Obama concedes: Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs

posted at 12:31 pm on January 22, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It started out with such high hopes:

“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”

That was on the trail in 2008, an audacious promise Politifact ruled flatly “Broken.” Obama repeated the promises of lower premiums and bent cost curves as a central part of his pitch in passing the health care law. It is called “The Affordable Care Act.” But most supporters of Obamacare have stopped talking about cost savings and started focusing on increased benefits, acknowledging (sometimes explicitly and sometimes implicitly) that expanded coverage and more benefits will actually cost more money, not less, but that the trade-off is worth it.

President Obama joined that crowd in his second Inaugural address Monday. It came as Obama just barely grazed two issues rather important to the American people at the end of this paragraph:

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work hard or learn more, reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures. A nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American, that is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed. We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.

And, now for the “but,” clause, which includes all the reasons he can’t actually ever make hard choices:

But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.

President Obama spent two years of his first term passing a giant health care bill that was supposed to address rising costs. This claim was front and center in his appeal to a joint session of Congress on the matter in 2009:

Then there’s the problem of rising costs. We spend one-and-a-half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren’t any healthier for it. This is one of the reasons that insurance premiums have gone up three times faster than wages. It’s why so many employers – especially small businesses – are forcing their employees to pay more for insurance, or are dropping their coverage entirely. It’s why so many aspiring entrepreneurs cannot afford to open a business in the first place, and why American businesses that compete internationally – like our automakers – are at a huge disadvantage. And it’s why those of us with health insurance are also paying a hidden and growing tax for those without it – about $1000 per year that pays for somebody else’s emergency room and charitable care.

Finally, our health care system is placing an unsustainable burden on taxpayers. When health care costs grow at the rate they have, it puts greater pressure on programs like Medicare and Medicaid. If we do nothing to slow these skyrocketing costs, we will eventually be spending more on Medicare and Medicaid than every other government program combined. Put simply, our health care problem is our deficit problem. Nothing else even comes close.

These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. We know we must reform this system.

And, so we did, allegedly with an eye toward “bending the cost curve down” and lowering premiums for families. It has been more than two years since the law passed. Critics of the law have been proven right again and again in their skepticism that it could do those things.

HHS, 2010:

President Obama’s health care overhaul law will increase the nation’s health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation.

A report by economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department said the health care remake will achieve Obama’s aim of expanding health insurance — adding 34 million Americans to the coverage rolls.

But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of controlling runaway costs. It also warned that Medicare cuts may be unrealistic and unsustainable, driving about 15% of hospitals into the red and “possibly jeopardizing access” to care for seniors.

The mixed verdict for Obama’s signature issue is the first comprehensive look by neutral experts.

Kaiser, 2011:

The Kaiser Family Foundation shows family premiums topped $15,000 a year for the first time in 2011, increasing a whopping 9% this year, three times more than the increase the year before. The study says that up to 2% of that increase is because of the health care law’s provisions, such as allowing families to add grown children up to 26 years old to their policies.

CLASS Act turns out to be fiction, not revenue, 2011:

How did a program so obviously unsustainable that the White House had no choice but to shut it down produce an $80 billion surplus for ObamaCare accounting purposes? Very simply, actually. The Democrats designed the first five years of CLASS to be a “vesting period” in which enrollees would pay into the program but receive no benefits yet. In other words, for the first five years, the program would have been pure profit for the government — and then, when benefits finally kicked in, the hemorrhaging would begin. The reason they did it that way is the same reason they delayed the start of ObamaCare until 2014: They knew that CBO “scores” new legislation based on its first 10 years of operation, so the more they could game the numbers during those first 10 years, the better the “score” for ObamaCare would look while Democrats were trying to sell it to the public. It was a massive accounting fraud designed to make health-care reform seem much less expensive than it really was. According to Klein, CLASS’s phony “savings” accounted for fully $70 billion of ObamaCare’s supposed $143 billion in deficit reduction.

The 1099 reporting rule turns out to be overburdensome regulation, not revenue, 2011:

The very first part of ObamaCare to get the knife was the 1099 reporting requirement. That extremist bit of legislation passed the Senate 87-12 and the House, 314-112, and landed on the President’s desk for signing on April 14. The 1099 reporting requirement was one of the funding fictions ObamaCare supporters used to make it look as if the President’s plan would fulfill his promise not to “add a dime to the deficit.” Post-passage it was almost universally recognized as unworkable. It would have required businesses to fill out an IRS form (1099) for every $600 of staples and printer paper they bought at Target within a calendar year. It closed a loophole, and that loophole was shopping.

When it was repealed, Obama called it “a big win for small business.”

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2012:

When President Obama began pushing national health care legislation in 2009, he argued that reform was needed to rein in the unsustainable growth in health care spending that was crippling the budgets of businesses, states and the federal government. But a new government actuarial study finds that as a result of the law, health care spending will be $478 billion higher over the next decade than it would have otherwise been had no law been passed.

Furthermore, as a result of the health care law, about 50 cents of every dollar of health care spending in the United States will be financed by government by 2021, according to the report from the actuary’s office at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, unveiled today in the journal Health Affairs.

Then there’s the $63 Obamacare’s newly written regulations added to everyone’s premium in December, which even if it were the only increase for which Obamacare was responsible, would still put Obama $2,563 off his promise.

The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers.

Oops, electronic records raise costs instead of lowering them, 2013:

The report predicted that widespread use of electronic records could save the United States health care system at least $81 billion a year, a figure RAND now says was overstated. The study was widely praised within the technology industry and helped persuade Congress and the Obama administration to authorize billions of dollars in federal stimulus money in 2009 to help hospitals and doctors pay for the installation of electronic records systems.

“RAND got a lot of attention and a lot of buzz with the original analysis,” said Dr. Kellermann, who was not involved in the 2005 study. “The industry quickly embraced it.”

But evidence of significant savings is scant, and there is increasing concern that electronic records have actually added to costs by making it easier to bill more for some services.

Politico discovers mandates of more benefits and more coverage paid for with more taxes might hike premium costs, 2013:

If you work for a small business, your next health insurance premium may give you sticker shock.
Many of the small-business and individual insurance policies are working the health reform law’s 2014 fees into their 2013 bills, contributing to double-digit premium increases for some people.

All those new consumer benefits packed into the health reform law — birth control without a co-pay, free preventive care and limits on when insurers can turn down a customer — had to be paid for somehow.

So the law’s drafters included a new tax on health insurers, starting at $8 billion in 2014 and increasing to $14 billion within four years, to help meet the new expenses. And insurers in 2014 will also have to pay a “reinsurance contribution” to cushion health plans that end up with a lot of sick customers under new rules requiring them to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

The Government Accountability Office, 2013:

The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures.

The report found “that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path.”

Obamacare has already failed in its promises. Our president spent two years, during the worst economic downturn since the Depression, passing a law more than 50 percent of the public still hates because 85 percent of them were satisfied with their current coverage, imperfect though it was. He turned the crayon box upside down to draw a picture no one wanted and we all must now pay more money to enjoy his vision. The only spending problem he’ll concede we have has been exacerbated by his own signature “achievement.”

These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. Not even Obama.


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Big fat DUH! to President Statestheobvious.

totherightofthem on January 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Wait a tic…the President was wrong on policy?

Fuggettaboutit!

/MSM

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

But you’ve just got to do something… Agendas and all that.

Logus on January 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Passive aggressive euthanasia will increase in the days to come.

mwbri on January 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. Not even Obama.

la la la, I can’t hear you!
-lsm

cmsinaz on January 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Obama concedes: Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs

MERCIFUL TEAPOT!!! REALLY!!???

ToddPA on January 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

We all must sacrifice some more to correct the unknowns of the Affordable Care Act.

Mr. Arrogant on January 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

So what? All the other free stuff will cover the difference.

Eight miliion fewer people are now in labor than when Obama took office–think of all the money they saved by not having kids thanks to Obama.

Besides, the top 1% 2% people who are evil enough to own a business have job will pay for it all.
–51% of the US electorate

MidniteRambler on January 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.

But they are not the generation that built this country! Besides, the “you didn’t build that” mentality of the rat-eared wonder makes it clear that ordinary Americans didn’t build squat. It was big governemnt that did all of the creation with ordinary citizens just going along for the ride.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Sometimes if you keep shouting something loud enough, it still isn’t true.
 
verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

rogerb on January 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs

Sure it did – it made private health insurance more expensive – which will force more people into a government run system – next stop UK style NHS.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

His rhetorical devices are old and uninspiring. The way he uses these false choice narratives just irritates me more than anything. Try operating in the real world Barry. We need more leadership and less 8th grade student council campaign speeches.

Ellis on January 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. Not even Obama.

OK. So what do we do about it? Pay more and die early, I suppose? That sit well with any of ya?

Saltyron on January 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Old Nancey could not possibly have known how right she was.

She should be reminded.

Jabberwock on January 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Watch out. You know how these idjits think.

“Never let a government induced crisis go to waste”

Can’t wait for the “fix”.////////////////

HotAirian on January 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

So typical…but hey, “IF IT SAVES JUST ONE LIFE”…

*FACEPALM*

hillsoftx on January 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures.

The report found “that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path.”

Obviously the GAO is full of mouth breathing bitter clingers who can’t grasp the concept of free everything, and waste time and money desperately trying to criticize The Lightbringer.

BobMbx on January 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Sure it did – it made private health insurance more expensive – which will force more people into a government run system – next stop UK style NHS.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!!!!

That has been the design of Obamacare all along!

Ronaldusmax on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

some great points on the failure of 0bamacare. all of which couldve been used effectively against 0bama on the campaign trail if we had nominated the right candidate….

chasdal on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!!!!
That has been the design of Obamacare all along!

Ronaldusmax on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Exactly. I would guess in some twisted way, Obumble is basically declaring victory with this admission – its doing exactly what he really wanted – versus what he SAID he was doing.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

This country is so screwed by these socialists and the train is going full steam toward a curve that even Obummer can’t “bend” enough to keep it from going off the tracks. Hang on, all!!

Deano1952 on January 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

A nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American, that is what this moment requires.

Just remember O’s license place, why don’t cha.
Then remember the welfare queens. They’ve got real determination, don’t they?

skeeterbite on January 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

– next stop UK style NHS.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!!!!

That has been the design of Obamacare all along!

Say no more. That was and still is the objective.

hawkeye54 on January 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Can’t wait for the “fix”.////////////////

HotAirian on January 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Naturally the fix will be the next step that they intended all along – full blown government run healthcare – a la UK NHS.
They now have the excuse they wanted that private companies and us stuipid peons can’t possibly handle a free market healthcare system better than the all powerful federal gubmint.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Very important post here, great job rounding up all the analysis.

Too bad we no longer have an independent media to actually report these facts to the masses of the American people who don;t read this blog.

rockmom on January 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Huh?

ObamaCare DID PLENTY on raising the healthcare cost.

He’s like his usual self, too modest to take credits.

Sir Napsalot on January 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

rockmom…isn’t that the truth!

CoffeeLover on January 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

So when do the officers of Obama & Co. go to jail for fraud? No, I’m not f*cking kidding.

Midas on January 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Obama concedes: Obamacare didn’t do anything for rising health care costs

Jacking them up is a thing.

Chuck Schick on January 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

some great points on the failure of 0bamacare. all of which couldve been used effectively against 0bama on the campaign trail if we had nominated the right candidate….

chasdal on January 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

We did the best with what we had. If the country decided otherwise, what else can you do but fall back, regroup and try again?

2014 is upcoming: with it the Congressional races. Start there, and regain ground year by year, state by state.

BlaxPac on January 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Obama admitted nothing – he lives on the planet Delusional and Stupid, which is orbitted by the “It’s ____’s fault” moon. Peter Pan would make a more realistic “leader”.

Marxism is for dummies on January 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Sometimes if you keep shouting something loud enough Mr. President, it still isn’t true.

verbaluce on January 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Thanks for that.

Tenwheeler on January 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Barack Obama uses the term investment so often, you’d think he was a hedge fund manager. Wait, maybe he is, but that’s another topic.

He obviously knows very little about economics. If we could ever see his college course schedule (which is, for some reason, a national secret blocked from public view), we would probably see that the heavy schedule of Ego 101: How to be the Greatest Me Me Can Be, taught by Dr. Seuss and Political Science 505: How to Screw the Common Man and Make Them Like It, prevented him from taking any econ courses.

Let’s say you have $100/month in income. You have expenses of $150/month. So, you invest by borrowing $10,000 to build a factory in the back yard to build a widget which costs 20 cents to make, and sells for 10 cents.

Sorry, Professor Obama, there’s a name for that, but it’s not investment.

IndieDogg on January 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. Not even Obama.

Troll horn Mary Katharine?

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

PT Barnum was right, you can fool some people all of the time…

RedInMD on January 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.

When I also heard that bit, I thought to myself: Wait, wasn’t that what ObamaCare was supposed to do?

I am happy I wasn’t the only one who caught that.

BigGator5 on January 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

A lying jive street organizer dressed up in a suit.

Mason on January 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Brutal takedown of what an utter failure ObamaCare is and will continue to be, MKH. Ask yourself – how can any law that raises taxes on insurance companies and medical equipment manufacturers lower costs? It’s completely disingenuous and any reasonable person can see the true intent by these lying vermin – create utter chaos so people scream for more government. The problem is they lost Congress. So a whole hell of alot of people are going to suffer along the way.

And MKH- don’t forget low wage hourly workers and part time professionals like adjunct professors getting their hours cut back as a direct result of ObamaCare.

We told you so, liberals.

Chuck Schick on January 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

ObamaCare…….Americas’ Death Panel.

Seniors, disabled and other weeds will be the first to go.

After all the Left believes humans are a “Plague” on the earth.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Why this news won’t matter to members of the cult of Obama…It has nothing to do with the supply of Obamaphones…and it’s probably raaacist to even complain about it….

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The question I have is this. Does this make the reconciliation process used in the Senate illegal? I know that reconciliation can only be used when reducing the cost of government. Since we know it’s a lie, can the law be void?

djaymick on January 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

In the mean time, Nancy Pelosi has made herself unavailable for comment.

GarandFan on January 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.

When I also heard that bit, I thought to myself: Wait, wasn’t that what ObamaCare was supposed to do?

I am happy I wasn’t the only one who caught that.

BigGator5 on January 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

For those of us in the real world – that comment should precede him saying – “so we’re going cancel obamacare”. That’s the hard choice they should be making.

dentarthurdent on January 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

ObamaCare…….Americas’ Death Panel.

Seniors, disabled and other weeds will be the first to go.

After all the Left believes humans are a “Plague” on the earth.

PappyD61 on January 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Worked for Uncle Joe Stalin and Comrade Mao…

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

The ‘Affordable Health Care Act’ flunks the ‘truth in advertising’ smell test…

Too bad MSM has zero interest in this little matter.

shinty on January 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Maybe Obama plans to continue lying using his agitprop mediacomplex apparatus as governors & legislatures in some states continue to salvage as best they can their local economies…Then Obama will assume the credit for any successes by lying an saying this proves his ideas and he repeals the constitutional term limit on the presidency.

Forward!

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Either deliberately or with his narrow vision, Mr. Obama misses the point and once again provides false choices.

This is not simply about taking care of others or not. This is moreso about the our government exceeding its constitutional mandate and intruding into the private market. A private market, that has shown to be more effective and efficient at providing these services.

We are organized around a government of limited and enumerated powers. Today’s government, and specifically Obamacare, far exceeds that mandate to the point we can not fiscally afford it, lest the government collapsed and becomes insolvent under its weight.

We simply cannot, as a nation, afford the gratuitous entitlements and benefits this government so inefficiently and wastefully oversees. Period.

That’s apparently an adult conversation Mr. Obama will dishonestly avoid.

Marcus Traianus on January 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM

But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.

Mr. President, with DC’s deficit spending that has gone on for decades (but which you kicked into high gear), you sold the latter generation down the river a long time ago.

Odysseus on January 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Wait a gosh-darned minute!! You mean my premiums are NOT going down by 3000%

beedubya on January 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Since no Republicans voted for it and The Dems totally own it will they vote for NHI when Obamacare crashes the system?

docflash on January 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

His rhetorical devices are old and uninspiring. The way he uses these false choice narratives just irritates me more than anything. Try operating in the real world Barry. We need more leadership and less 8th grade student council campaign speeches.

Ellis on January 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Perfectly stated but, alas, all Obama knows is 8th-grade-level rhetoric. He pretty clearly knows nothing about the real world. And the presidency isn’t really a learn-on-the-job kind of thing. So get used to being irritated or quit listening. I’ve mostly adopted the latter approach.

SacredFire on January 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I’ve learned long ago, if Obama’S lips are moving he is lying. He simply cannot tell the truth because if he did America would throw him out of office.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on January 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

But…. but…..

0bamacare is a big f**kin’ deal, according to Slow Joe.

And that’s really the most important thing about it, right?

UltimateBob on January 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Since no Republicans voted for it and The Dems totally own it will they vote for NHI when Obamacare crashes the system?

Nope. There will always be a way to tie negative results to the GOP, and enough gullible mushy minds in the public to believe it.

hawkeye54 on January 22, 2013 at 1:33 PM

ObamaCare threads are always delightfully troll free.

Chuck Schick on January 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Actually, obamacare made health costs higher.

Blake on January 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Let us not forget how this rhetoric changed as well.

Old and Busted:

“We need to pass Obamacare in order to provide health insurance to the 47 million who can’t afford it”

New and Hip:

“We need to force the free-riders who elect not to get insurance to pay their fair share by forcing them to buy insurance or pay a fine.”

weaselyone on January 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

He has only one objective and goal and that is to build and sustain a pure socialist/Marxist state . . . everything else is a complete lie.

rplat on January 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Apparently troll horn is broke, or the trolls are all deaf.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

With the IPAB in place, these clowns are going to ration the hell out of Medicare. My father has already had Medicare claims denied that he’s pretty sure would have been approved one year ago.

It’s pretty clear now. They are going to cut costs and pay for Obamacare on the backs of senior citizens.

Sarah was right: death panels here we come.

TarheelBen on January 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Can we, like, rescind Obama care now?

Prop Gun on January 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Lying liars lie.
Nothing new here.
III/0317

dirtengineer on January 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Sandra Fluke will not have to buy her own rubbers, so it can’t be all bad.

Deafdog on January 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

So did he giggle like he did when he remarked that “shovel-ready jobs” actually weren’t so “shovel-ready”?

tpitman on January 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

In the headlines as well, but worth adding to the thread. Just for fun!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/22/Universities-slash-teacher-hours-to-evade-obamacare

can_con on January 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Left on the cutting-room floor of Inaugural Speech HQ – “But I have the solution to that. RENEWAL by Carrousel will simultaneously solve our health care, retirement and population problems. Take it away, Kathleen.”

Steve Eggleston on January 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Our president spent two years, during the worst economic downturn since the Depression, passing a law more than 50 percent of the public still hates because 85 percent of them were satisfied with their current coverage, imperfect though it was. He turned the crayon box upside down to draw a picture no one wanted and we all must now pay more money to enjoy his vision.

And he still got re-elected.

yhxqqsn on January 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Apparently troll horn is broke, or the trolls are all deaf.

Bmore on January 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

…they’re pharting!

KOOLAID2 on January 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Obamacare has already failed in its promises.

No, it’s well on it’s way to accomplishing what was intended. Overload and crash the medical system so the government has to step in with single payer. The elite’s will have all the health care they need, the nameless and unimportant LIV will be terminated in accordance with IPAB desires. Those people that voted for Obama really thought he cared about them?

TulsAmerican on January 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

That was on the trail in 2008, an audacious promise Politifact ruled flatly “Broken.”

Even “Politifact” admits the promise was broken? When the truth is so incontrovertible that even Politifact has to admit it, you know the argument is over.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Oops, electronic records raise costs instead of lowering them, 2013

Electronic records could lower costs if adopted naturally as they became convenient and could be fitted into normal budgets. But it was by no means a sure thing.

But there was no way that electronic records would lower costs when pushed by the government and backed by government stimulus spending at a highly accelerated rate complete with brand new government standards still in the process of being written. In other words, exactly the way the government wanted them.

BTW, the electronic medical records piece didn’t come from Obamacare, but from ARRA, the very first Obama stimulus program. The Bush administration was encouraging the move to electronic medical records, but it was the Obama administration that threw caution to the winds and backed the push to EMRs by offering all kinds of stimulus money.

It also resulted in a lot of crony capitalism, since only the biggest medical software companies could finance and deliver EMRs meeting all the required standards on the needed time scale. Once again, some of the biggest companies offering EMRs got to define the standards that everyone had to use.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM

These are the facts. Nobody disputes them. Not even Obama.

OK. So what do we do about it? Pay more and die early, I suppose? That sit well with any of ya?

Saltyron on January 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Any time a government program fails, there is always exactly one solution: spend more money on it. Oh, and call it “investing.” Then it doesn’t sound so irresponsible.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM