This is really simple and a great opportunity once again to witness humans in a place and time where the government lies to them and they accept it en mass- like Japan, China, Russia and Germany.
We laugh at “those people” for falling prey to what HISTORY showed was a pack of lies. Sure the Japanese were not superior people, or the Chinese great leaps forward were anything but, or the Russians were winning a cold war or the “What camps?” deal with the Germans.
How did it happen, over and over, throughout history? Simple, people became complacent, worried about their own personal safety and future, and the media/government became one voice. So it was easier than you’d think just to shut down, keep your eyes looking at the road right in front of you, and ignore the voices screaming in your head that you are being lied to.
And one day you realize it really isn’t that hard to do after all and you let others tell your kids the lies, without complaining or acting, rationalizing that it is for the best. And let’s admit it, mankind can rationalize about anything.
Obamacare’s lies are just one more example of this acceptance of a lie in exchange for temporary peace in our lives. The 7.1 million enrollees is the latest.
The real problem with Obama’s announcement wasn’t the tone; it was the false premise. Most of the people who he touted today had insurance before Obamacare came along. In fact, we’ve had two surveys in recent weeks. The McKinsey survey found that just 27 percent of sign ups were previously uninsured. Yesterday the LA Times revealed details from an unpublished RAND corp. survey which found that “about one-third” of all sign-ups were previously uninsured.
If we assume, best case, that 33 percent of the 7.1 million were previously uninsured, that works out to to about 2.3 million people. But as we all know by now, not everyone who signs up actually pays. The McKinsey survey found that previously uninsured people were far less likely to pay. In fact, just 53 percent followed through. To be generous, let’s assume they bring this up to 80 percent. That means the total number of enrolled but previously uninsured people will be about 1.85 million.
That’s a lot of newly insured people but it’s only a tiny fraction of the 7.1 million announced today or the 45 million uninsured the administration said Obamacare was supposed to address. We’ve spent four years and hundreds of millions of dollars on websites and media outreach to pick up fewer than 2 million enrollees. And that’s not to mention that the vast majority are receiving a government subsidy to offset the cost.
It actually is worse. The number isn’t real in the first place. Remember, up until less than a month ago, the administration claimed UNDER OATH, they had no way to get real numbers to Congress of how many actually signed up. No tracking was available, they lamented. Now suddenly they have presented a number that magically hits the mark.
Either they are lying then, or they are lying now. There is no in between.
Obama was recently quoted, and I’ll paraphrase here because I can’t find the article, saying this very insightful comment. “It is not about winning the argument, but about winning the moment.” What he meant by that is why we see the 7.1 million number put out there by the administration on the day it was critical to the argument that it be said. The number is false- to a level of a man being caught in bed with a hooker by his wife and saying “What woman?” false! But the MSM won’t question it, and will actually promote it- even knowing in their hearts (or what acts as their hearts anyway) the number is bogus.
But the damage is done. The “moment” is seized and now the people who know better are fighting to simply be heard, forget being listened to. This is like Climate change and gay marriage. The arguments are “won” and any contrary voice is dissent that must be destroyed.
By the way, I know a lot of lawyers trained in that very method. Being correct isn’t as important as winning the argument with bull. Just win, being right doesn’t matter.
However, reality has a tendency to bite people like Obama in the butt. The number is false, the supporting data shows the whole idea of shifting insurance into a government controlled market was bad, really bad. And the unraveling will continue. The next step is the insurance companies raising their rates and the continued cancelling of policies no longer legal or profitable.
After that will be the issue of the care. You can have insurance, but insurance does not equate to care. Wait to those stories start coming in DAILY!! That is what the dems fear in November 2014. Everyone will know someone who was hurt by this. Now they will try to keep the Republicans from crowing about this by saying the case is settled and only a fool would continue to beat on it, but the real truth is the dems are the ones who know they are going to take it in the shorts here. They know, I know, I hope the establishment Republicans are the gonads to keep up the full court press here and crush the weak candidates.
If we don’t, the government will be pressured to fund the failing Obamacare, which in turn will force it to find more ways to tax (or seize) your assets. You watch. One day somebody is going to suggest the government take control of the pensions and IRAs in exchange for a promise of payment to you later. That way it steals the trillions in cash in those funds in order to stay afloat over entitlement pressures, and replaces it with a IOU written on the same paper used for Medicare, Social Security and Obamacare.