget Office numbers — of what ObamaCare will cost in the first 10 years.
$716 Billion — The amount of money President Obama removed from Medicare to help pay for ObamaCare. For many seniors with UnitedHealth Group Medicare Advantage plans, you will not be able to keep your doctor; UnitedHealth has dropped thousands of doctors from the plan.
More than $4.3 Billion — According to USASpending.gov, this is the amount spent so far on 2,118 grants and contracts for the disastrous ObamaCare implementation.
More than $1 Billion — This is the cost to create just the federal website, www.healthcare.gov, which is meant to be Americans’ portal to purchasing ObamaCare exchange plans and has been in the works for more than three years. The website crashed on the first day it was open for business and has been down for maintenance every night and some weekends since Oct. 1. We can only imagine how much it will cost to fix it.
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Six — This is the number of people who signed up for ObamaCare on the first day.
26,794 — This is the number of people who signed up in the first month through the federal website. As a footnote to the Health and Human Services (HHS) report in Orwellian-speak, “‘Individuals Who Have Selected a Marketplace plan’ represents the total number of ‘Individuals Determined Eligible to Enroll in a plan Through the Marketplace’ who have selected a plan (with or without the first premium payment having been received directly by the Marketplace or the issuer) during the reference period. This is also known as pre-effectuated enrollment.”
$1.1 billion — The amount 14 states and the District of Columbia spent to set up their individual websites.
79,391 — The number of people signed up in the first month throughout the 14 states and the District of Columbia’s websites, including “pre-effectuated enrollments.” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the government would know by Dec. 15 how many of the 106,185 people actually bought plans.
396,261 — The number of people who logged onto the ObamaCare website and found out they are eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Taxpayers are now buying health insurance for them.
500,000 — This is how many people President Obama and Secretary Sebelius estimated would buy ObamaCare in October.
7 million — This is how many people the government needs to sign up by March 31, 2014, to make ObamaCare work.
More than five million Americans — The number of people in the individual insurance market who have had their insurance policies cancelled due to ObamaCare.
52 million— The low estimate of how many people could lose their health insurance because of ObamaCare.
26-27 million — The number of people who will remain uninsured under ObamaCare.
41 percent — The average increase for individual-market health insurance policies after ObamaCare. The average increase for men in the individual market will be 99 percent and for women it will be 62 percent.
More than 700 — The number of bogus websites stealing identities and scamming people trying to sign up for ObamaCare.
$67 million in government grants — This is how much the 105 “navigator” groups are receiving to encourage people to sign up for ObamaCare. Planned Parenthood affiliates got more than $655,000 in navigator funds. Given the fact that consumers are not able to tell which ObamaCare exchange plans cover abortions and have a monthly abortion surcharge they can be navigated towards plans that support the abortion slush fund violating their pro-life beliefs.
A trillion dollars here, billions spent there, millions losing their health insurance, millions more seeing their costs skyrocket, and only 100,000 enrolling so far all add up to a big ObamaCare mess. The cost is much greater than just dollars; American lives are now at stake.
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