As a follow up to the “Up, Up, And Away” post I had discussing the costs of prescription drugs, there is another bombshell breaking on Obamacare. On Monday night, Megyn Kelly had Dr. Scott Gottlieb on discussing this very thing – the cost of prescription drugs under Obamacare. I hope you are sitting down for this:
Uh, yeah. There is so much wrong with this it is hard to truly grasp it all (and Helenk had a link to an article from The Blaze discussing this very issue). No doubt more will be coming out about this, but the news right now is absolutely mouth-dropping and shocking. (Byron York discussed this issue on Tuesday’s “America’s Newsroom.” Once video is available for that, I will insert it here. York clarified just how bad this is going to be.)
It is precisely because of all of the difficulties associated with Obamacare, the rising costs, the loss of plans people wanted to keep, the mandate of what people must have (like maternity leave even if they will never use it), and now this revelation of prescription drug costs, that South Carolina is making a move (h/t Helenk). Yes, the legislators of South Carolina have a bill in the works that would end Obamacare here. Chances are very good it will pass, too. From the Daily Caller:
A bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate in January aims to eliminate Obamacare in the state. The law could become a model for other states fed up with the federal health-care law.
House Bill 3101, titled the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.
State Sen. Tom Davis, the bill’s sponsor who recently wrapped up study committee hearings for H3101 in Columbia, Charleston and other cities, says that the proposed legislation renders the Affordable Care Act void or inoperable through a handful of provisions.
“It will essentially have five components to it, all of which in my judgment are legal, effective, and within the state’s power to do,” Davis, a Republican from Beaufort, said in an interview.
The bill’s main component prohibits agencies, officers and employees of the state of South Carolina from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation of the national health-care law entirely in the hands of a federal government that lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates. [...] (Click here to read the rest of this story, and the rationale for how states can get out from under Obamacare.)
Pretty clever, isn’t it? There is little doubt this will pass here. Our governor, Nikki Haley, has been very outspoken about Obamacare, and other ways in which the Federal Government is wasting our money. I expect she will sign it as soon as it lands on her desk.
I hope the SC model will be come one for other states to get out from under this legal behemoth. Judging from the comments people are leaving at the article, I would say a whole lot of people support this bill. Heaven knows, we have to do SOMETHING to get out from under this partisan law and its numerous regulations before it bankrupts us.
President Barack Obama’s 19 minute speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial cost taxpayers at least $5 million.
That’s not counting any cakes and coffee he and his inner circle consume aboard Air Force One during the 18,000-mile round trip to Johannesburg, via Dakar, in Senegal.
The 28-hour two-way flight to the memorial will cost $5 million because the four-engined Boeing 747 costs roughly $180,000 an hour to operate, according to a May 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service.[...] (Click here to read the rest and get all the pertinent numbers.)
Awesome. And he spent some time chatting with President Castro while he was at it. What a HUGE surprise – not…
Sheesh. Well, this is about all I can stomach for the moment, so I will leave this up to you for now. Once the York piece becomes available, I’ll put it up. Feel free to discuss the above, or anything else on your minds.