More Obamacare Flaws

Aug 16, 2013 Issues: Health Care, Happening in West Texas, Family Values

More Obamacare Flaws

Another week, another Obamacare delay by the President. This time, it’s caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs. Apparently, the computer systems can’t communicate with each other, so the caps can’t be put in place on time.  The caps aren’t a great policy to begin with;  as this Forbes article explains, “If you ban lifetime limits, and mandate lower deductibles, and cap out-of-pocket costs, premiums have to go up to reflect these changes.”  Translation? Higher costs for consumers. 

In other news, businesses are planning to cut back on full-time employees because they can’t afford to provide the health insurance required by Obamacare.  So workers will be laid off or forced to reduce their hours, resulting in lower paychecks at best, and unemployment at worst. 

Additionally, there are significant concerns about how consumers’ privacy will be protected under the new system.  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott joined 12 other state Attorney Generals in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius raising concerns about potential flaws in privacy protections. 

Enough already.  I’ll tell you what I’ve told every constituent in my town hall listening sessions over the past two weeks: this law has too many flaws.  We don’t need any more exemptions, carve-outs, or delays.  It’s time to defund it, repeal it, and replace it with more commonsense policy that puts you in charge of your health care.


I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag…

I bet every single one of you can recite the rest of that Pledge of Allegiance.  And you know how it finishes—One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  I want to bring your attention to the latest attack against the reference to God in our Pledge. The American Humanist Association has filed a suit in Massachusetts in an effort to make it unconstitutional for students to say the phrase “under God” when reciting the Pledge. 

Here’s what’s interesting about this case—students are not required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  They can abstain for any reason and won’t ever be asked why.  So even though the plaintiffs aren’t required to say the Pledge, they’re trying to prevent other students from saying it.  It makes no sense.

The Pledge of Allegiance has evolved and changed since it was first written, and Congress has repeatedly reaffirmed our commitment to our historic legacy as “one Nation under God.” I’ve signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Pledge.  We argue that the opportunity to voluntarily recite the national Pledge of Allegiance is an important expression of our national identity. 

Allowing schools to tinker with the Congressionally-enacted language means that we won’t have a National Pledge—we’ll have a number of somewhat similar sounding recitations that vary from school to school and state to state.  That devalues the Pledge and the patriotism and unity it represents. 


Action Item: Constituent Services

This week, I’d like to highlight all the different services my office offers.  Each day on my Facebook page, I’ll focus on a different service available to you. I hope all the information in this section will be useful whether you need help with a federal agency, would like to order a flag to honor a loved one, or would like tours and tickets for a visit to Washington DC. 

I’d also like to highlight two public service announcements that my wife Dana and I recently recorded in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters.  Dana encourages the importance of volunteering, and I share a message on honoring our veterans and keeping them engaged in our communities.