Somebody oughta start up a website just to catalog ’em all. It’d be a handy reference; of course, it’d also be a permanent, full-time job, one that you’d probably never really be done with.
Beyond “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” Obamacare was passed and implemented through a series of falsehoods.
Obama pushed the bill by pretending he was fighting against the special interests. When the Senate passed the bill in late 2009, Obama thanked them for “standing up to the special interests.” This bill was supported by the largest single-industry lobby group in the country – the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America — as well as the hospital lobby and the doctor lobby.
In a July 2009 Rose Garden speech, Obama specifically scolded the drug industry, which hurt the feelings of top drug lobbyists who were supporting the law. The White House afterwards assured these lobbyists that the mention was “an error” attributed to “a young speechwriter.”
The administration and its surrogates relied almost solely on misinformation to defend the law’s contraception mandate. The Obama campaign claimed that opponents of the mandate were trying to give employers the right to prohibit their employees from getting contraception. Obama surrogate Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said it was an “issue of whether or not to allow birth control.” This was a constant dishonest refrain of the Obama campaign.
Obama also claimed his bill would check the explosion in health care spending. The week the bill passed, the President humbly declared, “And everybody who’s looked at it says that every single good idea to bend the cost curve and start actually reducing health care costs are in this bill.”
In more candid moments, the bill’s authors sang a different tune. David Bowen, a former Senate staffer who helped craft the bill, explained in a 2010 briefing on K Street that under Romneycare, “There was a very conscious decision to do coverage first, knowing that that would bring on a cost battle second. … We certainly made the same decision. This is a coverage bill, not a cost-reduction bill.”
After signing the law, Obama continued to pretend it didn’t include any tax hikes for lower- and middle-class Americans. This was false. The bill curbed the use of tax-favored health savings accounts, shrunk the deductions for out-of-pocket health care costs, and created the individual mandate tax, the tanning tax and others.
Of course, this is merely the tip of a very large iceberg. But there’s a bigger and more important point to be made, involving this:
Honest Obamacare defenders say the president shouldn’t have promised to let Americans keep their insurance when he really meant that if Obama likes your health care plan, you can keep it.
“Vast swathes of policy are based on the correct presumption that people don’t know what’s best for them,” Barro wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, defending this approach.
And right there it is. People, it can’t be emphasized strongly enough: THIS IS WHAT PROGRESSIVISM IS. This is what they believe, this is the heart of their whole program, their whole ideology. This is why they believe what they believe, advocate what they advocate, and do what they do. It rests on twin pillars of presumption and arrogance: they are smarter than you, and they have the right to use the government to force you to do what they want, for your own “good.” Another prime example, as if any more were needed:
Before the Affordable Care Act, the worst of these plans routinely dropped thousands of Americans every single year. And on average, premiums for folks who stayed in their plans for more than a year shot up about 15 percent a year. This wasn’t just bad for those folks who had these policies, it was bad for all of us — because, again, when tragedy strikes and folks can’t pay their medical bills, everybody else picks up the tab.
Now, if you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law and you really liked that plan, you’re able to keep it. That’s what I said when I was running for office. That was part of the promise we made. But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is you’ve got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage — because that, too, was a central premise of the Affordable Care Act from the very beginning.
So if you’re getting one of these letters, just shop around in the new marketplace. That’s what it’s for. Because of the tax credits we’re offering, and the competition between insurers, most people are going to be able to get better, comprehensive health care plans for the same price or even cheaper than projected. You’re going to get a better deal.
It’s a lie, of course. Note also how he tries to blame the insurance companies for being forced by his own goddamned law to cancel these policies, a line of argument we’ll be seeing liberal-fascist scum try to get a lot more mileage out of in the days ahead. Hey, anybody remember how the “greedy banks” were blamed for the collapse of the housing-finance industry after being forced by law to grant mortgages to people who had no way in the world to pay ’em back? If not, you damned well ought to; the stratagem worked pretty well for them that time, and they’ll definitely be dusting it off and trying it out again.
The truth you’ll never get from any socialist would-be tyrant: if you think you don’t need the kind of comprehensive coverage we’re using all the might of a too-powerful central government to ram this poison pill down your throat, think again. WE decide what’s suitable coverage for you, and if we say, for instance, that men or women well past their child-bearing years must pay for maternity coverage so we can redistribute that wealth as WE see fit, then that is exactly what you’ll do. You WILL buy what we tell you to buy, whether you can afford it or not, whether you really need it or not. Because WE’RE running your lives for you now, and you will have as little say in making your decisions as we can possibly arrange.
Get it through your heads, and keep it foremost in mind: this kind of coercion, which relies on raw dishonesty and deception to accomplish its intended goal of bringing every last man, woman, and child on the planet under its sway, is what you’re voting for when you vote for Progressivists. No matter what lies they tell to get elected or to swindle gullible or ill-informed fools into supporting yet another fascist edict, this is what they are really all about. When you vote for Progressivists, you are inviting the deadliest and most voracious of vipers into the nest of liberty. You are holding the match for a compulsive arsonist as he splashes gasoline around the foundation of just and proper self-government. You are voting for liars, and rewarding them for their abject lack of integrity. You are selling your birthright of liberty and self-determination for a mess of unappetizing and even toxic pottage. You are undermining the Constitution. You are throwing your freedom away.
And, in the end, you will deserve every last measure of what you get. You won’t like it, but you will deserve it. Because you will have taken a lot of better men and women down with you in your folly, indolence, and ignorance, and their sympathy for you when you get what’s coming to you is going to be, shall we say, severely limited.
I don’t want to hear another damned word about any supposed “good intentions” on the part of these people; they are evil, the whole sorry lot of them, and that’s all there is to it.