Cross posted from http://retiregarrett.com
The following is Scott Garrett’s statement to mark the second anniversary of The Affordable Care Act with a bit of reality interspersed in bold type.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today to mark the two year anniversary of ObamaCare (It’s called The Affordable Care Act (ACA). Calling it anything else makes a person look petty and small.) being signed into law:
“Two years ago today, President Obama signed ObamaCare (Once again, it’s called The Affordable Care Act. Calling it anything else a second time makes a person look immature and the kind of person who grew up constantly bullying classmates.) into law, insisting that it would bring down the skyrocketing cost of healthcare while increasing coverage for millions of Americans.
As another year has passed, and the American economy has struggled to navigate through a cloud of uncertainty (In large part because of Congressmen like Scott Garrett who would prefer to take money out of the economy during a recession than “prime the pump” to stimulate it.) the failures and costs associated with this unconstitutional law (Congressman Garrett has the rare gift of people able to see into the future. Perhaps we should take him with us to the horse track.) have only become clearer.
“Costs that were supposed to go down with the enactment of ObamaCare (By still refusing to call it by its real name, Congressman Garrett is now so small that he can no longer be seen by the naked eye.) have only gone up. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now projects that spending on healthcare is expected to reach $1.8 trillion in the next decade (The ACA will have a gross cost of $1.762 billion but a net cost of $1.252 billion. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO): This report also presents estimates through fiscal year 2022, because the baseline projection now extends through that additional year. The ACA’s provisions related to insurance coverage are now projected to have a net cost of $1,252 billion over the 2012-2022 period; that amount represents a gross cost to the federal government of $1,762 billion, offset in part by $510 billion in receipts… [CBO.gov, 3/13/12]) and premiums will continue to rise by $2,100 per family (Where does this figure come from? I can find no credible source. Further, Mr. Garrett does not say over what period he expects this magical $2,100 premium increase to occur. A $2,100 increase per year starting next year is quite different from a $2,100 increase over the next decade. Of course since Mr. Garrett doesn’t source this number one must assume he either fabricated it or as he’s done elsewhere in this statement, played fast and loose with the truth. However, what we do know as fact is that according to CBO’s latest comprehensive estimate of this legislation, the net effect of changes in direct spending and revenues is a reduction in budget deficits of $210 billion over the 2012-2021 period. [CBO.gov 3/30/11]) Instead of taking the opportunity to enact meaningful reform with market-based solutions, the Democrats rammed through this bill that brings the heavy hand of government-mandated health insurance down on every family and small business across the country (Scott Garrett’s idea of market-based solutions is to once again leave us at the mercy of the same insurance companies that set record profits – even during the current recession, far outpacing the rate of inflation as documented in The New York Times).
“Furthermore, I have long maintained that the individual mandate-the foundation upon which ObamaCare (One would now need an electron microscope to get a look at Mr. Garrett.) stands-is unconstitutional (If Mr. Garrett won’t go with you to the horse track perhaps he could spare a few moments to give you the winning Powerball numbers.) and represents an egregious assault on our personal liberty (This “egregious assault” has resulted in a prohibition on lifetime dollar limits on essential coverage; children being included on a parent’s health plan up to age 26; children no longer being denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition and the closing of the Medicare prescription drug benefit “donut hole” – saving New Jersey’s senior more than $57 million in 2011 alone.) As the Supreme Court begins to hold oral arguments next week, I am confident the Supreme Court will follow suit with rulings in Florida and Virginia to reaffirm the Founders’ vision for America and rule ObamaCare (The Hubbell Telescope could no longer find Scott Garrett.) unconstitutional.”
Garrett has long been an outspoken critic of the federal health care law, particularly the individual mandate. As Chairman of the Constitution Caucus, Garrett re-introduced H.R. 21, the Reclaiming Individual Liberty Act, on the first day of the 112th Congress, which would repeal the individual mandate portion of the federal health care law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional (Must I? Really?).