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AP: Obama Had To Lie To Get Obama-Care Passed

From the whirling dervishes at the Associated Press:

Obama’s simple promises vex complex health rollout

By JIM KUHNHENN and JOSH LEDERMAN | November 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounded so simple. Too simple, it turns out.

President Barack Obama’s early efforts to boil down an intricate health care law so Americans could understand it are coming back to haunt him, leaving a trail of caveats and provisos in place of the pithy claims he once used to sell the law…

Because the American public is too dumb to understand the actual truth.

Indeed, a good sales pitch must be brief, compelling, accurate. But when it comes to a complex product like health insurance, brevity and persuasiveness can take a toll on precision.

For example, Obama had promised, "If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period." Instead of a period, the statement required an asterisk. It turned out that, yes, some plans would be taken away as an indirect result of the law’s tougher standards.

And never mind that the AP and the rest of our news media guardians called anyone who said ‘plans would be taken away’ a liar for the last five years.

The enrollment experience, Obama said, would be simple: Hop online and comparison-shop "the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon." Instead, as the entire country now knows, October was a website disaster.

The website is the least of Obama-Care’s problems. But it does show that the federal government is not capable of even the smallest undertakings.

Then there was the cost. "Through the marketplaces," Obama said, "you can get health insurance for what may be the equivalent of your cell phone bill or your cable bill, and that’s a good deal." …

To be fair, for many of Obama’s constituents Obama-Care will cost exactly the same as their Obama-phone.

By last week, the president had added a new, though little-noticed line to his health care speech: "There’s a fraction of Americans with higher incomes who will pay more on the front end for better insurance with better benefits and protections." …

And that fraction will be most Americans. Because there are no subsidies for anyone who makes an average salary ($46,000) or above. So the majority of people will have to pay more for their premiums with no subsidies.

It may be that Obama and his allies in Congress overlearned the lessons of 1994, when President Bill Clinton’s push to overhaul health care collapsed. Many Democrats walked away convinced they had fallen victim to a colossal effort to scare Americans out of supporting it, illustrated by the "Harry and Louise" television ads that showed a typical couple at their kitchen table, lamenting how a health plan they’d liked had been yanked out from under them, replaced with bad choices and higher prices.

After all, things are so different now.

Jonathan Gruber, who played a central role in crafting Obama’s health law, said the moral of that story was that most Americans are happy with their health care and are resistant to change. So rather than cast Obama’s effort as ripping up the health care system and starting from scratch, Gruber said, the administration emphasized that most Americans wouldn’t be affected.

So rather than tell Americans the truth, they decided to lie to them.

"The view was, ‘Look, we’ve got to get this across the finish line.’ To do that, you have to explain to people in a way that they understand," Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said.

Spoken like a true totalitarian.

"You present the facts in a way that’s ultimately not 100 percent accurate for every person, but tries to get across the gist of what you’re trying to do."

To his credit, Mr. Gruber was paid at least $400,000 to lie about Obama-Care. Our news media did it for free.

To be sure, Republicans set out to lambast and undermine the law from the start. Democrats claim a deliberate campaign to misinform the public about the law made explaining it clearly that much harder. The law’s critics argued it would hurt small businesses and kill jobs, drive up costs, lead to rationing and put health care decisions in the hands of politically-motivated bureaucrats…

Which of those charges is untrue? Can the AP name even one lie? We’ll wait.

Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who has studied public opinion on health care, said what’s been missing from the White House’s message is how completely dysfunctional the health insurance system was before "Obamacare." …

So why are so many people so desperate to keep their "dysfunctional" plans?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP: Obama Had To Lie To Get Obama-Care Passed”

  1. GetBackJack says:


    None of this is about your health. If it was, Howler monkeys would be at Grad School chalk boards sketching out complex Chaos-theory algorithms while riding unicycles backwards …

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