I was watching the news and saw President Barack Obama stand before a crowd and say that the Affordable Care Act was working and helping to reduce the costs of healthcare. He spoke of how Obamacare tracks the costs of health insurance and if they believe that the premium holders are over paying, then they will force the companies to refund part of that overage. He mentioned a figure somewhere in the millions of dollars that is in the process of being returned to policy holders and said that the amount per individual will be about $100. Obama pointed to this refund as proof that Obamacare is working and lowering the costs to Americans.
I sat there and asked myself if he really expects us to believe that. Premiums for health insurance has gone up by several hundred to several thousand dollars a year and a $100 dollar refund is supposed to show that overall costs are being lowered? With all of the new taxes on medical equipment, the costs of doctor visits, tests and treatments are going up and up, but Obama thinks a $100 refund still proves Obamacare is working. Employers are already reducing staff and cutting workers hours from 40 hours a week to less than 30 hours a week and still Obama expects us to believe that a $100 refund is the cure all.
Further evidence of the blindness of the White House over Obamacare was seen in a press conference with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. He told those in attendance that the negative public opinion of Obamacare is nothing more than a picture painted by opposition and that in time it will take care of itself.
I wish the press room was full of workers losing jobs and hours instead of reporters, most of which are members of the liberal mainstream media. Explain it to someone that is barely providing for his family by making only $15 per hour who just had their hours lowered from 40 to 29 per week. That’s an $8,580 per year pay cut, due to the employer mandate part of Obamacare. Explain to this family, six months to a year down the road, when they lose their home and are forced to declare bankruptcy, because they can no longer afford to pay their bills, nor do they have any health benefits to help when the kids get sick. I wonder how many supporters of Obamacare would be willing to take a 27.5% pay cut along with losing all of their health benefits. Would they still say that Obamacare was working?
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make it cheaper and easier for Americans to obtain health insurance, but it has gotten harder and much more expensive. The number of uninsured Americans has been growing because they can no longer afford it or their employers cut their hours and no longer provide it. If all of this is proof that Obamacare is working, then Obama and Carney are more delusional than I ever thought they were. And if this is supposed to be signs that it’s working, then what will things look like when they admit it isn’t working?