Another Day, Another Obamacare Propaganda Session

On Tuesday afternoon, in yet another example of Barack Obama’s inability to start a presentation (much less a giant website) on time, the president defended the disastrous health care law that is colloquially named for him and asked for help to “spread the word” about the law’s purported benefits.

Obama began with the usual liberal talking points:

  • A broken health care system was creating “anxiety” (but liberals never admit that the system’s dysfunction is entirely the result of government regulation, and that Obamacare just exacerbates that problem. How much anxiety do people have about their auto insurance or renters insurance, i.e. products which exist in competitive markets because of the relative freedom from federal over-regulation?).
  • “Nobody should have to choose between putting food on their kids’ table or taking them to see a doctor” (but liberals won’t admit that now millions, perhaps tens of millions, will have to choose between feeding the kids and getting insurance because of the massive premium increases and policy cancellations that Obamacare is already causing).
  • “We know that there are 41 million people out there without health insurance” (but liberals ignore the fact that most of these are illegal aliens, young healthy people who rationally choose not to have insurance, people in-between jobs and temporarily without insurance, adults who make more than enough money to buy insurance and simply choose not to buy it, or low-income Americans who are already eligible for Medicaid and similar “safety net” programs but haven’t signed up. For the relatively small number of truly uninsured, we could have found an affordable solution rather than destroy the nation’s health insurance system. The CBO concludes that we will still have at least 30 million uninsured after the implementation of Obamacare. Even now, more than a quarter of uninsured plan to stay that way.)
  • Tens of thousands die every year because they don’t have health care (a bogus statistic taken from a poor-quality Urban Institute study of data which was at least 25 years old).

One wonders whether anybody but those who already kneel at the altar of Obama reacts to these platitudes other than with “Excuse me, but your ill-conceived law just…” (fill in the blank with any of the following):

A. Caused my insurer to cancel my policy.
B. Caused my insurer to massively raise my premium.
C. Caused my employer to drop my spouse’s coverage.
D. Caused my employer to cut my working hours.
E. Caused me to stop expanding my business.
F. (Any of the above plus) “But at least my 25-year-old adult child can stay on my policy while living in my basement because this law is so devastating to the job market.”

In front of a friendly crowd, nobody uttered even a sigh, much less a “You lie!” so the president moved on to spinning his rotting hay into gold: “We know the demand is there and that the product on these marketplaces is good.” And: “This law is working, and will work into the future.”

Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
http://spectator.org/articles/56962/another-day-another-obamacare-propaganda-session

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