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Obama’s ACA Victory Dance Includes Big Spins

by Keith Koffler on April 17, 2014, 7:37 pm

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.

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{ 28 comments }

rawheadrex April 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

A lie is just as good as the try th if you can get people to believe it. All you have to do is keep repeating it while denying the truth.

Boo April 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Isn’t this lie bit one of Alinsky”s “Rules for Radicals”? I believe he employed at least five of his tactics in this speech.

Lee April 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I do not believe those numbers.

Julie Brueckheimer April 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I don’t understand how it works, but hasn’t the Obama administration taken over the census bureau and can now doctor figures any which way they like?

Lee April 17, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Correct!!!
With all the other issues today. I forgot about reading that just yesterday.

rawheadrex April 17, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Was it Goebbels or Himmler who ran the propaganda machine? America is closer to the 3rd Reich than people realize. Correct me if I misinterpret, but didn’t Hannah Arendt, rather a socialist, say of the fascists, when they know they cannot debate the issues attack your character and/or motives?

Marcus April 18, 2014 at 9:29 am

True. The Census Bureau is (was) under the Department of Commerce. Remember when the Senator Judd Gregg (NH) ultimately turned down his appointment as Secretary Of Commerce under Obama? One of the reasons is that Obama told him he planned to take the Bureau of the Census away from the Department of Commerce and place it directly under White House jurisdiction. Gregg realized this was a blatant move to politicize the Bureau of the Census and walk away from his nomination.

Marcus April 18, 2014 at 9:29 am

walked away not walk away.

DMcG April 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Obama doesn’t shade truth. He lies. Repeatedly, and without end. Everything about this statement was a lie, in that it wasn’t the truth and he knew it.

I don’t know why you bother linking the video. Watching him just makes me ill and angry, so I avoid it at all costs.

Julie Brueckheimer April 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

61% polled said he was a liar, but I bet it’s even higher than that.

gracepmc April 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

The more he talks, the more big lies he tells, and the more people begin to think — hey maybe this guy lies. A lot. And not just about Obamacare.

So, I am leaning toward hearing more from him. Personally I think he is beginning to look and sound desperate. And when Obama gets backed up against a wall, or desperate, he gets really really sloppy.

gracepmc April 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

If we are lucky at some point Obama will have been just a fad.

rulierose April 17, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I know how you feel. when they play a clip of O on the news, I have to mute the channel until he stops. I cannot listen to the sound of his voice.

ImNoDhimmi April 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

Me neither. Could he get through even one speech without using the word “stuff”?

Star April 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

I think I just used it…ew. Sorry.

Lee April 17, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Kimberly gave us this link on another Thread earlier today.
http://www.usatoday.com
Jews ordered to register in East Ukraine.

I just read on Fox that Hagel is not sending letal assistance. However he is being nice enough to send medical supplies, helmets, water purification, and power generators.

O cocks of comments today bragging about numbers no one believes.
He is like having an empty suit when it comes to foreign affairs, and I don’t know what suit to call him yet for what he is doing or not doing to this Country.

Darkangel April 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm

He lies like a Persian rug.

More than 60% of Americans now believe he’s a liar. And that number isn’t going to improve: it’s much more difficult to convince people that you’re honest, than it is to convince people that you’re a liar.

Lee April 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Another note: If he was proud of what he has done, and if he thought everything was just dandy: He would not need or have to ramble explaining himself all the time.
In other words I do not need to be talked into anything by anybody.

rulierose April 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm

nobody gets to be president by hiding their light under a barrel. but in a profession not known for small egos, Barack Obama has really taken it to a new level. I can’t think of another president in my lifetime (JFK forward) who thought quite so highly of himself.

srdem65 April 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm

How pathetic for the POTUS to call a news conference to announce that 8 million people have health insurance in a country of over 300 million souls. After spending billions, maybe trillions of dollars to promote and execute this horrendous mess, all we have are 6 million previously insured, and 2 million on Medicaid or getting subsidized because they are too poor to actually pay for their own health insurance.
His bragging sounds more like bravado than ever on this issue. He desperately wants and needs the country to believe that the ACA is a good thing. He knows that Obamacare will tarnish so many Dems who are running for re-election this year and beyond.

WNY_ROC April 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

The young ‘uns you refer to are called, I believe “knuckleheads” by the FLOTUS.

PBB April 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

Blah, blah, blah………when will they answer how many had insurance and was forced onto the ACA and how many are paying their premiums? Until, they can provide real data it is nothing but Rhetoric and BS.

Island Girl April 18, 2014 at 2:49 am

I spent my morning in an OBAMACARE insurance meeting here in Hawaii where we already had a great plan and employers are NOT happy

Noma April 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

I miss HI very much. It torques my jaw to think bho/mooch may retire there. They will pollute the sacred lands…they know nothing of kokua. (UH-Manoa Alum)

Marcus April 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

Keith, excellent drill down on Obama’s ACA messaging. They just won’t stop spinning even though we all know they are lying their faces off. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Tom T April 18, 2014 at 9:34 am

SOMEONE in that briefing room needs to use COMMON CORE standards on this man when citing information like this. One of the key pieces of the CC English/LA standards is to cite SPECIFIC evidence to support your statements. If it’s good enough for us teachers to be using on our students, the same should be said for the “Zero” in chief.

Otis Driftwood April 18, 2014 at 9:57 am

Maybe that’s the problem!.. Their using Common Core to make the numbers work ;-)

Star April 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

On MoJoe it was pointed out that it’s illegal NOT to sign up and there still may be Americans who don’t want to do illegal stuff.