The Obamacare deceptions are coming so hard and so fast that it’s hard to keep track. In fact, White House Dossier recently hired an accountant to help keep track of them. And now I have to pay her overtime.
I don’t just attribute the lying to rank dishonestly, although certainly, rank dishonesty is most of what’s going on. But Obama also wants this law to work so much – it’s all he’s got as a legacy – that I think he wants to believe some of the things he says.
Presidents have an amazing ability to deceive themselves. I’ve seen it time and again, with ones I’ve covered and others I didn’t. The stakes are so high, they’ve just gotta believe they’re doing the right thing.
Anyway, here’s the latest nonsense, ladled out at Obama’s press conference Thursday:
In the decade before the Affordable Care Act, employer-based insurance rose almost 8 percent a year. Last year, it grew at half that rate. Under this law, real Medicare costs per person have nearly stopped growing . . . .
So those savings add up to more money that families can spend at businesses, more money that businesses can spend hiring new workers.
I went to a conservative think tank to get the real story about this, to understand what was actually happening. I know, call me biased. I should be using more objective sources of information.
The think tank, which goes by the name New York Times, reported the following today:
The pace of health spending growth started falling in the mid-2000s and reached historical lows over the last five years. The recession counts for much or even most of the decline, economists think, as workers lost their jobs and their health coverage, and budget-conscious families chose to reduce their out-of-pocket spending.
Much or most of the decline? Caused by Obama’s lousy economy? OMG. Maybe Obama is saying Obamacare is causing the lousy economy, which is in turn causing the deceleration of health cost increases.
Note, of course, Obama’s careful, lawyerly garbage. Under this law, Medicare spending has declined, he said. If we were in a court of law, he might be able to claim that he was merely stipulating that the decline in the rate of spending and the Obamacare law happened contemporaneously. But in the real world, he’s clearly trying to make you think Obamacare caused the decline.
According to the he NYTs think tank, “changes made by government” account for only a portion of what else may have caused the rate of health spending to decline:
But at the same time, structural changes to how health care gets delivered and paid for — changes made by the government, insurers, doctors and hospitals — also helped hold spending down. Many insurers, for example, began charging much higher co-pays and deductibles, spurring their enrollees to use less care.
Did Obamacare cause insurers to start charging higher co-pays? Well, okay, maybe insurers’ FEAR of Obamacare and declining profit margins spurred some innovative thinking.
But now, according to this right-wing think tank, health care costs have begun surging, something Obama conveniently left out of his propaganda Thursday!
A surge of insurance enrollment related to rising employment and President Obama’s health care law has likely meant a surge of spending on health care, leaving policy experts wondering whether the government and private businesses can control spending as the economy gets stronger and millions more Americans gain coverage.
“Following several years of decline, 2013 was striking for the increased use by patients of all parts of the U.S. health care system,” Murray Aitken, executive director of the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, said in a statement.
Now, health experts said, two big trends are pushing health spending back up again. “Expanded coverage is happening simultaneously with the petering out of the recession’s dampening effect,” said Charles Roehrig, the director of the Center for Sustainable Health Spending at the Altarum Institute. “It’s going to be hard to demonstrate how much is due to expanded coverage, versus just the economy recovering.”
Wha wha wha . . . whoa whoa whoa waiiiit a second here. Obamacare is one of the key factors CAUSING the increase in health spending? CAUSING it? What happened to all this crap about bending the cost curve?
Obama has to know health care costs are headed back up, and that increased demand fostered by Obamacare is part of what’s causing it. Unless he has really incompetent economic advisors. Okay, I know he has really incompetent economic advisors – noticed GDP growth the last five years?- but that’s not what’s going on here.
What’s going on is deception and lying. By the president. Too bad for us.
UPDATE: President Obama called in with this response: