Just watching the Bloviator-in-Chief drone on. Honestly, I fell asleep a bit through it, and then roused myself. Everything I heard from this guy is just like everything else I’ve ever heard before: silliness, upon fabrication, inside fraud, wrapped in chicanery, based on lies, riddled with self-delusion.
One tiny example of what Obama considers a “triumph” is, of course, Obamacare. What we’ve said over and over and over again is: all the insurance in the world is perfectly useless if the holder can’t use it to obtain actual medical care.
Honestly, I must have been asleep when he mentioned Obamacare, as I’m sure he did, but I don’t remember what he said about it. Others, however, have mentioned Obamacare in their prognostications regarding what he was going to say about it. Here’s a sampling of that look into the future (from here):
He is more likely to talk about Obamacare as if it is a glowing success. He will not mention the fact that deductibles have risen more than six times faster than workers’ earnings since 2010. He will not mention that this year, health-insurance premiums on the individual marketplace are rising by double digits in 28 states or that 17 states will face average premium increases of 20 percent or more. More than half of the nonprofit health insurance co-ops formed through the Affordable Care Act are kaput, forcing 740,000 individuals and small-business employees to find new plans. He also will not mention that UnitedHealth Group Inc., the biggest U.S. health insurer, said in November, after taking losses, that it might stop participating in Obamacare next year, nor will he mention that Humana is signaling they may follow.
Obama will probably claim the enrollment for his program is high and growing ever higher. He won’t specify that a large portion of the “enrollment” comes from those who signed up for Medicaid. Nearly 10 million Americans have joined the Medicaid rolls since October 2013. These patients may have a difficult time finding a doctor, as less than half of all doctors — 47 percent — will accept new Medicaid payments because of the low reimbursement rate. All of these problems will be swept under the rug with some “we’ve come too far to turn back now” podium-pounding, which congressional Democrats will greet with euphoric glee.
Wait, wait… where have we heard all this before? Rapidly rising deductibles? Skyrocketing premiums? Doctors refusing “insured” patients? What does it all mean? Can you translate that into real world effect on real people? Sure: Insurance you might hold, but that you simply might not be able to use to obtain medical care. Can you think of a word to describe that kind of insurance? Sure: Useless. Worthless. How about two words: Not insurance.
And this steaming pile of a horrific fiasco that’s dismantling what was once one of the world’s greatest achievements — the American health care system — this utter failure is Obama’s signature “success!” His high point. Which is also to say: everything else Obama has done has been even more of a flop.