Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Obamacare: The Jurassic Media Keeps on Spinning

While many on the left are brazenly asking whether the Democrats' health care legislation is worse than the status quo, some of the Democrats' best friends in the media are still defending ObamaCare with quasi-religious zeal.

A new report on the Senate health care bill from the CBO estimates that the cost of individual health insurance would increase by an average of 10-13% if the Democrats' plan is implemented.

"In dollar terms, in 2016 an individual policy would cost $5,800 and a family policy would cost $15,200 if the Senate bill were enacted, according to the CBO, compared with $5,500 and $13,100 under the status quo."

The government would manipulate insurance premiums by throwing taxpayer-funded subsidies to preferred groups, but health insurance costs would change very little for most Americans, and costs would rise significantly for many others:

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"Never fear," say Obama's cheerleaders in the Democrat-run media. "We'll force healthy people into the market, and we'll do some Enron-style accounting tricks." Ezra Klein explains:

First, the new rules governing the insurance market are expected to make the market more efficient, lowering prices by 7 to 10 percent.

Government will make the insurance market more efficient? You're kidding, right? Even Obama knows that's a joke.

More from Ezra:

Second, the individual mandate, alongside the subsidies and the increased ease of purchasing insurance, is expected to bring in healthier folks, which should save another 7 to 10 percent. Add it all together and we're looking at a 10 to 12 percent increase in premiums for insurance that's about 30 percent better than what people are getting now. It's a steal.

So liberals are finally admitting that ObamaCare is theft? Finally, some progress. But stealing isn't saving. And letting Uncle Sam take money from taxpayers (and from future generations) in order to redistribute trillions of dollars in the name of "health care reform" isn't progress. The Democrats' schemes do nothing to make health care less expensive, more efficient or more effective.

Here are three take-home points for ObamaCare apologists:

1. Forcing young, "healthy folks" to buy more insurance than they need at artificially inflated prices won't bring down the total cost of health care in this country. In fact, as a percentage of GDP, ObamaCare will increase health care spending faster than the status quo.

2. Money for health insurance subsidies won't come from thin air, and it won't come exclusively from "the wealthy."

3. The shell games aren't fooling most Americans (they're certainly not fooling most American voters).


ObamaCare bending the cost curve…upward.

CBO report predicts hike in insurance costs.

Big Wig Democrat: ObamaCare would be worse than the status quo.

Obamacare: "It's a steal."

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DaBlade said...

As you know, I equate most things in life to a scene from The Jerk, the most powerful motion picture of our time. I imagine Obama in the carnival barker's cape trying to sell us the virtues of Obamacare... "Uh, anything in this general area right in here. Anything below the stereo and on this side of the bicentennial glasses. Anything between the ashtrays and the thimble. Anything in this three inches right in here in this area. That includes the Chiclets, but not the erasers.

The Right Guy said...

Have you seen the spinning on the AGW scandal? As rush says, they are the government run media. Obama could come out with a chihuahua attached to his you know what, and they would say how nice he looks.

DaveInBoca said...

YES! we do have bigger fish to fry! WASHINGTON, DC – 11/30/09 – The couple that crashed a State Dinner at the White House
Tareq and Michaele Salahi,had ties to the American Task Force on Palestine, and they first met Barack Obama in 1997. Washington has confirmed.
But not only that: ATFP President Ziad Asali is an America-basher who blamed 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Asali was a lead U.S. official to PLO terrorist Yassir Arafat's funeral in 2004.
who may have been there posing as a team from Bravo TV, (the husband-wife team has been auditioning for a role on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Washington D.C.”), so Bravo should either hire them as resourceful, or more likely turn over all correspondence to the Secret Service under threat of abetting potential terrorists and revoking Bravo’s FCC license – if the network was involved in the set-up.

Don't believe it? Google it!

The Skepdick said...

If Congressional Democrats persist in shoving O-Care down America's throat, they will lose their jobs. The only question is whether or not they are willing to take that risk.

Anonymous said...

There is no alternative but to fight back as if the future of our families is on the line.