It’s a rare thing when you see Democrat leaders tell the truth; and when those Democrats are Minnesota governor Mark Dayton and Former President Bill Clinton, it’s like finding a Polar Bear in Al Gore’s imaginary arctic meltdown.
On Oct 4th, Bill Clinton had a moment of truth (in which you know Hilary beat him up for later) when he said:
“So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare, and then the people who are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
A day or two later he walked it back after conservative media rode that sound bite like a drunken 20 year-old on a mechanical bull. But it was too late…the truth was out.
It is obvious to anyone paying attention that the Affordable Care Act has failed — and in a big way I might add. All over the country, premiums for health care plans from the public exchanges have skyrocketed, with some states seeing increases as high as a 116% (such as in Arizona).
Even though Democrat leaders largely refuse to admit the failure of President Obama’s signature “accomplishment”, there are some who have not completely signed on to continue making fools of themselves by promoting it. For example, on Oct 12th, during a press conference, the spirit of truth landed on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton when he so eloquently and succinctly stated:
“Ultimately I’m not trying to pass the buck here, but the reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable.”
What makes this statement significant is that Minnesota was one of the first states to fully embrace Obamacare by setting up a state-run public exchange, something that, to this day, the vast majority of other states have refused to do. But today, in the face of average premium increases of 50% this year and 67% next year, even Governor Dayton is forced to admit what is obvious to everyone.
Now former President Clinton and Governor Dayton are old school Democrats and have apparently not received the latest Democrat training manual on how you “die with the lie” (like we learned from the movie “Focus” Where Will Smith plays a con man and shows us a behind the scenes look at how professionals get the job done). And because of this, they were both capable of having “moments of truth” (though both were forced to walk back their statements later).
Now we hate to say we told you so, but we did. We told you that government involvement with health care will lead to rising costs and poorer quality, we told that the numbers didn’t add up, and we told you that forcing young healthy people to buy insurance wouldn’t work and many of them would rather pay the fine. And now, the chickens are starting to come home to roost.
With young, healthy people not signing up for health insurance, older folks who are in poorer health and require more services from their medical professionals are the ones mainly purchasing plans. And, I know this is a novel concept – but the insurance companies need to make money in order to stay in business. This means either one of two things has to happen:
- Insurance companies raise rates significantly to recover costs of providing insurance to mostly unhealthy individuals through the public exchange, or…
- Insurance companies decide it’s simply not worth it to do business on the exchange, and they pull out completely.
Actually, both of these things are happening. Several health insurance companies have left the exchanges, and those who decided to stick around have naturally had to raise their premiums…a lot. The end result is that the public exchanges are now left with far fewer insurers, offering far fewer choices, and much higher premiums for consumers.
Now with the spike in premiums, you should be getting a better health plan, right? Wrong again. Deductibles are skyrocketing as well – in many cases to as high as $10,000. For many families, this means largely paying their health care costs out of pocket, except for a handful of preventative services insurance plans are now forced to cover.
The inefficiency of the current health care system under Obamacare has even caused some people to die because they either didn’t go in to get something checked out (for financial reasons), or they didn’t perform the kinds of comprehensive tests they needed (again for financial reasons) to get to the root of the problem.
The Cost of Doing Business Under Obamacare
So far, we’ve just talked about the consumer side of the Obamacare mess. We haven’t even gotten into the countless jobs being lost because organizations with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance to their full-time workers, or pay a fine to the IRS. For the purposes of the Affordable Care Act, “full-time” is defined as an employee working 30 hours a week or more.
So what do you suppose any company with a brain is going to do with these new requirements? One of two things probably…
- If they are at or near 50 employees and need more help, instead of adding new full-time jobs like they would’ve before, they will either work their current staff longer hours, outsource work to subcontractors, or a combination of the two, with the end goal of staying under the magic number of 50 employees;
- If a company is well over 50 employees, they will move to limit the number of full-time employees by scheduling their employees for only 29.5 hours a week so they don’t have to offer them health insurance.
…and that’s exactly what we see happening. Employers are hiring far fewer full-time workers, even when they are looking to expand, and this is a major reason we are in the midst of the most anemic economy “recovery” in decades.
So Obamacare is an epic disaster, we all understand that now. But have no fear; one thing bureaucrats know how to do is double down on failed “solutions” — making you wish you had the problems of yesterday. You can already hear the talking point that we now need to go to a single payer health care system, which means a government takeover of the health care system.
Under single payer, some nameless, faceless government bureaucrat with no clue about your personal medical needs will tell you which hospital you can go to and what doctor you can see. And you know this will totally work and bring the utopia that Democrat/Communist leaders have always dreamed about. NOT!!
Republicans seem to be the adults in the room when it comes to this issue, explaining that increased government involvement will only bring the quality of health care down and the costs up. Even Democrats see the collapse of Obamacare and they will no doubt find a way to blame Republicans, or they will “die with the lie” like true con men. May God have mercy on us all…