Yesterday, the nation was treated to President Obama spiking the football on Obamacare, lauding its supposed 7.1 million sign ups since October. The president touted the 7 million threshold as the point at which the Affordable Care Act cannot be repealed.
As with anything this administration says about Obamacare, the argument is fundamentally flawed, to the point of being a bad joke. There are so many unanswered questions about these numbers – and the only reason they remain unanswered is because the administration doesn’t want them answered.
- If the website is fixed, as President Obama, Secretary Sebelius, and others have insisted it is, why was it still crashing on the last day before the sign-up deadline? As they were fixing the website, they apparently didn’t have the foresight to make the web
- If 7.1 million people have created accounts in the federal and state exchanges, how many of those people are actually real? We already know that President Obama has more fake Twitter followers than the number of Obamacare signups…so have there really been 7.1 million accounts created, or are they using technology to pull a fast one?
- Of these 7.1 million accounts created, how many actually chose to purchase insurance through the exchange? After all, since the HealthCare.gov website collects people’s information on the front-end, it’s entirely possible to “sign up” without actually choosing a plan.
- Of the people who actually did choose one of the exchange insurance plans, how many were put on Medicare or Medicaid? (the number is significant)
- How many people who actually chose one of the exchange insurance plans did so because they had lost their previous plan due to Obamacare mandates and regulations?
- Of the people who have actually chosen one of the exchange plans, how many have actually paid?
White House spokeshole Jay Carney has stated multiple times that the administration is collecting data, but they seem to be extremely hesitant to publish that data in any meaningful way, if at all; likely because the numbers would be extremely embarrassing to the White House, and prove to the nation that the entire program and everything positive the Democrats have said about it is a scam.
The truth that the administration and the media continue to ignore is that Obamacare continues to be an utter failure. The first class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Nevada exchange by people who signed up and started paying premiums, yet haven’t received insurance coverage.
A RAND study has found that only one-third of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured, meaning Obamacare has primarily been serving those people whose insurance it eliminated. According to that study, the number of newly insured Americans under Obamacare is a dismal 858,000. Remember, while the administration is touting 7 million sign-ups, the goal was to bring insurance to tens of millions of Americans who purportedly did not have health insurance. They haven’t even reached one million.
Perhaps the most laughable thing President Obama said in his speech:
[W]e didn’t make a hard sell. We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did. But what we said was, look for yourself, see if it’s good for your family. And a whole lot of people decided it was.
This is ridiculous! No, they didn’t “make a hard sell,” they made it required under the law! And this is not to say that there haven’t been plenty of commercials for Obamacare. Heck, President Obama has been traveling the country, to the tune of at least hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars, giving his own personal ad campaign in the form of interviews and speeches.
The biggest lie President Obama told: “the debate over repealing this law is over.”
The debate will never be over, Mr. President, as long as all your administration can do to defend its banner achievement is to spread lies. For every example the president gave in his speech of people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, there are thousands who have been harmed by it, in the form of higher insurance premiums, the loss of policies they were satisfied with, being denied access to their regular doctor, the loss of access to hospitals and specialists, the confusion as to whether they actually have insurance, even though they signed up through one of the exchanges.
The truth is, while there may be hundreds of Americans benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, there are millions who have been harmed by it, and millions more will be harmed by it once the employer mandate kicks in.
The debate over repealing this law is not over, Mr. President, because there is a better way. It is just unfortunate for the millions of Americans your law harms that we have to live under it for now.