This summer, I assume that the Obama administration planned to spend an extraordinary amount of time on anything other than a monsoon of scandals. While it's clear that Obama wants us to be focusing on immigration right now, it's also clear that he and his disciples are gearing up to give the ultimate sales pitch to the American people on ObamaCare. For as apathetic and tuned out as many Americans may be, it seems as though even Obama's expert team of propagandists will have a tough time with this one.
The non-official organizing branch of the Obama administration – Organizing for Action – has launched “Team ObamaCare” to help with the sales pitch. On their website, you can vote for your favorite ObamaCare bumper sticker. The site explains, “OFA is telling the story of how Obamacare is helping millions of Americans. We're proud of health care reform -- and we want to show it. Help choose OFA's official Team Obamacare sticker -- vote for your favorite design today.” Emphasis is mine.
While Team Obamacare is actively pushing to sell this terrible law to Americans, the rest of Washington may not be quite as enthusiastic. A piece today in the Politico reads:
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.
The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
I would venture to guess that many of these people who are now considering retiring or quitting were actively a part of getting ObamaCare passed. In other words, the very same people who were complicit in passing this bill are now the ones who are actively trying to escape its consequences. Unfortunately, they won't have a lot of better options if they choose to leave. This story appeared today on CNNMoney:
States are starting to roll out details about the exchanges, providing a look at just how affordable coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be. Some potential participants may be surprised at the figures: $2,000 deductibles, $45 primary care visit co-pays, and $250 emergency room tabs.
Those are just some of the charges enrollees will incur in a silver-level plan in California, which recently unveiled an overview of the benefits and charges associated with its exchange. That's on top of the $321 average monthly premium.
A $2,000 deductible? Apparently that is what passes for affordable under the new system.
But it's not just the affordability of healthcare or health insurance. ObamaCare is affecting our economy as a whole. The trend towards a part-time society is not a coincidence. Anticipating future costs associated with ObamaCare has employers remaining cautious. For an administration that claims to be focused on jobs, it's ironic that Obama's signature piece of legislation is having an impact on job creation … but not in a good way.
Throw in the fact that the scandal-ridden IRS will be in charge of enforcing ObamaCare, and we've got a crisis of confidence, a stagnant economy and higher costs without the promise of better care or expanded coverage – Thanks ObamaCare!