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Obamacaid | April 2, 2014

I was going to wait for the Hobby Lobby decision to write about the secrets and history of Obamacare. With the April Fools Day reveal of 6.9% unemployment 7.1 million ACA enrollees, I’ll focus in on some of the White House stategery regarding the selling of Obamacare.

  • Moving the goal posts. This wholly meaningless 7.1 million figure was created to counter conservative criticism of not reaching the 7 million signup goal. I can imagine we would be accused of moving the goal posts if we complain about all the other problems with Obamacare because the 7 million figure is so important. Of course, the White House has said 7 million was not the goal, was by 12/31, then 2/15, now 4/1. I suspect we’ll never know the real number once it is obscured by other fake numbers.
  • Whack-a-mole. During the Obama sales tour, many promises were made about the advantages of Obamacare. The “keep your plan” promise had to do with the idea that this was supposedly just for the poor and uninsured so no one else should worry. Then the ACA was sold as being cheaper. It was supposed to be easy to get with many selections. All of those were spectacularly wrong. Somehow, just getting 7 million “sign ups” is a vindication. Just ignore the other stuff.
  • It’s Obamacaid. With subsidies and lower bars to cross, many poor people signing up for a health plan are signing up for Medicaid. Many of these people could have signed up years ago, but they are now being forced onto the government radar under threat of fines.
  • Even more people have no health insurance. There are about 45 million people in the US without a health plan. During the Bush administration it was under 40 million. The main difference is that more people had jobs and insurance through their employer. Now, fewer people have jobs and employers are dropping coverage or making their employees ineligible by cutting their hours.
  • Why only 7 million? If Obamacare has majority support, (according to one poll of 51% approval) shouldn’t there be 20 million people saying “yes, we can” to signing up for coverage?

The sad part for America and the good news for Republicans is that Obamacare rates are going to jump around election time because the wrong people signed up over the last few months. If the Democrats keep the majority in the Senate, it only gets worse. In 2015, people who decided not to sign up by now get to pay their Obama tax.



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  1. You are such an optimist. I am convinced Obamacare has absolutely nothing to do with healthcare and is actually a deliberate attempt to crash our entire economy and remake the structure and nature of society. I hope I’m just being melodramatic, but it’s getting harder and harder to deny.

    Many people don’t understand Medicaid, but states practice Medicaid recapture, they pay themselves back for your care out of your future earnings, the equity in your home, your estate. If you’re poor and have nothing, it doesn’t much matter, but we’ve now expanded Medicaid and it’s going to matter a great deal. People on Medicaid now have equity in their homes, upward mobility, assets. My state has already been forced to pass a couple of temporary rule changes to put a lid on the situation. Nobody wants the fact that people getting their “free” healthcare may in fact stand to lose everything they’ve spent a life time investing in, to become known.

    Comment by insanitybytes22 — April 2, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

  2. Obamacare has absolutely nothing to do with healthcare and is actually a deliberate attempt to crash our entire economy and remake the structure and nature of society.

    Got it in one, insanitybytes22, and all the “trouble” with the roll-out is manufactured to create desperation that will advance the end you describe.

    But 1539 is also right: for Conservatives, obamacar is the gift that keeps giving.

    So far as obama’s enrollment figures go, he is, as always, a lying s.o.b.

    Comment by Mary — April 2, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

  3. I love the term Obamacaid.

    Comment by mcnorman — April 8, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

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