Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a sharp statement in advance of President Obama’s bizarre infomercial for his disastrous health care scheme:
Today President Obama will draw the media‚??s attention to a handful of persons who have applied for Obamacare while ignoring the untold number of Americans who are losing the plans they liked because of Obamacare.
Yesterday, Kaiser Health joined numerous other news outlets by confirming a new victim of Obamacare: Americans who are receiving cancellation notices from their insurers due to the Affordable Act.
‚??Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies,‚?Ě¬†Kaiser Health News¬†reported. ‚??The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are cancelling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.‚?Ě
President Obama is sure to promise Americans that with more time, taxpayer money, and patience the law will perform better. Its failings, however, are not limited to its website or its rollout.
We already know Obamacare can‚??t live up to its promises. President Obama promised Americans that their premiums would go down, taxes would stay low, millions of jobs would be created, and if they liked their healthcare plans, they could keep them. Instead, premiums are rising, taxes are higher, the economy is sputtering, and people are losing their plans.
Obamacare is the nation‚??s biggest job killer and stands in the way of our country‚??s economic growth and prosperity. It should be defunded and repealed. President Obama should hear the pleas from the untold number of Americans who are losing their jobs, wages, and healthcare plans, and Congress should act immediately to stop Obamacare from inflicting any more damage on the country on our hard-working citizens.
Highlighting a few beneficiaries while ignoring the larger number of people with complaints – or insulting the latter as “greedy” and telling them to shut up – is the old socialist game, still running after a century of agonizing failure. ¬†The idea that benefits for a handful of people justify suffering for millions, not to mention the waste of billions of dollars, is foolish on a practical level… but that’s when the people who told you a central planning board of government geniuses could run health care better than the free market abruptly stop talking about practicality, and begin lobbing tearful moralistic grenades about all the poor people who will suffer if strong steps are taken to correct the disaster they have created.
As it happens, Senator Cruz’s prediction about the content of Obama’s speech was entirely correct. ¬†The President had absolutely nothing to say about the tidal wave of people who were losing coverage, or how three years of effort and a billion dollars in rollout money could not produce a functional website. ¬†In fact, he actually encouraged people to pick up the phone and call the ObamaCare customer service number, instead of using the $400 million in bug-riddled crap code he launched on October 1. ¬†(That number, for those of you who might have forgotten, is 1-800-F1U-CKYO. ¬†I’m not kidding.) ¬†Several journalists who took the President’s advice reported they were either put on hold, or disconnected by the toll-free number.
What this disastrous launch really boils down to – if, like Senator Cruz, you have a long enough memory to remember Obama’s campaign speeches and the way he pushed the Affordable Care Act during the first year of his presidency – is that Team Obama lied shamelessly about the actual cost of the program. ¬†It was way over budget before we found out that the online system – rushed into the wood chipper of a deadline it was nowhere near ready to meet, for partisan political reasons – was going to cost untold millions more to fix. ¬†The people who lose the insurance plans they like, and find themselves dumped into the hair-pulling chaos of the ObamaCare exchanges, are another manifestation of hidden costs. ¬†The higher prices they would pay were hidden from us when Obama lied about them being able to keep their plans.
There is still not a shred of honesty or accountability to be found in the Administration’s handling of the Affordable Care Act. ¬†The launch disaster directly refutes one of the central premises of the entire scheme: the belief that government can more efficiently manage health care than private industry. ¬†Just for starters, it doesn’t take days of effort to get an insurance quote from private industry, and they don’t give you a phony price that has to be revised later.
The whole thing was a fraud from Day One. ¬†Why should the American people accept that they’re stuck with it forever, no matter how bad it is? ¬†Why should elected representatives who feel a shred of responsibility for the public treasury, or the well-being of their constituents, allow this to drag on? ¬†How much more vindication is required, before people tune Obama out, and start paying attention to the critics who were right all along?
Update:¬†Obama marched thirteen human props on stage to serve as a backdrop for his press conference today. ¬†It turns out only¬†three of them¬†have actually registered on the ObamaCare exchanges. ¬†He’s got to be insanely desperate to take the risk of such an “optics” misfire.
Update:¬†If this is going to boil down to a tug-of-war between some number of people who feel satisfied with ObamaCare, and a large number of people angry about losing their insurance – a conflict Obama’s press conference and use of human props sets the stage for – well, what could be more “divisive” than that? ¬†We’re always told to recoil from divisive politics, but the ObamaCare debacle is literally setting Americans at each others’ throats.
Update:¬†Steve Doocy of Fox News took President Obama’s advice and called the 800 number. ¬†He was told his health care options could not be discussed over the phone, and it would take several¬†weeks¬†to process his information. ¬†Tim Carney of the¬†Washington Examiner¬†had an even more entertaining experience, following the maze of automated prompts in what he thought was “the most logical manner”… and ending up with a message that told him to go to the Healthcare.gov website! ¬†In other words, Obama’s crappy website tells you to call the phone number when it doesn’t work, and the phone number sends you back to the website.
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