About 50,000 people have signed up in the federal Obamacare exchanges and another 50,000 signed up in the state exchanges but 5 million have lost their health insurance so far. In January, people will start to get thrown off canceled employer-sponsored plans and that will continue each month.
The following are 8 hideous Obamacare lies you must know for Tuesday, November 12. I’m certain it will change by end of day. This is an evolving scandal with the White House brain trust continually looking for ways to deceive and distract the public and with at least one more government hotshot, CMS honcho, Henry Chao, claiming he didn’t know a thing.
1. MANIPULATING THE NUMBERS
The numbers of Obamacare enrollees will include those who have a plan sitting in their online shopping cart but have not paid, according to The Washington Post..
It’s called padding. They are padding the numbers.
The Wall Street Journal reported the enrollment numbers will come in at about 50,000 this Friday but with this padding, the numbers could be 70 times higher. WaPo gives one example of DC which has 5 enrollees but 321 sitting with a plan in their online basket. Oregon has no one enrolled but the government, in their deceit, will likely come up with numbers.
The 14 states running their own insurance marketplace have enrolled about 49,000 and many thousands more in Medicaid. We probably won’t get the Medicaid numbers because that won’t help the narrative.
2. MANIPULATING WITH DISTRACTIONS
Forbes had an article yesterday about the new HHS regulations put out on Friday. [HHS is actually legislating with almost each rule and regulation]
Steep prices, fraud and canceled insurance policies aren’t enough for the Obama Administration. On Friday, HHS passed new regulations mandating health insurers cover mental and behavioral health to the same extent they cover physical health. We know that substance abusers, who will fit into this category, will not be charged higher premiums and that can be an endless cycle of expenses with few rewards.
Mental health is amorphous and unprovable. It is a playground for fraudsters and we will get to pay for that too. The mentally ill must have coverage, that’s not the question, the question is how this blanket, no-limits coverage will play out.
Putting this out now is another effort by the Obama Administration to distract from the mess that is Obamacare.
Obamacare has been driving up the cost of policies for many Americans by 50% to 100% and now with the new mental health rules, the coverage will be even more expensive. This will also cause millions more health insurance policies to be canceled because that many more do not cover mental health and substance abuse issues.
So, even while they claim they didn’t know millions would be thrown off their policies, they are working it out so millions more will be thrown off their policies.
3. LYING BY OMISSION
Fox News reports that ‘Henry Chao, the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of the Office of Information Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said in an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee Nov. 1 that he was never given a Sept. 3, 2013 memo that detailed six security problems, including two designated as “open high findings.”’
In other words, no one bothered to mention to him that the website was filled with security flaws. The information was released this past Monday. He said that CMS Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle never gave him the memo and allowed him to give the go-ahead to CMS Director Marilyn Tavvener.
HE KNOWS NOTHING! A familiar refrain in this administration. What are we paying Mr. Chao for if he didn’t know anything?
Of course we don’t know how much of this is true but he was under oath. It seems Trenkle is the fall guy or the guilty party.
They will likely not tell us how many are healthy enrollees and how many are sick and elderly. Another lie by omission.
4. LYING BY INCOMPETENCE
The website is still giving out false Obamacare premium and subsidy information. The Hill reports that due to an Obamacare exchange ‘glitch’ in Washington State, 8,000 people were promised higher subsidies than they will actually receive. The 8,000 picked out plans they might not be able to afford but will have to go through the entire application process again to find something cheaper if they can.
Branco cartoon, navigator felons, via legal insurrection
5. LYING BY FRAUD
What you can’t do by lying, you can do with fraud. Project Veritas is finding navigators promoting fraud. That is to be expected since the federal government doesn’t even do background checks on them. Navigators can be felons as we know.
See the full video on this link.
6. BEEFING UP NUMBERS WITH TAX DOLLARS
Another idea being kicked around within the insurance industry, in order to help out the government, is to have ‘HHS approve a method to estimate subsidies and give preliminary tax credits based on those estimates—with the accurate amount determined later, once the system works better.’ This is according to Forbes.
The insurance industry would expect to be compensated, however. So who do you think will pay for the added subsidies people are not entitled to? The taxpayer?
Henry Chao said, ‘Let’s Just Make Sure It’s Not a Third-World Experience’.
Too late, it already is.
7. FALSE HOPES
The president and the CMS officials promised a healthy healthcare.gov by November 30th which is only believable to the non-computer savvy. They are now walking that back. CMS announced last Friday, “It’s a critical date, without question,” said one. “But don’t think of it as an unveiling date. The goal is to make significant improvements that day.”
8. HISTORY REWRITES
David Cutler, Harvard Economics Profession and one of the two architects of Obamacare, wrote a memo to Larry Summers in May 11, 2010 in which he said the government did not have the ability to carry out Mr. Obama’s vision for healthcare.
Larry Summers has since moved on to bigger and better things, shortly after that memo in fact.
Cutler, a supporter of Obamacare, wrote in the memo that “the early implementation efforts are far short of what it will take to implement reform successfully.” Cutler continued: “For health reform to be successful, the relevant people need a vision about health system transformation and the managerial ability to carry out that vision. The President has sketched out such a vision. However, I do not believe the relevant members of the Administration understand the President’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”
The Washington Examiner posted the following excerpt from the memo:
Cutler laid out a set of problems: 1) poor leadership at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a key organization in creating Obamacare; 2) clueless management at the Department of Health and Human Services on the subject of setting up exchanges; 3) an ineffective effort to work with insurers in implementing reform; and 4) general incompetence. “The overall head of implementation inside HHS, Jeanne Lambrew, is known for her knowledge of Congress, her commitment to the poor, and her mistrust of insurance companies,” Cutler wrote. “She is not known for operational ability, knowledge of delivery systems, or facilitating widespread change.”
However, Cutler, during an interview with Megyn Kelly last evening, fell back on the administration talking points.
He believes that we will save money a couple years from now. Did Obama say we’d say money eventually, down the road?
Cutler said that they believed enrollees would be fleeing their current plans for the Obamacare plans. In a twist of words, he is saying what the administration is saying, It’s not that they were dropped, the plans were inferior and didn’t meet the government criteria, and the government expected people to be thrilled to jump over to the Obamacare exchanges. It’s merely a ‘transition.’
In other words, it’s not really the same as dropping people if they want to go. They knew they’d be dropped but they thought they’d be happy.
When asked if he thought his warnings went unheeded, he said it’s not what anyone wanted and he didn’t know what went on:
The chart above lists the Democratic Senators who cast the decisive vote for Obamcare. Remember their names.
In the end, the lies will continue every day. Obamacare was never about care or health, it was about more power for DC. Otherwise, they would not have moved ahead with a website that didn’t work and healthcare plans with exorbitant premiums. It’s about big government and control over the people in an area that is the most critical to us – our health.
One of our writers, Desiree Moore mentioned yet another possibility, which is only speculation at this point. Medicare and Medicaid can eventually go after a person’s assets when they acquire them – even their house – will the subsidized Obamacare eventually do the same? That would put an end to inheritance in all likelihood, should it come to pass.