First in a two-part series on the path from ObamaCare to Paul Ryan’s Roadmap 2.0 plan for health care. Part 1 targets ObamaCare’s economic war and Constitutional challenge. In Part 2, we take Paul Ryan’s path from a culture of dependency to health care reform.
No federal program reveals President Obama’s plan for big government dependence and spending more than ObamaCare. While promising to reduce the numbers of “uninsured” without increasing debt, reality tells a story of staggering financial impact and unsound Constitutional basis.
In stark contrast, the release of Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan, “A Roadmap for America’s Future Version 2.0,” strikes at the heart of President Obama’s big government policies. Ryan’s roadmap is a difference-maker showing that responsible spending can shrink deficits and provide greater opportunities. The contrasts cannot be greater, or the stakes higher.
ObamaCare’s Staggering Economic Impact
With the American people now owing more in federal debt than they earn, the ObamaCare tab is overwhelming and punitive, even for a government-sponsored program.
- Health care costs continue to climb. In 1960, health care costs were 5.2% of GDP; in 2010 they were 17.9%. By 2019, the government estimates that health care costs will reach 19.4% of GDP.
- Overall spending has increased. Annual spending in the Obama years climbed more than 20% to a projected $3.6 trillion in 2012. Previously, government spending averaged 20% of GDP; it is now 24% – without considering ObamaCare.
- We owe more than we produce. With debt levels greater than GDP, our country owes more than we produce each year. The country is nearly $16 trillion in debt, and will jump to $20 trillion by 2015 – without considering ObamaCare.
- The ObamaCare bill will come due. According to Sen. Jeff Sessions, Senate budget committee chairman, ObamaCare will result in a $17 trillion funding gap (money we do not have but are committed to spend). Estimates are based on methods used by the Medicaid and Medicare research center (they report to the White House).
- The uninsured problem is not solved. It’s estimated that by 2019, approximately 23 million people will remain uninsured under ObamaCare.” Workers, businesses, taxpayers, and those truly needing assistance are all at risk.
Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap to Prosperity
With economic “takeover” of the health care industry by the White House and looming financial failure as a backdrop, Rep. Ryan’s Roadmap presents a compelling case that the President’s Progressive policies have brought our country to a tipping point.
tipping point (‘tɪpɪŋ)
the crisis stage in a process, when a significant change takes place
Ryan’s plan provides valuable insight into the expanding culture of dependency, proven history of failed Progressive policies, and critical solutions needed to rescue the country from fiscal crisis.
In the next article, we examine the Progressive’s culture of dependency and Ryan’s achievable health care plan.
A Time to Act
The House of Representatives quickly passed the Ryan Roadmap legislation in March 2012. With a Democrat majority in the Senate, that body rejected the legislation. Our goal is fiscal accountability by the President and legislature. ACEF is dedicated to mobilize Americans to action with the facts, and provide responsible policy on health care and other key areas.
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