I have not posted an essay on Obamacare in awhile, but not because things have smoothed over with the program, leaving me short on ammunition.
Oh, not at all.
The (Un)Affordable Care Act continues to be a complete and total disaster of a shell game in which mr. Obama moves money around in fraudulent ways while making ordinary citizens chase unaffordable, ineffective coverage that ends up being canceled anyway.
And that’s before the law’s major provisions kick in, like the employer mandate, the Cadillac Tax and the IPAB (just wait until then, people).
But here is today’s headline that grabbed my attention:
Just in the last three weeks, five of the original 24 Obamacare co-ops announced plans to close, bringing the total of failures to nine barely two years after their launch with $2 billion in start-up capital from the taxpayers under the Affordable Care Act. <Daily Caller, link>
These latest revelations of failure of Obamacare all have the hallmarks of a statist, disastrous central government program:
#1: Throwing away Tax Payer money on poorly conceived, fraudulent ‘businesses’ in the healthcare ‘market’
What happened to that $2 billion in “start-up” capital from the taxpayers? Did it buy us a more competitive health care marketplace through “Obamacare co-ops”? Of course not:
More than $900 million of the original $2 billion in loans has been lost.
#2: Brutalize millions of American citizens by forcing them to buy health insurance and then canceling that insurance and forcing them to do it all over again
Among the co-ops to announce closings were those in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee, Vermont, New York and Colorado. Nearly half a million failing co-op customers will have to find new coverage in 2016.
#3 Stonewall the Congressional branch of government to cover up misuse of funds and bureaucratic failures
Shouldn’t we the taxpayers enjoy holding the federal government accountable when it is spending BILLIONS on a program? We have our elected representatives in Congress, who are empowered to perform this function. Except they are dealing with a president who is openly contemptuous of our Constitution and its separation of powers, and sharing of powers.
CMS officials have stonewalled multiple congressional inquiries into the co-op financial problems. The latest congressional inquiry came in a September 30 letter to CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt demanding transparency over the troubled program.
If you are Barack Hussein Obama, and you have lied repeatedly about your “signature policy achievement”, your only option is to stonewall, delay, and obscure the truth of what your law is doing.
But the tragedy known as Obamacare has always been out in the open for anyone with a rational mind to see. Those who found fault with the previous health care system in this country had plenty of evidence to suggest that fixes were needed and desired, but then when Obamacare got going in 2009, such people had to evaluate whether it offered real solutions to the then-current challenges.
—> This fork in the road was important for them: would they reject an obviously flawed central government charade that would destroy the middle class’s access to quality care, or would they embrace it blindly?
Nearly all the Liberals I know who faced this choice made the wrong choice, and now find themselves defending the indefensible, and it will get much worse in the coming years. Will they keep doubling down, or choose to jump off such a reckless ride and recover their rational minds?
Speaking of the Cadillac Tax, none other than Hillary Clinton has come out against it, a centerpiece of Obamacare, and Bernie Sanders has spoken forcefully about the need to repeal the Cadillac Tax while campaigning as a “Democratic Socialist”.
Oh, and Bernie did not just “wake up” to the nightmare known as the Cadillac Tax — he has been against it from the very beginning:
The Vermont senator has been a long-time foe of the Cadillac tax, which is also strongly opposed by union groups. He first introduced legislation to repeal the provision in 2009, when he said the plans affected by the tax “are more like Chevrolets” than Cadillacs. <TheHill.com, link>
That’s right, Bernie on the Left was able to use his common sense and see that the “Cadillac Tax” was going to destroy the middle class‘s access to quality health care and not just the health care of wealthy citizens whom Progressives love to hate and harm.
Democrats in Congress are waking up all over the place, in fact.
A few weeks ago, nine Democrat party Senators co-sponsored a bill to repeal the Cadillac Tax:
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and nine of his Senate colleagues introduced legislation today to improve the health law by repealing the so-called “Cadillac tax.” U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Bob Casey (D-PA) are cosponsors. <Hawaii Free Press, link>
If you are a Liberal and supported Obamacare, and even now still support it, you need to ask yourself if you are going to cling to a colossal mistake all the way to the bitter end.
Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and a host of other legendary Liberals are abandoning you…what is it that keeps you in your bizarre and irrational mind-state?