Phil Gingrey Senate: Do No Harm


Phil Gingrey Senate: Do No Harm

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Do No Harm 
Just four years after President Obama’s takeover of the American healthcare system was signed into law, patients across the country are realizing that Obamacare is nothing more than a set of broken promises. Millions have lost their health insurance coverage, premiums are skyrocketing to unprecedented levels, and doctors across the country have been dropped from their provider networks and are closing their doors. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
To date, the Obama administration has delayed, patched, or ‘fixed,’ more than 35 aspects of the law by executive action. As Americans now realize, these actions are largely aimed at delaying further negative impact to patients and the economy before midterm elections. 
By the administration’s own estimates, the employer mandate alone could result in as many as 80 million more dropped plans. And on top of the law’s new taxes and moving-target regulations, the law will be catastrophic to many small business owners and their employees.
When I completed my medical training, I swore to “do no harm” when I took the Hippocratic Oath. These words have served as my ‘true-north’ as a career physician and a public servant.
The harmful impact of Obamacare is widespread. Despite President Obama’s promise to Americans that they can keep the doctors and insurance plans that they like, more than five million Americans have already lost their health coverage and, in many cases, have been forced to find new family physicians. All Americans’ quality of healthcare is threatened by this law, which piles unwarranted hardships on doctors, seniors, our youth, and our economy.
Burdening young Americans
Young adults are being saddled with the unfair expectation that they will overpay for coverage they don’t need and can’t afford, to subsidize health costs for older, financially stable, Americans. Worse yet, low youth enrollment numbers have already confirmed a lack of incentive for them to enroll, which will result in even higher premiums for older generations.
Many Democrats, who designed the law falsely assuming that young enrollment would be its backbone, now question whether the law will crumble under its own weight. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) even conceded he doesn’t think enough young people will sign up “to make this bill work as it was intended financially.”
Obamacare deals blow after blow to seniors
President Obama and congressional Democrats slashed more than $700 billion from Medicare just to help cover the cost of Obamacare. With more than $300 billion direct and indirect cuts of that total being gutted from the Medicare Advantage Program, as many as half of the program’s 14 million dependent beneficiaries are being threatened with losing their plans and doctors. On top of that, the health insurance tax is estimated to cost each Medicare Advantage beneficiary more than $3,500 over ten years.
Doctors closing their doors
Physicians have received termination letters from their provider networks in at least ten states, citing “significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment.” This is partially due to Obamacare’s more than $400 billion in reduced payments to doctors and hospitals. Just one of these providers, United Health, has recently announced they would be dropping up to 15 percent of their physicians.
President Obama and proponents of his health overhaul claimed that it would lead to shorter waits and smaller crowds at emergency rooms – saving millions of dollars. But as seen previously with Romneycare in Massachusetts, a recent study confirmed that as physicians close their doors and Medicaid is expanded, patients will see emergency rooms as their most convenient option, making them more crowded and costly than ever before.
Costly uncertainty for job-creators
Massive tax hikes and intrusive regulations have forced small businesses to cut hours and choose between hiring new workers and providing health coverage. Obamacare has triggered a massive spike in part-time workers due to hour cuts, and estimates show that job-creators across America will spend tens of millions of company hours just to comply with the law’s demands.
Already, Pillar Hotels & Resorts (Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Hampton Inn), Hardee’s restaurant, Regal Cinemas, and Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster) have made a shift in favor of part-time employees. While companies like Universal Orlando and Target retail stores have announced that they will drop health coverage for their existing part-time employees completely.
Due to the medical device tax alone, innovative medical technology companies have laid off thousands, and have cancelled plans for future growth. Boston Scientific, facing more than $100 million in charges on their earnings, opted out of U.S. expansion, choosing instead to open new facilities in Ireland and China.
The time for repeal is now
Like all Americans, Georgians can’t afford Obamacare any longer. It’s not repairable, and cannot continue to be treated by Democrats as a game-piece in political strategy. Obamacare must be treated as it truly is: a life and death issue.
With my support and leadership as a founder of the House GOP Doctors Caucus, House Republicans have voted to repeal Obamacare more than 40 times, and have made countless efforts to protect patients from its most egregious aspects. But the hard truth remains: while millions of Americans look to our leadership for relief, these measures to save our healthcare industry sit dormant on Harry Reid’s desk.
Georgians deserve a Senator who will put their own ‘skin in the game,’ and put their family’s interests in front of their own political career.
That’s why I’m taking the fight to the Senate, and have made an accountability pledge to Georgians to repeal Obamacare in my first term, or go home. I will continue to fight tooth-and-nail so that this disastrous law doesn’t do any more harm to our country.


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