The Monday after Thanksgiving, I’ll go to amazon.com and buy a few gifts. So will millions of others. I go on Facebook daily, so do scores of millions of others. Everything works pretty seamlessly. I mention that because it’s been four-plus weeks since the federal Obamacare insurance exchange began and it still doesn’t work like an amazon or Facebook does. What’s been reported since is that there were tests on the Obamacare site just days prior to its launch, with very few users, and the site crashed.
Nevertheless, Americans were assured by the Obama administration that the site would work, even though its designers, and the administrators, knew it would not. At best they were crossing their fingers, hoping for a miracle.
Eventually the site, I assume will work. I’m no expert on tech matters. I just want websites to work. And I don’t want to be lied to. That is the key harm to Obamacare and its future prospects. The people in charge, primarily the president of the United States, have been deceiving people.
A far bigger problem than the administration’s fudging of the website’s health is the deception offered by President Obama. On numerous occasions, he promised Americans that, if they so preferred, they could keep their health care plans and their doctors. That’s turned out to be false. It’s been reported that millions of Americans are having their insurance plans cancelled because they do not meet the standards of Obamacare.
Consider the above paragraph. You, as an individual, choose a health insurance plan that you want. (Never mind that you are falsely assured by the president you can keep it.) Suddenly, you learn that your plan can be arbitrarily cancelled because government experts have determined that you are too stupid to make your own decisions. What makes this even worse is that it’s been reported in the press (NBC news broke the story) that the president and Obamacare supporters, knew more than three years ago that the president’s promises were a lie. Tucked away in the law (the one Nancy Pelosi said we’d have to pass so we could what was in it) are estimates of how many insurance policies would be cancelled.
There’s another deception that is harming Obamacare. It’s the excess costs that many persons are discovering will come with the new policies. President Obama deceived Americans while pitching Obamacare, claiming the average family would save $2,500 a year on health care costs. That turned out to be false.
These are three significant liabilities to the new health care. All underscore that the pitch for the Affordable Health Care Act was significantly different from what the Affordable Care Act is. Clarence Page, a liberal pundit, casually referred to the president’s deception as “political lies.” It will be interesting to see what occurs over the next year with Obamacare. Many of its supporters hope that in one, five, and 10 years all of the deceptions will have been forgotten and that the new law will work. We will see.