WASHINGTON, November 11, 2014 — Before “Obamacare,” up to 50 million Americans did not have health insurance. That was causing severe, possibly life and death situations, for the uninsured. So the President managed to push through the Affordable Care Act by being less than truthful with the American public.
At first there seemed to be just a few lies, but as we find out more about the act, the lies and deception increase.
The first set of misrepresentations came when the President assured us that we would be able to keep our doctor and keep our current policy if we so desired. In addition, we could expect the cost of insurance to fall by about $2,500 per year. All of that turned out to be untrue.
And how about the claim that the ACA “will not add one dime to the deficit.”
We were told that the Affordable Care Act would eventually provide insurance for about 30 million of the 50 million who were uninsured. That is also untrue, as the latest figures estimate that only about 15 million Americans will be added to the insurance rolls by 2018.
And recently, more lies and deceptions have been revealed.
Just released video of Jon Gruber, the MIT professor who drafted large parts of the new law, show these additional lies and deceptions. He said that there was never any doubt that the ACA imposed taxes on Americans who did not sign up for insurance (and the Supreme Court agreed) even though Americans were told that no new taxes would be levied. He claims this deception was necessary because if Americans knew the truth they would not support the law and it would not have passed.
He also said that it could not be revealed that in order to pay for the sickest of people, healthy, mostly young people, would be forced to pay more for more insurance than they wanted or needed. This lack of transparency was necessary in order to get the young people to support the law.
Contrary to Professor Gruber’s view that Americans are stupid, the public, for the most part, does understand the implications of government policy. When the facts are presented clearly, transparently and without any spin, Americans can form an objective opinion.
Indeed forming this opinion and then voting for the appropriate action by the majority is the basic principle of Democracy. The idea that some government official has the right to take actions that are not supported by the majority, is policy for dictatorships not Democratic societies.
While supporters of the ACA claim the law is successful, the truth is that the law is failing miserably, so the supporters create more distortions. We were told that 8 million previously uninsured Americans are now covered. The truth is the number is closer to 7 million and a large portion of those people may not have been previously uninsured.
Meanwhile hundreds of millions of Americans are paying more for insurance, getting poorer quality care and are skipping doctor visits and some testing because high deductibles result in large out of pocket expenses that are unaffordable. Had the facts been truthfully presented, the President is right: the majority of Americans would not support the law and it would not have passed.
Significant changes and perhaps total repeal will eventually come to this terrible law. When changing, we hope our elected officials will consider retaining the few parts of the law that the majority of Americans favor, like removing the pre-existing condition clause and allowing children to be medically dependent on their parents until the age of 26. Not allowing insurance companies to drop patients because expensive treatments are necessary and figuring out a way to expand Medicaid to cover the uninsured, should also be included in any new legislation.
We all know we have a problem with the health care system’s cost and the lack of availability to some Americans. We need a solution to that problem that is presented to the American public honestly and completely so that a long solution can be found that benefits the majority without infringing on the basic rights of anyone. This starts with openness, honesty and complete transparency.