Think of the most blatant rip-offs in the annals of con artistry—the fixing of the 1919 World Series; the selling of the Eiffel Tower (twice) by Victor Lustig, the selling of the Brooklyn Bridge—twice a week for years, by George Parker; think of the most far-reaching political scandals: the Teapot Dome scandal: the secret leasing of federal oil reserves at low rates by the Secretary of the Interior, the Watergate Scandal, which involved the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and the White House.
All of these were as nothing compared with the breadth and depth of the ObamaCare scheme, forced on the American people by the Democratic Party and its leader President Barack Obama—soon to become single payer, should Hillary Clinton win the White House.
Why it was a swindle
Most swindles push for a quick decision, lest the mark will lose a rare opportunity. ObamaCare used the same tactic: Our medical system was said to be in crisis, and Speaker of the House Pelosi actually said we must pass ObamaCare to find out what’s in it. Members of Congress did vote for it—without reading it.
This meticulously planned assault on our medical system must be seen as a swindle because it was rife with trickery and it does the opposite of what it purports to do. Called “the Affordable Care Act, in reality premiums are skyrocketing, and insurers are fleeing the market, after losing millions. If it morphs into single payer—which is the intention—it will transform our system into one where the government decides the treatments you should have—not you and your doctor.
No longer will giving the best care be the priority. No more will America be the world leader in development of advanced medical treatments. Sooner than we think, government hacks will decide what care we are to get, based upon age, state of health—and the cost of treatment. Medical progress will be intentionally slowed because new technologies cost more.
Lies and broken promises
The ObamaCare campaign began with a single, obvious falsehood: that the American health care system was irreparably broken and had to be immediately fixed, that American health care was substandard. This was an outright lie. Discover the Networks (DTN) tells how our health care had been dishonestly compared to care around the world, and tells how our medical care was in fact, far superior to that in other countries:
American men and women alike are more than 35% more likely to survive colon cancer than their British counterparts. [TTM: pp. 134-135]
Breast cancer is diagnosed earlier and treated more effectively in the United States than anywhere else in the world. According to a 2012 report by the American Cancer Society, a woman diagnosed [early] with breast cancer in the U.S. has a greater than 90% chance of surviving the disease.
An American man diagnosed with malignant prostate cancer has a 99.3% chance of survival, far higher than in any Western European country.
In Scotland, the corresponding figure is 71%, and in Germany it is 85%.
The initial falsehoods sprouted a host of others. One of the most glaring was that the president’s plan for health care reform would not only correct the problems with our health care system, it would actually save money and reduce the deficit. The “non-partisan” CBO seemed to confirm these falsehoods. While the CBO claimed it could only make calculations based on the info provided to it, that qualifier was never stressed during the selling of ObamaCare.
Why premiums are soaring
Obviously, if insurers must cover more services, premiums must inevitably go up. Plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace must cover contraceptive methods and counseling for all women free of charge. These include: diaphragms, birth control pills and vaginal rings; IUDs, Plan B® and sterilization procedures. IUDs can cost up to $900. All insureds—including men—pay for this coverage, in their premiums.
It’s a lovely thing that ObamaCare forces insurance companies to cover people’s children until they are 26, but that costs everyone $100 to $400 or more in their annual premiums.
Making insurers accept people with pre-existing conditions seems like a gift from above, but it works against young and healthy people, who have to pay for that, in inflated premiums. It also inserts a poison pill into the system because it actually discourages those young and healthy people from buying insurance because they know insurance companies must accept them if they fall ill and require expensive medical care. So they can pay the fine for being uninsured and bide their time.
Moreover, since it is cheaper for an employer to pay the fine than to buy insurance for its employees, there’s a built-in incentive to do just that. We are already seeing many companies converting to a part-time workforce, to avoid paying for employee insurance. It seems inevitable also, that employers will simply cease to offer coverage to their employees.
The biggest lie ever
The most brazen whopper of the Democrats was: “If you like your insurance or your doctor, you can keep them.” But: “By the second week of November , the number of cancelled policies nationwide exceeded 5 million,” said DTN, which went on to say that Andrew C. McCarthy characterized Obama’s promise that we could keep our health care—repeated over 20 times—as “fraud,” which is “a serious federal felony, usually punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment—with every repetition of a fraudulent communication chargeable as a separate crime.”
Dirty political tricks
The process of passing the law was fraudulent and laden with tricks, to an unprecedented degree. A countless deals were made, buying votes by giving out exemptions from the law to states or even parts of states.
After Scott Brown was elected, Senate Democrats could no longer stop a filibuster. Democrats therefore knew they could not rewrite the bill in conference, to satisfy the House’s preferences. It was decided to pass it under reconciliation rules—intended to resolve disputes in budget bills only—which ObamaCare definitely was not.
Senate rules allow reconciliation bills to pass with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.
It was even discussed, at one point, that the bill could be “deemed” passed, rather than voted upon. All of this shows that Democrats were desperate to pass this bill, no matter what the cost.
It did pass, without a single Republican vote.
Muscling the Judicial Branch
Afterward, in 2012 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court involved himself in the ever-widening web of deception. The president had declared:
“Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
This statement was absurd on its face, containing two lies.
SCOTUS has been overturning laws since 1803; and ObamaCare was not passed by a strong majority by any means in the House, but 219 to 212, with all Republicans and 34 Democrats voting against it. In the Senate, not a single Republican voted for it.
But, apparently cowed by an organized media blitz, and to the horror of the other conservative justices, Roberts essentially rewrote part of the bill, in order to uphold its mandate.
In a recent editorial titled “Rolling Justice Roberts,” the WSJ reported that on June 2, 2015 Neera Tanden, head of the Center for American Progress sent an e-mail to “key Clinton aide” Jake Sullivan how to pressure Justice Roberts to rule in favor of the government, on ObamaCare. She recalls how Roberts had been intimidated into upholding the ACA, back in 2012:
This week’s leaks show Hillary Clinton ally Neera Tanden laying out a strategy to intimidate the Supreme Court to uphold ObamaCare.
Ms. Tanden runs the Center for American Progress, the think tank that is essentially an arm of the Clinton campaign. CAP’s former chief, John Podesta, is now the Clinton campaign chairman, and on June 2, 2015 Ms. Tanden sent an email to Jake Sullivan, a key Clinton aide, copying Mr. Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri, another campaign operative.
…Ms. Tanden wrote that, “As Jennifer will remember, it was pretty critical that the President threw the gauntlet down last time on the Court, warning them in the first case that it would politicize the role of the Court for them to rule against the ACA. As a close reader of the case, I honestly believe that was vital to scaring Roberts off….
I do think it would be very helpful to all of our interest in a decision affirming the law, for [Chief Justice] Roberts … to see negative political consequences to ruling against the government. Therefore, I think it would be helpful to have a story of how progressives and Hillary would make the Supreme Court an election issue … if the Court rules against the government.”
It is plain that Hillary Clinton’s campaign worked to save ObamaCare and should remind us that, if she is elected president she will fulfill her promise to introduce a “public option” to “rescue” ObamaCare. This strategy will drive insurers out of the market and leave a clear path to single payer health care.