Oct 12 2013
One thing to take away from the last two weeks is how right the GOP was to warn the country of the pending doom to our Health Care System from the evolving ObamaCare debacle. They were so right to try and stop what Obama is doing to individuals and families across this country. So right.
For many reasons.
First: the sticker shock of ObamaCare is just now coming out in the open – and it is down right scary:
Deception #3: annual premium savings of $2,500
Obama’s promise: “We’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year. .??.??. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as president of the United States” (June 5, 2008).
Reality: Taken literally, we know this promise failed spectacularly. According to the authoritative annual Kaiser Family Foundation/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey, average premiums for family coverage (i.e., the kind of private coverage the “typical” family has) were $13,375 in 2009 and $16,531 in 2013. In short, average premiums for family coverage grew by $2,976 by the end of President Obama’s first term. Thus, we can accurately say that both in direction and magnitude reality turned out to be the opposite of what the president pledged.
The latest version of these projections, released just last month, shows that between 2010 and 2022, aggregate health spending will be $621 billion higher under the Obamacare scenario. For a typical family of four, this amounts to $7,579 over that 13-year period.
Form a real world example, here is just one of what will easily be tens of thousands of instances of financial ruin to come in 2014 under ObamaCare:
“I feel it’s important for people to understand that the premiums aren’t affordable,” says Jennifer Most, a mother, who “told the crowd she went to the government website with all intentions of signing up … Jennifer and her husband are disabled, on a fixed income, and their five year old has a few medical problems as well,” the reporter explains.
The woman says, “My premium for health insurance was $947.63.”
“That is a over 765 dollars more [a month - AJSrata] than she currently pays,” says the reporter.
“It would take food out of our mouths to be able to afford these coverages,” the mother explains.
Do the math = $9,180 more a year these people have to find in order to just keep their financial heads above water. And all due to ObamaCare.
But the sticker shock is just part of the ObamaCare problem. The implementation is the other big “scary”!
In a piece titled “Why Obamacare Implementation Isn’t Actually A Disaster,” Think Progress happily quoted the president’s pronouncement that “all the implementation issues that are coming up are implementation issues related to that small group of people: 10 to 15 percent of Americans.”That “small group,” as the president went on to admit, is “still 30 million Americans” — equivalent to the population of Malaysia. Thirty million, it seems, is a number that can be big or small depending on the needs of the speaker. When the president is trying desperately to justify his health-care overhaul, 30 million people — all of whom do not have health insurance but apparently want it — is such a vast and unconscionable number that the entire nation and its constitutional norms need to be upended to address it. But when he’s trying to push back against fears that his health-care overhaul won’t work, 30 million is just a “small group of people” and reform should therefore be a doddle.
This is a truly amazing exposure of how little the bureaucrats care about the people they are impacting, and how little they care about accountability. The roll out of ObamaCare is one of the worst disasters I have seen in a long, long time. And yet – all is good in ObamaCare Land!
Obamacare’s exchanges are not seriously flawed, they are just “glitchy.” One wonders in what world those who disseminate this view live. Asked by CBS to comment on the mess that is the Healthcare.gov website, Luke Chung, a database programmer and professed Obama supporter, admitted that “it wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it.” Chung confirmed that this had nothing to do with demand or to first-day bugs. “It’s not even close,” he suggested. “It’s not even ready for beta testing for my book. I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.” A similarly brutal piece, from Reuters, features a web-design expert explaining that the site is a structural mess, designed so badly that the data flow between the user and the server looks “as if the system was attacking itself.”
OK, it is now obvious HHS cannot even get the basic components of ObamaCare to work – and there is so much left to get right it boggles the mind how we can even hope to hold accountable those required by law to make this monstrosity work!
The part HHS so royally screwed up this month is that box on the bottom in the middle called “Health Insurance Exchange”. Trust me when I say, the rest of the ‘system’ is probably in worse shape than the tip of the iceberg we just witness collapse.
So how will Democrats respond to issues with ObamaCare; its shoddy service and gold-plated pricing?
But the one place where a full-scale shutdown is being enforced is in America’s alleged “National Park Service,” a term of art that covers everything from canyons and glaciers to war memorials and historic taverns. The NPS has spent the last two weeks behaving as the paramilitary wing of the DNC, expending more resources in trying to close down open-air, unfenced areas than it would normally do in keeping them open.
Not content with that, the NPS shock troops then moved on to insisting that privately run sites such as the Claude Moore Colonial Farm and privately owned sites such as Mount Vernon were also required to shut. When the Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway declined to comply with the government’s order to close (an entirely illegal order, by the way), the “shut down” Park Service sent armed agents and vehicles to blockade the hotel’s driveway.
At the same time as the National Park Service was holding legal foreign visitors under house arrest, it was also allowing illegal immigrants to hold a rally on the supposedly closed National Mall. At this bipartisan amnesty bash, the Democrat House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to “thank the president for enabling us to gather here” and Republican congressman Mario Diaz-Balart also expressed his gratitude to the administration for “allowing us to be here.”Is this for real? It’s not King Barack’s land; it’s supposed to be the people’s land, and his most groveling and unworthy subjects shouldn’t require a dispensation by His Benign Majesty to set foot on it.
Punishment for those opposed to Obama’s policies, permission for those who support him. Get the hint? Bought that clue yet?
The Death Panel meme is now not so crazy after all, is it? In order to salvage ObamaCare, the Democrats are holding the country hostage and forcing us to witness Shutdown Theater. Forcing us to expend tax dollars and to harass and oppress the American People.
Is it any wonder we are now open to investigation and fines by the IRS (the financial shock troops of liberal government)? If King Obama is willing to withhold death benefit payments, why would he not be willing to hold back life saving benefits? If they are willing to hold back food stamp funds for the needy, why not pricey medications or procedures?
In the behavior of the NPS during Obama’s Shutdown Theater we see clearly where our Health Care will end up under the government diktat of ObamaCare. It will follow the pattern of this month: Incompetent services without any accountability, sky high prices for thos incompetent services, and a jack-boot response to any and all who complain or challenge.
Obama’s Brave New World is now coming into focus.