All I can do is shake my head.
Why are people suddenly surprised by the fact that millions of Americans are losing their health insurance because of Obamacare? On these very pages more than four years ago, and many times since, I warned you that would happen. As did other writers, pundits and commentators, and, indeed, even the Congressional Budget Office.
Yet, Americans still seem surprised. Why? Because the mainstream media again failed to report the story fully and accurately with any kind of critical analysis. Is that bias or incompetence? You be the judge.
The truth is, President Barack Obama wants you to lose your insurance. He wants employers to stop providing insurance to employees. Obamacare is written to induce employers to drop insurance coverage.
That’s right, if you get insurance from your employer, don’t get used to it for much longer.
Obama is continuing his five-year campaign of lies concerning his government takeover of the health care profession.
He is now saying that the only people being forced to shop for new plans with more coverage are the roughly 5 percent of Americans — about 14 million total — who don’t get coverage through their employers. Only those buying insurance on the individual market need worry.
But that is another lie. It is an obvious lie for those who care to pay attention. Those with undying loyalty to dear leader will continue to believe the nonsense.
In fact, some big employers already have cut health-care coverage for employees, changed plans or reduced benefits, including the owner of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurant chains, Home Depot and UPS.
And a report in Forbes on Thursday reported that the administration’s own estimate, published in the Federal Register in July 2010, anticipated that more than half of employer-sponsored plans would be canceled by the end of 2013.
“The Department’s midrange estimate is that 66 percent of small employer plans and 45 percent of large employer plans will relinquish their grandfather status by the end of 2013,” the administration said on page 34,552 of the Register.
Yes, in 2010, the administration was predicting — hoping? — that more than half of employer-sponsored plans would be canceled by the end of this year.
No surprise there for those of us actually paying attention.
This is part of Obama’s plan to move the nation to a single-payer system.
He campaigned on a public option in 2008. He then lied after his election claiming he did not want a public option.
But that is the holy grail for liberals, a single-payer health care system where the only player is the U.S. government, and single-payer being government-speak for socialized medicine.
Another lie from the administration that the media have yet to fully report on is the increasing costs of health care coverage.
Obama repeatedly promised the American people that premiums would go down under his plan.
But a new report Thursday by the National Federation of Independent Business said health-care insurance premiums for small businesses are up in 2013. Two-thirds of small businesses report paying more for insurance premiums per employee this year than they did in 2012, according to the study.
Of course, misdirection is something this administration excels at. When Obamacare launched, all we heard from Obama and his minions is that millions of people visited the website that first day. What we didn’t hear until Thursday is that only six people nationwide signed up for a plan on that first day. Six. Nationwide.
In the end, Obama’s health care plan will cost trillions of dollars, raise taxes, worsen record deficits and destroy one of the greatest health care systems in the world.
Instead of trying to increase government control of the U.S. health care system, a more responsible course of action would be to reverse government interference and to push for things such as tort reform, health savings accounts and tax credits for people who have to buy their own health insurance that mimic the tax credits for employers providing insurance.
The more responsible we make Americans for their own health care costs, the more responsibly those health resources will be used.