After the Obama Administration was left embarrassed by the faulty healthcare.gov’s enrollment website, celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Jon Stewart and Jay Leno are adding insult to injury as they freely mock the president’s signature legislation. Why the sudden turn on Hollywood’s golden boy? TV humor is reflecting public opinion.
All joking aside, Obamacare is impacting every single one of us, whether we like it or not. Down in the Buckeye State, the Obama Administration is forcing Ohioans, who are already facing a financially tight economy, to cover the cost of the healthcare mandate with both their tax dollars and their constitutional freedoms.
It is no wonder why citizens are fed up. With all of Obama’s misleadings and failed promises, the so-called “Affordable Care Act” is anything but affordable.
For example, President Obama promised Americans that our current insurance provisions would not be affected by Obamacare. He forgot to tell us that our premiums were an exception to his rule.
Ohio’s women will be hit hardest by premium hikes due to the unnecessary new provisions Obamacare requires insurance plans to cover. “In 52 counties, premiums are set to increase by between $1,250 and $2,499, while middle-aged Ohio women in 30 counties will see premium increases ranging from $2,500 to $3,749,” reported Media Trackers, an organization dedicated to media accountability, government transparency, and quality, fact-based journalism.
Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), who is also a doctor who serves patients at Walter Reed Hospital and is a member of the Republican Doctors Caucus, shared with Fox News that one of his constituents who has an $11,000 deductible will watch his premium go from $325 to over $860 per month. And regarding Obamacare’s impact on the healthcare system, Rep. Wenstrup stated, “We’re looking at a situation right now where you have one of the largest business propositions that a country has ever had, but it’s being run by people that have never run a business.”
Families, too, are discovering hidden penalties for simply being married. Reports show that married couples earning more than $62,000 annually, and cumulatively, will not qualify for premium subsidies under Obamacare. “Yet, the same unmarried couples living together who earns up to $91,920 annually will qualify.” According to a study conducted by Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, titled, “Obamanomics,” married couples will also be forced to pay a $10,000 annual penalty and could pay over $200,000 during the course of their marriage.
Obama also touted exemptions for churches and religious organizations. What he failed to mention was that under Obamacare, his administration has full authority to determine — on impulse, mind you — which faith-based charities are worthy of a “religious” exemption and which are not.
In July 2013, Ohio passed “the most pro-life budget in history” after Gov. John Kasich signed off on provisions that refer to an unborn child as a “human individual” and require abortionists to provide ultrasounds and abortion alternative information to expecting mothers. But as a leading pro-life state, Ohio’s Catholics and Protestants are suffering under the fierce “contraception” mandate, which requires individuals and private companies to violate their beliefs and provide contraception and controversial abortion-inducing drugs.
Cleveland and Cincinnati’s own Little Sisters of the Poor, Catholic charities that serve as healthcare facilities for the state’s elderly poor, are faith-based organizations deemed “unworthy.” After Jan. 1, 2014, Little Sisters of the Poor will face crippling fines, all because they refuse to violate their deeply held religious convictions and obey the “contraception” mandate. If Little Sisters of the Poor is unable to pay their fines, which could cost up to $100 per employee, per day, then their Cincinnati and Cleveland facilities and 31 other nationwide charities will be forced to close their doors.
Franciscan University of Steubenville is also fighting to protect its First Amendment rights. The University filed suit against the unconstitutional contraception mandate. Sadly, in March, a U.S. District Court Judge struck down the suit because, as of yet, no damage has occurred to the university. But after January 2014, when the contraception mandate goes into effect, Franciscan University is determined to re-file a suit citing:
We will not stop fighting this unjust mandate, and we are in this for the long haul. We are very confident in the merits of our case, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect our constitutional right to religious freedom.
Ohio’s future under Obamacare is clear: citizens will either pay costly premiums or crippling fines. Clearly, it is Obamacare that must be deemed unworthy and unconstitutional, not our freedoms.