Friday, December 27, 2013


Tales on vacation repeat post from October--I think even more relevant today as Obamacare is revealing itself to have totally opposite results than the program was supposedly established for.


Let's all take a step back and look what is going on in our country with Obamacare.  I am not even talking about the incompetent disastrous roll out of Obamacare through their failing website.  I am talking about the law in general.

Obamacare was established for two reasons and two reasons only.   1. To make sure every [as close as possible] American has health insurance.  2. To lower the costs of health insurance.   That's it.  It was not established to make sure 26 year olds can stay on their parents health plans.  It was not established to make sure that everyone with  pre-existing conditions could obtain health insurance [although if the original reason was to insure all those without insurance to have it, then of course those with pre-existing conditions would obviously be included in that].  To tell you that those things were not the main reasons for the establishment of Obamacare [by president Obama himself] does not mean that I am against making sure that those with pre-existing conditions can obtain health insurance.  In fact, I am in favor of that.

We have to pass the bill Pelosi
Looking at the main reason that those proponents of Obamacare established, wouldn't one have to say that if the results of the law didn't establish at least one [if not both] of those goals, then this program would be a failure...a very costly failure.  Giving the Obamacare proponents the benefit of the doubt, I am not even saying both of the main reasons must occur for the law to be a success.  I will grant that if either almost every American obtains health insurance because of Obamacare or if health insurance costs are lowered for every American, then this can be rightly deemed a success by the proponents of the law. 

Okay so what about health insurance coverage for all Americans?

Even using the governments own measure through the non partisan CBO [congressional budget office] we have this via CNS News: "A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says that under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, 30 million non-elderly Americans will remain without health insurance in 2022.  One of the main arguments the Obama administration made for passing the Affordable Care Act was that it would provide coverage for the uninsured".

Think about that.  The CBO only uses the optimistic figures given to it by the proponents of the bill [the Obama administration] and it says a decade from now there will still be 30 million uninsured Americans.

From the New even the Obama administration realizes not everyone will get health insurance under Obamacare: "The Obama administration expects there will be many people who would prefer not to sign up for insurance".   But that is the exact situation now and the reason for many of the uninsured.  So, many if not most young people don't even think about acquiring health insurance as they are healthy and don't feel the need to pay for something they will probably not use for many years.  But that is the situation with or without Obamacare, so why the need for Obamacare?

What about the costs of Americans health insurance?

This from Hot Air"In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the insurers’ filings with the state for 2013... In other states, like Florida and Ohio, insurers have been able to raise rates by at least 20 percent for some policy holders. The rate increases can amount to several hundred dollars a month".

This from Heritage"Individuals in most states will end up spending more on the exchanges. It is true that in some states, the experience could be the opposite. This is because those states had already over-regulated insurance markets that led to sharply higher premiums through adverse selection, as is the case of New York. Many states, however, double or nearly triple premiums for young adults. Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, and Vermont see some of the largest increases in premium."

This from Forbes: "Furious lobbying by every healthcare group, from acupuncturists to chiropractors to fertility specialists, all of whom want to make sure that coverage of their services is required for all policies issued in the state. The more coverage mandates there are, the higher premiums rise. Indeed, benefit mandates can add as much as 50 percent to the cost of insurance... In other words, health insurance costs are going up. And for that, you can thank Obamacare".

So, it is almost certain that neither of the two main reasons for the establishment of Obamacare will be realized.  Many, many millions of Americans will be without health insurance after the full implementation of Obamacare, and instead of the cost of health insurance going down, it will go up for millions of Americans.  

Not only won't the goals of Obamacare be realized but it will be established at a high price to the already 17 trillion debt ridden country. This from US Economy"In March 2012, the CBO updated its Obamacare cost estimate to $1.76 trillion. The Senate Budget Committee Minority Office reported that this was three times more than the CBO's original estimate of $940 billion."  

Donna Brazille
Donna Brazille, Democrat consultant, said on ABC's This Week Sunday show, when confronted with all of the disaster of Obamacare and how it is hurting millions of Americans said that "well it is helping many Americans and just for that reason it should continue.  What?  It is helping some Americans but it is hurting many more Americans so that has become the reason for continuing this train wreck?

I submit, if Obamacare cannot achieve at least one of the goals it was established for, and there is ample proof that will not happen, then there is no justifiable reason to continue putting the federal government in charge of 1/6 of the economy with Obamacare.   Yes, making sure that people with pre-existing health conditions have access to health insurance is a good thing, but that surely can be done without changing the entire health care system that hurts people without pre-existing conditions.

Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.  Could he have added that continuing to do something for a desired result that has no chance of occurring also be insanity?

So, my question is, why are we continuing this insanity?


Anonymous said...

That is the TRILLION DOLLAR question? In my opinion, I think because we're a people that FEAR the government and not the other way around. We've slowly have allowed this Progressive Movement (Politically Correct) culture be dumb-down in our public schools and now are throwing out our Constitution. Sometimes I think "Common Sense" is gone. Gr8t article Michael..
Krissy in ATX

Big Mike said...

Thanks Krissy...not much time to save the Republic. :-(

sheralyn said...

I believe that nothing that comes out of this administration is what it appears to be on the surface. The underlying motivation and goals are always hidden. Only those who are willing to acknowledge that we're dealing with one of the world's biggest conartist backed up by Reid and Pelosi will be able to see beneath the surface. I'm still scratching my head and wondering how he was able to fool so many people for this long. I recently read an article that surmised that the real goal of Obamacare is to force all private insurance companies out of business and distress citizens to the point that they're willing to accept a one payer system just to get out of the mess that Obamacarea has created. Charlie Rangel basically came out and stated that this is the ultimate out come that the bill is designed to achieve. There is an unlimited supply of those wanting something for nothing and they're willing to give up everything, no matter what the cost as long as it has,"free" attached to it. These fools never learn that nothing is free. We're seeing the results of a nation that has become dependent on the government for almost everything. A smile that stretched from ear-to-ear, a great line(lie) and the promise of getting what you want from someone else without having to put any effort into getting it was all that it took for a nation to elect the King of Fools to two terms in office. It's really a sad commentary on our nation that we've become such gullible fools without the backbone to fight for what is right. We've elected a bunch of Gutless Old Punks(GOP) that don't have the backbone to stand up to Reid and he's rolling right over them. There's no shame in losing a fight if you're outnumbered, the shame comes when there is no fight. Cruz and Lee are shining lights at the end of a dark tunnel. Although, he wasn't able to defund Obamacare, he was very successful in exposing the spineless republicans who are unwilling to stand up for what we conservatives believe in. He aslo was able to put the health care bill front and center for discussion. I stand with him in his fight to do what he was elected to do. If we're going to go down, do down swinging. I'm simply tired of hearing other Republicans talk about his lack of strategy. All of the stategy without action accomplishes nothing and that's just what Senate Republicans accomplished, "nothing". Crusise on Cruz, your mission if you choose to accept it is to keep the heat on the Obama Administration's Obamacare train wreck and the weaklings that refuse to stand up and fight for the rights our citizens to choose rather than be forced to accept everything that comes out of Washington.

Big Mike said...

Great points Mrs. B. :-)))

Unknown said...

I say "Amen" to that!!

Big Mike said...

Maybe I should turn over the blog to the fetching Mrs. B :-)))

Anonymous said...

I think it is clear whether there will be more with Health Insurance on Dec31 2013, or Jan 1 2014. I wonder about comparing say March 2013 with March 2014, or June 2013 and June 2014

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Mike, get your own blog :)

Big Mike said...

Let's hope someone does that comparison.