The repetitive harmonious theme from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 was “hope” and “change”. Two hundred days into the new administration, change had occurred, but there had been little, if any hope at all. It started with a stimulus bill that did very little to revive a frail and sinking economy and a bailout of automobile industry’s that came at the expense of taxpayer’s money. Then came the massive push by the White House and a Democrat-controlled Congress to overhaul the nation’s health care system, at the expense of an angry outcry of many Americans that was heard across our vast country. The simple fact is that people are not thrilled with the government interfering with their lives, especially with their health care.
This coming Thursday, the Supreme Court is set to make a ruling on whether ObamaCare, especially the individual mandate that is at the heart and center of it, is unconstitutional. Let’s take a look back previously at the thoughts of the Americans concerning this before the bill was passed.
In July of 2009, a Time magazine poll found that 55 percent of Americans rated their health care system as “only fair” or “poor.” Six-in-ten had a negative view of private health insurance companies’ job performance. But 86 percent of Americans still said, when asked, that they were satisfied with their own health care plan. One month earlier, an ABC News/Washington Post health care poll found that six-in-ten respondents backed reform and even the creation of a government-funded entity that would offer health insurance to the uninsured.
But the same poll also found that about eight-in-ten Americans are, again, satisfied with the quality of their care and their insurance. Fifty-five percent of Americans even expressed satisfaction with the personal costs related to health care (including 61 percent of the insured). Kaiser Family Foundation polls in 2008 and 2006 echoed the same perspective. Because Americans do not want government dictating the decisions they make, they were highly determined to make their petition known to President Obama and Congress.
This was evident through recent town hall meetings and other venues that contributed to the dialogue of the health care overhaul. There were some individuals like then Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) who called people that stood in opposition of the President’s policies “not representative of America” and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) who claimed that “well dressed protestors are out to harm our President.” Government’s ignorance and incompetence has left them disconnected with the American people. They have failed to realize that the only supporting voices for this socialistic overhaul are the liberal comrades that abide in Congress and the White House.
Let’s take a look at a few of the delusional ways this health care reform is being portrayed.
1.) President Obama Promises Americans Can Keep Their Current Health Care Coverage. “You know, the interesting thing is we’ve actually been very clear on what we want. I’ve said I want to make sure if you have health care you are going to keep it…” (PBS’s “The Newshour With Jim Lehrer,” 7/20/09)
FACT: Analysis Shows Over 88 Million People To Lose Current Insurance Under Government Health Care Takeover. “Under current law, there will be about 158.1 million people who are covered under an employer plan as workers, dependents or early retirees in 2011. If the act were fully implemented in that year, about 88.1 million workers would shift from private employer insurance to the public plan.” (John Shelis, Vice President, Lewin Group, “Analysis Of The July 15 Draft Of The American Affordable Health Choices Act Of 2009,” 7/17/09)
2.) President Obama Pledges Americans Can Keep Their Doctor. “If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do a thing. You keep your plan. You keep your doctor…We’re not going to mess with it.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At White House Press Conference, The White House, 6/23/09)
FACT: Mayo Clinic Says Government-Run Health Care Will Force Doctors To Drop Patients. Lawmakers are on track to approve across-the-board federal payment reductions of $155 billion over 10 years for hospitals … Mayo and similar health systems object to the sweeping cuts. ‘Across-the-board cuts will be harmful to everyone and we think it is particularly bad to penalize the high-value organizations,’ said Jeff Korsmo, executive director of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center. ‘We will have to violate our values in order to stay in business and reduce our access to government patients.’” (Phil Galewitz, “‘Model’ Health Systems Press Case For Medicare Fix In Reform,” Kaiser Health News, 7/20/09)
3.) President Obama Promises No Additional Taxes On Middle Class. “What I’ve said is, and I have stuck to this point, I don’t want to see additional tax burdens on people making $250,000 a year or less.” (NBC’s “Today Show,” 7/21/09)
FACT: Democrats’ Plan Imposes 2.5% Tax On Uninsured Individuals. “The penalty assessed on people who would be subject to the mandate but did not obtain insurance would equal 2.5 percent of the difference between their adjusted gross income (modified to include tax-exempt interest and certain other sources of income) and the tax filing threshold …” (Douglas W. Elmendorf, “Preliminary Analysis Of The Insurance Coverage Specifications Provided By The House Tri-Committee Group,” Letter To Chairman Rangel, 7/17/09)
The outrage had continued when the White House emailed its supporters telling them to report anyone who is advertising “fishy” tales about health care reform. That was obviously code language to report anyone who disagrees with their stance. . The health care reform passed the Senate by a vote of 60-39 and the house by a vote of 219-212. Many states and individuals have filed lawsuits against this monstrosity challenging the constitutionality of it and claiming that it infringes on individual liberties and freedoms. . With an almost bankrupt economy, high unemployment rates, lack of job growth, and soaring deficits, this administration has added to this mountain of government intrusion and carelessness with this bill.
Will you believe the delusional deceptions of Obamacare or will you hold the government accountable? The Supreme Court has heard the voices of the American people. As of today, over half the United States opposes this. President Obama may hail this as a domestic accomplishment but the majority of Americans view this as a jobs-killer and a threat to freedom.
This thursday, we will see if freedom prevails or if government bureaucracy will be the victor.