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Call it what it is: The Health Insurance Industry Protection Act. -Adrian Murray

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Adrian Murray
Blast from the past. Wrote this in July 2012 about Obamacare. Seems to hold true today. A little long, but hopefully enlightening about what's going on in the health insurance markets today:

When Mitt Romney went before the convention of the NAACP and said that as president he would repeal “Obamacare,” he was roundly and predictably booed. In doing so, he stepped into a carefully prepared trap.

Why is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act routinely referred to as “Obamacare”? Surely no one seriously believes President Obama wrote the 2,700 page bill or, for that matter, even knows what is in it. Yet the act is commonly labeled President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the crowning achievement of his first term.

Even Nancy Pelosi would not take credit for authoring the bill, famously declaring we had to pass it in order to find out what’s in it. So if the president didn’t write the Affordable Care Act and the Speaker of the House didn’t know what was in it, why is it called Obamacare?

One could make the argument that it’s just laziness on the part of the media, which revels in finding the lowest common denominator to explain complex issues. One could argue that it is political posturing by Republicans who want to saddle the president with responsibility for what is undeniably an unpopular law. One could argue it is the president himself, trying to take legislative credit for something he had nothing to do with, popular or not. In fact Obama, a supporter of a single payer system, actively campaigned against many of the provisions that have ended up as cornerstones of the ACA law.

One could make a lot of arguments, but calling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” is a huge tactical error. Why? Because naming the law after Obama personalizes it and, as Romney learned from the NAACP audience, opposing Obamacare equals opposing Obama and the only reason anyone opposes Obama is, of course, because he is black. To those inclined to think as such, opposing the complete government takeover of the healthcare system and changing the status of Americans from private citizens to property of the state is, quite simply, racist. It also distracts from the true question that should be asked:

Who, precisely, wrote the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and why?

Our first clue comes from testimony given by Peter Orszag, then-Director of the Office of Management and Budget, before Congress in August of 2009. “Ultimately,” he said, “without structure in place to help contain health care costs over the long term as the health market evolves, nothing else we do in fiscal policy will matter much, because eventually health care cost will overwhelm the federal budget.”

If Orszag had been addressing the board of directors of Wellpoint, the nation’s second largest managed health care company, such a statement might seem perfectly proper. But, even accepting the wildly suspicious claim that 30 million Americans were uninsured, that’s still just 10% of the population. If 90% of Americans in 2009 were covered by private insurance, why would health care costs overwhelm the federal budget? It is more likely that rising health care costs would soon overwhelm the nation’s health insurance providers.

According to Kaiser Permanente, total health insurance costs in 1980 were $286 billion. By 2010, they had increased nearly tenfold to $2.3 trillion. As the population ages, that number is expected to soar. According to federal estimates, health care costs will double in the next decade and are likely to double again by 2030, when 70 million Americans – fully 20% of the population – will be over the age of 65. Could such dire estimates have provided the health insurance industry with a powerful $10 trillion incentive to move this looming liability off their balance sheets and onto the backs of the American taxpayer?

In May 2010, after final passage of the current health care law, Senator Max Baucus, from whose Finance Committee the legislation emerged, stood before the Senate and members of the press to publicly thank the person he credited with making it all happen:

“I wish to single out one person, and that one person is sitting next to me. Her name is Liz Fowler. Liz Fowler is my chief health counsel. Liz Fowler has put my health care team together. Liz Fowler worked for me many years ago, left for the private sector, and then came back when she realized she could be there at the creation of health care reform because she wanted that to be, in a certain sense, her professional lifetime goal. She put together the White Paper last November–2008–the 87-page document which became the basis, the foundation, the blueprint from which almost all health care measures in all bills on both sides of the aisle came.”

So who is Liz Fowler? Prior to joining Baucus’ staff as the senior advisor on health care, she was Vice President of Public Policy and External Affairs for none other than the aforementioned number two insurance company, Wellpoint. Not to put too fine a point to it, but the chief lobbyist for AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans), a national trade organization of over 1,300 insurers, infiltrated the Senate Finance Committee and wrote a law to benefit not the American people, but the entire insurance industry. As it turns out, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is not intended to make health insurance more affordable for the American people. It is designed to make the American people more affordable for the health insurance industry.

As it further turns out, Baucus’ staff was infested with Wellpoint hirelings. Prior to Fowler arriving on scene, the chief advisor on Senator Baucus’ team was Michelle Easton. Upon passing the baton to Ms. Fowler, Easton went to work as a lobbyist for Wellpoint at Tarplin, Downs and Young, a DC-based lobbying firm founded in 2006 “specializing in strategic consulting and policy development with a particular focus on health care”.

Keep turning the wheel, though, and we come to Stephen Northrup. Northrup was the chief health advisor to Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi when Enzi pushed similar health care legislation in 2006. Prior to joining Enzi’s staff, Northrup was the executive director of the Long Term Pharmacy Alliance, an organization that played a lead role on drafting the mother of all giveaways to Big Pharma, Medicare Part D. Not surprisingly, the revolving door and interchangeable roles of advisors/staff/lobbyists eventually lead Northrup in 2007 to Wellpoint, where he served as Vice President of Federal Affairs.

The insurance lobby, tired of decades of failed attempts to influence Congress to create a national health care plan which would immunize them from the looming trillions of dollars in liabilities they faced as the boomer generation aged, simply decided they would infiltrate Congress instead and write the legislation themselves. Time, after all, was running out.

But simply enacting the legislation was not enough. Big Insurance also demanded a seat at the table when it came time to actually drafting the regulations and implementing the law, since incompetent government bureaucrats could not be trusted to enact regulations and procedures that would fully indemnify the insurance lobby to its complete satisfaction. Which brings us to the return of Liz Fowler, the author of the Affordable Care Act who is now the Deputy Director of Consumer Information and Oversight at the U.S. Department of Human Services, sort of an industry cop on watch to be sure government employees do what they are told.

Despite Big Insurance’s success in pulling off one of the most intricate swindles in the history of mankind by transferring tens of trillions of dollars of liabilities from their balance sheets to that of the Treasury Department, all to be paid for by massive tax increases on the American people (or fees, if you’re still arguing about the Commerce Clause in the increasingly irrelevant Constitution), the whole transaction would certainly deserve a special place in the pantheon of lawlessness were it not for the decidedly unhappy outcome it will have for the true victims of this crime - the American citizens, who are now merely the property of an insurance industry that has a vested interest in keeping them healthy while they are still useful. Those 22 year-olds who are today gleeful that they can stay on Mommy and Daddy’s insurance for a few more years won’t be quite as cheerful in 2030 when they are called before a panel Liz Fowler will undoubtedly have a role in creating to explain why their cholesterol level has increased or are informed that certain substances detected in their last blood test indicated they are surpassing the monthly limit on pepperoni pizzas. After being sent home with a hefty fine and orders to adhere to a strict diet of carrot sticks and mineral water, along with the latest behavioral modification drug developed by the recent merger of Pfizer and Merck, they may well wish they had been paying attention back in 2012, when there was still a chance to put a stop to it all.

In the meanwhile, it would be nice if certain political figures would put a stop to feigning political courage by mockingly referring to this legislation as Obamacare. Obama didn’t write it or read it and there is nothing caring about it. Call it what it is:

The Health Insurance Industry Protection Act.

You could also call it the end of freedom.

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Adrian Murray is the president of Painless Performance Products, a Fort Worth based manufacturer of wiring and electrical systems for the hot rod and classic car restoration market. His company has received numerous awards including Manufacturer of the Year in 2002 and 2009 by an industry trade association and named Fort Worth Small Business of the Year in 2006. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce as well as the Chair of the East Area Council which focuses on economic and educational issues in East Fort Worth. He is on the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth 912 Project as well of the North Tarrant Republican Club and has spoken at the April 15 Tax Day Tea Party at La Grave Field, the June 11 America’s Awakening rally in North Richland Hills, and the September 12 Common Sense Citizens rally in downtown Fort Worth.

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Leave it to you to find this, B_T

been camping a few days so missed it. Thanks for posting!

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Nothing new here. Huh?

In 1971, Edgar Kaiser, the son of the founder of Kaiser Permanente, one of the first big HMOs, went to see John Ehrlichman, a top aide to President Nixon, to lobby the Nixon White House to pass legislation that would expand the market for health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Ehrlichman reported this conversation to Nixon on February 17, 1971. The discussion, which was taped, went like this: Ehrlichman: I had Edgar Kaiser come in...talk to me about this and I went into it in some depth. All the incentives are toward less medical care, because the less care they give them, the more money they make. President Nixon: Fine. The next day, Nixon publicly announced he would be pushing legislation that would provide Americans "the finest health care in the world."


I can call ObozoCare for what it really is in one word: fascism

"Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power." - Mussolini

Why The Affordable Care Act

Why The Affordable Care Act Will Make Healthcare Unaffordable

Free Market Alternative to Obamacare

I found a better way. Www.HealthShareLiberty.com
Free market libertarian alternative. Cheaper. I can use ANY doctor or hospital I choose. I approve the bills BEFORE they are paid! Did I say it's cheaper. Plus, having it gives me an exemption number for my tax return so I can 'opt out'! Hooray!!!

My Experience With ObamaCare!

This should be read and committed to memory

by everybody. It's exactly how it really is and so few people actually have heard or understand it.
Thanks Adrian.

Dr. Mike Vasovski
South Carolina Campaign Chairman, Ron Paul 2012
The SINGLE vote in the SC delegation for RP, GOP Convention, Tampa, FL
2010 Candidate, US Congress SC-03
Past Chairman, Aiken, SC County Tea Party

Thanks to Adrian for taking the time and energy

to put it together and commit it to writing.

It's a labor of love.

Because it sure isn't an inspiring subject to have this maniac president going from one debacle to another. It's exhausting to watch this menace to American society and to anticipate the trail of wreckage his time in office will leave.

What it is What it is What it

What it is
What it is
What it is
What it is

ObamaCare: What You're Not

ObamaCare: What You're Not Being Told (ObamaCare without the party politics)


Can Anyone Think Of Another Federal Law Commonly Known

by the name of the president who signed it?

(The closest things I can think of are the Hoover Dam and Romneycare, but neither of those is a federal law.)

I agree that it was a terrible idea for the opposition to call it Obamacare, because as this post indicates it made it personal, where opposition to and detest of the law became opposition to and detest of the man.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Hillary Care--oops... never ye mind.

; )

What would the Founders do?

The first thing that popped to mind was Reaganomics.

But that was just a economic philosophy wasn't it?

Anyway you are spot on and I have pointed this out before. When we make this about Obama then the democrat socialists and everyone else involved in forcing this monstrosity down our throats gets a free pass. Just like Janet Reno's "The buck stops here.", Obama is all to willing to be the scape goat for this as long as the socialist agenda can continue.

I dont understand how they

I dont understand how they are going to move Obamacare into single payer. Obama already put his name on this disaster and if it fails, who is going to trust any new legislation with more gov control? Are they just going to let the prices go up and increase the subsidy then expand medicare options until it morphs into the new system?

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Just study Canada's march to

Just study Canada's march to a single payer system.
It's America's future.

I was of the understanding that this bill originated

with the Heritage foundation as a conservative, pseudo free market alternative to Hillery care. Hillery care was the single payer "medicare" for all proposal that Hillery was pursuing during the Clinton administration, it was proposed by Ted Kennedy. Single payer was the ultimate goal of the left since the Wilson administration, a totally government run health care system. IMHO this system was designed to fail and bring in a single payer system. Government creates a problem then will propose a large government solution to that problem.


That really sums it up well

It would appear to me that the best solution would be to put the individual in control of the pricing mechanism. The best way I have heard of is to allow everyone to have a Medical (health) Savings Account, a combination of a catastrophic major med with a tax advantaged savings account. Patrick Rooney, former president of Golden Rule insurance, now part of United Health Care, developed this concept in the 1980s. When first introduced it was limited to the self employed, but quickly came under attack by the special interests. The group insurers and employers don't want the system changed, employees like "free" employer paid benefits, the medical providers don't want to have to reveal prices for services, so it's difficult to get any support for the HSA concept. IMHO the HSA is the only way to get the free market involved in solving the health care problems.

That's ALL true. Adrian is

That's ALL true. Adrian is talking specifically about this phase. I'd call it the fascist phase of government/corporate collusion to infringe upon and compel the people.

And yes Obama is focused on the eventual single payer option. He said "Canada's healthcare system didn't start as single payer. It started out as health care exchanges."


Great Article -

Great Article -



I hope Barracchio gets in

I hope Barracchio gets in front of a 'Death Panel' for his medical care.


Erik von Holstein-Rathlou
I had a conversation with a friend who is an administrator at a local Hospital and ran the, "This isn't about making HC affordable to the masses, but about making the masses affordable to HC". He lit up like a flood light. He told me about the fines Hospitals will be levied for not filling out form correctly. $5,000 to $10,000 for not having every i dotted and t crossed. Money that could be used for providing HC.

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