We’ve always said that ObamaCare, for all its flaws, could become the instrument by which responsible reformers renew their push for health care that delivers value for money. In the meantime, however, no worthwhile thoughts about ObamaCare, pro or con, are to be heard from people who count a program as a success just because Americans enjoy receiving benefits at the expense of other Americans.
I originally wrote this on my Facebook page. I am embedding that post below, but also putting the text here (including fixing some grammatical mistakes from the original post).
In 2009 White House economists tried to sell ObamaCare as a health cost-control bill, and some liberals still claim the recent spending deceleration is a result of the law even though it is really due to a bad economy.
On Wednesday, the actuaries at Health and Human Services released their new annual projected measurement of national health expenditures for last year and through 2023. Spending in 2013 grew at a relatively low rate of 3.6% which still outpaced real economic growth. They expect the rate to climb to 5.6% in 2014 and continue rising by 6% a year, on average, through the decade.
Obamacare was originally written to penalize states that did not establish a health exchange.
In case you didn’t believe that the Obama administration has no problem changing the law without approval from Congress, I point you to this interview. In it Gruber plainly explains that for States that do NOT set up an exchange they will NOT get a subsidy – the law was intended to penalize states that were not on board with the program. This is exactly opposite of what the Obama administration put into place AND opposite of what the government argued to the 2 federal courts.
A change to the law such as paying subsidies to federal exchange enrollees has to be created as a bill within Congress and then signed by the President. That is what the Constitution says. We need to stop allowing the Administration take liberties with the Constitution to appease their political goals. For those that cry out, “Impeach Obama!”, I want to assure you that this is not an impeachable offense.
I have been reading a lot of articles lately (and a lot of TV news shows) about Obamacare insurance problems.
I think it is quite sad that so many people are getting cancellation letters from their insurance companies. Even if they may get a slightly better insurance deal in the future, the frustration of having to change insurance providers is something that elected politicians don’t seem to empathize with enough.
I do condemn the “made up” controversies though. It is shocking the number of people that are getting interviewed on TV about their own horror that are not fairly reported. Too many times, I read an article where a print reporter followed up on a TV interview only to find the person didn’t adequately confirm their exact coverage or costs. The TV interview shows really need to get their act together and if you watch TV for your news, you probably are being misinformed in one way or another.
I really love this line:
Consumers Energy, a Michigan gas and electric company with 2.9 million customers, said it will not take a big first-quarter charge because, like most utility companies, it can try to recover the added costs from its customers through rate hikes.
I am sure the state with the highest unemployment in the country will LOVE having their energy rates increased to pay for medical costs!
I get it, health costs will go down because it will get subsidized by the taxes on energy! We can just rob Peter to pay Paul because Peter is too stupid to realize he got robbed.
The really good news in all that is we may get some more new jobs – the bill gives the IRS $1B a year to hire new employees to collect all of these new taxes – that is about 12,000 new jobs for the IRS! Obama has finally come up with a solution to unemployment – hire the entire US population so that no one is unemployed!