At the Clinton Global
ist Initiative Forum in New York City, President Obama referred to his signature healthcare law as “universal health care.” Here is what the president said:
“You’ve had is an unprecedented effort that you’ve seen ramp up in the past month or so that those who have opposed the idea of universal health care in the first place — and have fought this thing tooth and nail through Congress and through the courts — trying to scare and discourage people from getting a good deal.”
In combination with the “individual mandate,” the government is quite frankly taking over the health insurance industry and forcing people onto government subsidies. The key point is that insurance companies will not be able to provide the services demanded of them and keep their rates down, and middle class families will not be able to afford their rates.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted that the goal of Obamacare was single-payer all along in a discussion with the Las Vegas Sun:
“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said.
When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
Insurance companies will be increasingly unable to compete, and employers will be forced to offload their employees onto the government. Former House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank explains why single-payer wasn’t passed to begin with:
“Because we don’t have the votes for it. I wish we did. I think that if we get a good public option it could lead to single payer and that is the best way to reach single payer. Saying you’ll do nothing till you get single payer is a sure way never to get it. … I think the best way we’re going to get single payer, the only way, is to have a public option and demonstrate the strength of its power.”
Speaking to the AFL-CIO in 2003, the future president in his own words declared his intentions:
“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.” (applause) “I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody.”
It’s actually closer to 18% now. Nevertheless, Obama, speaking at SEIU’s New Leadership Health Care Forum on March 24, 2007, said:
“My commitment is to make sure that we have universal healthcare for all Americans by the end of my first term as President.”
And how were Americans supposed to get this “universal healthcare”? The U..S. government would become a participant in the “market.”
“I would hope that we could set up a system that allows those who can go through their employer to access a federal system or a state pool of some sort. But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process.”
This is Obama explaining to seniors that we’re not “starting from scratch” so simply imposing single payer universal healthcare on Americans has issues for “historical” reasons:
So now that we’ve established that the chaos, the necessarily skyrocketing premiums, the employers dropping coverage and so forth was completely predictable, so that we could transition to single-payer universal healthcare, can we all come to grips that the president is lying constantly about Obamacare?
Obama lied and said it would not add one dime to the deficit; but “universal” healthcare always and necessarily increases public debt.
Yet the Government Accountability Office (and as was confirmed by the Medicare Chief Actuary) concluded that the ACA adds $6.2 trillion to the long-term debt (remember, Obama said healthcare costs would “bankrupt” the nation back in 2009).
Obama lied and said that the ACA would lead to a decrease in health insurance premiums (one time, he even laughably said it would decrease premiums by 3000%!):
And mysteriously, they are necessarily skyrocketing across the nation. Obama lied and said people could keep their coverage — knowing full well employers would dump employees from their plans. Here is “innocent” Obama effectively conceding that this pledge was false:
Yet Obama lied and said people could keep their doctors, many of whom have said publicly that they will refuse to practice at Obamacare rates and will (wisely) drop out. Obama said this repeatedly and emphatically, but had to have known that it was false all along!
Yet Obama lied about “insuring” 30 million more individuals, since that number will still be uninsured by 2020 — despite a net increase in $1 trillion added to the deficit, according to the CBO.
Note that Obama is careful not to use the previously cited Democrat talking point of insuring 47 million, since that would include illegal immigrants! But there is a wink and a nod for that, as Democrats are salivating to add more government dependents to the voter rolls with the amnesty bill.
Remember Joe “you lie” Wilson? Obamacare will not turn away illegal immigrants, because aid will be based on an “honor system.” Of course, left-wing “factcheckers” will deny this, because the program is designed for open enrollment and non-enforcement of ineligibility for applicants. You just have to lie — like Obama does constantly.
Obama lied and said that the program is “absolutely not a tax increase.” However, the Supreme Court ruled that the program is a tax; and in addition, numerous taxes have come with the onerous program.
And to top it all off, Democrats continue to lie about there being no rationing board in Obamacare, even though the Independent Payment Advisory Board of 15 members in HHS (or IPAB) will be in charge of managing (read “cutting”) Medicare costs. The lies continue, even though former Democratic Chair Howard Dean has condemned the rationing board as a “terrible idea,” and the NYT’s statist economist Paul Krugman only slightly facetiously lauded “death panels and sales taxes” as a way to make it work.
Senator Max Baucus, one of the key architects of the ACA, earlier called the program a looming “train wreck.” His predictable retraction, after letting the proverbial cat out of the bag, misses the point: it was designed to be a train wreck. Furthermore, leftwing publications have no problem following the president’s lies and continue to lie themselves: the ends justify the means, and the truth is expendable.
The Democrat’s approach to cramming a totalitarian (by definition) universal healthcare program into a market-based economy not only creates less productivity in the medical sector and spreads poverty and dependency; it breeds a bureaucratization that adds to escalating costs.
In short, the healthcare program is an economic disaster, especially considering the nation’s already immense long-term debt — which Obamacare lumps trillions upon. The United States was already spending among the tops in the world on public healthcare provision before the ACA was passed.
This is Ronald Reagan warning people of socialized medicine (oh, how the left hates honesty!) He prognosticates exactly what President Obama is doing in terms of pushing his single-payer, universal healthcare bill:
“So Obamacare doesn’t lower costs, disrupts one-sixth of the economy, encourages government dependency, promotes poverty, and places the individual in a position subservient to the state, which he is reliant upon for healthcare provision; and thereby, through logical extension, puts him in debt to a government that is illegally conducting surveillance through the NSA, is engaging in political suppression with the IRS (such as flagging and harassing groups for “Anti-Obama” speech), and is spying on journalists who attempt to hold the government accountable.
Thus, Obama is not only an economic disaster, it is a moral and political one. It depersonalizes the incredibly personal relationship between a patient and a doctor; it sets up an unaccountable, unelected body known as the IPAB to necessarily ration medical coverage; and it puts the citizen’s health and life at the behest of fundamentally exempted politicians. By extension, it chills free speech and limits political participation.
Critics of the program were crying foul from the very beginning that Barack Obama was a radical who, in his own words, was a proponent of a single-payer healthcare system. Journalists who condemned people for pointing out the obvious must be considered to have been deceiving the American people all along. The Democrats have abused the “democratic” process to take power away from the people: denying them the truth, and denying them the ability to make their own healthcare decisions with their own doctors.”
Editor’s Note: The headline was corrected to reflect President Obama’s exact wording in his latest comments.