Facts and politics were never friendly bedfellows. Now in the age of Congressional bribes, deem and pass, and bills being challenged for their most basic requirement of being Constitutional, the facts of the new health care bill are as elusive as a pro-life Democrat.
Reason.TV, however, has a few basic facts to show exactly how Obamacare will do the opposite of one of its primary supposed goals – reduce the deficit. While Americans wait anxiously for those touted health care benefits to kick in around 2014, the economy is primed to take another kick to the gut. The deficit isn’t going anywhere but up.
In the video, Reason outlines the three basic reasons by the health care bill can’t do what Obama promises it will:
1. The Doc Fix.
The $940 billion health care bill is suppose to reduce the deficit by $143 billion. Ask Pelosi. She’ll tell you over and over again because she loves numbers. Except she isn’t publicly embracing all numbers equally. Is that numerical bigotry?
She is adamant about passing the doc fix. “We have made a commitment to do this. This is very important,” she has said. That commitment, unlike being the most transparent Congress in history, is one she plans to keep.
If passed, the doc fix would cost $247 billion over 10 years. If Pelosi really loves numbers, then she must also realize these numbers don’t add up to savings.
So that’s out.
Massachusetts tried this same health care reform in 2006, embracing the idea that government actually fixes problems instead of acerbates them. They didn’t see a $2,500 premium decrease but a 33 percent premium increase. Don’t get sick in Massachusetts. That’s all I’m saying.
So no personal savings either.
3. Government numbers
The government, especially when estimating costs while trying to secure votes, live in accounting lala land, where unicorns are real along with their cost predictions. As Reason points out, Medicare was only suppose to cost $12 billion when it was estimated in the 1960s. Today, using real calculators with real batteries and plugging in real numbers, the cost is nearly 10 times that.
Government estimations are always wrong, skillfully so, really. And you can take that to the bank. Unless, of course, it’s been closed due to the subprime mortgage crisis, another government golden egg. A rotten one.
Here’s a few basic facts about the new health care bill. Roll tape.