Barack Obama held a press conference the other day during which he took a “victory lap” and taunted Republicans in his typical juvenile fashion:
At a press conference yesterday President Obama asserted that when it comes to ObamaCare, the Republican Party “is going through the stages of grief–anger and denial and all that stuff–and we’re not at acceptance yet.”
His endless hubris echoes his “I won” utterance in 2009.
Then James Taranto notes this:
A Politico reporter asked the president: “Do you think it’s time for Democrats to start campaigning loudly and positively on the benefits of ObamaCare?” Watch him contradict himself in response: “We need to move on to something else. That’s what the American people are interested in. I think that Democrats should forcefully defend [ObamaCare]. . . . I don’t think we should apologize for it, and I don’t think we should be defensive about it.”
He says “we need to move on,” and two sentences later calls for a forceful defense, before saying that “I don’t think we should be defensive about it,” which reminds us of Martin Short as Nathan Thurm: “I’m not being defensive! You’re the one who’s being defensive! Why is it always the other person who’s being defensive? Have you ever asked yourself that? Why don’t you ask yourself that?”
Unfortunately, Barack Obama is a liar and just can’t stop lying:
Although Mr. Obama touted the 35 percent of federal exchange enrollees he said were younger than 35, the administration acknowledged in a fact sheet that just 28 percent are 18 to 34 — the key demographic insurers need to sign up in order to cover the costs of older Americans with health conditions who no longer can be denied coverage. Economists said the number needed to prevent premium spikes is close to 40 percent.
As we have observed here, 60% of Americans think Obama is a liar.
And Obamacare isn’t becoming popular.
The president’s triumphal tone suggests that this is self-evidently good news and reason to celebrate the success of his health care law. He says that candidates from his party should be proud of the law and defend it. But that’s not likely to happen, and the reasons are deeper than disputes about how many people actually signed up through a health care exchange.
The first is that many people are finding out that the insurance they bought through an exchange doesn’t really ensure they’ll get medical care. There have been repeated stories of people finding out that even though they have insurance, they can’t find a doctor who will accept it. The Wall Street Journal, for example, reports that residents of New Hampshire’s capital city “have to drive to other cities to get covered hospital care.” Buying a product that doesn’t work is a sure way to create an angry customer.
Additionally, the health care law has created even more angry customers who have found out that they have to change doctors. For some, that’s just a minor inconvenience. For others, it’s a huge problem.
And, of course, the law is making health insurance more expensive. The head of Aetna, Mark Bertolini, and other industry executives have said they expect to see significant price hikes from the law. That impacts tens of millions of Americans — including many who were happy with their insurance before Obama’s law was passed.
What all of this means is that the president’s claim of 8 million enrollees is not something to be dismissed or ignored. But the claim’s incomplete and a bit like saying a baseball score is eight. Eight runs in a major league baseball game is a good thing, but you can’t really evaluate it unless you know how many runs the other team scored.
And, for the president’s health care law, the negatives are still piling up a lot faster than the positives.
And that’s just the beginning. Remember how Obama claimed that his law was already bending the healthcare cost curve down?
Liars are going to lie. It wasn’t Obamacare that bent the cost curve down. It was the lousy Obama economy.
And now? Health care costs are expected to rise.
Now the respite may be ending. You can see it in the latest monthly reports from the Altarum Institute, an Ann Arbor-based think-tank that monitors national health care spending. These reports, based on government data, are the equivalent of an early warning system for medical costs. They are one of the first places a spending spike would show up. According to Altarum, expenditures started to rise more quickly in the middle of 2013. Since then, the rate has gone up even more. Reports of rising costs have already gotten the attention of savvy health care observers in the media, like Philip Klein and Sarah Kliff.
Bet Obama didn’t see that one coming. It actually wouldn’t matter because he’d just lie about it.
The Obama administration has found a way to give unions relief from an Obamacare tax nearly three weeks after Republicans rejected a Democratic push to include the labor carve-out in the latest budget deal.
The Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a final rule last week that includes an intention to exempt some union insurance plans from a substantial new tax known as the reinsurance fee.
As part of Obamacare, the tax was supposed to be levied against all insurance plans to share the risk for insurers taking on the sickest patients next year.
But unions, which were among the strongest supporters of the Affordable Care Act when it passed in 2010, had pressed the administration for changes to the law, arguing that the measure is harmful to insurance plans accessed by more than 15 million union members and would raise costs.
There have been 40 alterations to the law but these are important:
8. Employer-mandate delay: By an administrative action that’s contrary to statutory language in the ACA, the reporting requirements for employers were delayed by one year. (July 2, 2013)
13. Insurance companies may offer canceled plans: The administration announced that insurance companies may reoffer plans that previous regulations forced them to cancel. (November 14, 2013)
18. Employer-mandate delayed again: The administration delayed for an additional year provisions of the employer mandate, postponing enforcement of the requirement for medium-size employers until 2016 and relaxing some requirements for larger employers. Businesses with 100 or more employees must offer coverage to 70% of their full-time employees in 2015 and 95% in 2016 and beyond. (February 10, 2014)
These changes are baldly political and intended to provide cover for vulnerable democrats in the upcoming election. They also conveniently shield Obama from further criticism until he is out of office.
Obamacare is NOT working. Most of it hasn’t come close to being implemented and it won’t be implemented any time soon as that would be a complete disaster for democrats.
And they know it.
That’s why Obama wants you to stop talking about Obamacare.
You can keep your doctor.
You can keep your plan.
Benghazi was caused by a video.
I am against the personal mandate.
8 million have signed up.
The list is endless.