President Obama celebrated what has been termed as his "victory lap" around the White House rose garden in announcing that as of midnight of March 31st Obamacare had reached its goal of seven million enrollee's on the healthcare.gov website; not just reached the 7 million Presidential goal, but actually reached 7.1 million... accurate to the first decimal point!
For weeks now, when asked for enrollment numbers, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius always dodged the question by saying that only the insurance companies could provide that information. Then last Sunday, one day before the final enrollment date, she avoided even that answer. She gave no response to the question. No answer. None. Just sat there until the media questioner let her off the hook. Apparently, she hadn't been told what number to use.
President Reagan coined the phrase, "Trust, but verify." He was referring to our on-again, off-again, allies. Neither he, nor we, considered that the phrase would have to be applied to our own government. However, recent years and recent events; Benghazi, unemployment percentages, IRS investigations, Fast and Furious, etc., etc., indicate that skepticism relative to statements by the Obama administration is clearly warranted.
The Obamacare Program itself has already earned the President the title of "Liar of the Year" by the fact-checking website Politifact. So, where's the proof of the number the President now claims, or do we just take his word for it? It is unfortunate that we can't "just take his word for it," but we just can't; not anymore.
It was the Clinton administration that perfected the tactic of creating so many questionable issues at one time that none of them could be fully pursued or explained. The same is now true with Obamacare enrollment. What are they counting? Total number of persons who tried to apply but couldn't? Total number of persons who got through, but never paid their first premium? Total number of persons who were automatically enrolled in Medicaid? Or all of the above, added together? Who knows? What we do know is that upwards of 6 million people have lost their insurance entirely.
- What we do know is that, for those of us who have managed to retain coverage, both premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed.
- What we do know is that many of our doctors and some of our most prestigious hospitals are not accepting Obamacare patients.
- What we do know is that many major corporations, such as UPS, have dropped coverage for employee family members.
- What we do know is that many of our most senior doctors have simply retired rather than be subjected to the dictates of Obamacare, and those who remain are now saddled with extensive and expensive reporting to Washington of our most sensitive personal medical information.
- What we do know is that the original intent of Obamacare was to insure the uninsurable, and that number has actually increased since the law was enacted.
- What we do know is that many companies have put workers on a part-time basis in order to avoid the 30-hour mandated Obamacare requirement.
- What we do know is that the Obamacare dictates of contraception and abortion violate the Christian beliefs of the owners firms such as Chic-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, the Mardel Christian bookstore, and others. Hobby Lobby owner David Green of Oklahoma City spoke for many when he said, "We believe wholeheartedly that it is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has been successful. Therefore, we seek to honor Him in all that we do." Failure to comply with Obamacare would cost Hobby Lobby at least $1.3 million a day in fines, or almost $475 million a year. Mr. Green will be forced to violate his Christian beliefs, or go out of business.
- What we do know is that, for political purpose, we are destroying the best healthcare system in the world, a fate from which it may never recover.