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Visual ObamaCare

Filed under: Health Care — DRJ @ 12:01 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

America’s Bewildering New Health Care System

Visual ObamaCare:

“In addition to capturing the massive expansion of government and the overwhelming complexity of new regulations and taxes, the chart portrays:

* $569 billion in higher taxes;

* $529 billion in cuts to Medicare;

* swelling of the ranks of Medicaid by 16 million;

* 17 major insurance mandates; and

* the creation of two new bureaucracies with powers to impose future rationing: the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Independent Payments Advisory Board.

[Texas Rep. Kevin] Brady admits committee analysts could not fit the entire health care bill on one chart. “This portrays only about one-third of the complexity of the final bill. It’s actually worse than this.”

A larger version and a .pdf version of the chart can be found at the GOP Joint Economic Committee website.


21 Responses to “Visual ObamaCare”

  1. To me, the most likely outcome is a failing federal program, like Medicaid, with a private system based on cash and high deductible insurance for real insurable events, developing alongside. Government will try to ban this but they will not because it will be how they get their own care.

    In 1977, the Labour Health Minister created a big scandal by getting her hysterectomy in Belgium. This was shortly after the unions refused to treat private patients in NHS hospitals. They called it “Jumping the queue.”

    Margaret Thatcher became PM two years later.

    Mike K (0ef8c3)

  2. As Sherrod has taught us, this is racist.

    JD (d55760)

  3. It is blindingly obvious to anybody who looks at that sucker that it is going to bend the cost curve down.

    If you don’t agree with me you are a racist, homophobic, climate change and holocaust denying, hilljack, redneck rube.


    daleyrocks (940075)

  4. The first thing I thought was that it looked like one of those idiotic Beck charts “proving” the “connections” between things or people or organizations or historical events

    Chris Hooten (dbecf9)

  5. crissyhooten is a mendoucheous coward. That is all.

    JD (d55760)

  6. Wow, this is a lot of room for inefficiency. On the other hand, lots of new jobs for overpaid bureaucrats.

    You can tell whoever made this chart had a lot of fun, but he’s probably insane now.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. This chart is useless without signal propagation times — and the rest of the system and its times.

    htom (412a17)

  8. How many of those people are actual medical doctors?

    htom (412a17)

  9. And there we have it: a ponzi scheme for progressives. A robust plan to create sustainable voting blocs for the Social Democrat party. The ultimate in green technology with fertile billions set to flow to the select few.

    Vermont Neighbor (04ebf2)

  10. If BHO will set up a $120K/yr annuity, I’ll vote Dem from now ’till…
    Just think how much good the Minutemen could do with some of that money?

    AD - RtR/OS! (f0ce5a)

  11. But what will $120K buy once they reduce the dollar to Argentine levels? They certainly won’t stop spending just because they can’t borrow anymore. Inflation works so well for them, you blame the high prices on evil greedy capitalists and take over the private sector, and you pay off the debts you racked up with devalued to worthless level dollars giving your creditors the shaft but leaving you clean and in complete control.

    Machinist (497786)

  12. The Medicare cuts are bogus of course, as we’ve already seen Congress extend the “docfix”.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  13. The “docfix” is a stop gap to keep the system from collapsing faster than it is now. Doctors are leaving at accelerating rates. The next step will be to try to force them to accept Medicare as a condition of licensure, just as Massachusetts is trying to do.

    Mike K (0ef8c3)

  14. Each new Federal intrusion leads to the next. It really is “Atlas Shrugged” but we have seen this whole pattern before. When their interference in the market causes problems the solution is always more interference. If they just had total power they could make everything work so smoothly, just as it always has for those who seized power.

    I understand why they want power but it is so discouraging to see people going along with and supporting it. This ignorance of history is what makes me lose hope. When they turn on the Democrats they will just follow the next liar to promise them a free ride.

    Machinist (497786)

  15. I can visualize a revolution!

    Bill Fabrizio (5abdd8)

  16. Obamacare is
    the modern liberalism
    fully flowered

    ColonelHaiku (ac3c3c)

  17. If someone was going to make a chart demonstrating the innumerable misfiring synapses in Chrissy Hootie and the Blowfish’s brain, it would be composed of pops, bells, whistles…and shrieks. Lots of shrieks.

    Dmac (d61c0d)

  18. When they turn on the Democrats they will just follow the next liar to promise them a free ride.

    Comment by Machinist

    You’re right. The most viable political response is to promise a better way to ensure more goodies for a longer period of time. Only a tiny handful of leaders are actually arguing that it’s time to take care of ourselves if we’re going to avoid financial collapse.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  19. Only the obsenity that is Progressive government could come up with that monstrosity and think they were producing a viable product.

    David (adf2d3)

  20. This chart is useless without signal propagation times — and the rest of the system and its times.
    Comment by htom — 7/28/2010 @ 2:46 pm

    The chart does give the term technical term “deadly embrace” a whole new meaning however.

    As for signal propagation time, I think that signal attenuation and the corresponding decrease in SNR will prevent any signal from traversing the entire graph.

    iconoclast (c91a7c)

  21. Obamacare – let us show you the softer side of the IRS.

    Obamacare: After your healthcare is rationed out by the death panels, Hope will be the only thing that is kept alive.

    These are some of the Donks new campaign slogans:

    Democrats: Wasting your money so you don’t have to

    Democrats: We’re putting the IRS in control of your healthcare, Enjoy!

    Zonk (9511b8)

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