Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) are introducing legislation to suspend penalty fees for one year if individual U.S. citizens do not register for healthcare coverage. This remarkable bipartisan effort is a broadly worded bill that will appeal to both sides of the aisle, now deeply riven by the failed Obamacare initiative. “No individual or family should be penalized while the problems in new healthcare exchanges are being addressed,” is a key finding in the Kirk-Manchin proposal. This outstanding bipartisan effort would eliminate the $95 (or 1%) penalty slated to take effect in 2014 under current law and would push back the individual mandate of ACA from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2015.
The disasterous implications of the ACA act never hit home with the D. C. establishment until cancellation letters started appearing in American mailboxes, or until the Healthcare.gov debacle began to unravel the left’s attempt to put U.S. citizens under the failed European model of socialized medicine. “Individuals and families are ultimately responsible and accountable for their own well-being and long-term health, and our laws should reflect this reality,” is a main tenet of this new legislation. While conservatives may not like this one-size-fits-all bill, they may want to take whatever they can get for the time being.
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Democrats are also hearing horror stories from their voters; and with the 2014 election battle looming at Congressional doorways, they are desperately looking for a face-saving move. The Kirk-Manchin bill is just what is needed right now as Americans are fed up with a legislative branch that has been unwilling to compromise. Even President Obama has signaled this week by very obliquely worded messages that he, too, is looking for a way out of this mess. Up on Drudge is the cringe-inducing headline that 52 million Americans have lost or will lose their health insurance coverage by the end of this year. In North Carolina, only one person signed up so far for the NC Health Exchange. And the Country Music Awards video of Carrie Underwood panning Obamacare hit just the right mark as she sang, “Only six people have been served!”
Senator Kirk, age 54, is the perfect person for the crisis at hand because he was brought back to productive life from a stroke in January 2012 that sidelined him for months. The Navy Reserve Commander received outstanding care from the Chicago medical system known internationally for its world class standard of care! The picture of the Illinois senator walking up the steps to re-enter the halls of Congress is the best possible testament of the care he received at the Chicago Rehabilitation Institution. He is intimately aware of what could be lost if socialized medicine destroys the world’s best medical traditions. These two compassionate legislators are making a real bipartisan effort to help a country now deeply hurting.
The Obamacare debacle is due in large part to the fact that NO practicing doctors ever were brought into the initial development and research stages. NO families who had been saved by America’s world class medicine ever were consulted. This huge attempt to put our country under the European model of socialized medicine was doomed from the outset.
Changing the doctor-patient paradigm into one in which anonymous federal bureaucrats make a patient’s and family’s medical decisions is anathema to the very soul of Americans.
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“If you like your own insurance and your own doctor, you can keep them” are the very words of President Obama sinking this IRS/bureaucrat/federal governmental overreach to take away Americans’ free choice. Let’s get behind these two brave men; call them and your Senators and Representatives at 1-877-762-8762, and demand delay of the ACA now!
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