The Republican candidate chosen to appear on the 2016 presidential ticket should be pro-immigration enforcement, pro-life, and pro-marriage. He also should resolve to repeal Obamacare, not revise or “fix” it.
Last year, the Congressional Budget Office projected that Obamacare would shrink the American economy by 2.5 million jobs. Exchange subsidies, penalties on employers, new labor taxes, and Medicaid expansion contribute to the disaster. The Politico reported that entitlement enrollment under the president’s big, bloated, “affordable” health care scheme “is skyrocketing past expectations, giving some GOP governors who oppose the program’s expansion under the health law an ‘I told you so’ moment.”
The federal government, which has no money of its own, pays all of the expansion costs until 2017. An excerpt:
“The expansion of Obamacare will cost our state taxpayers $5 billion,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in an interview with POLITICO last week, referring to the 10-year cost. “Name the health care program — I think the only one is Medicare Part D — that cost less than what they initially anticipated…
“If you’re spending twice as much on this program than expected, that’s twice as much money that’s being added to the national debt,” said Nicholas Horton with the Foundation for Government Accountability, a conservative think tank that has sought to highlight how much expansion enrollment has gone beyond expectations. Even if the states don’t pay nearly as much as the federal government for Medicaid expansion, he said, “You’re still going to spend more money overall. That’s still taxpayer money.”
It’s all taxpayers’ money. Would a Republican in the White House bring much-needed relief, finally?