Obamacare, lies and more lies. How can we trust anything they say is true?

I was not surprised, but I was disappointed when the administration- which has said repeatedly for months in Congressional testimony it cannot get statistics on how the system is working and how many signed up (which is a lie)– now says six million signed up! That lie wasn’t a surprise, the disappointment was the MSM just copied and pasted the announcement without one question.

Again.

Listen, I get the state run media in other countries.  They are actually FUNDED by the government through taxes collected by the government on its citizens.  So that media can lie or not, cover up or not, be competent or not, as long as their masters are happy.

But this is America.  We are supposed to enjoy a free press, one that questions the authority.  Not anymore I’m afraid.  And if there is one example of this it is the entire nation crushing nightmare that is Obamacare.  Instead of beating it to death like they did Vietnam by talking about the “failure” of it every night on TV (and let’s be honest here, Vietnam looks like a cakewalk compared to Obamacare!), the MSM pushes any bull they can to keep the lie going.  Their theory can only be that the sheer weight of the effort will push the program over the finish line.

But it won’t.  The program was badly designed and will simply fall apart, taking our healthcare system with it.  Yet, that does not stop the lies, the newest one is that six million people have signed up.

The law clearly states that today is the final day to sign up for Obamacare. Only it isn’t. The extension announced last week covers anyone who merely claims they intend to apply. Allowing such a frivolous and unverifiable gesture to circumvent the law neatly captures the paternalistic arrogance of the White House and its signature legislation — only the intent matters. Pay no attention to the cavalcade of undesirable consequences; if we mean well, we can do whatever we want.

The old proverb tells us that the road to hell is paved with such good intentions. But in the short term, the Obama team’s obfuscations have paid political dividends. For example, media attention has centered lately on the gross number of enrollments — the assumption being that if that number reaches 6 million, the latest White House target, then everyone can declare victory and move on.

But the overarching objective of the Affordable Care Act was never a specific enrollment target or, say, smoothly running software. The goal was to dramatically reduce the number of Americans without health insurance while reducing costs. On that score an honest look at the numbers reveals true failure. The vast majority of those signing up to date were previously covered, a travesty given the bill’s 10-year cost of over $2 trillion.

Begin with the administration’s claim of 5 million enrollments at mid-March, and generously assume they reach 6 million by the deadline. Unfortunately, not all will pay. Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate that about 20 percent of those who sign up won’t follow through, leaving 4.8 million bona fide Obamacare exchange participants.

How many were uninsured last year? The White House doesn’t seem to know or care. A nationwide survey of those eligible by McKinsey Consulting determined that between 11 and 27 percent were previously without coverage. Accepting the higher figure, the exchanges have taken 1.2 million off the rolls of the uninsured.

Additionally, the law expands Medicaid eligibility. While President Obama recently trumpeted about 6 million new enrollments, nearly half the total comes from states that chose not to expand the program. Most of those remaining were already eligible under the old rules. In short, the law provided new Medicaid coverage for roughly 500,000 people not previously eligible.

Soooo… what does that mean?  Well, the democrats upended a functioning system, the best in the world, to “cover” some fictitious 30 million people and in the end didn’t cover any more or less than before- at a cost of trillions of dollars and a system now so screwed up people can’t get coverage or care.

So what was their real goal? Control and taxes.  In the end, the government wants your money to flow through their hands, along with your health care needs they will manage, and restrict…for a fee. (Broken record moment here- it is all about the money, always about the money.)

Medicaid is an example of this push. Tens of thousands of “eligible” participants, qualified for private insurance, were shoved into Medicaid and then claimed as a victory.  Unfortunately, many of those people had insurance before the law, better than Medicaid’s, and were forced off their plans by Obamacare.  Not a victory.

Additionally, the law expands Medicaid eligibility. While President Obama recently trumpeted about 6 million new enrollments, nearly half the total comes from states that chose not to expand the program. Most of those remaining were already eligible under the old rules. In short, the law provided new Medicaid coverage for roughly 500,000 people not previously eligible.

Ironically, a large number of new Medicaid participants probably come from companies that have scaled back insurance coverage because of Obamacare’s costs. Target, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s are the most notable among them, but there are scores of others accounting for tens of thousands of workers — perhaps hundreds of thousands. A bill that takes credit for helping to insure workers who lost insurance because of that bill is less a public policy than a shell game.

Finally, the tally of Obamacare beneficiaries should include approximately 3.1 million adults under age 26 who are now required to be covered under their parents’ policy. That leaves a grand total around 5 million, or $400,000 each under the bill’s cost.

From there, the math only gets worse. Each year, millions of uninsured Americans find coverage through a new employer, Medicaid, or other means. In fact, the number of uninsured has fallen every year since peaking after the 2008 recession. Many of the 1.2 million newly insured through the exchanges likely would have found coverage regardless. Moreover, we know that at least 5 million families have received cancellation notices. Some polices have been temporarily extended, and some have not, but all will lose their insurance once the law goes into full effect.

The author points out the real goal to is drive insurance companies out of business. Maybe the companies knew this going in back in 2009 and were playing for time, hoping elections brought new leaders with better ideas.  It was a bad play.  Now they, and us, are stuck with something that will destroy our ability to live a healthy life.

And the MSM keeps telling the lies.

 

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