What were we told during the Obamacare debate?
That we must have this because there are 40 million uninsured in America.
We posted last week where the Congressional Budget Office predicts that there will be over 30 million uninsured as a result of Obamacare:
This is not surprising, as Obamacare is projected to leave more people uninsured than it actually helps gain coverage. According to updated numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), by 2023, Obamacare will still leave 31 million people without insurance (this number includes unauthorized immigrants), despite adding nearly $1.8 trillion in new federal spending.
Here’s what’s happening, as projected by the CBO, in 2023:
- Obamacare will add an estimated 13 million people into the failing and broken Medicaid program;
- 24 million people will obtain coverage through the law’s exchanges, 19 million of whom will have their coverage subsidized by the government;
- 7 million are expected to lose their current employer-sponsored coverage (breaking that firm presidential promise); and
- About 5 million people will no longer obtain their coverage in the non-group market.
Richard Trumka and the unions have been bitching about the program after supporting it. Obama hears them – one of the plans under consideration is to give union members, some of the highest paid groups in the nation, the subsidies designed for the poor:
“Obamacare will “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class,” wrote three labor leaders in July. Now, according to a report from InsideHealthPolicy, the Obama administration is considering offering insurance subsidies—intended for the uninsured—to labor union members who already have employer-sponsored coverage.
Special laws for special people. The Constitution is for the little people.
Totalitarianism and tyranny are never implemented by iron law; they are introduced by capricious application of a myriad of vague and flexible laws.
Back before I came on board PoliPundit as a guest blogger, I wrote this here:
I catch a lot of grief from my opponents about “seeing a commie under every rock” because of my insistence that we must resist Marxism and other forms of communism and I take a lot of flak for calling policies and people socialist and Marxist – but even if it is Marxism is presented incrementally and “branded” as something else, it is still Marxism. I happen to believe that the greatest danger to a Republic, the tyranny of the majority, leads to the elimination of individual freedom and a descent into a Marxist/Communist society – the end of America in everything except name.
I have been on a bit of an anti-Marxist tear lately simply because I see elements of socialist/Marxist/communist policies being accepted under the guise of being “progressive and evolutionary”, part of “modern society”, being features of “other industrialized countries” or some other emotional appeal – and all without critical examination. Right or wrong, left or right, we all should have a better understanding of policy other than “because someone said so”.
Freedom, prosperity, security and just, effective government are not mutually exclusive concepts.
I’ve also said that Obamacare is the camel’s nose under the tent – that once the government takes responsibility for your health, they have a vested interest in controlling the factors that contribute to it. I was basically told by my opponents that I was insane, I was a crazycon, I just hated the poor, the sick and the old.
Well, here you go Obama supporting Marxists – here’s what you have wrought with your bastardizing of the Constitution and all your bullshit “emanations and penumbras”. Government doctors with your health records in a new government bureaucracy with unlimited power vested in the Secretary of HHS, with the ability to control your behavior by fiat…and you can’t say a damn thing about it.
The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said.
The standards are part of a much larger push by medical professionals to regulate the food sector. The medical professionals, led by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have allied with professional advocacy groups, such as Center for Science in the Public Interest, and with leading Democratic politicians, to blame the food-sector for increasing obesity rates in the American population, and especially among African-Americans.
People like to eat the increasing amount of cheap food produced by the food industry, and the rate of obesity has climbed steadily. In turn, obesity has spiked government and private health-care costs, because fat people are more prone to expensive diseases such as heart-failure and diabetes.
I hope you stupid Marxist lemmings are pleased with yourself. I hope you enjoyed building your own prison cell.