So Maybe Obamacare Wasn’t a Good Idea After All
I never liked it. The bill was LONG and no one person who signed it seemed to know what was in the bill.
Mike Huckabee said recently:
Congressional Democrats passed Obamacare so they could find out whatâ€™s in it. Now, theyâ€™re desperately trying to keep you from finding out whatâ€™s in it until after the next electionâ€¦Last week, while Americans had their eyes on the fireworks, President Obama dropped a bomb of his own. He announced that he would delay by one year the requirement that employers with more than 50 full time workers start providing them with health insurance. The White House cited the need to streamline the paperwork. But itâ€™s no secret that Democrats were panicking at the idea of millions of Americans learning just before the 2014 elections that they were losing their health benefits, their jobs or their full time hours. Well, consider yourself warned. Meanwhile, Republicans say it shows that even Democrats realize Obamacare is a massive train wreck and needs to be repealed. But theyâ€™re challenging the delay on grounds that Obama doesnâ€™t have the power to just pick and choose what parts of a law heâ€™ll enforce. You know, thatâ€™s a point that it mightâ€™ve been nice to mention to him earlier.
But progressive would have us to believe that our country was failing in all things medical (why were people coming from all over the world for procedures I don’t know, if ours was so bad), and we needed universal health care. So in comes Obamacare. Trouble is, no one STILL knows whats in the ridiculous bill, except that it can’t seem to be implemented. Lately, they have had to announce delays and or repeals of implementation, proof it’s a FAILED law, even those that wrote it can’t implement it:
1. The CLASS Act: ABANDONED, THEN REPEALED
One Democrat famously called this new long-term care entitlement â€œa Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud ofâ€â€”and so it proved. In the fall of 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted CLASS could not be implemented in a fiscally sound mannerâ€”and Congress eventually repealed the program outright.
2. Exchanges: MISSED DEADLINES
Most states resisted Obamacareâ€™s call to create insurance exchanges, choosing to let Washington create a federally run exchange instead. However, a Government Accountability Office report released last month noted that â€œcriticalâ€ activities to create a federal exchange have not been completed, and the missed deadlines â€œsuggest a potential for challenges going forward.â€
3. HHS mandate: DELAYED; UNDER LEGAL CHALLENGE
Last year, the Administration announced a partial delay for Obamacareâ€™s anti-conscience mandate. However, many employers have filed legal actions against the mandate, which forces them to fund products they find morally objectionable or pay massive fines.
4. Small business plan choice: DELAYED
The Administration announced in April that workers will not be able to choose plans from different health insurers in the small business exchanges next yearâ€”a delay that liberal blogger Joe Klein called â€œa really bad signâ€ of â€œObamacare incompetence.â€
5. Child-only plans: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
A drafting error in Obamacare has actually led to less access to care for children with pre-existing conditions. A 2011 report found that in 17 states, insurers are no longer selling child-only health insurance plans, because they fear that individuals will apply for coverage only after being diagnosed with a costly illness.
6. Basic health plan: DELAYED
This government-run plan for states, created as part of Obamacare, has also been delayed, prompting one Democrat to criticize the Administration for failing to â€œlive upâ€ to the law and implement it as written.
7. High-risk pools: UNDERPERFORMING; FUNDING LOW
This program for individuals with pre-existing conditions faced higher costs and lower enrollment than advertised. Though it was originally projected to cover up to 700,000 individuals, only about 110,000 have enrolledâ€”yet the Administration had to halt new enrollment and take other radical measures to prevent the $5 billion program from running out of money.
8. Early retiree reinsurance: BROKE
The $5 billion in funding for this program was intended to last until 2014â€”but the programâ€™s money ran out in 2011, two years ahead of schedule.
9. Waivers: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
After the law passed, HHS discovered that some of its new mandates would raise costs so much that employers would drop coverage rather than face skyrocketing premiums. Instead, the Administration announced a series of temporary waiversâ€”and more than half the recipients of those waivers were members of union health insurance plans.
10. Co-ops: DEFUNDED
Congress blocked additional funding to this Obamacare program in January, and with good reason: In one case, a new health insurance co-op was called â€œfatally flawedâ€ by Vermontâ€™s state insurance commissioner.
11. â€œEmployee free choiceâ€: REPEALED
This provision, which would have allowed certain workers to use contributions from their employers to buy exchange health plans, was repealed in April 2011, as businesses considered it too complex and unworkable.
12. Medicaid expansion: REJECTED BY MANY STATES
Last year, the Supreme Court made Obamacareâ€™s Medicaid expansion optional for states, ruling that Obamacare as written engaged in â€œeconomic dragooningâ€ that puts â€œa gun to the head of states.â€ Many states are resisting Obamacareâ€™s call to expand Medicaid, knowing that expansion will saddle them with additional, unsustainable costs.
As these examples demonstrate, itâ€™s not just the employer mandate thatâ€™s flawedâ€”itâ€™s the entire law. Recognizing these myriad, massive failures, Congress should hold the line and refuse to spend a single dime on Obamacare implementation.
And if that doesn’t spell failure to you enough, ask yourself, why does a successful bill need to indoctrinate schoolchildren to teach parents how to acceptÂ Obamacare?
The deeply-in-debt state of California is sending nearly a million dollars to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to be used to
brainwash indoctrinatetrain teens to â€œeducateâ€ their parents on the value of the unpopular program, key provisions of which will go into effect in six months.
The $990,000 is just part of the $37 million that Covered California, the stateâ€™s health insurance exchange, is spending (â€œinvestingâ€, in Obama lingo) to sell ObamaCare to Californians. LAUSD lists as a key objective of the project: â€œTeens trained to be messengers to family members.â€
â€œMessengersâ€? I wonâ€™t draw comparisons to children being â€œtrainedâ€ as â€œmessengersâ€ at various â€œyouth campsâ€ throughout history â€“ that would be over the top â€“ but I will ask an obvious question:
If ObamaCare is all that Nancy Pelosi told us it would be once we â€œfound out what was in it,â€ why is it necessary to train teenagers to become â€œmessengersâ€ to sell it to their parents?
As reported by Human Events, LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to studentsâ€™ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for taxpayer-covered healthcare.
Â â€œTeens are part of a â€˜pilotâ€™ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes,â€ said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD spokesman, in an email. â€œTeens will be educating adults that they already know (e.g., family or friends) and not other adults.â€
If the project is successful, says LAUSD, Los Angeles families can expect more use of students to push government-preferred messaging.
If that sounds familiar, yes, Nazis did do that with their youth, too.