This is going to hurt.
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that will lead to the largest expansion of government in the history of the United States. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was more than 2,400 pages long and will reportedly cost a cool $1 trillion over ten years, give or take a few hundred billion.
But sticker shock is just the beginning. In The Truth about Obamacare, Sally Pipes shows how Obama’s health care “reform” will crash into our economy and culture with a tidal wave of regulations that, taken together, will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and see our doctors. How will all those changes affect you, your family, and your fellow Americans? Pipes goes over the bill with a fine-tooth comb, laying out the specifics of how and why Obamacare:
The following ObamaCare Summary is a quick overview of Obama's health care reform. The purpose of our Obama Health Care summary is to help you quickly understand what ObamaCare is and what costs are associated with it. If you would like a more detailed overview of the law read out our Affordable Care Act Summary.
The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax.” Unless you’ve been living under a Marshall stack, chances are you heard these historic words from Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court, reaffirming President Obama’s controversial effort to bring all Americans into the health care system. Alongside the prospect of more affordable health care premiums and insurance companies that are unable to deny coverage to the sick, we at FMC are pleased the bill was largely upheld. Why? Because among the Americans that stand to benefit from the shiny new law are a group of folks we happen to care an awful lot about — musicians.
The Obama administration is reaching out to professional sports leagues and celebrities as it prepares to market the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to young, healthy individuals that they hope to will enroll in the law's health insurance exchanges, The Hill's Elise Viebeck reports.
Health experts say that the participation of healthy, young residents will be key to the success of the exchanges because they can offset higher-cost participants and help keep premiums down.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday confirmed that she has discussed ACA promotions with the National Football League for paid advertising and partnerships. The agency has also reportedly contacted the National Basketball Association. In addition, a Major League Baseball spokesperson said the organization had been contacted.
Further, the administration is seeking celebrities to promote the ACA, including Eva Longoria, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Pitbull and others, according to Viebeck.
Trevor Neilson—leader of the Global Philanthropy Group, which represents Longoria and others—said his clients are "looking at ways to be involved" with the ACA and other firms likely are doing the same. Advertising experts have suggested that the administration develop a simple tagline to emphasize the law's benefits and ensure that online systems match the tone of the promotional campaign (Viebeck , "Healthwatch," The Hill, 6/26; Viebeck , "Healthwatch," The Hill, 6/26)