published Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Sen. Corker on ObamaCare

Among those who have ruefully noted the first anniversary since President Barack Obama signed the disastrous ObamaCare legislation into law is U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

Corker appropriately voted against ObamaCare because, he states frankly, it fails to address huge costs and imposes big burdens on national and state budgets.

“There is not a thinking person in Washington who believes this health care law will work as designed because it doesn’t solve the biggest problem in our health care system, which is cost,” he declared in a recent news release.

In addition to raising federal spending on medical care — in a time of record debt — the law places a massive unfunded mandate on the states, as even Democrat former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen lamented.

Corker notes, “Large employers will be discouraged from providing coverage because they could abandon their health plans, pay the [federal] penalties and still save millions of dollars by passing the burden onto taxpayers. And for anyone concerned about the future of Medicare, the law spends $530 billion in Medicare savings instead of using those funds to extend the life of the program.”

That’s important because Medicare’s insolvency is already only a few years away.

It is no wonder Corker has called for repeal of ObamaCare. The peril of leaving it in place is too great.

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bookworm said...

Corker forgets that the biggest unfunded mandate is the Iraq and Afghanistan warrs, and this is in a time of financial recession. To the contrary, those moaning about the cost of 'ObamaCare,' generally all are those politicians who have accepted large sums of campaign cash from the Health insurance lobbyists. I doubt seriously if Corker ever tried to walk in the shoes of those less fortunate -- even when he was mayor. He is just another example of those good ol' boys' cozy with big business. Sincerely, I have never once read from the Free Press any concern they ever had for the middle class and poor, especially when it comes to health care legislation. It seems we can always find money for toys for defense but never funding for health care.

March 26, 2011 at 4:45 a.m.
hambone said...

Just another example of a political hack paying his debt to his bosses !

March 26, 2011 at 7:46 a.m.
fairmon said...

Anyone reading this piece of legislation including those that need health care coverage would not support it. No disagreement about the need for something that includes three major items in the bill. No cancellations, no denials due to pre-existing conditions, those that truly can't afford coverage receive assistance.

Wanted and needed doesn't mean the country can afford it. People including politicians are not understanding the debt issue and none want to give up anything now in place. At the current rate of increase the debt will double every 8 years:

o 2012=15 trillion

o 2020=30 trillion

o 2028=60 trillion

0 2036-120 trillion

There is no plan in place or proposed, including the republican noise makers, to change this trend. The math doesn't lie while politicians either lie or don't have a clue what they are doing to this country. 2012 through 2014 will be a time of reckoning for this country.

March 26, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
bret said...

Corker says, “Large employers will be discouraged from providing coverage because they could abandon their health plans, pay the [federal] penalties and still save millions of dollars by passing the burden onto taxpayers."

That is some messed up logic since they could do the exact same thing before the health care law was passed. They could cancel all their employees plans, not have to pay any penalties and save even more millions of dollars.

The idea that forcing employers to pay a fine will encourage them to drop their coverage and pay that fine is illogical. The reason employers provide health care is to attract workers as an incentive. Nothing in the health care law changes that. If they wanted to drop coverage to save money they would have already done it. The penalties, small as they are, only discourage employers from dropping health coverage. They certainly don't encourage them to do so as Mr. Corker claims.

March 26, 2011 at 10:45 a.m.
AlmostAmanda said...

Well then, Bobby, what is your solution? Don't give me some garbage line about "reducing costs and promoting free market solutions," I want to see your bill. Until then, do what your buddy Bill Haslam has told Tennessee's teachers who will be evaluated under an untested system - "We can work forever to get the perfect one, or we can go ahead and move forward."

March 26, 2011 at 12:48 p.m.
charivara said...

Health insurance companies are not in business to provide health care, they are in business to make as much money for their owners as they can, they can only do this by paying for as little health care that you need as they can. The goal of unregulated capitalism is maximizing profits, it is not to promote the general welfare, that’s the role of the federal government. Private health insurance is also more costly to deliver than Medicare. The administrative costs of private health insurance can range from 12% of premium dollars for large groups to 30% for individuals, administering government run Medicare is 2% of premiums.

According the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office repeal of the Affordable Care Act (demonized by insurance industry stooges as “Obamacare”) would actually increase deficits significantly in the long term.

Republican Sen. Corker claims he is concerned about the deficit. Under Republican Presidents since Reagan took office federal deficits have risen dramatically. Now Republicans are suddenly worried about deficits. They had no trouble running the budget from Democrat Clinton’s $236 billion surplus when Bush 2 was elected to over a $286 billion deficit when he left office. In the meanwhile, the very rich have gotten very much richer and the middle class has been left facing unemployment and impoverishment. And Republicans are trying to tell us it is all President Obama’s fault.

Republicans don’t want to reduce deficits, they want reduce Democrats who stand in the way of their transferring even more wealth to their already very wealthy patrons. Republicans in office are a menace to democracy and a threat to the promise of a middle class America.

March 26, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
Libertine said...

Big pharmaceuticals, makers of CT scanners,doctors and hospitals are in health care to make money. They did not get nailed in health care reform, because they have better lobbyists, and it's easier to attack insurers, because people consider their "health care costs," to be premiums. They would realize what a relative bargain those premiums are if they had to pay $200 for an office visit, $3,000-$6,000 out of pocket for births, $50,000 or more for treatment of a stroke, etc. No, insurers were the easy target, and the ACA did nothing about what those services cost.

This just in from the GAO: 87 percent of people in this country have health coverage through employer group plans, the government, or individual policies they bought themselves. According to the GAO, there are about 50 million uninsured. About a third of the uninsured already qualify for Medicaid, but have chosen not to apply. About another third have access to coverage through work, earn middle class wages and again, choose not to buy coverage. Seems it would have been a lot simpler and cheaper for Obama and Congress to force coverage on those 16.6 million who apparently really do need it, than creating the giant monstrosity they passed. But, that would have made too much sense.

March 28, 2011 at 7:37 p.m.

Bob Corker better hope he can get reelected to office the next time around.

March 28, 2011 at 8:09 p.m.
phaedrus_tn said...

Libertine is the most dishonest poster on tennessean.com, dnj.com and timesfreepress.com.

For example, he posts an entry on his Tennessean.com blog (http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=PluckForum&plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a11caa8c2-3be7-430c-bcad-8264ed455ce2Forum%3a13e12e88-f9f5-4e86-a46f-aca0a698aa2bDiscussion%3a7181f488-1d5a-4ade-9a50-6b21bf648498&plckCurrentPage=1) with the headline " Barack Obama was kicked out of the University of Hawaii and Havard for polygamy," and then links to a story about the President's father. Misleading a little? Intentionally deceiving?

For another example, Libertine posted that he was not a US citizen. Then posted that he votes for Republicans and Democrats. And that he "volunteers" as an election worker.

Now tell me, how can a non-US citizen vote? And how can a non-US citizen work as an election worker.

Then Libertine hides his profile to try to prevent people from seeing his past posts. Too little, too late, Libertine!

He refuses to answer a direct question: are you a US citizen, Libertine?

For other examples of Libertine's blatant dishonesty, see this thread: http://www.dnj.com/comments/article/20110505/OPINION01/105050320/Editorial-Paper-ballot-law-proving-too-costly-implement

and this thread: http://www.tennessean.com/comments/article/20110503/NEWS04/305030048/ACLU-accuses-Sumner-schools-promoting-Christianity (this thread has over 240 comments so it is recommended that you sort from newest to oldest.)

His dishonesty is exceeded only by his disrespect for his readers' intelligence.

May 8, 2011 at 8:01 a.m.
llamapop said...

If Mr. Corker would read the Affordability Act and stop calling it Obamacare as there is no "care" in this law, only MONEY. There are sweeping provisions in the law that will curb Medicare fraud and require physicians to use cost-conscious standards of care in prescribing tests etc. The current "claims" system in the US is an honor system that invites fraud from the price of an office visit on up. Most doctors have no idea what the tests cost that they prescribe. There are doctors with financial ties to their hospitals and laboratories that are unbelievably unhealthy for our wallets. I kind of don't see any Republicans going after doctors or hospitals or insurors. Insurors do not provide insurance as they don't take financial risks. They pay the bills now and then raise the rates next year to recover--that's not insurance. Corker needs to go, it is time to find his replacement now.

June 1, 2011 at 3:48 p.m.
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