– YouTube Videos of Noted Author Trevor Loudon exposing Communism in the USA
– YouTube Videos of Noted Author Trevor Loudon exposing Communism in the USA
What are the giant programs in the US Federal Budget? As promised in my last Blog, I break down OMB’s budget Functions within the Human Resources Superfunction in this Blog. The largest Function is clearly Social Security, exceeding $1T/year starting in 2017. By Comparison, the National Defense Superfunction is only $578B in 2017.
Note the distinct drop in spending in some of the Functions in (Income Security, Health, Education, Training, Employment and Social Services) after 2010. These Functions are within the Discretionary portions of the Federal Budget and were curtailed as a result of the GOP taking the House in the 2010 midterms. Social Security is within the Non-Discretionary part of the budget and was untouched.
Also note that the Health Function rapidly grew again despite initial reductions. This was due to paying for Obamacare, which was wrongly named the “Affordable Care Act”.
A recent weekly standard blogpointed out Obamacare’s exploding cost estimates, see blue bars in the chart, contrasted with the crashing estimate of numbers of Americans who will get insured, shown by the dropping red line. From CBO’s March 2010 estimate, Obamacare costs to taxpayers have more than doubled, to over $2 Trillion over the first decade.
Those cost estimates would surely keep climbing, but the CBO announced after its last assessment in Feb 14, that President Obama made so many unilateral changes to the law that it can no longer score the ACA’s costs. This certainly helps the Administration, since it keeps the severely troubled law out of the news, but stymies the American people, who deserve to know the truth about what their taxes are paying for.
So many problems have been reported on, but the end result, if we don’t repeal Obamacare entirely, is declining health care for all of us, along the path of the chart’s red line and the appalling treatment veterans receive through the VA. What’s the solution once we pull the plug on Obamacare, and it flat lines? Many solid solutions exist, but Dr. Ben Carson endorsed a program that looks very promising. Obamacare didn’t have any brain surgeons involved in it’s creation, but thankfully, Dr. Carson’s plan does. It consists of 5 parts, as explained here.
Latest Obama Care Bad News:
I’ve written blogs that discuss Obamacare, and recently talked about the Republican need to change the discussion away from the ridiculous metric of how many people are signed up to one of “how many have been or will be harmed”.
Another element of this refocused message involves a very simple principle premise: “do no harm”. No legislation should have harming a certain portion of the American population in order to “benefit” another as its founding principle. (My previous blog showed that any “benefit” is short lived at best). Obamacare, by its very design, is meant to harm a significant portion of the country before it ever begins to “help” anybody else.
President Obama is now telling Republicans to get over it and accept the ACA scheme, and it should be called a scheme. The GOP must up the ante and continue the attack on Obamacare by changing the debate away from a rigged enrollment discussion to one of harm. The law should “do no harm”. The trade-off between harming some Americans to provide minimal short-term support to another is morally bankrupt. In the end, this law will harm all Americans if it is not repealed.
“Do no harm” should be the rallying call of Republicans, and doing harm is precisely what Obama care is and will continue to doing until the democrats replace it with socialized medicine.
In my last blog I went through a progressive’s assessment of Obama care and laid out the logic that they would use to attack the credibility of 7 million enrollees had Republicans been the ones so foolishly passed Obamacare. In this blog want to take another angle and argue that perhaps the number should be even larger and in fact include the entire population of the United States. The number should really be 315 million Americans hurt or who will be hurt by Obamacare. Let’s walk down the path of how we get there.
First off are Americans who lost their insurance (some while they were receiving chemotherapy) or who will lose their insurance or have it dramatically altered as a result of the “Affordable” Care Act, or have their rates increased. Next we have Americans who were promised by the president and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats who passed this bill that if they liked their doctor they could keep their doctor. Others will be impacted because they can no longer go to the hospital of their choice. A much larger number will be Americans who don’t get the quality treatment that they would have received had Obama care not been passed.
I encourage you to watch this attached video of noted author Trevor Loudon speaking on the implications of government run healthcare in his country of New Zealand. All Americans should heed his warning. Click Here!
In many cases this quality treatment will result in, as Pres. Obama said, telling someone who otherwise could’ve been helped that it’s too expensive and they should just take a pain pill. This is the dreaded “death panel” aspect of Obama care were government bureaucrats will decide what’s best for you, your spouse, your children, and your grandchildren. Every American will be hurt by the loss of liberty, and freedom of choice to make their own health decisions.
If the law somehow managed to avoid hurting every American by now, we need to account for the American taxpayer. This monstrosity of a law consumes 1/5 of the US economy and drains $200 billion per year out of our pockets. It’s likely that the costs will be far more. Sooner, rather than later, America’s enormous debt burden roosters, amplified by this unaffordable program, will come home to roost.
Yes, the real number is 315 Million. Stop talking about 7 Million, it’s a sham, and plays into the progressive strategy. Change the debate and talk about those hurt or who are going to be hurt by Obamacare. Force the discussion beyond the superficial to the real measures of failure.
– Watch out for electronic medical record theft
The mainstream media is abuzz with the latest Obama care enrollment numbers as the last “official” enrollment day comes to a close. The administration touts that over 6 million people have now enrolled in Obama care and as a result the program is a success and should be claimed such by everyone involved, especially Democrats running for reelection. An interesting thought occurred to me as I listened to these numbers.
If the ACA shoe were on the other foot, what would the Democrats be saying was the real result of the healthcare law? We’ve been treated to so much deception regarding the number of “jobs saved or created” by Obama’s stimulus, unemployment figures, annual deficits and the national debt for instance that democrats would surely use more creative math to counter the 6 million figure. I suspect that they would argue the following.
The number of enrollees is only a very superficial measure to grade its success. Sadly this law was doomed from the beginning and its disastrous implementation has only been kerosene thrown onto a fire.
Note: Many people actually predicted that this would happen, but none of them were democrats.
Here’s the reality of that 6 million number and what’s missing in all the discussion, Democrats would say. Nearly 6 million people lost their insurance policies immediately after Obamacare was implemented. By those figures if we were to use Democrat math we have a net zero sign-up they would argue. The cost to sign up ZERO net people is $2 trillion across 10 years, or $200 billion each year. Democrats would say that some of those people who signed up are likely illegal aliens who are not eligible to sign up. In fact the administration has actively recruited the illegal alien population to sign up in order to bolster the numbers. They should be subtracted, and dis-enrolled we would be told! They’d also say that of the 6 million enrollees at least 20% have not paid. Subtracting that number out and we have a net of 1.2 million people who’ve lost their insurance.
Now here’s where the Democrats would focus the fight. They’d say “All of the experts report that there’s an eventual 100 million people who have yet to be impacted by this law because of the delays enacted by the President.”
Note: These delays were of course made by President Obama to protect democrats up for reelection. Many argue that he had no constitutional authority to do so.
Sorry for stating the obvious; now back to what the democrats would argue. Of those 100 million people who get their insurance through their employers, impacts will range from changes to their plans and providers to outright insurance cancellation. We must account for them and using democratic math, the real impact is a net loss of over 101 million people signed up for insurance or able to keep their policies. This is not quite the success story that the White House is touting, nor does it solve the problem of the 30 million uninsured that we were told was the reason to pass Obamacare in the first place.
Yes, they would say, the number that matters is 100 million Americans hurt by the ACA. Repeal the law and do the fair thing for the American people. If the situation was reversed, the Democrats would be right, just as Republicans are right to make, and keep making these points. Obamacare needs to be repealed, before it’s too late.
I’ve written about the Progressive/Democrat tactic of making claims about the intent of their policies and avoiding any analysis of the second or third order affects of them. I’ve also discussed the hypocritical nature of so many of their policies. The President and his Democrat Obamacare supporters have now blended these two deceptive tactics in defending two different policies. First, not even Mr. Fantastic could bend himself into the pretzels needed by Democrats defending Obamacare.
The latest effort involves the recent CBO report, that stated Obamacare would reduce 2.3 million full time job equivalents from the US economy. That means that Obamacare will shrink our economy. Our GDP, which Democrats and big spending Republicans need to support their massive spending will be smaller, weaker and provide fewer taxes. Bad news for America! Democrats responded with the ludicrous explanation that cutting American workers’ hours is a good thing. Less work is a blessing, since work is too difficult, and Americans need less work and more free time. Americans, they say, are too productive. Tell that to somebody that’s trying to pay their mortgage, rent, heating or water bill. Tell them that less money is a blessing! Here’s where the Democrats take a completely opposite position on immigration reform.
Democrats claim that comprehensive immigration reform is needed so that the illegal community can come out of the shadows and work. They will do the work that Americans won’t do, so Democrats say. Reform is needed to let these people, who only want to get to work and provide for their families the opportunity to put in long hours in the fields to do so. Work for them, is a blessing. Hard work is what we are keeping them from doing with our “unfair” immigration laws. Make them legal so that they can work. Why is it fair to make illegal immigrants work long and hard hours, but it’s oppressive to allow American citizens to do the same?
In order to connect these dots I guess Democrats would need to tell these immigrants to stop working full time hours once they come out of the shadows, for then work would be as bad as they say it is for Americans? Perhaps Democrats are just intent on oppressing immigrants?
All fantasy aside, both Democrat arguments are nothing but smoke screens to hide their real goals. Obamacare is only an interim step to government controlled healthcare, with emphasis on CONTROL. Immigration reform is nothing but an effort to get more Democrat voters.