In the series premiere of The Revolting Truth with Andrew Klavan, our cheerful host asks the really important questions about Obamacare - like is it based on lies or fantasy, and is the President's signature legislation actually the harbinger of Armageddon itself?
I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth.
Now that the Obamacare sign up deadline has come and gone, and come and then gone again, and been delayed and then come, then suddenly without warning been decreed to be gone, and then returned and sort of snuck past under the radar and then — surprise! — popped up and has come and then gone... it’s time to take a fair, non-partisan look at the costs and benefits and even more enormous costs of the Affordable Care Act, to examine the administration’s claims for its signature domestic achievement and separate the lies from the distortions and fantasies.
For instance, the president recently ridiculed conservative concerns about the act by saying, “There are still no death panels. Armageddon has not arrived.” Let’s examine those statements. True? Or false? Or complete crap?
There is no Death Panel in Obamacare but there is the Independent Payment Advisory Board, 15 unelected bureaucrats who will employ the very latest in dartboards, graft and magic eight balls to determine whether your Medicare costs are affordable or you should be killed. Obamacare supporters point out that this is not like pushing our old people out to sea on ice floes, since global warming will melt all the ice floes and it’ll just be like taking a warm bath and then you’ll be dead.
As for whether Armageddon has arrived, while there have been wars and rumors of wars and earthquakes in diverse places, the moon has not yet turned to blood. So there’s something positive we can say about Obamacare.
But the president’s most important claims are that “the share of Americans with insurance is up and the growth of health care costs is down, and that’s good for our middle class and that’s good for our fiscal future.”
All of which would be absolutely true if it weren’t utterly false. In fact, Obamacare has only insured a miniscule percentage of the previously uninsured, no one knows how many of those can actually pay for what they got, health care costs are soaring, and what’s left of the middle class is pretty well screwed. As for our fiscal future... oh look, how pretty, the moon just turned all red... Uh oh.
I’m Andrew Klavan with the Revolting Truth.