Obama's Tall Tales on Obamacare

 

April 23, 2014
 
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President Obama wants the conversation about Obamacare to be over. O-V-E-R. He wants to “move on.”

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On April 17, the President held a press conference to gloat, and chide. Here are a few of Obama’s comments that illuminate his frame of mind -- and his penchant for tall tales:

We now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people – 8 million people.

I know every American isn’t going to agree with this law. But I think we can agree that it’s well past time to move on as a country…The point is the repeal debate is and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working.

I recognize that their party is going through the stages of grief – anger and denial and all that stuff – and we’re not at acceptance yet.

My point is that we’ve been having a political fight about this for five years. We need to move on to something else. That’s what the American people are interested in.

I don’t think we should apologize for [the ACA], and I don’t think we should be defensive about it. I think there is a strong, good, right story to tell.

This shouldn’t be a political football. This should be something that we take for granted, that in this country you should be able to get affordable healthcare regardless of how wealthy you are.

[T]his does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states – zero cost to these states.

We’ve been through this cycle before [with Medicare]….“There’s a lot of fear-mongering and a lot of political argument and debate, and a lot of accusations are flung back and forth about socialized medicine and the end of freedom. And then it turns out that, you know what, it’s working for a lot of folks, and we still live in a free-market society and the Constitution is intact. And then we move on.

It would be fun to take issue with each assertion, especially his idea of an “intact Constitution,” but I’ll limit myself to the four items that deserve the most correction.

First, the Affordable Care Act is not working. It’s not even operating as written. Thus far, he’s made 22 unilateral changes. When the law is actually fully in operation, he expects to be out of office and off the hot seat. In addition, the federal Healthcare.gov exchange is not fully built. The back-end financial and accounting operations for financial accountability will likely not be completed until sometime this summer. We have no idea what’s happening to the money.

Second, Obamacare is not private insurance -- and there may not be 8 million enrollees. Fully 83% have qualified for taxpayer-funded premium subsidies. As former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin says, it’s a “second Medicaid-style program.” And nobody’s too sure about the “8 million.” Where is the verification? How many have actually paid? How many were actually uninsured?

Third, Medicare is socialized medicine and it is not working. It’s a centrally controlled government program now in the red. In 2008, Medicare revenues were less than the expenditures. More than 11,478 of 80 million baby boomer Medicare recipients are added every day. It has a $34 trillion unfunded liability – twice our national debt. And Obamacare sets up rationing strategies for the elderly through the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

Fourth, States are wise to refuse to expand Medicaid. Medicaid is not “health insurance” and under Obamacare, any new Medicaid population becomes a “mandatory population.” Thus, if the feds cut funding, states must continue to provide to this population or the federal government can cut off all federal Medicaid funds to the state.

Three new developments have likely heightened Obama’s angst:

1.    The sudden departure of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the head of the Obamacare operation, gives Republicans a new incoming Secretary to grill.

2.    A new federal GAO report says Sec. Sebelius used her position to raise millions of dollars for Enroll America, an outfit led by former Obama staffers to push Obamacare enrollment.

3.    Judicial Watch has sued to get detailed data on the failure of the administration to set up the back-end accounting and financial systems of Healthcare.gov before they started distributing millions in taxpayer funds to individuals and health plans.

We dare not “move on to something else.” The public is still not in love with the law. Let’s keep it that way. The latest Rasmussen poll is 45% for and 51% against the law. Please donate today to help us continue to share the facts and keep the opposition strong. With your help, Obamacare’s Day of Repeal is coming.

Focused like a laser on stopping Obamacare,

 

Twila Brase

President and Co-founder

CCHFREEDOM.ORG

 

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