In which our inquisitive host, Andrew Klavan, ferrets out the truth to the question on everyone’s mind: Is Obamacare working, or are the death panels that the administration swears don’t exist already heading to our houses to “cut costs” even as we speak?
I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth.
Democrats are saying that the Affordable Care Act will not be a major issue in upcoming elections, so it’s safe to say that the Affordable Care Act is going to be a major issue in upcoming elections. The Affordable Care Act — sometimes nicknamed Obamacare to denote its oppressive incompetence — is the law designed to increase health insurance coverage by allowing you to sign into a computer program so frustrating it’ll give you a heart attack and kill you, making the whole issue moot.
But let’s leave the crappy computer rollout in the past. Along with the lies the president told us about the law’s effects. And the dirty deals that were used to bully it through congress. And the fact that the government death panels we were told would never exist are currently on the way to your house so you might want to get your affairs in order. The question is: Is the Affordable Care Act working?
President Obama says yes it is. So that’s a clue.
Let’s dig deep and find the revolting truth.
Now I know that many of you humdrum ordinary workaday Americans out there think that we here at the Revolting Truth are nothing more than a bunch of frivolous, adolescent clowns cracking sophomoric jokes about deeply important issues without the dignity or intelligence to make a trustworthy examination of the facts. And okay, that’s true but… fortunately, our good friends at the Manhattan Institute are serious people… who smoke pipes and own bookshelves… and they’ve compiled a number of studies into the impact of ACA.
On the Manhattan Institute website<1>, for instance, you can find an interactive map of America that will explain the effect Obamacare has had on premiums in your state in 2014. You just click on the state…
[I touch the map, and a sobbing shriek comes out of it: “For the love of God, help us, we’re dying here, there are no doctors and people are dropping like flies into streets running red with blood!” This should be cut off mid-way as I press the map again.]
Okay, that’s Iowa… where Obamacare has sent insurance premiums rising anywhere from 53 to 142%. Let’s try someplace back east…
[I press the map and a terrified, weepy voice comes out: “I just want to apologize to everyone’s Mom, I was naive, and now we’re all going to die because we can’t afford health care and there are no doctors for anyone.” Again, cut off as I press the map.]
That was either the Blair Witch Project or Connecticut where premiums are up as much as 85%.
[I try again... and get a happy singing voice: “Bingo-bongo, bingo-bongo, we going down the crapper and we don’t care. Bingo-bongo, bingo-bongo, we going down the crapper and we don’t care.” Press the map.]
That’s California. Their premiums are also up, but the state is filled with gorgeous insecure women who’ll do absolutely anything to get into show business — so who cares about health insurance?
The fact is, under Obamacare, private premiums have risen for some segment of the population in all but five of our states. And according to MI, Obamacare not only sends insurance premiums skyward, it fails to lower health care spending overall (as was promised) because it shifts many of the costs of health care from individuals to the government so that people no longer need to spend wisely. That might increase coverage, but coverage is not the same as access to health care. In fact, the law fails to address the growing shortage of primary care doctors and is even likely to make the shortage worse.
Obama and the democrats and other ineffectual knuckleheads want to make our health care system more like the ones in Britain or Canada where even a poor person has access to the latest in 19th century medical treatment — and of course rich people can pay to come to America and get cured.
But the left never seems to consider the possibility that a system grounded in the free market might lower costs and increase access more efficiently. That’s how it works with new televisions, say, that are expensive when they first arrive on the scene but then, through the free market, quickly fall in price so that everyone can afford one and will have something fun to watch while they languish and die because of Obamacare.
I’m Andrew Klavan with the Revolting Truth.
Bend over, take it like a man.