“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
That’s what Barack Obama has declared, so I guess we’re supposed to agree.
The problem is that the president is either a liar, or he’s completely out of touch with reality. In actuality, the Obamacare program is more unpopular with the public than ever; and rather than being finished, the debate is just beginning.
For example, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have resigned in disgrace… but Americans remain unhappy with the effects of her Frankenstein creation, the Obamacare website.
And to demonstrate just how disconnected he is from reality, Obama continues to crow about this “achievement.”
The Year of the Lie
All of this posturing is intended to cover up the administration’s countless lies. In fact, the healthcare team has told so many by now that one Congressman is calling 2014 “The Year of the Lie.”
Not surprisingly, a recent poll found that American citizens also believe Obama to be a liar. After all, this is the man who had the audacity to say that “you can keep your doctor,” and “you can keep your plan.”
Obama has also claimed at various times that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for private insurance plans through the Obamacare marketplaces.
But even The New York Times says that this statistic is misleading. To get that figure, Obama is counting everyone who selected a plan on the website, regardless of whether they actually became a customer. But that’s incredibly inaccurate, as The New York Times is reporting that at least 20% of enrollees aren’t paying the first month’s premium.
On top of that, Obama continually distorts reality by inferring that people who signed up didn’t have insurance before. But that doesn’t jive with the fact that no fewer than five million people had their plans killed by Obamacare.
And how about the doozy that Obamacare is holding down costs? Most experts believe premium prices have tripled as a result of Obamacare. And that makes sense, since many plans with caps or exclusions and co-pays outside of the Obamacare framework cost less for insurance companies. But if, for example, birth control pills are now free instead of being offered at a nominal cost, you’d expect the plans to cost more.
Don’t tell that to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, though. He says that even though Obama’s statements have been proven to be untrue, they weren’t actually lies. You see, the president believed them to be true when he said them, so it’s okay!
Of course, this is truly a disingenuous defense. Ask any criminal prosecutor… detachment from reality is not a valid excuse. Prisons are full of con artists who swore at trial that they believed the stories they told. The law requires people to check the truth before making claims.
Meanwhile, Obama’s claims might be excusable if he was more humble. But listen to his words carefully… he never offers an apology. American families have been tragically hurt by paying greatly increased premiums or losing insurance entirely. Folks have lost access to their longtime doctors. People are unable to go to the hospitals closest to their homes. These are real damages.
The least Obama could offer the affected is a little solace.
This commentary originally appeared at WallStreetDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.