Yesterday during his press conference, the Anointed One gave us a long-winded response on the issue of ObamaCare. When faced with the fact that one of the chief Democrat architects of ObamaCare, Senator Max Baucus, has labeled its implementation as a “train-wreck,” Obama did what he usually does: Filibuster, blame, lecture, and rationalize without actually answering the question.
The latest polls show that 42% of Americans don't even realize that ObamaCare is the law of the land. Just 35% of Americans who apparently are aware of ObamaCare actually support it, and 53% of Americans want its implementation blocked or repealed altogether. This is after the administration has spent or will spend millions of your tax dollars on a PR campaign to sell ObamaCare to the American public.
It is clear that the Obama administration thinks that the problem is that Americans don't understand the law, not the law itself. Yesterday during his press conference, Obama said that many Americans are already experiencing the positive effects of ObamaCare, even if they don't know it.
What Americans also don't know, are the impending ObamaCare taxes that are about to hit them. Americans for Tax Reform lays out some of the more destructive ObamaCare tax increases that you will be paying next year on your 2013 tax returns – The surtax on investment income, Medicare payroll tax increase, medical devise tax, high medical tax bills, flexible spending accounts. Then comes 2014 when the highly disputed individual mandate goes into effect, penalizing you (taxing you) if you don't have health insurance. This also effects employers as well.
All of this is coming down the pipeline, yet we are somehow supposed to be grateful that the administration simplified its application form for health insurance from 21 pages to five pages for individuals or 12 pages for families? Wow, we are all impressed. I'm sure the three million Americans whom the CBO predicts will lose their health insurance in 2014 because of ObamaCare are eternally grateful that at least the form they will be forced to fill out is shorter. As for the lucky people who will get to keep their health insurance, they sure will be paying more for it. From the Wall Street Journal:
According to consultants from Oliver Wyman (who wrote on the issue in the January issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries), around six million of the 19 million people with individual health policies are going to have to pay more—and this even after accounting for the government subsidies offered under the law. For example, single adults age 21-29 earning 300% to 400% of the federal poverty level will be hit with an increase of 46% even after premium assistance from tax credits.
In the end, there is no doubt that this law and its implementation have been and will continue to be a disaster. Some believe that ObamaCare will eventually collapse under its own weight, and some even believe this to be by design in order to put in place a single-payer system, which is what some liberals have wanted all along. I'm not saying I believe that motivation to be the case, but we do need to think about what can be put in place if and when this law collapses.
Needless to say, ObamaCare will be a huge albatross around the necks of Democrats going into the 2014 election, no matter how much they try and pull away from it or pin the blame for its failure on others.