Lying. We all do it, for reasons kindly and perverse. On those occasions that I have lied, particularly in any significant or self-serving way, my conscience pursues me unmercifully.
But what of politicians and their sycophants, professional liars all? How does President Obama’s press flack, Jay Carney, live with himself? John Podhoretz provides background:
The Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, became law almost four years ago. It became operational last Oct. 1. Yesterday, Feb. 4, 2014, the ACA may well have been dealt its death blow.
The Congressional Budget Office released a major study of the government’s budget and its effect on the overall economy over the next 10 years. In dull bureaucratic language, it delivers a devastating analysis of the inefficiencies, ineffectualities and problematic social costs of ObamaCare.
The one-two punch: Virtually as many Americans will lack health coverage in 10 years as before the law was passed — but 2 million fewer will be working than if the law hadn’t passed.
One killer detail comes on Page 111, where the report projects: ‘As a result of the ACA, between 6 million and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA.’
ObamaCare’s key selling point was that it would give coverage to a significant number of the 30-plus million Americans who lack it. Now the CBO is telling the American people that a decade from now, 6 million-plus of their countrymen won’t get health care through their employers who otherwise would have.
By all means, take the link and read the entire article. As you’ll soon see, all of this is no problem, no; it’s actually a wonderfully liberating part of the Obamacare plan:
Even more damaging is this projection: ‘About 31 million nonelderly residents of the United States are likely to be without health insurance in 2024, roughly one out of every nine such residents.’
Why? Because, in selling the bill to the American people in a nationally televised September 2009 address, President Obama said the need for ObamaCare was urgent precisely because ‘there are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.’
Now the CBO is saying is that in 10 years, about the same number of people will lack insurance as before. This, after new expenditures of as much as $2 trillion and a colossal disruption of the US medical system.
If that’s not startling enough, there’s also the telling projection about ObamaCare’s impact on employment — ‘a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024.
Wait a minute! Didn’t Nancy Pelosi and the President and many other Obamacare flacks tell us that Obamacare was a marvelous, magical, job-generating, economy-boosting machine?
Overall employment will rise, the report says, but not steady, secure, long-term assured employment. The possibility of securing government-provided health-care without employment will give people a new incentive to avoid it. “The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply,” the report says.
Indeed, overall, between 2017 and 2024, the actual amount of work done in this country will decline by as much as 2 percent.
Can this be true? Could Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama actually have lied to the American people so as to impose a totalitarian path to economic oblivion on them? After all, Obamacare was supposed to provide better, cheaper health insurance to all, save every family $3500, create–instantly–four million jobs, etc, etc. Fox News reports:
The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office delivered a damning assessment Wednesday of the Affordable Care Act, telling lawmakers that ObamaCare creates a ‘disincentive for people to work,’ adding fuel to Republican arguments that the law will hurt the economy.
Rational people must inevitably come to the conclusion that Obamacare is every bit the disaster it was predicted to be, and far, far more. But that’s not how Mr. Obama and his perpetually deluded, deceptive supporters see things. Powerline has the story:
This was not interpreted as good news for Obamacare, so Jay Carney swung into action with a Statement by the Press Secretary on Today’s CBO Report and the Affordable Care Act. Carney’s statement typifies the duplicity we have come to expect from the Obama administration:
The folks at Powerline are well-known for their wry understatement.
Claims that the Affordable Care Act hurts jobs are simply belied by the facts in the CBO report. CBO’s findings are not driven by an assumption that ACA will lead employers to eliminate jobs or reduce hours, in fact, the report itself says that there is ‘no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA.’
Note that Carney doesn’t mention the CBO’s bottom line, that working hours equivalent to two million jobs will be foregone. It is true that the report says there is ‘no compelling evidence that part-time employment has increased as a result of the ACA,’ but that is hardly surprising, since the employer mandate won’t go into effect until 2015. After the language quoted by Carney, the report goes on to say, ‘In any event, because the employer penalty will not take effect until 2015, the current lack of direct evidence may not be very informative about the ultimate effects of the ACA.’
It is true, too, that the CBO attributes the 1.5% to 2% annual shortfall in hours worked almost entirely to disincentives to work rather than to lack of demand by employers. But this is partly because the CBO thinks employers will be able to pass Obamacare penalties on to their employees.
Have you wondered why Mr. Obama is whining about raising the minimum wage of late? Wonder no more:
So Obamacare will depress wages and reduce employment opportunities, especially for those at or near the minimum wage. Carney didn’t mention any of this. He continued:
‘What the CBO report does find is one key immediate effect of the Affordable Care Act is to “induce some employers to hire more workers or to increase the hours of current employees” during the 2014-16 period.’
This is really deceptive. What the CBO actually said is that employment will be reduced throughout the period from 2014 through 2014, but the reduction in employment will be smaller during the first few years.
Before reading the next few paragraphs, I suggest you ensure that your blood pressure medication is in full force:
Over the longer run, CBO finds that because of this law, individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families.’
This is how Carney spins the loss of two million jobs.
‘ At the beginning of this year, we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
Let’s see if I understand the indescribable wonder and benefit of Obamacare: because Obamacare is forcing millions out of the insurance they liked and could afford–and millions more will be forced out in the near future–and replacing it with insurance that is many times more expensive for far worse coverage and/or coverage they don’t need or want with grotesquely more expensive deductibles, Americans should be delighted because—due to Obamacare—they don’ need no stinkin’ jobs! That’s right! We’re no longer “trapped in a job” and we can “pursue our dreams.” Of course, those dreams we’ll be pursuing without jobs are bankruptcy, losing our homes and cars, and being forced onto public assistance which will be paid by the other Americans who won’t be working due to Obamacare while they too pursue their dreams.
Sorry Carney: somebody has to pay for the people who are out chasing dreams, and Obamacare is creating a nation of dreamers. Who is going to subsidize all that dreaming if everyone is dreaming? Of course, the evil Republicans are trying to deny dreaming dreamers their dreams:
This CBO report bears that out, and the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would strip those hard-working Americans of that opportunity.’
Strip hard-working Americans of the opportunity to stop working? The horror!
Carney concludes with this old chestnut:
‘Finally, as it has since the enactment of the ACA, CBO continues to confirm that the ACA is projected to reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades.
Wait a minute; that doesn’t sound right. And it isn’t:
This simply isn’t true. Today’s report only goes to 2024 and includes no “two decade” projections for the ACA. What the report does say is that the insurance-related provisions of the ACA–the portions of the act that are commonly referred to as Obamacare–will increase deficits by nearly $1.5 trillion by 2024:
‘In the current, interim projections, CBO and JCT [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that the ACA’s coverage provisions will result in a net cost to the federal government of $41 billion in 2014 and $1,487 billion over the 2015–2024 period.
Mr. Obama also trotted out an economist to observe that instead of working 60 hours to support one’s family, why, Americans can reduce their hours or work to only 35, and all due to the wonders of Obamacare! Let’s do the math:
Joe Average American is working 60 hours a week at $20.00 per hour. That’s $1200 per week, pre-tax and about $4800 per month, or $57,600 per year. Actually, a great many Americans with supposedly 40 hour per week jobs work 60 hours. I certainly do that and often more. But under Mr. Obama’s calculus, reducing hours from 60 to 35—which is highly likely as employers dramatically cut full time positions due to Obamacare—will reduce poor Joe’s salary to $700 a week and $2800 a month, or $33,600 a year. That a reduction in pre-tax wages of $24,000.
Perhaps you, gentle readers, know people who could happily take that kind of reduction in their income in favor of dream chasing, but I certainly don’t. Even a reduction of $6000—1/4 the amount Obama economists obviously see as a good thing—would essentially bankrupt me–I have no consumer debt other than my home and vehicles and some modest savings–and would surely bankrupt millions of people.
The Obamite model also assumes that because Joe has Obamacare, he can easily absorb a $24,000 reduction in income, but that too is an obscene lie. As millions of Americans are discovering, not only is insurance under Obamacare costing far more than the insurance they had, the deductibles are greatly inflated, as much as 300% and more, so that if Joe had a $1500 deductible pre-Obamacare, he will almost certainly have a deductible of $4500 while paying much more for insurance.
Oh, but Obamacare will pay Joe a huge subsidy so he pays less for insurance! Maybe, but it won’t touch his deductible, which, with his greatly reduced income, will put a significant crimp in any dreaming he might desire to do if he’s foolish enough to buy into Obamite thinking. And as Joe wises up and makes more money, his insurance subsidy will be reduced, and ultimately removed entirely, so Joe will be stuck working for a living again, his socialist dreams dashed, unless of course the government—that’s you, gentle taxpaying readers—pays Joe’s way entirely.
If people are working 60 hours a week, there is a reason for it, such reasons including providing adequately for one’s family, owning homes and vehicles, affording a reasonably comfortable standard of living, affording medicines, dreaming of eating out or going to the movies from time to time, etc. Dream chasing of the kind lauded by Obamite liars falls into the category of irresponsibility, self-absorption and stupidity and will lead inevitably to total economic, societal collapse.
Which takes us back to Jay Carney, who stands before the press, day after day, and lies, blatantly, unashamedly, arrogantly and stupidly. Of course, much of the press is complicit in his lies, failing by omission to call public attention to them, and often, by commission in uncritically repeating them, even supporting and praising them. People like Carney always eventually pay for the evil they do. Unfortunately, they, like Mr. Obama, usually do a very great deal of damage before that inevitable payment.
In the meantime, I hope and pray that the 2014 election will demonstrate, convincingly, that the American people are not nearly as ill-informed and stupid as the Obamites so obviously believe. Oh yes, and perhaps they will demonstrate what they think of liars as well.