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Columnist Charles Krauthammer told Fox News Tuesday that the president’s last-ditch campaign to save Obamacare won’t work, saying it’s “sort of touching the way Obama believes in the power of rhetoric — his rhetoric — in denying and trumping reality.”
On Fox’s “Special Report,” host Bret Baier spoke with Krauthammer, columnist George Will and NPR’s Mara Liasson about the pileup of problems plaguing the president’s flagship achievement. Each panelist expressed skepticism over Obama’s new campaign to rebrand and remarket Obamacare.
“Well, I suppose it’s fitting that this president, who’s the first president whose campaign for the presidency was his qualification for the presidency, is now campaigning yet again,” said Will. “And as he speaks — the more he speaks — the more carefully you have to parse his sentences.” The columnist rattled off the website glitches, low enrollment numbers and court challenges all threatening Obamacare. “Aside from that, everything’s going swimmingly,” he said.
Liasson said the website was improving and “now the health care law itself gets tested.” She noted that Republicans are no longer talking about repeal. “I think they feel that they’re going to let this law collapse under its own weight.”
Krauthammer told panelists he didn’t “agree that the website issue is over,” calling it a “catastrophe” and the law “absolutely nonfunctional.” He seemed shocked at the president’s hope that a public relations campaign will turn things around.
“Obama — I mean, it’s sort of touching the way he believes in the power of rhetoric, his rhetoric, in denying and trumping reality,” he said. “He can’t. He can issue all the words he wants, but unless he fixes what’s out there — people are experiencing the cancellations, experiencing the pauses, and if they show up on January 1 thinking they are enrolled in a plan, see a doctor at current expense and aren’t, that’s going to be the end for Obamacare.”
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Even as President Obama reluctantly granted Americans thrown off their health plans quasi-permission to possibly keep them, he called them “the folks who, over time, I think, are going to find that the marketplaces are better.” He means the ObamaCare exchanges that are replacing the private insurance market, adding that “it’s important that we don’t pretend that somehow that’s a place worth going back to.”
Easy for him to say. The reason this furor will continue even if the website is fixed is that the public is learning that ObamaCare’s insurance costs more in return for worse coverage.
Mr. Obama and his liberal allies call the old plans “substandard,” but he doesn’t mean from the perspective of the consumers who bought them. He means people were free to choose insurance that wasn’t designed to serve his social equity and income redistribution goals. In his view, many people must pay first-class fares for coach seats so others can pay less and receive extra benefits.
Liberals justify these coercive cross-subsidies as necessary to finance coverage for the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions. But government usually helps the less fortunate honestly by raising taxes to fund programs. In summer 2009, Senate Democrats put out such a bill, and the $1.6 trillion sticker shock led them to hide the transfers by forcing people to buy overpriced products.
This political mugging is especially unfair to the people whose plans on the current individual market are being taken away. The majority of these consumers are self-employed or small-business owners. They’re middle class, rarely affluent. They took responsibility for their care without government aid, and unlike people in the job-based system, they paid with after-tax dollars.
Now they’re being punished for the crime of not subsidizing ObamaCare, even though the individual market was never as dysfunctional or high cost as liberals claim. In 2012, average U.S. individual premiums were $190, ranging from a low of $123 in North Dakota to a high of $385 in Massachusetts. Average premiums for family plans fell that year by 0.5% to $412.
Those numbers come from the 13,000 different policies from 180 insurers sold on eHealthInsurance.com, the online shopping brokerage that works. (Technological wonders never cease.) Individuals can make the trade-offs between costs and benefits for themselves. This wide variety is proof that humans don’t all want or need the same thing. If they did, there would be no need for a market and government could satisfy everybody.
That is precisely what the Obama health planners believe they can do. Regulators mandated a very rich level of “essential” health benefits that all plans in the individual market must cover, regardless of cost. This year eHealth EHTH +0.29% reported that its data show individual premiums must be 47% higher than the old average to fund the new categories in the individual market.
Meanwhile, ObamaCare’s plans are limited to essentially four. Yes, four. The law converts insurance products on the ObamaCare exchanges into interchangeable commodities that finance the same standard benefit at the same average expense over four tiers known as bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
So, for example, a bronze plan covers 60% of health-care expenses and the beneficiary pays a lower premium to pick up the remaining 40% out of pocket. Platinum carries a higher premium for a 90%-10% split. But there can be little deviation from the formulas—that is, there is little room for innovation or policy choice—to suit customer preferences.
In any case all four tiers are scrap-metal grade, because the rules ObamaCare imposes to create a supposedly superior insurance product are resulting in an objectively inferior medical product. The new mandates and rules raise costs, so insurers must compensate by offering narrow and less costly networks of doctors, hospitals and other providers in their ObamaCare products. Insurers thus restrict care and patient choice of physicians in exchange for discounted reimbursement rates, much as Medicaid does.
Nearly half of the ObamaCare plans are tightly managed HMOs, according to a McKinsey & Co. analysis. In states like California, Missouri and New Hampshire, many networks are 40% or 45% the size of those offered for normal commercial coverage. Patients face the prospect of waiting months and driving miles to clinics and county hospitals.
Narrow networks can be a useful cost-control tool, to the extent people choose to give up medical options in return for lower premiums. But that’s rarely what people want when they’re choosing with their own money. Some 82.5% of eHealth customers in 2012 purchased preferred provider organization plans (PPOs) that are structured so patients can visit virtually any physician.
The awful irony of this new ObamaCare health system is that all adults now enjoy mandated pediatric vision benefits, even if they don’t have kids, but parents can’t take their daughter to an expensive children’s hospital if she gets really sick. Everybody gets “free” preventive checkups with no copays, but not treatment for a complex illness from specialists at an academic medical center.
If the old individual market was as bad as Mr. Obama said it was, then he shouldn’t pretend it’s a place worth going back to, even for a year’s delay. His “fix” is necessary politically because ObamaCare’s willful destruction of this alternative is the worst act of government mayhem since FDR’s National Recovery Act. The Affordable Care Act’s main achievement is turning out to be diminishing affordable care.
Five million and counting. That’s how many people so far have lost their health insurance coverage thanks to regulations put in place under the umbrella of Obamacare, which was supposed to ensure everyone had coverage.
One hundred thousand. That’s about how many people supposedly have somehow managed to sign up for Obamacare despite crashing websites and misdirection by Obamacare “navigators.”
According to Nancy Pelosi, at least five times more than that number have actually signed up. She knows this because she read it in some chicken entrails.
The reality is probably strongly in the opposite direction. The Obamacare website has been on intensive care since it was opened, but apparently the online shopping carts work, and whether someone actually buys a policy or just abandons the cart, the Obama Administration counts that as a signup.
This Administration has a lot of trouble with math.
While President Obama was wandering around telling Americans they could keep their policies if they like them, someone in the Administration had published in the Congressional Record in 2010 a report that estimated 93 million people would lose their policies.
Thanks to the HealthCare.gov website foul-up, which has affected 36 states, Obamacare has only reached about 20 percent of its target for the rollout month of October.
If the Administration’s handling of monthly unemployment numbers is any precedent, that initial enrollment will likely be adjusted down next month.
The Obama Administration has been skating by on doctored jobless figures for years. The current unemployment figures only appear low because millions of Americans have given up even looking for a job, falling out of the work force altogether, which allows the Bureau of Labor Statistics to surreptitiously reduce the out-of-work number.
Figure into that the massaging that goes on to get what are called the U-3 unemployment figures. Real unemployment is recorded in the U-6 column, coming in usually at almost double the advertised jobless rate. Even those numbers are probably low, according to a number of economists.
Another example of the Obama camp’s penchant for fuzzy math is the budget itself — or would be if we had a budget. The Congress is supposed to be in charge of passing an annual budget, with input from the White House. The government instead has been running on stopgap measures and miscellaneous appropriations bills for years, allowing opportunities for entertaining dinner theater such as the recent “shutdown.”
Yet somehow, despite the lack of a real budget, the Democrats still know exactly the moment when the debt ceiling “has to” be raised, under pain of credit default.
Of course, a little math trouble is to be expected from a political party led by a guy who won his most recent election with the help of districts where he got 110 percent or more of the vote.
And let’s not even get into the Social Security number from a state Obama’s never lived in.
Like with all things Obama, it’s best when considering the statistics around Obamacare to simply close your eyes and believe real hard. Remember, hope and change. …
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The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No resume, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract, empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.
He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya . Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.
What he isn’t, not a genetic drop of, is ‘African-American,’ the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn’t a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.
Let that sink in: Obama is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.
It’s something Hillary doesn’t understand – how some complete neophyte came out of the blue and stole the Dem nomination from her. Obamamania is beyond politics and reason. It is a true religious cult, whose adherents reject Christianity yet still believe in Original Sin, transferring it from the evil of being human to the evil of being white.
Thus Obama has become the white liberals’ Christ, offering absolution from the Sin of Being White. There is no reason or logic behind it, no faults or flaws of his can diminish it, no arguments Hillary could make of any kind can be effective against it. The absurdity of Hypocrisy Clothed In Human Flesh being their Savior is all the more cause for liberals to worship him: Credo quia absurdum, I believe it because it is absurd.
Thank heavens that the voting majority of Americans remain Christian and are in no desperate need of a phony savior.
He is ridiculous and should not be taken seriously by any thinking American.