ThinkProgress has declared you’re better off now that Obama has decreed “affordable” healthcare at gunpoint.
“A mountain of evidence confirms the law’s effectiveness—particularly in its primary goal of expanding health care coverage to some of America’s neediest populations. Several recent studies have confirmed that Obamacare is positively affecting Americans, particularly those who previously couldn’t obtain health insurance or who struggled to pay their medical bills,” writes Laurel Raymond.
ThinkProgress cites The New York Times and the Urban Institute, a government-funded “liberal think tank” that also receives cash from the Ford Foundation (in other words, the CIA) and the globalist Rockefeller Foundation. It also references data from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an organization that declared the Great Recession ended in 2009, a not surprising conclusion considering former Federal Reserve boss Ben Bernanke is an economic advisor for the outfit.
Liberals, of course, live in an insulated little socialist “safe space” world where reality is not welcome. In 2014, Gallup ran survey on Obamacare. It discovered approximately half of all Americans believe Obamacare is a disaster and will make the health care situation worse in the long run.
When asked more broadly if they approve or disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, Americans come down on the disapprove side by 54% to 38%. These results, too, are similar to attitudes in late November, although they are slightly more negative than attitudes in December. Americans have tended to disapprove rather than approve of the healthcare law throughout the past year.
The Pew Research Center arrived at a similar result in April.
On April 21, The Fiscal Times quoted Marilyn Tavenner, the president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, as saying there will be “stark” increases in health insurance rates in the coming year.
Surging premiums and astronomical deductibles, however, do not concern the folks at ThinkProgress. The important aspect is the redistribution of wealth from the middle class to Democrat-voting minorities.
“In the years since Obamacare passed, many of the largest gains in coverage rates have been in communities that have previously faced barriers to health care access—such as low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.”
Due to this massive transfer of wealth from taxpayers, those who are subsidized pay around $100 per month (according to the Department of Health and Human Services) while the unsubsidized pay nearly $16,000 a year according to statistics compiled by the National Conference of State Legislators.
Obama, the Democrats, and the Soros-funded ThinkProgress declare the law has resulted in more Americans now receiving healthcare. The numbers, however, are at best marginal if not insignificant—according to a Gallup poll, the uninsured rate among American adults averaged 12.9% in the fourth quarter of 2014. The uninsured rate was 14.4% the year before the law passed.
Earlier this week a federal judge struck down a plan by the Obama administration to spend $175 billion on the program. He agreed with Republicans that spending the money without approval by Congress is unconstitutional.
Health insurers are unable to find profitability in the program and last month nearly half of the 23 Obamacare insurance co-ops collapsed. Around the same time, UnitedHealth Group announced it plans to pull out of most Obamacare markets.
Grace-Marie Turner writes “our health sector has been thrown into turmoil, millions of people have lost their private health plans, $1 trillion in new and higher taxes have been imposed on individuals and businesses.”
Anger and growing opposition to Obamacare in large part fuels the popularity of Donald Trump. The New York businessman has promised to repeal the socialist plan. “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare,” the Trump campaign website states.
Trump’s plan—to the horror of socialists and progressive Democrats—calls for allowing the sale of health insurance across state lines, thus driving competition and lower prices. It also would allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns and establish tax-free Health Savings Accounts.
A free market approach to healthcare is the worse case scenario for Democrats. After all, the Democrat base is comprised of the above-mentioned minorities and special interest groups. If Democrats are unable to hand out redistributed goodies to these voters, chances are they will lose support and even elections.
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