Recent polls continue to find that, by a wide margin, more Americans view ObamaCare unfavorably than favorably. The reason why is pretty obvious: virtually everything that President Obama and his Democrats in Congress said about their health care law turned out to be untrue.
This makes President Obama’s latest shtick on the stump amusing to say the least. As he brags to crowds about how wonderful the economy is, he likes to say he’s “just telling the truth now.” Why the supposed turn at honesty? “I don’t have to run for office again, so I can just, you know, let her rip.” It’s an act that can only convince the most gullible. Indeed, President Obama admits that while his name isn’t on the ballot next month, all of his policies are.
And he stubbornly defends them, despite evidence they have failed. Confronted by a steel plant worker in Indiana who has seen his health care premiums increase dramatically, President Obama blamed him for not “shopping effectively enough,” essentially insulting his intelligence.
Of course, from this president, that’s nothing new. Who can forget these three gems?
President Obama: “If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” (6/15/09)
- The truth: Politifact named this the 2013 “lie of the year,” and there are more cancellations coming. “[N]early 50,000 people will lose their current health coverage in the coming weeks,” reported The Hill.
President Obama: “For Americans who get their insurance through the workplace … your employer, it's estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3,000 percent, which means they could give you a raise.” (3/15/10)
- The truth: Kaiser Health News reports that “Health Premiums And Costs [are] Set To Rise For Workers Covered At Work,” but Americans won’t find out exactly how much until after the election. On top of that, ObamaCare has meant smaller paychecks for workers who have had their hours cut.
- The truth: “Analysis of [nonpartisan] Congressional Budget Office projections by the Senate Budget Committee finds that …. Obamacare will increase deficit spending by $131 billion from 2015-24,” reports The Weekly Standard. “That’s a $311 billion swing from the extrapolated 2012 numbers, a $240 billion swing from the actual 2012 numbers, and a $255 billion swing from what we were told when Obamacare was passed.”
Senate Democrats followed President Obama’s lead and repeated these false claims over and over again. Now that they’ve proven untrue, they’re full of new promises. They say they will fix the law and make things right.
But if that’s true, where’s their legislation? President Obama hasn’t proposed any, and Senate Democrats certainly haven’t passed anything.
Republicans in the House have passed more than 350 bills that are currently being blocked by Senate Democrats, including bills that would eliminate the worst parts of ObamaCare, like the tax on medical device manufacturers that is sending jobs overseas and the arbitrary 30-hour rule that is hurting workers. But Senate Democrats have only said no.
Apparently, they like the law they passed, and they’re going to force you to keep it – even if they are guilty of false advertising.