October 5, 2011 Print

Congress Receives 1.6 Million Petitions to Repeal ObamaCare

by Karla Dial

A grassroots advocacy group delivered 1.6 million petition signatures to Congress this morning, asking legislators to repeal ObamaCare forthwith.

The petition drive was led by RepealHealthCareAct.org, a project of the Restore America’s Voice Foundation.

“These 1.6 million signatures represent the second largest number of signatures ever collected for a public policy issue in U.S. history,” Chairman Ken Hoagland said. “It is second only to the 1.66 million collected in 2009 over credit card transaction fees.

“Polls show, and this petition drive confirms, that a majority of Americans consistently have demanded the repeal of ObamaCare, convinced it kills jobs, adds trillions of dollars to the deficit, escalates health care costs and places the government squarely between doctors and patients.”

Most of the news coverage of ObamaCare — officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and signed into law by President Obama in 2010 — has concerned the funding mechanism at its heart mandating that all Americans either buy health insurance or pay a fine. That is the subject of several lawsuits, including one waged by 26 states now at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the individual mandate isn’t the only flaw in the law, said Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute in California and author of the book The Truth About ObamaCare: The entire act is faulty.

“I think it’s very important that we repeal ObamaCare in full,” she said. “The Affordable Care Act is not going to achieve universal coverage — 23 million people will still be uninsured in 2019. The original bill was (estimated) by the Congressional Budget Office (to cost) $9 billion, but the real cost is going to be about $2.5 trillion because most of the cost drivers don’t kick in until 2014. The president said over and over the average family would see their costs go down by $2,500 a year, but the CBO said it would go up by $2,100.

“Unless this is repealed and replaced, it’s really taking the U.S. down the path of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all type of system.”

That’s the type of socialized medicine Pipes grew up with in her native Canada — and she says it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

“You can say, ‘We’ll spend less on care,’ but the way you do that is by rationing care and foregoing access to the latest treatments and technologies,” she said. “Canadians have an escape valve — they come to the U.S. for MRIs and heart surgeries, because they know that being on the waiting list for over four months, on the average, might mean the difference between life and death.”

The Truth About ObamaCare, by Pacific Research Institute President Sally C. Pipes, is available for purchase through Amazon.com.

Read the 11th Circuit’s opinion striking down the individual mandate.

Learn more about the multi-state lawsuit.

ObamaCare 411: Learn more about various aspects of ObamaCare.

Watch interviews on ObamaCare, lawsuits.

Access the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Employer Health Benefits 2011 Annual Survey.

Read about the government’s plan to fund the health care law.