Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Election 2014, Health Care, Law, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: Obama Goes Campaigning, ObamaCare Problems Mount, What Will ObamaCare Cost?
This whole thing is remarkably strange. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that Obama was unaware of problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act — until it actually rolled out. Yet he has been out campaigning for the health care law saying “if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance,” and “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor,” both demonstrably false. And President Obama regularly said his health care law “wouldn’t addto the federal deficit.”
That didn’t work out either. It’s clear that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will add 62 trillion dimes (and probably far more) over the next 75 years. The health care law is projected to add $6.2 trillion to the U.S. Deficit according to the GAO— the official auditor for the U.S. Congress. And such programs always cost more than the estimates, sometimes many times more.
The only federal program known to actually come in costing less than estimates was the much maligned Medicare Drug Program passed in the Bush administration. It cost less specifically because it contained incentives for seniors to use generic medicines when they could. Democrats removed the incentive because they don’t understand incentives, and because they regard making people dependent on the government as a positive good.
It is all very confusing. On the one hand, we are told the president didn’t know anything about the problems with his healthcare plan until it opened and it didn’t work; on the other hand we are told that he has the tightest, most closely controlled administration where deviation from the party line is not allowed. It’s “the most transparent administration” in history, but Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands are met with denial, refusal, cover-ups and um. lies. We cannot believe the evidence of our eyes, we are told.
Well, nevermind, it’s not important. As his eponymous piece of legislation collapses into catastrophe the president is doing what he likes most— campaigning and fundraising. He’s off to New York in search of 2014 campaign funds, leaving his deputies to deal with the — unpleasantness.
So far, health insurance cancellations have soared far above enrollment rates, if anything we hear about enrollment rates is even true. The cancellations are quite real: Florida Blue sent out 300,000 notices, Kaiser Permanente cancelled 160,000, Blue Shield of California cancelled 119,000 in September alone. 800,000 New Jersey residents’ plans will not exist in 2014. That’s only 3 states, but so it goes. As the president said:
Again, [the Affordable Care Act] is for people who aren’t happy with their current plan. If you like what you’re getting, keep it. Nobody is forcing you to shift,