“The media likes to paint the GOP as a bunch of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals,” notes Perkins, “but Republicans aren’t the ones dragging women by the hair and treating them as single-dimension voters.”
“Obviously, this is a flawed mandate within a flawed law,” says Perkins. “And ironically, it may be doing more to kill health care coverage in the workplace than anything – especially as more employers drop their health care plans rather than submit to the President’s radical agenda.”
But it’s not just the Christians. The medical community is increasingly alarmed, too.
“Thousands of doctors are walking away from the exchange in a large-scale mutiny over the government’s reimbursement rates,” writes Perkins. “In California, where 70 percent of the 104,000 physicians are refusing to participate in Obamacare, practices stand to lose millions of dollars under the state’s bargain basement insurance rates.”
The Washington Examiner‘s Richard Pollack broke it down this way. “In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California under the state exchange, they get $160.”
“If you’re wondering what’s worse than a dysfunctional website, try a health care exchange without doctors!” writes Perkins. “Or hospitals. With the government trying to drive down coverage costs, insurance companies have no choice but to exclude some of the more expensive facilities from their plans – including some of the top-ranked hospitals and cancer centers. In Ohio, for example, only one policy on the exchange gives patients access to the Cleveland Clinic. Other facilities are opting out for the same reasons doctors are – lower reimbursement rates. The new revelations put the White House back on familiar ground: the defensive.”
“The President never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go to,” said former White House aide Ezekiel Emanuel and one of the architects of Obamacare. In the latest twist on the President’s infamous promise, Emanuel insisted, “If you want to pay more for an insurance company that covers your doctor, you can do that.”
“Health plans are cheapening their drug formularies – just like they cheapened their networks of doctors,” explained policy expert Scott Gottlieb. “That’s how they’re paying for the benefits that President Obama promised – like leveling of premiums between older (and typically costlier) beneficiaries, and younger consumers.” For now, if a drug doesn’t appear on these new “formulary lists,” patients could be paying for it entirely out of pocket.
On the bright side, notes Perkins, there’s still free birth control, right? Wrong. “Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) blew that myth to bits in an interview about the left’s insulting outreach to women.
“When they’re talking about free preventive care for women, I’m having a hard time understanding where the ‘free’ part is,” Ellmers told reporters. “What Democrats fail to mention is now the cost of insurance is… many times quadrupling, in cost, and deductibles are going up by thousands of dollars.” After all, men aren’t the only ones losing their health insurance and watching their premiums skyrocket. “[Democrats'] mindset is that the only issues women care about have to do with their bodies… [as if] the only thing women care about are free contraception and whether or not they have a right to abortion. As Republicans, we know women in this country are concerned with the path that we’re on right now and so many other issues, health being one of them.”
“In surveys across the spectrum, this continues to be one of the most unpopular aspects of Obamacare,” says Perkins. “FRC’s nationwide poll shows that a whopping 59 percent of voters – including 61 percent of independents – object to HHS’s coercion. Rasmussen’s results were just as unflattering – 51 percent opposition on the birth control coverage alone.
“Now that the Supreme Court has agreed to decide the debate,” says Perkins, “faithful Americans hope the justices will grant what the White House won’t: freedom.”