President Obama took the the lectern of the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon to try to continue convincing Americans that the war over Obamacare, which is just beginning, is over. He did so using deceptive statistics and glaring omissions that are typical of his truth-shading approach.
The president announced that the number of those who have signed up for Obamacare has now reached 8 million.
Let’s start our accountability drill here with the question: How come now that the numbers are where Obama wants them to be, the White House seems to be able to produce signup figures and break down the data in real time, whereas for months when things were horrible we were told that coming up with any precise figures was simply impossible to do?
And how about this whopper with cheese:
Thirty-five percent of people who enrolled through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35.
This is utterly misleading, and Obama knows it. The number of young-people signups the administration needs to keep insurers from raising rates is 40 percent. That is, young people age 18-34. What Obama is giving out is the number from age 0-34. According to the White House’s own fact sheet, only 28 percent of signups are 18-34 years old.
And how many of those young, sometimes irresponsible, and often cash-strapped young ‘uns are among those who won’t pay to enroll?
The figure means premiums will have to increase, though perhaps not in the amount that would create the Obamacare “death spiral” some thought possible.
And while we suspect that premiums will keep rising, as they have for decades, we also know that since the law took effect health care spending has risen more slowly than at any time in the past 50 years.
Well, health spending was low mainly because of crappy economy over which Obama presided. And now it’s on the way back up.
And the independent Congressional Budget Office now expects premiums for plans on the marketplace to be 15 percent lower than originally predicted.
Yes, lower than predicted, but still going up. For example, for those who obtain coverage through the exchanges, CBO still projects premiums will rise on average 6 percent per year from 2016 to 2024.
They still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working. They said nobody would sign up; they were wrong about that. They said it would be unaffordable for the country; they were wrong about that.
Uhh, looks like the president had red herring for lunch. Republicans never said nobody would signup. And most of the uninsured when this started are still uninsured. And it’s still not clear that this isn’t unaffordable.
Obama also added in some taunts to the GOP, because that’s what really sends a thrill down his leg.
The challenge we have is, is that if you have certain members in the Republican Party whose view is making it work better is a concession to me, then it’s hard in that environment to actually get it done . . .
And I recognize that their party is going through the stages of grief — anger and denial and all that stuff — and we’re not at acceptance yet . . .
There’s a lot of fear-mongering and a lot of political argument and debate, and a lot of accusations are flung back and forth about socialized medicine and the end of freedom.
Republicans oppose Obamacare because it’s bad law, not to stick it to Obama. But then, this churlish man who was elected president thinks everything is about him. To the extent it’s about him destroying our health care system, I suppose, he’s right.
Here he is, in case you missed it.