Guest post by Joe Hoft
Obamacare is the more familiar term given to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act promoted and eventually signed into law by President Obama in 2010. It was controversial from the start. In the middle of one of the worst recessions in US history, Obama and his Democratic Congress proposed the 2,000 page piece of legislation that overhauled the world’s best health care system.
The controversy to the bill reached a head during the President’s speech to Congress and the nation shortly before the bills passage. After making many bold statements about the legislation, all of which are now proven false, Republican Representative Joe Wilson burst out for all to hear, “You lie!”
The bill was eventually passed in a manner never used before for a bill this size leading many to say it never really was passed. When it went to Supreme Court, new Justice Kagan never recused herself. She had been involved in the legislation prior to becoming a Supreme Court Justice and in any other situation a person of integrity would have recused herself, but not Kagan, her vote was needed to keep Obamacare alive. The bill would never have made it through the Supreme Court without her vote.
Ultimately the Supreme Court ruled that Americans could be forced to purchase something and in this case it was insurance. The Obama administration argued that this was a tax, something they said it wasn’t to get Obamacare passed. Justice Scalia said that the court with their decision could now force Americans to buy broccoli. In response to the ridiculous and scandalous decision Scalia referred to the logic from the supporting Justices as ‘jiggery pokery’.
After Obamacare became law, the bill’s mastermind and spokesperson Jonathan Gruber shared that –
the Obama administration went through “tortuous” measures to keep the facts about the legislation from the American people, including covering up the redistribution of wealth from the healthy to the sick in the legislation that Obamacare is in fact a tax.
Obamacare has been as bad or worse than predicted. Healthcare insurance premiums are rising at astronomical rates and insurance companies can’t stay in the healthcare business without either huge losses or increasing premiums. In April 2016 FOX reported:
The nation’s largest health insurer, fearing massive financial losses, announced Tuesday that it plans to pull back from ObamaCare in a big way and cut its participation in the program’s insurance exchanges to just a handful of states next year – in the latest sign of instability in the marketplace under the law.
UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley said the company expects losses from its exchange business to total more than $1 billion for this year and last.
As insurers leave the market individuals must choose new insurance companies for coverage with huge premium increases –
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 26, 2016
What an absolute mess Obamacare is. Young Americans have to pay huge tax penalties if they don’t choose to obtain incredibly expensive healthcare plans. The penalties can be thousands of dollars for low income earners. The coverage is terrible, the premiums are high, the deductibles are high and everyone hates it.
Obama is meeting with Democrat Leaders from the House and Senate this week to discuss saving Obamacare but it probably won’t matter as incoming President Donald Trump has promised to get rid of the program.
Obamacare started with lies, lies kept it going and it is still one big lie. Anything so dishonest cannot be good!