It would be a mistake for Obamacare’s opponents to focus on the dysfunctional Obamacare websites. The so-called glitches are not glitches at all, but symptoms of 2,7000 pages of Byzantine laws passed exclusively by Democrats — the first stage in the destruction of the finest health care system in human history.
Radical leftists — now the Democrat party — have always wanted a single-payer system: in other words, socialized medicine, where government controls every cell of your body from birth to death.
Inevitably, the Obamacare insurance exchanges will enter a death spiral. That’s when more sick than healthy people sign up. Then the Democrats will declare a crisis, blaming it on the Republicans, the Tea Party, Bush, racism, sexism, whatever — and demand that America switch to a single-payer system in order to save the system.
Y’know, like destroying the village in order to save it.
In light of Obama’s jaw-dropping impersonation of a TV huckster yesterday — including a toll-free number that refers the caller back to the broken Obamacare website — it is worth comparing a few of Obama’s promises with the reality that followed.
1. Universal coverage
We were told that there are 40 to 50 million uninsured in America. This misleading and wildly inflated statistic is based on the number of Americans who temporarily had no insurance. Even after Obamacare is fully implemented, 31 million people will remain uninsured. Some are voluntary, some are stupid, some are lazy slugs, some are mentally ill, some live on the margins, and yes, some are unfortunate victims.
2. If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it
According to the WSJ, Florida Blue is terminating 300,000 policies, 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent Dear John letters to 160,000 people. High Mark of Pittsburgh is dropping 20 percent of its individual market customers, and Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia is dropping 45 percent of their rolls. Since these insurance companies cannot meet the unreasonable mandates of Obamacare, they must shed hundreds of thousands of their customers to stay in business.
3. No new taxes on the middle class
There are so many taxes and levies built into Obamacare that by 2022 it will impose 1 trillion dollars in new taxes, almost all on the shoulders of the middle class. This is generational theft: a crime against our children, grandchildren, and generations to come.
4. The average family will save $2,500 in premiums
Average premiums for family coverage grew by $2, 976 by the end of Obama’s first term. One would have to be a moron to believe that Obamacare will lower costs. For most middle-class Americans, Obamacare will induce massive sticker shock and reverberate throughout the American economy.
5. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor
Yesterday, I was talking with a friend, a brilliant and talented cardiologist who is closing his private practice and establishing a health-care business with several other physicians. He said, “I don’t want to be a government employee. I’ve worked too hard all my life to end up like a DMV worker.” My friend’s patients will now have to shop around for a cardiologist who is willing to be an Obamacare schlep. You can bet your bottom dollar that thousands of skilled physicians will be fleeing the Obamacare nightmare. And of course, as people are kicked off insurance rolls and must shop for new insurance, their choice of physicians will be severely limited.
As always with liberals/progressives/Democrats/socialists/greenies, the contrast between promise and reality is a yawning abyss. But for a significant portion of the political elite, good intentions — equality! fairness! utopia! — are far more important than facts.