By Hans Bader
Even the Associated Press admits that President Obama is not telling the truth about his health care plan and how it would affect health insurance premiums, in a news story entitled, “FACT CHECK: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama.” (The Associated Press is so pro-Obama that it depicted criticism of Obama’s links to the unrepentant former terrorist Bill Ayers as somehow being “racist” even though Ayers is white, and so liberal that it claimed that the Democratic Party platform was “centrist”). The AP writes, “Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits, but check the fine print.” The AP notes that the Congressional Budget Office “concluded that premiums for people buying their own coverage would go up by an average of 10 percent to 13 percent, compared with the levels they’d reach without the legislation.”
Earlier, the AP admitted that Obama’s health care plan “would drive up the deficit by billions of dollars,” and that Obama was not telling the truth about the extent to which abortions are covered under his plan.
The procedural gimmick that congressional leaders plan to use to enact Obamacare is unconstitutional, writes law professor Michael McConnell, who recently retired as a judge on the Tenth Circuit Circuit Court of Appeals (clearing the way for Obama to appoint a replacement), in The Wall Street Journal. The so-called “Slaughter solution” violates Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution, and the Supreme Court’s rulings in Clinton v. New York (1998) and INS v. Chadha (1983).
A CBS News commentary notes that ObamaCare would create perverse incentives for employers to create a divisive two-tier labor market, and for some employees to keep their income from rising lest they lose more in government health care subsidies than they would gain in take-home pay due to provisions in ObamaCare that condition health-care subsidies on not increasing your income beyond a specified level, and thus constitute a “massive penalty if their income rises.”
A pro-Obama New York Times columnist admits that ObamaCare’s enormous cost is hidden by dishonest gimmicks. Earlier, health care cost expert James C. Capretta explained how “Obamacare Is A Budgetary Disaster” that will cost at least $1.4 trillion more than promised.
A governor explains how Obamacare would cause massive harm to his state, such as “job losses,” and says it would add “more than a trillion dollars to the national debt.”
There are $3,000,000,000,000 in tax increases in Obama’s budget. But he’s spending money at such a furious pace that the deficit will skyrocket anyway: “The president’s budget would borrow 42 cents for each dollar spent in 2010,” and “double the national debt over the next decade.”
Obama’s health care plan will further increase deficits, as even Democrats have admitted. Obamacare would reduce medical innovation, raise taxes, drive up insurance premiums, break campaign promises, and increase state deficits. It would cut the quality of care, while imposing restrictions that failed when tried at the state level. It ignores advice from experts about how to cut costs.