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New Obamacare Tax To Help Govt. Ration Healthcare

New Obamacare Tax To Help Govt. Ration Healthcare

DECEMBER 29, 2011

In just a few days a new Obamacare tax—that will double the following year—will kick in to fund “comparative effectiveness research” that’s supposed to help the government save money by finding ways to ration healthcare.

This is crazy; a semi-secret tax so the feds have cash to pay bureaucrats to examine everyone’s health records and, in turn, the government can save money by cutting back on care. The official plan, as noted by a national news wire this week, is to conduct research to find out which drugs, medical procedures, tests and treatments work best. It’s part of a “little-known provision” of the president’s socialist takeover of the nation’s healthcare system.

Who will conduct this valuable research? A new quasi-governmental agency (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute or PCORI) created by Obamacare to provide information about the “best available evidence to help patients and their health care providers make more informed decisions.” PCORI claims its research is intended to give patients a better understanding of the prevention, treatment and care options available.   

To conduct this valuable work, PCORI needs cash. That’s where the new, little-known tax kicks in. Beginning in 2012, Uncle Sam will charge insurance companies a new fee to fund the PCORI’s research. The tax will be $1 per person in 2012 and will double in 2013 and increase with inflation in the following years. Insurers will soon receive guidance on the new tax from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Obama has already given this sort of medical effectiveness research a big chunk of change. In fact, his disastrous 2009 economic stimulus bill included more than $1 billion for this kind of work through a different government agency. When his Affordable Care Act passed, the newly created PCORI became the official center to find ways to more “effectively and appropriately” prevent, diagnose, treat, monitor and manage health conditions.

Most Americans are opposed to Obama’s hostile takeover of the nation’s healthcare system and two separate federal courts—in Florida and Virginia—have ruled it unconstitutional. The Virginia ruling came in 2010 and the Florida decision, referred to as “another legal blow” by a mainstream newspaper, came last year. Here is the 2010 Virginia decision and the 2011 Florida ruling. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case next March.

Judicial Watch has been a leader in comprehensively investigating Obamacare and has uncovered details related to secret healthcare meetings between powerful unions and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, waivers to companies and unions exempting them from inconvenient provisions of the new law and the regulation and funding of Obamacare in general. Read about JW’s Obamacare work here.  

Judicial Watch has also obtained internal Justice Department documents that suggest Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan helped coordinate the Obama Administration’s legal defense of the healthcare law while she served as Solicitor General. JW has long believed that Kagan could be Obama’s political operative on the Supreme Court. After all, she is a liberal activist with a thin resume, little legal experience and no judicial experience.

 

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  • jotazo

    What Americans need is to read more, educate themselves and stop being the right wing talibans and closed minded thugs that wright without thinking, pathetic!!!

  • gklassen

    It is apparant that the American people have been duped by the promise of change. They have their change now and it will become increasingly worse if we allow it to happen. There has never been a way open to the people to legally remove a President if he does not perform his duties well and that is for the people and not to the people. I feel that there should be a system to vote a president out of office since we the people voted him into the office. I do not mean impeach him by a vote in Congress but a vote by the poeople. It is evident that to let the congress perform this action would be a waste of time. There should be a process established where by a mid term vote be established to remove a president if he fails to perform his duties as outlined by his platform which is the reason why he was elected. It would stop this wait until his term is over with to oust him legally. This country is headed for a civil war and that is what is being said in the streets. I hear it everyday and it frightens me that it may happen.

  • weber1113

    I would like to see a law that makes it a 50 year felony with no parole for any elected official who uses his/her office for personal gain. That would include such things as “fact finding” trips, ANY gift of money of ANY amount while in office, extorting money for campaign funds, free flying of ANY sort, any stay at any high cost hotel or villa paid for by anyone else, etc. They are supposed to be our representatives, not our lords. If the pay they get isn’t enough, tough. They can always stay away from the US hopice, nee congress, and get a job where they will make more – if they can.

  • NeauxGrayMare2

    I am so sick and tired of the corruption in Washington, the Obamacare program and taxing us to death. Don’t forget to vote in November 2012 for ‘positive change’ in leadership for the US.

  • johnnieparrish

    What ALL Americans need is LESS GOVERNMENT and MORE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY!!!

    What ALL Americans DON’T NEED is OBAMACARE, and all of his ‘torture’ to our United States Constitution.

  • Richard Moss

    5th straight year as the most corrupt aka chitown alcapone manning the base at WE the peoples highest + finest class house