WASHINGTON, October 26, 2013 — Twenty-five days after the disastrous implementation of Obamacare, conservative activists, writers, and commentators can rightly say, “We told you so.”
Since spring, 2009, when President Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress first started to ram it down America’s throat, conservatives have petitioned, rallied, written, and warned that this law will not solve the problem of the uninsured, but will instead destroy the American economy and the healthcare industry as we know it.
Since the law was signed on March 23, 2010, the doublespeak, mistruths, and outright deception from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Obama administration have been documented by conservative columnists. Their commentary has been prophetic and is being replayed, much to the chagrin and embarrassment of this administration.
The flawed and failing Healthcare.gov website is the tangible embodiment of the debacle that is Obamacare. Canadian consultant CGI Federal and three other agencies contracted to implement the website testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, telling us what many already knew: The administration cut corners, did not allow for thorough testing, and missed critical deadlines in order to save face and launch Healthcare.gov on October 1. These actions have wasted over 300 million taxpayer dollars.
The news that hundreds of thousands of consumers from California to Florida are now losing their insurance due to the law is icing on the cake.
Kaiser Health News reported, “Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies.”
Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard saw the handwriting on the wall in October, 2010:
“Just the other day in Iowa, during yet another tedious ‘backyard discussion,’ Obama felt compelled to condescendingly remind a concerned voter that ‘there’s nothing in the bill that says you have to change the health insurance you’ve got right now.’ Who’s he kidding? Voters understand that any piece of legislation has unintended consequences. And one consequence of Obamacare will be to force changes in people’s health insurance, even if they are happy with what they have now.”
The latest claim by Jeffrey Zients, Obama’s appointee to fix the problems that have plagued the site, is that Healthcare.gov will be fixed by November 30. An administration that has blown every promise and deadline up to this point should not expect America to be waiting with bated breath.
Marie Turner of Townhall.com wrote in August, 2010, “Do liberals really believe that people aren’t going to pay attention to double-digit premium increases that are coming, $575 billion coming out of Medicare to pay for massive new entitlement programs, the $500 billion in new taxes that are driving up health costs, the barrage of new regulations putting employers and the health sector in a straightjacket, and the despised individual mandate that will force Americans to purchase expensive, government-dictated health insurance?”
Apparently they did. Liberals continued to play along and champion the cause until the events of this past month. Now, even they are losing faith.
Liberal columnist Kirsten Powers confessed to Fox’s Megyn Kelly, “It’s actually not proving true for me.” Powers premiums have increased quite a bit, from $160 to $300 a month. “The administration may argue, well, you’re healthy, and you’re young, so you’re going to be part of the people whose premiums will go up; but I don’t think that’s quite the way they sold it,” Powers explained.
Marie Turner prophesied in her 2010 article, “ObamaCare will get even more unpopular as the damage of this fatally flawed legislation becomes clearer. And it also will become clear that the only solution will be to start over with a clean sheet of paper with sensible reforms that don’t take a wrecking ball to our health sector.”
Should the “tech surge” to resurrect Healthcare.gov prove unsuccessful, conservatives, and the rest of America, may get their wish.
An even greater threat to Obamacare’s successful implementation is the fact that the young and healthy people needed to sustain the program are not bothering to sign up. Sebelius is still being coy about the number of people who are actually enrolled, and reports indicate that many people are simply signing into the Medicaid program, which is free to them, and funded by the government, i.e., the American taxpayer.
This is not shared risk. This is more people who cannot pay sucking milk from the government teat. Talk about the best laid plans of mice and men.
At this point, the White House’s credibility is pretty much shot. Obama put on an embarrassing song and dance in the Rose Garden on Monday, including a fainting pregnant woman as a human prop.
That evening, Sebelius stuck her foot in her mouth with the comment, “The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that,” she said.
So, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services doesn’t work for the American people? That’s quite a news flash.
Instead of quitting while she was ahead, Sebelius decided to chew on her toes. During a tour of a health clinic in Austin, Texas, Sebelius blamed the “GOP shutdown of the government” for the problems with the testing of Healthcare.gov.
“We did not have the luxury of that with a law that said it’s go time on October 1st and frankly a political atmosphere where the majority party at least in the House was determined to stop this any way they possibly could including shutting down the United States government. So it was not an ideal atmosphere,” she said.
The government shutdown happened on midnight of October 1. Testing of Healthcare.gov should have happened way before this in order to meet its October 1 launch date. Sebelius and company failed to do this, but are blaming the GOP. This administration has hit bottom, but they’re still digging.
Conservatives opposed Sebelius’ nomination back in 2009, and prominent media, family, and religious activists including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America, and Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center were among a group who wrote a letter to the Senate opposing her nomination. “Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s lack of integrity during the nomination process, together with her extreme pro-abortion record clearly demonstrate that she is unfit to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Americans want and deserve better than a health care system run by a politician with serious lapses of conscience and integrity.”
Once again, prophetic words. It’s about time this administration got off its agenda bus and started heeding the facts. This law is unsustainable and is hurting the American people.
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