Friday, November 18, 2011

Obamacare’s New Paperwork Tax…?

Earlier this week a television station in Alabama reported on the latest implication of the health “reform” law:

Many people who are patients of Huntsville Hospital’s doctors or facilities have contacted WHNT News 19 about a new, $25 annual fee.  Those who’ve emailed us say they do not understand why they are being asked to pay this fee on top of their co-pays.

We talked to Huntsville Hosptial’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Burr Ingram.  Ingram says the fee comes down to a huge increase in paperwork.  Ingram says President Obama’s Health Care Reform Bill has buried doctors under mountains of new forms.   He says that means increased costs to the doctors to hire people to do all that paperwork.

It’s little wonder that doctors – to say nothing of other medical providers, and all Americans – have been “buried under mountains of new forms:” Just since last March, Obamacare has resulted in over 10,000 pages of regulations and notices in the Federal Register, with more being added every day.  And as the staff at Huntsville Hospital well know, the cost of complying with all these new mandates amounts to a paperwork tax – over and above the nearly $800 billion in higher taxes the law imposed, to generate the revenue necessary to fund Obamacare’s massive new entitlements.

Last year, former Speaker Pelosi famously said we had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.  Every time people in Huntsville visit the doctor, they’re finding out what Obamacare means for them – and they won’t much like the consequences.