Video: Obama 2008 ad warned about McCainCare ObamaCare

posted at 8:41 am on April 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

According to Kantar Media, the most-aired political ad of the last decade came from the first Barack Obama presidential campaign, a spot that took aim at John McCain’s plan for health-care reform. The ball of yarn motif ended up depicting the trajectory of the McCain campaign in 2008, but the warnings Obama issued in this ad turned out to be prescient … about ObamaCare. Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler parses this ad’s attacks, and notes that every single one of the criticisms Obama made about McCain’s reform turned out to be part of his own:

“McCain would tax health benefits for the first time ever”

Starting in 2018, the Affordable Care Act will impose a 40-percent excise tax, known as the “Cadillac tax,” on generous health plans, which is defined as a plan that exceeds an annual limit of $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. Proponents of the provision believe it will help hold down health-care costs.

McCain wanted to do away with the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits entirely. (Employer-provided benefits is a bit of an accident of history: Companies began to extend health benefits in respond to government-imposed wage freezes in the 1950s.) So health benefits would have been taxed as ordinary income, but people would also have received a tax credit.

It’s not quite the same but certainly Obama is taxing health benefits for the first time.

“His plan would raise costs for employers offering health care, so your coverage would be reduced or dropped completely.”

Though the Cadillac tax is not in effect yet, surveys show that companies are already redesigning their plans to avoid the looming tax.

“A survey by the International Foundation of Employees Benefits Plans (IFEBP) found that 16.8 percent of respondents had already started to redesign their health plans to avoid the “Cadillac” tax and 40 percent said they are considering action,” NBC Newsreported. “A survey of Fortune 1000 companies by Towers Watson, a top benefits consulting firm, found a much higher number. Sixty percent of the these major companies, which employ about 20 million American workers, say the looming excise tax is already having a ‘moderate’ or ‘significant’ influence on benefits decisions for 2014 and 2015.”

Kessler’s conclusion applies this lesson on a broader scale to campaign promises in general:

Even if your candidate wins, his warnings about the other side’s plans may turn out to be true.

Indeed, especially when dealing with candidates who promise fundamental transformation at the same time that they promise nothing will change (“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”).


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That ad is racist.

NotCoach on April 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Welcome back, slacker. Sorry I committed a racist act by Bishoping you.

NotCoach on April 10, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The Left doesn’t care, they’ll just lie tomorrow about their lie today.

mankai on April 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Starting in 2018, the Affordable Care Act will impose a 40-percent excise tax, known as the “Cadillac tax,” on generous health plans, which is defined as a plan that exceeds an annual limit of $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. Proponents of the provision believe it will help hold down health-care costs.

The American People can be stupid beyond belief. The ACA has systematically destroyed the best health care system in the world through optics and outright lies. That a single person still believes it can work staggers the imagination.

hawkdriver on April 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Only a closet Klan member would expect O to keep his promises.

/Hank Aaron

mankai on April 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

HAAAAA!!!!

You lost major cool points for not actually executing a Bishop. But welcome, welcome back!!!

All is right with the world for just one brief moment.

hawkdriver on April 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The Expiration Date of that one was back in 2009.

ConstantineXI on April 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM


Bishop:

*********** Welcome Back Bishop *********************:)

canopfor on April 10, 2014 at 8:49 AM

The Prince of Lies

rbj on April 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

The Demonization by Demonic Hopey/Changey!!

canopfor on April 10, 2014 at 8:52 AM

(Employer-provided benefits is a bit of an accident of history: Companies began to extend health benefits in respond to government-imposed wage freezes in the 1950s.)

No, they were in response to wage and price controls imposed during World War II, which was in the 1940s.

bgoldman on April 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

The place wasn’t the same without you.

Some piker named Frank Lib tried picking up the slack, but laid it on so thick we needed hip waders just to open the front door. Damn kids these days. Can’t teach ‘em a thing!

CurtZHP on April 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM

No, they were in response to wage and price controls imposed during World War II, which was in the 1940s.

bgoldman on April 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Wow. The WaPo fact checking racist got that wrong. Facts are racist.

NotCoach on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

hawkdriver on April 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The union contract is still in effect, and now NotCoach will pay the price for the attempted coup.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

OY!…The Irony

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM

The union contract is still in effect, and now NotCoach will pay the price for the attempted coup.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Sorry, but you were fired for your racist wildcat strike.

NotCoach on April 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM

The biggest tax imposed on a people in the history of man…

Thanks Democrats…

Electrongod on April 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Welcome back

Did you net a bigfoot?

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Even if your candidate wins, his warnings about the other side’s plans may turn out to be true.

I no longer need convincing that there’s no significant difference between the parties. But I suppose it’s nice to be reminded once in a while.

Fenris on April 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM

“Obama Supporter Finds First 96 Doctors She Contacted Wouldn’t Accept Her New Obamacare Insurance…”

http://weaselzippers.us/182248-obama-supporter-finds-first-96-doctors-she-contacted-wouldnt-accept-her-new-obamacare-insurance/

This whining moon bat is gettin’ slammed in the comment thread….

*snicker*

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Wow. The WaPo fact checking racist got that wrong. Facts are racist.

NotCoach on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Facts are fungible.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Obama Supporter …gettin’ slammed in the comment thread

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 9:03 AM

And I’d bet she still votes for the lefty next time.

Fenris on April 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Obama Supporter …gettin’ slammed in the comment thread

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 9:03 AM

And I’d bet she still votes for the lefty next time.

Fenris on April 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

No doubt about it…But the comment thread is pretty funny especially since she writes for Ebony.

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

It is fun….er scary to go back in time & see how Obama predicted all of what ACA would do. Of course we all were screaming those same things and were called every derogatory name you can think of.

The Obama Administration is The Surreal Administration.

Conservative4Ever on April 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

The American People can be stupid beyond belief. The ACA has systematically destroyed the best health care system in the world through optics and outright lies. That a single person still believes it can work staggers the imagination.

hawkdriver on April 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Lefties/Dem voters are essentially religious zealots. Their religion is the Progressive ideology and they have a “faith” in that it will work and a “faith” in their political leaders.

Even though their ideology counters basic economics and fails time and time again, harming the very people they are trying to help, and their leaders lie over and over, they still maintain their ideology. They’re religious zealots.

tobes on April 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

workingclass artist on April 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

While I would have little interest in a satirical magazine named ‘Ivory’, it would be fun if someone started one just to see some heads explode.

Fenris on April 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Yet another example of a Dem getting hoist by his own petard. Someone needs to keep a list – nah. Would kill too many trees and then we’d have the ‘Huggers’ after us.

vnvet on April 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Could I also get my tackle box back, whoever has it?

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Could I also get my tackle box back, whoever has it?

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Don’t blame us! You lost that in your infamous boating accident.

Fenris on April 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Could I also get my tackle box back, whoever has it?

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bishop:D*mmitt,……I dumped out the lures,…for my collection of
Tea Bags from around the World!!—:0

canopfor on April 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

“MCCAIN WOULD TAX HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER”

***

McCain wanted to do away with the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits entirely. (Employer-provided benefits is a bit of an accident of history: Companies began to extend health benefits in respond to government-imposed wage freezes in the 1950s.) So health benefits would have been taxed as ordinary income, but people would also have received a tax credit.

Let’s make sure that we all understand what a lie this was in the first place. I certainly wasn’t employed in the 1930s and 1940s, but if an employer paid for health insurance on your behalf, it was taxable as income. I think WaPo got the history wrong, because my understanding is that Congress enacted the exclusion for employer-provided health insurance during WW II when wages were frozen and some employers asked Congress to enact the exclusion as a way to attract employees with a fringe benefit that wouldn’t be considered taxable wages. Again, fundamental federal income tax principles originally subjected these benefits to income tax, and the only reason they aren’t subject to tax is a WW II-era tax provision, which some feel is antiquated these days given that the value of the benefits is very great and not nominal as it was when the exclusion was enacted and for the succeeding four decades or so.

Another point to emphasize is that the unions (public- and private-sector) are some of the loudest voices screaming about the approaching applicability of the excise tax on generous health plans. It’s a a disgrace that Obama was allowed to draft it into the law so that it counted as a CBO revenue item even though it was deferred and, I think, unions have received some kind of waiver for some period of time as well. Note how Obama put it out there beyond at least four Congressional cycles and two presidential cycles. And, in the end, though Obama was able to cite the revenue as an offset to the cost, the tax will likely never be imposed because even Dems want it repealed. I think that kind of phantom revenue source used “to pay” for an entitlements is a disgrace.

BuckeyeSam on April 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Kessler’s conclusion applies this lesson on a broader scale to campaign promises in general:

Even if your candidate wins, his warnings about the other side’s plans may turn out to be true.

Kessler is still wrong. While his statement is technically true for some, it’s almost universally applicable to Democrats in particular, because of two phenomena that generally apply to the left:

1) They lie constantly, AKA, demagoguery
2) Projection. The left is always accusing the right of what they want to do.

In fact, the surest way to know what the Dems are up to is to pay attention to what they accuse the Republicans of doing.

So yes, it’s no coincidence that Obamacare did everything that Obama tried to claim McCain would do.

Including Medicare cuts.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Welcome Back.

Welcome back
Your dreams were
Your ticket out
Welcome back
To that same old place
That you laughed about

Well, the names
Have all changed
Since you hung around
But those dreams
Have remained and
They’ve turned around

Who’d have thought they’d lead you
(Who’d have thought they’d lead you)
Back here where we need you
(Back here where we need you)

Yeah, we tease him a lot
Cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back

Welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back

Welcome back
We always could spot a friend
Welcome back
And I smile when I think
How you must have been

And I know what a scene
You were learning in
Was there something that
Made you come back again

And what could ever lead you
(What could ever lead you)
Back here where we need you
(Back here where we need you)

Yeah, we tease him a lot
Cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back

Welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back

And I know what a scene
You were learning in
Was there something that
Made you come back again

And what could ever lead you
(What could ever lead you)
Back here where we need you
(Back here where we need you)

Yeah, we tease him a lot
Cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back

Welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back

Yeah, we tease him a lot
Welcome back, welcome back
Cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back, welcome back

Yeah, we tease him a lot
Cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back

Welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on April 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The union contract is still in effect, and now NotCoach will pay the price for the attempted coup.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’ve got my skeeter gun locked and loaded….

VegasRick on April 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

…it won’t cost you one thin dime!

KOOLAID2 on April 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Starting in 2018, the Affordable Care Act will impose a 40-percent excise tax, known as the “Cadillac tax,” on generous health plans, which is defined as a plan that exceeds an annual limit of $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family. Proponents of the provision believe it will help hold down health-care costs.

If a Democrat gets elected POTUS, the ‘Cadillac Tax’ will be delayed via EO indefinitely for union members and probably anyone earning under $100-150,000.

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Nothing like the real thing……

Barred on April 10, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Me.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Did you get the chupacabra?

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

So, what’s another lie or two hundred and growing

http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

tej on April 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Yet another example of a Dem getting hoist by his own petard. Someone needs to keep a list – nah. Would kill too many trees and then we’d have the ‘Huggers’ after us.

vnvet on April 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Ask and ye shall receive – only pixels were killed in the production of this report, so we are safe from the Huggers.

So, what’s another lie or two hundred and growing

http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

tej on April 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Every President, every politician, and every human being tells lies and engages in acts of hypocrisy. But Barack Obama does these things to a far greater degree than anyone else that I have ever known of. His campaign promises were so much better sounding than anyone else’s – no lobbyists in his administration, waiting five days before signing all non-emergency bills so people would have time to read them, putting health care negotiations on C-SPAN, reading every bill line by line to make sure money isn’t being wasted, prosecution of Wall St. criminals, ending raids against medical marijuana in states where it’s legal, high levels of transparency. Obama’s promises of these wonderful things sounded inspiring and sincere.They sounded so much better than the promises of any other President. So when Obama broke these promises, it felt so much worse than when other Presidents broke their promises.

Back in 2007-2008, listening to Obama (who had not yet reached saturation point), I was nearly persuaded myself.
Then I looked at what he did instead of what he said.

Too many people are still judging Obama by what he said he would or wouldn’t do, instead of what he actually did; and too many actually approve of some of his actions (depending solely on how it affected them personally).

AesopFan on April 10, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Several commentators remarked about Obowmao (at the time during his early stages of running) that his statements (any and all of them) have an ‘Expiration Date’. Which in some cases we find are measured in hours.

Missilengr on April 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Bishop, not sure you’ll have much luck with the fishing gear. Everyone was standing around saying how much they were going to miss you. Then we all turned around simultaneously and looked at the tackle box and jumped on it like the gang from a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

I only have one lure but I’ll return it.

It’s still sort of caught in the fleshy part of my forearm.

hawkdriver on April 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM