Lost among current concerns over the White House’s foreign policy “successes” is an issue much closer to home: the Affordable Care Act and its deleterious effect on our healthcare system, our economy and our nation’s psyche.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not seeing the term “Obamacare” used as much as I once did. Of course, that’s likely due to journalists’ desire to shield Obamacare’s namesake from news like this, from Investors Business Daily:
“…Forty-six percent of Americans now describe health costs as a “hardship,” up from 36% in 2013…”
A “hardship”, you say? Almost HALF of the country?
Hmmm…. You’d probably have heard that statistic reported by now, if the national media wasn’t still in luu-uuv with their boyfriend, …almost as much as he is with himself:
Ya’ know, way back when President Selfie was putting some learnin’ on us about how all-fired wonderful Obamacare was gonna be, d’ya recall this little tidbit?
Did you catch that last part? Here it is again:
(March 5, 2010) – “…I already said this — would see premiums fall by 14 to 20 percent — that’s not my numbers, that’s what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says — for Americans who get their insurance through the workplace.
How many people are getting insurance through their jobs right now? Raise your hands. All right. Well, a lot of those folks, your employer it’s estimated would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent, which means they could give you a raise…”
14-20%?? 3,000%??? And my employer could afford to give me a raise, too??
Whoa, Nelly!! That sounds like…., nothing that actually happened, of course.
Hold on, though; it gets worse. From Investors Business Daily again:
“…about 3.4 million people — roughly half of those who received government subsidies to purchase insurance in the exchanges last year — will have to pay back part of those subsidies because they misreported their incomes, according to tax preparer H&R Block.
Business owners have grown disgruntled, too. Forty-two percent of small businesses report that they’ve experienced double-digit increases in the cost of health care in the past year.
As a result, 37% have delayed investment; 26% have frozen or cut wages…”
Or, as Bloomberg put it last week:
Yeah, that’s pretty much the exact OPPOSITE of what the Prevaricator In Chief told us.
“…Five million fewer people are enrolled in private coverage.
This includes 3 million more people without workplace coverage and 2 million fewer people enrolled in the individual market than CBO projected back in July 2012…”
We all knew this was coming; it was hardly a secret. At least, it wasn’t a secret to those of us not chanting “O-Ba-Ma” like cultists in a Lovecraft novel, or anyone who managed to not faint dead-away whenever The One winked at our section of the bleachers. But as more time passes ‘tween then and now, we must never forget HOW this White House-sized bottle of Snake Oil was almost literally poured down our throat.
All that was said, all that was promised, all that was stated repeatedly by the Smartest Folks In The Room™, ….all of it: was a lie.
And make no mistake: it’s STILL a lie.