Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
August 31, 2013
A representative from a national conservative movement visited Yadkinville last week to discuss the potential hazards of the Affordable Health Care Act.
Dean Clancy from FreedomWorks held a lunchtime seminar on the dangers of Obamacare and the actions he and his group are taking to make sure the health care law is stopped.
Clancy lives in the Washington, D.C. area and works for the conservative organization full time.
“I’ve always been Tea Party, even before the term was coined,” Clancy said.
A major focus of FreedomWorks in the upcoming 2014 election is the removal of Kay Hagan as the state’s senator, Clancy said. The comment drew major applause from the audience.
“FreedomWorks will do everything they can to help retire Senator Hagan, and therefore we will work with you,” Clancy said. “We know there are multiple conservative candidates offering their name, their candidacy.”
Hagan is a major supporter of the health care legislation.
Senator Richard Burr also drew criticism, part of FreedomWorks non-partisan work. Burr refuses to defund Obamacare, causing anger among conservative Republicans.
Defunding is one of the three approaches for the organization hopes to use to defeat the law - defund it, delay it and defeat it.
Clancy displayed a poster of the complexities of Obamacare, noting the tangled relationship of medical providers, insurance companies, the federal government, the individual, and a seemingly endless network of entities involved.
Clancy said FreedomWorks’ alternative was very simple in contrast - the medical provider and the patient.
The massive amount of data collected on those enrolled in the program would increase the ability of identity thieves, Clancy said. The non-government workers assigned to monitor the information would be have access to financial and security information for those enrolled.
The 2014 election, Clancy said, would be the true referendum on Obamacare, as the law takes full effect January, 2014.
The 2012 election was not the referendum, Clancy said, because Mitt Romney had instituted a precursor to Obamacare in his time as Massachusetts governor and could not debate the law for the obvious hypocrisy.
He also told the crowd about an initiative FreedomWorks is undertaking to show the nation’s leaders how opposed they were to Obamacare.
Called “Burn your Obamacare card,” the rallies bring together those opposed to the health care law to burn Vietnam draft card-style illustrations of the Obamacare registration. The cards are available fro print out from the group’s website, freedomworks.com.
FreedomWorks also has a “Obamacare War Room” link on its web page that allows visitors to find out when town hall meetings are going on, contact info for representatives, and general info on Obamacare.
He took questions from the audience, including one man who asked what would happen if Obamacare was defunded. Couldn’t the government get the money from another part of the budget instead of the allocated money?
Clancy said the defunding actions were worded in a careful, straightforward way to prevent loopholes like that from occurring. The wording prevents any funding from going to Obamacare, not just the previously set aside money.
After Clancy spoke a woman stood up and addressed the audience.
Pattie Curran told the audience about her personal troubles with Obamacare and the toll it is already taking on her budget and her family’s budget.
Her son has kidney problems that require expensive medication. Their preexisting conditions have cost more since Obamacare began ramping up than it did previously on her husband’s employer-provided insurance.
“From 2005 to 2010 our deductible only increased $50,” Curran said. “That deductible has increased $1,200 since 2010. Our premiums stayed the same in 2009 and 2010, and since 2010 they have increased $1,528. I want to ask President Obama where my $2,500 savings is.”
“The liberals want to tell you that it’s corporate greed. Where was the greed before Obamacare?” Curran asked. “What in the law now causes companies to be so greedy?”
She and her family have already paid nearly a quarter of $100,000 for medical expenses in 2013 alone.
“Our total out of pocket medical so far in 2013 is $19,940.33,” Curran said.
The full effects of the law have not taken effect yet, with Jan. 1, 2014 as the set date.
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