A couple of days ago, I attempted to round up the lies Obama and Pelosi repeated, over and over, in order to get ObamaCare passed. Dr. Milton Wolf does a better job of summing it up.
Imagine a world where politicians were forced to tell the truth and forced to put their money where their mouths are. Don’t laugh. What if we simply included politicians’ promises about the laws they propose right into the laws themselves? These would serve as measurable conditions for the law’s survival. If the promises prove to be empty, the law would automatically expire.
Now imagine applying this standard to the most consequential law of our lifetimes: Obamacare. The president’s health care takeover annexed one-sixth of the U.S. economy under direct government control, which, in turn, threatens the other five-sixths. You can’t escape it. Now, three years since Obamacare was signed into law, it has become simply undeniable that it was based on deception.
That is simply brilliant. Let’s write the promises into the laws, and if the promises fail to materialize within say 6 months of the law taking effect, the law goes bye-bye. I love that.
Obamacare Lie: “[N]o matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”
Good luck with that. An alarming one-third of America’s doctors are planning to retire this decade, and the rate has accelerated in the Obamacare age. What’s more, with the ever-decreasing reimbursement for doctors’ services, an increasing number of physicians face the grim reality that if they want to keep their doors open, they have to avoid Medicare and Medicaid. It’s difficult to stay in business when the government is your partner. In the end, you cannot keep your doctor if your doctor cannot keep his practice.
I wonder how many of the cocktail set will lose their doctors and I also wonder how angry they will become. Perhaps they will be able to join a concierge practice, but I’m wondering: Is that fair? Is it fair to offer some folks better health care than others? No. I think not. They and their aged mothers and sick children should have to wait in line in some factory somewhere, some inconvenient location would be best.
Obamacare Lie: “If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
Tell that to the 7 million Americans who, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), will lose their employer-based health insurance as a direct consequence of Obamacare. Perverse financial incentives in the law actually reward companies that drop health coverage for their employees and force them into government exchanges or Medicaid.
Everyone is all cheerful because parents can keep kids on their plans until age 26. What happens when junior turns 27? And his or her company doesn’t offer health care? And his or her premiums, even in the government pool, are twice or three times what they would have been had we never done this? Come to think of it, that has to be happening now. Why aren’t we reading about it in the NY Times? Or hearing about it on NPR?
Obamacare Lie: Obamacare will “cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
The so-called “Affordable Care Act” is neither affordable, nor do Democrats care. Administration officials now admit President Obama “misspoke” when he claimed — repeatedly — that his law would reduce your insurance costs by $2,500 a year. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that the least expensive of the government-sanctioned health plans will cost the average family of four $20,000 a year, an increase of more than $4,000 from before Obamacare. Insurance companies are less optimistic and warn Americans to brace for “rate shock” where premiums could double.
When people in Oregon have to pay what people in Massachusetts pay (remember, we have RomneyCare), they are going to be, shall we say, disappointed.
Obamacare Lie: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital-gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
Obamacare is the inception of bad laws, with tax hikes embedded within larger tax hikes. The law contains 20 new or increased taxes on everything from tanning salons to MRI machines, each of which gives lie to the president’s empty promise. It’s worse, though. According to the Supreme Court, the Obamacare individual mandate, the linchpin of the law, is itself a tax and therefore, despite his promise, Mr. Obama is a court-certified tax raiser.
Ok, lots more at the link. Great article. I feel sorry for us, but we overwhelmingly voted for this doofus – twice.