The President’s answer to critics is they must come up with an alternative that meets much higher standards than he has met with ObamaCare.
Based on the Left’s belief that the only thing wrong with ObamaCare is you and I don’t understand how glorious it will be, President Obama kicked off a new sales campaign with a “Youth Summit” event at the White House. His pitch was a warmed over recitation of the same slogans and statistics he used back in 2009 and 2010 to justify this politically forced, maniacally complex restructuring of the health care sector. He began with a rehash of his list of complaints against the health care status quo, the same deficiencies he claimed in 2009 that government intervention could correct:
For too long, few things left working families more vulnerable to the anxieties and insecurities of today’s economy than a broken health care system.
The “anxieties and insecurities” of 313 million people are emotions that cannot be observed or measured. But the President claims to know they existed before ObamaCare and that by writing and enforcing a sweeping, impenetrable, regulatory scheme the federal bureaucracy can make them go away. But based on actual statistical evidence most Americans didn’t perceive their own health care to be “broken” before the President and the Democrats began their campaign to persuade them they were in peril.
A 2007 poll by USAToday & Kaiser Family Foundation found 87% of the population had health insurance and 93% of them were satisfied. In 2009, as the health care debate ramped up in Congress, the New York Times ran a poll that was designed to highlight complaints with the health care status quo. Even that poll found that 77% were satisfied with their own health care.
Indeed the President emphatically repeated his now infamous “if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance, period” over and over because he knew most Americans did not perceive a need for government to take over, and would have resisted had they understood how aggressively the new law would interfere with their own health care arrangements.
We believe we’re a better country than a country where we allow, every day, 14,000 Americans to lose their health coverage. We believe that nobody should have to choose between putting food on their kids’ table or taking them to see a doctor.
The 14,000 is conjecture, one of many dubious health care statistics that bounce around the political/media echo chamber. But lets assume it’s true and compare it to early results of ObamaCare.
Five million health insurance customers were notified that ObamaCare regulations required their policies to be cancelled, effective January 1. Because many of those policies covered spouses and children, roughly eight million people are affected, equivalent to 19 months at Obama’s 14,000 per day. Unless these folks could afford the more expensive ObamaCare compliant health plans, and could find a way to purchase them from the faltering government website before December 24 they just become uninsured as a direct result of ObamaCare!
But ObamaCare won’t solve that problem.
According to the Congressional Budget office, full implementation of ObamaCare will leave some 30 million Americans uninsured, the same number the President claimed were uninsured in his 2009 ObamaCare sales pitch. Some of the new ObamaCare compliant health plans come with much larger deductibles – as high as 10,000 per year for families – than were in those “sub-par,” now cancelled policies. So, in spite of a huge increase in federal spending and increases in the cost of insurance for most of us, even more Americans will be at risk of “going broke” than before ObamaCare was enacted.
If…you still think this law is a bad idea then you’ve got to tell us specifically what you’d do differently to cut costs, cover more people, make insurance more secure.
But his challenge holds critics to a much higher standard than ObamaCare will ever meet! Insurance costs will rise for most people, especially the young. The same number of people will be uninsured as the President claimed were uninsured in 2009 before the law was enacted. And, in addition to the five million individual policies already cancelled, the new year will bring notices to tens of millions of people who are covered by their employers that they will either lose that coverage or it will change and cost them more.