October 10, 2013
It Depends on What the Meaning of the Word Less is
Watching the Obamacare rollout I'm struck by how similar it is to a Bill Clinton Tax cut. It sounds like in his speech that Bill is your best friend and you're going to be rolling in dough, then when you start playing with the pencils and filling out the forms....
As a candidate, Obama also made this promise: “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.” Again, this is not a “right-wing talking point,” nor is it a slur cooked up by an intransigent conservative movement intent upon destroying the president at all costs. It is a verbatim pledge that the candidate made to the American people on camera over and over and over and over again — so often, in fact, that the New York Times ran an entire feature on the “audacious promise” that was submitted in “speech after speech.”ObamaCare seems to me at this point to be similar. Mostly toothless empty rhetoric. It doesn't rein in insurance companies for "obscene profits". The insurance industry thinks its profitable enough to invest a Billion dollars promoting it.
After he was elected president, Obama continued to make definite commitments. On June 15, 2009, in the midst of the legislative fight, the president told the American Medical Association’s annual meeting: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
These declarations cannot merely be dismissed as heat-of-the-moment talking points rendered moot by changes made during the deliberative process. Instead, they are claims that were — and that remain — central to the public case for the law
Its doesn't lower premiums, in fact the only folks I know who's premiums are rising a reasonable amount, which by the way still isn't less, are those who's employers are self insured and have one of those much vilified Cadillac Plans that already meet the minimum requirements for the Affordable Care Act.
The presidents union constituency who bought Cadillac Plans directly from insurance companies rather than doing self insurance are getting a good screwing too.
And those affordable minor tax penalties become progressively less affordable and minor over time.
So the bottom line, Obama is a politician, he had no more idea about what he was doing, what ObamaCare is than Nancy Pelosi did when she admitted she voted for a bill she had no idea what was in it.
But they were more than willing to stand up, smile and spin lies for votes. Its why politician is the dirtiest, most useless, lowest class of human life on the planet.
Hat Tip: Charles.