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Posted by Tim Bryce on November 6, 2013


– It certainly wasn’t “transparent,” was it?

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The 2010 Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has been the object of our attention for the last three years. It remains controversial to this day as polls show Americans disapprove of it. Of course, this is what led to the ugly standoff between the House of Representatives and the President. Even early supporters of the legislation, such as unions, realize it suffers from deficiencies and needs to be changed.

The bill was voluminous making it doubtful the Congress knew what they were voting for at the time. As Nancy Pelosi said, who was then Speaker of the House, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” And herein lies the problem. Since it was signed into law, the details have been slowly emerging much to the consternation of the American public; e.g., exemptions for Congress and big business, that it triggered a flood of companies to turn employees into part-time workers, that companies are laying off workers as they cannot afford it, that young people will be faced with escalating policy costs and elect to pay the penalty instead, that the IRS will enforce it (who has also been granted an exemption), and that it is plain and simply bad for the economy. According to a Gallup Poll, almost half of the American people believe the law will make the healthcare situation in the United States worse.

Bottom-line, the American people do not trust the Affordable Care Act as it represents something concocted in a back-room by one party. It was certainly not something considered “transparent” as promised by the president:

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”
– President Obama via White House web site

This is hardly what happened with the Affordable Care Act.

This is not how business would devise such a solution. Instead, they would implement a Feasibility Study whereby the current system would be defined, complete with strengths and weaknesses, requirements would be specified, alternatives considered based upon a cost/benefit analysis, and a suitable solution selected. By going through this process, nothing is hidden and everyone understands what is going on. More importantly, it leads to an intelligent business decision. This didn’t happen though, did it?

Some people argue the preparation of a Feasibility Study would have been too laborious and time consuming. Maybe, but when you consider the chaos we are currently embroiled in, a Feasibility Study would have made a lot more sense than the way the Affordable Care Act was drafted and implemented.

The fact remains, we enacted a law that looks like it will do more damage than good. So, what should we do, throw the baby out with the bathwater? Hardly. We have learned a lot from this exercise already, but I would still delay or repeal it until such time as we do a proper Feasibility Study.

Years ago, when I served as a baseball umpire, I learned the importance of getting the call right. As much as I didn’t want to back down from a call, I had to do what was best for the game. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do this too often, but I did have occasion where I had to swallow my pride and reverse my decision. I had to do this for the kids. Now we have to do it for the country.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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  1. Tim Bryce said

    A W.A. of the Dominican Republic wrote…

    “Great article today, Tim. Fortunately for my wife and I, we do not have to worry about it. But for our children and grandchildren, we certainly do. Talked to my 43 year old son last week (he is one of 6 and single and also fought in the 1st Gulf war), who lives in Florida and works for a small electrical company (10 employees) and he has been told that his insurance is going from $158 to $426. He is seriously thinking about just dropping it. I mean you are talking about taking another $3,200 out of his pocket a year, for what, to cover his pregnancy and abortions etc, etc. But aside from all that, Obama has a socialist agenda and is determined to have it go through. Fortunately, I do think the American people are waking up to his lies and false statements and maybe, just maybe, it can turn around in 1014 and 2016. If you haven’t watched Atlas Shrugged I and II yet, I would suggest you do so, as it shows exactly what will happen if the government keeps going the way it is.”


  2. Unfortunately, there was never any real intent to do right by the American people in terms of healthcare. This entire exercise is about putting the power base of the federal government over the people one element at a time. Healthcare is an excellent basis to begin…a fact even Hitler recognized as he wrapped his fingers around the throat of Germany. Obamacare is but a waterhole stop down a socialist road which will be used to argue the merits of going further with the government becoming the “single-pay” provider aka…paid for on the backs of more taxes on the American people. By the way, the same list will apply in terms of exemptions in that mode as well. The real question becomes whether this nation will be herded to the slaughter like un-suspecting sheep or will they rise up and fight against this socialist mockery. Once the voter base is diluted by the injecton of 10 to 15 million illegals, all bets to turn this direction will be off. ~WB


  3. Tim Bryce said

    A K.G. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “Loved this content Tim, great read and I have forwarded this to a few colleagues.”




  5. Tim Bryce said

    A W,S, of Michigan wrote…

    “our family is in the process of dealing with the problems associated with obamacare…… is going to be extremely expensive for us, we do not qualify for a subsidy, etc….

    the worst of it is the lack of choice——we had healthcare that we liked,,,,the new policies are more expensive, and cover less…….

    to add insult to injury, we discovered that the local doctors and hospitals do NOT have to accept your insurance—-they decide what they will accept….

    we know a lot of people who are choosing the cheapest plan they can find, just to comply with the law——-even though THE LOCAL DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS WILL NOT ACCEPT THE INSURANCE….so people are paying for health insurance that they cannot ever use…..

    what a disaster for us all
    what a disaster…..”


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