Affordable Care Act? The second big lie

posted at 11:21 am on November 14, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

Everyone lately has been focused on President Obama’s whopper about being able to keep one’s insurance policy if they liked it. But perhaps the biggest lie about the entire law is to be found in it’s official title with the word “affordable”. The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, made the promise that everyone would have health care insurance and (except for those who liked their plan and planned on keeping it — period) it would be “more affordable.”  Everyone would have lower premiums and better options.

Oh they used the magic buzz word “competition” to try to make their government run and regulated exchanges sound like a real marketplace, but in reality they are anything but that.

Result? Well that’s where the biggest lie comes in:

It also isn’t funny to those who are seeing their premiums go up. According to Heritage researcher Drew Gonshorowski, premiums are going to increase for individuals buying insurance in the exchanges in at least 42  of 47 states.

In fact, health care costs will rise across the board. As Bob Moffit, a Senior Fellow for Health Policy Studies at Heritage, has said, “No matter how you look at this, health care costs both for individuals and for the country as a whole are going to increase.” There are many reasons for this, as Moffit mentioned—namely, 18 new tax hikes$1.8 trillion in new health care entitlement spending, and new benefit mandates.

Gullibility is another word that needs to be talked about a bit more as well.  How gullible are those who really believed that expanding health insurance via 18 new tax hikes and $1.8 trillion in new entitlement spending was going to somehow be more “affordable” in the first place and not effect them in the second?   And when we found out that ObamaCare would require  every policy to have minimum benefits whether or not the policy holder wanted or needed them, how did we figure that would be cheaper and – something we could keep, period?

Then add on the 18,000 or so new IRS agents, the untold number of boards and bureaucrats and the mountains of rules and regulations.  Cheaper?  More affordable?  Really?

The Democrats and Obama counted on a large portion of the population being gullible enough to believe the big lie, despite the obvious tons of reasons (and facts) not to believe them.  And, as polls have indicated from the beginning, the majority of America wasn’t at all convinced that the promises had any basis in reality.  They and the GOP were against it and resisted it from the beginning.  As it turns out, they were right to do so.

There is nothing “affordable” about this farce known as the Affordable Care Act.  As Ed Fuelner says at the Heritage Foundation:

Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for our country. This is why it would have been better to defund it before it took the toll that it is already taking on so many American citizens.

Note the third word of interest in this post – “defund”.  Somehow among much of the GOP “defund” has turned into “replace”, as in “with what should we replace this disaster”.

That brings us to a quote by another great American, Thomas Sowell, who answers the question quite succinctly:

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

Nothing.  And that’s why ObamaCare’s future should be to end up in the ash heap of history and be replaced with … nothing.  It was a lie from the beginning, it is a failure on implementation and as any good tactician will tell you, you don’t reinforce failure.

~McQ


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Why not make the Upton the same as the Landrieu bill?

This way, with the House bill passed, and the Landrieu bill the same, Reid and Obama would look totally horrible if he didn’t allow the Landrieu bill out for a vote.

It seems like we can get over our objections for now that it compels insurance companies to do something; after all, Obamacare is thousands of pages of regulations compelling insurance companies to do all kinds of things.

anotherJoe on November 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

The Mandated, Expensive, Find A New Dr, Explode the Deficit Act.

hillsoftx on November 14, 2013 at 11:25 AM

No, the Biggest Lie — and the fundamental false premise behind all statist action — is that government can more efficiently and prosperously operate an economy than can the free market.

Separation of Economy and State is the only thing that will preserve individual liberty … and most lives.

ShainS on November 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

Flange on November 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

“We have to pass the bill to…uh…find out what’s in it”.

-Nancy Puglosi

katy on November 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

FLASHBACK: Obama Claimed Obamacare Is “Settled Law” In October…

Apparently, no law is ‘settled’ when Democrats’ political careers and legacies are on the line.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I delight in rubbing my liberal friends noses in this sh!t pile every chance I get…

PatriotRider on November 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM

That brings us to a quote by another great American, Thomas Sowell, who answers the question quite succinctly:

No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: “But what would you replace it with?” When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?

Nothing. And that’s why ObamaCare’s future should be to end up in the ash heap of history and be replaced with … nothing. It was a lie from the beginning, it is a failure on implementation and as any good tactician will tell you, you don’t reinforce failure.

Great quote and point.

Just one minor clarification, while it is a failure on implementation, and the incompetence of the Administration played a major role in that failure on implementation, the real failure came in the design stage.

This was designed on the basis of the progressive fascist agenda and vision. That’s the foundation of the 2200+ pages of legislation and the 20K+ pages of regulations. And this foundation is fundamentally a failure – just as the progressive agenda / vision fundamentally leads to failure (as history has demonstrated again and again).

In all failures, there have to be lessons learned in order to not repeat the failure. Unfortunately, too few are willing to open their eyes to learn from this failure – and keep insisting on repeating the same mistakes again and again.

Athos on November 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

So the real answer has been what we at H/A have argued all along to our “betters.”

Repeal the law.

Turtle317 on November 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Verba said this was just a website issue.

If the site ever gets “fixed” the demorats are going to rehire the coders and ask them to unfix it.

Bishop on November 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

A good read from Shapiro on Preezy Chaos 404…

“Since 2010, Obama supporters have claimed the unearned moral high ground in their supposed battle for more widespread access to affordable health care. But the events of the past few weeks have demonstrated that the left was never interested in widespread access to affordable health care; they were interested, instead, in a complete remaking of the health care system via government interventionism. Here are the top four instances of leftist hypocrisy on Obamacare over the last month:

1. We Must Stop People From Losing Their Insurance…Or Maybe Not.
2. We Need Obamacare Now…Or Maybe Not.
3. Immediate Numbers Matter…Or Maybe Not.
4. We Have to Help the Sick…Or Maybe Not.

That would, as Ezra Klein of the Washington Post points out, raise premiums for precisely the people Obamacare was designed to help. But when Republicans made this point years ago, President Obama simply lied and said that he could have it both ways: Americans would be able to keep their health insurance, and insurance rates would drop….”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/14/Obamacare-hypocrisy

workingclass artist on November 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

So the real answer has been what we at H/A have argued all along to our “betters.”

Repeal the law.

Turtle317 on November 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Or defund it. Thank you Senator Cruz. I’ll bet you would get a whole lot of lovin’ from the electorate now. What say you establishment Republicans?

Vince on November 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Well they couldn’t call it what it really is. The real name should be Society Changing Redistributing Economy Wrecking Entitlement Deadly Utopian Plan but not only was that too long but it would give everything away.

neyney on November 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Democrat Euphemisms usually go like this:

In Massachusetts the dem legislature passed a gas tax increase, with additional increases automatically compounding and tied to inflation. They called that bill: Transportation REFORM.
Not The GAs Tax Bill.

Fleuries on November 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Wha? The 2015 Group Plan cancelations are on the horizon (to be announced Sep to Oct 2014–love the Generals in Nov!!).

That’s the Big Lie.

socalcon on November 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Merely incorrect promises appropriately utilized for ignorant voters who cannot comprehend why less personal freedom and higher taxes are good for them

drivingtheview on November 14, 2013 at 11:54 AM

And when we found out that ObamaCare would require every policy to have minimum benefits whether or not the policy holder wanted or needed them, how did we figure that would be cheaper and – something we could keep, period?

How do they figure that this provision will make it past the court challenges? What we’re talking about here is forcing some people to pay for a commercial insurance product that there’s no possibility they will ever receive any benefit from. If you’re never going to get pregnant, no possible chance of it, say, if you’re male or post-menopausal… you’re being made to pay for something you will NEVER use. IOW, you’re being ripped off.

This is theft by government decree, making people pay for a retail product that’s never delivered. And I really don’t think it will stand.

Murf76 on November 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

1-800-F1UCKYO!!!” — BarkyCare

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The GOP plan to fix healthcare should be Repeal Obamacare. That’s all that needs to be said right now.

earlgrey133 on November 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Mark Begich: I’m not waiting for President Obama

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) on Thursday said he is “not waiting for the president” on a fix for the millions of consumers facing health insurance cancellations, and will join a handful of Senate Democrats cutting in front of the White House to propose their own solution.

“I am not waiting for the president’s promise. I want to see results,” Begich said on “Fox and Friends.” “Today we’re proposing another solution to that, and I think there is a great opportunity to move forward.”

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Shifting large amounts of household income from household purchases to government insurance…retail businesses will suffer greatly…

albill on November 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I’ve never seen adding an extra layer of management lower costs, NEVER. Adding an extra layer of government bureaucracy is going to EXPLODE costs.

jukin3 on November 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

People should have figured out just how deep in the toilet they were when they announced the price tag for that spiffy new website. A lot of that money has got to be funneled back to dems running for re-election in the near future. Always follow the money.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Sub-standard.

The new buzz-word in DC.

BobMbx on November 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

But…..but….,but…..but it must be affordable because it says it in the title of the law.

And…and…and Obama said that I could keep my plan if I liked it. He wouldn’t lie to me

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antifederalist on November 14, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Does this somehow mean that we won’t be getting our $2500 premium cut?

paul1149 on November 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I like Thomas, but think he’s wrong. There are definitely changes that need to be made with our healthcare system that can have huge effects on costs. Saying you will do nothing could turn independents against you.
When asked by the lying media what they would do, here’s what they should say:
“Back in 2009 when President Obama was introducing his plan on healthcare reform, the GOP balked. The media went berserk and demanded them to produce their own bill. The GOP complied and produced the “Empowering Patients First Act”. Of course, the lamestream media chose to bury this as a way to protect the President and continue bashing Republicans. It makes you wonder if you are incompetent or just another Obama-loving liar. However, if you read the bill, which is only 219 pages, you would realize that pre-existing conditions and ‘children’ up to the age of 25. We can add pictures to it to make it easier on the eyes. Maybe it’s time for your viewers to find a real reliable source of news, since you obviously threw them under the bus for Obama. So, what we will do is repeal ObamaCare and replace it with this.”
It’s time to call out the media for the malpractice we’ve seen for five years. Once they are muted, the GOP will have a fair chance at winning elections.

djaymick on November 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM