Watching Obama attempt to gain control and manage one sixth of the U.S. economy by executive fiat is painful; the President is not even following the guidelines of his namesake law. I cannot help but experience sadness for I take no pleasure watching the suffering of the 5 million people who have lost their insurance. I take no pleasure in our country looking like a laughing stock because of the abysmal state of the healthcare exchanges. We look like a third world country – the incompetence is on display every day.
I see this law doing exactly what was predicted by its opponents. It is wrecking havoc on our economy. How many small businesses have laid off their full time workers in anticipation of this law? I see our nation made smaller by this law. I see this nation harmed by this law. It is tragic. I see the overweening hubris of this president on display; the health care ship is sinking and Obama thinks he can raise it up from the waves with an executive order and a speech, for working with congress is beneath him.
Can’t Obama swallow his pride and finally sit down across the table from speaker Boehner and work out a deal that will satisfy both parties? That is the true nature of a bipartisan deal, both sides give a little and both sides win. A win-win outcome is unthinkable to the community organizer.
What is not beneath Obama is lying to the American people. He will not compromise with congress, or negotiate with the representatives of the people, but he is willing to fabricate from whole cloth untruth to sell a half baked plan for remaking healthcare in America:
Obama, Aug. 15, 2009: I just want to be completely clear about this; I keep on saying this but somehow folks aren’t listening, if you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. Nobody is going to force you to leave your health care plan.
Obama, June 28, 2012: First, if you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable.
This statement, or its equivalent, was repeated some thirty times to the American people. The President knew that this was a blatant untruth from the beginning. He repeated it. Like Obamacare, the President owns this.
As if that was not enough, all who opposed this were cast in the worst light. There was never any compromise in the writing of this bill. No disagreement was tolerated. For Obama there was no legitimate reason why 2700 pages of legislation should be subject to scrutiny or amendment. It was war by other means:
Obama, March 25, 2010: From this day forward, all of the cynics, all the naysayers, they’re going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn’t.
In the end without a single Republican amendment, or vote, the Democrats pushed this mess through the process. It became law even though many of the rules of the senate were broken along the way. The Democrats own this law. It is theirs and theirs alone. It is causing a lot of pain. They own that pain.
The result of this legislation:
- Doctors are retiring in record numbers.
- Hospitals are closing in record numbers.
- Employers are laying people off in record numbers and hiring part time help to replace them.
- The labor participation rate is the lowest it has been since 1978 – back when most women still stayed home from work. We have over 90,000,000 adults not working.
- Medical schools have seen a sharp decline in enrollment.
- Medical research and development is dropping off.
This is being saved? This is reform?
We are heading toward a system of rationing and stagnant innovation. We will see a drop in Physician quality as medical schools will allow those less qualified to enroll as the best and brightest are now going elsewhere. We will have longer waits before patients are seen for serious issues. Our cancer survival rate is currently far better than Europe’s. This advantage will disappear. The worst of it is that it still won’t be fair because Congress and Obama’s political allies will be exempt from Obamacare. What is tragic is that vast majority of the the uninsured … will remain uninsured.
Obama lied about what this law would do. It raises premiums and lowers service. It does not save the American public money, it raises the cost of healthcare by over 40%. It bankrupts many in the middle class in the name of fairness — how this is fair escapes me. It is a tax on the middle class to support the poor. It is a tax on the healthy to help the sick. It is a tax on medical innovation and excellence. It is a tax on life, as the old and sick will be given pain medication to ease their passing instead of treatment to improve their condition. Obama lied. Our nation’s healthcare died.