There are only so many ways to call President Barack Obama a liar (and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and all the other Obamacare apologists) and describe the evil nature of his signature wealth redistribution and deathcare scheme: Obamacare. The English language, or at least my grasp of it, is wholly inadequate for the task.
It’s become so bad that writing just this short piece on more Obamacare lies was an arduous task that took far longer than it should. Every lede I began sounded trite and clichéd because every one has been written before.
Gullible Democrats and Obamaphiles bought the lie — and in many cases continue to buy the lie — that Obamacare was about insuring the uninsured. If you still ride that bandwagon and what I’m about to tell you doesn’t knock you off it, there is little hope anything will.
According to numbers touted by Obamcare advocates in the run-up to the law’s unConstitutional passage in early 2010 (laws raising revenue must originate in the House and Obamcare — which is a tax, according to the Supreme Court — originated in the Senate), somewhere between 32 million to 47 million Americans were uninsured. That’s not to say they were uninsurable. They were just uninsured.
Whichever number you settled on, that number, of course, was completely contrived. It was a combination of people who were self-insured, those who chose not to buy insurance, those temporarily between jobs, illegal aliens and a group of about 10 million who were truly unable to purchase healthcare insurance because of pre-existing conditions.
Now Obama is touting his 7.1 million Obamacare enrollees as a success.
Let’s look at the real numbers. According to estimates by the RAND Corporation, two-thirds of those Obama claims signed up by the deadline were previously insured. That means only 2 million to 2.4 million were previously uninsured.
Also, those who missed the March 31 enrollment deadline (for whatever reason) are now unable to sign up for insurance until Nov. 15 unless they have a qualifying “life event.” A qualifying event includes a marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, a move to another State, lose a job, age out of their parents’ policy, etc. Without a qualifying event, they will remain uninsured.
According to insurance companies, somewhere between 10 percent and 20 percent of those who did sign up through Healthcare.gov and other exchanges have not paid their first premium. The law requires anyone who has not paid after three months to be kicked off the rolls. Once they are kicked off the rolls for nonpayment, they won’t be eligible for insurance without a qualifying event. They will remain uninsured.
If 10 percent of those previously uninsured who have signed up for health insurance are kicked off the rolls, then only 1.8 million people who were previously uninsured can credit Obamacare for their insurance. That’s only 5.6 percent.
Obama has a pretty low bar by which he measures success.
And here are some more numbers to consider:
- 4.5 million policies were canceled because they didn’t meet Obamacare standards. It didn’t matter whether the holders of those policies were satisfied or not.
- 16 million more policies are expected to be canceled at the next renewal because they won’t comply with Obamacare standards. It doesn’t matter whether the policyholders are satisfied or not. That means that by this fall, Obamacare will have caused more than twice as many to lose health insurance than have gotten insurance under the law.
- Obamacare has resulted in $70 billion a year in lost wages and about 3 million workers losing their jobs.
- Deductibles are ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 on Obamacare plans.
- Millenials are seeing premium increases of 200 percent to 600 percent.
- In New York, 44 percent of doctors have refused to participate in the exchanges.
- Getting a small raise in salary can cost thousands of dollars in “subsidies.”
- It’s added and adding information into the dossier the government has on all Americans.
But don’t say Obamacare is a failure. It’s accomplishing exactly what its statist crafters envisioned. It’s locking people into a socialistic redistributionist deathcare system controlled by a few elites.
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